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Bessacarr Cameo 625 GL 2007

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Specification

Manufacturer: Bessacar

Berth: 4 Berth

Year: 2008

Type: Caravans

Condition: Used

Layout: Fixed bed end washroom

Dimensions: 7.92mX 2.23mx2.62m (LxWxH)

Colour: White

MTPLM: 1895kg

Warranty: Yes

MIRO: 1610kg

Axles: 2

Payload: 285kg

Configuration: Rear washroom fixed bed

Description

Bessacarr Cameo 625 GL 2007

DETAILED REVIEW

THE Bessacarr Cameo 625GL is a twin-axle fixed bed four-berth with a MTPLM of 1900kg.

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The one-piece entry door forward of the front axle has an opening window with a flyscreen and nightblind. I also liked the fact that the ‘van has shock absorbers and the AL-KO ATC anti-snaking system as standard.

A feature which isn’t immediately obvious is the gas changeover regulator in the LPG locker, whilst others which are more obviously visible include an external access locker with a 13amp socket forward of the door, a gas barbecue point and an AL-KO jack mounted on the chassis, alloy wheels plus a steel spare in an underslung carrier.

Also worth a mention is the satellite aerial inlet inside the battery compartment.
As you enter the caravan the lounge area, immediately on your left, comes complete with both wrap-around seating and a chest of drawers.

This means that you have to make a decision of either keeping the seating layout and leaving the chest at home, or leaving the front seat cushions at home and taking the chest. Decisions, decisions.

Opposite the door is the offside centre kitchen facing a 175-litre Thetford fridge/freezer plus a microwave oven in the dedicated cupboard above the freezer – too high to be safe, in my opinion.

Bessacarr Cameo caravan interiorMoving rearwards from the kitchen brings you into the fixed bed area. The bed is mounted on the offside, the door leading to the rear end washroom being next to the headboard on the nearside.

There’s a window in the offside wall above the bed, and a mirror above the headboard. At the bottom of the bed is a bracket for a flat screen TV.
The rear end washroom spans the full width of the caravan and as you enter, almost the first thing you notice is the domestic-style towel radiator – highlighting the fact that the Cameo has an Alde wet central heating system.

The washbasin is mounted in a cupboard unit on the party wall to the left of the doorway whilst the walk-in shower has been fitted in the rear offside corner, and Thetford’s latest C250 electric cassette toilet in the rear nearside corner.

But having said that, all caravan design is a compromise. It’s also worth mentioning that there is a Mini Heki rooflight with flyscreen and nightblind in the ceiling and an obscure glazed window in the rear wall which between them help make the washroom light and airy.

The compromise in design continues in the kitchen area where there isn’t an abundance of worktop space – especially when you consider that this is a four-berth.

The wardrobe is on your right as you walk into the fixed bed area. Although it is a decent size what did concern me was the fact that it is tapered to run almost parallel to the fixed bed so that there is less hanging space at its left-hand end. On the plus side however, it does have a light to help you see what you’re looking for.

Berssacarr Cameo tableThe front-end lounge area is nothing if not light and airy due to the panoramic roofligh, which comes with remote control.

The woodwork throughout the caravan is to a very high standard. There are roof lockers above the front windows and both the near and offside seats, with the speakers for the built-in stereo radio/CD being positioned on the underside of the angled front corner panels. All the lockers have catches, which lock them securely in the closed position.

Interestingly, although there is a wall light on each of the front corner panels they are not mains operated. In fact the Cameo has no mains lighting in it, all the lights throughout the caravan being low energy LEDs.

The seat bases lift to give access to the storage areas below them with the front nearside seat also having a pull-out bed drawer. The frame of the fixed bed is aluminium and it, together with the top frames of the seats, has stays to hold it in the open position.

The Cameo sports an impressive range of electrical equipment including three mains sockets, an 18 amp switch mode charger/transformer, and a new 12V LCD touch control panel mounted above the entry door with the panel’s menu includes battery selection, battery state metre, fresh water tank level, clock, lighting and pump circuit controls.

Fact-file:

Berths: 4
Internal length: 6.27m (20ft 7in)
Overall length: 7.92m (25ft 12in)
Overall height: 2.68m (8ft 10in)
Headroom: 1.95m (6ft 5in)
Width: 2.23m (7ft 4in)
MRO: 1560kg
MTPLM: 1845kg

•    A full version of this review appeared in the August 2008 issue of Which Caravan, the only magazine all about buying. To order a road test reprint contact Tina Beaumont on 01778 391187. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.