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Rapido 790FF (2010) - motorhome review

Posted on 22 Jan 2010

Peter Vaughan

Key Features

  • 2010 model
  • Low Profile
  • 4 berth
  • 2.3TD engine
  • Fiat Ducato base
  • Max weight 3500kg
  • Drop Down Bed (LP) layout
  • From £55,100 new

The Verdict

Offering great luxury both on the road and at night time, the 790FF works well for two adults and two kids, or even four adults.

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At A Glance

Rapido 790FF 2010

  • Great rear island bed
  • Drop down centre bed works well
  • Four travel seats and four berths
  • Well made and finished
  • Lounge table a bit too large

Technical Specification

Model Year 2010
Manufacturer Rapido
Class Low Profile
Range Series 7FF
Base Vehicle Fiat Ducato
Engine Size2.3TD
Maximum weight (kg)3500
Payload (kg)350
Length (m)7.19
Width (m)2.35
Height (m)2.90
Belted Seats4
Main LayoutDrop Down Bed (LP)
Price from (£)55100
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Detailed Review

IT may look like a pretty standard – and typically Rapido – low-profile motorhome on the outside, but this new 790FF hides a secret.

And it’s a secret that turns this model from yet another island bed motorhome into a bit of a fashionista. OK, Bürstner were the real trend-setters, but Rapido were quickest to follow suit with a drop-down A-class-style bed in a low-profile body.

And now, as all and sundry (including Dethleffs, Hymer, Laika) jump on this particular bandwagon, Rapido have extended their ‘FF’ range to three different layouts.

There’s the original 6.99-metre French bed 776FF, the garage layout 773FF and this (slightly longer) island bed 790FF.

With the drop-down double up front and that proper end bedroom, this is a motorhome that puts its priorities heavily on sleeping comfort for four (either a two plus two family, or even four adults).

The drop-down bed is exactly the same as the one we tried – and found so very, very comfy – in the 776FF.

It’s manually operated (unlike some of its electrically powered rivals) but it’s light enough to raise and lower, and dead easy to do too. Perhaps more importantly, it leaves up to 1.93m headroom under the bed in the day and offers 0.83m of headroom in bed.

Good though the forward bedroom is, though, the top choice for sleeping will be the end bedroom.

Here the lengthways island bed is, unusually, slightly offset to our offside, but Rapido have put real effort into making the bedroom ambience just right.

These 2010 models have upholstered micro-fibre trim on the bedroom cupboard doors, while the bedspread is in a different material to the seat fabric and the flooring has a yacht-like look.

At the head of the bed there’s a wardrobe on the right (as you face it), while on the left the narrower furniture provides a shelved cupboard for folded clothing.

There’s plenty of headroom to sit up in bed and this is made easier by the fitment of individual tip-up his and hers bed bases.

Steps at the side of the bed make for easy access and the latest Rapidos feature bed frames on rubber mountings for extra luxury. The under-bed area has been cleverly conceived too, with a hanging rail in the forward section and an almost garage-like compartment (suitable for folding bikes) at the rear.

When the front bed is stowed you might not be particularly aware of its existence but it does have an effect on the galley, which feels low set (in order to let the bed come down far enough) and the eye-level lockers in this area are quite small.

The slightly untidy looking fitment of an extractor hood, plus an oven below the sink in UK models, further eats into kitchen cupboard capacity.

And don’t whatever you do forget to close down the glass lids on the sink and hob before lowering the bed – we’re sure Rapido will do a good trade in replacements for those who do forget!

As well as the oven/grill and three-burner hob, this kitchen comes with one simply enormous (possibly too big?) drawer for your pots and pans etc, and a similarly giant-sized black-fronted 150-litre fridge/freezer (with the convenience of AES operation) just aft of the habitation door.

You can get a beer when the front bed is occupied but you can’t make a cup of cocoa (as the galley is rendered completely out of action), though Rapido point out that the layout has been designed to leave the doorway unobstructed by the bed.

The lounge and kitchen share the forward part of this floorplan, with the L-settee opposite the galley and cab seats (with armrests) swivelling with the utmost ease to complete the seating area on site.

It’s a comfortable lounge but it is rather dominated by the table (even though it swivels and slides).

You do get a reasonable feeling of space, though, thanks to the big Skyview overcab sunroof and the Midi-Heki just to the rear of the lounge/galley. It’s just that the other Rapido FF models have bigger, more open-plan seating areas.

The centre washroom completes the layout and provides a pleasant ambience. And though it’s not a huge room, there’s everything you could wish for here.

The Dometic loo is a fitment that we like and the circular shower gets the thumbs up too. A light-coloured cupboard door and counter top provide contrast to the dark woodwork to stop it feeling gloomy in here, and there are smart new fittings for the new season, like the two-piece duckboard and the chrome towel rails.

This motorhome review was first published in the November 2009 issue of Which Motorcaravan magazine.

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