Friday, October 31, 2014

Kitty Halloween

Kitty Halloween

No doubt at Halloween Marcus and Agata are so scared that our best plan for tonight is to hide in our Bedroom with the lights out.

We may try and protect ourselves from an ocean of children in fancy dress demanding menaces by calling our our kitten defenders....

Berne Motorhome Show Review

This is our 3rd Motorhome Show report for 2014.  Please also look back on our

Dusseldorf Show 2014 report  and
NEC UK 2014 report

as we won't duplicate models reviewed there earlier!

Burstner Travel Van 690

  • 690 model has a twin bed which we don't like.  But we tested it and shorter people can sleep together  transversely.  And the advantages of the 690 are:
  • Immense amount of storage space.  Absolutely gargantuan!
  • Special Features listed here
  • 220 cm width

Travel Van Outside

Garage easily large enough for 2 road bicycles

Twin beds, but you can sleep transverly.   The advantage of the 690 is that it has a lot more storage space vs the double bed 590

Tall fridge.  Common on many 2015 motorhomes.  Not deep but looks effective.

Bucket loads of cupboard space

Flick the lever and rotate the sink and mirror to the right to use shower

Travel Van Inside

Dethleffs Globus

  • Thin and low Motorhome
  • Only 262 cm high because there is no double floor, its based instead on Fiat Lowframe chassis
  • You can specify a special Low Garage option for more space there
  • We think the I15 (Integrated A class model 15)  is the best since it has a large garage for 2 bicycles
  • We believe the front bed can be removed but it just provides a space an no extra cupboards
  • At the show only the I1 was on show and not the I15 that we would have wanted, nevertheless photos of I1 below

Bathroom has the sink on a vertical board which rotates over the toilet to reveal a full shower area.

 The I1 is very petite and feels a little claustrophobic

Multiple different variants are possible T are traditional Coachbuilds whereas I are Integrated versions  (i.e. no passenger door and coach like front panoramic window)

You can specify a Low AL-KO garage option, but the vehicle itself is based on the Fiat low chassis version not a full AL-KO chassis vehicle

So the Berne show was very informative and we are very glad we made the effort to attend.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEC Motorhome Show Review

Yes, We are getting serious!  Our second Motorhome show of this year in our quest for the perfect European Camper Van/ Motorhome.

Don't forget our existing review of the Dusseldorf Motorhome show

Our weekend journey to England took us to the NEC Exhitibition Centre and a chance to also catch up and meet friends who we wish we could keep in touch with more often.

There is lots to see, so what interesting finds did we uncover?

(Note, we'll try not to repeat motorhomes covered in the Dusseldorf posting)

Carthago Compactline 138

  • One of the very few motorhomes with a thin width.  This is 212 cms wide only  (plus mirrors)
  • A class home i.e. Coach front and drop down bed 
  • AL-KO low frame
  • Beautiful inside
  • Generous garage for 2 bicycles
  • Based on a Fiat chassis
  • 180 BHP motor is an option
  • The 138 has a double bed there are other members in the family e.g longer vehicle with 2 single beds etc.

  • Possibly the best ever Van Conversion
  • Quality of construction and Workmanship was excellent
  • Alde piped water heating
  • 6 metre van only for double bed  (6.4 metre has 2 singles)
  • Space behind the bed for 2 bicycles, well possibly
  • Quite pricey

 Fiat Cab base

Washroom is a wetroom with cupboards and place and drying rack upper left

Simple decent kitchen.  Classy and Elegant. Optionally fridge can be mounted at waist height with a cupboard underneath instead.

View to the back

Bed folds horizontally so you can never walk thru the van to the back.  But with it folded you can sit on it like a big settee.

Unusually professional ALDE heading

Chic yet sophisticated electronics.  Can program heating time on and off

50 cms from panel to back of van.   Just wider than a single road race bicycle handlebars

78cms from base to bottom of bed.   Remove your seat and front bicycle wheel and maybe it is going to fit

With the bed in upright position from back of van

Westfalia Columbus  (apologies for 90 degrees rotation!)

Rapido V56 Van Conversion

  • 6 metre van conversion
  • Some unique layout, noticeably V56
  • V56 link
  • Small longitundional bed allows for a side wash-room
  • Not sure where the bicycles would go!
  • Lots of kitchen cupboard space
  • Large tall fridge freezer
  • Most cupboard space of any van conversion seen so far

Innovative small bed allows for side washroom

 Cupboard space!

 Up front traditional Fiat Cab

Extra seating and more storage

Good simple kitchen with lots of cabinet space

50 cm wide floor area to put 2 bicycles in ... hmmm

Wingamm Oasi 610 GL

  • We completely missed this in the show, finding it in the car park where we accosted the very helpful salesman!
  • They also do a Citi Suite Van which we did not see
  • Unique Monocoque design supposed to be rattle free and warm but we don't know it s reliability
  • The Oasi 610 GL whilst being a little wide at 220cm has an amazing set of features.
  • The bunk beds at back can be removed for extra garage storage.
  • Googling Wingamm reveals very little both in terms of vehicles, owners or experiences.

Carthago Motorhomes
NEC Show Guide