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$550K six-wheeled expanding motorhome sleeps six people, five horses

$550K six-wheeled expanding mo...
The RJH Exclusive was the only motorhome we saw at CMT designed to shelter both humans and horses
The RJH Exclusive was the only motorhome we saw at CMT designed to shelter both humans and horses
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A ramp leads up to the rear horse stable
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A ramp leads up to the rear horse stable
This RJH Exclusive horse transporter-motorhome was based on a 444-hp Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545
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This RJH Exclusive horse transporter-motorhome was based on a 444-hp Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545
RJH shows some of its custom motorhome work at CMT 2020
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RJH shows some of its custom motorhome work at CMT 2020
The slide-out increases living space, housing the roomy dining lounge
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The slide-out increases living space, housing the roomy dining lounge
Adjustable partitions make it easy to arrange the stable area
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Adjustable partitions make it easy to arrange the stable area as needed
The RJH Exclusive was the only motorhome we saw at CMT designed to shelter both humans and horses
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The RJH Exclusive was the only motorhome we saw at CMT designed to shelter both humans and horses
A rather upscale kitchen block
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A rather upscale kitchen block
We especially liked the integrated drainboard, something we don't necessarily expect to see in a new home, let alone a motorhome
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We especially liked the integrated drainboard, something we don't necessarily expect to see in a new home, let alone a motorhome
The driver area has four seats and a lift-away king bed
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The driver area has four seats and a lift-away king bed
Plenty of space for travelers and visitors
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Plenty of space for travelers and visitors
The dining lounge with U-shaped sofa is set in the slide-out
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The dining lounge with U-shaped sofa is set in the slide-out
The entertainment system includes a flat-screen TV in the living area
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The entertainment system includes a flat-screen TV in the living area
Ceramic toilet and sink in the dry bathroom
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Ceramic toilet and sink in the dry bathroom
Shower with glass door
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Shower with glass door
Multi-jet rain shower
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Multi-jet rain shower
Look at the main living area
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Look at the main living area
The stable can be reached from the rear of the motorhome or from an inside door
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The stable can be reached from the rear of the motorhome or from an inside door
Steps lead from the entry to the main living area, and a ladder leads up to the loft bedroom
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Steps lead from the entry to the main living area, and a ladder leads up to the loft bedroom
Fixed loft bed
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Fixed loft bed
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Germany's annual CMT (Caravan, Motor and Tourism) show hosts a particularly deep camper van lineup, but it also counts a few stretched luxury motorhomes among its hundreds of exhibits. Often the most impressive large motorhome comes in the form of one carrying a minicar or high-horsepower supercar, but the king of CMT 2020 was built to carry a simpler form of horsepower: the whinnying, galloping kind. Swabian special vehicle manufacturer RJH dazzled show goers with a bus-sized expanding motorhome built to sleep a human family of six up front and an equine family of five in back.

RJH specializes in horse transporters of all sizes, from compact trailers to stretched motorhomes with mini-barns in back. The model it brought to this year's CMT was one of the largest examples in its flagship "Exclusive" range of horse transporter-motorhomes aimed at professional and hobbyist equestrians. Needless to say, it was quite an impressive build, inside and out. It was also the most expensive vehicle we toured at the show.

A ramp leads up to the rear horse stable
A ramp leads up to the rear horse stable

The business end of this 26-tonne Mercedes Actros-based motorhome lands at the rear, where a drop-down ramp leads to a garage for up to five horses, a simple space of adjustable partitions and shelving. A lockable door connects the garage to the main interior, which can also be accessed directly through a side door.

While the pony accommodations are quite simple and spartan, the human accommodations are rather well-appointed. The heart of the motorhome is a lounge space with U-shaped sofa and dining table housed in a driver-side expansion slide-out. To the side, a large flat-screen TV hangs off a stone-accented wall. Across the aisle, the kitchen area keeps a dual-burner cooktop and sink with built-in drainboard at the ready.

The dining lounge with U-shaped sofa is set in the slide-out
The dining lounge with U-shaped sofa is set in the slide-out

Three separate beds offer sleeping space for six people. A double bed loft above the side entry and bathroom provides the only fixed bed space, complete with a small TV. A power-lift king-size bed drops down at night from its position over top the driver's cab, and the dinette set converts to create another two sleeping berths.

The dry bathroom just inside the entryway has a ceramic toilet and sink on one side, a glass-doored multi-jet shower on the other. Couple that with touches like tiled floors, wood trim, steps to the living area, and ambient lighting, and you have a space that feels like a permanent address (farmhouse?) more than a motorhome.

This RJH Exclusive horse transporter-motorhome was based on a 444-hp Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545
This RJH Exclusive horse transporter-motorhome was based on a 444-hp Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545

Each RJH Exclusive horse transporter-motorhome is a custom build with options selected by the individual buyer. This particular fully winterized model based on a 444-hp Mercedes Actros 2545 with four vehicle seats (up to six possible) prices in at a cool €499,000 (approx. US$550,000).

Source: RJH

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ChairmanLMAO
I find it astounding that a big workhorse vehicle like this needs little more than 400 hp when there are people that have cars weighing less than a tenth that need like 1000 hp or the owner has a caniption.