Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £75,100 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 7.20m Width: 2.35m Height: 2.89m Gross weight: 3,500kg (3,650kg option or 4,400kg on Heavy Chassis) Payload: 415kg
Rapido's range is now dominated by A-classes – 20 of the 28 models in the portfolio. These start with the 8F series, before moving up to the 80dF line-up which benefit from an Al-Ko chassis (rather than Fiat frame) and a storage double floor. There are five 80dF models, including one that’s been updated for the 2020 season – this 8086dF.
The full-width storage double floor has external hatches which are ideal for outdoor tables and chairs. It also boasts all the advantages of a technical double floor, including an inboard water tank and a flat floor throughout the living area. The storage space is also heated and illuminated, while freeing up capacity inside as all the technical equipment is out of the way. Lowering the centre of gravity is also great for stability.
So, what’s new about this season’s 8086dF? For a start there’s an improved seat conversion requiring no additional items to convert side settees into travel seats. There’s a longer bench on the nearside, too.
Also new is the double separation – bathroom-to-bedroom and bathroom-to-kitchen/lounge – which customers expect in a motorhome of this price/size.
Then there are changes across the 80dF range, including some mods that apply to other Rapidos, too, such as the new-look Elegance furniture (it’s the more contemporary Castello option here).
An illuminated step well has been added and there’s improved lighting in the garage, while a novelty is the improved heat distribution made possible by a heated table leg. Tables and worktops get a new mineral-style finish and, of course, there are the latest Fiat engines.
As ever, the Select Pack is a must-have, adding lots more gear for UK buyers. This includes a rearview camera, Kenwood multimedia unit, passenger airbag, cruise control, ESC and ASR, Traction Plus with Hill Descent Control, electric mirrors, height-adjustable cab seats, cab door with two-point locking, rear speakers, cooker hood with LEDs and an automatic gas changeover.
There is also a windscreen blind that operates two ways – up/down (sunshade) and down/up (privacy screen) – and a habitation door with window, bin and flyscreen.
Other features include a garage with 230V socket, tie-down points and an electrically height-adjustable bed above, which increases the locker’s headroom by 30cm. Maximum weight in here is 150kg, while the bed itself is 1.91m by 1.56m and it slides back for daytime relaxation.
Even in night-time mode the bedroom offers more changing space than in some 7.5m rivals, while the en suite has a roomy shower with great headroom and sensible bathroom storage.
The kitchen includes an oven (not shown here), while RHD models also get a leather steering wheel with radio controls, front foglamps, carpets, a folding table in the lounge, Combi 6EH gas/electric heating, a second leisure battery, rear corner steadies, external shower, double lens bus-style mirrors and three burners (rather than two) for the hob. It adds up to a very comprehensive spec.