Think Romahome, and you think dinky little campers based on the Citroën Berlingo. Cute, beautifully built and indispensable to those who can’t run to a car and a motorhome too, but inevitably very small.
But to do so would be to ignore the considerably bigger Dimension. It, too, is based on a Citroën, but the Relay van – sister model to the new Ducato/Boxer – and as a result, it’s considerably more spacious inside, but not so big as to be unwieldy on the road.
Depending on your point of view, the large unpainted wodges of front bumper serve to either break up what would otherwise be a vast expanse of white, or look a bit penny-pinching. The conversion, though, is unmistakably that of a Romahome, and in a sea of coachbuilts, it’s good to discover on the Dimension that you finally get to see the Relay’s smart new factory-fitted clear-lens tail-lights.
Entry into the Dimension is via either the sliding nearside door or the twin rear doors, but either way, there’s an unprecedented amount of headroom, plus the usual provision of four travel seats, which obviously convert into a lounge/dining area.
As before, there are useful storage bins sunk into the floor in front of the rear seats and between them, while the offside rear seat conceals a lockable safe beneath.
There’s more storage in the overcab area, too, and while the opening is a little narrow, it’s extremely deep, too. Elsewhere, the roof lockers get soft-close dampers for 2007, although I did notice that those at the rear felt a little too high-set, as the floor drops by a good two inches as you step out of the lounge and into the kitchen area.
Ah yes, the kitchen. This is a cracker, and as usual is made entirely out of a single piece of GRP (the kitchen sink is actually part of the moulding), with acres of worktop space, high levels (quite literally) of roof locker space, a spark-ignition four-burner Smev hob and a non-spark ignition Smev oven/grill underneath.
As for the washroom, well that’s made entirely out of GRP, too, and while it’s all unremittingly white in there, it feels completely water-tight, too, and the sunken high-level window puts you in mind of a porthole on a boat. Equipment extends to a manual-flush swivel toilet, a dinky little sink and a useful blown-air heating vent. MLC
Stylish, beautifully-built and well-equipped replacement for the popular Dimension is unquestionably up there with the very best.
Base vehicle: Citroën Relay 2.2HDi (100bhp)
Price from: £32,790 on-the-road
Length: 5.03m (16ft 5in)
Width: 2.05m (6ft 9in)
Gross vehicle weight: 3,300kg