Avida Esperance B7944: Review
Although 3000km from its Western Australian namesake, the Avida Esperance made for a luxurious home-away-from-home along an equally stunning stretch of coast.
As far as the Esperance range goes, the B7944 is on the smaller side, with one dedicated queen-sized bed plus a convertible dinette, which would really only be suitable for two pre-teen children or one adult on the vertically challenged spectrum.
LAYOUT & DESIGN
The main bed drops down from the roof electronically via a button located in the kitchen, and can be positioned as low as hip-height or pressed tightly against the roof to reveal a large lounge room living area.
The motorhome’s access stairwell deploys electronically, packing itself away as the vehicle starts. There is abundant lighting throughout the cabin, including roof lights, reading lights by the bed and – my personal favourite – mood lighting to give the cabin a lovely ambience in the evening. There are 12V and 240V outlets throughout, and when you’re not on mains power it’s all powered by twin 100Ah batteries with 22A charger and an on-board 150W inverter.
BEDROOM & STORAGE
The bed itself is a very comfy memory foam number with plenty of ventilation from the twin windows at either end, which are protected by light-blocking curtains and have mirrors above them, which is a nice touch. A privacy curtain also shields the windscreen, so you aren’t on display to the world in your PJs.
To the right of the entry staircase is a wardrobe, complete with clothes hanger hooks. This space is narrow but deep, and I found it tricky to access the hooks which are placed right at the back thanks to the cupboard’s position over the stairs.
Moving into the kitchen, you’ll find all the modern appliances of home, including a four-burner Dometic stove (three gas burners, one electric) with glass cover that sits flush with the bench for more working space. This unit comes complete with a grill and even an oven, plus a stainless steel rangehood with fan. There’s a stainless steel sink with hot and cold mixer tap plus separate drinking water tap, a 150L upright Dometic fridge/freezer and a stainless steel microwave sitting above it.
From the kitchen, do a 180-degree turn and you’ll be facing the four-seater dinette. Complete with removable swivel table, the dinette comes in your choice of 13 fabrics and the forward-facing seat has two seatbelts. As mentioned, this area converts to an extra sleeping space, ideal for kids. The cabin is cooled by a 240V roof-mounted Truma air-conditioner, making these living areas a comfortable respite from the midday summer heat.
The rear bathroom is a well-appointed affair with flushing Dometic loo, a stainless steel sink with hot and cold mixer tap, provision for a washing machine and a separate shower with ventilation fan, fuelled by the 100L on-board water tank. There’s also an outdoor shower on the driver’s side, perfect for hosing off sand and salt water. The bathroom has heaps of storage above and below the bench.
THE BOTTOM LINE
While I make no claims to have sampled a vast and varied array of motorhomes, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the Avida Esperance B7944.
I found it comfortable and extremely well appointed, with every facility falling to hand in a logical and fuss-free manner. This ease of use made for a wonderfully relaxed holiday experience along one of Australia’s most beautiful stretches of coast.
HITS & MISSES
- Drop-down bed
- Lovely ambient lighting throughout
- Being able to bake muffins in the Dometic oven!
I would have liked…
- Smoother automatic transition
- A more ergonomically designed wardrobe
The full test appears in Caravan World #536 April 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!