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with the swiv­elled cab seats (a Fiat Du­cato as­set) and so use all the space ef­fec­tively. The slide-out ar­range­ment sep­a­rates the cab seat­ing from the dinette and I think that re­sults in a slightly cramped dinette. That is very much a per­sonal choice, though.

Slide-outs gen­er­ally in­tro­duce more en­gi­neer­ing and on­go­ing main­te­nance prob­lems, no mat­ter who builds them, and there’s also the is­sue of wa­ter and dust ingress to con­sider.

In this 2015 model, the slide-out runs more than two-thirds of the length of the body on the off­side. The mo­torhome has an east-west is­land bed, fit­ted into the slide-out along with the cafe-style dinette. There’s also a full-width rear bath­room and a near­side kitchen. Up front, the near­side cab is boxed off by a large cabi­net which houses the 190L fridge with mi­crowave above.

LIGHT AND SPACE

Above the driver’s cab, the Lu­ton bed mea­sures a pretty rea­son­able 1.96x1.3m (6ft 5in x 4ft 3in) and has win­dows and roof lights on both sides, with the fridge cabi­net pro­vid­ing a good bed­side shelf. When not be­ing used, the bed can be eas­ily lifted out of the way to give bet­ter driver’s cab ac­cess.

Given the spa­cious lay­out, I thought the kitchen bench was quite short, but it does have enough room to fit a stain­less steel sink with drain­ers plus a four-burner cook­top with grill un­der­neath. There is, how­ever, a bench ex­ten­sion at the bed­room end, as well as a flap that can be used to ex­tend the bench across the en­try door.

Un­der the bench­top are three dif­fer­ent sized draw­ers, a small slide-out pantry and a small cup­board.

Op­po­site the kitchen bench, the dinette will, in the­ory, seat four peo­ple – the rear seat has two seat­belts but leg room is a bit lim­ited. How­ever, the Zwaard­vis-mounted ta­ble is a good size and it can be pushed out of the way to al­low two peo­ple to sit on the same side, if re­quired.

The over­head lock­ers above the dinette are fairly

Clock­wise from top left: The fridge cabi­net dou­bles as a bed­side ta­ble for the Lu­ton peak bed; four-burner cook­top and sink with drainer make up the kitchen es­sen­tials; the cafe-style dinette doesn’t have the ben­e­fit of swiv­el­ling cab chairs; near­side wal

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