There was an excited buzz around the 77 Plus upon its launch in Italy. A sub-7m model with a comfortable-looking u-shaped rear lounge, it provides the option of two drop-down double beds - family friendly motorhoming, indeed.
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When Rimor revealed details of its debut Evo range, with prototype models lined up in a row and glistening under the fierce Tuscan sun, one of the new layouts in particular emerged as the main talking point. There are six different layouts in the Italian brand’s new range, a combination of overcabs (Evo 5 and Evo Sound) and low-profile motorhomes (Evo 66 Plus, 95 Plus, 69 Plus and 77 Plus). It’s the last, the 77 Plus, that really captured the attention and may prove the most appealing to the UK market – especially as it features a rear lounge.
Rimor says the 77 Plus is a ‘new model dedicated to conviviality’, and what that really means, of course, is that this motorhome should inspire feelings of warmth and friendliness. With a rear lounge layout, owners and users should certainly feel sociable; this is a motorhome designed for relaxing.
The end lounge is a cosy space. It’s not as large as some but there’s a U-shaped settee that looks particularly inviting; it’s easy to imagine the mum and dad sprawled out here during the evening while the kids play in the forward seating area. A fixed central table unfolds for dining, and with windows on either side, and to the rear, this is a light and airy living area. There’s the option of a larger rear window (the standard one is unusually petite) if you want more daylight.
Above this lounge is the first of two drop-down double beds. It’s easy to use, so there’s no need to faff about at the end of the evening when tiredness strikes and it’s time to retire to bed. Simply push a button on the control panel and the bed glides down smoothly and with very little noise. The mattress measures 2.00m by 1.21m – and the second double bed, another drop-down, over the front lounge, has the same dimensions and the same control functionality.
Moving through the ’van from the rear, the fridge/freezer is to one side, with a large wardrobe to the other, helping to make the back of the ’van feel quite secluded. The kitchen and washroom are positioned opposite one another. The washroom is divided into two slightly separate areas, with a washbasin and shower in a wet space and a toilet in the other. There’s a large mirror above the washbasin and a removable floor in the shower area, so when it’s not in use you can create extra standing room – and not stand in a wet space. Behind the toilet is a large window.
The kitchen is a sleek and nicely designed area. The three-burner hob is laid out in a triangular-style design, which makes the most of the worktop space between it and the sink. There are drawers for cutlery, pots and pans, and overhead lockers for plates and whatever else you need to tuck away.
Onto the front lounge, there’s a half-dinette – with fitted belts – facing another folding table (fixed on a central leg) and a further single seat opposite, which converts to rear-facing for travel. A large skylight above the cab maximises any natural light.