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It looks sleek, but find out how the Rapido 992M performs in the tough Practical Motorhome review
We appreciated the 992M’s smart, grey paintwork – even after seven days on the road in inclement weather, the ’van still looked clean. Its stylish, sleek A-class lines appeal, too, and make the ’van appear longer than its 7.4m.
We toured during the colder months, and were grateful for the Rapido’s level of winterisation. Its internal, 100-litre fresh-water and insulated 100-litre waste water tanks were well protected from frost, and its Styrofoam-insulated walls, roof and floor helped keep us warm during freezing nights.
On the road
The driving position is excellent, and the six-speed gearbox works well in town. The new generation Sprinter comes with a fully automatic gearbox similar to that fitted into Mercedes cars. The cab offers excellent all-round visibility, and on the road there were no rattles from the living area, but engine and road noise made it hard to talk at normal levels when driving at more than 50mph.
Lounging & dining
The inclusion of a large, fold-out table, which swivels and slides, means there is plenty of leg- and elbow-room for five to eat in comfort once seated. But the size of the table means that access to the cab seats is somewhat restricted when other diners are seated.
Otherwise the kitchen is of a high standard. The three-burner hob is a decent size and allows you to cook using multiple pans simultaneously. The 150-litre fridge with separate freezer is standard, and UK models also get a 30-litre oven with grill.
It’s the rear island bed arrangement that appeals most: shut the door which divides the front and back areas of the ’van and a real bedroom area is created, complete with two small wardrobes and a headboard behind the bed. Ambient lighting around the area creates a relaxing space, and classy fittings (including good-quality curtains) increase the home-from-home atmosphere. A TV aerial point in one of those wardrobes is a welcome addition, but a real minus-point for us is the lack of a mains electric socket in the bedroom area.
From the point of view of size, the washroom offers lots of room in which to move around, but those over six feet tall are likely to find the need to stoop while taking a shower.
Although we found the toilet room extremely cramped, our test ’van was an early model, and Rapido assures us that this room has been enlarged by several centimetres in later production models.
Inside the ’van, we were somewhat concerned to notice that, when open, the overhead lockers touched the halogen lights above, causing the wood panels to heat up to a worrying degree. Rapido assured us that this was a problem unique to this early 992M and that it would be fixed on later models.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Rapido aims to provide a luxurious touring environment with its A-class ’vans, and the 992M offers that in spades.
- Attractive appearance; quality of fixtures and fittings; impressive level of winterisation.
- Separate washroom and toilet room may deter some buyers; no mains socket in bedroom.