Andrew McPhee

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Read the Practical Motorhome review of the white and blue TEC FreeTec 708 TI

Design

We’re not convinced that the coloured approach works well, because its blue-white combination looks a little old-fashioned, but that’s very much a personal thing.
Those who travel year-round will appreciate the high levels of winterisation. The water tank is contained internally, and an insulated waste tank is a cost option.

On the road

The Freetec is based on the Ford Transit chassis and has a very car-like cab, with two forward-facing, belted rear seats that provide ample legroom. The outlook from the cab is good and, although there’s no rear window or reversing camera, ‘split’ door mirrors allow you to see the kerbside.
Another advantage of sitting on the rear-wheel-drive Transit chassis is that its twin rear wheels improve stability and aid traction, too.

Lounging & dining

As you enter, you’ll find a front-end half dinette, with kitchen and washroom amidships. The dinette area is terrifically spacious, due in part to its sacrifice of a single dinette seat (present in rivals such as the Adria Coral 660 SL and the CI Cipro 85). Swivel cab seats and an extendable-table arrangement allow all diners to easily reach their place setting. The table is pleasantly low, at a comfortable 71cm high, and the quality of its seats is really high – we found them to be most comfortable, and offered plenty of thigh support, which rear passengers will appreciate on long journeys. There’s space and sockets for a flatscreen TV, and directional reading lamps. A large side window allows lots of natural light to enter the area, too.
Headroom is pretty much par for the course at around two metres, but it’s lower in the cab, due to the design of the foldaway bed.

Kitchen

The kitchen is at the midway point. It has impressive storage space, with a neat set of cupboards above, a pull-out wire rack in the unit below, and masses of room in which to store pots, pans and food tins. We also liked the typical TEC touch – it runs throughout the company’s model ranges – of a small rubbish hatch at the rear corner of the worktop for tea bags, potato peelings and the like. However, the nearest 240V mains socket is on the opposite wall, alongside the washroom door – we question its position, given that an electric kettle lead would need to stretch across the centre of the motorhome. Still, you do get an extractor fan above the worktop and a Heki rooflight allows natural light to light (and ventilate) the kitchen.

Sleeping

There are two longitudinal single beds at the rear (the gap can be filled to create a spacious double), but space between them is tighter (38cm) than in rivals, The Freetec includes a small, optional (£295) drop-down child’s bed above its cab, too. A curtain at the end of the bed separates the primary sleeping area from the living area.
Couples requiring two comfortable, single beds will not be disappointed by any of these motorhomes. The difference is in the amount of space between the beds, the headroom available and the opportunity to raise the head of each mattress to allow more comfortable reclining. However, headroom is compromised a little by the overhead lockers.
The sleeping area looks really pleasant. The net and regular curtains that surround the single beds make it look like a comfortable, domestic bedroom.
The TEC we tested was fitted with the optional drop-down bed above the cab: due to the vehicle’s low-profile shape, headroom is only 47cm, but it’s ideal for a child or as extra storage space while on site.

Washroom

The Freetec provides a circular, pull-around shower door. Sadly, there’s little room to use the toilet without having to plant your feet in the shower tray (inconvenient if the washing water from the previous occupant has not drained away). The door only closes three-quarters of the way around, too. This washroom also offers only a little storage: one tiny cupboard, a soap holder and two hooks. The blown-air vent in the shower is a useful addition if you’re touring during the winter. We were concerned to find a mains socket at waist height, just outside the TEC’s washroom door – users would need to exercise some caution if exiting with wet hands.

Storage

One of the under-bed lockers is occupied by the boiler and this does limit your storage space. It’s easily accessible, though.
The high, twin-single beds allow for a large garage, which come with anchor points in the floor to allow you to attach cargo nets or other lashings to secure your kit.
Internally, TEC has a three-quarter length wardrobe with hanging rails, while the fresh water tanks fills the area under the dinette bench.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats4
MTPLM3850kg
Payload750kg
Length7.36m24′2″
Width2.32m7′7″
Height2.92m9′7″
Waste water110L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Everything in the 708Ti fits well and feels solid. We also like the high level of winterisation. If you’re looking for a good-value, twin single-bed motorhome that you can use all year, it’s the TEC 708Ti.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Stylish design; good level of winterisation; comfortable seats

Cons

  • Exterior design; one-point lock on accommodation door
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