LMC Grand Explorer motorhome - a touch of German luxury
LMC - the German manufacturer of caravans and motorhomes claims that the fully integrated Grand Explorer model is its showpiece. This house on wheels is meant to reflect luxury, functionality and spaciousness. Let's see if it really is so.
Grand Explorer is certainly not a small motorhome. The term "motorhome" fits it very well, as the vehicle is almost 8.5 meters long and has a maximum permissible total weight of 5 tonnes .
Always for four
German manufacturers have got us used to the fact that one model can even come in a dozen or so variants. But in the case of the largest LMC, we have only 3 versions to choose from - in addition, they differ only in details.
The beds in the rear part of the vehicle can be single or double (200 x 150 cm), but in each variant there is also a double, suspended bed in the front, and each can sleep up to four people .
The layout of the individual pieces of furniture and appliances is also the same. The kitchen area is located in front of the front door and is L-shaped . On the left side of the kitchen there is a toilet, and in front of it, in a separate cabin, a shower. Between the shower and the entrance door there are, among others, refrigerator.
Bright and spacious
The interior is dominated by the color of light wood with small white inserts. The upholstery can be made of fabric or two-tone (gray and white) leather. The table top is white.
There are as many as 3 sunroofs in the car, and each of them is surrounded on two sides by LED lamps. The lighting is also above the cabinets and under them - but the slats at the bottom seem to be mounted too low or at the wrong angle, which can cause eye damage.
A glazed and illuminated bar with a mirror , placed perpendicular to the entrance, right next to the door, additionally reflects the light, illuminating the interior even more. The soft floor covering creates a pleasant impression. Is it easy to keep clean? This should be checked in practice.
The space under the high, double bed was used very practically. Its base can act as a capacious wardrobe revealed by a sliding, "roller" door.
Large tanks as standard
The standard equipment of the LMC Grand Explorer model includes: 156-liter fresh water tank and the same for sewage, 190-liter refrigerator , cooker hood, stainless steel sink, Alde 3010 heating, water pump, multi-functional control panel and a rear view camera with a 7-inch monitor.
The standard also includes soft-closing drawers, roller blinds protecting against insects (and against prying eyes from the outside), multi-zone foam mattresses and ventilated furniture. In Germany, a vehicle equipped with such equipment costs 96,500 euros .
The Grand Explorer, although it does not look like it from the outside, is based on the Fiat Ducato 2.3 JTD with 130 HP . LMC boasts the Long Life Technology system, thanks to which the body is covered by a 12-year warranty. The essence of this system is the use of glass fibers in the structure of the body and chassis, thanks to which LMC vehicles are more resistant to damage and moisture.
However, is this enough to call the Grand Explorer a synonym of luxury? Certainly, this motorhome represents a high standard - both the size and the attractive appearance predestine it to attract attention not only on campsites.
However, it is difficult to find revolutionary solutions in it. It is simply a well-made, well-thought-out model worth recommending to all those who expect more space (and larger tanks!) From a motorhome than the more popular Fiat Ducato-based vehicles can provide. Perhaps we are dealing here with the Premium class, but it is definitely not yet a Rolls Royce among motorhomes.
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