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Practical Motorhome reviews a secondhand Rapido 924F

Overview

There are plenty of new models for less than the cost of this used A-class ’van – so why buy second-hand? In a word, ‘quality’.

The Rapido is winterised, boasts a high level of specification and an attractive internal finish that looks as good as new. Then there’s the A-class part of the equation. We chose this models for its spacious lounge in a short body length – now far less common than it was. First-timers are often (needlessly) deterred by the slightly unusual driving position of an A-class, but book a test drive and see for yourself – you could find yourself in the A-class club with change from £30,000.

Design

The Rapido stands out a mile on the forecourt with its gleaming, gel-coated GRP bodywork. Its centrally locking door, with two locking points, a window and a bin, is also a step ahead of other contemporaries. Unlike them, however, it doesn’t have a double-floor to house the water tanks. However, its tanks do appear to be insulated and its waste valve/handle is internal (in the sofa base).

On the road

You’re very well aware of the size of the vehicle, though the Al-Ko chassis cuts out the body-roll you might experience from a similarly-sized, standard chassis coachbuilt.
A-class windscreens provide excellent views, though the distance from there to the dashboard can be off-putting at first. There are captain seats in the cab, though neither has front and rear height adjustment. The two lounge travel seats have excellent lumbar support.
We would recommend taking any potential used buy to a weighbridge because specification and payloads can vary considerably (see our ten-step guide to test driving by clicking here).

Lounging & dining

There’s a pleasant, bright feel inside thanks to a big windscreen, large side window and rooflights.
We were not entirely sold on the Rapido’s half-dinette/kitchen, because it seems to enclose the lounge too much, lessening the spacious feel of the A-class cab. However, the large, extendable table offers plenty of space in which four could dine at some leisure, and is attractively finished. It hampers movement through the lounge, though, due to the amount of room afforded the cab seats, but six could sit around quite cosily for a chat. The length of the sofa might seem incongruous – in a social situation, the kitchen end is out of the dinette occupants’ line of sight – but it does serve its purpose as a bed or as an excellent lounger.
There is a locker-height TV cabinet, but it’s too high to view comfortably. Elsewhere, the coathooks are tall enough for long coats and there is a dressing mirror.

Kitchen

There’s a fair amount of space in the kitchen, whose worktops have a high-gloss finish. Storage space is good, and the Rapido’s fridge/freezer is a strong selling point.
There are two slide-out wire trays beneath the Rapido’s sink, a large drawer for cutlery, and another large drawer beneath the oven.

Sleeping

Sleeping arrangements are straightforward. There’s a drop-down bed with lots of headroom and a mattress made from high-quality Bultex foam, and a large made-up single bed (you just slide out a simple, extendable base to create it).

Washroom

You get a washroom similar layout with a separate shower, a corner sink and a tapered surround towards the toilet – but not a lot of space around the toilet nor a huge amount of room to wash in at the sink.
The shower tray has lasted well, and is well-drained and ‘sunken’ so that you can ‘wash and go’ in the morning.
The Rapido loses marks for its clear window, but it does have a roof light over the shower space and a telescopic towel rail.

Storage

Exterior storage space in general is good, even though there’s no double floor. The main exterior storage space is two, 50kg-rated slide-out skirt bins.
Internally, locker storage is pretty good, with the wardrobe being particularly roomy. There’s also a full-length sofa-base locker, and a hinged half-dinette seat.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3850kg
Payload790kg
Length6m19′8″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height2.84m9′4″
Waste water100L
External Options
Directional TV aerial, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-200 toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas water heater
Security
Alarm

Verdict

For its age, this is a great-looking ‘van that has clearly been well looked after. It still has plenty left to offer.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Immaculate bodywork
  • Superior specification.

Cons

  • Enclosed and cramped lounge space
  • Lack of double floor storage.
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