PRACTICAL MOTORHOME SAYS…
Of the three new Kea P motorhomes, we reckon the transverse-bed P67 is the best. But if the thought of having to clamber over your partner to reach the washroom at night is too much, and you can manage the extra external length, the P68 is still a good option. That extra length doesn’t add to what is at best an adequate lounge, but the kitchen and washroom are well kitted out, and with the extras Marquis has added (bigger engine, better heater), this is a good price.
Extractor fan in kitchen is a bonus at this price; offside shower is well lit; garage is cavernous
Lack of rooflight in lounge due to drop-down bed; minimal overhead lockers and underseat storage in lounge
Mobilvetta’s Kea P low-profile range, back this season with hab doors on the UK-friendly side, has so far offered a fixed sinlge bed with end washroom (the P65) and a shorter transverse bed (P67).
But there is room for the one layout no range seems able to survive without: a rear island bed. The P68 has just that, but to fit everything in, it needs to be 7.38m long – the same as the P65.
The garage is cavernous, even with the bed down. It's also lit and heated
Despite the ‘van’s length, the lounge is a bit squeezed, to take account of the island bed. So you only get a single seat on the nearside, opposite the L-shaped settee that includes two travel seats. It’s fine for four, though, once you swivel the cab seats around.
Two large windows bring in lots of daylight, compensating for the lack of a rooflight because of the drop-down bed. The TV bracket and sockets are right next to the door, so the set would probably only be comfortably viewed by people sitting in the cab seats and possibly at the end of either settee.
The island bed, at the rear, can be moved up and down to gain more storage, not just in the garage but also in the locker under the lower half of the bed. Its elevated position is unusually high, and the sliding partition curves around the end of the bed, so getting around it can feel a bit of a squeeze. The bedhead itself, however, is furnished with spotlights, USB sockets and speakers for the radio. There are also TV sockets in here.
With the Truma 6 heating Marquis includes as standard, it should be snug. The room is naturally well lit, thanks to the large rooflight and windows.
The L-shaped kitchen work surface includes a large round sink and a waste bin. It is still big enough to work on, as long as you make use of the covers for both these items. The three-burner hob includes one induction plate. You also get an extractor fan – a bonus at this price – although the fittings take up some room in the overhead locker.
Under the L-part of the kitchen is a swing-out cupboard with a selection of shelves, including one hidden from view most of the time. Two drawers and a pan locker complete the storage.
Across the aisle you find a slimline fridge with a TEC Tower oven and two shelves above that. There is a pull-out shelf next to this, which is large, but not very accessible.
The offside shower in the central washroom is well lit and comes with a roof vent and plenty of shelf space, but only one drainage hole.
The nearside washroom proper has a swing-out cupboard located below the handbasin, a large mirror and an opaque window behind the toilet.
The extra space given over to the rear island bed means the drop-down bed does obscure the gangway to the door. But it is easy to reach via the ladder.
Overhead locker provision in the lounge isn’t generous, and there is little underseat storage, because most of this area is taken up with the water tank or the battery. You might have to use the pelmet shelf above the cab.
Things improve further back, where there are two good-sized wardrobes either side of the island bed, two cupboards under each of them, and two overhead lockers in between.
The space under the bed is accessible only lifting the bed and, as there is not much of a barrier between there and the garage, clothes might slip out. But the garage is cavernous, even with the bed down. It’s also lit and heated.
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|Shipping Length||7.38 m|
|Engine Size||2300 cc|