The 2009 Sunliner Advantage Fusion melds good design with practicality.
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.
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