Option RV Distinction: Review
Stylish, spacious and well laid out, the Option RV Distinction is equipped for comfortable living.
The Distinction is not marketed in any way as an offroad caravan, but it certainly gives the impression of being well and truly suitable for rough-road travel. Up front, the 150x50mm (6x2in) drawbar runs back to the suspension mounts and the same sized RHS steel is used for the chassis rails.
The cross members are 4x2in C-section with punched holes. For extra ground clearance a 50mm (2in) riser is fitted above the load sharing leaf spring suspension. To keep a bit of balance, the two 95L water tanks are fore and aft of the axles.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Above the chassis the body work, at least the upper half, has a very smooth look about it. Option RV doesn’t use a traditional frame; instead, the walls and roof are made from an alloy/polyethylene composite. It gives a very streamlined look to the van and instead of a low waist of black alloy checkerplate the Distinction features a pleasing powder blue colour. I have to say, I prefer the blue to the black as black checkerplate really shows up the dust after about 30 seconds on a dirt road.
Moving on to storage, there’s a large bin with a top lid mounted on the drawbar and jerry can holders (fitted with alloy checkerplate protection) on each side, in addition to the front tunnel boot that is accessible from both sides. Aside from the two 9kg gas cylinders and the ball coupling, handbrake and centre-mounted jockey wheel, there isn’t room for much else on the drawbar.
In addition to the front storage facilities there are two external bins at the offside rear. The generously-sized bin at the rear corner is suitable for a generator, but it also has a surprising amount of air space above the bin door. Further forward, the second bin is for the electrics, with battery charger, 12V switching and fuses (unlabelled) all neatly in place and easily accessible.
Both the 110Ah deep-cycle batteries are mounted to the chassis rails forward of the wheels and there is also an Anderson plug connection wired on the drawbar for charging purposes. The roof-mounted 120W solar panel can also be used for charging the batteries when no other source is available.
HITS & MISSES
- Stylish-looking van inside and out
- Well-proportioned interior layout
- External and internal storage capacity
- Club lounge with foot rests
I would have liked…
- Long towing length
- Large tow vehicle required
- Microwave set high above the bench
OPTION RV DISTINCTION SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 9.45m (31ft)
- External body length 7.15m (23ft 6in)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.96m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 2680kg
- ATM 3180kg
- Ball weight 200kg
- Frame Alloy/polyethelene composite
- Cladding Alloy
- Chassis SupaGal
- Suspension Tandem-axle load-sharing leaf spring
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 2x110Ah
- Solar 1x120W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift 500 four-burner, grill and oven
- Fridge Dometic three-way RMD 8551 190L
- Microwave Daewoo DC
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
Price as shown
- $77,990 (on-road, Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #541 September 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!