Wonderland Amaroo 1906: Review
Enjoy plenty of room to move in the spacious and well equipped Wonderland Amaroo.
The Wonderland Amaroo van has all the goodies for lovers of the outdoors and, in addition to the awning and picnic table, there’s also an entertainment unit with a flatscreen TV mounting and all the expected power and antenna sockets plus two external speakers. Outdoor lighting is covered nicely with LEDs and there’s even one fitted to the rear wall which can be used in conjunction with the reversing camera.
For remote travel, the Amaroo is fairly well-equipped with two 105Ah deep-cycle batteries that can be charged by a 35A mains charger or the 120W solar panel.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Holding it all together is an aluminium-clad body built with the coyly named ‘jigsaw wall construction’, that sits on a hot-dipped galvanised chassis. Both the main and drawbar rails are 150x50mm (6x2in) RHS, but the rail section between the drawbar and suspension mounts also has a second 100x50mm (4x2in) section laminated to it.
Cruisemaster 3700kg independent suspension is fitted to the tandem axles, along with 16in alloy wheels. Two 95L water tanks are fitted fore and aft of the suspension, and additional chassis fittings are the two battery boxes attached to the front offside chassis rails. Generally speaking, all the essential pipework and cabling under the chassis is well strapped-up out of the way and the chassis has good ground clearance.
Fashionable colours are the order of the day with a mixture of whites, greys and blacks, lifted by the odd dash of colour from the Lustrolite splashback and the bed throw. All the cabinetry looks neatly finished as CNC routers are used to cut all the furniture pieces. The cabinetry has a solid plywood core and high pressure laminate on both sides, which Wonderland says has the same scratch resistance as the kitchen benchtops.
Up front, the drawbar sports a Hyland hitch, centre jockey wheel, two gas cylinders and a large alloy checkerplate storage box. The storage box is an interesting addition as this van is already quite well-equipped with front tunnel storage, another external bin at the offside rear and two jerry can holders on the rear bumper bar. Four good-sized grab handles are fitted to each corner of the van but, given its weight, I’m not sure how easy it would be to push around!
HITS & MISSES
- Generous external storage
- Attractive-looking interior
- Kitchen setup with drawer and cupboard space
- Spacious bathroom
- General construction
- Could do with a little more sandpaper use in the cupboards
- No 5V USB sockets
- One-piece table is a little fiddly
- Door catches are awkward for arthritic fingers
- Kitchen powerpoint location could be improved
WONDERLAND AMAROO 1906 SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.5m (27ft 11in)
- External body length 6m (19ft 8in)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.74m (9ft)
- Internal height 1.97m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 2570kg
- ATM 2970kg
- Ball weight 250kg
- Frame CNC-cut plywood sheet
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised 150mm
- Suspension Cruisemaster independent
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 16in
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 2x105Ah
- Solar 1x120W
- Air-conditioner Denso RT1
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift four-burner, grill and microwave combo
- Fridge Waeco 175L 12V compressor
- Microwave DLuxx
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban gas/electric 23L
- Reversing camera; reversing light; external entertainment pack
Price as shown
- $75,990 (on-road, NSW)
The full test appears in Caravan World #543 November 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!