Andrew McPhee

See other motorhome reviews written by Andrew McPhee

The Practical Motorhome review of the Dethleffs Advantage T6611, a clever and well built 'van

Design

Built on Fiat’s motorhome-specific Ducato chassis, the Advantage has a payload of 370kg – not a lot, but it should be ample since it’s designed as a dedicated two-berth. It's a traditional low-profile with a pragmatically designed exterior, enhanced by the (optional) blue graphics and silver-blue sidewalls (£699). We liked the fact that the roof includes a footplate for use when loading gear onto the roof rack. The habitation door is disappointing, though, as it has no window.

Even though there is a curtain to cordon off the sleeping area, the washroom is in the middle, opposite the kitchen, so you don’t get an en-suite ‘bedroom’. Otherwise, the Advantage’s interior is hard to beat. Everything from the locker door hinges to the worksurfaces feels sturdy, and the overall design is clean and classy.

On the road

The 130bhp Fiat MultiJet does the job, but the 157bhp version with its 295 lb/ft of torque, available as a cost option, would surely do it better. Still, the Advantage has a sporty, modern feel, particularly so if you choose the optional SKA sports seats (£973).

The cab is air-conditioned and it's a four-wheel-drive vehicle with six gears, cruise control and driver airbag. The windows and mirrors are electric.

Lounging & dining

The lounge has a half dinette with two forward-facing, belted travel seats. The sturdy dining table extends so that, with the cab seats swivelled, the lounge can accommodate four. And, despite the windowless habitation door, the lounge area enjoys a good level of natural light thanks to a big skylight and a panoramic window beside the half dinette.

Kitchen

The kitchen is well-equipped and, unlike some others in its class, has an extractor fan. There's also a three-burner hob and a 100-litre fridge/freezer, and Dethleffs managed to accommodate a big sink without having to skimp too much on workspace thanks to a very clever design: three hinged, glass plates with finger holes cover various parts of the sink and hob; when raised together, they reveal the entire sink and cooker, but you can also flip them up individually, thus preserving the amount of workspace elsewhere. There are also angled kitchen cabinets to preserve headroom.

Sleeping

Despite having a middle washroom and a smaller overall footprint than some similar ’vans, the Advantage has a surprisingly good sleeping area. Rather than providing two completely separate beds, it has a U-shaped arrangement with a corridor and steps in the middle. The area of mattress between the two beds is handy for books and knick-knacks, and there are three big shelves just above it. The beds can easily be converted into one big double by the use of extendable struts and infill cushions to span the gap between them.

Another clever touch is the TV mounting, which extends and swivels so that the screen is visible from both beds, or from the lounge. There is a single bed in the lounge but it's not perfectly level and so is only good for occasional use, or as a last resort.

Washroom

It's a fairly small washroom with a swing-wall shower. While these are often fiddly to use, Dethleffs has designed this one so it can be more easily operated, although the limited space means the swing-wall has a cut-out for the toilet bowl. No matter how hard you try, you’re still likely to get the toilet wet when you shower. Storage space is at a premium, but the designers have managed to include an adequate cupboard for toiletries.

Storage

The Advantage’s big garage is a winner, with movable mounting points and enough room for one or two bicycles. You’ll have to fork out an extra £250 for two doors, though. Exterior lockers are available but can only really be used to store chocks and cables.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3495kg
Payload370kg
Length6.98m22′11″
Width2.33m7′8″
Height2.67m8′9″
Waste water90L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

A cleverly designed, solidly built ’van that would be ideal for a couple touring alone.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Clever kitchen design; excellent bed area.

Cons

  • Expensive options list; lack of guest options.
Share with friends

Follow us on

Recently added motorhomes for sale

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Marquis Majestic 196 review – 1 - Fitting six berths and six travel seats into a 3500kg motorhome is no mean feat – does it work? (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Swift Bessacarr 597 review – 1 - The ’van tested has an MTPLM of 3850kg, but there is a version with a 3500kg MTPLM (and a lower payload) – read more in our Swift Bessacarr 597 review (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)

Rapido 8094dF

£70,600OTR

The Practical Motorhome Rapido 8094dF review – 1 - You get a lot in this 3500kg MTPLM motorhome, but 3700kg and 4.4-tonne chassis upgrades are available (© Sarah Wakely/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome 2018 Auto-Trail Tracker LB Lo-Line review – 1 - The Auto-Trail Tracker LB is available in Lo-Line (as pictured) or Hi-Line form (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome 2018 Elddis Accordo 105 review – 1 - The Elddis Accordo 105's Azure Blue aluminium sidewalls are new for the 2018 touring season (© Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Chausson Flash 716 review – 1 - Priced from £49,500, this new five-berth low-profile from Chausson has a licence-friendly MTPLM of 3500kg (© Practical Motorhome)