Laika 2020: Smart solutions and attention to detail
New motorhomes appear every year, and all manufacturers proudly proclaim their changes as important steps in the pursuit of the optimal motorhome in their class. Small differences that can give even more enjoyment.
I'm hardly alone in my thoughts. How is it possible to make changes in floor plans, adjust details and launch a motorhome model like new, year after year? Not just in the form of a model, but many models from many manufacturers? A lot is about tiny details and visual grip, but sometimes something new is emerging, such as the new Kosmo 909 model from Laika - which also has a twin named 912. For the Italian manufacturer, which is part of the large Hymer group, it is about "la dolce vita", or "the sweet life" that we say in Norwegian when we think of luxury feelings.
Taste of luxury
With the integrated motorhome model Kosmo 909 we get a taste of this. The length is 7,41 meters and sleeps four. The lounge has a classic L-shaped configuration, we find two wide single beds in the rear, and the easy-to-maneuver the sunken bed provides ample space for two adults when in use. But all this we have seen before ...? A family with experience from motorhome life will, through a more in-depth study of the details, have more "aha" experiences, and this is exactly what makes Kosmo 909 stand out. The two single beds behind each have a width of 80 cm, but the length is different. One is 200 cm long, the other 207 cm. "So what…" you might be thinking. For me with a length of 190 cm it is possible here to extend the feet completely - without being hindered by the partition against the toilet room. It provides better nighttime sleep…
The spacious interior height of 213 cm is also an important contribution to increased comfort and room feeling. Everyone who has lived a holiday week in a sailboat knows what it means to be able to stretch out, never walk with a bowed head, and actually have more storage space. Yes, because as the ceiling height increases, Laika utilizes this to build right cabinets that accommodate more. More space for, among other things, supplies provides greater kitchen pleasure, and three fireplaces on the stove allow for good working opportunities. A few years back, it was not uncommon to convert the sitting area in the lounge into a bed. With spacious alcoves or sun beds in the front of the car this disappeared. But what if the family has three children?
As an option, Laika can supply the opportunity to convert the salon to a bed of 200 x 115 cm at bedtime. Another option - while the kids are small - might be to order the Kosmo 909 with bed throughout the width of the car aft. Here it is important to think carefully before making the choice. The other model variant, the Kosmo 912 has a salon solution where two longitudinal sofas are facing each other. It allows for better seating conditions and a more natural sitting position at the table for up to 6 people. In a pinch, there is room for an extra guest on a loose chair too, but then the cooking should be done. This dinette (lounge) solution also allows you to book a fifth bed in this space.
La Dolche Vita
The sweet life - or should we say the good life - is about both flexibility and the certainty that things are created to last seamlessly over a long period of time. Flexible luggage room with room for bicycles (thanks to variable height), two large loading doors and good solutions for heat, water and sanitation are also included. Both models are based on a proven Ducato chassis, and for Norwegian buyers there is also an extra small treat in store.
The Norwegian Laika importer is not only Norway's largest player in the caravan industry, but is also one of the most well-known names in the industry, Kroken Caravan Import. However, the company changed its name to Solid Import at the end of March - and this is highlighted in several different ways. One of these is a particularly well-equipped "Solid Edition" edition of Kosmo 909. The extent is not determined at the time of writing, but general manager Tor Grüner tells Bobil & Caravan Magasinet that this will be a very competitive motorhome in this class.
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