The Triton is an impressive first run on a Ford for WildAx. Its innovative features seem perfectly sensible and it’s very stylish, too. Perhaps the only let-down comes in storage for the infill cushions – this this is always going to be tricky in a motorhome with such dimensions.
In what might be a result of its acquisition by France’s Rapido Group and its move to bigger premises, WildAx has two new models out this year.
One, the Elara, may have an island bed, but it’s not due to be unveiled until the NEC show in February. Meantime, we’ve been to see WildAx’s other new model, the Triton.
The lounge looks classy, with seats in a Chesterfield style and cross-stitching in pale grey
If there were only two of you, you could leave the side sofa at home. Even without it, you still get two forward-facing, fully-belted travel seats in the lounge. In standard fitting, only the passenger seat swivels; but as an option, you can have this on the driver’s seat, too.
The lounge looks classy, with seats in a Chesterfield style and cross-stitching in pale grey. It’s also bright because, apart from the windows, you get LEDs on the ceiling and running along the seats.
The controls, including the Truma boiler, are next to the travel seats, as is one of two speakers. There’s a mains socket and two USBs under the seats, too, and a vent to keep things warm.
There are two pedestal tables, which go in front of the sofas in an L shape. Everyone – except in the cab seat – has access to a table that is out of the way of the kitchen, while still within reach for the chef to serve.
The table tops are stored in pockets in the sliding doors, while the legs are stowed by the back door.
The side kitchen includes a two-burner gas hob and rectangular sink, with mains and 12V sockets close by. So far, this looks much as you’d expect in a campervan, even if it is better lit. But the three drawers here are larger than usual, and a locker on the right holds five bottles.
You also have two sizeable lockers below the sink, and a 50-litre Vitrifrigo fridge between the kitchen unit and the rear door.
The biggest innovation is a permanent shower tray (as in Rapido’s Campland). Even with the roof raising at this end, you don’t stand to shower – you sit on the toilet. This is bench-style, so should be easy to keep dry afterwards. A shower curtain encloses you. In our model, this fastened with clips, but in production, WildAx plans to use magnets. This area gets a heating vent, too.
So where’s the handbasin? Well, there isn’t one: WildAx reckons you can use the sink – a sensible compromise. You don’t get a mirror, but there is space to store one.
With the roof raised, the roof bed comes down in an easy two-fold operation. It’s a comfortable, sprung bed and, thanks to the LEDs, it is well lit, too.
To save space, the ladder lies sideways across the ‘van and stores in the rear door.
The sizeable lower bed is made by folding down and pulling together the sofas, and using infill cushions. And that, perhaps, is the Triton’s one snag: its relative lack of storage space.
One snag in the Triton is the relative lack of storage space. To be fair, the wardrobe is almost full-size, and two tambour door lockers under the fridge offer some space for clothes. But as with the wide sofa, if there are only two of you travelling, perhaps you could leave the infill cushions behind and sleep upstairs.