Benjamin Davies

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Read Practical Motorhome's expert review of the Dethleffs Eurostyle A69

Design

The Eurostyle’s overcab has an acute leading-edge angle, which reduces the overall volume. Aluminium-clad sandwich panels have been used for the sidewalls. The Eurostyle’s 6.96m length is only a gnat’s whisker under 23ft.


It has a long chassis, heavy-duty suspension and a large payload. Twin rear wheels and cart springs offer a tough suspension 
set-up that will cope with anything it’s loaded with.

The Eurostyle can accommodate six sleepers and seats six safely on the move. However, if travelling with a full complement, two passengers will be relegated to rearward-facing seats with lap belts only.

The bunk bed is positioned longitudinally at the rear. The bottom bunk base is hinged and fitted 
a large, exterior-access door so that this area can be used for storage. Take care when loading because the position of the garage means that the weight will be predominantly on one side, which can dramatically affect a motorhome’s on-road stability.

The cabinetwork is more than up to the job, with an air of upmarket elitism. The Eurostyle is made at 
a factory in Dresden owned by, and obviously closely related to, Dethleffs. It offers lots of lovely, contrasting, veneer cabinetwork, as well as Dethleffs know-how at a very keen price indeed.

On the road

The Ford Transit-based Eurostyle is a great on-road performer, offering not just rear-wheel drive, but twin rear-wheel drive. This gives extra stability, a greater loading margin and more grip when leaving muddy campsites. It has a powerful motor, too: Ford’s 2.4-litre TDCi.

The rear axle ratio has been lowered for increased tractability but this is more than compensated for by a tall overdrive in sixth gear, so it should still be economical. However, even die-hard Ford fanatics will have to admit that the Transit 385’s ride is gloriously unsophisticated.

Lounging & dining

Dethleffs chose two dinettes for its Eurostyle: a double on the offside and a single on the nearside. Apart from accommodating six people with ease, it also offers a family of motorcaravanners plenty of versatility.

Kitchen

The Eurostyle’s kitchen certainly looks the part. It is stylish and functional, but does suffer from a lack 
of usable worksurface and the absence of a grill. Cooks will probably have to make use 
of one of the dinettes when preparing vegetables and other food.

The handily positioned gas isolator knobs are a good feature, though. Having them on view and within easy reach means that it would be easy 
to cut off the gas supply to the kitchen appliances in case of an emergency.

The Eurostyle also has useful spot lighting, whereas the other ’vans have lighting that is only just adequate for the kitchen area.

Sleeping

Families on tour in the Eurostyle will appreciate the fact that even with six beds deployed, insomniacs can sit comfortably at the single dinette while the rest are asleep. Disappointingly, the bunk bed ladder is very uncomfortable for bare feet.

Washroom

The Eurostyle has a separate showering area, a moulded vanity bowl with a cupboard underneath and a separate mixer tap for the shower, which gets a glazed, bi-fold door.

Storage

High-level lockers combine with underseat storage and 
a garage space underneath 
the lower bunk bed. Arthritic hands may find the Eurostyle’s push-button locks painful to operate but they do provide a secure mechanism.

The large garage door offers transverse, through-belly storage for long, skinny items. It also provides tie-down cleats in the garage. The gas cylinder holds two x 13kg cylinders.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats6
MTPLM3850kg
Payload790kg
Length6.96m22′10″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height3.5m11′6″
Waste water110L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven
Washroom
Thetford C-200 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Truma Gas Blown air heater, Truma Gas water heater
Security
Immobiliser, Alarm

Verdict

A roomy, practical ’van for the larger family. Quality at a bargain price.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Spacious interior; good lounge/dining area; tough, RWD base vehicle

Cons

  • Commercial vehicle ride quality; long-ish body; category C1 driving licence required
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