AT A GLANCE
With new-look Hi-Line overcab, Comfort-Matic gearbox, engine upgrade, alternative half-dinette lounge seating and a raised rear bed with full garage, this Mohawk shows the flexibility of the 2013 Auto-Trail options list. But do the extras add to the experience of life on board and on the road?
- You choose engine, gearbox, exterior profile and lounge layout
- Great kitchen with plenty of worktop
- Comfortable over-garage bed
- External skirt locker not weatherproofed
- Toilet room short on floor-space
- Flawed lounge bed
- Sliding the table in and out of its locker turns boiler off
This Mohawk, a 7.5m-long coachbuilt has plenty of competition in the medium to large coachbuilts with a underbed garage, so the devil is in the detail. However the choice of options for the Mohawk and the other Frontier range layouts has to be a big bonus.
A choice of three overcab styles are no-cost options that give the choice of a double bed, large lockers or a smaller locker and a sleeker shape: Hi-Line, Lo-Line and Super Lo-Line. All three come with a big sunroof, while the test Mohawk came as a Hi-Line – its overcab double bed leading to the choice of another option to be fitted to the test ’van and this time at extra cost, the L-shaped lounge, providing two belted travel seats that the standard twin sofa set-up does not.
This had the 148bhp engine upgrade and Comfort-Matic auto gearbox. Performance proved more than a match for the bulk of the Mohawk.
The cab seats swivel to face and complete the lounge. Above, the overcab bed’s rear section slides forwards to increase headroom – other motorhomes of this quality (and some cheaper ones) the bed rises more easily on gas struts.
At mealtimes there's a free-standing table, which is stored in its own slot in the bedroom. Four can dine here, but it’s all a tad awkward – especially when setting up the table. There’s more trouble with the stowage slot too, as every time I slid the table in or out it hit the adjacent boiler switch and turned off the hot water. The coffee table is more successful, as it stays, supported by its dog-leg.
It’s fairly rare that a continental ’van matches the facilities found in upmarket British models and here it’s true too. Full cooker – with three gas burners and one mains hotplate on the hob – microwave, sink with drainer... it’s all present and correct. There’s plenty of worktop too, aided by a drop-in sink cover.
The overcab pod is home to this motorhome’s second double bed, spacious enough for two adults. But the main bed is at the rear, A good size, comfy and furnished with plenty of shelves. However, the mattress is divided down the centre – maybe not too bad for couples who keep to their side, but why iis it not one piece.
The lounge should make into another transverse double, with the side sofa pulling out and the table dropping in to fill the gap in front of the forward-facing seat. However, this isn't as simple as it sounds.
The Mohawk’s garage has another cost option: the bed is raised by 250mm and a pair of larger garage doors are fitted on either side. The result is a very generous garage with a very good entry height of well over a metre. The Mohawk garage’s 150kg limit, should be fine for quite a few scooters and lightweight bikes. Oher kit – pedal bikes, barbecues, furniture, scuba gear, inflatable boats, et al – should present no problems.
Auto-Trail’s new shower is difficult to criticise. Curved saloon bar-style doors are easy to use, there’s plenty of room and the whole is made in smooth, wipe-clean plastic. Across the aisle, the toilet room contains a sensible basin, illuminated mirror, cupboards up and down, and a Mini Heki rooflight above.
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