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Campervan review: Randger R499 campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2019
  • Class : Rising Roof
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Talento
  • Engine Size : 1.6TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 2900
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Campervan

AT A GLANCE

Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Talento Gross weight: 2,960kg Payload: 531kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2019
Manufacturer
Randger UK
Class
Rising Roof
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Fiat Talento
Engine Size
1.6TD
Payload (kg)
531
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
2900
Price from (£)
41995
Length (m)
4.99
Width (m)
1.95
Height (m)
2.03
Berths
4
Main Layout
Campervan
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Here is Randger, a new brand from France that’s part of the Trigano Group. As with other Marquis/Trigano imports, you’ll get the same kit in every Randger, in the usual one-spec-fits-all policy (just choose from three exterior colours). That means plenty of kit – 17in alloy wheels, air-con, cruise control, ESC with Traction Plus and Hill Assist, and a DAB radio with 7in touchscreen, Bluetooth and sat-nav. Power comes from a 1.6-litre twin-turbo diesel offering 125bhp.

With its contrasting black pop-top lid and black alloys, the R499 makes a statement, but, in contrast, the conversion is rather predictable. There’s a rear-hinged, manually raised roof and the floorplan – with side kitchen and rear bench seat – is exactly as you’d anticipate.

Like many other campervan makers, Randger turns to RIB for that seat/bed unit, so this is a well-tested design. It comes with height-adjustable headrests and two seatbelts but not Isofix (for child seats) and its proportions best suit those with longer legs. Its seat runners give around 200mm of fore/aft movement and, with the seat in its forward position, rear passengers will feel much less remote from the cab and boot space is increased, too.

Up front, you’ll find that both cab seats swivel. Then, for dining, the table is retrieved from the boot and clipped to the front of the galley. Four people can all (just) reach, but the table works better for two in conjunction with the rear bench.

Side kitchen campers may all look much the same but it’s the details that can make all the difference. Here, those details start with its very automotive trim panel in the rear nearside and plenty of artificial lighting – essential due to the dark tinted windows in the rear. The galley seems well thought out, too, with practical storage and very solidly constructed furniture. The use of tambour doors also makes for easy access to your stuff whichever position the seat is in, although you can’t get to the fridge with the bed down.

The roof bed is the wider of two double beds, with a one-piece mattress and near-6ft length. The lower bed unfolds in the usual RIB fashion, to make a flat double that’s a reasonable 1.86m by 1.11m.

Rear boot space is enough for outdoor chairs, wellies, mains lead, etc, below the mattress and bedding (and more) on top, or you can fold this section of bed flat against the rear seat backrest to create full-height storage that’s at least 650mm deep. Completing the Randger’s spec is Webasto diesel-powered blown-air heating.

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