KEA Beach V721 motorhome review
Author: Peter Quilty Date Posted: 2 January 2019
Life’s a beach... and then you drive!
It’s a slight adaptation of a hackneyed phrase but it’s perfectly apt for potential buyers of the 7.25m (23ft 9in) KEA Beach 4-Berth motorhome, available from RV Sales Centre in Braybrook, Victoria.
Taking a cue from the RV’s name, I decided to head towards Portarlington, on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, with the fully self-contained KEA Beach.
And it soon became evident that this entry-level motorhome is the ideal vehicle to enjoy life on the road. Though I was flying solo on this trip, I could picture my wife and I, along with family or friends, enjoying a summer holiday with the KEA Beach motorhome at any coastal campground. As an added bonus, the KEA Beach proved easy to drive, and a cinch to park.
BUYING AN EX-RENTAL MOTORHOME
RV Super Centre’s Dave Boyte said the KEA Beach is an ex-rental motorhome suitable for entry-level buyers.
“The KEA Beach is an affordable entry in the RV market for grey nomads or for the small family, with a large amount of space and a comfortable fixed bed,” Mr Boyte said. “It’s an ex-rental that is part of our core RV group; these vehicles have slightly higher kilometres than our flexible summer fleet but, when they are offered for sale, they offer incredible value for money to those who want to get in at around the $60K to $80K level. You get a lot of motorhome for the money.
“These RVs are regularly serviced while on the rental fleet and have an RACV test prior to being sold. We also offer a three-year mechanical warranty with all our vehicles for that extra peace of mind.”
The KEA Beach is part of THL’s core rental fleet and 2012 models start from just $59,990, representing real value for money. The model we’ve tested here displayed just over 220,000km on the odometer.
The KEA Beach’s base vehicle is a Volkswagen Crafter 100, with a VW-supplied 2.5L turbodiesel engine and automatic transmission.
With a 3740kg Tare and 4490kg GVM, this ex-rental motorhome delivers maximum power of 100kW @ 3500rpm and maximum torque of 300Nm @ 2000rpm. And its fuel consumption came in around 13L/100km.
KEA BEACH MOTORHOME FEATURES
Externally, the KEA Beach looks sharp with its durable fibreglass composite walls and moulded fibreglass luton peak. And it boasts a voluminous rear locker for storing sullage hoses, power cords, camping chairs and the like. There’s also a hatch to safely conceal a 9kg gas cylinder, along with an 80W solar panel and 82L freshwater tank.
Internally, the compact yet spacious KEA Beach is just as impressive. The bedding configuration on this model comprised two appealing fixed double beds: a luton bed (1.96m x 1.53m) above the driver’s cab and an east-west bed (2.1m x 1.45m) at the rear, replacing the original rear club lounge-cum-fold-down bed arrangement. The luton bed is easily accessible via a five-rung ladder. And both double beds have skylights above.
I loved the panoramic tinted glass windows enveloping the rear bedroom, and the copious storage all-round - including four overhead cupboards in the kitchen zone, heaps of room under the sink, a slide-out drawer between the benchtop and the fridge, and even a wardrobe for hanging clothes.
There’s good under-bed storage at the rear, and that’s where the dining table is secured. The rear hatch is also internally accessible at this point.
Additionally, a ‘storage channel’, with reading lamps above, also runs the full width of the rear bed. It offers multiple usage, the obvious one being a book/newspaper/magazine holder.
Meanwhile, there’s more than sufficient culinary amenities to cook up a storm while out on the road. This model comes with a Dometic four-burner cooktop and grill, rangehood, 90L Waeco fridge, and a Tiffany microwave housed above the sink.
And the mod cons extend to a flexible hose shower and Thetford cassette toilet combo, gas-heated hot water, TEAC TV/DVD player, and an Aircommand Sparrow reverse cycle air-conditioner for climatic comfort.
A few cabin features include swivel seats, central locking, driver’s airbag, air-conditioning, LCD screen, and an AM/FM radio/CD player.
A forward-facing, seatbelt-fitted two-seater is situated behind the driver’s seat. And there’s sufficient room to mount a dining table in between. Underneath the two-seater is the 12V house battery and ‘Projecta suite’.
And there’s also a dedicated electrical suite, with monitors, gauges or switches, for the battery, lights, fridge, rangehood, water heater, water pump, water tank, and media.
Meanwhile, a user-friendly internal grab rail is immediately to the right of entry, and this model even came with its own safe to store valuables!
The ex-rental KEA Beach 4-berth motorhome is a family-friendly RV, ideal for first-time RVers who don’t want to blow the budget.
KEA Beach 4-Berth
Base vehicle: Volkswagen Crafter 100
Engine: 2.5L turbodiesel
Cooking: Four-burner Dometic cooktop and grill
Fridge: 90L Waeco
Bathroom: Combo toilet/shower