The Rimor Super Brig 677TC is a well specced 'van – get the full verdict from the experts by reading the Practical Motorhome review
Garage models already exist on the motorhome market. However, this Rimor offers the power and road-holding of Ford’s twin rear drive wheels and an extra-large load bay, with beds and seatbelts for six.
After 1000 miles in the Basque country, we had come to love and respect the fine drive and practical interior. Our kit-laden demonstrator would be worth close to £45,000 with DVD player, sat-nav system and a very loud sub-woofer. However, most of the key motorhome specification mentioned here – bar, for example, the oven – comes as standard.
The exterior has an attractive look - mostly, for us, because it stands out from a lot of current motorhome body shells with its curvy details and tasteful use of colour. One let down though is the locker’s flimsy ABS plastic door, located behind the driver’s door, as it allows road dirt in.
Another inconvenience is the twin waste tanks. You have to make twice the effort when it comes to visiting the service point, and neither is particularly well placed. The kitchen sink drains to an outlet just in front of the caravan door, while the shower and washroom water comes out just behind the exhaust pipe.
However, more positively the tall, twin-door garage is able to cope with ‘proper’ motorbikes: each door is 54in/137cm tall by 33in/84cm wide. There are eight fixing points and a blown-air vent.
On the road
Compare the Ford’s figures to those of the larger, 2.8JTD Ducato power plant. If you then add the Ford’s standard safety features of twin airbags, ABS and traction control, it’s clear which looks better on paper. In practice, the Transit’s twin rear wheels also provide plenty of traction. The handling, stability and ride felt far superior both to FWD vans like the Ducato and RWD load-luggers like the Merc Sprinter, too. That said, the scooter in the garage helped the Super Brig’s ride, by ‘dampening’ those rear cart springs.
We found the six-speed gearbox very versatile. Whether taking a quick spin over the Pyrenees or eating up the motorway miles, the Transit’s stick shift made driving effortless. However, we occasionally found it hard to find fourth, even after having used the gearbox for over a week.
Our best economy figure, of 18.94mpg, was achieved over 223.3 miles, cruising at 70mph/3000rpm on the autoroute down through France. Over 981.8 recorded miles, we managed just 16.18mpg, but this was driving hard, fully laden, over hilly country.
Lounging & dining
The Super Brig’s dinette layout is focused on practicality; a family of four can sit down to eat easily and the firm, well anchored cushions provide ample comfort for passengers.
However, one disadvantage to the Transit’s rear-wheel drive configuration is that the cab is lower than the habitation area by 24cm/9.5in. This said, the passage between the two is eased by the overcab bed having a fold-up front section. However, the cab seats are lost to the lounge so there are problems. TV viewing, for example, is made tricky when the whole family wants to watch, as the TV point is above the fridge. One solution we found was to use the dinette bed as a sofa.
The large amount of work surface, further increased by a hinged worktop section that opens across the door, provides a good environment for preparing family meals. The 135-litre fridge comes as standard, although the oven does not (the SMEV unit seen here costs an extra £645, though there are cheaper options available). Another useful piece of optional kit is the Noga water filter, which works like a regular filter jug, but is reached via an additional drinking water tap.
The large cutlery drawer is practical and spacious, but the plastic front is unattractive. In addition, there’s a large, under-sink cupboard, a space for pans under the oven, and a shallow cupboard towards the rear of the van. Two overhead lockers (one partly fouled by the extractor fan) and some open shelving in the corner complete the storage. The sense of space can be garnered from the photos. What can’t be seen, though, is how, despite being packed full of crockery and utensils, the Rimor’s kitchen was noiseless on the road.
Twin doubles make for a comfortable four-berth, or a compact six-berth can be achieved by extending the dinette bed to a full double. Both fixed beds are comfortable, with windows, spotlights, safety nets and storage for glasses. We found the rear bed’s headroom not much greater than the overcab’s – a concession to the tall garage – but what was really frustrating was the oddments rail just above your head. There are two blown-air vents by the kitchen, one by the dinette and one in the washroom, but the overcab would certainly benefit from some heating.
The 6ft3in/1.92m tall shower was so inviting that we preferred it to the on-site facilities. With simple swing doors, an adjustable head, copious bottle storage and a deep enough tray to bath a baby in, it’s ideal for no-facility camping. The sink, too, is wide and deep enough to use for regular washing. However, we found the toilet space to be rather cramped, as a result of the sink’s width. It was usable (although those over 6ft may struggle with legroom), but given the choice of two loos, this one would come second.
In addition to the garage and practical (but poorly finished) exterior locker, there are three large overhead lounge lockers, three rear bed overheads and a standard size wardrobe. There’s also the base of the forward dinette seat.
Thetford Fridge, 4-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Truma Gas Blown air heater
There are other motorhomes that outshine many of the Rimor Super Brig 677TC’s individual features, but none achieve its robust practicality at anything like its price, or with such a stylish finish. Ultimately, though, the key to this ’van is its huge garage, which has a payload that’s three times bigger than most at 450kg. No other motorhome in this class can offer such a large loading bay.