Hel's favorite - Dethleffs 730FKR

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There is no greater joy for a writer than to talk about what his "horse" is. While creating and editing materials about the Dethleffs brand many times, I happened to mention a certain model of this manufacturer's trailer that stole my heart. And today I am able to return to this miracle again. To my question: "What do you think deserves the most attention in Dethleffs' offer before the summer season?" Łukasz Chlebny, the owner of the Camping Center from Kutno, replied without a moment's hesitation: "You know what, I think it's worth showing what people most often choose for Hel, i.e. FKR730." I invite you to read.

Why can the popularity of a given model on the Polish peninsula be any criterion determining its values? This is because those who order a trailer for such applications do not make random decisions. The trailer becomes their second home for a really long time and must perfectly fit the needs of demanding users.

From the outside, the FKR730 looks like a typical two-axle NOMAD in the latest version. The trailer is big. Very big. Its width is 250 cm and the length is 942 cm with the drawbar and 805 cm without the drawbar. The height is 265 cm. From the outside, attention is drawn to the attractive LED lighting on the extremely shapely and muscular back. Chrome-plated maneuvering handles at the front and rear add an exclusive appearance. When ordering this model, we can choose smooth aluminum instead of the standard "fishscale" covering.

Interior - uncompromising space

We gain convenient access to the interior through a wide door with a window. In fact, right after crossing the threshold of the showroom, we already know why this is a model in which you can feel "at home". A huge, comfortable horseshoe, which can easily seat eight adults, invites you to feast. Importantly, the table is mounted on a centrally placed, telescopic, stable leg, which in no way limits the leg space under the table. Through the windows surrounding the horseshoe, we can admire the surroundings - if it is the coastline, mountains or beautiful forest scenery, unforgettable emotions are guaranteed.

Above the comfortable sofas there are plenty of storage compartments that every traveler will appreciate. Of course, the horseshoe can be easily transformed into a large bed - 230x155 cm is plenty of space. Next to the living room with sleeping function, there is a kitchen - as uncompromising as the entire trailer. A large sink and a 3-burner stove with electric ignition are the central elements of the countertop. Above the countertop there are two spacious tilting cabinets, below it there are traditional drawers and pull-out cargo drawers. A cargo drawer is an extremely useful element of the trailer because it allows you to fit taller containers, jars and bottles that would be difficult to store in the drawers, as well as those that do not require refrigeration - in practice, olive oil, fruit syrup, concentrate, etc.

Baking fans can also order a small oven integrated with the cabinets under the countertop. Another option that is absolutely necessary, in my humble opinion, is an enlarged refrigerator - 175 liters will allow you to fit most of the provisions and drinks, and the enlarged freezer will cool everything you need in the blink of an eye, including the production of ice.

Opposite the kitchen there is a small countertop at the entrance (for small items), and just above it there is a space for mounting a TV. Next to it there is a spacious wardrobe - you don't have to worry about space for your things in this model. The children's room, located approximately halfway along, has a bunk bed (two 195x75 cm beds) and a table with seats for up to 4 little ones (we can also rebuild it to create an additional bed). Of course, along the entire length of the children's room, opposite the bunk bed, we have spacious cabinets under the ceiling. You can fit a lot of things and toys here. There are also storage compartments and space for all your holiday luggage under the lower bed. It is possible to order a bunk bed with 3 levels if the standard layout does not offer enough sleeping places. This way we get as many as 8 comfortable beds - ideal conditions for a large family or group of friends. This room can be separated from the living room and kitchen and other rooms with sliding partitions.

At the very front we have a bedroom with a bed measuring 155x200 cm with cabinets above it. The mattress is comfortable and spacious - most importantly, the manufacturer did not use the sharply "cut" corner known from French beds of some brands, which takes up space for the legs. The passage to the bathroom is wide enough. Modern furniture design and colors will suit the tastes of most users. Well-thought-out indirect LED lighting in a warm color will ensure a homely atmosphere - especially above the cabinets along the entire length and width of the vehicle. Of course, we also have comfortable reading spots above the beds.

Equipment - what to pay attention to

If you start studying the manufacturer's catalogs and websites, it means that you are seriously considering buying a trailer and joining the group of caravanning travelers. It's easy to get lost in the thicket of manufacturer specifications. First of all, you need to answer the question: when are you going to use the trailer and what should you prepare for?

In the case of the 730 FKR trailer, we have a number of options worth considering to fully use its potential. From the point of view of independence and winter camping, it is good to consider: a clean water tank increased to 70 liters, an enlarged refrigerator (it was mentioned earlier), a city water connection, gas and electric heating with a Truma CP PLUS or ALDE panel.

The issues of sheathing (smooth or ichthyosis), bedroom windows and optional XPS foam insulation instead of Styrofoam are decisions based on individual circumstances. For full comfort, however, it seems necessary to choose the "optional" bathroom layout with a separate shower at the front. It is absolutely brilliant and from a practical point of view it cannot be beaten. As in many models, there is no washbasin outside the bathroom, and everything is enclosed in a neat, well-arranged and functionally designed room.

Luxury must weigh

The FKR730 trailer is heavy (1,855 kg curb weight in the basic version) and its GVM is 2,200 kg. So we theoretically have a load capacity of up to 345 kg. Remember to pack wisely and, when ordering, include the weight of additional factory equipment and accessories (awning, air conditioning, vestibule, deckchairs, gas cylinders, mover), as well as the water supplies taken on board. This model will require quite a tug to handle it. Taking into account the scope of equipment, space and quality of workmanship, assuming the appropriate selection of specifications, this is a first-class choice for large families.

The official representative of the Dethleffs brand in Poland is the Camping Center from Kutno. The company has branches in Poznań, Gdynia and Warsaw. Currently available vehicles can be found at the link:

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Maciej Kinal
Maciej Kinal

I feel best in the form of trade fairs and meetings with enthusiasts. Technical freak. In my life I have dismantled many motorhomes for the first time. Fan of large vehicles, mountain biking and traveling without weight and financial restrictions. At CampRest, I am responsible for all publications on automotive topics.

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