Campervan of the Month: April - Britz Renegade Family Motorhome

Campervan of the Month: April - Britz Renegade Family Motorhome

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FAR from being a wild rebel April's Camper of the month, the Britz Renegade 6 Berth Motorhome, is ideal for family travel with some great features thrown in. Vehicle:        Britz Renegade 6 Berth Motorhome Style:                 Dual Cab 6 Seater Engine:              2.4L Turbo Diesel Fuel:                  18L per 100km / 75 Litre tank Features:          Automatic, Power Steering, ABS, Rear View Camera

Beds:                3 x doubles OR 2 x doubles and 2 x singles - linen provided Kitchen:            4 Burner Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, all Cooking utensils Bathroom:        Shower, Toilet and Basin. 75 Litre Fresh water tank Storage:           Internal in rear area and large external storage locker Features:         AC Heating, TV, DVD, MP3 jack, automatic awning

Included:         Rear Front Seat TV/DVD Players, Front Seat Fridge

Unique in the Britz family the Renegade is a dual Cab configuration with seats up front for 6 ensuring the family travels together. The rear bench seat can accommodate 4 booster seats (albeit with a tight fit) and there are anchorage points for 2 baby seats that can be secured by baby bolts. A mini fridge located between the front seats ensures cools drinks for the longer journeys and Britz provide portably TV/DVD players to hand on the back of the Driver and Front passenger seats to help entertain the kids.

For the Driver. The Renegade is a two wheel drive equipped with a 2.5 litre turbo diesel, power steering and automatic transmission. Air bags are restricted to just the one for the driver, whilst a rear vision camera lets you know what's going on behind and converts to a near view focus when reversing. The Renegade is definitely thirstier than other campervans of its size consuming around 18 litres per 100kms and giving it an effective range of 400km on the open road between drinks.

Unlike most other 6 berth motorhomes the Renegade does not have a walk through between the driving area and rear of the vehicle and there are no seat belts fitted in the living area. Britz designed this intentionally this way to have families travel together and provide an alternative to their other motorhome vehicles where passengers can sit in the rear of the vehicle whilst travelling.

When it comes to accommodation down the back all the bases are covered. There's a reverse cycle heating and air-conditioning unit, TV & DVD/MP3 player and 2 double Power points for any additional things you need to bring with you. Power comes by way of 12v battery, mains hook-up and Solar panels on the roof, although the A/C & heating Unit, Microwave and power points will only work when the vehicle is hooked up to the mains. A neat feature is the positioning of the LCD TV allowing it to be viewed inside and out with speakers mounted externally. Tip: Remember to wind down the TV Arial before you drive off !!

The bathroom is equipped with all the essentials of toilet, shower and basin all supported by a 75 litre fresh water tank. The kitchen has everything you will need with a sink, microwave, 4 burner cooker, 4 way powered 110 Litre Fridge (Solar, mains, gas and battery) and cooking utensils.

Bedding comes by way of 3 double beds that can be reconfigured into 2 large singles and 2 doubles. A large almost queen size over-head cabin bed provides ample space for a couple or can be split into 2 great singles with a dividing curtain. There's no chance of little ones falling out with a safety net that clips across the bottom of the bed. Downstairs the front and rear seating areas convert into two double beds. The front double is not ideal for long legged adults and when set up it makes for a tight squeeze to pass into the kitchen area, but given the bed can quickly be set up and dismantled any inconvenience is pretty minimal. There's plenty of storage space in the rear accommodation area and as with all motorhomes it's best to travel with soft bags rather than suitcases. Another nice feature of the Renegade is the external Storage locker that's large enough to hold the golf clubs! The external motorised awning is mounted outside the door with controls just inside the door. Not all the Renegade fleet are equipped with motorised awnings, some have manual awnings. Britz advise that the automatic awnings cannot be requested - ie you get whatever the vehicle you are assigned has been configured with.

So who is the Renegade best suited for? If you are 6 adults on the larger side of life then the seating in the back of the dual cab will make for a tighter squeeze and the length of at least one of the double beds could lead to cold toes. However families of 6 or couples of average height will have no such problems and the up front dual cabin configuration keeps everyone together to enjoy the road whilst keeping accommodation separate down the back.

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