Knaus Sun Ti 700 LEG: Video Review
Boasting a lot of space and storage room, the Knaus Sun Ti is a top quality motorhome that gets the job done in style.
The Knaus Sun Ti looks like a typical European motorhome and is very streamlined in appearance with its moulded fibreglass front and rear. Although the windows look a bit on the small side, the same cannot be said for the external storage space which is very generous. For a start, there’s a very large storage bin across the rear.
In Euro-speak, it’s known as a ‘garage’ which, while not being large enough for a car, will quite easily take a couple of bikes and probably a set of golf clubs as well. There is access from both sides – the nearside door being quite small because of the gas bin above but the offside door is of a very good size. Just a small point of caution here – the Sun Ti has a long overhang so it might be good to avoid filling the bin with too many heavy items.
In addition to the garage, there’s another large bin just behind the driver’s door. It’s very multifunctional, best described as a service or utilities bin and worth a paragraph on its own. In it are the house battery, valves for draining the grey water, fresh water and water heater, fresh water filler and mains power connection. Everything is within the bin, except for the actual hose connections, minimising the issue of having muddy, wet or dusty handles/connections. In addition, there’s enough storage space for hoses, power leads and even a second battery if needed. About the only minus in all of this is the actual drainage connection which did seem to sit quite low.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
When Fiat first brought Ducatos to this country, they supplied the largest turbodiesel available to the motorhome builders. They still do, the latest being the 132kW/400Nm 3L unit. We’ve all become used to that and although some of the fully-imported motorhomes with Fiat Ducato cab chassis come with smaller, less powerful engines I reckon the 3L unit is the only way to go.
A’van has done the right thing by us and supplied the 180 Multijet, giving us the driving pleasure of getting around with ease. Even the six-speed AMT didn’t fiddle around too much and was generally a smooth performer.
One of the little benefits of that large Skyview hatch above the driver’s cab is that it can be left open when driving. This means if a little fresh air is needed, then it’s possible to get a good airflow without the usual buffeting that accompanies an open cab window.
The forward-facing seats that form the dinette area have full lap/sash seatbelts. They also have something else that had your trusty reviewer puzzled for a while. Behind the seats is a narrow shelf which is very useful in the kitchen. The shelf also has a push button that, when operated, lifts the shelf to reveal an open space beneath. This space is mostly filled with a metal frame, which in part is a seat support but, otherwise, looks pretty strange. It’s only when opening the overhead locker above it, where two headrests are stored, that the purpose of the metal frame and its odd looking slots becomes clear. This is a clever idea, which combines a useful kitchen shelf when parked up and headrests for rear passengers when driving.
HITS & MISSES
- Garage storage area
- Utilities/service bin
- Smart look of motorhome in general
- Good-sized fridge
- Front lounge/dining setup
I would have liked...
- Better island bed arrangement
- Lower microwave
- LED reading lights
- The keys handed over permanently!
KNAUS SUN TI 700 LEG SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 7.5m (24ft 7in)
- External width 2.3m (7ft 8in)
- Internal height 2.0m (6ft 7in)
- Travel height 2.95m (9ft 8in)
- Tare 3126kg
- GVM 4400kg
- Base vehicle Fiat Ducato Multijet 180
- Engine 3.0L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Six-speed AMT
- Max power 132kW@3500rpm
- Max torque 400Nm@1400rpm
- Brakes ABS Disc
- Fresh water 124L
- Batteries 1x100Ah
- Solar Optional
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
- Gas 2x9kg
- Cooking Thetford two-burner
- Fridge Dometic RM8555 190L
- Microwave Sharp
- Toilet Dometic cassette
- Shower Separate (circular) cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED and halogen
- Hot water Truma Combi 4E 10L
Price as shown
- $147,100 (plus onroad costs, ex-Vic)
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