Best Aussie Vans Finalist 2015 New Age Manta Ray MR22B Test Review
Touting a practical layout and a quality finish, New Age’s Manta Ray MR22B is perfect for the whole family.
The Manta Ray MR22B has all the fruit to make it an easy touring proposition, providing you have a 3t-capable tow rig to haul it with. While it’s a conventional van in its construction, it’s also a very contemporary van.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The New Age has a fairly simple setup. Up front, the 50mm coupling sits on two 6x2in A-frame rails, with the jockey wheel clamped in a centred position. Just behind this are the two 9kg gas cylinders. Checkerplate neatly covers the bottom half of the Manta Ray’s nose, giving good protection against stone damage.
Further back, there’s a tunnel boot with lockable hatches and a light located on the offside of the boot. Just above the wheelset on the nearside is a picnic table and a roller awning shields most of the nearside.
The body is a conventional meranti timber frame with polystyrene insulation and aluminium external sheeting. The chassis is galvanised with 6x2in lateral beams and C-channel cross beams, each with cut-outs, which helps to save on weight.
In the the living space, the nearside club lounge is roomy enough for four people to sit at and dine without having to jostle for elbow room. The table has a hinged section to better afford entry/egress, but it’s awkward to fold down or return to the horizontal position in situ. The table top can also be twisted to allow more space.
Above the lounge are four storage lockers with top-hinged doors and another two open lockers, split into four compartments, with retaining bars across them. Reading lights are situated at the corners of the lounge, one each side, and a two-pole 240V socket is fitted adjacent to the front reading light.
HITS & MISSES
- Great layout overall
- Excellent fit and finish
- Value for money
- Shower access isn’t great
- Would benefit from more storage
NEW AGE MANTA RAY MR22B SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.92m (29ft 3in)
- External body length 7.17m (23ft 6in)
- External body width 2.45m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 2.03m (6ft 8in)
- Tare 2350kg
- ATM 2750kg
- Ball weight 190kg
- Frame Meranti timber
- Cladding Aluminium sheet
- Chassis Galvanised 6x2in
- Suspension Leaf-spring roller-rocker
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Water 1x80L; 1x60L
- Battery 1x100Ah AGM
- Solar 1x120W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Cormorant
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Thetford Minigrill Mk3 four-burner with grill
- Fridge Thetford 164L
- Microwave Daewoo
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban SW6DA 22.6L
- Gas bayonet and hose; 120W solar panel
Price as shown
- $69,990 (on-road, Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #545 January 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!