When I decided to attend the CMCA anniversary rally at Bathurst, NSW, I cast around for a motorhome to borrow for the occasion and discovered that Trakka’s latest Trakkaway 700 Remote was available.
DESIGN AND LAYOUT
The 700 is quite typical of Trakka’s style. The model has evolved from earlier Trakka designs and a number of improvements have been made along the way. Measuring just 7m (23ft) long, the 700 has a surprisingly spacious interior thanks, in part, to the rear slide-out which holds the island bed. Like earlier models, this 700 has a composite sandwich panel construction with a glossy finish and a largely white colour scheme.
Granted, motorhome chassis are not usually anything to get too excited about but the AMC chassis does have a few novel features. It is a European design but is built in Australia. It gives the motorhome a lower floor height and better centre of gravity, and its track is wider than the standard Fiat chassis. Trakka has added the Al-Ko level controller, which automatically adjusts the ride height, to this setup and it all adds up to a motorhome with much better handling than previous models. I discovered this not only on my test drives around Bathurst and Mount Panorama, but also on some of the roads on the western side of the Blue Mountains which, at times, resembled construction sites.
This 700 was fitted with Trakka’s ‘Remote Al-fresco’ package, which adds about $5000 to the base price and comes with a 50L, drawer-style Waeco fridge/freezer, a slide-out sink with mixer tap, and a storage drawer. It’s a neat little idea if you like al-fresco living, and it pairs well with the free-standing table. Just note that future models will have a conventional fridge.
Up front, both the cab seats can be swivelled around and make a nice lounging area on their own. The rear lounge does offer more seating, though, and if the main table is not required, it can be stowed away in the bedroom and there’s a smaller, hinged table behind the driver’s seat. There is a second flatscreen TV, which can easily be seen from all seats, near the entry door.
Moving on from the cab to the motorhome body, you’ll notice there is a very large external storage bin right across the rear with doors all around it. Some of the offside space is taken up by the diesel-powered Truma Combi water/space heater but, even so, there is still plenty of room for all the camping essentials. I especially like the neat racks that are fitted under the bed at the rear and hold both the free-standing camping table and the clip-on one that clips easily to a rail on the nearside of the motorhome.
BEDROOM AND STORAGE
With the rear slide-out open, access around the island bed is quite easy. But even with the slide-out closed, it is still possible to use the bed, though the person on the nearside will have to climb over the end. When the slide-out is closed, it also blocks access to one kitchen drawer. Because of the slide-out, the bed base cannot be lifted to allow access to the storage space under the bed, but there are drawers on either side to help with that. There are also wardrobes and bedside shelves on both sides, plus overhead lockers across the back. The lucky person on the offside also gets a 12V/5V USB charger outlet. The only thing that looks really out of place in the bedroom is the removeable dinette table, which is stored for travel in a purpose-built spot against the nearside wall of the bedroom. It isn’t in the way, it just looks a bit odd.
There’s plenty of windows around the bedroom, so getting enough natural light and fresh air won’t be a problem. There’s also a hatch above the bed which can be operated electrically. One of the two TVs is mounted by the bathroom wall and can be seen easily from the bed.
Overhead lockers with roller shutter doors are fitted all around the 700 and I was pleased to notice one above the driver’s cab, which I found perfect for storing my camera while driving, so it was easy to get at when I needed it.
Trakka’s bathroom isn’t just a white walled cubicle, in fact, the Switch Mode Bathroom has been designed and patented by Trakka. It is very nicely appointed with a shower, vanity cabinet and an electric sliding bench-stye cassette toilet. The toilet slides itself away under the vanity sink when it’s not needed and shoots back out when it is – all at the push of a button on a remote control. To minimise noise, you might find it benefical to leave it in the ‘out’ position during the night.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It’s very easy to like the Trakkaway 700 Remote with its European styling and compact but very liveable interior. I know the Trakka team spends a considerable amount of time and energy making sure its motorhomes have the latest technology and there’s certainly plenty of evidence of that.
- 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.