OPel is back. After years of abstinence from the recreational vehicle market, a mobile home with a lightning bolt on the grille is now back on the streets. After the Opel Bedford Blitz van was used by Hymer as the basis for an integrated motorhome in 1980, thanks to the alliance between the Opel parent company PSA and Toyota, a van is rolling out to Rüsselsheim for camping.
The Hymer subsidiary brand Crosscamp equips the almost five-meter-long van with a lifting roof, kitchen and bed. (You can read the report on the Crosscamp as Toyota here.)
The interior of the Opel corresponds to the standard in the van class. The central combination furniture with two-burner gas cooker, sink and cool box is located behind the driver’s seat. This is followed by a wardrobe on the side and an overhead storage box in the rear. Overall, however, the space for cookware and supplies is rather limited. This is due to the two canisters in the kitchen block, each of which has a volume of ten liters for water supply and disposal.
On the other hand, this has the advantage that the kitchen can also be used independently outdoors thanks to the standard additional sliding door on the left. All you need to do is loosen the electrical connection and the turnbuckles as well as the outdoor set with extension cables, then the cooking furniture can be lifted out of the cart relatively easily by two people.
When folded down, the rear bench in connection with the cushion in the rear serves as a sleeping place, the lying area is 1.90 by 1.05 meters. It’s best for two people to stay here who like each other. However, the transition from the bench to the bed extension above the trunk is rather uncomfortable; an additional support to level the upholstery would be desirable.
It is more pleasant to sleep in the bed under the pop-up roof, even if the lying surface is four centimeters shorter here. Unlocking the pop-up roof is cumbersome because of the double and stiff securing, after all, there are two LED reading lights with USB sockets for mobile phone charging in the upper room.
The basic engine is just enough for rapid progress. Those who often use the permitted payload of almost 800 kilograms and then travel with a total of 3.1 tons should choose the more powerful diesel with 150 or 177 hp. With a consumption of 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers and an altitude of 1.99 meters, the Crosscamp is good for everyday use. With extras such as auxiliary heating and navigation for 47,000 euros, it is still well below the price level of a VW California.