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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
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.
On the road
Lounging & dining
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.
Kitchen storage provision comprises of drawers and a large cupboard, while the washroom offers under-sink storage plus a mirrored locker above the window.
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).
|Layout||Rear island bed|
|Fresh/waste water||100L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||11kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
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.
- 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
- 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