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Read Practical Motorhome's expert review of the Dethleffs Eurostyle A69
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 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
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.
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.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven
Thetford C-200 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
A roomy, practical ’van for the larger family. Quality at a bargain price.
- Spacious interior; good lounge/dining area; tough, RWD base vehicle
- Commercial vehicle ride quality; long-ish body; category C1 driving licence required