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If you need an island-bed low-profile motorhome that sleeps five in style, don't miss our expert's verdict on the new-for-2016 Rimor Europeo 69 Plus

Overview

British consumers are well acquainted with the quality of Tuscany’s fine wine and cuisine, but motorcaravanners also take a keen interest in another export from Siena province in Italy. A cluster of motorhome producers is based around the town of Poggibonsi, including Roller Team, Laika and Rimor. The latter name may be less familiar than the others, but it’s known for manufacturing affordable value-for-money ’vans on different base vehicles. Alongside the Renault Master-based Katamarano and Koala Elite, you’ll also find Seal, Europeo and Super Brig – which all ride on the ubiquitous Fiat Ducato

Europeo sits between Koala Elite (watch our 2016 Koala Elite 722 video) and the top-of-the-range Super Brig in the Rimor motorhome line-up for 2016. Five models in this low-profile line-up are available in the UK, including the Europa 69 Plus, which is a new release for 2016. This adds an extra berth to the four-berth island-bed Europa 69, hence the 'Plus' in the title. With a list price of £46,790, but available for £44,595 OTR, it seemed like definitely worth checking out during a recent visit to sole importer Motorhomes and Caravans Ltd in Stoneferry Road, Hull. 

Design

With its all-white appearance and pronounced overcab moulding, the Rimor Europeo 69 Plus isn’t something you’d fail to notice on the road or on site. Its sandwich habitation sides are 3cm thick and faced with GRP, married to a 4.4cm floor and 3cm roof. The overcab section sits neatly on the Fiat Ducato cab, and includes a sunroof. Water and hook-up connections are made on the UK nearside, while the toilet cassette hatch and gas locker bookend the offside habitation door. A rear garage can be accessed from both sides of the vehicle.

On the road

As standard, the Rimor Europeo 69 Plus is supplied with the 130bhp version of the Ducato’s 2.3-litre turbodiesel, plus cruise control, cab air-con and driver and passenger airbags. As the 69 Plus follows the classic Continental L-shaped lounge configuration, five travel seats are provided: two on the dinette bench and one on the offside sofa. There’s a belt to match each berth, so you can drive and sleep up to five people at all times.

Lounging & dining

The same five people can gather in the lounge of the Rimor Europeo 69 Plus for drinks, snacks and meals, thanks to three dinette spaces and the rotating cab seats. The large lounge table offers lateral movement and the nearside window and cab sunroof compensate for there not being an offside lounge window.

Kitchen

Typical of this floor plan, the kitchen in the Europeo 69 Plus isn’t particularly on the large side, but it offers all the essentials. Three gas burners and a circular sink with mixer tap share space on the nearside worktop, while opposite them is a 145-litre fridge with separate freezer compartment.

Sleeping

Island beds are popular for a variety of reasons, the main one being the ability to access the washroom during the night without having to inconvenience your partner. The island bed in the Rimor Europeo 69 Plus measures a respectable 1.88 x 1.36m (6ft 1in x 4ft 4in), is reached by one step up from floor level and is flanked by a wardrobe on each side.

A single bed measuring 2.2 x 0.67m (7ft 2in x 2ft 2in) can be made up by dropping the lounge table and rearranging the seat cushions. Above that is an electrically operated drop-down double bed measuring 2.02 x 1.25m (6ft 6in x 4ft 1in).

The rear bedroom can be screened off from the front of the ’van via a sliding door; a curtain closes off the cab section from the lounge.

Washroom

With an island-bed motorhome on a body 7.35m long, a washroom split across the vehicle was the obvious configuration for the provision of ablutions. The nearside shower compartment is sited opposite the toilet, sink and vanity unit space, where cream tambour doors used as locker facings match the area’s privacy door.

Storage

In addition to the Europeo 69 Plus’s 0.75m x 0.85m (29.5in x 33.4in) rear garage, storage space is also available under the island bed. Two wardrobes flank the bed and there are five large overhead lockers on call, too.

Kitchen storage provision comprises of drawers and a large cupboard, while the washroom offers under-sink storage plus a mirrored locker above the window.

Equipment

Standard kit on the Europeo Plus 69 includes Truma Combi 6 space and water heating, cab air-con and a drop-down lounge bed.

Engine upgrades include 150bhp output (£1295) and ComfortMatic transmission (£2295).

Kitchen specification can be augmented with a combined oven and grill (£420) and microwave (£195).

Further options in the Rimor Europeo 69 Plus include a larger 1.28 x 0.85m garage (£995), and winter pack (£299).

Technical specs

LayoutRear island bed
Sleeps5
Travel seats5
MTPLM3500kg
Payload487kg
Length7.35m24′1″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height2.94m9′8″
Engine (capacity)2300
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water100L / 100L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas bottle size11kg
Number of gas bottles2
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

Priced at just under £45,000, the 2016 Rimor Europeo 69 Plus looks like good value when set against offerings from rival Continental producers. Prospective buyers will get five belts and berths – including a desirable island bed – in a motorhome less than 7.5m long, together with a decent base vehicle spec that features cruise control and air-con.

The split-washroom and accessible rear garage score points for comfort and practicality. 

Conclusion

Pros

  • Desirable island bed layout
  • Additional drop-down lounge bed
  • Seatbelt for each berth
  • Separate shower and toilet areas
  • Rear garage storage accessible on both sides

Cons

  • Habitation door on UK offside, so passengers will be unloaded into the road in the UK
  • Oven and grill unit (if specified) mounts at shoulder height
  • No concertina blinds or silver screens fitted to cab
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