TESTED: MAJESTIC KNIGHT SERIES 3
This lightweight rig packs a lot into its compact cabin.
IN THIS REVIEWER'S opinion, it’s the distinguishing features of the layout that makes a given van attractive as a potential purchase. There are, granted, common layouts that work well, but it’s always welcome to see something different.
Such is the case with the Majestic Knight Series 3 that we borrowed from Parravans Caravan World, NSW (the same dealer that supplied the Millard Sunseeka reviewed in this issue). I noticed the Majestic Knight at the Penrith Caravan Show held earlier this year, when it was not long out of the factory. Parravans has recently taken on the Majestic range and one of its team, Adam Walker, told me that they "wanted something to complement our existing van range and Majestic was a good fit".
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What’s surprising with our review Majestic is that it has a single axle, an external body length of 5.33m (17ft 6in) and still manages to fit that feature of contemporary RV design, a full-width rear bathroom. Naturally, this means a few compromises elsewhere in the layout, but that’s to be expected.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
The Majestic Knight has an ATM of 1929kg, which means it’s readily towable by a very wide range of tow vehicles, including large sedans. In addition, its single axle makes it particularly manoeuvrable. Indeed, our riverside stop, although slightly difficult to access, proved to be no problem for the Knight.
The Majestic is built in the conventional style, with a 100x50mm SupaGal chassis, leaf springs and 15in offroad wheels and tyres. The front drawbar sports two 9kg gas cylinders and a mains pressure tap. A looped bumper bar at the rear is the mounting point for the spare wheel. Though de rigueur, the LED running lights are a nice touch. Underneath the van are two 80L water tanks.
Instead of a front boot there’s front tunnel storage – which contained some of the red dust that had descended on Sydney a week or so before our review (this was not surprising – just about every caravan in Sydney had some of that dust somewhere and all the cleaners had been working overtime).
The rear offside corner is busy: in addition to the Suburban hot water heater, there’s the Thetford toilet cassette door and a locker for the 100Ah house battery. The nearside, with Dometic awning and both wall and grab handle lights, is decidedly less busy.
Stepping through the central entry door, a layout that features a queen-size bed to the front is revealed. Just about everything else – kitchen, dinette, and bathroom – is to the rear.
Light timber hues dominate the décor, but in our Knight they were nicely set off by the deep maroon laminate of the rolled table and benchtops. All the windows have timber pelmets and both net and full curtains. In addition to via the tinted hopper windows, ventilation is supplied by two mini Heiki roof hatches and two fan hatches in the bathroom. Not to be forgotten is the roof-mounted air-conditioner.
Moving to the rear, the bathroom consists of a shower cubicle in the nearside corner, a cassette toilet on the opposite side and, filling the rear wall, a substantial vanity cabinet with washbasin, large wall mirror, several drawers, overhead lockers and a cupboard above bench level. Overall, it’s a well-appointed bathroom.
Almost as well-appointed is the kitchen bench. As well as the expected items like the four-burner cooktop/grill, stainless steel sink and 121L fridge, the kitchen offers a reasonable amount of drawer, overhead locker and cupboard space. Multiple drawers are always a welcome inclusion. The microwave is set in the space above the fridge, lower than the adjoining overhead lockers, thus making it fairly user friendly.
On the opposite side, the L-shaped dinette will seat two comfortably and offers the usual under-seat storage as well as three overhead lockers. With two reading lights and one overhead fluorescent, lighting is quite generous.
Up front, the queen-size bed (with innerspring mattress) measures 1.93x1.52m (6ft 4in x 5ft). It sits on a posture slat base that lifts for access to the compartmentalised, under-bed storage area. This area is partly occupied by the tunnel storage.
There are two side wardrobes, two bedside cabinets and three overhead lockers. Mirrors are fitted to each wardrobe door, and there are reading lights either side. Fitted into each corner at the foot of the bed are small diagonal cupboards. They provide extra storage space but somewhat reduce the walk-around space here.
Entertainment features come in two forms: an AM/FM radio/CD player with 3.5mm socket mounted beside the microwave; and an LCD TV mounted on the other side, in such a position that it can be seen from both the bed and the dinette.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Undoubtedly two of the attractions of this Majestic Knight van are its towing weight and the full-width rear bathroom. To get the latter in, a few other things have been squeezed a bit, but the result is nonetheless a very liveable layout.
MAJESTIC KNIGHT SERIES 3
Overall length: 7.01m (23ft 4in)
External body length: 5.33m (17ft 6in)
External width: 2.41m (7ft 11in)
Interior height: 2.03m (6ft 8in)
Nameplate ATM: 1929kg
Nameplate Tare: 1629kg
Advised ball weight: 175kg
Suspension: Leaf spring
Gas: 2 x 9kg
Fresh water: 2 x 80L
Price as shown: $46,819 (drive-away, NSW)
Parravans Caravan World, 130 Windsor Road, McGraths Hill (Windsor),
NSW 2756, (02) 4577 5577, www.parravans.com.au
For more information, including your nearest dealer, visit www.majesticcaravans.com.au