Base vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter (FWD) Prices from: £54,995 Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Length: 5.93m Width: 2.02m Height: 2.61m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 500kg
Now that RP Motorhomes has focused its attention purely on the latest Mercedes Sprinter, it is hardly surprising to find that its most recent model (also its smallest), the Rebel, is based on the new front-wheel drive version of the van wearing the famous star.
So, here we have a motorhome that’s a little under 6m long, powered by a 143bhp, 2.1-litre CDI diesel engine – with the option (at £2,250) of a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. A six-speed manual ’box is standard, along with driver and passenger airbags, a multi-media system with 7in touchscreen (upgradeable to 10in), DAB radio, Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist and cruise control. There’s an electronic handbrake, too – so no lever to obstruct the swivelling of the cab seats.
The Rebel is not just about the superior-quality base vehicle, though. Nor even the fact that you can also have it with rear or four-wheel drive – indeed, the latter can be mated to an ‘expedition’ option with solar panel and full-length roof rack. Here is a vehicle with great attention to detail, from the 3in Styrofoam insulation in the floor to the double-glazed side and rear windows neatly integrated into the trim panels.
The finer points of the Rebel may be fine indeed, including a real feeling of quality, but the layout is a tried and trusted rear lounge, two-berth, two-travel-seat design. There’s U-shaped seating with squishy, pillow-like backrests and a removable centre section to allow walk through.
Settee lengths are of the his and hers variety – 1.92m on the offside and 1.76m on the nearside, although you can also fill the aisle with the two tables to create a lengthways double. Blinds are of the pleated type and there’s a wall-mounted telly (19in for £650, including aerial).
Further forward, the washroom impresses with its one-piece moulded pod – so no worry about leaks, ever – and the Corian worktop and basin surround. Even more unusual is the £5,000 option of a slide-out bathroom to create more floor space on site and allow the driver’s chair to fully rotate.
The kitchen, too, comes with a Corian countertop and the almost obsessive detailing is revealed again when you see the lack of any visible paintwork on the inside of the sliding door. Meanwhile, there are useful worktop extensions on both ends of the galley, plus four high-quality soft-closing drawers.
The key culinary components are a Triplex cooker and 90-litre compressor fridge, each from Thetford. The microwave shown here is being moved to a more suitable location on production models.
The Rebel also comes with 80-litre fresh and waste water tanks, a 30-litre underslung gas tank and 110Ah leisure battery. There’s also a whole host of options, as you’d expect at this level of the market. The show model had a lithium battery system (£1,800), 16in alloy wheels (£756), chromed grille (£234), colour-coded front bumper (£600), half-leather upholstery (£1,950), metallic Tenorite Grey paint (£798), sat-nav (£804), heated mirrors (£198), a swivel driver’s seat (£366) and cab climate control (£1,164).
RP also offers a choice of 10 exterior paint options, different furniture colours and fabrics, and even a choice of Corian worktops. An exclusive bodykit with rear spoiler can be added, while other interesting extras include heated cab seats, air suspension, foglamps with cornering function, flyscreens for side and rear doors, Remis cab blinds, habitation air-conditioning and much, much more.