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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 5th 2009
20--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 5, 2009 Winnebago refines disabled home WINNEBAGO has devel- oped two motorhomes to suit people with dis- abilities. The Esperance B2694D SL and C2694D SL to be released late this year are based on the 2694SL but with a wider entrance allowing wheelchair access using an electric lift.Other features to aid wheelchair access are a roll-in shower and toilet, swivel front seats, low-island bed and wheel-around area in the living room. Winnebago sales and marketing manager Max Mayo said they had made motorhomes before that suited people with a disability. ''But we have never had a formal offer in place so we decided to formalise something that would suit the majority in terms of vehicle size and budget, choosing the Esperance because of the space it offers inside but also the ease of use and car-like feel it gives the driver and passen- ger,'' he said. ''Part of the reason for developing this model was the recent RV Show circuit (Brisbane, Sydney, Mel- bourne, Adelaide and Perth) where it seemed there was a lot of interest from wheelchair-bound people and that got us to thinking.'' Mr Mayo said the recreational vehicle market was dominated by older, retired buyers with one of the partners infirm. ''Not necessarily wheelchair bound but they may have leg or knee problems or other forms of immobility,'' he said. ''They can walk a little but then need assistance. ''We don't really know the size of the market. We do know one exists but it may be miniscule or massive, we are not sure. After all, not everyone wants a motorhome.'' The Esperance Disability ranges in price from $166,990 to $174,990 which is about $17,000 more than the standard Esperance. Mr Mayo said the price difference was justified by the components which are manufactured in limited numbers. The large island bed lifts up to allow roll through access past the mid-placed bathroom to the living area, offering extended space by electrically sliding out the side wall. There is a model with an extra bed located over the cabin. The front driver and passenger seats swivel to face the living area and can be accessed from a wheel- chair. The Esperance Disabled motor- home is fitted out with the same standard features as the Esperance range including remote-controlled roof and cabin airconditioning, a ducted furnace heater, a large LCD TV and DVD combination, satellite navigation, a colour reversing cam- era and external awning. The three-litre turbo diesel Iveco Daily rear-wheel-drive chassis has a gross vehicle mass of 5200kg and comes in manual or auto. It has electric windows, cruise control, ABS braking, a twin-airbag system and central locking. Winnebago motorhomes come with a two-year factory warranty and a two-year roadside assistance program. MARK HINCHLIFFE EASY ON THE EYE: The new Altea's cool European styling makes a welcome reprieve after long days on the road. Light enough to tow behind your Camry or Corolla Caravan manufacturer Adria is set to launch its 2009 range, and the lightweight European-style caravans are sure to impress wanderers all over. Mark Hinchliffe reports 'Despite the downturn in the industry, Adria recorded its third successive annual sales growth in Australia last year ' EUROPEAN flair comes to caravan- ning with the launch of Adria's 2009 range. Chris Swann, general man- ager of RV Asia-Pacific, im- porter and distributor of Adria caravans, said the vans included the latest European fittings throughout. However, the vans were suited to Australian condi- tions, he said. ''All new vans come with tinted windows, which will be very beneficial in our harsh climate as this will help re- duce heat build-up in the van and protect the occupants from the harsh UV rays of the Australian sun,'' he said. New to the Altea range is the lightweight 512PU ($43,550 plus on-road costs), which features an island bed, dining area at the front with a view through the front windows. Swann said the lighter weight provided more options for choosing an appropriate tow vehicle. The updated 432PX model is more streamlined and in- cludes a new interior. It is listed at $34,990 plus on-road costs. Swann said the previous model was its best seller making up at least 40 per cent of Adria's sales last year. The Altea 542PK ($49,990 plus on-road costs) is Adria's new family van and can sleep up to six people. Its fit out includes a perma- nent bunk bed for the kids, a family dining area which con- verts into a double bed and a full-size double bed at the front. Top of the range is the new Adria Adora 662UP which has a large island bed at the front which can be set up as two single beds or one queen-size bed. It has a separate shower and toilet and is listed at $58,990. Swann said despite the downturn in the industry, Adria had recorded its third successive annual sales growth in Australia last year. Adria caravans are made in Slovenia, which was previ- ously part of Yugoslavia. The only other European brands sold in Australia are Swift from UK and Giest from Germany. Swann said the caravan market in Europe was more marginal, so they were made light and tough, with more advanced manufacturing processes than in Australia. ''Adria uses a lightweight Al-ko chassis, whereas a lot of Aussie vans are heavy,'' he said. ''That means the 432PX, for example, is able to be pulled along by any number of cars. ''That's been a huge benefit. ''An Aussie van with about a 2.5-tonne payload means you need a LandCruiser or big 4WD to pull it. ''You can pull our caravans with a Corolla or a Camry. ''The lightness of Adria caravans also means less stress on the tow vehicle, which equates to lower fuel consumption.'' Adria will introduce a range of motorhomes this year. 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