Pilote G781FGJ - French heavyweight aristocrat
We have shown many large motorhomes of Morelo and Frankia brands on our pages. Today it's time for Pilote. Fans know what contributes to the unprecedented success of the brand on European markets. Quality, reliability and ... well ... this silence while driving. These cars are simply "put together neatly", regardless of the model line and equipment variant. The number of vehicles of this brand sold each year to our western neighbors clearly shows that the Pilote has nothing to be ashamed of, even in the segment of large, comfortable motorhomes in demanding markets.
Today we will look at such an inconspicuous French aristocrat in the XL edition, which is becoming more and more popular in our country. The integra that we would like to introduce to you is the G781FGJ with a permissible total weight of 4.5 tons and considerable dimensions - the length is proud 789 cm, and the width is 230 cm (277 cm with unfolded mirrors).
The interior layout is modeled on the standard layout of the living room-kitchen / bathroom-bedroom, but the very feeling of space, which is provided by almost 8-meter buildings, makes a huge impression. From the moment we enter, we are sure that we are in a premium class vehicle. On the right, we are welcomed by a spacious living room with face-to-face sofas. The driver and passenger seats are of course equipped with turntables. 6 adults can easily take a seat at the folding table.
4 people can travel, while there can be up to 6 sleeping places (4 is standard, an additional bed with dimensions of 200x100 is offered as an option). The front fold-down bed measures 135 x 190 cm.
The kitchen is ergonomic and large. We have a large worktop, a two-burner stove and a sink at our disposal. Above the stove you will find 2 large cupboards that open upwards, and underneath it there are plenty of drawers equipped with Hettich fittings with slow-closing and solid locks (who has a drawer in the camper while driving, will appreciate the Pilote solutions in this area). Opposite there is a large 160-liter Dometic refrigerator, and below it is the electric heart of the building, i.e. the electric block and overcurrent protection devices.
Between the kitchen and the bedroom opposite each other there is a large, comfortable shower and a module with Thetford cassette toilet and sink. The doors on both sides - that is, separating the bathroom from both the living room and the bedroom - allow you to create a comfortable bath room . It is worth noting that, unlike many motorhomes of similar length, nothing protrudes from the shower floor here - it is even and practical, no protruding wheel arches or high steps. There is a mini heki window above the cabin, which allows you to get rid of excess moisture and steam in the room in no time.
The bedroom in the back is already the real arms of Morpheus - two places with dimensions of 204x80 and 210x80, respectively, can be connected with each other, resulting in a really large family bed. We can sleep across here without any problems. Easily accessible wardrobes with hangers are placed under the bed.
Installations and tanks
The Truma 6 CP + gas system with a boiler and hot air blows is responsible for heating. Optionally, you can order a car with ALDE heating and a set of additional accessories of this brand (additional heater, engine heat exchanger). With Alde we have a fully winter vehicle resistant to even the lowest temperatures without the phenomenon of condensation (instead of warm air blown by the stove, we have advanced liquid-based radiator heating). The clean water tank is 130 liters and the gray water tank is 95 liters. Many sockets (including USB) have been thought of, and even installation for solar panels, which saves us unnecessary roof perforation.
The buildings are made in the latest, airtight and warm technology without the use of wood. The core of the walls is an aluminum skeleton filled with foam. The side walls are aluminum and the hail-resistant roof is made of resin laminates. High-quality double windows will also ensure thermal comfort.
The forward visibility is great - as befits a premium class integra. The vehicle is powered as standard with the latest Fiat Ducato unit with a capacity of 2.2 liters and 140 HP. On request, a livelier heart can be chosen for this cruiser, then necessarily with Fiat's brilliant new automatic transmission. The front track has been widened at the factory, while the reliable, proven AL-KO frame begins right behind the cab. The use of this type of frame means that we managed to find space for a double floor - its height is 21 cm. Of course, it plays the role of an additional cargo space, but it also has an important function of insulating the interior of the motorhome against the cold. On-board installations were also led in this space.
Another advantage of the car's design is the possibility of increasing the gross vehicle weight up to 4500 kg (factory default: 4250). Why stress free? Because it gives us loading reserves of about 1,200 kg. And this means that we no longer have to worry about every kilogram of luggage while preparing for a holiday trip. At the back, we have a cavernous garage with 95x110 cm hatches on both sides. The inside height is 120 cm. This allows you to potentially eliminate, for example, a bicycle rack, as they can easily fit in the garage, and there is still room for furniture, toys, sports equipment or a barbecue.
Pilote is a really solid equipment for the most demanding. The value for money is excellent here, especially considering the extensive standard equipment. The official representative of the Pilote brand is the CarGO group! Your holiday for five stars with branches all over Poland.
|Author of the article: Maciej Kinal The article was prepared in cooperation with CarGO! Rent a Camp|
I feel best in the form of trade fairs and meetings with enthusiasts. Technical freak. In my life I have dismantled many motorhomes for the first time. Fan of large vehicles, mountain biking and traveling without weight and financial restrictions. At CampRest, I am responsible for all publications on automotive topics.