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On the road
While driving back up the steep Winnat’s Pass from a standing start, though, the front wheels did scrabble a bit before getting the grip they needed to pull the ’van away – it’s to be expected really, given the vehicle’s overall weight. Ironically, it was better at reversing up hills, with good grip and none of the all-too-familiar gearbox judder.
The driving environment is fine, too, with cab air-con as standard. And it's good to see an entry step that retracts itself when you start up the engine.
The colour reversing camera provides a great, fish-eye type rearward view, although the Blaupunkt TravelPilot is one of the less intuitive sat-navs. A small gripe is the addition of woodgrain dashboard trim – it’s supposed to give a veneer of class, but it looks cheap and feels flimsy.
Lounging & dining
An occasional table fixes to an L-shaped leg and a bracket behind the driver’s seat if you want a place to rest a mug or a book. For full meals, the freestanding table, which stashes in the wardrobe, comes into play. With the hinged extension section in place, it will accommodate five people.
The rear double bed has a large, padded headboard and 67cm of headroom. The whole bedroom can be separated from the rest of the living quarters by a concertina divider for privacy, too, leaving the washroom free for others to use during the night.
The garage, though, is the E789’s pièce de résistance: doors either side guarantee quick and easy access to the interior, and a sliding wooden door also allows access from inside. There are LED strip lights on the back wall, plus a spotlight at the point of entry from within the ’van. It’s easy to wash out mud and the like thanks to the chequerplate-style floor with a drainage plug. Blown air is vented here, and there are four floor-mounted tethering points for securing the cargo in transit, as well as more shelf space than you can shake a stick at. For outside living there is a three-pin plug socket and TV aerial point here, too. All in all it is very comprehensive.
In addition to all the garage space there are two wardrobes and a chest of drawers servicing the rear bedroom, so there is space to travel heavy should you need to.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Microwave
Separate shower cubicle
A luxurious family 'van with plenty of space in all the areas where it's needed.
- Spacious interior; beautiful exterior styling; very well equipped.
- Tacky dashboard trim; no ceiling vent in washroom.