Berths: 7 Travel seats: 7 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 587kg
The overcab coachbuilt has fallen out of favour with buyers in recent years, thanks to the increasing numbers of low-profiles with drop-down beds. But that’s not to say this classic type of motorhome doesn’t have its distinct advantages. That overcab luton moulding creates a separate sleeping area, well away from the bunks at the rear and more convenient than the beds made up in the lounge. Here, the overcab even has a massive opening sunroof as well as side windows.
Squeezing so many beds into a relatively small ’van like this – 6.99m is actually quite compact for a family model – could make the interior seem a little cramped, though. But not so here, thanks to a unique sliding door to the washroom. A large tambour door encloses the washroom area but it slides in its track to just cover up the toilet and basin, turning much of the shower tray area into extra corridor/kitchen space.
In rivals the aisle between the bathroom and kitchen is often narrow and confined. Here it’s almost big enough to throw a party. This design feature makes a massive difference to the ambience of the Sun Living, especially if a full complement is on board. What also makes a difference is the light, modern furniture and simple styling. The upper lockers are all white with positive locking, but instead of handles there are small bevelled holes in the doors allowing you to reach in to undo the catch. Simple grey fabrics will stand the test of family holidays, yet flashes of bright contrasting panels means the interior isn’t dull.
The rest of the layout is fairly standard. The cab plays no part in the interior once pitched up. The overcab bed raises up on gas struts to provide easy access, but it’ll make a great storage area for coats and bedding. The lounge, with a double dinette and a single dinette opposite, can seat six to dine with ease. The seats are upright and perfect for meals or playing games with the children but, if you want to stretch out, the single dinette is probably your best bet. The table and an infill cushion drop into the space between the two single seats to make a small sofa.
The kitchen is simple, yet functional. The combined three-burner hob and sink is L-shaped, creating a little extra worktop in front of the hob. The oven is located below, at low level, as is some storage to complement the high-level lockers.
Aside from that clever sliding door, the washroom has a swivel cassette toilet, a washbasin tap that doubles as the showerhead, and high and low-level storage. The low locker is wooden but it’s covered by a nifty little curtain when using the shower. The high-level storage has both open shelves with practical elasticated retainers and a mirrored-door cupboard.
The bunks across the rear have ventilation (the lower bunk has a window, while the upper bunk gets a rooflight) and a light, while the lower one raises to increase storage capacity. That’s not a new idea but this Sun Living is not short of fresh thinking, while still being backed up by the usual top-notch Adria build quality.