Now, although this vehicle is actually a motorhome, the reason it was originally published in Campervan magazine (March 2019 issue) wasn't because of an error. If you read on, we can explain...
First and foremost, if you’re thinking about buying a large Fiat Ducato-type panel van conversion because you’re keen on the space they offer then don’t rule out looking at Fiat Ducato-based compact motorhomes, like this one from Eura Mobil.
Due to their construction, coachbuilt motorhomes are more straightforward to manufacture than panel van conversions, which means you often get more bang for your buck.
The Activa One 570 HS is a four-berth model with one double bed being located in the overcab (claimed to measure 2m x 1.5m) that’s accessed via a ladder. There’s a huge U-shaped lounge at the rear of the motorhome, and this also converts to a double bed (claimed to measure 2m x 1.4m).
Overcab motorhomes have fallen out of favour in recent times, being replaced with low-profile models that tend to feature drop-down beds over the lounge, instead. This makes for a more aerodynamic motorhome but bear in mind that you lose a heck of a lot of storage space when you lose that overcab.
Length-wise, the 570 HS measures in at 5.99m, which is the same as a Fiat Ducato LWB-based campervan. However, thanks to the overcab, it’s considerably taller at 3.13m (compared to around 2.65m in a camper), which means standing room inside is a generous 1.98m. The width is 2.32m, compared to 2.05m in the panel van equivalent; whilst the extra width means you’ll have to be extra-careful navigating narrow lanes, the plus side is that a square coachbuilt motorhome body is much roomier inside.
Here, you get all the mod cons. In the kitchen, there’s a three-burner hob with a glass cover and an adjacent sink. There’s also a 140-litre fridge and dealer Geoff Cox fit an oven in the space above this.
The bathroom features a swivel cassette loo and a swing basin above that swivels to allow more room when showering. The shower features a proper screen rather than a curtain, while the tray has a twin drain – a small detail but one that means you don’t have to be parked perfectly flat in order for water to drain!
Another benefit of the sandwich construction of a motorhome over a panel van is insulation. Here, the wood-free body features a GRP (glass reinforced plastic) roof and walls, and comes with a 10-year water ingress warranty. There’s also a double floor, and both water tanks are located inside, in a heated and insulated location.
All in all, it looks to be a great compact motorhome that’s well worth checking out if you’re considering buying a large panel van conversion type of camper.
The Eura Mobil motorhome brand dates back to 1983 and you may well remember them from the 2000s, as they took over production of Karmann-Mobil motorhomes, who built VW-based coachbuilts.
Nowadays, the brand, including Karmann, is owned by Trigano. Eura Mobil had been absent from the UK market for a number of years before Derbyshire dealer, Geoff Cox, decided to start importing them again, back in 2016.