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Motorhome review: Rapido 8086dF Ultimate Line

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : A-Class
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Island Bed

Rapido View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko Price from: £75,700 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 7.20m Width: 2.35m Height: 2.76m Gross weight: 3,500kg (3,650 or 4,400kg options) Payload: 415kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Rapido
Class
A-Class
Range
Series 80dF
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
415
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
78050
Length (m)
7.20
Width (m)
2.35
Height (m)
2.94
Berths
4
Main Layout
Island Bed
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The Ultimate Line debuted in the middle of the 2020 season on the 886F and this enhanced spec is now offered on three low-profiles and a trio of A-classes, the most compact of which is this 7.20m model.

As an 80-Series, it comes on a Fiat Al-Ko chassis and features a double floor, while Ultimate Line trim adds 16in alloy wheels, new Milan faux leather ‘TEP’ upholstery, a fabric-covered backlit headboard in the bedroom, dimmable lighting and Combi 6 EH gas/electric heating with iNet (for remote operation) and a heating duct actually built into the dining table’s leg!

Externally, it’s easily identifiable as a Rapido, while the garage comes with a variable height, thanks to a bed that rises and falls at the flick of a switch. There are two loading doors, an external shower and 230V socket inside, and a minimum interior height of 890mm. Maximum load here is restricted to 150kg as there are no chassis extension rails underneath.

 

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The double floor is up to 195mm deep and has small hatches on either side of the habitation door, a larger flap on the nearside and two internal trapdoors in the floor.

Inside, the lounge adopts the side sofa format and is a comfortable space for four.

There’s plenty of artificial light, as well as a large wind-up rooflight and generous cab glazing. The table unfolds at mealtimes to 780mm by 860mm. An armrest on the offside sofa (which serves as a headrest when the settees are converted into travel seats) is a neat addition.

Above the cab, the manual drop-down bed (1.87m by 1.38m) is easy to deploy and has its own roof vent, a net for magazines and a single spotlight at each end.

The kitchen has been redesigned and now features gloss white drawer fronts with integral matt black handles. Under-counter lighting is incorporated, as well as electric central locking of the drawers.

The three-burners-in-line hob frees up worktop at the front of the galley and its split glass lid creates more countertop when only one gas ring is in use. That’s not the only cooking appliance, however, as UK models feature an oven/grill as standard.

The standard RHD Pack also adds carpets, a second leisure battery, an outside shower, rear steadies and, in the cab, radio switches on the leather steering wheel, chrome-ringed dials, and piano black fascia trim.

Despite this being a shorter motorhome than the typical 7.5m of its ilk, there’s the usual split en suite. The shower has good headroom, a fold-down drying rail, plus a roof vent. The toilet room, opposite, is stylish and practical with a second roof vent and elasticated straps to hold your toiletries in place.

The toilet door shuts off the en suite, with double separation completed by a pair of sliding bedroom doors. The rear island bed (1.93m by 1.45m) slides back as a chaise longue during the day, creating extra floorspace, and the suspended his and hers wardrobes allow for XL-sized bedside tables.

The only downside here is that space is tight around the foot of the bed when the mattress is extended for sleeping.

 

  

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