This a cleverly designed motorhome, featuring a slide-out door - relatively rare in a UK van conversion. At under six metres in length, it's a compact model with a rear lounge that's available in a choice of layouts - u-shaped, parallel sofas or fixed bed.
Base vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter Price from: £68,995 (model as shown around £80,000) Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Length: 5.93m Width: 2.02m Height: 2.61m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 600kg
Motorhomes based on the latest Mercedes-Benz Sprinter panel van are few in number, especially if it’s the front-wheel drive version (which benefits from a lower floor and the new nine-speed automatic gearbox option) that you’re after. Equally, van conversions with a slide-out are seen barely more regularly than English World Cup victories…
However, the slide-out is something that’s de rigeur in American RVs and, thanks to the efforts of Lippert Components, there are British makers now offering this US-style space extender. The latest such newcomer is RP’s Rebel Slide, which uses the tried and tested Lippert system combined with a fully moulded one-piece pod that slides out of the aperture once occupied by a second (offside) sliding door.
It’s the washroom that lives in that slide-out pod and, cleverly, it has been designed so that the cassette toilet can be used whether the extension is in or out. However, the shower requires the slide-out to be out for its drainage system to work.
Otherwise, the Rebel is a relatively conventional rear lounge conversion that slots usefully into the sub-six-metre category – what the slide-out adds is a new-found feeling of space at the front of the vehicle. In terms of bald stats, the slide-out adds 500mm of extra interior width.
Here, the Rebel is shown with a U-shaped lounge, but you could order it with parallel sofas or a fixed bed instead. Making up the bed in this version requires the table (with a neat system of attaching its leg to the underside of the tabletop) to fill the aisle, before pulling the squab cushions forward and dropping the backrests in behind. The resultant lengthways double is 1.76m to 1.88m long (greater on the offside) by 1.43m wide, or you can make a three-quarters double for easier access.
Open the rear doors and the end backrests don’t fall out while the storage under the end of the settees is reduced by the generous 130-litre fresh water tank (or you can have 80 litres and more storage). The slide-out also reduces capacity of the underslung gas tank from 25 litres to 16, but that seems fine as only the cooker uses LPG – the heating is by diesel-fired Truma Combi and the fridge is a compressor type that comes with a mirrored door and 90-litre capacity and is mounted up high for eye-level access. The galley, on the opposite side of the motorhome, also includes an optional Hotpoint microwave, as well as the Thetford Triplex hob/grill/oven.
The glass-fibre interior trim panels hide foil-wrapped insulation and these mouldings even extend down and over the wheelarches. There’s very good under-seat storage, too, with bed frames supported by gas struts.
More excellent detailing includes a height-adjustable dining table, Corian kitchen worktops and reshaped, retrimmed cab seats.
This isn’t a cheap option – around £80,000 as shown – but the build quality is impressive and specification can be tailored to your needs. Even lithium leisure batteries and four-wheel drive are on the options list.
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