Base vehicle: Ford Transit Price from: £49,130 Berths: 7 Travel seats: 7 Length: 6.97m Width: 2.30m Height: 3.04m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: TBC
Although now one of the rarer layouts in the motorhome market (except perhaps among Italian brands), there’s clearly still a call for bunk beds, especially for larger families (and hire fleets).
After all, there’s a touch of novelty about bunk beds still – and that all-important decision of who sleeps on the top bunk and who settles for the bottom one – that evokes happy memories of childhood holidays for many of us.
The Evo Sound, from Italian manufacturer and Trigano Group brand, Rimor, is a member of a limited range of family-specific motorhomes offering fixed bunks to the rear. However, it’s not just the kids – or grandkids – who can sleep soundly in this model.
This is a seven-berth motorhome and so will certainly appeal to larger families and people who travel with friends. Yet, although highly suitable for extended families, this overcab coachbuilt could hardly be considered a big motorhome, at less than 7m in length (6.97m in total).
Aside from those rear bunks, those beds aren’t fixed so the grown-ups have the option of getting the kids tucked in and comfy before relaxing in the living area.
When it’s time to retire for the night, there’s a double bed over the cab (measuring 2.20m by 1.43m according to its maker), while the settees in the front lounge convert to a second double (1.88m by 1.29m). That’s sleeping for six ticked off, and if you need room for one more, the seating opposite that large settee/double bed converts to a single bed, albeit a small one (1.59m by 0.66m).
You’ll need to get out your calculator to ensure there’s enough payload for you and your offspring, though, if you plan to use all seven berths.
The washroom, with basin and swivel cassette toilet, is located at the rear of the layout, beside the bunk beds, and there’s a separate shower cubicle included in this room. An opaque opening window is fitted here, along with a mirror-fronted top locker.
The kitchen has a three-burner hob, oven and sink, plus drawer storage, though you might find worktop capacity limited. With this in mind, the lid over the hob should prove useful in giving space for food preparation, as well as protecting the appliance when not in use.
The curved edge of the kitchen unit is a pleasant design feature, as is the soft-close function – no accidental slamming of drawers and cupboard doors is always welcome. Opposite, there’s a 141-litre fridge with a freezer compartment.
Living area specification also includes interior LED lighting and a Truma Combi 4 blown-air heating/boiler unit.
In common with other members of the new-for-2020 Evo range, the Sound’s base vehicle is the latest Euro 6d Ford Transit, whose key features here include ABS, ESP, ASR, hill start assist, cruise control, electric mirrors, stop/start technology and cab air-conditioning. The standard engine is a 2-litre 128bhp (130PS) diesel, but an upgrade to 168bhp (170PS) is available. Ford’s excellent torque converter automatic gearbox with six speeds is also optional at extra cost.
Rimor’s UK importer, M and C in Hull, is currently offering the Evo Sound with a special Diamond Pack and this will continue throughout the 2020 season. The pack includes a solar panel, dash cam, reversing camera, Thatcham Category 1 alarm system, flyscreen door, front seat covers, entrance door window and bed protection nets.
At time of writing, M and C was also offering to pay the first year’s VED (in view of the recent tax hike), making this well-priced family motorhome even more appealing.