Peter BaberSee other Blog articles filed in ‘Our fleet’ written by Peter Baber
We're particularly excited this week at Practical Motorhome because we have taken delivery of our latest long-term loan motorhome, and, to put it mildly, it's a bit of a break from the norm.
At 7.83m in length, the Carthago liner-for-two includes two beds that can be merged into a double that comes down over the cab, completely shutting it away. In fact, Southdowns Motorhomes, from where we picked up this vehicle, told us that one customer was so taken in by the cab being shut off that when she first walked in at a show, she assumed she was in a caravan.
Then there's a dressing space, and a separate washroom spread right across the van that can be completely sectioned off. Behind this you get a large side kitchen and a comfortable C-shaped lounge that includes an extendable reclining seat from which you can watch the television that rises up from a sideboard.
Add to this so much storage space that we had difficult trying to think how we might fill it, and you could say that you have the ultimate travelling vehicle - albeit one that doesn't come cheap or light. It starts at £118,670 OTR and MTPLM is 4500kg, so it's only for those with the appropriate licence.
The first tour we did in it was just for photography, but in a setting that had an equally luxurious appearance. Wicks Farm in West Wittering is a caravan park that mainly hosts statics, but the field it has set aside for motorhomes has to be one of the most elegantly kept we have seen in a long time. We hate to think how many hours someone must have spent trimming the hedges around the side of the field to come up with the topiary display they have here.
Pitched in here, we almost felt guilty that we had all this motorhome just for two - particularly as the only other resident on our first night was a man and his dog in a Daihatsu camper van. A second double bed made out of the rear lounge is a cost option, if you wanted a four-berth.
And despite all that weight and length, we could still use the Liner for Two to explore the beautiful harbour around Bosham, driving a long a road that is only usable at low tide.
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