Trakka Trakkaway 700 Remote: Review
Get the best of both worlds with the Trakka Trakkaway 700 Remote, an Australian built, European designed motorhome that you’ll find very liveable.
The Trakka Trakkaway 700 Remote, despite being quite typical of Trakka's style, has evolved from earlier Trakka designs. Improvements have also been added along the way, and it's not hard to see how much time and energy the Trakka team has invested into making these motorhomes.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
One of the biggest improvements over previous models that you’ll notice is actually not one of Trakka’s, nor Fiat’s (the 700 is powered by the Fiat Ducato). The motorhome sits on an Al-Ko AMC chassis, bolted to the Ducato cab, and Al-Ko has fitted its Comfort Suspension to the front axles. This means improved handling and a more comfortable ride. In addition, the longer travel suspension means it won’t bottom out as easily on rougher roads, and the front axle capacity has been lifted from 2300kg to 2500kg. Keen observers will notice that most Ducato-powered motorhomes have a nose down profile (lower at the front than the back) but the Al-Ko suspension also raises the ride height by 40mm, which might not sound like much, but makes a considerable difference.
If there’s a downside to the Ducato, it’s that Fiat has changed its speedo denominations from the common 40/60/80/100 km/h to the far less convenient 50/70/90/110km/h segments, and the in-built TomTom GPS only has maps for Europe!
Although this 700 has been designed to only sleep two people in the rear island bed, it has seat belts fitted for two extra people (and you could opt for the optional Luton bed to sleep your two extra passengers, if required). The dinette is directly behind the driver’s cab, and there’s an offside kitchen and a nearside bathroom. Earlier models did not have a flat floor – there was a step up to the bedroom and the cab/lounge – but now there is just a small step into the bedroom and you can easily walk through from the driver’s cab to the rear of the motorhome.
Trakka’s standard decor with muted colours, light faux timber, white panelling, and roller shutter doors is very easy on the eye. The pole system for mounting TVs and shelves might look a bit strange to some but I reckon it works quite well. There’s certainly plenty of natural light in the 700, with the large, new Dometic windows (the preset opening positions are no more) and the large Skyview hatch at the front. I really like the skylight, as it can be left open slightly when you’re driving.
The Trakka-designed LED lighting system is state-of-the-art. Dimmable lights and switches are fitted everywhere and I particularly liked the reading lights near the seats and bed. Being low profile, they are very hard to see by day but they provide excellent ilumination by night. The external strip light that runs almost the entire length of the motorhome is also noteworthy. It provides a very bright external light and also has a slow-fade courtesy light that operates automatically with the entry door. All of the electrics can be controlled from a panel above the kitchen bench.
Ducted cooling and heating is handled by a Truma Saphir and a diesel Truma Combi respectively, the latter also being a water heater. Being high-tech items, they can be operated remotely by either an iPad or a mobile phone, negating the need to get out of bed on cold mornings to get things warmed up!
In the catering department, Trakka has, more or less, managed to achieve a happy compromise with a relatively compact kitchen that still offers lots of storage space. There are multiple drawers and a few overhead lockers, as well as an under-bench 136L fridge, diesel-fired two-burner cooktop, round sink and microwave in the overhead locker space.
The standard diesel-fired cooktop sets Trakka apart from most RV manufacturers, who seem to prefer gas. This means the 700 doesn’t require any gas to be carried, which is a bonus, however, for those of us impatient types who want a cup of tea in less than two minutes, the diesel cooktop does takes a while to warm up. So a gas cooktop is available as an alternative.
THE WRAP UP
After several nights staying in the motorhome, I found it difficult to hand the keys back. Indeed, the motel I slept at the following night really wasn’t up to the Trakka standard at all.
HITS AND MISSES
- Very stylish motorhome
- Easy to drive
- Very liveable layout
- Sophisticated but easy to use
- LED lighting
- Diesel space/water heater
- No security door
- Diesel cooktop is slow to heat
- Having to hand the keys back
TRAKKA TRAKKAWAY 700 REMOTE SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 6.99m (23ft)
- External width 2.4m (7ft 10in)
- Internal height 2.2m (7ft 3in)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Tare 3590kg
- GVM 4490kg
- Base vehicle Fiat Ducato Multijet 180
- Engine 3L turbo
- Gearbox Six-speed AMT
- Max power 132kW at 4000rpm
- Max torque 400Nm at 1500-2500rm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Water 165L (fresh); 135L (grey)
- Batteries 2x100Ah
- Solar 2x120W
- Air-conditioner Truma Saphir
- Gas Optional
- Outside Waeco 51L
- Cooking Webasto two-burner diesel
- Fridge Waeco 136L
- Microwave Sharp
- Toilet Thetford cassette sliding
- Shower Flexible hose
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma Combi 10L
- Inverter; tow bar; Remote Al-fresco pack
Price as shown
- $184,300 (on-road, NSW)
The full test appears in the 2016 edition of Australian Motorhome magazine.