Evernew E1000is: Video Review
Its space saving design and sturdy build makes the Evernew E1000is a serious long term investment.
One of the key things about Evernew caravans is that they evolve over time, rather than change in dramatic ways. It’s not so much that the company or its customers are conservative, it’s because Evernew knows what works and what doesn’t in a caravan that can be expected to spend the majority of its life on hard roads.
So the G&S chassis under its onroad caravans are as strong as the offroad chassis offered by most other makers and Evernew’s custom-built ‘heavy duty’ chassis – like that fitted to the test van – ups the ante even further.
CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
The robust 150x50mm main bearers and matching A-frame on the E1000is is not exceptional, but the fabricated cross-bracing every 450mm for extra torsional rigidity and the additional steel plate bracing in areas subject to the greatest flex are.
Meranti timber is still the preferred wall framing material for Evernew caravans because of its strength-to-weight ratio and ability to adapt to climatic extremes. But look under the conventional aluminium cladding and you’ll find extra bracing in the walls and larger than customary 70mm diameter Oregon roof beams spaced 400mm apart on average and checked into the walls. And to keep frame-rotting moisture out, up to five separate layers of waterproofing go into the ceiling of the van.
That’s under the skin, but from the road there’s reassuring familiarity rather than ‘wow’ in the styling of the latest E1000is Series. Keen Evernew spotters will recognise the relatively upright profile of the windowless front panel with the high checkerplate protection that graces most of its larger caravans. The abrupt (and again, windowless) rear end is also familiar, as is the large ground clearance, thanks to the ribbed aluminium-panelled body sitting on top of, rather than shrouding, the chassis.
A smaller locker above the tunnel boot, a larger vertical rear hatch for chairs and folding tables, and a vented generator hatch below it will hold almost all other imaginable outdoor equipment and appliances. And another large, lined storage locker next to a slide-out Swift barbecue under the 5.2m-long A&E awning is there for anything you’ve forgotten. A drop-down picnic table and a hatch containing a swivel arm for the standard 22in TV complete the comprehensive exterior fit-out.
However, it’s inside where this E1000is Series differs in some important ways to its predecessors. Most Evernew caravans feature timber panelling inside but, feeling the winds of change, Evernew is now offering new, high-gloss EVERsturdy waterproof flat-pack plywood furniture as an alternative – in a combination of high-gloss grey and white on the panels and drawers in the case of the review van.
HITS & MISSES
- Overall package
- Quality engineering
- Great payload
I would have liked...
- Stay on tunnel boot doors
- Smoother finish on some sharp edges
- Stronger footrests that you can sit on
EVERNEW E1000is SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 9.23m (30ft 4in)
- External body length 7m (23ft)
- External body width 2.28m (7ft 6in)
- Travel height 2.94m (9ft 8in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 2780kg
- ATM 3500kg
- Ball weight 260kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Silver aluminium
- Chassis 150x50mm hot-dipped galvanised boxed steel
- Suspension Tandem independent Cruisemaster XT with trailing arms and telescopic shock absorbers
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 16in Devil 666 alloy with LT26/75-16 General Grabber tyres
- Water 3x95L
- Battery 2x120Ah deep-cycle
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- ESC Dexter DSC
- Cooking Swift 500 Series combo four-burner, grill and fan-forced oven, plus Swift Hotplate external barbecue
- Fridge Waeco 215L 12V compressor
- Microwave Samsung
- Toilet Thetford china bowl cassette
- Shower One-piece moulded fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Swift 20L
Price as shown
- $93,950 (Vic)