Price from: £60,900 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Berths: 4 Travel seats:4 Length: 7.43m Width: 2.35m Height: 2.94m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 401kg
Fancy lying back in bed, the top section of mattress at a comfortable reclined angle, facing a huge screen served by an LED projector? Well, that’s exactly what the new Itineo RC740 can offer.
This is the latest A-class from a company that specialises almost wholly in the type and yet also focuses on the more affordable, mainstream part of the market. And it’s a layout that you’ll not find elsewhere in the A-class sector.
Sister brand, Rapido, (along with other continental brands) dabbled with transverse island bed layouts in A-class motorhomes, but found that buyers were put off by a lack of storage. Today, all brands have settled on lengthways beds instead, with many offering height adjustment to increase storage below. Itineo, often an innovator, however, has come up with something new.
Not only does the RC740 have a transverse bed (and that optional electric remote control projector screen), but there’s a huge amount of bedroom storage, plus a garage under the wardrobes that stretch across the rear wall.
On the offside there’s a full-height loading door, as well as an area of floor-to-ceiling storage, while a small second door is fitted on the nearside and there’s 1.20m headroom in the main stowage space. A GRP floor with drain hole is a practical touch, while load carrying here is limited to 150kg.
Back inside, the rear bed measures 1.88m by 1.41m and there’s enough room to get around the foot of the bed even when the mattress is extended flat. Beyond the bed, the wardrobe space is vast and includes two drawers, two mirror-fronted doors and a hanging rail 75cm long with a drop of 99cm.
It’s also possible to turn the whole of the back of the motorhome into a spacious en suite bedroom by opening the shower cubicle door across the aisle. It’s a good-sized shower with twin drain holes, useful recesses for gels, etc, a drying rail and tiny roof vent.
Opposite, by the foot of the bed, is the toilet room, concealed behind a tambour door. Here there’s a stylish new basin, lots of storage, useful worktop space and even the superior Dometic toilet (with plenty of shoulder room when you’re sitting down).
Up front, the lounge might be compact but it is surprisingly comfortable, thanks to an ideal seat height, a table that folds in half, fitted armrests and there being no step between the cab and the lounge. Of course, the wide cab and panoramic windscreen help, too, while a new simplified conversion process for the changeover from settees to forward-facing travel seats is another plus for 2020 Itineos.
The floorplan is completed by the typical continental galley in an L-shape with the 142-litre Thetford fridge/freezer opposite. The three drawers come with soft-closing and central locking, a slot-in panel adds extra worktop and there’s an illuminated trim section with the Itineo logo. It looks smart but you’ll want to consider the optional three-burner hob (instead of the standard two rings) and oven/grill if you like cooking.
Other options include the essential Pack Life, which adds cab air-con, cruise control, a Pioneer radio, reversing camera, electric step, flyscreen door and more. You might want to add alloys, carpets, and the gas/230V Combi 6EH heater upgrade, too, but the standard 140bhp engine should be adequate for this 3.5-tonne motorhome.