Lux­ury camp­ing, Euro style

The lat­est Knaus mo­torhome is more like the moth­er­ship, with all the gad­gets R1,7 mil­lion can buy

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THE 2016 Knaus Sun i doesn’t have the smooth, fluid style of the Car­avi­sio, but Knaus’s new flag­ship mo­torhome does share some high- tech in­spi­ra­tion with that 2013 car­a­van con­cept.

Billed as the “best Knaus ever”, the lux­u­ri­ous mo­torhome is packed with fea­tures and op­tions, in­clud­ing smart­phone light­ing con­trol and a slide- out out­door TV with Blue­tooth au­dio.

Knaus’s new range- top­per is a 128 hp Fiat Du­cato- based mo­torhome loaded with high- end de­sign and tech. It mea­sures 8,82 me­tres long and weighs 3 760 kg. The LED day­time run­ning lamps up front are com­ple­mented by Eurostar- de­rived tail­lights. In­side, queen- and sin­glebed floor plans each sleep and seat four peo­ple. Knaus says the Sun i was de­signed with a phi­los­o­phy of “the best of ev­ery­thing and al­ways a bit more than you ac­tu­ally need”. Noth­ing bet­ter ex­em­pli­fies that phi­los­o­phy than the in­no­va­tive op­tional fea­tures.

Our favourite op­tion is eas­ily the out­door en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, which in­cludes a pull- out 32inch TV with two neatly docked sets of Blue­tooth head­phones. The pave­ment- cen­tric Sun i won’t bring your en­ter­tain­ment to the re­mote ar­eas that the EarthRoamer XV- LTS will, but it’ll still set you up for some se­ri­ous TV view­ing un­der the sun.

The out­door TV isn’t the only in­no­va­tive en­ter­tain­ment fea­ture. With the avail­able elec­tric re­trac­tion sys­tem, the op­tional in­door tele­vi­sion slides neatly be­hind the bench seat­ing, pop­ping out at the push of a but­ton. It’s there when you want it, out of sight when you don’t.

An­other in­ter­est­ing op­tion, which Knaus de­clares a never- be­fore- seen first, the ex­tend­able un­der- floor stor­age bin rises 40 cm at the push of a but­ton, bring­ing its con­tents right to you. That bin is lo­cated in a kitchen area that also in­cludes a three- burner stove, stain­less steel sink, 190- litre re­frig­er­a­tor, slate work­top, and a se­ries of shelves that show­case your kitchen pro­vi­sions like part of the decor. The Sun i’s cen­tral multi- area bath­room in­cludes a shower room, van­ity sink and Dometic toi­let. The shower is en­closed with rounded glass.

Like the Car­avi­sio and the Eurostar that fol­lowed, the Sun i has yacht- style floor­ing un­der­foot. Other ma­te­ri­als in­clude a tex­tile ceil­ing liner and slate- look din­ing room table­top.

The Sun i has Alde hot wa­ter heat­ing, up to 180 litres of fresh wa­ter ca­pac­ity, 170 litres of waste wa­ter ca­pac­ity, and two 95Ah AGM bat­ter­ies. The ex­ten­sive op­tions list in­cludes air con­di­tion­ing, var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment pack­ages and com­po­nents, a gas oven and an alarm sys­tem. When the op­tional WLAN is added, the in­te­rior LED light­ing can be con­trolled via smart­phone.

The Sun i de­buted at last year’s Düs­sel­dorf Car­a­van Sa­lon and made an ap­pear­ance at the CMT show last month.

It starts at € 97 400 ( over R1,7 mil­lion).

Knaus tells us that it will show­case four ad­di­tional floor plans at this year’s Düs­sel­dorf show, which starts in Au­gust. — Giz­mag.

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Knaus’s new range- top­per is a 128 hp Fiat Du­cato- based mo­torhome packed with all the fea­tures of mod­ern cars.

The in­te­rior trim is lux­u­ri­ous, yacht- style floor­ing and an im­i­ta­ton slate table­top.

The cor­ri­dor past the glass shower door leads to the sleep­ing area in the rear.

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