This motorhome is very easy to use and live with on extended trips. The sumptuous sleeping compartment is fantastic.
Cosy rear sleeping compartment
It has a massive, easy-to-use rear garage
The rear passageway leading to the transverse fixed-bed is too narrow
There are a few minor quality concerns
The Knaus has an L-shaped lounge and dining area. However, the space in the corner of the ‘L’ is wasted as there’s only enough room on the bench for three people to sit comfortably. The front seats swivel round and the Knaus’ dining table slides out and rotates to offer a variety of eating positions. This feature also makes it easy for those around the table to stand up and sit back down. A lounge window lets in plenty of natural light.
We enjoyed spending time in the lounge area of the Knaus. Watching television is especially simple if you choose the flat screen TV option. It glides satisfyingly out of its slot next to the driver’s seat, and this neat arrangement also keeps the TV safely out of sight when not in use.
Knaus provides kitchen worktop space alongside the hob and sink, but it is rather limited. You’ll have to use the dining table as a preparation area.
Once you have prepared the food though, there’s a three-ring hob with plenty of space for pots and pans. In addition, the sink is deep enough to make the post-dinner washing up a simple task.
To help keep the kitchen clean, there’s a hob cover that folds up to act as a splash guard. A slide-out kitchen cupboard augments the upper lockers for storage.
In the shower, you get a circular shower door made from plastic that swings round to enclose the shower cubicle, separating it from the rest of the washroom.
For washroom storage, there’s a profusion of cupboards and shelves to keep all your bathroom bottles from rattling around. It also has a large washroom mirror, with a big overhead light.
Transverse rear beds have the advantage of providing great comfort and ease, as you don’t have to make up a bed every evening and pack it away again in the morning. A transverse rear bed also makes the ’van seem more homely, as it gives the rear cabins a feeling of distinct, individual sections.
The Knaus’ rear bed is especially good, as the rear bed seems more like a bedroom than in some other ’vans. Little touches – such as cushions hanging from a rail that form a sort of headboard – and the layout of the lockers give a snug, cossetting sensation. The mattress is comfortable, too.
There are reading lights and a skylight in the rear bed compartment, but just one window. This doesn’t detract from the Knaus’ appeal, though.
There are fixed steps to ease access to the rear bed, which are easy to use.
The drop-down overcab bed requires the front cab’s seats to be tilted forward, which allows the beds to extend fully into position. The Knaus has a latch system, which requires a very solid tug to unclip the bed and it comes away with quite a thud. It’s also difficult to push up and out of the way.
The large rear garage is big enough to accommodate a scooter, or pair of bicycles, with ease. There’s also a further slot inside its garage that runs under the floor, which can even store something as large as a garden table umbrella.
The garage also has a low load sill, which makes it easy to load heavy goods. There’s a rail on the front wall, with a useful securing hook, too.
Inside the ’van, there’s a large wardrobe and storage in the lounge and dining area is generous. It’s easy to find places to keep your maps and holiday reading, too.
|Shipping Length||6.83 m|