Open plan

The 2009 Sun­liner Ad­van­tage Fu­sion melds good de­sign with prac­ti­cal­ity.

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Good de­sign meets prac­ti­cal­ity in the 2009 Sun­liner Ad­van­tage Fu­sion

The word ‘fu­sion’, from nu­clear en­ergy to mu­sic styles, can mean vary­ing things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. How­ever, in the case of this re­view, it’s the name of one of Sun­liner’s mo­torhomes in the 2009 Ad­van­tage range.

Our 2009 Fu­sion was built on an Iveco Daily 50C18 cab chas­sis, which means it has a GVM of 4495kg, so it can be driven on a stan­dard car li­cence. It comes with a 130kW 3L tur­bod­iesel en­gine that drives through an Iveco AG­ile six-speed AMT gear­box. The rear-wheeldrive Iveco Daily is a good base for a mo­torhome and our Fu­sion has a Tare of 3700kg, giv­ing it a good load ca­pac­ity.

With a length of 7.75m (25ft 5in), the Fu­sion is def­i­nitely in the mid-size mo­torhome cat­e­gory, but that doesn’t make it dif­fi­cult to drive. The AG­ile gear­box comes with the hes­i­ta­tions of­ten as­so­ci­ated with AMTs but, gen­er­ally speak­ing, it is not a bad per­former. In ad­di­tion to all the usual cab fea­tures, there is a rearvi­sion cam­era mounted where the in­ter­nal rear-vi­sion mir­ror usu­ally is.

Be­ing a flat floor ve­hi­cle, both cab seats swivel around – the pas­sen­ger seat swivels quite eas­ily, but the one on the driver’s side takes a bit of fid­dling to op­er­ate be­cause of the left-hand-side-mounted hand­brake.

Built with Sun­liner’s Ther­moTough walls, the ex­ter­nal body also has large Seitz hop­per win­dows, a Dometic half win­dow-style door and an elec­tric A&E awning. Ex­ter­nal stor­age space con­sists of ded­i­cated bins for gas cylin­ders, the Thet­ford cas­sette and ex­ter­nal shower on the off­side. Along the near­side are three bins, a mid­size one for­ward of the en­try door and two towards the rear, one be­ing un­der the bed area. This bin con­tains the house bat­ter­ies with a rea­son­able amount of space left for stash­ing gear.

AGREE­ABLE IN­TE­RIOR

In­side the Fu­sion, Sun­liner’s agree­able am­bi­ence is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous. The lay­out fea­tures a front lounge, mid-sec­tion kitchen, is­land bed and full-width rear bath­room. One of the as­sets of a mo­torhome of this size is that a lay­out designer has a fair amount of room to

“The Fu­sion is def­i­nitely in the mid-size mo­torhome cat­e­gory, but that doesn’t make it dif­fi­cult to drive”

work with, re­sult­ing in plenty of liv­ing space.

Tak­ing up the en­tire rear, the bath­room has a near­side shower cu­bi­cle, mid-sec­tion van­ity unit and a Thet­ford cas­sette toi­let. A con­certina door fit­ted to the off­side door­way closes the bath­room off from the rest of the mo­torhome. One of the de­sign prob­lems that oc­cur when a rear-wall win­dow is fit­ted (as one is here) is that there isn’t any­where to fit a de­cent mir­ror. Sun­liner has solved this prob­lem by neatly fit­ting an an­gled mir­ror to the over­head locker above the van­ity sink.

ROOM TO GROOVE

Jut­ting out from the near­side wall, the in­ner­spring mat­tress mea­sures 1.9x1.4m (6ft 3in x 4ft 6in) when it’s at its full length, but there is still room to walk around. It comes with halo­gen read­ing lights, over­head lock­ers, a small un­der-win­dow shelf but no bed­side cab­i­nets. Get­ting to the un­der-bed stor­age in­volves noth­ing more than an easy lift of the bed base. There are also two good-sized draw­ers on the front side of the bed.

Ad­di­tional bed­room stor­age is sup­plied by a small cor­ner cup­board next to the kitchen bench, and a full-height wardrobe, com­plete with hang­ing and shelf space, that sits be­tween the bed and the fridge.

To make best use of ex­ist­ing space, the Fu­sion has an L-shaped kitchen bench. Fit­ted along the mid off­side,

it fea­tures a three-burner Spin­flo grill and oven plus a stain­less steel sink with drainer. Stor­age space isn’t too bad with four draw­ers (two hid­den be­hind a cup­board door), a cup­board that’s ac­ces­si­ble from two sides, and two over­head lock­ers. Mak­ing up the rest of the kitchen are the 150L Dometic fridge and the Dae­woo mi­crowave above.

Un­doubt­edly, the fea­ture item in the Fu­sion is the front lounge/din­ing area. An op­tion here was a for­ward­fac­ing seat on the off­side, but ours came with side­waysfac­ing lounge seats on both sides. To­gether with the swiv­el­ling cab seats, they make up quite a com­fort­able lounge/din­ing ar­range­ment. Both lounges have pairs of halo­gen read­ing lights and over­head lock­ers; the off­side seat is ad­di­tion­ally fit­ted with a twin pow­erpoint. Un­der both seats are the usual stor­age ar­eas, but most of the near­side area is oc­cu­pied by the ex­ter­nal bin.

Like the lounge and bed­room win­dows, the front cab area comes with cur­tains, but the rail is po­si­tioned such that the cab seats are ob­structed when they’re closed.

On the power front, two 100Ah bat­ter­ies de­liver the 12V sup­ply and they are kept up to speed by a 30A charger. A roof-mounted Dometic air-con­di­tioner de­liv­ers the cool­ing air and en­ter­tain­ment is pro­vided by an AM/FM ra­dio/CD player plus a 17in LCD TV/DVD com­bi­na­tion, which wasn’t fit­ted on our test van.

Words and pics Mal­colm Street

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