Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £68,690 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 6.96m Width: 2.32m Height: 2.79m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 459kg
Words & photos: Peter Vaughan
If you think that German motorhomes come with a pretty basic standard spec, then a list of options as long as a politician’s excuse book, then it might be time to look at the Sky TI. This range offers three models for the 2022 season – a pair of twin bed layouts (in 7m or 7.5m lengths) and, more unusually, this MF version with a classic French bed floorplan.
This layout is increasingly rare now, having long been usurped by island beds, but here it makes for a spacious motorhome that’s less than 7m long. And while you gain in having a more compact motorhome, you also benefit from a spec list that includes a 27in TV, a 4m awning, 6kW Combi heating, 16in alloy wheels, a reversing camera and a DAB radio with sat-nav. It even comes with a head-up display for the driver!
At the opposite end of the motorhome, a bed against the wall has the usual access issues, but look at the size of it – 2.00m by 1.41m at the head. Yes, it tapers slightly towards the other end of the mattress, but then there’s a fold-out section to stop the dreaded dangling foot issue! There are reading lights and a useful shelf at the head end, as well as a curtain around the bed for privacy. And you can raise one half of the mattress, supported by a gas strut, to reach the storage beneath.
That locker, also accessed by an external door on the offside, has a dropped floor level to give an internal height of up to 870mm and it even extends underneath the bathroom floor.
While looking at the exterior, it’s also worth noting the very sturdy feel of the habitation door, which also has a neat, Knaus-branded bag attached – this Exclusiv door was one of the very few options on this example, seen at SMC Motorhomes. Inside are coat hooks and a super-thin full-height mirror.
You enter into a comfortable lounge area with an L-settee on the nearside and a long straight sofa opposite. There’s no step into the cab, while the TV hides under a serving shelf between the kitchen and lounge and pops up for viewing – at the perfect height. There’s a big overcab sunroof, too, and a not-too-big fixed table.
The L-shaped kitchen comes with a combined oven and grill set below the three-burners-in-line hob, while a 139-litre fridge is on the opposite side of the vehicle. There’s just enough worktop, while storage includes slide-out wire baskets beneath the sink and a row of neat corner shelves to the left of the hob.
Everything seems to be finished to a very high standard, as we’ve come to expect from Knaus.
There’s a step in the floor as you go from galley to bedroom and here you’ll find an unusually generous full-height wardrobe that includes a couple of shelves below. Next to that is the washroom, which is also more spacious than you’d expect.
Behind a curved tambour door, the bathroom features a bench cassette toilet with excellent leg and shoulder room, more neat little shelves for your toiletries, a clothes drying rail, roof vent and a wooden duckboard. Then the basin/mirror and wall behind swing round to create a super-sized shower in seconds.
All in all, this Knaus is a master class in executing a French bed layout, while the Platinum Selection spec completes a highly appealing and well-priced package.
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