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Practical Motorhome reviews a secondhand Rapido 924F
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.
On the road
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
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.
There are two slide-out wire trays beneath the Rapido’s sink, a large drawer for cutlery, and another large drawer beneath the oven.
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.
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.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-200 toilet
For its age, this is a great-looking ‘van that has clearly been well looked after. It still has plenty left to offer.
- Immaculate bodywork
- Superior specification.
- Enclosed and cramped lounge space
- Lack of double floor storage.