For­ward vi­sion

The Ex­plorer Vi­sion 4X4 mo­torhome is re­mote travel-ready.

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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).

TWIN BINS

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

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