Nick HardingSee other motorhome reviews written by Nick Harding
If you're in the market for a high-quality, stylish, three-berth coachbuilt motorhome, this might be the one to set your heart racing.
Thoughts of "Not another low-profile coachbuilt import with a rear island bed!" soon turned to "Well, actually..." when we saw this.
If you think Dethleffs' Pulse T7051 DBM GT is a bit of a mouthful, I wouldn't disagree. Rather, I'm siding with editor Sarah, who saw the Pulse line-up of four coachbuilts and six A-classes at launch, describing them as "stunning".
This is a very extensive portfolio from the marque, but let's cut to the quick with this model, badged GT for Gran Turismo - signifying a £3000 package of styling features, inside and out.
My viewing took place at Dethleffs' longest-serving UK dealer, Lowdhams.
There's some neat storage - open shelving and a small drawer - to your left as you step in, too.
Lounging & dining
Overhead, there's useful open shelving around the overcab, and nifty ceiling panelling in grey to offset the main white colour; while the lounge lockers are double-hinged and have a two-tone finish.
Under the hob, there's a generous cutlery drawer (soft-closing), beneath which is a Thetford Duplex oven/grill combination.
Across the galley, the Dometic fridge-freezer (190 litres) is at a good height, with a locker above that could house a microwave.
Again, the extra details - the shelf on the left and open shelving - make the difference. But are the two mains sockets beyond the sink set a little too low?
Set into the furniture each side are handy cubbyholes, with twin USB output on the offside and a mains socket nearside.
The third sleeping berth, from the lounge seating, is nominal.
The toilet is a Thetford swivel-bowl, but again, it's the fittings alongside that impress. The sink is inset, above which a triple locker includes adjustable shelving. Further storage under the basin includes a toilet roll dispenser. But there's no window.
This arrangement allows you to create a full-width washroom courtesy of the toilet room door and two sliding panels.
Prices are the usual lottery for imported vehicles. As seen, this example cashes out at £68,505, including the Lowdham Pack - 4m awning, satellite dish, TV, reversing camera, sat nav.
|Layout||Rear island bed|
|Fresh/waste water||116L / 90L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Still fancy a Dethleffs? Prepare to battle through its website, huge brochure and technical sheets - but we think it'll be worth it in the end. This is one of many gems of quality and style to be found in the rather bewildering portfolio of models and spec levels provided by this highly regarded German manufacturer.
Dethleffs is part of the mighty Erwin Hymer Group, and this coachbuilt simply exudes quality and style.
- Attractive ceiling panelling
- Opening sunroof in the overcab
- Oven set too low
- Wheel arch intrusion in the shower