Berths: 2/4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Ford Transit Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 546kg
Titanium is a new equipment level at the top of the Chausson tree, above Flash and Welcome. It is offered with five floorplans – all best sellers – and only on Ford Transit with the smooth automatic gearbox as standard. It features a new furniture finish, called Gladstone, and the only factory-fit option available is a Hideaway bed – an electric drop-down double over the lounge, priced at £700.
The new Titanium models are instantly recognised by their grey coachbuilt body, while the specification is impressive, thanks to the inclusion of the VIP Pack within the list price. So you get an upmarket habitation door with flyscreen, cab central locking, a reversing camera and 16in alloy wheels. Also standard are features rarely found on a motorhome base vehicle – automatic lights and wipers and a heated windscreen.
The 767 GA is a new layout, too, this season. It takes a classic twin-beds-over-garage format (as seen in the 627 GA) and mates that bed arrangement with Chausson’s Smart Lounge – that’s twin side-facing sofas which convert easily into forward-facing travel seats without extra cushions being added. The lounge has space for five, or even six at a pinch, and its fold-in-half dining table adds to the open-plan feeling of spaciousness.
Above, the optional drop-down bed lowers without recourse to moving table or seat cushions but it partially covers the door. Access to the vehicle is still possible, though, and you’ll need a ladder to get up to the bed, which is 1.45m off the floor and measures 1.90m by 1.40m max. The mattress narrows slightly towards the door.
The galley is a linear design, rather than the more usual L-shape, with a 136-litre new- generation Dometic compressor fridge opposite. This unit is said to be quieter than earlier models, as well as bigger than it looks. Above is a useful surface for a TV. The main kitchen unit comes with a small flip-up worktop extension by the entrance and UK models will have the Triplex cooker (with oven/grill) rather than the simple hob seen in the French spec here.
The bathroom is a brand-new design with double, tinted, shower-style doors which attach magnetically and have a ‘belt and braces’ Velcro strap for travel. It’s an all-in-one washroom which feels a good size and has plenty of room to use the loo and basin. You don’t need a curtain for showering, either, as a plastic screen unfolds over the new mirror-fronted cabinet and bathroom window.
Of course, key to a layout like this are the rear beds – here up three steps. The mattresses measure 1.97m (offside) and 1.90m long, with a width of 0.90m each. Wardrobes are fitted under both beds (larger on the offside) and the centre cushion between the twin beds can be extended from 1.02m to 1.35m long. The familiar issue of not being able to comfortably sit up in bed again rears its head here.
Under the beds, the garage has an internal height of 1.14m – plenty for cycles – and a width of 0.98m. The larger of two loading doors is on the offside, while within the garage are 12V and 230V sockets, heating and lighting. Also on the outside of this Chausson is a convenient service hatch.