Step aboardLike most van-based motorhomes, both the nearside sliding door and the rear doors give easy access to the interior. It’s a Fiat Ducato cab, so the factory-fitted swivelling seats are well and truly incorporated into the overall layout. A pole-mounted table sits directly behind the cab seats and that makes up the dining area. All of the nearside wall, and part of the sliding door space, is taken up by the kitchen bench, fridge cabinetry and cupboards in the rear. That leaves the mid-offside space for the shower toilet cubicle and more cupboards. Up front, Autoquest has opted to retain the Ducato roofline, which means no roof cut-out, so there’s a small but handy storage space above the driver’s cab handy for stashing the cab blinds if nothing else. Concertina-type blinds are fitted to the rear windows, rather than the sprung cassette roller type.
KitchenetteA small motorhome equals a small kitchen bench with just enough space for a three-burner hob and a round stainless steel sink. But to provide a bit more room on the bench, there is a handy flip-up extension in the doorway airspace. Normally fridges like the Thetford T1090 90-litre unit are floor-mounted, but in this model it’s mounted above a wardrobe, which means no bending over to retrieve items. Something else that is interesting about the fridge is its curved rear, specially designed for van conversions.
BathroomThe bathroom is bigger than it looks. Not surprisingly, it’s a combo set-up with a small Thetford cassette toilet, washbasin, and shaving cabinet. The tap for the basin is attached to a flexible hose and doubles as a shower outlet, a stainless steel bracket being attached to the wall at a decent height.
In the rearThe bed arrangement is a little different to the usual. Instead of twin side-facing lounges, there is just a single lounge on the offside. When bedtime comes around, it’s a matter of pulling the seat base out and the back-rest drops into position to form up a bed with a length of 1880mm and a width of 1310mm at the pillow end. With this arrangement, the bed does have to be made up every night. If you’re prepared to forgo the use of the day lounge, then the bed could be left permanently made up. This is doable because even though the bed does narrow towards the base, there is still a walkway between the bed and the nearside furniture, giving access to not only the rear doors but the adjacent cupboards and drawers.
Cupboard spaceWhat Autoquest has done with the nearside cabinetry is to create a waist-high cupboard and drawer space with overhead lockers above and a window in between. It’s a nice compromise, giving you both window area and shelf and storage space. The window is locked shut to prevent damage from the sliding door. Also fitted into this area is a flat-screen television, which is mounted on the fridge cabinet. Easily seen from the rear bed, it can also be swung out and viewed from the front seats. Satellite TV is a standard feature.
Out of sightFitted under the CV60 is the 90-litre freshwater tank, the 45-litre grey water tank, the 4.3kW Whale gas/electric air heater, and the eight-litre gas/electric water heater. The sub floor area is certainly a very busy place. Quite a few Fiat Ducato-powered motorhomes running around New Zealand are fitted with the lowest powered of the Ducato 2.3-litre turbo diesels – the 96kW/130hp. However, the CV60 comes with a little more zip in the form of the 118kW/160hp engine, which is great for those who want a more lively response underfoot. For those who are familiar with Ducatos, the old six-speed automated manual transmission has been replaced by a new nine-speed fully automatic gearbox – a great advance and one that offers a much smoother driving experience. All the usual driver controls are fitted around the cab, including a very handy reversing camera.
ExteriorBeing a van conversion, there aren’t any external storage compartments, except for items like the cassette toilet and gas cylinder. Bubble-type double-glazed windows are fitted all round and they do give the motorhome quite a stylish look. In addition to the usual hatches, the roof sports both a satellite dish and a solar panel. A Dometic awning covers the sliding door area very nicely and, on my review motorhome, a Fiamma bike rack was fitted to the rear offside barn door.
SummaryI reckon the CV60 is a classy addition to the Elddis line-up. In some ways it’s a standard large van conversion layout, but there are some subtle differences to the normal arrangement and the motorhome does have a good level of appointment. Ideal for one or two.
Elddis Autoquest CV60 specifications
|Engine||Fiat Ducato 2.3L 118kW/350Nm|
|Approx overall length||5999mm|
|Approx overall width||2050mm|
|Fresh/grey water tank||90L/45L|
|Gas||1 x 4kg|
- 118kW Ducato turbo diesel
- New nine-speed auto gearbox
- Rear bed area layout
- Internal cupboard space
- Fridge location
- No external storage
- Small kitchen
- Step-up to front cab area
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