Fans of German build quality will put this Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4 on their shortlist – especially if you want the latest in drop-down bed technology from a German manufacturer that continues to build on a solid reputation here in the UK. And to see other Dethleffs motorhomes for sale, click here.
It has a fully-lined shower cubicle
There’s a clever service hatch
The habitation door is wider than most
The TV holder that slides out of view is a neat touch
Garage space is a bit limited
The habitation door is on the ‘wrong’ side for the UK
Be sure to make time for our Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4 review. But there’s no time for 40 winks here, the drop-down bed concept is evolving fast – putting it lengthways is just another step in the process.
Germany’s Dethleffs is certainly keen enough to join the cause, announcing the three-model 4-travel line-up, characterised by electrically-operated double beds where you sleep with your head at the cab end.
Two of the models – the twin single beds T 7116-4 and island double T7156-4 – are 7.49m in overall length. The sub-7m long baby of the three is the T 6966-4 that we went to see at the Lowdhams dealership’s Nottinghamshire base.
This is Lowdhams’ 17th season with Dethleffs. Today, just five other dealerships in the UK hold the franchise, between them accounting for eight outlets through England, Scotland and Wales.
At night, the drop-down bed glides into place thanks to the quietest of motors
The cab seats swivel to complete a spacious lounge, where space is opened up by having just a token backrest panel (rather than deep cushioning) for the sofa on the offside. Nearside, the forward-facing travel seat for two can soon be adapted into an L-shaped settee.
The Macchiato upholstery is leather-trimmed, with cloth inserts, or you can option the darker Chocolat.
The Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4’s kitchen has three gas rings in a line – arguably the best hob arrangement, because it allows worktop space to the front. There’s an impressively large cutlery drawer under the hob area, with a Smev oven/grill set directly below – another UK-exclusive fitting, it’s nonetheless just a tad too low for the easiest use.
A high ledge to the right of the hob will prove handy. The shelved cupboard here also includes isolators for the gas appliances – a practical location where they’re much more likely to be used. The sink is in tough, stainless steel, with lots of locker space below and shelving above. A Perspex-doored drinks locker, meanwhile, has a three-bottle capacity.
Keeping things chilled or frozen will be easy, too, thanks to Dometic’s automatic-energy-selecting RML 9435 narrow fridge – capacity is up to 151 litres.
Across the back, sliding door access to the washroom is always a space-saver. The shower cubicle is on the right, there’s a basin straight ahead and a Thetford swivel-bowl toilet to the left. The shower cubicle is plastic-lined and comes with a riser bar as well as a clothes hanging rail, plus LED lighting, two plugholes and corner storage baskets in a chrome finish.
There’s open shelving and a large mirror behind the toilet – where surely a window would have been better. But the pleasant surprise on the back wall is the mirrored section that slides across to reveal a large storage area that includes two drawers.
At night, the drop-down bed glides into place thanks to the quietest of motors, coming right down to seat-base level, should you require. A second motor for the head-end is somewhat noisier. Dimensions are generous and the top-quality mattress on slats makes it very comfortable.
Making the Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4’s second double bed, where you sleep transversely, involves a fair amount of cushion re-arrangement.
|Shipping Length||6.99 m|