The Rimor Super Brig 677TC is a well specced 'van – get the full verdict from the experts by reading the Practical Motorhome review
Garage models already exist on the motorhome market. However, this Rimor offers the power and road-holding of Ford’s twin rear drive wheels and an extra-large load bay, with beds and seatbelts for six.
After 1000 miles in the Basque country, we had come to love and respect the fine drive and practical interior. Our kit-laden demonstrator would be worth close to £45,000 with DVD player, sat-nav system and a very loud sub-woofer. However, most of the key motorhome specification mentioned here – bar, for example, the oven – comes as standard.
Another inconvenience is the twin waste tanks. You have to make twice the effort when it comes to visiting the service point, and neither is particularly well placed. The kitchen sink drains to an outlet just in front of the caravan door, while the shower and washroom water comes out just behind the exhaust pipe.
However, more positively the tall, twin-door garage is able to cope with ‘proper’ motorbikes: each door is 54in/137cm tall by 33in/84cm wide. There are eight fixing points and a blown-air vent.
On the road
We found the six-speed gearbox very versatile. Whether taking a quick spin over the Pyrenees or eating up the motorway miles, the Transit’s stick shift made driving effortless. However, we occasionally found it hard to find fourth, even after having used the gearbox for over a week.
Our best economy figure, of 18.94mpg, was achieved over 223.3 miles, cruising at 70mph/3000rpm on the autoroute down through France. Over 981.8 recorded miles, we managed just 16.18mpg, but this was driving hard, fully laden, over hilly country.
Lounging & dining
However, one disadvantage to the Transit’s rear-wheel drive configuration is that the cab is lower than the habitation area by 24cm/9.5in. This said, the passage between the two is eased by the overcab bed having a fold-up front section. However, the cab seats are lost to the lounge so there are problems. TV viewing, for example, is made tricky when the whole family wants to watch, as the TV point is above the fridge. One solution we found was to use the dinette bed as a sofa.
The large cutlery drawer is practical and spacious, but the plastic front is unattractive. In addition, there’s a large, under-sink cupboard, a space for pans under the oven, and a shallow cupboard towards the rear of the van. Two overhead lockers (one partly fouled by the extractor fan) and some open shelving in the corner complete the storage. The sense of space can be garnered from the photos. What can’t be seen, though, is how, despite being packed full of crockery and utensils, the Rimor’s kitchen was noiseless on the road.
Thetford Fridge, 4-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
There are other motorhomes that outshine many of the Rimor Super Brig 677TC’s individual features, but none achieve its robust practicality at anything like its price, or with such a stylish finish. Ultimately, though, the key to this ’van is its huge garage, which has a payload that’s three times bigger than most at 450kg. No other motorhome in this class can offer such a large loading bay.
- Huge payload
- Excellent base vehicle
- A good price and standard specification
- The kitchen worktop space is very good
- Flimsy exterior locker door
- Twin waste tanks
- Cramped toilet space