Earlier this year we dropped in to visit Paul and Rochelle Cook, owners of RnRV in Silverdale, north of Auckland – and were in time to review the Carthago ‘Liner for Two’ luxury motorhome just before it headed off to its new owners.

Daytime Large windscreen and side windows for views in the living:dining area

This time we got a call to visit before a new model that had just landed and, having been sold immediately, was heading out of the yard and over to Aussie for the new owners in just a few days. This liner is the Carthago Chic CLine 5.3 four-berth model.

Enter the full-width bathroom area through a privacy door at the end of the kitchen. To the left is an en suite toilet room with Thetford C 260 toilet with ceramic insert, small sink, Corian vanity bench, heated towel rail, storage above and below, mirror and LED lighting. Lots of storage above and below, bench space as well an added bonus. On the right, the full-height separate shower box with teak slatted tray, LED lights in the shower ceiling and roof vent

These are German-built luxury liners, with quality and innovation oozing out of every pore. We enjoyed luxuriating in its interior for a few hours so we could share it with readers. We also got quite distracted by a couple of other models on the yard, and couldn’t resist looking through those as well. As it is Christmas time I thought I would share those with you as well in brief.

Compact kitchen sure, but check out all the storage; fitted rubbish receptacles, six drawers, a wine rack below bench. Spice racks, overhead lockers with shelves and a classy class cocktail cabinet look cool. A range hood extractor over the three-burner in-bench gas hob, and a glass lid for extra bench space when not in use, a gas grill oven is above the fridge. Above the sink a spot for the coffee machine, locker storage and a classy cocktail glass cabinet. Kitchen benches are solid, seamless Corian

Carthago Chic C-line 5.3 QB

Carthago construction

Segmented side skirts made from aluminium extruded profiles, powder coated. GRP bus rear with insulated rear sandwich wall (separate rear bumper, easy to repair in the event of any damage). Completely wood-free body shell. Roof outer-shell GRP acts as hail protection. Floor panel with GRP top and bottom providing moisture and stone chipping protection, and rot resistance.


The cab pull-down ceiling bed enjoys a lighting shelf above, and roof vent; it is enclosed as well, nice wood trim edge finish, that is a feature of the roof line when the bed is up. Notice the bed comes down above the drivers cab area, so the entertainment dining area is still free for use. Separate light and storage pelmet is nice touch, and roof vent above for airflow as requiredSide walls/rear wall: aluminium on outside and the inside walls. Side roof-rack system for easy accessory attachment and rain deflection. Roof surface can be walked on. Total wall and roof thickness 38mm. Six-year leak-free guarantee.

Carthago lightning protection tested: Faraday cage by means of aluminium in the chassis and interior plus additional lightning protection measures.

Rear bedroom, large side windows. Wardrobe storage on each side, overhead locker storage, nice mirror across the rear bed head, lots of storage under the bed with drawers and cupboard shelving

Durafix double-connection technology; furniture components bolted and mortised; durable joins, top stability and permanent quietness without annoying rattling during travel. Solid metal, household-quality holder rods, hinges and rails.

Aluminium-lined walls, not glass reinforced plastic – these coupled with a heating system that pumps through the double floor as well as specific outlets, means heat is spread evenly around the vehicle and even heats the floor!

Tech Spec

Fiat Ducato 2.3L TD 180 bhp, 6-speed auto trans, ESP, ABS, Hill hold, Traction Plus, electric immobiliser – on a AL-KO low frame heavy 40, 1980mm-wide wheelbase rear axle chassis. Fitted with crank rear steadies to prevent swaying.

Dimensions (mm)
Length 7780, width 2270, height 2890, internal height 1980
GVM 4500kg, tare 3365kg, payload 1135kg

Certified freedom camping
Water 170L fresh, 140L grey
Fridge 160L inc. 30L freezer
2 x 11kg gas bottles, 160L fridge/freezer
Overhead gas grill unit, 2 x 80Ah gel batteries
Truma Combi heating and hot water – hot-air outlets in driver’s cabin, dashboard front, door entrances, living area, double floor and scooter garage
Underfloor heating effect thanks to heated double-floor cavity (climate storage function

Island bed 1950mm x 1450mm, has adjustable head and quality 7-zone cold foam mattress
Pull-down cab ceiling bed 1951mm x 1600mm
4.5m awning