The Escape sets the benchmark for design innovation. And to top it off, instead of building a separate over cab section for the second double bed, the clever German manufacturers slotted the second bed into the ceiling cavity so it’s tucked away when not in use. Because there’s no need for an over cab section, the Escape is sleek and aerodynamic. That’s one reason why this motorhome will win the beauty pageant.
Dedicated Bedroom Space
Instead of the traditional lounge converts to bedroom layout, the rear of the Escape is bedroom only. That means there’s no need to make up your bed at the end of the day. The bed is a thick and super comfortable cold foam super flex mattress so sleeping in late will be no problem.
European Flair and Comfort
The Escape has been imported directly from German manufacturer Buerstner, one of the most innovative and successful manufacturers in Europe. Their designs and manufacturing techniques are a source of inspiration to other manufacturers around the world. Each vehicle is designed and built with an incredible eye to detail and supreme comfort. The pilot seats in the front cab rotate to give you additional seating around the dining table, the windows are tinted and double-glazed for added warmth, and the lighting is all top-of-the-line LED. These details are standard in motorhomes built for private owners but virtually unheard of in a rental motorhome. Because the lounge doesn’t have to double as a bedroom, the inbuilt sofa is designed for seating comfort – not dual purpose seating and sleeping. That’s the key to the Escape – no compromises.
A Sanctuary on Wheels
The bathroom is the space in a standard campervan where the most trade-offs are made. It is typically a multi-functional space not much bigger than a cupboard. The Escape changes all that. The Escape bathroom is about twice the size of a standard campervan bathroom. The toilet is partitioned from the shower so the toilet seat doesn’t get wet while you’re showering. There’s a large mirror and elegant storage for all your personal items. The Escape bathroom is a sanctuary you will never want to leave.
Four Season Camping
Unlike most motorhomes, the Escape is as comfortable in winter as it is in summer. The full insulation, including insulated windows, plus the central gas and electric heating will keep you warm as toast when the weather gets cooler. The centrally heated bathroom can be used as a drying room so there’s no need to hang your wet underclothes from the wing mirrors.
Low but not Slow
The Escape is a semi-integrated motorhome. The semi-integrated or low-profile design is common in Europe but yet to be adopted by most New Zealand motorhome manufacturers. It offers the extra space of a separate living compartment built on a wide-track chassis without the extra height and drag of the traditional cab over design. The upshot is a sleek aerodynamic motorhome that doesn’t body roll on New Zealand’s winding roads plus it has less wind resistance and therefore better fuel efficiency reducing carbon emissions.
It is built on a powerful Fiat Ducato 2.3L turbo diesel – the only vehicle specifically designed for campervan conversion. The 320N of torque will give you all the power you need to tackle any mountain pass. The cab has more room, more visibility, better ergonomics and functionality, more drawers and storage compartments, more shelves, more comfortable seats for driver and passengers, and less noise than motorhomes built on vehicles other than Fiat. The reversing camera helps you to manoeuvre in tight spaces. From September 2012, the Escape will be available with automatic transmission.
More Functional Space
If there are just two of you travelling and you want more space than a standard two berth motorhome rental, the Escape is the ultimate choice. Unlike standard four berth motorhomes, the extra double bed tucks away into the ceiling cavity so the additional floor space isn’t taken up with beds. The extra space in the Escape is useable space - useable for the permanent double bed, indulgent bathroom and unbeatable storage. In fact, the rear storage compartment in the Escape is called the garage – for obvious reasons.
No Convenience Spared
The ‘super-size me’ scheme follows through to the kitchen. The extra width in the Escape allowed for an alcove kitchen layout which means the cook is not in the main walking area as in a traditional motorhome. There’s enough fridge/freezer capacity for a family of four plus all the conveniences you’d expect in a high end motorhome like gas cooker, microwave oven, pots, pans, crockery, and cutlery.