bed can be an issue for some travellers. Explorer has developed a very effective alternative, using northsouth single beds over the driver’s cab instead.
This Vision motorhome also has a three-quarter bathroom across the rear, a nearside kitchen bench and a club lounge/dinette on the opposite side. Although the interior isn’t particularly spacious, the light colour scheme and large window creates a pleasant ambience. Ventilation is handled by a Fiamma ceiling fan or a roof-mounted Dometic air-conditioner, and the bed area also comes with a wall-mounted Sirocco 12V fan. Legal requirements concerning the location of the Truma water heater means that in theory it cannot be used when the right-hand window is open . There’s a couple of circuit contacts for that, and the gas space heater that is fitted to the window prevents either being used unless the window is closed.
Given the Luton peak length is around 1.22m (4ft), you’re probably curious how the north-south beds fit in. Quite simply, by day the single beds are pushed
back into the Luton peak. At night the 2 x 0.69m (6ft 7in x 2ft 3in) beds can be pulled out into the air space above the kitchen bench and the lounge. When pushed back, a simple hook and eye keeps them in position but friction also helps.
A large folding box step that hinges to the driver’s cab roof between the beds, swings down to make climbing in and out of the beds quite easy. I like this sort of arrangement because it not only makes getting in and out of bed simpler, it is also easier for making up the bed each night.
The luton ceiling height of 800mm (2ft 8in) ensures there’s a fair degree of air space and the windows on either side supply a good cross flow of ventilation. Between the beds are a bedside cabinet and drawer. A flatscreen TV, mounted by the left-hand bed can be adjusted to be seen from the beds or the dinette.
Most kitchens in a motorhome of this size are quite small but the Vision is one exception to that rule. Built into the kitchen are two drawers and a cupboard that includes two wire basket drawers and a few catering essentials. These are a three-burner cooktop, round stainless steel sink, an under-bench microwave oven and an under-bench 136L Waeco fridge. As usual, all the air space above the kitchen bench is devoted to overhead lockers, with the one nearest the door containing the all-important electrical panel.
Opposite the kitchen and under the offside window, the elongated U-shape lounge comes with an oval-shaped table and will seat two people without too much trouble. Both under-seat ends have drawers and when pulled out, the front one is a highly practical step for getting to the beds.
In the rear wall section, there’s a little bit of compromise with the bathrooom design but not much. A Dometic cassette toilet sits in the rear righthand corner and the shower cubicle is located on the opposite side.
In standard form, the Explorer Vision comes with a 100Ah battery and charger. However in this case, optional solar panels and a second house battery have been added and are useful for extended remote travel. The 12V switches, water tank gauges, solar panel regulator, main 12V changeover switches and a 12V socket are found in the control panel by the entry door.
THE BOTTOM LINE
You might get a larger 2WD motorhome for the same price, but if offroad travel is what you want, then the smaller, Hilux-based Vision is going to be a winner. It’s built for offroad and remote touring and comes fully equipped.
In addition, the bed arrangement is a practical one and makes good use of otherwise idle air space. It’s an innovative design that offers more than the usual small cab chassis-based motorhome interior space, and one that works well for its designed purpose.