Van of the Month: Weinsberg CaraCompact 600MG
German-built two person motorhome characterised by market-leading quality but without the predicted price tag.
Weinsberg may not be a celebrity in the world of motorhome manufacturers, but their intelligent design and quality manufacturing mean it should be a strong contender for your shortlist. Whilst Weinsberg begins to make its entry into the UK, the brand has been making waves across Europe as the competitively priced sister of Knaus motorhomes. Part of the Knaus-Tabbert group and manufactured in the same factory as Knaus in Bavaria, it’s clear that Weinsberg is not a brand to dismiss.
Knaus motorhomes are synonymous with quality, and they haven’t forgotten this in their design and build of Weinsberg motorhomes.
Whilst Knaus-Tabbert categorises Weinsberg as their entry-level range, there is no compromise on quality with all models built with durability and safety in mind without compromising on style, practicality and comfort.
Chassis: Fiat Ducato | Engine: Diesel 130Bhp | Length: 6.74M | Width: 2.20M | Height: 2.76M | Weight: 2.68T | Sleeps: 2 | Travels: 4 | Includes: Crusie Control, Air Con, Sat Nav & Rear-View Camera
The Weinsberg CaraCompact is a two-berth coachbuilt low-profile motorhome based on the Fiat Ducato 130bhp with a rear transverse double bed. When you consider the number of options in this motorhome category, it’s extremely competitive and as a consumer it can be difficult to decide what goes on your shortlist or make the final decision!
The 600MG Fiat Ducato base comes with rear/front axle stabiliser and wide-track chassis with central locking for the driver’s cab and the usual ABS, ESP and power-steering included. What’s special about the Weinsberg motorhomes for sale through Camperco, is the bespoke specification that has been created at the factory level.
It has unrivalled facilities and amenities as standard, including integrated Satellite Navigation, DAB+ radio, Cruise Control, Reversing Camera, habitation door fly screen, twin Leisure Batteries and Scotchguard stain resistant fabrics something which other budget brands including Sunlight and Carado include as extra options.
Design & Build
As with most of the Weinsberg range, it comes with a simple exterior, coupled with decals and the accentuated side profile with the recognisable Weinsberg Swish.
At 6.74m, it fits comfortably onto a standard driveway and being under 7M makes it cheaper to pitch up or travel. However, the biggest selling point for the 600MG is the width. At 2.2M wide (including wing mirrors) the narrower dimensions even by 10cm make the CaraCompact live up to its name. The class leading vehicle handles narrow roads with confidence thanks to the slimline design; driving is effortless and elegant.
Weinsberg have always made intelligently designed storage solutions, making use of all the space in the living and sleeping areas and it’s evident even in this slimmer design.
Thick, 31mm walls with generous insulation, built in frost protection which auto-activates in cold temperatures and a gas locker suitable for 2x 11kg gas bottles makes the CaraCompact 600MG the perfect companion for year-round travelling no matter the weather.
There is access to the large rear garage locker from both sides of the vehicle, making loading and unloading convenient and you don’t need to worry about where to park.
The convenient utility locker is the go-to exterior space for all of your connections. Find your electric hook up, fresh water inlet, frost-protection valve and water drain in one place and trust us, this comes in very handy when you arrive at a campsite at night!
The 600MG is full of natural and ambient light. There are four roof windows in the 600MG alongside the usual side windows and the effect of this on the habitation area is noticeable. When you don’t want the brightness of nature, all windows (roof or otherwise) come with blackout curtains or blinds to keep you in peaceful slumber that bit longer.
The dimensions don’t take away from the spacious living area, complete with an armchair adjacent to the dining table. Whilst the living space is technically narrower, it still feels spacious thanks to the windows and wooden fixtures making the interior feel fresh. One noticeable difference in comparison to some competitor models, including the Carado T399 or the Sunlight T60 is the quality woodwork and furniture. The off-white walls and ceilings contrasted with the Oregon Ash cabinets and furniture make it feel far superior in relation to the price tag.
Quality is seen across the Weinsberg range right down to the fixtures and closures with reinforced drawers and soft-close doors on cupboards, meaning there are fewer rattles on your road trip. Smart storage is built into every area to maximise on space.
At the habitation door, an intelligently fitted fly screen allows you to let the fresh air in and keep the insects out as you enjoy the breeze, dining al fresco. Weinsberg include this relatively important feature as a necessary fixture for continental travel and for the British Summertime across the UK.
Camperco also fits all 600MG models with Scotchguard stain-resistant fabrics to protect against the usual camper life. 240V sockets with USB connection and a dedicated leisure battery with exterior electric connection means you can stay charged and connected while on the road.
The ample dining area with extendable table option complemented by the plush fabrics and comfortable armrests and head rests of the captain swivel seats makes it the perfect setup for a romantic meal for two.
As expected, Weinsberg have fitted a handy storage compartment under the extra armchair, never missing an opportunity to add intelligent storage solutions to any available space.
Kitchen & Dining
The kitchen is equipped with a large 145L Fridge/Freezer, generous sink and auto ignition 3-burner gas hob. The kitchen is complete with cutlery insert and extra wide ball bearing mounted drawers, 240v socket outlets and an extendable countertop, to offer valuable extra space for preparing dinner.
In the dinette, two belted travel seats and an additional armchair makes spacious dining and lounging standard in the 600MG complemented by soft, comfortable fabrics and generous legroom.
The interior is also finished with ambient lighting throughout, including kitchen area spotlights and dining area uplighting helping to create that romantic ambience for a dinner with a view.
The bathroom has a mix of wooden and white plastic finishes with a Dometic cassette toilet and full shower cubicle with mirrored cabinet.
The sink is mounted on a slide rail giving you more space when the shower is not in use and the separate shower means you don’t need to worry about disconnecting or reconnecting the water pipes in the morning â€“ something which is standard in similar Sunlight and Carado models.
The 600MG has spacious sleeping arrangements for two in a rear transverse bed layout. The bed is larger than a standard UK double bed, so you’re guaranteed extra space for your slumber. The flexible, ultra-think foam mattresses across the Weinsberg range ensure a good night’s sleep and the side and roof window at the bed means you can use this area to chill out and relax with a good book or magazine before setting out on your next adventure.
Access to the bed has two convenient steps which saves the bare feet from the usual cold metal ladder for high rear beds.
Convenient cabinet spaces and alcove storage on either end of the bed, underbed storage (with access to the garage) and a nifty storage space in the step, means your never without somewhere to keep your belongings safe!
The CaraCompact range also comes in a 600MEG model with Twin Double Beds that can be converted into a large double with the same storage and features but giving you extra space when sleeping.
Heating & Hot Water Systems
The Truma CP-Plus control panel has the added benefit of being able to power the heating & hot water from either the gas bottle, electric hookup or a combination of both, meaning that when you are at a campsite you don’t need to use the gas to take a hot shower or wash the dishes.
What’s interesting is the ability to connect to the Trauma CP-Plus control panel through the intelligent Truma iNet system. The iNet system gives you complete control over the motorhome from a distance via a simple SMS message. This means while the family is exploring the outdoors or going on an adventure, you can plan ahead and heat the hot water.
Optional extras included as standard:
… Integrated Satellite Navigation
… DAB+ Radio
… Multi-function Steering Wheel
… Reversing Camera
… Driver’s Cab Air Conditioning
… Heated Wing Mirrors with electronic adjustment
… Passenger Airbag
… 16″ Steel Wheels
… Twin Leisure Batteries
… Scotchguard Stain Resistant Fabrics
The driver’s cab is fitted with captain seats, complete with arm and head rests and the latest connectivity and facilities for the captain and navigator. Driver conveniences include Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices or headsets, DAB+ radio, satellite navigation, cruise control and a reversing camera. They are all within arm’s reach of the adjustable captain seats and you can stay cool thanks to the cab air conditioning.
Integrated, pleated thermal blinds come fitted as standard throughout the front windows and windscreen giving you privacy and that all-important blackout effect without having to manage the frustrations of suction cups on standard thermal blinds.
The Camperco Conclusion
The Weinsberg CaraCompact is the couple’s choice if you’re looking for extra space and more storage than a standard panel van or van conversion and it stands out from the crowd thanks to the German build quality and range of extras included as standard in all models. The slimline coach-built design and comfortable habitation area make it a contender for the top spot with low-profile 2 berth motorhomes.
Camperco’s Weinsberg CaraCompact 600MG & 600MEG models start at £36,250 and are a perfect fit for travellers wanting to explore on a budget but without compromise.
Camperco Welcome Pack
Every purchase of a Camperco Campervan or Motorhome comes with the Camperco Welcome Pack to get started and ready to explore the open road. It’s equipped with:
… CEE Electric Extension Hookup Cable
… Fiamma Level Pro Wheel Leveller Chocks
… Reimo Carbest Steel Double Motorhome Step
… Flat Water Hose Cassette Drum
… Camperco Umbrella
… Camperco Keyring
… Camperco Mug & Pen