The first models had arrived and were already sold, so getting to see all three models had to be done quickly. Fortunately we could organise to be in the Tauranga area for a few hours on our road trip so took the opportunity to go for a drive in the Mobilvetta K-Yacht 79 fixed-queen-bed model, and to check out both the K-Yacht 80 rear-lounge and K-Yacht 85 single-bed models on the yard.
All are built on the 2017 Fiat Ducato Light 150bhp Euro 6 auto-transmission chassis, with all the latest technology Drivers Pack; cruise control, traction plus, ESP, hill hold assist and hill descent control. The wing mirrors are electric and heated, the cab air conditioning is automatic, and the rear-view observation camera is standard as is the leather steering wheel and gear lever. The cab becomes fully enclosed and private with pleated cab blinds. The DAB CD/radio is a touch-screen console with Bluetooth, Sat Nav and USB. The front windscreen is big and offers good viewing in front. Driving is really easy – even Rona jumped in and drove it around the Mt Maunganui Holiday Park so that Bruce could take photographs. The habitation entry door is behind the driver’s seat on the right side. The passenger has a cab entry door on the left side that the driver can also use to exit the vehicle to the footpath.
Exterior storage-wise, both the 79 and 85 models have a large boot storage in the rear with adjustable height – this is not available in the rear-lounge 80 models. All vehicles have dropped aluminium skirtings with two storage lockers, one 130mm-deep compartment and an insulated box holding up to six bottles. A 130W solar panel, satellite dish, external shower and external gas outlet are standard in these models.
Body construction is 100% timber free, with new supporting floor frames made of high-structural-plastic resins. The roof structure has 33mm-thick high-grade insulation, enclosed in a sandwich of fibreglass and composite resins for the exterior and interior linings. The wall and floor structure also features high-grade insulation with the sandwich panelling. Connecting the roof and walls are 160mm-radius reinforced aluminium profiles which add strength to the structure. The windows are double glazed with no thermal bridges, all fitted with adjustable blinds, plus fly screens on opening windows.
All models have the ‘Winter Pack’ features with electric under-floor heating, insulated waste-water tank and exhaust valve with anti-freeze protection, and a Truma iNet-ready Combi 6 gas/12V space and water heating system – yes Net ready; you can programme the heater or hot water to come on in the morning, or when you know it will be needed.
I loved the interior wood and high-gloss finishes. I have had a bit of boat and yacht experience – not so much on the high seas, but socialising and drinking on all sorts of boats from dinghies on Raglan Harbour to luxury yachts in the marina at America’s Cup time – so I do appreciate how boat-building style can make for a luxury feeling in a confined space. The nautical theme is great. The front cab/dinette area is the same for all three models with the cab seating swivelling to the rear, plus three front-facing seats (two with fitted seat belts) and a side seat, around the table – which swivels 360 degrees and gleams with a high-gloss mirror finish. There is another seat directly to the right of the entry door, behind the driver’s seating. The headrests are all adjustable for comfort, and there is great visibility with the large front windscreen and large side windows in the cab and on the passenger side of the dinette. In the ceiling above is LED lighting, speakers, and a pull-down bed that is the secondary bed offered in all models.
The kitchen package is the same in the two models with separate bedrooms (79 and 85), with a compact corner kitchen with three-hob gas cooking, three drawers below, a stainless-steel sink with quality fittings, and the curved cupboard below opens up to reveal pull-out shelving storage. The TV for the front area is on the left of the habitation entry door, at head height and viewable mainly from the front-cab seating. The 150L automatic fridge/freezer is opposite the kitchen bench area, and a Dometic gas oven/grill unit with integrated extractor hood sits above the fridge.
In the rear-lounge model (80), the kitchen has a different layout with the workbench to the left side of the habitation entry door and the fridge is opposite (to the rear of the bathroom), adjacent to the entertainment lounge area. There is plenty of storage with the same three drawers and pull-out-shelving below and overhead lockers above. The TV in this layout is on the wall behind the dinette seating, viewable from the front-cab seating position more so than when seated at the dining table itself.
With the separate-bedroom models (79 and 85) there is lots of storage above and below the bed area. Luxury mattresses sit atop wooden slats for maximum comfort. LED lighting and nice views out the windows make for a nice sleeping and relaxing area in these bedrooms.
In the main walkway floor there are lift-up covers that hide extra storage spaces, great for extra drinks, shoes, or perhaps spare canned and dry-goods food – a good use of space once again. Large roof vents that allow light to stream in are also fitted with blinds and fly screens.
I’m so pleased we managed to see these three new models before they went out. Local couple Graeme and Carol Shaw picked up their K-Yacht 80 (with the rear lounge I like so much), and their dog Alfie was pretty excited by all accounts as well. I imagine Alfie will sit harnessed safely at the dining seating with his own window for views – great travelling for them all. I am a bit jealous actually; this particular model ticks a lot of boxes for me personally – the two entertainment areas, the electric ceiling bed in the rear which can be left made up with blankets, etc. (just no pillows), a made-up bed ready to get into (and the other partner can go up front to watch TV if they want to).
Priced at the $160K mark I am not surprised that Country RV have sold these straightaway and have more on order – a great price point, a layout to suit multiple customers’ needs and such a lovely, classy finish to the interior fixtures and fittings – I wonder what Rob would give us as a trade-in on our RocknRobyn?