Alastair Clements
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Practical Motorhome reviews the Sunlight T60 to see how this new two-berth low-profile motorhome with a large fixed double bed shapes up for first-timers

Overview

Unlike its sister brand Carado, Sunlight motorhomes are aimed at the more youthful, outward-bound end of the market. The range features a bewildering array of layouts, with the new T60 featuring a central kitchen and washroom, and a fixed double bed across the rear. 

It can be yours for less than £40k, which puts it up against talented home-grown fare such as the Elddis Accordo 125, though Bailey has now discontinued the near-identical Approach Compact 520.

Unlike those rival motorhomes, the T60’s door is on the offside, as is the awning light. It’s noticeable from the start that this is a budget model, too, with its simple graphics and bare steel wheels, plus it sits high over its chassis making it a fair old climb to get aboard.

As standard it features an MTPLM of 3495kg, but if its generous 865kg payload isn’t enough there’s the option to upgrade to a 3850kg maximum.

Design

Inside, the Sunlight T60 is fairly Spartan but perfectly comfortable, with a decent specification including Truma Combi 6 heating and treats such as the large front sunroof. Combine that with the pale wood-effect walls and the attractive trim and it makes for a pleasant ambience.

On the road

The T60 comes with Fiat’s 2.0-litre 115bhp turbodiesel, but our test ’van featured the optional and more potent 2.3-litre, with 130bhp. The body is short – sitting on a compact 3.45m wheelbase – and narrow, at 2.33m, making it feel wieldy. However, despite being a low-profile it’s tall, at 2.91m, so you’ll need to watch out for height restrictions.

Lounging & dining

There are travel seats available for four, but when it comes to dining and lounging, you’ll want to stick to the front captain’s chairs if you’ve long legs because it’s tough to squeeze them behind the main table leg from the rear bench seat. Fortunately the very comfortable cab seats swivel to face the table and form part of the spacious lounge. There's plenty of light in the lounge, thanks to a huge skylight overhead.

Kitchen

There’s not much in the way of food preparation space in the Sunlight T60's kitchen area, unless you get all of your chopping out of the way before you begin, using the hinged lids over the sink and the large three-burner hob.

There’s a 113-litre fridge with 14-litre removable freezer, a combined oven and grill, and we like the siting of the main gas controls under the worktop. However, it does mean that you do without a cutlery drawer, and instead make do with a tray mounted in the locker overhead.

Another small complaint is that the awning light vents into the kitchen cupboard – not ideal if you need to keep food cool in there.

Sleeping

The T60 is available with an optional third berth, but our test ’van featured only the standard rear fixed double.

The transverse double bed is mounted high over the garage and takes some clambering onto, but once there you can luxuriate in its enormous 2.1 x 1.4m dimensions. It’s equipped with individual reading lights and a safety net, and we particularly liked the privacy curtain – just the thing should you fancy an afternoon nap while your partner is getting dinner on!

Washroom

The washroom is evidence of parent firm Dethleffs’ innovative thinking. Bearing in mind this motorhome's compact dimensions, a fully lined separate shower might seem like wishful thinking, yet if you swivel the toilet out of the way and unlatch the wall that houses the sink, it swings out to create a large, lined shower cubicle.

It’s also good to find a drying rail in here for wet towels, and an outlet for the blown-air heating.

Storage

Those thoughtful touches continue in the storage areas, such as the use of a corrugated cover on the hanging rail of the wardrobe to prevent hangers noisily sliding up and down when you’re on the move.

There’s another small wardrobe underneath the rear bed, but the main event in terms of storage is the huge rear garage. There’s space enough for a couple of bicycles in here, or enough bags of clothes to go touring for a whole season.

Equipment

Electric step, LED lighting, lockers with hidden catches for sleek lines, large panoramic rooflight over the lounge, three-burner stove, Truma Combi 6 heating and water heating, 113-litre fridge with 14-litre removable freezer section, four travel seats.

Front single bed is a cost-option.

Technical specs

LayoutGarage bed
Sleeps2
Travel seats4
MTPLM3495kg
Payload865kg
Length5.98m19′7″
Width2.33m7′8″
Height2.91m9′7″
Engine (capacity)2300
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water122L / 92L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas bottle size11kg
Number of gas bottles2
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

This transverse fixed-bed floorplan is certainly nothing new, but Sunlight does at least look at the layout with fresh eyes. The result is that the 2015 Sunlight T60 is a motorhome that packs a lot of space into its compact dimensions, and at a very attractive price.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Huge transverse double bed over the garage
  • Garage and excellent storage
  • Innovative washroom
  • Heating and a towel rail in the washroom
  • Good value for money
  • Swivelling cab seats for comfy lounging
  • No internal steps to trip you up

Cons

  • Minimal legroom if you use the dinette seating
  • Minimal kitchen work surface area
  • Bed ladder obstructs washroom door
  • No cutlery drawer
  • Watch out for height restrictions on the road
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