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Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes

Every issue features live-in road tests of all the latest models and reviews of parks throughout Scotland and the North of England by respected industry insiders – plus the latest news and what’s on guides. Whether deciding on which caravan or motorhome to buy, looking for the ideal park to visit or browsing for new gear to enhance the touring experience, Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes is the perfect companion for travels throughout Scotland and the North of England.

Pre-owned Brieftest

Pre-owned Brieftest Bessacarr E435 (2010) Out and about in this pre-owned E435, Andy Jenkinson finds Bessacarr motorhomes offer a quality unit with decent kit levels pictures Andy Jenkinson With five berths and a great spec, this motorhome arrived in late 2000 for 2001 and soon won attention from family buyers and retired folk wanting a vehicle they could also use with the grandchildren. We tracked down our used E435 at Marquis Preston, where it had just arrived and was still to have its ‘for sale’ sticker put in the front window. We were keen to check it to see if it made a good buy at seven years old. Exterior Based on a Fiat Ducato 2.2 TDI diesel, ★★★★ the Bessacarr is a typical coachbuilt with overhead cab housing a double bed. Checking the body panels, we noted that no damage had occurred over the years. The windows were also damage-free and had few scratches. This model doesn’t have alloys fitted, but it doesn’t detract from the Bessacarr’s looks. The rear bike rack is a nice added feature, as is the satellite roof dome. A Price from £30,995 Mileage 40,800 Base Fiat Ducato Engine 2.2 diesel Power 100 bhp Length 6.5m Width 2.2m MIRO 3,050kg MTPLM 3,500kg Berths 5 Seen at Marquis Lancashire, Riversway Leisure Village, Preston PR2 2PD, 01772 731313 More information marquisleisure.co.uk Right: The E435, based on a Fiat Ducato cab, still feels like a modern motorhome, and this unit is looking good for its age Below left: fitted features include a side awning, satellite dome for TV reception, bike rack and reversing camera, making this a very practical motorhome as well as a manageable choice for first-time owners useful reversing camera, which is particularly handy for newcomers to motorhomes, is fitted. The last owners had also added a tow bar. Lounge The lounge area is at the front of the ★★★★ E435, with a long side settee complete with a double side dinette. Overhead roof lockers add to storage, with more available under the seats. A mains socket and LED corner spotlights are fitted in the lounge area. We found the seating comfortable, with decent support in the cushions. Kitchen The Bessacarr comes with a super ★★★★★ rear-end kitchen incorporating a full oven with duel-fuel hob. The side dresser unit holds a quality stainless steel microwave and a fridge/freezer below, along with worktop space. Storage is excellent. There’s also an extractor fan as well as a roof vent and a mains socket. The hob and sink were in great condition. Washroom The rear side washroom is quite ★★★★ spacious, offering a shower and storage. With no window fitted here, you’re relying on light and ventilation from the roof vent. The moulded 46 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winter 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk

Overall impression ★★★★ The Bessacarr had only just rolled in and hadn’t yet had a pre-clean, but it was obvious that the previous owners had cared for it. Both the interior and exterior were well maintained. The design still looks modern, and the bike rack is a bonus. The side pull-out awning is standard fit, and the satellite roof dome is welcome, as is the removable tow bar fitted on this example. Blown heating will keep the E435 toasty in off-season touring, while overall the layout would be ideal for couples who might want to take the grandkids away. We liked the Bessacarr, and for a first-time family motorhome owner it could fit the bill perfectly. ABS hand basin is finished in a silver colour, and again its condition couldn’t be faulted. A fixed Thetford electric flush loo is also included, while just either side of the loo are shower folding doors. The washroom is fine, but most users of the Bessacarr will no doubt use site facilities when they can. Clockwise from above right: The kitchen, featuring a dual-fuel hob and plenty of storage, was in great condition; the washroom isn’t too cramped, squeezing in a shower, basin and loo; this unit, with both bike rack and tow bar, would be well suited to those who like to travel fully equipped winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 47

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