Sarah WakelySee other motorhome reviews written by Sarah Wakely
Want it all? Offering a family-friendly layout in a stylish A-class at a competitive price, the Itineo SLB 700 is a must-see ’van if you tour with kids
Itineo is a name that’s relatively unknown here in the UK.
What you really need to be aware of, though, is that it’s a sub-brand of the giant Rapido company. As such, Itineo motorhomes are built using the French manufacturer’s expertise.
Despite this, they boast competitive price tags – so much so that this particular model, the five-berth SLB 700, was a shortlisted model in the Best Budget Motorhome category in our most recent Motorhome of the Year awards.
This A-class ’van – all 10 of Itineo’s UK-bound motorhomes for 2018 are A-classes – features a family-friendly floorplan that’s very reminiscent of a caravan’s.
There’s a good-sized lounge up front, a pair of longitudinal bunks at the rear and an additional dinette at the rear nearside corner.
That means there will be plenty of room for kids to play at the back, while the adults relax up front.
On the road
Otherwise, this is a standard-fare Fiat Ducato cab, and visibility here is excellent, thanks to that enormous A-class windscreen.
Lounging & dining
Our test vehicle was fitted with the ‘Tango’ cushion option, which is a bold orange colour. If that’s not to your taste, you can go for more sober alternatives.
Either way, the dining table sits on a central leg and can be manoeuvred to reach the various seats – it can also be folded to help occupants access their chair.
The overhead lockers look very smart in their cream and wood colour scheme.
It’s the back of the new-for-2018 Itineo SLB 700 that’s most interesting, though.
Here, a slide-across door conceals that double dinette, as well as the two bunks.
This is a truly family-friendly motorhome, with the whole area representing a brilliant place for children to hide away.
Itineo names this area Kiddy-Neo, and it comes complete with a chalk board on the door, a games pack and a jigsaw-design colourful carpet.
However, the amount of work surface is maximised by the fact that the three burners for the hob are set in a line.
There’s no oven fitted, but there is a 142-litre fridge with a freezer compartment located on the other side of the corridor.
The children will sleep in the comfortable bunk beds – each of which is provided with a reading light and a window – plus the dinette opposite can be converted into a single bed.
Meanwhile, the adults are sure to love the drop-down double bed over the cab.
It sits to the rear of the kitchen, with a tambour-doored area on the offside housing the toilet and handbasin, and a separate shower cubicle on the nearside.
If you want to, you can draw the pair of sliding doors across to create a full-facility washroom that’s plenty big enough for adults to get dressed in.
The Itineo’s standard payload of 490kg isn’t huge, however, so you’ll need to take care that you don’t exceed it when packing for your tour.
|Fresh/waste water||120L / 120L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
The Itineo SLB 700 really benefits from Rapido’s build expertise – despite its low price tag, everything in this motorhome looks and feels well made.
Its layout and the neat children-friendly touches mean that it’s ideal for families, but do check that the payload is large enough for your needs.
- It's a truly family-focused motorhome
- You can create a full-facility, full-width central washroom
- The kitchen is quite tight and has no oven
- Check the payload is sufficient for you