THE Rallye 644 is a new flagship model from the Explorer Group’s Compass stable.
It’s an all mod cons exercise in classy caravan design. But there’s also more than a little function incorporated into that seductive form such as an easy access fixed island bed and fantastically well-equipped washroom.
The front panel is GRP whilst the back one is ABS. Both are one piece and full height. Add to all this the tinted windows which allow you to see out but prevent snoopers from seeing in. There is a BBQ point and a Truma awning warmer outlet on the nearside, forward of the entry door.
Immediately to the rear of the door are the vents for the fridge and the freezer, followed by the door to access the waste tank of the Thetford toilet. The rear panel has a high-level brakelight but no window since the fixed bed is sited at the rear of the ‘van.
Then comes the Truma Ultrastore G/E water heater flue and the water socket fitted on the offside. As you enter the ‘van the lounge area on your left comprises a seat down the near and offside with a removable chest of drawers between them.
Facing the entrance is the offside centre kitchen whilst the Dometic 150-litre fridge and its separate freezer are immediately to the right of the door.
The flagship caravan's interior
The shower is next to the kitchen, with the toilet and washroom opposite on the nearside.
There’s a central wash/toilet area which means that regardless of whether you sleep at the front or rear of the ‘van, you can reach the compartments without having to disturb the other sleepers. The downside is that you don’t have the wardrobe in the washroom. Instead, there is a single wardrobe on the rear wall at each side of the bed.
The shower compartment is fully lined, while the washroom and toilet compartment has plenty of storage for toiletries. The 644 has a centre-mounted fixed bed so there is plenty of space down each side of it. The second sleeping area is in the front lounge.
Here, the two seats are just over 6ft long which isn’t long enough for them to be used as single berths for anyone 6ft or taller. Which means having to make them into a double bed.
The kitchen has a Spinflo three burner hob and a grill and oven below it. Above the hob is a roof locker with a microwave fitted as standard.
Other equipment fitted as standard includes an Omnivent ceiling fan in the kitchen area, a 10-gallon inboard water tank, and a Truma rapid blown air heating system which should keep everyone warm no matter what the outside temperature.
• A full version of this review appeared in the February 2007 issue of Which Caravan. To order a road test reprint contact Tina Beaumont on 01778 391187.
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