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Motorhome review: Sun Living A 70DK overcab

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 7
  • Layout : Bunk Beds

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £49,000 Berths: 7 Travel seats: 6/7 Length: 6.99m Width: 2.32m Height: 3.09m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 550kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Sun Living
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
A Series
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Engine Size
2.3TD
Payload (kg)
550
Belted Seats
6
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
49000
Length (m)
6.99
Width (m)
2.32
Height (m)
3.09
Berths
7
Main Layout
Bunk Beds
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Images courtesy of Sun Living

 

We’ve long appreciated the practical approach to motorhoming offered by Sun Living. Its vehicles appear to have the same sturdy dependability as you’d expect of its parent company, Adria, but with a fresh, simple style of their own. And, since the start of the 2021 season, they arguably became a more mainstream brand as they were adopted by Midlands mega dealer, Brownhills.

The Newark-based retailer hasn’t just taken on standard products from Slovenia, though, but added its own Sun Living Pack to all seven models in the range, including the sole overcab, the A 70DK seen here.

 

The specification

The pack enhances the standard spec with a metallic silver Fiat cab with colour-coded front bumper, alloy wheels, reversing camera, cab air-conditioning, a passenger airbag, cruise control, front fog lights, a leather steering wheel, ESP with Traction + and Hill Descent Control, an upgrade to Truma Combi 4 E gas/electric heating, cab seats in matching upholstery to the habitation area, a flyscreen for the door and a panoramic overcab window. That lengthy list of extras pushes the list price up from £49k to £55,319, but Brownhills offers the A 70DK at a special all-in figure of £53,995, saving you £1,324.

Not only that, but the added kit stops the Sun Living motorhomes from having a budget vibe. With the coloured cab and alloys, as well as the marque’s bold diagonal silver/grey graphics, this is a smart-looking motorhome with its entry-level roots only betrayed by the windowless habitation door.

The Ducato base vehicle comes with Fiat’s 140bhp engine as standard (used across the range, even in the six-metre V 60SP campervan), and an automatic gearbox is available at extra cost. All models also come with a 3,500kg gross weight to suit any driver, although you’ll have to upgrade your A 70DK to 3,650kg if you want to use all seven seatbelts – at 3.5 tonnes it’s a six-person maximum with a 550kg payload.

 

The layout

Obviously, then, this is a true family motorhome and it adopts that most child- friendly of floorplans, with bunk beds across the back. This space also offers generous external storage with large loading doors on either side. Even with the lower bunk bed in situ there’s an 800mm-high locker stretching the full width of the motorhome (and featuring 12V and 230V sockets, drain holes for hosing out, tie-downs and elasticated pockets for smaller items along the back wall). Stack the bottom bunk’s mattress against the rear panel and fold away the bed base and instantly the garage grows to an impressive 1.53m high inside.

So, that’s storage taken care of, while the lounge – even though it doesn’t include the cab – also reflects a design brief for mob-handed motorhoming. The nearside pullman dinette has room for four adults around the wall-mounted table, while the mini-diner on the offside is scaled down to suit a couple of kids.

This, of course, is where everyone (bar pilot and chief navigator in the cab) will travel. The forward-facing bench of the main dinette comes with three-point belts, while all three of the rear-facing seats come with lap belts – taking the total to seven. All the travel seats have head restraints.

There are berths to match, of course, with two rear bunks, a large overcab double and the lounge making into another double (nearside) and a kid’s single (offside).

There’s fairly limited under-seat storage as the rear-facing bench houses the inboard 90-litre water tank and the front-facing seat opposite accommodates the Combi boiler. However, the large nearside window makes this seem a very spacious area for family life and the amount of daylight flooding into the motorhome is a major boon, thanks to a generous kitchen window and large overcab rooflight, too.

 

The berths

In fact, that front window in the luton is an unusual bonus that you wouldn’t expect even in more expensive overcab models, especially as there are windows on either side of this bedroom, too. There are also reading lights (movable on rails) here and the bed measures a super-sized 2.10m by 1.50m (manufacturer’s figures) on a slatted base. Headroom is up to 630mm.

Not that the bunk beds are only for little folk. These are 2.10m by 0.85m, with the top bed having slightly more headroom than the one below. Each has its own reading light and ventilation (a roof vent up top, an opening window for the lower occupant). Only the solid plywood bed bases disappoint.

Generally, the interior appears very contemporary, with predominantly grey/white décor and new black cupboard handles. Again, there’s not the cost-cutter look that sometimes afflicts entry-level motorhomes, although the very firm seats are a giveaway that you’re not in a premium brand.

 

The kitchen

The eye-level lockers open on gas struts and feel like they belong in a top-quality motorhome, while the kitchen impresses with three super-spacious drawers and the L-shaped combination sink and three-burner hob that will be familiar to Adria owners. There’s a Duplex oven/grill as standard, too, and the fridge is a family-sized 142-litre model with automatic energy selection.

 

The washroom

Even the washroom eschews the back-to-basics feel of something like a Swift Edge’s all-in-one bathroom. Here, there’s a very generous separate shower, complete with two drain holes, a roof vent and a clothes drying rail. There’s plenty of room to use the cassette toilet and the large (but backless) washbasin hinges down from its hiding place under the mirror.

 

Summary

Alongside the washroom is a good-sized wardrobe with 1.14m hanging height from its rail. You wonder how they’ve managed to squeeze all this into an overall length of just under 7m. Clearly not a centimetre of space has been wasted.

More than anything, though, this Sun Living feels like it has been built to cater for family touring and all the rigours that entails. It seems modern and spacious inside, with few telltales that it comes from Adria’s cheaper sub-brand, especially when spec’d up as here with the long list of goodies that Brownhills has added to the mix.

 

 

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