The Explorer Vision 4X4 motorhome is remote travel-ready.
Four-wheel drive rigs are pretty scarce in the world of motorhomes. There are a few reasons for that. One is that the necessary base vehicles are either not available or are very expensive. The second reason is that building a true offroad motorhome is costly. A third problem occurs if the manufacturer uses something like a Toyota Hilux SR 4X4 cab chassis, which in its factory delivered form, has a GVM of 3000kg. For example, the Explorer Vision motorhome has a Tare weight of 2750kg, which would allow for a load carrying capacity of just 250kg in the Hilux’s factory form.
However, Explorer Motorhomes has developed a legally-modified Hilux chassis that increases the GVM to 3500kg, resulting in a much more practical load capacity. The suspension modification includes new rear springs, rear shock absorbers, front struts and front shock absorbers. Not only does that improve the load carrying capacity but it also improves the general road handling of the motorhome, which suffers a bit from sideways motion due to its taller height and narrower build.
The Hilux will be familiar to many, and the SR 4X4 version comes with a 2.8L turbodiesel that delivers a maximum power output of 130kw and 450Nm of torque through a six-speed fully automated gearbox.
Externally, the Explorer Vision’s body comes with a five-year structural warranty and is fully-moulded fibreglass. The one-piece moulding giving the advantages of a good strength-to-weight ratio, as well as a seamless body, minimising water leaks. Windows are Dometic/seitz acrylics and the door has a security screen.
Something that’s not always seen as an asset with RVS but in this case definitely should be, is the Vision’s narrower body width of 2.18m (7ft 2in).
Given the upgraded load capacity and its relatively small size, the Vision is quite well set up for external storage capacity with two bins, one on top of the other at the rear left-hand corner. It’s certainly an improvement over other motorhomes of this size, which often have no external storage bins, apart from those required for the toilet cassette and gas cylinders. On that subject, the cassette toilet has a SOG ventilation system on the rear wall and along the right-hand side, while the gas bin contains two 4kg cylinders.
The design of Hilux-based motorhomes usually requires an east-west bed over the driver’s cab, and the difficulties of clambering in and out of the luton