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For a fantastic drop-down bed, a spacious lounge and solid German build quality in a sub-7m-long package, read our Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4 review
Be sure to make time for our Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4 review. But there's no time for 40 winks here, the drop-down bed concept is evolving fast – putting it lengthways is just another step in the process.
Germany’s Dethleffs is certainly keen enough to join the cause, announcing the three-model 4-travel line-up, characterised by electrically-operated double beds where you sleep with your head at the cab end.
Two of the models – the twin single beds T 7116-4 and island double T7156-4 – are 7.49m in overall length. The sub-7m long baby of the three is the T 6966-4 that we went to see at the Lowdhams dealership’s Nottinghamshire base.
This is Lowdhams’ 17th season with Dethleffs. Today, just five other dealerships in the UK hold the franchise, between them accounting for eight outlets through England, Scotland and Wales.
For the UK there’s a long list of standard equipment, which ranges from loose carpeting to Truma’s trusty Combi 6. It’s iNet-ready, too, should you wish to upgrade to controlling all heating and hot water via your smartphone.
The 4-travel cab, however, is a strange mix of premium (automatic air conditioning, lower centre console) and standard Fiat fare (basic steering wheel) and you’ll have to budget for a stereo.
Lounging & dining
The Macchiato upholstery is leather-trimmed, with cloth inserts, or you can option the darker Chocolat.
A high ledge to the right of the hob will prove handy. The shelved cupboard here also includes isolators for the gas appliances – a practical location where they’re much more likely to be used. The sink is in tough, stainless steel, with lots of locker space below and shelving above. A Perspex-doored drinks locker, meanwhile, has a three-bottle capacity.
Keeping things chilled or frozen will be easy, too, thanks to Dometic’s automatic-energy-selecting RML 9435 narrow fridge – capacity is up to 151 litres.
Making the Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4's second double bed, where you sleep transversely, involves a fair amount of cushion re-arrangement.
There’s open shelving and a large mirror behind the toilet – where surely a window would have been better. But the pleasant surprise on the back wall is the mirrored section that slides across to reveal a large storage area that includes two drawers.
Other fitted extras include the automatic transmission (£1490) and the 150bhp engine upgrade (£1095). What’s not in doubt is the overall quality feel to this vehicle. The interior, including the easy-opening and soft-close actions of the overhead lockers in particular, really is superb.
|Fresh/waste water||120L / 90L|
|Leisure battery||90 Ah|
|Gas tank size||11kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob
Fans of German build quality will put this Dethleffs 4-travel T 6966-4 on their shortlist – especially if you want the latest in drop-down bed technology from a German manufacturer that continues to build on a solid reputation here in the UK. And to see other Dethleffs motorhomes for sale, click here.
- It has a fully-lined shower cubicle
- There's a clever service hatch
- The habitation door is wider than most
- The TV holder that slides out of view is a neat touch
- Garage space is a bit limited
- The habitation door is on the 'wrong' side for the UK