Paradise Inspiration Supreme Black Edition: Review
Safety, storage and an easy set-up are just some of the benefits of the Paradise Inspiration Supreme Black Edition.
Paradise motorhomes are certainly not the cheapest on the market and a difficulty for Paradise in selling its pricey RVs is that some of the building costs are not immediately evident to the buyer. For example, Paradise spends a considerable amount of time and money making its motorhomes safer on the road.
In the automotive world, car manufacturers spend a large wad of the folding stuff on crash-testing but that’s almost prohibitive in the motorhome world, so Paradise tries to simulate that in other ways to ensure the motorhome frame keeps its rigidity, and appliances such as heavy microwaves and fridges don’t become uncontrollable missiles.
Preventive measures include a rollover frame which is included in the overall design, interlocking all the cabinetry, incorporating purpose-built mountings for the appliances, and automatic locking cabinets. That last item is a good idea as, not only does it prevent drawers coming open in an accident, but it also helps with something we are all familiar with – driving away from our campsite, only to hear the clunk (or worse) as a drawer or cupboard flies open when you go around the first corner.
Another thing that gets careful attention is weight distribution – ensuring that both the axle loadings are correct, and that the motorhome is level from side to side. The latter might sound like a motherhood statement but I was standing behind a very new (unnamed) motorhome recently, which had a distinct lean to the nearside – strange, because the slide-out was on the opposite side!
Another clever feature that Paradise has incorporated, which is not obvious at first glance, is that the lower panel work is designed to be easily removed in the event of an accident, without having to disturb the upper walls.
CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
Paradise motorhomes are all built the same way; with a high-tensile alloy frame and a composite fibreglass body structure that uses mouldings for the front panels and a one-piece fibreglass roof. All the external bins, of which there are plenty along both sides, are fully sealed and have strut-assisted doors for easy access. The bins under the slide-out are more difficult to get at when it’s fully open, so organising your storage accordingly is definitely recommended. Some of the bins are already dedicated, such as the upper nearside one which holds a slide-out barbecue and a mounted flatscreen TV. The lower bin contains the house battery and charger, but the rest offer generous storage space.
Four (optional) hydraulic corner levelling jacks are fitted, and they make it very easy to set up the motorhome on undulating sites.
In terms of colours, black and dark grey has been used for the benchtops, seats, flooring and bed cover but the rest of the motorhome is decked out in various shades of light grey. The large window and bright LED lighting certainly compensate for the slightly dark colour scheme and keep the interior light and bright.
Electrics are very well sorted in this motorhome, with two 100Ah AGM batteries delivering the 12V load. They are charged by both a 40A smart charger and 300W solar panels. For extended stays, the low energy Waeco fridge is certainly an asset, as is the very well setup LED lighting system.
Powering the Inspiration Black is a Mercedes Sprinter 519CDI base vehicle which comes with the largest and most powerful Benz turbodiesel – the 140kW/440Nm V6 – which, with its seven-speed gearbox, is a smooth driving machine.
Unlike many modern motorhomes, this one has a GVM of 5000kg, which requires a light-rigid truck licence to drive. Some potential owners get a bit fazed by that but obtaining the truck licence isn’t difficult and it means there are less restrictions for the motorhome builder and, thus, more features for you!
HITS & MISSES
- Driving the Sprinter
- Quick to set up
- Spacious interior with slide-out open
- Easy access to the rear with slide-out closed
- Classy motorhome, inside and out
- Good external storage
- Pricey, but you get what you pay for
PARADISE INSPIRATION BLACK SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 7.9m (26ft)
- External width 2.48m (8ft 2in)
- Internal height 2.02m (6ft 8in)
- Travel height 3.15m (10ft 4in)
- Tare 3840kg
- GVM 5000kg
- Base vehicle Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 519CDI
- Engine 3L V6 turbodiesel
- Gearbox Seven-speed automatic
- Max power 140kW@3800rpm
- Max torque 440Nm@1400-2400rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Water 127L (fresh); 100L (grey)
- Batteries 1x100Ah
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Truma Aventa
- Gas 2x4kg
- Cooking Dometic combo four-burner and grill
- Fridge Waeco 215L 12V compressor
- Microwave Technika Convection
- Toilet Dometic china bowl cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L
- Four-post automatic levelling system; front-loading 3kg washing machine; stainless steel slide-out barbecue; external drop-down table; external 24in LED flatscreen TV; front cab alloy side steps; black surround entry door; black external vents; Nespresso coffee machine; 6in two-way external speakers; LED entry step lighting; Black Edition graphics
Price as shown
- $288,220.30 (on-road, Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #544 November 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!