Sin­gle sup­ple­ment

Boast­ing a pair of sin­gle beds, the 2015 Wir­raway 260SL of­fers room for all your travel es­capades.

Motorhome & Caravan Trader - - Front Page - Clock­wise from top left: The 2015 Wir­raway 260SL is built on a Mercedes-benz Sprinter cab chas­sis; life on the road is made easy with this RV; the slide-out is func­tional and easy to use.

Atrend we no­ticed in 2015 was a slight mar­ket shift to­wards sin­gle bed lay­outs in RVS. Since then, a num­ber of deal­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers have pushed vans with sin­gle bed lay­outs my way. And so it was with this 2015 Wir­raway 260SL (slide-out) mo­torhome.

The Wir­raway fac­tory is lo­cated in Mil­dura, on the Vic­to­rian/new South Wales bor­der. It’s a pleas­ant town, to say the least, and as I passed through on my way to Bro­ken Hill, I stopped in to see what might be avail­able for re­view.

What was pre­sented to me was this 260SL model with sin­gle beds – rather than the more com­mon is­land bed – and I thought the dif­fer­ence was quite in­ter­est­ing.

In the 2015 260SL model, the slide-out takes up more than two-thirds of the off­side wall. From front to rear, it con­tains a side­ways-fac­ing lounge, fridge with mi­crowave above and the off­side sin­gle bed.

Across the rear is a full-width bath­room, leav­ing the near­side wall for the other sin­gle bed and a for­ward kitchen.

TIME FOR BED

With Wir­raway’s usual is­land bed lay­out, the bed­head was sit­u­ated in the slide-out against the off­side wall and the bed, sub­se­quently, took up a fair chunk of the rear.

It’s sur­pris­ing what a dif­fer­ence the sin­gle beds made. The mo­torhome can cer­tainly be used with the slide-out closed up but, when it’s opened up, the re­sult is enough room for a small dance floor –

well, a dance floor for two, any­way.

Tas­ma­nian myr­tle tim­ber or lam­i­nate is used for all the in­te­rior cab­i­netry work and the end re­sult is very pleas­ing. Large roof hatches, gen­er­ous win­dow space and a glossy white ceil­ing all con­trib­ute to a light, bright in­te­rior.

Up front, the seat­ing ar­range­ment means you can sit back in com­fort on the swiv­el­ling cab seats and watch the world go by through the cab win­dows or re­lax on the side­ways-fac­ing lounge.

The flatscreen TV is mounted mid­way along the near­side wall so it can be eas­ily seen from ei­ther the seats or the beds in the rear.

Two ta­bles are sup­plied – one con­ven­tion­ally square for eat­ing meals and the other, an hour­glass shape, for nib­bles and drinks. Both ta­bles can be stored be­hind the lounge seat.

Above the front seats, the cab is fully opened up and there are small cab­i­nets on ei­ther side plus a clock cen­tre-stage.

With this lay­out, the kitchen is split across the mo­torhome with the bench along the near­side wall and the fridge nestling be­tween a full-height slide­out pantry and a full-height wardrobe.

Fit­ted into the kitchen bench are the stan­dard fea­tures such as a stain­less steel sink with drainer

and a four-burner cook­top with grill and oven be­low.

Not so stan­dard are the seven draw­ers and un­der-bench slide-out pantry. The lat­ter has an an­gled front which not only takes away the square look but also adds to the food stor­age space.

Above the kitchen bench there is just one over­head locker; the rest of the space is taken by the mi­crowave and a locker which houses the satel­lite TV con­trols and a small shelf.

SIN­GLE SPA­CES

In the rear of the mo­torhome, each bed has a win­dow, read­ing light, over­head lock­ers and, in the case of the off­side bed, one drawer, while the near­side bed has three. Both beds also get a nar­row shelf and a pow­er­point above the pil­low.

Be­cause of the slide-out, the over­head lock­ers above the off­side bed are set lower than the non slide-out side.

With the slide-out open, there is plenty of space be­tween the beds but, as I noted ear­lier, it’s also pos­si­ble to get be­tween the beds with the slide­out closed.

Across the rear, the bath­room comes with the full com­ple­ment – near­side cir­cu­lar shower, off­side cas­sette toi­let and mid-area van­ity cabi­net.

The win­dow in the rear wall sup­plies light and ven­ti­la­tion and there is a neatly dis­guised ceil­ing vent above the shower cu­bi­cle.

In some RVS, the electrics, in­clud­ing the switches and fuses, are in odd places – usu­ally in a lo­ca­tion that suits the man­u­fac­turer rather than the end user. How­ever, in the Wir­raway, most of the es­sen­tials are ei­ther lo­cated above the door­way, down the panel be­side the door­way, or in a cabi­net be­low that. In short, they’re very con­ve­nient for the end user.

All the Wir­raway light­ing is en­ergy ef­fi­cient LEDS. Keep­ing the two 120Ah bat­ter­ies charged up are a 25A smart charger, the ve­hi­cle al­ter­na­tor and, in this case, op­tional so­lar pan­els.

Con­trol­ling all those items, in ad­di­tion to se­cu­rity light­ing, event tim­ing and au­to­matic fill­ing of the drink­ing wa­ter tank, are an EC200 con­trol panel (above the door­way) and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing EC325 power sup­ply. In essence, it’s a case of set and for­get!

BUILT FOR THE BENZ

Con­tain­ing all of this is the ba­sic Wir­raway

Clock­wise from top left: The sin­gle beds cre­ate ex­tra space inside; the split kitchen fea­tures a four-burner cook­top; stor­age aplenty in the kitchen; the dinette sits in the off­side slide-out.

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