REVIEW - Paradise Motor Homes

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REVIEW - Paradise Motor Homes

REVIEWWords and pics Malcolm Street

Beauty is by design in

Paradise Motor Homes’ Inspiration.

Fairma

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Generally speaking, there is something

for everyone in the world of Australian

motorhomes. And Paradise Motor Homes,

what you might call a boutique manufacturer, can

satisfy most motorhoming needs, with a range

extending from its motorcamper-sized Oasis to its

multi-slide-out Independence.

When it comes to providing something for

everyone, our review motorhome, the Inspiration,

is a case in point. It has no slide-out – they’re not

for everybody – but model variants do. For example,

the Inspiration Deluxe has a 2.4m (7ft 10in)

offside slide-out, and the Supreme comes with a

4.2m (13ft) slide-out.

All the Inspiration models are 7.9m (25ft

11in) and powered by the Mercedes Benz

Sprinter. The 515 CDI model with a 2.2L

110kW turbodiesel is standard, available

with either a six-speed manual or fivespeed

auto. The more powerful 518

CDI 3L V6 in tandem with a five-speed

auto is also available.

It’s worth pointing out that the

Sprinter is available with either a

GVM of 4490kg (standard car licence),

or for people desiring a bit more load

capacity, a 5000kg GVM (LR truck

licence).

The Inspiration’s focus is on strong,

lightweight engineering and, of course,

the latest technology. One of the

engineering features is the Benzapproved

cab widening that gives

more room in the front.

The B class Inspiration has an alloy

frame and a fibreglass composite wall and

iden

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oof structure. Around the

motorhome are no less than

seven storage bins, which is

better than average. Some, of

course, house items like gas

cylinders and house batteries,

and one has been specially

designed to accommodate a

generator.

Getting behind the wheel of a Benz

Sprinter isn’t exactly a hardship.

Even though it’s a 7.9m motorhome,

the 2.2L turbodiesel driving through

the super smooth five-speed auto

handles things with aplomb. To make

the journey more pleasant, there

is a satellite navigation system, an

upgraded stereo, reversing camera,

Bluetooth and iPod connection, in

addition to the Benz items such as

cruise control, power steering and

mirrors, airbags, keyless entry and

alarm.

LIGHT INTERIOR

Stepping inside the Inspiration

reveals a cab that has been nicely

integrated into the rest of the

motorhome, thanks to the swivelling

driver/passenger seats and the

surprising difference that the widened

cab makes.

Fitting into the front also are a

table and third seat on the nearside

and sideways-facing lounge on the

offside. A kitchen bench fills the space

between the offside lounge and the

bedroom, which has a full-width

rear bathroom.

The Inspiration has a particularly

light interior, thanks to its large

windows, the light hues of the

cabinetry, a fairly open layout and

LED light fittings (both downlights

and striplights are mounted just

about everywhere for night time use).

The front lounge/dining layout is a

design that apparently works well for

the Paradise team. A hinged table,

which is part of the small wineglass/

bottle cabinet built in under the

front nearside window, sits between

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Clockwise from above: Shelf behind

lounge extends benchtop work space;

shower cubicle has soap dispenser,

drying rack and a variable-height

shower rose; queen-size bed with

cabinets either side; a light, bright

interior and a likeable layout.

Paradise Motor

Homes Inspiration

Base vehicle Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Engine 2.2L turbodiesel

Gearbox Five-speed auto

Max power 110kW@3800rpm

Max torque 330Nm@1200-2400rpm

Brakes Disc

Tare 3620kg

GVM 4490kg

External length 7.9m (25ft 11in)

External width 2.48m (8ft 2in)

Internal height 2.03m (6ft 8in)

Cooktop Stoves four-burner and grill

Fridge Dometic RM7851 168L

Microwave Sharp carousel

Gas 2 x 4kg

Lighting 12V LED

Toilet Dometic cassette

Shower Separate cubicle

Hot water Truma 14L

Fresh water 127L

Grey water 100L

Second stage compliance Yes

Price as shown $198,127

(drive-away, Qld)

the two passenger seats. The setup

complements the driver’s seat and

offside lounge.

Overhead lockers on either side

give a generous amount of enclosed

storage space and, if that’s not

enough, there is also a shelf above

the driver’s cab.

Essentials fitted into the kitchen

bench include a four-burner cooktop/

grill, microwave (under the grill) and

stainless steel sink with drainer.

There’s no shortage of storage, with

five drawers plus a cupboard full of

slide-out wire baskets. The drawers

each feature the Paradise-designed

soft-closing and auto-locking system.

Beds directly next to kitchen

benches are usually vulnerable to

liquid spills, but the splash panel

fitted to the end of the Inspiration’s

bench should minimise that. A liftout

shelf behind the lounge adds

greatly to the overall kitchen bench

space.

That other kitchen essential, the

fridge (168L three-way), is next to

the doorway, opposing the kitchen.

Above the fridge is a small cupboard

and above that the mounting for

a 22in flatscreen TV. Centrally

mounted and high up, the TV can

be seen easily from either the front

seats or the bed.

Against the offside wall, the queensize

island bed has small cabinets on

either side plus an overhead locker

above. Assisted by gas struts, the

bed base lifts easily to provide access

to the storage area underneath. It’s

quite spacious, with only a small

safe bolted in, and has the added

advantage of an external bin door.

Notable features of the bedroom

are the mirrored wall and door on

the bathroom. They’re a good size for

travellers who like to maintain their

SWIVEL

SEAT

SWIVEL

SEAT

TABLE

LOUNGE

SWIVEL

SEAT

FRIDGE

TV

i Liked

• General layout which includes the

option of slide-out(s)

• Small touches, like the wine rack,

kitchen bench extension, wall mirrors

and interior design, which has a light

and airy feel about it.

• Energy efficient (and effective) LED

lighting that is used throughout

• Spacious under-bed storage area,

which is accessible from the outside

I would have liked

• Both the optional solar panels (for

those who like to free camp) and the

slide-out barbecue (for those who like

to ‘live’ outside) as standard features

DT

QUEENSIZE BED

Floorplan

DT

SHOWER

ROBE

TOILET

VANITY

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Below left: There’s a small safe under the

bed. Below right: Battery/charger bin

is readily accessible. Bottom: External

features include a roof-mounted Fiamma

awning, electric step and efficient

LED lights.

appearance, and they enhance the

space perception in the bedroom as

well.

The wardrobe in the nearside

corner of the bathroom also has

mirrored doors. It’s a full-height

cabinet with a large hanging space.

The bathroom also has a separate

shower with a vari-height shower

rose, soap dispenser and drying

rack, Dometic cassette toilet and a

vanity washbasin with a cupboard

underneath. A large rear-wall window

aids ventilation, as does a Fiamma

extraction fan above.

Technology is, as might be

expected, very much a part of the

Inspiration. Two 200Ah deep-cycle

batteries deliver the 12V supply. They

are backed up by a 30A charger with

either a 3kVA generator or two 130W

solar panels as options.

In addition to the roof-mounted

air-conditioner, there is a ducted

diesel-fired heater.

THE BOTTOM LINE

If you’ll pardon the pun, it’s a bit

hard not to be inspired to hit the road

in this motorhome.

Apart from being packed with

all the usual Paradise features, it

has the advantage of having both

slide-out and non slide-out models

available for a similar layout, thus

giving something for every road-going

lifestyle.

Paradise Motor Homes,

7 Demand Avenue, Arundel, Qld

4214, (07) 5597 4400.

For more information, visit

www.paradisemotorhomes.com.au

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