Trakkaway 800, based on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 519 CDI|
seven-speed automatic, has a drive-away price from $210,000**
Trakka Trakkaway 800
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23rd April, 2014
Trakka's new Trakkaway 800 combines the luxury of space inside without
frustration of large motor home on the outside integrated with the security of a Mercedes-Benz drivetrain and chassis.
“Motor home clients all too often are confronted with having to make the choice of either having a compact, easy to
drive motor home and doing without the luxuries or having those luxuries, but in a large motor home that can be
frustrating to drive,” explains David Berry, Managing Director, Trakka. “Our goal with the Trakkaway 800 was to
offer all the requirements of a full size motor home, from an island bed to a fully equipped kitchen, but do so with a
more compact external size to ensure it was easy to drive and manoeuvrable.”
Trakka have achieved their target with a combination of the design for which the company has built a unique reputation
over the past 40 years which makes use of every single cubic centimetre and using the latest technology to enable luxury
features to be fitted in a size of vehicle which in the past would not have been possible.
From the outside it could be hard to believe that the Trakkaway 800 offers a full double island bed, with free and
easy access from three sides, so no more climbing over the bed – or a sleeping partner – to get into bed. Also banished
is that requirement in some motor homes of crawling up the bed to get to the other end. This bed is as easy to access as
any normal bed in a house. With a sliding door, it even has the same level of privacy.
How has this been achieved?
By integrating a powered sliding section at the rear of the Trakkaway 800 that expands the bedroom when required to
full size – and does so by remote control, allowing safe operation from outside the Trakkaway 800. Also, like some
bedrooms there are two wardrobes and a 60cm LED HD-TV with a built-in DVD player.
Like the bedroom, from the outside its almost hard to believe that this vehicle has a fully equipped bathroom with
basin, toilet and shower, but this is all made possible with the patented Switch Mode Bathroom or SWB.
“When we were designing motor home bathrooms we had a real brainwave moment,” explains Dave Berry. “We
realised that there would never be a moment when someone would wish to use the toilet and the shower at the same time, so
why have a bathroom where they have to share the same space? This is how we came up with the SWB – to put it simply, when
it’s not needed, the toilet automatically slides away, freeing space for a proper shower cubicle and a decent sized
The same intelligent design has been used in the kitchen to enable it to be a proper kitchen in which meals, not
snacks, may be prepared and the fresh produce available while travelling may be fully exploited. The three burner stove
is complimented by a gas oven and a microwave cooker, with spacious stainless steel sink and draining board available
for cleaning up after a meal. To ensure that Trakkaway 800’s catering range is as long as its fuel range from its
efficient Mercedes diesel engine, a spacious three way fridge/freezer is fitted with commodious storage spaces, sliding
pantry and drawers.
“What good is all this luxury if it can’t be shared with new friends met along the road?” asks Dave Berry.
“So although the Trakkaway 800, in its standard guise, is fitted with two berths, in the lounge area there are two
spacious lounges and the front seats swivel around to provide comfortable seat for six people and with the
multi-position table in place, it’s even possible to host a dinner party!”
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The flexible design of the new Trakkaway 800 means that the sleek two berth version, with its aerodynamic pod above
the driving compartment for additional headroom and storage space, is complimented by an optional Luton cab, the Aero4,
which adds another double bed to the Trakkaway 800.
Under the skin the Trakkaway 800 has a host of features to maintain luxury and comfort. Like all good luxury homes it
has ducted central heating and air conditioning, all the major systems are electronically controlled, the latest LED
lighting sets a new standard for both illumination and low power consumption, the seven windows are double glazed for all
season performance and a powered skylight ensures that the interior is always fresh and inviting. The Trakkaway 800
offers both full mains connection for not just electricity but also water and, as an option; it can collect and store
Outside, the Hi-Gloss moulded finish is just the start of the features on the Trakkaway 800. Under the powered side
awning there is space to relax, to use the standard barbeque and even have a cleansing post-swim shower, or just wash the
sand of the your feet. There is a work bench for preparing meals and external storage lockers for all the essentials of
an active outdoor life – or a quiet, relaxing one!
No one has been manufacturing vehicles longer than Mercedes and the German company pioneered diesel power in vehicles,
so the legendary three pointed star on the nose of the Trakkaway 800 is a signal of quality and technical ability, as
well as the renowned reputation for durability and reliability. Powered by a 3.0 litre turbo intercooled diesel engine
with the latest common rail technology, Mercedes provides the Trakkaway 800 with 140 kW and a massive 440 Nm of torque,
making performance under all conditions effortless, thanks to a seven speed self-shifting gearbox. The chassis has not
just the latest design for comfort and responsiveness, but with the safety of reversing camera, ABS anti-lock brakes,
traction control and electronic stability control; it is equipped with the full armoury of safety features. Naturally to
these safety features, Trakka adds a smoke detector, fire extinguisher and 240V earth leakage protection.
Mercedes also complements Trakka’s luxury appointments with its own for the driver and front seat passenger, with a
host of features that would be expected of a Mercedes luxury car, from full power operation of windows, locks and
mirrors, to the SatNav system, cruise control, fingertip controls on the steering wheel, digital audio system with
Bluetooth and USB/AUX connections.
The Trakkaway 800, based on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 519 CDI seven speed automatic, has a driveaway price from
** Drive-away Price includes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road
costs). Certain criteria and assumptions are utilised to calculate this price. There may be a variation if your
circumstances differ from the assumptions used to calculate the drive-away price.
Please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.