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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Fresh/waste water||150L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas tank size||13kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
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.
- High quality build
- Very little road noise
- It has a pleasing interior ambience
- We like the hand-crafted cabinetwork
- The habitation door is on the UK offside – not such an issue if you tour mostly in Europe
- No microwave in the standard specification