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Practical Motorhome reviews the Rimor Katamarano 1

Design

Thick walls and a deep floor mean the Rimor is well suited to winter touring. It’s a good-looking ’van, too – no doubt helped by its Transit underpinnings, the Katamarano looks slippery and distinct. The bodywork stands up well to close scrutiny, too, with its biggest criticism coming from the fact that it’s a little plain.

On the road

The Katmarano 1 is based on the front-wheel drive Transit platform, and uses what would generally be considered the least desirable of the Ford’s diesel engines, a two-litre direct injection model. With 100bhp and 184 lb/ft of torque, it’s not going to provide any amazing performance, but those figures put it reasonably close to the performance of the 2.3-litre engine in the Fiat Ducato.
Even if the engine’s not the best in the range, it’s otherwise a fine base vehicle. It has twin air bags and cab air conditioning. It also has a car-like dashboard and an excellent driving position, and although the gear lever sprouts rudely through the floor mat, the handbrake is on the offside, out of the way. The cab seat adjustment is excellent, too, although there is no lumbar control for the driver.

Lounging & dining

There’s room for four to dine comfortably, but not all the residents can eat together. During low season touring, when you can’t sit outside, the lack of seating could be a major bind. Despite it’s shortcomings, however, the Rimor provides a useful television locker, which can be seen from all of the ‘van’s lounge seats.
The Rimor has fixed single bunk beds and puts the washroom on the offside. By putting the wardrobe between bed and washroom, though, it has robbed the washroom of some much needed elbow room. Further forward the ’van feels open and spacious, with all the tall furniture pushed to the back.

Kitchen

The kitchen is easily its most disappointing feature. There is good storage for heavy items in the cupboard under the sink (which also houses the cutlery drawer) but the food preparation space is limited and with only a two-burner gas hob on which to cook, family catering is tough.

Sleeping

The main bed will be the roomy overcab. The sliding stowaway overcab bed works well, although it can be a bit of a mission to assemble.
As for the dinette bed, it’s not that great – it’s only 1.8m long and takes time to make up. The single bunk beds provide a single piece mattress, which, with no bumps, should provide a better night’s sleep. Some rivals have mattresses in section for easy folding. There’s no safety net for the top bunk but there are lights for each bunk along with a window for added ventilation.

Washroom

The Katamarano has a plastic trimmed washroom with a separate shower area, but the thin arrangement of the room means it’s not very spacious, and positively pokey once you’re in the cubicle. It’s still perfectly usable, but competitors have more successful designs. However, the fit and finish is good..

Storage

The largest single storage area is outside, beneath the two single bunks. Inside, Rimor has provided two wardrobes, which we liked, because six people need plenty of clothes storage, but slotting a couple of drawers in for residents’ smalls would have been even better. We really liked the tidy way in which the electrical equipment and leisure battery were stored, through a dedicated service door at the rear of the ‘van.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload900kg
Length6.4m20′12″
Width2.22m7′3″
Height3.05m10′
Waste water85L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Given it's low price, the Rimor performs remarkably well, and provides comfortable touring for a family of six. At just £27,000 it’s a bona fide bargain.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Twin air bags and cab air conditioning; intelligently placed and plentiful storage.

Cons

  • Limited food preparation space and a meagre two-burner hob.
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