The Everland R725 we featured had the fixed bedroom with midship bathroom and a front dropdown bed.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Interior height: 2.1m
GVM: 3500kg, tare 3065kg
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