In the last issue (74) of this magazine we looked at the new motorhome being developed by Action Manufacturing in Albany. This company has built over 15,000 motorhomes over the last 20+ years for the New Zealand and Australian rental markets, and their experience has resulted in the production of vehicles with greater durability and value, as well as being specifically designed for our needs and roads.

The fridge is a good size, the bottom is a separate pull-out chiller drawer, the freezer is inside – a different design concept.

The Everland R725 we featured had the fixed bedroom with midship bathroom and a front dropdown bed.

This model has two electric ceiling beds aimed at making the most of the floor space for living, this is over the dinette area behind the cab

This issue we look at the slightly shorter four-berth Everland R705 whose two beds are both electric ceiling beds. As a result, all the living space can be utilised for entertainment and enjoyment, and with the push of a button the comfortable beds come down from the ceiling ready made with sheets and blankets – you just add the pillows.

The table has a swivel extension piece

The back bed is a good size at 1400mm x 2000mm; the front seating area has a slightly smaller 1200mm x 2000mm bed over the front-facing, seat-belted seats and table.

The table has a swivel extension piece

Bruce loved driving this vehicle. Based on the Renault Master Platform cab, offering a 2.3L four-cylinder common rail diesel with 110kW engine output and torque of 360Nm, it was a dream to cruise up the hills with no effort at all.

Zipping in and out of motorway traffic was a breeze, and so comfortable with the adjustable cab seats complete with arm rests.

High tech Ci-Bus touch-panel control system

The cruise-control feature is also popular – with Bruce as the main driver, we do lots of long road trips and cruise control is a great aid for safe driving. He also liked the reversing camera in the rear-view mirror, another feature to take the hassle out of the driving, parking and backing procedures.

The midship bathroom has a full height shower, pedestal toilet; the door opens across to the kitchen bench to create a privacy area.

The newly designed roofline is surprisingly low at 2980mm high, but the shape deals with the roof water flow beautifully – no puddles of water sitting on a flat roof here, a sensible and long-needed design change in my view. This aerodynamic roof line is showing signs of aiding a 15 per cent savings in fuel costs, quite important to the end user.

The midship bathroom has a full height shower, pedestal toilet; the door opens across to the kitchen bench to create a privacy area.

There’s plenty of technology to run things inside, with the Ci-Bus touch-panel control system for lights, monitors, hot water, battery levels and solar system – and more. The solar panel aids the supply of power to the batteries, and an option for the fridge to be a 12V compressor fridge, Action will supply two solar panels if you choose that fridge to work with the two 100Ah deep-cycle batteries installed.

Classic style from Action – fitted crockery and glass slots in the kitchen drawer

The new Omni panel wall, floor and roof construction is a stronger form of Styrofoam sandwiched between the Omni fibreglass panels to create a lighter and thinner panel than previously – the panel also has water resistance and thermal properties that Action are raving about. Another new design feature is the fully sealed floors, aiming to prevent moisture or dust getting into the vehicle.

The rear lounge is made for comfort with domestic styled cushions and squabs, this area has the second ceiling drop-down bed

Likewise the interior cabinetry is made in-house using cam-and-dowel construction combined with ABS plastic sealed interior panelling on exposed surfaces to resist moisture penetration. The cabinetry is thick, strong and won’t warp; it is solid 15mm sustainable plywood, a product Action has worked with for many years in their motorhome construction.

Everland R705 Prototype model Chassis Specification: Renault Master Platform Cab
Engine Specification: 2.3L four-cylinder common rail diesel
Engine Output: 110kW, 360Nm torque
Length: 7.05m excluding bike rack
Width: 2.22m excluding side mirrors
Height: 2.98m
Interior height: 2.1m
GVM: 3500kg, tare 3065kg
Capacity: four-berth
House batteries: 2 x 100Ah deep-cycle batteries with 140W solar panel
Beds: Main bed 1400mm x 2000mm, Front bed 1200mm x 2000mm
Heating: Truma Combi unit – LPG
Hot water volume: 12L – Fresh and Grey 110L
Oven: Duplex MK3 oven and grill combination
Fridge/freezer: 141L auto 3-way fridge-freezer with separate chiller drawer
TV/DVD: 24˝ Majestic TV/DVD combo
Aerial/Satellite dish: Majestic UFO Aerial
Reversing camera and bike rack