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Get wow factor on a compact floorplan with this twin-lounge IH N-Class 630 RLS, featuring a space-enhancing slide-out – do you get what you pay for?
Knottingley-based IH Motorhomes is a well-established, highly regarded designer and converter of quality motorhomes based on SEVEL panel vans.
But recently, it has concentrated on its core business – and one of the benefits has been this new rear-lounge N-Class, with motorised slide-out.
UK volume manufacturers and converters seem to shy away from slide-outs, even though they are a solution to the ‘big on site, small on the road’ conundrum.
Their reluctance is IH’s gain – this will be a strong seller.
My only concern with the current base vehicle is that (as yet) there is no petrol/LPG alternative, or a hybrid, which environmentally aware buyers might wish to opt for.
Lounging & dining
Deploying the rear slide-out lets even the tallest occupants of the forward-facing sofa enjoy acres of legroom.
Out of interest, I measured the amount of ‘extra’ length the slide-out provided and it was a modest 700mm. Yet it felt like several metres.
However, the lounge is accommodating even without deploying the slide-out.
There are two locations for the island table leg, and a brace of differently shaped tops – the larger one has dedicated storage in the washroom.
The moulded side infill panel with hinged door and adjacent window facilitates a longer run of base units than is the norm.
The only kitchen ‘stray’ is one of the two absorption fridges fitted as standard – this one is on the offside, to the rear of the washroom.
The more we thought about IH’s decision to fit two smaller fridges instead of one large one, the more we agreed with it.
On day trips or overnight stays, you don’t need to cool a huge volume if you just want to keep a splash of milk fresh.
The hob’s a cracker, but my partner thought the absence of a microwave was rather odd (it is available, but only as a cost option).
During the day, it provides separate areas for mutually incompatible activities, and it also enables the rear lounge to be left made-up as a bed (or beds) on extended trips, with the front area for seating.
For those of us who have non-synchronised bedtimes, the chief advantage of always having the cab seats available is that it allows the owl to stay up late when the lark has gone to bed, and the lark to get up at the crack of dawn while the owl sleeps on.
Sleeping longitudinally, there’s a choice of two easy-access single beds (each 6’6” x 2’6”) or a domestic-size (6’6” x 4’6”) double.
Note that the supersize double in the non-slide-out 630 RL is a lot wider.
Plenty of storage and good lighting complete the inventory.
That ‘missing’ microwave aside, the equipment level was more than commensurate with the not-insignificant price tag.
|Fresh/waste water||67L / 60L|
|Leisure battery||140 Ah|
|Gas tank size||25kg|
2-burner gas hob
This really is pure luxury in a manageable package: it oozes innovation, quality and pizzazz.
This was a prototype – I’d like to see colour co-ordinated exterior slide-out walls on production models.
Overall, the real value of this IH N-Class 630 RLS lies in its design and build excellence, and use of quality materials.
It’s certainly not cheap, but you usually get what you pay for and, in this case, rather more!
This is a two-berth panel van conversion that feels like a coachbuilt… but is much more solidly built.
Buy it to keep long-term.
- You get a great amount of space, thanks to that slide-out
- This is a well-built, high-quality product
- A microwave isn't fitted as standard
- It's expensive