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Message posted by Darrengood20/6/2016 at 1:38pm
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Hi considering purchasing an Opus camper and wanted to know if anyone has had any experience of these?

giving up the outwell tent and trailer (+all other add-ons) will be a big wrench so we seriously need to consider our options!!

Also like the look of the Pennine Fiesta so any comments on either the Opus or the Fiesta or any others to look at would be most welcome!!

also anyone know of any dealers near to shropshire/west mids where we can have a look at any of these? (have seen the opus already)

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The biggest thing with the Opus is that it is a little bit of a triumph of style over substance, to a certain extent. It is built by Purple Line, who are well established in the camping accessories business, but it was, basically, given to their design team, with the brief; design us something really cool. Fair play to them, they did, but there are quite a few impracticalities with it it, as well, if you are living with it long term.

The Pennines, on the other hand, lack some of the creative flair (although they are looking pretty good these days) but they are way more practical in every day use, with much better spec for the money. Of course, not everyone wants or needs that.

Opus are to folding campers what Holtkamper are to trailer tents; brilliant design and look great, but very expensive and with one or two issues, when living with them on a day to day basis. For example, the Holtkamper Kyte will set you back over 17 grand, and yet it only has one double bed, so not great for a family (although, of course, you can add the bedroom annexes).

Opus is very similar. They look great, but prices can be a killer. The 'Full Monty' package, from Opus, which is the one you want, if you are after an awning etc, is 5 shy of 15 grand!!

OK, so what are the limitations? Well, as is often mentioned, no 'proper' toilet. I don't know anyone who has ever taken this option, but, speaking to the Opus team, I know they do do a toilet compartment, which sits to the left of the door, as you go in.

Unfortunately, it replaces the storage cupboard that normally sits there, and, all it, effectively is, is a tiny cupboard in which to put your portaloo. Another issue, from a practicality perspective is the fridge. Although it is included in the Full Monty package, if you are buying a standard Opus, then it will set you back 350 quid. The other big issue, for me, is that it sits on top of the other cupboard, the one on the right of the door, and, unfortunately, it is top opening, which is really frustrating, as it means you effectively lose that work space, as you have to lift everything off every time you need to access the fridge. Kitchen specs in the Opus are particularly poor.

Again, it looks great, but there is just a two burner hob, no grill, and no hot water (even if you go for the Full Monty package - they just don't do it yet, although they are considering it as an optional extra, currently). Another issue is that there are no proper cupboards in the kitchen area, just a series of shelves, which you can use to contain storage baskets etc. Finally, there is the very minor issue of berths. Although the Opus is a 6 berth layout, the settees only make up into a single berth, so it is, in actual fact, just a 5 berth model. No biggie for most of us, but worth mentioning. Sounds like I'm having a downer on the model. I'm not. I absolutely love it, but it's always worth looking at all the pros and cons. The head room is great in them, and they do have a lovely overall feeling of space. Some of the gadgets that are available are amazing, including the Opus sound system and Opus Cinema System. I guess this perfectly illustrates my comment about a triumph of style over substance. Many users would question the thinking behind a design that includes, as an optional extra, a 1,000 home cinema system, but doesn't offer hot water as an option. Others will think that makes perfect sense, and that is where the users will be divided. Those who think it is great, will love the Opus. Those who think it's crazy are far more likely to prefer the Fiesta. Personally, I'm very firmly in both camps.

The Fiesta, on the other hand, is a four berth model, as opposed to 5, so, inevitably, its footprint will be smaller. Great when towing, but less so, when on site. That said, the Fiesta uses one of the beds to make up a large settee, rather than having two opposing settees of the Conway Countryman, and this does help to make it feel more spacious.

Unlike the Opus, the Fiesta does have a 'proper' toilet compartment, which many consider to be a big bonus, although this is at the expense of a large chunk of the kitchen. That said, whilst storage / work top is affected, you still get a decent hob, grill, three way, front opening fridge, and hot water, so way up on the Opus, spec wise.

I always think of the 4 berth models as ideal for two people, and the 5 / 6 berth models as ideal for 4. The advantage with the Opus is that it will seat and sleep 4 people, without having to mess around with any beds / settees in order to do so. The Fiesta requires you to set up / take down the bed settee at night & in the morning. a minor issue with this arrangement, also, is that the two settees are quite far apart, and at different heights, which isn't ideal at meal times. That said, it is four and a half grand cheaper than the Opus, with full awning etc included.

Think those are probably the key differences, in my experience.

Unfortunately, there are no main dealers in your area, to go and look at these models. The nearest to you is Black Country Caravans, in Cradely Heath, but they are more involved with trailer tents than folding campers, and so stocks are very hit and miss. The nearest to you, which is a fair old trek, but worth it, is Burcroft Camping, at Billing Aquadrome. They usually have a large selection, and, being Pennine dealers, they have plenty in, usually. Very unlikely you will see an Opus there, but you never know.

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Message posted by Darrengood20/6/2016 at 3:35pm
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wow....thanks such a great and very informative response thanks very much for taking the time to provide the comments and some very good points to note there!

I certainly would like to see the fiesta in the flesh before biting the bullet!

hopefully others considering will find it useful too!

Certainly would like the option of hot water in whatever we opt for.

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Best place to see the Fiesta, if you can wait that long, is at the next NEC show. There is a walk around video of the latest 2016 Fiesta, on the Media page of my web site.

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We have just bought a used Fiesta, and the dealer where we bought it had the Opus on display and we had a look inside.

I have to say that it wasn't to our taste at all, and we much preferred the Fiesta that we bought, but not surprising really as we have always liked a more vintage style, for us the Opus seemed a tad gimmicky, and I do agree with Blue Sky Pennine's comment that it seemed like they were trying for a 'cool' look and not necessarily the best in practicality.

I felt the Opus lacked the cosiness that a lot of the other campers have, a bit clinical and 'overstylised' maybe?

I get that it is perhaps a different market that they are aiming for.

Also, I have to say that home cinema whilst camping doesn't really come any where near the top of the list of priorities in our view, the impression was definitely that they were trying just a little too hard, only a personal view, mind, and we are by no means experts on folding campers, complete newbies in fact, but are longstanding campers of over 22 years, and know what we like, and what works practically, it is an outdoor holiday after all and the Opus seemed to by trying to be a kind of upmarket flat with all the latest gadgets?

It is nice to see something different, though, and no doubt it will appeal to some, but not our cup of tea, being honest.

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Message posted by Derbian20/6/2016 at 5:00pm
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Hi

Have just posted our comments on the Opus in answer to another poster and agree with a lot of what's been said here.

Ref hot water I don't think any of the FC/TT on the market at the moment offer on board hot water using gas, you need electric hook up and as we always spend some time on sites without EHU it wasn't such a big problem.   Depends on the sites you use.


One of the other things I would say is that it tows like a dream, very stable and it's low enough that I can see over the top of it (Yes I do use extension mirrors) probably the main reason it doesn't have a 3 way fridge and full cassette toilet

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I would agree with that, on the water heaters. It's a shame, really, and a bit of a retro grade step. There are very few things I don't like about the new Pennines, but the lack of gas powered heating / hot water is one of them. My own, older Pathfinder does have both gas fired and mains powered got water, but current models are mains only, which is a shame. Of my three breaks booked / taken so far this year, one is with EHU, and two without, so it's a real bonus being able to run everything onboard from either 12V or gas.

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Message posted by Eejaybee20/6/2016 at 6:46pm
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If you fancy a trip to the South West, then Highbridge Caravans in Somerest (off M5) do Pennines. About 2.5 hours from Shropshire.

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Cheers for all the feedback. & comments
Do like the opus styling but the little things like water heater & oven instead of microwave would sway me even more!! I wonder how easy a water heater would be to Fit??

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Why don't you take Opus up on their offer of 100 per night rental of a camper on their Suffolk site. You will soon know whether you like it or not!!
But do they have it already up and then you leave it up when you have finished??

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Yes I think that would be a good way to decide if it's for us!! I'd certainly like the option of putting it up & away....that would be a real test of liking it or not, after all who finds their outfit already set up for them lol

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We looked at both Pennines and Opus at the Caravan and Motorhome show in 2014. Found the opus to feel really dingy inside, not very appealing, whereas the pennine's felt more airy and welcoming.

I agree with others that the opus looked cooler, but it was pricey for what you get we thought. Being able to get a fiesta with hot water, proper fridge, and toilet compartment (not just a cupboard) and decent cooker really sold it to us. (And another 30 mins on their stand and we ended up with the pathfinder :-) )

I don't find the lack of gas heating/hot water an issue. Our season is May-Oct max and at the extreme ends of that we always have EHU. If we end up without EHU we just boil a kettle to do washing up.

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I would agree with the above comment, the Fiesta did feel more cosy and spacious inside.

I wouldn't be bothered about hot water and heating either, we have fan heater and oil filled rad if we need a bit of warmth, and don't need hot water other than a kettle can easily provide.

I did think that the fittings, particularly in the kitchen, of the Opus, looked a bit cheap and would not be practical or long lasting, again I have to say I felt style was the priority rather than long term practicality and quality, and as the style was not appealing to me personally anyway, it was a no brainer to go with a Fiesta, not to mention the price and value for money, had I been wanting to buy a new unit, the Fiesta would have won hands down.

It will be interesting to see how the Opus stands up regarding quality and longevity of the fittings over the next few years when used ones will come up for sale.

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As soon as I saw the white upholstery, I walked away!

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Ditto re the white upholstery! You can see the opus in Tony Wilds in Woburn. We were very excited from the internet literature, but on inspection its very expensive and we thought the fittings were poorly finished. The most annoying design feature was that the hinges for the beds that fold out get in the way when you crawl into bed! No slats and very poor memory foam mattress. Too much cost for too little praticality

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That's where we saw it, mkcamper! We bought our Pennine Fiesta from there the same day....

I agree entirely about the dubious quality of the fittings, it seemed like they were more concerned about the styling than the durability, practicality or quality.

Really not good value for money in my opinion.

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