Read the expert Practical Motorhome Rapido 963F review

Design

The coachbuilt body effectively hides the base vehicle and makes it feel exclusive – you would feel justifiably proud pulling into a campsite at the helm of one of these ’vans.
The Rapido is the only ’van not to come with an electric foldout side step. Instead it sticks with built-steps, which reside just inside the side door. This means there is a bit of a step-up when entering.
Walk through the Rapido and you’ll have no problems with the width of its corridor or layout. However, the single jump seat, which is positioned just behind the driver’s seat, looks a little lost unless the dining table is extended to meet it. Consequently, it’s hard for anyone sitting in the front captain’s chairs to walk through to the rear of the ’van.

On the road

Fiat’s ubiquitous Ducato is the Rapido’s base and comes with a 2.8-litre JTD turbo-diesel engine. It produces a useful 221 lb/ft of torque, which is necessary to keep this big ’van moving.
A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted with the gear sticks positioned high on the dashboards, so it’s easy to reach, although it takes care to avoid first gear when aiming for third.
The driving position is comfortable and forward and side vision is excellent, but the steering wheel doesn’t adjust by nearly enough to cater for all drivers.
Rather handily, the Ducato dashboard has a 12V socket for charging mobile phones, plus a storage cubby under the central console and easy to read instruments. There’s also the usual clipboard holder in the centre of the dashboard for aiding map reading.
A nice touch is a comfortable padded armrest for the driver’s right arm.

Lounging & dining

The jump-seat encompasses an extra diner when the dining table extension is pulled out. Even with the table extended, however, anyone sat in the driver’s seat will still have quite a stretch to reach their food, but the passenger’s captain’s seat pulls up comfortably to the table.
Unfortunately, the gap between the dinette’s rear bench seat and the table is restricted, so sliding into the dinner table can be a thigh-bashing experience. Lounging is a more enjoyable experience thanks to a generously proportioned side window and overhead skylight. There are also three spotlights for reading in the evening.

Kitchen

Worksurface is the making of a motorhome kitchen – but sadly, the Rapido lacks badly in this respect. However, at least there’s a small pull-out shelf under the sink that acts as a handy chopping board, providing you with a little extra space.
Once you have prepared the food though, there’s a three-ring hob with plenty of space for pots and pans. In addition, the sink is deep enough to make the post-dinner washing up a simple task.
To help keep the kitchen clean, there’s a hob cover that folds up to act as a splash guard. The Rapido has a flame guard attached to the wall, ensuring hissing and spitting pots cannot stain the wood finish.
Customers will have to dig into their pockets and stump up £450 for the pleasure of an oven and grille.

Sleeping

Transverse rear beds mean you don’t have to make up a bed every evening and pack it away again in the morning and give the rear cabin a feeling of being a distinct, individual section.
The Rapido has fixed steps to ease access to the rear bed, but they are not built high enough. They’re offset to the side, too, which complicates matters further still.
The drop-down overcab bed requires the cab seats to be tilted forward, which allows the bed to extend fully into position. Once down, though, it’s a comfortable place to sleep.

Washroom

The Rapido has plenty of storage space and also provides extras such as a toothbrush holder and soap dish. The separate shower cubicle has a circular door to close it off from the rest of the washroom.

Storage

The Rapido provides garage doors on both sides of the motorhome, and the garage is big enough for a scooter or a couple of bikes. It also has a useful exterior locker on the passenger side, which slides out from the lower section of the body. It’s more than able to swallow a picnic hamper and is watertight, so your possessions stay dry.
Inside, storage is plentiful, with a decent wardrobe and good storage lockers in the lounge.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3850kg
Payload340kg
Length6.79m22′3″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height2.84m9′4″
Waste water100L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Extractor fan
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

The price tag of £47,850 dispels any doubts. This motorhome is a real sound bet.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Competent in every area – no obvious weak spots

Cons

  • Doesn't excel in any particular area, either
  • It’s so safe and reliable as to be almost a little boring
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