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Get more for your money with the Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus, a five-berth motorhome with the popular fixed twin single bed layout – read our review!

Overview

Rimor is an Italian brand best known for producing affordable but value-for-money motorhomes on a choice of two base vehicles. Buyers have five ranges to shop from, covering the needs of newcomers, families and experienced motorcaravanners.

Katamarano is Rimor’s lower mid-range offering and eight models are available, all based on the Renault Master with front-wheel-drive.

Rimor’s choice of names is just as distinctive as its designs: alongside Katamarano, you’ll also find the memorably monikered Koala Elite and Super Brig line-ups.

Design

In conceptual terms, the Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus looks to have fallen between the low-profile and overcab coachbuilt stools. It’s not quite one, but it’s almost the other, one could argue. This is no bad thing, as an overcab coachbuilt with a pronounced Luton is unlikely to win many gongs for being aerodynamic and super fuel efficient.

The Katamarano 95 P Plus wears its particular curves well, though. The sweeping overcab section is mimicked in the profile of the upper rear wall, and in the skirts at the bottom of the habitation area that pleasingly enclose the rear wheels. The square windows, positioned two thirds of the way up the sidewalls, provide a stark contrast.

Further evidence of this can be seen on the square rear panel, where the upper brake light is built into a housing that looks not unlike a water droplet about to drip down over the back of the motorhome. The muscular graphics offer some distraction: this time we have bold vertical stripes at each edge with Rimor’s logo ascending the right-hand side one.

On the road

Regular readers will be aware that Practical Motorhome rates the Renault Master highly as a motorhome base vehicle. In contrast to the Rimor Koala Elite 722 and its siblings, which are rear-wheel-drive, the Katamarano 95 P Plus is built on a front-wheel-drive chassis cab.

There are pros and cons for both drivetrains, of course, but many observers will point to the advantages of being pulled rather than pushed (save for trying to drive off a muddy campsite pitch).

The Renault Master comes with a raft of options, plus driver and safety aids, as standard. You get ABS, ESP, hill start assist, cruise control, double airbags, electric mirrors, electric windows, a radio/MP3 player with USB and Bluetooth connectivity plus steering wheel controls, and swivel seats with armrests for the driver and passenger on models with a half dinette.

The Master is a rewarding drive, with an ergonomic dashboard that’s very user-friendly. The driving position is commanding, with good visibility, while the handling is assured and the steering precise.

Lounging & dining

Entering through the offside habitation door, the Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus follows the conventional European format of a nearside L-shaped half-dinette with offside sofa. This creates – with the cab seats rotated – a comfortable seating area for five people.

The interior décor teams cream seating covers with a swirly light brown detail on the seat backs. With the mid-tone wood finish, Katamarano models certainly have a pleasing ambience.

There’s no over-lounge rooflight, thanks to the drop-down double bed, or a window behind the offside sofa, but a ceiling rose and downlighters on the bottom of the overhead lockers are on hand to provide artificial illumination.

Kitchen

With its Continental origins favouring a lower kit count than that expected by the average British buyer, it’s best not to expect too much in the Katamarano 95 P Plus’s kitchen. Standard specification gets you a cooker with three gas burners, a sink and a 100-litre fridge.

UK-friendly items like an oven and microwave can be fitted as cost options, priced at £420 and £195 respectively, although these will require buyers to give up some of the kitchen’s cupboard space. Storage solutions here also include an overhead locker and a cutlery drawer.

A large nearside window behind the gas hobs, plus two downlighters in the overhead locker unit, will provide cooks the light they require.

Sleeping

There’s a berth to match every belt in the Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus.

The main attraction is at the back of the motorhome, in the form of fixed twin single beds which, thanks to a wardrobe sited between the headboards, can also be joined together to create a transverse double.

There’s also an extra make-up berth in the lounge, formed by lowering the telescopic lounge table and building a single bed from this and the seat bases. The process takes a couple of minutes once you’re familiar with it.

Our test ’van was also fitted with an optional drop-down double bed, which costs £995, making five berths in total. This has a smooth action, and the overhead lockers on either side of the lounge descend and ascend with the bed itself.

People sleeping at either end of the ’van on a given night needn’t worry about privacy, as the rear sleeping area has a hinged door.

Washroom

A major benefit of this floorplan is being able to split the washroom across the motorhome, to save on body length. The 95 P Plus sites the handbasin and vanity unit on the UK nearside, with a separate shower compartment opposite.

Silver tambour doors are used to close off each area. The washroom and bedroom areas are separated from the living quarters at the front by a domestic-style wooden door.

Fresh water provision totals 100 litres, so users will be able to enjoy several substantial showers before having to refill the tank.

Storage

The Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus’s largest single location for stowing touring equipment is the rear garage, which is accessible on both sides – making it ideal for the through-loading of larger items like cycles, scooters and long items like surfboards and skis.

Inside the motorhome, there’s a good choice of overhead lockers, with four in the front lounge alone, while the bedroom offers plenty of places to store everyday items – there’s a wardrobe between the single beds, the bases of which also feature lockers.

Equipment

As mentioned, the Renault Master cab comes with a decent starting specification that includes cruise control, plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity for the radio/MP3 player. Other habitation equipment and systems include Truma Combi 6kW space and water heating and LED lighting throughout.

Cost options available for the Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus include a 150bhp engine upgrade (£1295), an automatic transmission (£2295), cab air con (£1295), an electrically operated drop-down bed (£995), alloy wheels (£795), a chassis upgrade to 3750kg (£395), an awning (£575), a bike rack (£229), an oven (£420), a TV aerial (£129) and a 100W solar panel (£395).

Technical specs

Sleeps5
Travel seats5
MTPLM3500kg
Payload500kg
Length7.47m24′6″
Width2.37m7′9″
Height2.94m9′8″
Engine (power)125
Fresh/waste water100L / 130L
Leisure battery95 Ah
Gas tank size11kg
Number of gas tank compartments2
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob
Washroom
Separate shower cubicle

Verdict

For just under £40,000, the Rimor Katamarano 95 P Plus gives buyers a five-berth coachbuilt motorhome on a well-specified base vehicle.

The 95 P Plus offers the popular fixed twin single beds at the rear, supported by further beds up front, including the drop-down double as fitted to our test ’van. This makes for a flexible combination that will easily accommodate guests who won’t want to share a double bed.

With a belt for every berth, though, you’re not limited to taking overnight guests, making the 95 P Plus a genuine five-person motorhome. 

A hard-wearing GRP habitation bodyshell is also an entry in the Katamarano’s credit column. Items that feature on the other side of the ledger, though, include the habitation door on the UK offside, while the fitment of an oven and microwave, both UK-market staples, will cost over £600.

Conclusion

Pros

  • You get a lot for your money
  • This ’van features the popular fixed twin single beds layout
  • The garage can be accessed from both sides

Cons

  • The kitchen may disappoint British motorcaravanners
  • The habitation door is on the UK offside
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