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Practical Motorhome reviews the Dethleffs Advantage T 6951 – get the inside line from the expert test team

Design

The Advantage looks like a true low-profile in a way that some others do not. It is considerably lower and sleeker than many of its rivals, and the body shape looks nicely proportioned. The ABS plastic rear pillars are shapely and protect the panels from bumps and scrapes, while the under-slung waste tank – not an ideal location for extreme winter use – is insulated as part of the Luxus options pack. The nearside, mid-axle waste-pipe has a screw-thread for an extension hose and a detachable handle, too.

The washroom is central, across the aisle from the small kitchen, and there is a step up to the bedroom.

On the road

The Advantage T 6951 is based on the lightweight, low-profile Fiat Ducato ‘special’ chassis, and the powerful 160 MultiJet engine is a £1500 upgrade from the standard 130 version.

Safety features include anti-slip regulator (ASR) cruise control and driver’s airbag; a passenger version is optional. The cab also boasts air-conditioning and height-adjustable swivel seats.

Lounging & dining

The dinette area only seats four, as there is no side-facing seat. There is an extendable table with an in-fill section but we didn’t like the leather upholstery (an optional extra) – the soft feel is pleasant but the light colour seems impractical.

Sadly the cab sunroof, surely an essential fitting for allowing a decent amount of daylight into a motorhome of this size, is an optional extra (£730).

Kitchen

The kitchen area is small but at least it has its oven at a sensible height, and the split glass hob top provides small but serviceable pieces of workspace.

There is plenty of storage space on offer here, with two deep drawers and a large cupboard. Full marks to Dethleffs for the practicality of its two 230V sockets above the worktop to the left of the sink.

Sleeping

One crucial change was made to the Advantage as a result of comments made by our reader team members: our test model had serious headroom issues – caused partly by a step up to the bedroom – so, in response to our initial comments, Dethleffs decided to lower the bed by the height of the mattress as a no-cost option. This will allow occupants to sit up straight in bed, which is not possible with lockers only 50cm above the bed head. The only drawback is the inevitable loss of some storage space in the external locker.

Washroom

The Advantage has a serviceable, combined washroom with an excellent, swing-wall shower space, though the loo space is cramped. And the sink, though big enough to wash your face in, lacks the room to do this comfortably.

Storage

The 6951 has a very large external locker (although this will be somewhat reduced by the lowered bed mentioned above), and wardrobe space is reasonable. There are wardrobes either side of the bed, with a slim hanging rail at the entrance to the bedroom, and a handy cupboard in the front of the bed. The bed-base is fixed.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3495kg
Payload300kg
Length7.33m24′1″
Width2.33m7′8″
Height2.67m8′9″
Waste water90L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Gas water heater

Verdict

Dethleffs’ common-sense design demonstrates that it listens 
to its customers.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Great bodywork; user-friendly kitchen; good storage space.

Cons

  • Bedroom access is tricky; washroom is small.
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