Frankia reveals 2018 motorhomes
German motorhome manufacturer, Frankia, which is sold in the UK by SMC Leisure of Newark, has revealed its 2018 line-up
Although it includes both overcab and low-profile models in its all-coachbuilt line-up, Frankia in the UK is all about the firm's A-class offerings.
Frankia's 2018 season sees not much that’s totally new – the story is mostly about offering more in the way of kit and refinement of models and their layouts on both Mercedes Sprinter and Fiat Ducato Chassis, with one exception.
The range-topping, Mercedes Sprinter-based Platin offers island and single-beds designs in two different lengths and in common with its M-line brethren, gets a host of detail and styling changes. Styling changes see a completely new nose outside and LED lamps for the headlights' main beams.
There's now a totally flat roofline outside and front-to-back flat floor inside – no steps up or down as there were before.
The new floor structure is not only step-free inside the living area, it’s also stronger, with reinforcing alloy profiles now used to increase rigidity. The Sprinter chassis is notorious for having a compliant ride – comfortable, but at the cost of handling. Frankia's new solution to help improve stability, is the option of special alloy wheels that increase the track width front and rear, aiming to reduce the tendency to sway and also improve cornering skills.
A host of detail changes include increased water capacity – to an impressive 270 litres – and ‘service box’ locker with adaptor drawer and pull-out, self-retracting hookup lead.
Part of what makes the Platin range special is the inclusion of very sophisticated electrics, which marry two mains chargers, inverter and four solar panels in a system that works in harmony and provides enhanced control and information.
Now the system includes a pair of 110Ah lithium iron (Lifepo4) leisure batteries that should increase performance even more, while also saving quite a bit of weight. Lighter, with increased capacity for their Amp-hour rating, Lithium units are also longer lived and maintenance-free.
New for 2018, the Titan range (pictured) takes a slightly stripped back version of the Platin's standard-fit kit and applies it to the Fiat chassis, producing a cheaper alternative and satisfying the desires of Fiat fans too. One 110Ah lithium battery and two solar panels are part of the electrical system, while things such as satellite TV, alloy wheels and Alde wet radiator heating system are also included.
The Titan comes in 10 versions – single and island bed layouts – and includes no less than four models with comfortable rear lounges.
The rest of Frankia’s news is down to smaller details: a home for a Nespresso-type coffee machine, two faux leather upholstery options and a clip-on surface – somewhere for your potions – in washrooms.