So, it was time to upgrade our faithful Monty for a newer version or Monty 2.0.
The differences to old Monty are a lower profile body so better fuel economy. A fixed 2 berth bed so no more having to make the beds each night. Also a garage to store everything which the Escape lacked.
On the day of collection it was unfortunately a very wet day, but luckily the handover was done undercover. Jason our sales rep spent about 2 hours showing the various intricacies of the new motorhome. A lot to take in but with the help of some videoing and the excellent manual supplied by the manufacturer we hoped everything should be ok.
Our maiden voyage began! Everything seemed well built with no sound of creaking or rattling that we had found on our journey back from the Swift dealer with our escape 5 years back. Driving was similar, if not better than the last vehicle. Tyre size of 16inch rims also helps give a better ride quality. As mentioned on our drive from the dealer and then later back home, the rattles and creaks are virtually non existent in comparison to the swift.
We spent that night and the following at Burrs country park caravan & motorhome club site some 15 minutes away, to check everything was working ok and so that if we had any problems we could pop back to Emm-bee motorhomes. We then spent several hours unpacking and deciding where to put things. We also kept going through the manual checking on how things worked, as we had already forgotten some of it.
Up a couple of steps and we head up the bedroom. The 2 single beds were very comfortable (extra piece can be added to make a transverse double). Be careful not to sit up in bed too quickly or you may forget the overhead cupboards and bump your head. The beds can also be propped up if you want to sit up in bed. Under the beds are a large cupboard and wardrobe.
The kitchen is small but functional. One slight criticism is that the oven is smaller than the old one was and it doesn’t have temperature markings – just a dial. On the plus side the fridge is a lot bigger than the Swift one we had. A large pull out drawer unit offers plenty of storage.
Sat in the lounge area the front captain seats swivel round so you can seat 4 even 5 people. The skylight above the captain seats along with sunroof let in plenty of light and makes the van very airy. The seats were all comfortable and had extra cushions.
The bathroom is awesome. In normal mode it is a loo and sink with a good size cupboard under the sink and a slim storage unit above the toilet. Then you unfasten and swing to reveal the shower unit!
The lighting throughout is a good mix of bright and ambient lighting. A nice touch for those of us that pop to the loo in the night is a light switch above the bed which switches on a small light on the steps and a little light in the bathroom. Thus safely lighting your way for a nocturnal visit, without disturbing your partner or waking yourself up too much with a bright light.
The model comes with a built in pioneer head unit which has dab and normal radio, cd, sat-nav and rear camera view built in. Oh and joy of joys we can listen to the radio which was very hit and miss with signal in the Escape.
On returning home we had our Titanium alarm system from Outsmart the thief ltd, which we had transferred from our old vehicle, fitted to the new Monty.
The next thing is sorting a spare tyre and a steel rim – like most new vehicles these days you don’t get a spare, just a pump and some tyre gunk to plug the hole. This is fine in most circumstances but if you look at your recovery company’s small print about tyres, you may incur extra costs for a tyre company to come out plus cost of tyre. So better to have a spare.