Base vehicle: Citroën Jumper Price from: £47,900 Berths: 2/5 Travel seats: 5 Length: 7.30m Width: 2.30m Height: 2.85m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 675kg
Words: Peter Vaughan
Photos courtesy of Joa Camp
Demand for motorhomes is at an all-time high but, with so many first-time buyers coming into the market, dealers aren’t getting the trade-ins against new models, that they would then sell to newbies. The answer is to reduce the entry cost for a brand-new ’van, to (hopefully) put it within reach. That’s the theory, as practised by Auto-Trail’s Expedition, Chausson’s new S range and, now, Joa Camp. Here, we’re not just talking new motorhomes but a completely new brand.
Not a brand without backing or history, however. Joa Camp is the latest name from Pilote, which will be using its know-how and factories to build the vehicles. It’s been here before, too, with the Moovéo marque. The incoming brand will offer low-profile motorhomes with island bed or single bed layouts in a choice of lengths. Here, it’s the lengthier twin bed model that we’re examining but there’s a lot of commonality across the range, starting with the turquoise stripes and ‘Be happy, enjoa life!’ slogan.
Inside, the differentiating factors include five travel seats (one up on the norm) and a fairly open view through to the end bedroom, as well as a washroom wholly on the nearside (not split across the aisle).
The front lounge has an L-settee (converting to a rearward-facing travel seat, as well as the usual twin forward-facer) opposite a single side seat, but the cab seats are set higher and there’s a step up in the floor as you enter the cab. The table is a generous 960mm by 850mm but a tad high in relation to the sofas.
Over the seating area is an optional electric drop-down bed (1.98m by 1.28m) with a slight cutaway at the foot in order to clear the door. The bed has decent headroom, is 1.40m off the floor (so you need a ladder) and comes with twin reading lights on the nearside. Hanging below are surprisingly large top cupboards, while pleated blinds and a big overcab sunroof are further bonuses at this price point.
A factor that’s more likely to swing the Joa Camp in your favour is the open feel of the rear bedroom, where the twin beds (2.00m and 1.91m in length) are only 790mm off the floor for easy access. A pleated division offers minimalist privacy for those sleeping aft and, while there’s not quite enough room to comfortably sit up in bed, reading lights and USBs are featured.
Amidships, the kitchen lacks the usual worktop extension flap but comes with a pair of super-sized drawers. There’s a small area of worktop space in front of the hob but the star feature of the galley is certainly the 139-litre Dometic fridge, below which is a deep drawer incorporating a waste bin. All the furniture has a simple style with flat doors, but drapes and scatter cushions add a splash of colour.
The washroom’s design is a proven one from the parent company. A tambour door provides easy access, while a good-sized shower is created when you swing the washbasin (and its mirror and wall) to one side. Twin shower drains in the tray and a recess for shampoo, etc, speak of good attention to detail.
This was an early preview of a European specification, left-hand drive model. Read a full expert review of the right-hand drive UK specific version, from MMM magazine.
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