Niall Hampton
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Distinctive and well built, read our 2016 Fleurette Migrateur 70 LDS review and find out why the brand's return to the UK is definitely a welcome one

Overview

Now back on these shores thanks to an exclusive deal with Webbs Motor Caravans, French brand Fleurette will appeal to buyers keen to stand out from the crowd. And these ’vans certainly offer something different, with GRP mouldings and cabinetwork produced using traditional methods in house. 

Manufacturing up to 500 Fleurette- or Florium-badged motorhomes a year, the western France-based company has the time to make sure that everything it builds is as high quality as possible. Rapido Group acquired the business in 2005 and lends its logo to Fleurette’s marketing materials, but seems more than happy to leave Fleurette to what it does best. 

Migrateur is Fleurette’s ‘super-compact’ range, with a body width of 2.23m and a height of 2.65m. All four models come with French beds; the largest of which, the 6.97m-long 70 LDS, is tested here. In addition to its fixed bed, the 70 LDS also benefits from another feature popular with UK buyers, the end washroom. 

Design

Fleurette’s designers have opted for a super-low-profile overcab moulding to lend the 70 LDS a compact appearance. The habitation area is made from polyester and uses Fleurette’s proprietary Recovery System, in which the polyester roof and front and rear panels overlay the side sandwich panels to eliminate water ingress and create a thermal barrier.

The exterior design is uncluttered, with colour-coded rear skirts and a silver front grille surround. The rear panel is pleasingly curved, with automotive road lights and a ladder to access the roof, where bars are ready to receive a roof box.

Standing low to the ground, access to the habitation area via the offside door is straightforward. The door has magnetically operated central locking so can be secured with one press of the key fob.

Inside, cabinetwork features pear-lacquered wood, cream locker facings and chrome-finished articulated handles. Our test motorhome came with oatmeal soft furnishings and ‘Sardaigne’ red and grey-brown striped cushions, which are zipped into the seat backs.

Ceilings get a high quality textured finish and LED lighting is deployed throughout, with downlighters preferred to globe lights and stalk lights provided for reading in the lounge and bedroom. A vertical striplight is fitted on the bulkhead to the left of the habitation door.

On the road

The Migrateur range is based on the Fiat Ducato with an Al-Ko chassis. Driving close to the unladen weight of 3008kg, the 130bhp 2.3-litre engine put the power down well and good weight distribution made for precise handling. Visibility from the driver’s seat is decent, although the Ducato’s A-pillars are quite substantial.

Surprisingly little noise emanated from the habitation area during transit, clearly a testament to this motorhome's high build quality. Four belted seats come as standard, with two on the forward-facing dinette bench. As typical of Continental L-shaped dinettes, the nearside ‘third seat’ can be removed to create legroom for passengers while en route.

Lounging & dining

With five places to sit, there’s plenty of room for relaxing in the 70 LDS. Light sources are numerous, including a large rooflight above the lounge plus a nearside window. The offside loses a lounge window to a mirror, but there is a three-quarter length window in the habitation door.

The many artificial light sources include under-locker ambient lighting and stalk lights in both front corners of the lounge. A centrally mounted LED task light in the ceiling illuminated the table well at mealtimes, we found.

A removable table in the lounge will be available on future production units; our pictures show a fixed ‘daytime’ configuration that was exhibited at the autumn NEC show. Behind a tambour door above the fridge, you’ll find a support for a 19in flatscreen plus aerial and power socket connections.

Kitchen

Compact but covering most of the bases, the Fleurette Migrateur 70 LDS’s kitchen follows the V-shape typical to many Continental motorhomes. A three-burner gas hob and sink are sited at opposite ends of the ‘V’, with a separate drainer in the middle. All have glass lids to offer maximum food preparation space when not in use. An extractor fan is fitted, too, and a splashguard is thoughtfully included on the bulkhead to the left of the kitchen.

A combined oven and grill unit sits underneath the worktop, close to two plug points, offering 230V and 12V. In addition, a soft-closing drawer with drop-in cutlery tray resides above the oven and grill; another drawer, presumably for small pans, is under the grill. There’s no obvious place for a microwave oven, unless you can find a small one to fit in the cupboard above the extractor fan.

Sleeping

Measuring 6’2” x 4’2”, the French bed in the 70 LDS will be suitable for most buyers. The cutaway on the right-hand side to enable access to the washroom still leaves the bed a reasonable size; as usual with this style of bed, the taller of the two incumbents will have to take the window side.

In use, the bed has a comfortable high-density mattress, and individual reading lights are located at each end of the headboard. The Truma Combi 6 space and water heater is located at the foot of the bed box, but leaving this on a low setting overnight didn’t produce excessive noise.

A further two berths are available in the lounge, by lowering the removable table and rearranging the seat cushions. The two sleeping areas can be sectioned off via a pull-across privacy curtain in the rear bedroom.

Washroom

The end-washroom isn’t quite full width but it still includes a swivel toilet, a vanity unit and a separate shower compartment, and offers enough space to get dressed in. The Thetford swivel toilet sits next to the vanity unit and takes a bite out of the available floor space, but the walk-in shower compartment is tall enough for a six-footer and can be closed off courtesy of a bi-fold door.

To accommodate the toilet, the vanity unit is located immediately to its right. A small circular sink sits at the top and uses a pull-out shower head in its mixer tap, presumably intended to permit external use through the washroom window.

With a window above the sink, you’ll have to slide the mirrored door of the washroom cupboard across for shaving and make-up – a clever solution. The cupboard itself has three narrow shelves for keeping lotions and potions hidden away from view.

There’s no obvious place for loo roll, but it could be left on the shelf behind the toilet. Two task lights are fitted above the vanity unit, with backup from a shower light and rooflight.

Storage

Thanks to the large storage cavity underneath the French bed, there are many places to stow touring kit in the Fleurette Migrateur 70 LDS. This underbed space is accessible from above, via raising the bed frame, or outside, through a hatch.

A cupboard is sited opposite the bed, below a strategically placed mirror, with a half-length wardrobe to its right. There’s also cupboard space underneath the wardrobe, but it loses some volume as it has to fit around the wheel arch.

The bedroom has five overhead lockers; there are also five in the lounge, plus four cubbies – two with positive-catch doors – above the cab. Other storage includes two deep soft-closing drawers under the kitchen sink and a drawer under the rear travel seats, plus a cubby under the offside jump seat.

Outside, the space saved by not having a full-width end washroom is used for a vertical storage compartment on the offside rear corner, which will be ideal for tall items like skis. In acknowledgement of this use, a blown air vent ducts warm air into the cavity.

Equipment

Pleated cassette blinds and flyscreens, plus LED lighting, are deployed throughout. Remis concertina blinds are fitted to the cab windows and windscreen, and the cab can be curtained off for further privacy. Drop-in cab carpets are included too.

Magister models come with a Truma Combi 6 space and water heater, although this only works off the gas system. The gas system has a crash-safe regulator. With a 150-litre dual-fuel fridge with separate freezer compartment, the 70 LDS will have an impressive range in between grocery shops.

Optional extras include a cycle rack for the rear wall, USB sockets and electric control for the Truma Combi heating system (£195).

Leather upholstery, alloy wheels and a Platinum dashboard come with the Premium pack (£1950), while the Navigation pack (£1699) adds Kenwood sat-nav and a reversing camera.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload494kg
Length6.97m22′10″
Width2.23m7′4″
Height2.65m8′8″
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water150L / 100L
Leisure battery100 Ah
Gas tank size13kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Washroom
Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Truma Combi heater

Verdict

Distinctive looking and well put together, the Fleurette Migrateur 70 LDS is definitely worth a look if you’re shopping for a French bed, end-washroom layout on a sub-7m body length. Specification is good, build quality impressive and the interior ambience very agreeable. 

Conclusion

Pros

  • High quality build
  • Very little road noise
  • It has a pleasing interior ambience
  • We like the hand-crafted cabinetwork

Cons

  • The habitation door is on the UK offside – not such an issue if you tour mostly in Europe
  • No microwave in the standard specification
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