TALVOR HAYMAN MOTORHOME: REVIEW
Half American, half Australian, the new Talvor Hayman motorhome is a comfortable long-term tourer.
TALVOR HAYMAN SPECIFICATIONS
The body of Talvor’s latest motorhome, a new Hayman, is built in the USA, then fitted to the Fiat Ducato cab chassis, here in Australia.
Talvor has sensibly used the Fiat Ducato 180 Multijet model, which comes with a 132kW/400Nm turbodiesel that drives through a six-speed gearbox. It comes in with a Tare of 3920kg and that, with the GVM of 4490kg, leaves a load capacity of nearly 500kg.
Around the outside there are the usual external bins containing the Thetford toilet cassette, gas cylinder and even an external shower, but the free storage space isn’t excessive – limited to one behind the driver’s cab on the nearside and a second under the bed on the offside. Happy al-fresco living is assured with the awning, dual external lights, external speaker and gas connection for the barbecue.
Undoubtedly, the feature item is the slide-out, which take up most of the offside wall. The difference that the slide-out makes to the internal living space has to be seen to be believed. The bedhead is located in the slide-out, as well as the dinette and the fridge.
Opening the slide-out creates plenty of space in the middle of the motorhome and good access to the nearside cupboards at the foot of the bed and the bathroom. It’s possible to use most of the motorhome with the slide-out closed up but I say most because, if the bed is fully extended, getting to the bathroom means rolling over the bed!
This motorhome has a full-width rear bathroom with an east-west bed and a centre entry door. Further forward, the kitchen bench occupies the nearside wall behind the driver’s cab and the café-style dinette (also in the slide-out) is situated opposite.
Being a Luton peak motorhome, there is a bed above the cab. It measures 2.1x1.35m (7ft x 4ft 5in), so it can accommodate visitors or grandchildren without a problem.
The bathroom is a full-width setup but it’s set out differently to most. A larger-than-usual shower cubicle with a curved door fills the nearside corner. Opposite, a large vanity cabinet takes up most of the offside wall, leaving just enough space for the Thetford cassette toilet. It’s quite a good arrangement, with an under-shelf ‘drawer’ designed to accept a top-loading washing machine.
Above the bench is the washbasin with several shelves and shaving cabinet space above.
If there’s a compromise to be found in this motorhome, it’s in the kitchen. Given the relative size of everything else, the kitchen is quite small. Of course, there are the usual suspects: four-burner cooktop/grill/oven along with a round stainless steel sink sans drainer, and a microwave oven set high in the overhead lockers. However, storage space is limited to two drawers, a cupboard and an overhead locker, while benchtop working space is limited. It’s certainly workable but not if you like to spread yourself out.
I was particularly interested in the new Hayman motorhome. Although the previous model was good, one of the slide-out models had some shortcomings in the internal storage area. With this one, though, there have been considerable improvements on this front.
Additionally, the slide-out – which is just over two thirds the length of the entire wall – adds greatly to the interior area. I reckon it’s one of the best efforts yet for a non-rental motorhome from the Talvor team.
- Bathroom layout
- Bedroom storage cabinet
- Reasonable Luton head height
- Bedside shelves
- Eye-height electrical control panel
I WOULD HAVE LIKED
- Lifting bed above the driver’s cab
- Two gas cylinders
- Security screen with entry door
- Louvre windows
The full version of this review appeared in Caravan World #522, February 2014. Why not subscribe today for the latest caravan and motorhome reviews and travel features.
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