The Outdorian Magazine - Page 29

First Impressions
One thing that European and British vans do well that
Aussie manufacturers rarely consider is a lounge area in the
van with large windows. After all, isn’t a big part of being
in the great outdoors having a great view for your site? The
Unicorn IV Pamplona’s large front bay window and large
front-side windows make the most of the view on offer. It is
one of the most enticing aspects of this van.
Main Features
The four-berth layout features a front lounge, then a kitchen
followed by the bathroom then rear bedroom with a northsouth double bed.
For the first time, the Pamplona features a UK body
fitted to an Aussie chassis. The assembly and build all
happens at Bailey Australia’s Melbourne factory. As many
RV manufacturers head overseas looking for cheap
construction, it’s reassuring to have seen a respected
overseas brand being set up to build RVs in Australia.
There are several new exterior features to the Pamplona,
aside from its Aussie chassis. It has a new single-piece
front bumper with integral handles, new step-up A-frame
fairing, a new single-piece rear bumper with full-width grab
rail, new taillights and new 14-inch alloy wheels (although
production models are likely to get 15-inch wheels). The
front double-glazed polyplastic, opening vertical skylight
and adjacent windows, the dedicated gas locker and Heki
clear-canopy roof hatch and revised external graphics are
also new for the 2019 Pamplona.
Australian Pamplonas don’t have gas central heating
like their British counterparts, instead having the more
appropriate (for Aussie conditions) roof-mounted Belaire
HB3500 reverse-cycle air-conditioner (they are offering a
Dometic gas heater as an option for those who can’t live
without it).
The Dometic security door is also an Australian touch,
replacing the two-piece door on UK models.
Inside, the Australian Unicorn IV Pamplona has a Euro
ambience and, like the outside, the layout is new. There’s
the Eucalyptus furniture finish, beige upholstery and ‘Basalt
stone’ matte black bench tops, aircraft-style overhead
lockers with soft-close metal hinges and new chrome
fixtures and fittings.


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