If you're looking for a camper van that offers all the comforts of home in a compact package, you might want to check out the Weinsberg CaraLife 630 LQ. This Fiat Ducato-based mini motorhome from the German company Weinsberg was one of the highlights of this year's Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany. It features a clever layout that maximizes space and functionality and a stylish design that stands out from the crowd.
The L-Shaped Kitchen
One of the most distinctive features of the Weinsberg CaraLife 630 LQ is the L-shaped kitchen that is fitted at the front of the living area. This design creates enough room for a sink, a two-burner stove, a refrigerator, and a decent amount of counter space. It also allows for a fold-out table that can be used for outdoor dining or as a workstation. The kitchen is equipped with LED lighting, USB sockets, and plenty of storage compartments.
The L-shaped kitchen also serves as a divider between the cab and the living area, creating a cozy and private atmosphere. The cab seats can be swiveled to face the rear, creating a lounge area with a second table that can be set up for meals or games. The cab also features a large sunroof that lets in natural light and fresh air.
The Shower and Toilet
Another impressive feature of the CaraLife 630 LQ is the shower and toilet that are hidden under the floor. With a simple folding mechanism, a stand-up shower cubicle can be brought up from the floor, creating a full bathroom in seconds. The shower has a mixer tap, a shower head, and a drain. A toilet can also be stowed in the bench seat for the dinette and used inside the shower cubicle. A mirror with storage for toiletries is mounted up front at the kitchen sink.
The shower and toilet are convenient and save space and weight. By using the same floor area for multiple purposes, the CaraLife 630 LQ avoids wasting precious space on a separate bathroom. The shower and toilet also use less water than conventional systems, making them more eco-friendly and economical.
The Bed and Garage
The rear part of the Weinsberg CaraLife 630 LQ is occupied by a sizable bed that can sleep up to three people. The bed is mounted transverse, meaning it runs across the width of the van rather than along its length. This saves space and allows for more headroom. The bed can also be extended with an optional extension to make it longer or wider. The bed has a comfortable mattress, reading lights, USB sockets, and curtains for privacy.
Underneath the bed is a modest garage that can be accessed from the back doors. The garage has enough room for storing luggage, camping equipment, bicycles, or other items. The garage also houses the fresh water tank, the waste water tank, and the gas bottle. The garage has LED lighting and tie-down hooks for securing the load.
The Engine and Chassis
The CaraLife 630 LQ is built on the Fiat Ducato chassis, which is one of the most popular platforms for camper vans in Europe. The Ducato offers a solid and reliable base that provides automotive performance and comfort. It is powered by a 2.3-liter Euro 6d-TEMP diesel engine that comes with four power outputs: 120, 140, 160, and 180 HP. The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Ducato also offers a range of driver assistance systems that make driving safer and easier. These include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, blind spot assist, rear cross path detection, traffic sign recognition, high beam recognition, rain and dusk sensor, hill descent control, hill holder system, traction plus system, electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, brake assist system, and tire pressure monitoring system.