Friday, October 31, 2014

Berne Motorhome Show Review




This is our 3rd Motorhome Show report for 2014.  Please also look back on our

Dusseldorf Show 2014 report  and
NEC UK 2014 report

as we won't duplicate models reviewed there earlier!



Burstner Travel Van 690


  • 690 model has a twin bed which we don't like.  But we tested it and shorter people can sleep together  transversely.  And the advantages of the 690 are:
  • Immense amount of storage space.  Absolutely gargantuan!
  • Special Features listed here
  • 220 cm width

Travel Van Outside




Garage easily large enough for 2 road bicycles



Twin beds, but you can sleep transverly.   The advantage of the 690 is that it has a lot more storage space vs the double bed 590


Tall fridge.  Common on many 2015 motorhomes.  Not deep but looks effective.











Bucket loads of cupboard space


Flick the lever and rotate the sink and mirror to the right to use shower







Travel Van Inside



Dethleffs Globus


  • Thin and low Motorhome
  • Only 262 cm high because there is no double floor, its based instead on Fiat Lowframe chassis
  • You can specify a special Low Garage option for more space there
  • We think the I15 (Integrated A class model 15)  is the best since it has a large garage for 2 bicycles
  • We believe the front bed can be removed but it just provides a space an no extra cupboards
  • At the show only the I1 was on show and not the I15 that we would have wanted, nevertheless photos of I1 below



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Bathroom has the sink on a vertical board which rotates over the toilet to reveal a full shower area.



 The I1 is very petite and feels a little claustrophobic




Multiple different variants are possible T are traditional Coachbuilds whereas I are Integrated versions  (i.e. no passenger door and coach like front panoramic window)




You can specify a Low AL-KO garage option, but the vehicle itself is based on the Fiat low chassis version not a full AL-KO chassis vehicle


So the Berne show was very informative and we are very glad we made the effort to attend.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEC Motorhome Show Review



Yes, We are getting serious!  Our second Motorhome show of this year in our quest for the perfect European Camper Van/ Motorhome.

Don't forget our existing review of the Dusseldorf Motorhome show

Our weekend journey to England took us to the NEC Exhitibition Centre and a chance to also catch up and meet friends who we wish we could keep in touch with more often.



There is lots to see, so what interesting finds did we uncover?

(Note, we'll try not to repeat motorhomes covered in the Dusseldorf posting)


Carthago Compactline 138


  • One of the very few motorhomes with a thin width.  This is 212 cms wide only  (plus mirrors)
  • A class home i.e. Coach front and drop down bed 
  • AL-KO low frame
  • Beautiful inside
  • Generous garage for 2 bicycles
  • Based on a Fiat chassis
  • 180 BHP motor is an option
  • The 138 has a double bed there are other members in the family e.g longer vehicle with 2 single beds etc.













  • Possibly the best ever Van Conversion
  • Quality of construction and Workmanship was excellent
  • Alde piped water heating
  • 6 metre van only for double bed  (6.4 metre has 2 singles)
  • Space behind the bed for 2 bicycles, well possibly
  • Quite pricey


 Fiat Cab base




Washroom is a wetroom with cupboards and place and drying rack upper left


Simple decent kitchen.  Classy and Elegant. Optionally fridge can be mounted at waist height with a cupboard underneath instead.







View to the back




Bed folds horizontally so you can never walk thru the van to the back.  But with it folded you can sit on it like a big settee.






Unusually professional ALDE heading





Chic yet sophisticated electronics.  Can program heating time on and off



50 cms from panel to back of van.   Just wider than a single road race bicycle handlebars











78cms from base to bottom of bed.   Remove your seat and front bicycle wheel and maybe it is going to fit





With the bed in upright position from back of van



Westfalia Columbus  (apologies for 90 degrees rotation!)

Rapido V56 Van Conversion


  • 6 metre van conversion
  • Some unique layout, noticeably V56
  • V56 link
  • Small longitundional bed allows for a side wash-room
  • Not sure where the bicycles would go!
  • Lots of kitchen cupboard space
  • Large tall fridge freezer
  • Most cupboard space of any van conversion seen so far

Innovative small bed allows for side washroom




 Cupboard space!


 Up front traditional Fiat Cab


Extra seating and more storage



Good simple kitchen with lots of cabinet space



50 cm wide floor area to put 2 bicycles in ... hmmm



Wingamm Oasi 610 GL


  • We completely missed this in the show, finding it in the car park where we accosted the very helpful salesman!
  • They also do a Citi Suite Van which we did not see
  • Unique Monocoque design supposed to be rattle free and warm but we don't know it s reliability
  • The Oasi 610 GL whilst being a little wide at 220cm has an amazing set of features.
  • The bunk beds at back can be removed for extra garage storage.
  • Googling Wingamm reveals very little both in terms of vehicles, owners or experiences.










Links
Carthago Motorhomes
NEC Show Guide

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pick me up Husband

Yes well, can you see what I see.  Zoom in on the tyres (click on the photo)   Can you see the chalk marks  ... The owner has just changed to Winter Tyres!!



Winter is approaching soon everybody!

But whilst the weather is so pleasant and mild I attempted a walk into town to pickup my darling wife Agata from her work.

I am still sick as a dog but hey my legs are still working (if not the lungs)

On the way to Agata this evening:


Ah, they don't make them like that anymore



 Brand spanking new Targa 4, just right for our Swiss winter :-)



Custom Honda, not a Harley!




Blatant Copyright violation.  Doctor Who, sue them!.




 What are you looking at sonny!



 Royal Enfield?



So assuming you have clicked on the photos to view the in full resolution, you will all realise this is a thinly veiled attempt at sympathy for /Marcus's new phone collection fund and appeal/

An appeal to the Gods of Android:

Please make available a decent (water resistant, high resolution camera, large screen,  L upgradable) smartphone available for me to actually purchase here in Switzerland.

Then my photography will improve

I will smile more

I won't have to go over to the Dark Side  (Apple I believe they call it)


Postscript
I also took Princess Agata to work early on Thursday morning.  More delightful photographs from our wonderful village of Lausanne, Switzerland.  (Clearly the best place to live in all of Switzerland and we are not at all biased :-)





Yes,  slowly does it. It is going to take over 1 year more to construct a building  (it's taken about 3 years already to demolish and clean this area!)

 Agata crosses the funky wooden bridge.  Our secret route!


"What is this" Marcus asked Agata.  Agata told me it is a /traffic jam/.   I have not seen one in about a decade.  I thought they were illegal here in Switzerland?



The local council office has all the best Grass landscaping




At this location Square blocks of stone are secretly sorted and categorised.   Ah, Switzerland!


Our secret route is selected to minimise: Other people!


 Close to work, it appears the /Mods/ won.


Some while later, Marcus is back home, next to the Sheep.