I reflect on the time that the Rock and I reacted with scorn to a long-wheel-based rental camper that was booked for us for a month in Australia. “We can’t possibly live in that for a month,” the Rock exclaimed. But we had to suck it up, pack our gear into it and head into the outback. To our surprise and delight, in the end it had more than enough room, was fast on the road when required and had ticked all our boxes by the end of the trip.
I thought of this when I stopped in at Walkabout Sales and Rentals in Manukau recently, and talked with Shane Smale about the Italian-built Ci motorhomes on display. The model that caught my eye on this day was the Ci Kyros Duo Prestige campervan, with sleeping for three and lots of big-vehicle fixtures and fittings that would fulfil most travellers’ needs for holidays and regular getaway breaks.
Based on the Fiat Ducato diesel 95kW cab chassis, this is the long-wheel-base model, front-wheel-drive, 6360mm long campervan, with a standard sliding van door for entry behind the driver’s door. Opening the door, you simply press the electric step button to gain easy access into the vehicle.
In part of the entry is the kitchen bench unit, and what a little beauty this is. Two pull-out drawers on the end that have secondary storage drawers within them. Under the bench is even more great storage, and overhead as well. The gas cooking hob and stainless steel sink are combined, and these have glass tops to create bench working space on top as well as splashbacks while cooking and washing up. There are three more useful storage drawers underneath with a utility drawer.
The dinette is opposite the entry. The front cab seats swivel around to be part of the entertainment area. The TV is fitted above the forward-facing, seat-belted dining seats; this area also converts to the single third berth, with a good size at 1750 x 900mm. The TV is on a swivel so can be viewed in the front or from the rear bedroom once tucked up in bed.
Midship we have the combined toilet/bathroom on the right, with a sliding entry door, a great space-saving idea that works really well. On the left is the fridge, inset at a good height, with storage cupboards above and below. In the rear is the bed setup, offering two single beds sized 1900 x 800mm and 1950 x 800mm, which convert to one large 1900 x 1600mm bed if required.
So much storage in this area with storage hatches in the stepped up (raised) floor, and under the beds is even more storage. In fact there is so much storage I just don’t know what I would fill it all up with unless I was living in it for a month or two.
The price point is competitive as well at under $120K. Over the weeks I have looked at a few two-berth RVs ranging in price from no-bathroom models at $75K up to a campervan with no bathroom for $139K, so this model has a lot to offer for the money, with style, well-thought-out storage options, good kitchen layout, and bed layout options all in one small package as well as being a brilliant vehicle to drive, with cruise control, auto or manual models, leather seats with loads of modern high-tech features in the Fiat cab chassis.
This model is available on the Walkabout Rentals fleet as are some of the other Italian models Shane Smale brings in, so trying out a few different layouts, sizes and brands is easily achieved before you make your final purchase – something I highly recommend personally.
Check out the options at cimotorhomes.co.nz
Tech Spec: Ci Kyros Duo Prestige 2+1 berth $119,900
Fiat 2.3L diesel Euro 5130hp, 6-speed comformatic, cruise control, traction control and hill hold, ESC and ABS brakes
Long-wheel-base van – length 6360mm, width 2050mm, height 2810mm
GVM 3500kg, tare 3165kg, payload 335kg
Living and containment
100L grey and fresh fitted water tanks
100L three-way auto fridge/freezer
4kW Combi Truma gas and electric hot water and heating
100Ah AGM battery with 15Ah smart charger
LED 18.5˝ colour TV/DVD/SKY on swivel arm with Winegard aerial
Rear – two singles 1950 x 800mm and the other 1900 x 800mm – can convert to 1900 x 1600mm large bed
Front bed dining conversion 1750 x 900mm