Our first ever brand new vehicle of any kind - a Rimor Koala motorhome.
We bought it on the Internet unseen through what turned out to be "dodgy" dealer for £30,000. The motorhome came from the factory in Italy and although we didn't receive it until April 2011 we paid in full in November 2010 and got a reduction from what we were told was the £45000 normal price. Basically the factory needed to clear out their 2010 models. The dodgy part of the dealer, well he wasn't registered as a Rimor supplier and his after sales service and back up was appalling however luckily Rimor is well recognised throughout Europe and we got good service under warranty in France and Germany.
The Koala is a step up from the entry level Katamarano but offered mainly the same layouts. We opted for the 48 which was a double bed over a rear garage, forward of that a wardrobe and large fridge with separate freezer and bathroom opposite. The L shaped kitchen was very workable and in front of this
a French dinette with 2 seater sofa opposite. With the cab seats swivelled round it was possible to seat 6 for a meal. The dinette converted (with great difficulty) into a double bed and with a double in the luton the motorhome could sleep 6.
The vehicle was 7.25m long and slightly narrower than many European motorhomes at 2.1m wide.
We added an awning, 2 leisure batteries, 2 solar panels and 2 refillable gas bottles.
So what did we like and dislike about it.
The Fiat 2.5 diesel engine was the upgraded 140 bps version with plenty of power and good fuel economy. The 6 gears took a bit of getting used to though. A huge garage is a mixed blessing and definitely an asset if you have a scooter or bikes. We had neither so found it a waste of space to some extent as you could only gain easy access to stuff stored on one level leaving a lot of wasted space above. By having the garage the rear bed is high up and accessed up 4 steps. With the wardrobe on one side and bathroom on the other it felt quite confined. We actually ended up using the over cab bed which was much more light and airy. The shower was a decent size and the fridge/freezer and kitchen worked well. The dining/lounge area felt quite cut off as the kitchen had a large "wall" to enable cross over seat belts in the dining seat. This effectively gave you a small compartmented area as a lounge making it feel relatively small.
Whilst the quality of fixtures and fittings was fairly low everything stood up well to everyday use and the only damage we had was on the gas fire which is positioned by the rear bed making it easy to miss your footing getting down the steps and stand on (and break) the top of the fire.
Unfortunately Steve got ill and we had to sell Eddie 9 months after we bought him. Having bought at a good price we managed to sell him for £31500 so given the extras we put on we just about broke even.
We would not go for this type of layout again but would consider another Rimor.
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