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Nu Venture Motorhomes Moniche

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Low Profile
  • Base Vehicle : Ford Transit
  • Engine Size : 1.8TD
  • Berths : 2
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 2340
  • Layout : Front Lounge

The Verdict

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Nu Venture Motorhomes
Class
Low Profile
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Ford Transit
Price from (£)
26995
Length (m)
5.30
Width (m)
1.91
Price from (€)
Payload (kg)
400
Belted Seats
2
Engine Size
1.8TD
Berths
2
Maximum weight (kg)
2340
Height (m)
2.51
Main Layout
Front Lounge

DETAILED REVIEW

WIGAN-based Nu Venture Motorhomes are unusual for a small converter in that they produce a range of coachbuilt motorhomes.

Even more unusual is that these are not run-of-the-mill models, but micro-motorhomes built on small van chassis like the Citroën Berlingo. The latest model, Moniche, uniquely takes advantage of Ford’s tough little Transit Connect.

Modest dimensions and car-like characteristics should make the Moniche comfortable and easy to drive, while driver’s airbag, radio/CD and electric windows grace the cab, which is entirely separate from the living quarters.

The 1.8-litre Duratorq turbo-diesel delivers a more than adequate 110bhp, driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. Entry to the caravan component is through a rear-located door that makes a convenient point of entry, on-site, in car parks and both sides of the English Channel.

The interior is dominated by a big, L-shaped lounge that is at once endearing and looks very comfortable. In use this space could accommodate up to six friends for drinks and nibbles – quite remarkable for such a small motorhome.

On the offside, a small side dinette is fine for two to dine and also includes a good occasional table, standing on its unobtrusive single leg. Picture windows on each side and a big Heki rooflight above mean good views and lots of natural light are always on offer, enhancing the feeling of space inside.

There’s no room for a full-blown washroom in the Moniche, but a full-height cupboard contains a swivel-bowl cassette loo that’s used with the door open and a privacy curtain closing off the rear.

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Modest but capable kitchen
Opposite, on the nearside, the kitchen is modest but capable, with hob, grill and sink above a 60-litre fridge.

Cupboards above and below are joined by overhead lockers, a modest wardrobe and plenty of space under the sofas.

At night, a double or two single beds are easily made in the lounge. There’s no hot water on tap – without a full washroom this isn’t much of a problem – but blown-air heating courtesy of Truma is a standard fitment.

This is a ‘van designed to be lived in without all the paraphernalia sometimes associated with our hobby, as payload is modest and it’s not easy to fit a bike rack.

This is an interesting new model in the 'micro' market that also introduces a new base vehicle.

Summary:

Cute and car-like, the Moniche makes you want to like it as it offers an unexpectedly comfy lounge in so small a ‘van.

Fact-file:

Make: Nu Venture Motorhomes
Model: Moniche
Base vehicle: Ford Transit Connect LWB panel van, 110bhp
Price from: £26,995 on-the-road
Length: 5.30m (17ft 4.5in)
Width: 1.91m (6ft 3in)
Height: 2.51m (8ft 3in)
Gross vehicle weight: 2,340kg
Payload: Estimated 400kg
Berths: 2
Travel seats: 2 (including driver)

•    This review first appeared in the April 2007 issue of Which Motorcaravan. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.