Entrada Clay: Review
The new Entrada Clay boasts a stand out kitchen and an eye catching colour scheme.
The Entrada Clay has a meranti timber frame and smooth aluminium cladding which almost seems like a step backwards, given that Suncamper motorhomes are built with an aluminium frame and fibreglass composite panels. The body is largely white with stylish, swept-back decals and a black lower waistline. Large Seitz double-glazed windows are fitted, as well as a familiar Camec security screen door.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Instead of a conventional front boot, the Clay has tunnel storage which is accessible from both sides. It’s large enough to hold all your usual camping accessories but probably not the more exotic ones, such as golf clubs. At the rear, a single spare wheel is mounted on the simple bumper bar.
With a Tare weight of 2520kg and an ATM of 3020kg, the Clay isn’t a particularly light van, especially for an on-roader. And, even though it was an easy towing proposition, the Mitsubishi Triton that I towed it with certainly worked hard on the steeper hills along my test route.
In this layout, the club-style dinette works well, with generous seating for a few people. The table is mounted on a simple, swivel-style pole which does its job, but I do wonder, given the overall calibre of the van, if something a bit more sophisticated could have been used.
Outlets for 240V and 12V are mounted under the dinette, but they are very close together and awkwardly placed. Their location is explained by the battery, battery charger and fuse panel under the rear seat, which is accessed by sitting on the floor to get at them. Above the dinette, the overhead lockers offer a generous amount of storage space.
HITS & MISSES
- User-friendly kitchen
- Spacious bathroom
- Comfortable dinette
- Generous windows
- Glossy interior finish
- Not particularly light weight
- Awkwardly-placed electrics
- Microwave too high
ENTRADA CLAY SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.07m (26ft 6in)
- External body length 6.2m (20ft 4in)
- External body width 2.39m (7ft 10in)
- Travel height 2.86m (9ft 5in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 2520kg
- ATM 3020kg
- Ball weight 200kg
- Frame Meranti timber
- Cladding Aluminium composite
- Chassis DuraGal
- Suspension Load sharing, roller rocker leaf spring
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 1x120Ah
- Solar No
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway Control No
- Cooking Swift four-burner, grill and oven
- Fridge Thetford N604M.3F 184L three-way
- Microwave Sphere
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
Price as shown
- $65,550 (on-road, NSW)
The full test appears in Caravan World #544 December 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!