Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 5,000kg Payload: 1,050kg
If you’re spending north of £100-grand on a big A-class motorhome, it doesn’t have to wear a German badge. Here’s a Gallic alternative with a look of its own.
The Classic range from Le Voyageur offers lengths from 6.80m up to 8.55m. At this latter size we’re talking a 5-tonne six-wheeler chassis, as well as a choice of two lounge designs and two bedroom formats (singles or island bed).
Immediately, you can see this is a BIG ’van from the size of the lounge. Even at this level of the market it’s unusual to discover this much space for relaxing. The two straight sofas are plenty long enough to get your feet up and the central table is a whopping 1.20m long – good thing it folds in half, so it doesn’t completely dominate. It sits on a wide pedestal base, which incorporates a rack for three wine bottles. How French!
The television is mounted at a convenient height adjacent to the entrance, with a glazed locker for your glasses above. Meanwhile, the door itself is extra wide and there are both internal and external steps to take you up to the living area, with a shoe locker concealed in the floor as you enter.
Once inside, you’ll find rich wood tones (Cognac here or, alternatively, Ash), gloss white top lockers and (as shown) optional Charme Satin synthetic leather upholstery. Real leather is also available – there are seven upholstery options in all.
The kitchen benefits from plenty of worktop, as well as an array of centrally locked drawers for convenient and practical storage. There’s also a large pull-out unit with twin waste/recycling bins and space for eight bottles. Alongside that is a separate drawer-style store for a further four samples of your favourite tipple, while an eye-level pantry unit caters for tins, etc.
Integrated into the Corian-style worktop (just as in a high-end domestic kitchen) is the sink, but you might be surprised to see just two rings on the hob. Opposite, an oven/grill is sited above the 160-litre Dometic fridge/freezer. Look down and you’ll see hatches in the floor giving access to 260mm deep storage, as well as fresh and waste water tanks nestled in the double floor.
The bathroom comes with a cassette as standard but here it’s a Tecma marine loo with 60-litre tank, giving you greater independence from campsites. The shower is domestic-sized, although its doors are just thin plastic, while there’s plenty of worktop around the basin. The washroom area certainly looks sumptuous.
The rear island bed measures 1.96m by 1.43m but space is surprisingly tight to walk around the foot. Fortunately, the mattress optionally slides back to create a reclined area for luxurious lazing. And the bedside wardrobes here are just two of the four available.
On the outside, you’ll find a garage with 1.04m headroom, exterior shower and full-width LED illumination. A service hatch provides access to all the vehicle electrics, as well as a mains cable on a reel, while another door reveals the Alde central heating - which is radiator style, as you'll usually find in homes - and a built-in hose for fresh water refills. Capacity is a generous 200 litres.
Construction is impressive, from the domed roof to the double floor, while options go right up to the Comfort Plus Pack – at £12,457. For that you’ll get a 160Ah lithium battery, inverter, two 120W solar panels, habitation air-conditioning, satellite dish, 22in TVs in the bedroom and lounge, subwoofer and amplifiers. A motorhome of this ilk surely wouldn’t be complete without it.