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Looking for a motorhome with a fixed island bed? Check out our Dethleffs Esprit T7150 DBM review to see if this motorhome built for two is the one for you!
Dethleffs’ annual model launch is always a daunting prospect, thanks to the sheer breadth of models that the German manufacturer offers. The middle-ranking Esprit is a case in point: while most producers are content with a straightforward model range, Esprit offers four layouts, in a choice of either low-profile or A-class guise.
We went to Lowdham Leisureworld in Gunthorpe, Nottingham, to test the attractive Dethleffs Esprit T7150 DBM, a low-profile coachbuilt launched for the 2015 season.
The LED tail lights look expensive, however, likewise the natty alloy wheels, and serious motorcaravanners will approve of the roof rails – the better to attach roof boxes for additional storage space. Not that storage should be an issue – the huge doors at the rear of the vehicle hint at the large garage area beyond.
In design terms, the 2015 Esprit scores well. The gas locker is large, easily accessed and low-set to make the loading and unloading of heavy cylinders easier. It’s a little surprising that the signature bow-topped entrance door doesn’t have a window, but the electric step makes entry a doddle. The toilet hatch and water fill point, meanwhile, live on the other side.
On the road
Lounging & dining
The TV – and, to judge by the profusion of adjacent sockets, central gadget charging area – lives just inside the door above a shelf that’s just the right size for a digi box or DVD player and, lower down, a couple of handy shoe drawers. The drinks locker sits above.
Nearby, classy barometer-style analogue controls – in lieu of the usual LEDs – cluster above the door, adjacent to the less aesthetically pleasing LCD Truma control panel.
Storage seems a bit meagre, but there are a couple of good-sized shelves and veggie wire racks to the right of the oven, a huge cutlery drawer (albeit located near the floor), three good-sized cupboards at eye level and – above the 190-litre fridge-freezer opposite – a locker that looks big enough to swallow cereal boxes.
It is possible to turn the seats in the lounge into a single bed measuring 2.1m x 1.15m tapering to 0.95m (6'10" x 3'9"/3'1"), but we anticipate that this motorhome will mostly be used by couples.
The toilet might feel on the small side with the door pulled across, but at least there’s a wooden door partition to close the bedroom off by day.
There’s a small amount of wheelarch intrusion into the cylindrical shower cubicle, but it scores highly for its twin tray drains, roof vent, twin light and bottle stowage.
|Layout||Rear island bed|
|Fresh/waste water||125L / 90L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||7kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Separate shower cubicle
The Esprit T7150 DBM’s crowning glory is its king-sized island rear bed. Each occupant gets a wardrobe, bedside table and reading light, plus three pinlights sunk into the pelmet overhead. It’s well-lit by a pair of large windows and a rooflight, and there’s ample walk-around space – with the washroom doors open.
Best of all, the fixed island bed measures 1.98m x 1.45m (6ft 6in by 4ft 9in), so a good night’s sleep should be guaranteed.
- Huge fixed island bed in the rear of the 'van
- Two wardrobes
- Lounge for five
- Half dinette turns into a single bed
- Looks classy
- Separate shower cubicle
- Great value for all this luxury
- Ideal for couples
- Cutlery drawer is at floor level beneath the oven in UK models
- Very little kitchen worktop area
- Restricted leg room around the toilet