Nick Harding

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An exclusive spec for the 2018 Sun TI range means lots of extra equipment and some very clever design. Read our Knaus Sun TI 700 MEG Platinum review!

Overview

It’s a proven formula for sales success. Take some popular models, ramp them up with a whole host of extra equipment, add a supplementary name – Platinum, in this instance – maintain a competitive price, and bingo! Smart bargain-hunters will pounce.

For the 2018 season, then, Germany’s Knaus looked favourably on the UK with an exclusive specification for its five-strong Sun TI range of low-profile coachbuilts.

I viewed this example at Derby-based Don Amott Leisure Kingdom, one of seven UK Knaus dealers.

Design

Before you start to research everything from the Oyster satellite system, various packages (Fiat, Media, Decorative), Care Drive Pack and more, it’s worth your while to consider how it’s all put together.

Sun TIs have a double-floor construction, which means the kind of insulation suited to all-year touring; and lots of extra low-level storage, some accessible from outside, some from within.

Lounging & dining

Front lounges such as this – swivel cab seats, L-shaped sofa, single inward-facing seat – are never going to be the largest, but they suffice. And the oval table, on a fixed pedestal but with plenty of fore, aft and height adjustment, is a plus.

Kitchen

The kitchen might seem small, but there is some clever worktop and storage design here. The configuration of the hob, for example, frees up worktop, while three large drawers, slide-out baskets and an overhead locker with a shelf are among storage offerings.

The location of the grill/over is too high, however.

Across the corridor is a 145-litre fridge, with automatic energy selector.

Sleeping

All the usual permanent bed layouts are here – French, rear transverse, island, twin singles – with the 700 MEG on review here the longer of two versions sporting the latter.

The 700 MEG is not without criticism, of course. One of my main bugbears is the fact that overhead lockers mean you can’t sit upright on the single beds.

Washroom

The shower and toilet room are split – the former includes Dometic’s more upmarket ceramic-bowl loo, as well as a fixed basin and good storage.

Storage

Storage is excellent, not least thanks to the generous garage, with floor rails for securing bikes.

The patented Service Box, offering external single-point access to electric hook-up, fresh water tank, dump valves, leisure battery, gas cylinder storage and more, is another great idea.

Equipment

Alde heating is an upgrade from the Truma Combi for Sun TIs of previous years – and arguably more fitting with that double floor.

Typical of many imports, the habitation door and internal layout haven’t been switched for the UK, although few folk seem to find that a problem these days. In fact, this floorplan is growing in popularity.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload595kg
Length7.47m24′6″
Width2.34m7′8″
Height2.94m9′8″
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water124L / 101L
Leisure battery100 Ah
Gas bottle size11kg
Number of gas bottles2

Verdict

The Sun TI 700 MEG Platinum isn’t perfect: the grill/oven is set quite high, and the overhead lockers mean you can’t sit up in bed. But quality and style come together almost perfectly in this premium low-profile, and the Platinum specification levels really make this a motorhome that’s not to be missed.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Relative bargain
  • Lots of equipment
  • Clever design

Cons

  • Grill/oven is set quite high
  • You can't sit up in bed