Phoenix Top-Liner 8900: mobile home test – How To Cars
Albus Dumbledore, the popular wizard from the Harry Potter saga, also has a phoenix. His name is Fawkes and with his golden-red plumage he is not only beautiful to look at, but also a very loyal pet. And, as Dumbledore knows, he can carry immensely heavy loads.
The full name of this Phoenix is Top-Liner 8900 BM-MB. This makes it one of the manufacturer’s second largest series and has a queen-size bed in the middle of the rear. In front of it, its residents have access to a spacious bathroom with a corner shower, washbasin, permanent toilet (2390 euros) and linen closet. It is placed appropriately here, because the bathroom can be closed to the front and back, so it can also be used as a dressing room.
Phoenix Top-Liner 8900: great attention to detail
Homogeneous gap dimensions on the outside and inside testify to the attention to detail. And the furniture features thick multiplex panels with aluminum profiles, which is to be expected: the company founders Johannes and Oliver Schell are master carpenters with decades of motor home experience. This is also why the fulfillment of special requests for the family business, which has existed since 1997, is not a big deal.
Living feeling like in a house
The continuously level running floor consists of glass fiber reinforced honeycomb panels, covered with PVC in oak decor. Matching linked carpets are also included loose. The breathable fabric used to cover the walls and ceiling is particularly pleasant and elegant, as is the suspended canopy in which spotlights and indirect lighting are elegantly installed.
Front fold-down bed can be pulled out to a width of 1.40 metres
The beds have visco-elastic foam mattresses, the front fold-down bed (2860 euros) can be pulled out to a width of 1.40 metres. And while convectors from the Alde hot water heating system are distributed throughout the structure anyway, there is also a towel radiator in the bathroom.
Tank capacity/fuel type
Length Width Height
empty weight ready to drive/load (test vehicle)
Trailer load (braked/unbraked)
Lying area rear L x W
Lifting bed lying surface L x W
Fresh/grey/black water tank
Price/test car price
162 kW (220 hp) at 2300 rpm
4578 cm3/850 Nm at 1400 rpm
180 l/diesel + 35 l AdBlue
Gas, 2 burners/induction 1 burner
2 x 11 kg/Alde 3020 HE + Eberspächer warm water parking heater
from 312,300 euros/416,658 euros
Multi-course dinners can also be conjured up in the fully-fledged kitchen, with a thermostatically controlled roof vent reliably dissipating odors that are too appetizing. So that it doesn’t run out of juice so quickly, two 210 Ah gel batteries are standard – monitored by high-quality Votronic components.
The LI-Power package with two 210 Ah lithium-ion batteries including an inverter and additional sockets was installed in our test car (11,250 euros), which increases independence even more.