Best Aussie Vans Finalist 2015 Regal RSV Test Review
Eye-catching and spacious, the Regal RSV offers a touch of luxury.
Our review Regal RSV had an external length of 6.58m (21ft 7in), a Tare weight of 2340kg and a load capacity of just over 500kg. In caravan-design language, that’s enough to build a rear entry door van opening on to the popular rear bathroom, offside dinette, nearside kitchen and front island bedroom layout.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Enclosing the van is a body of a familiar construction – meranti timber frame and aluminium composite cladding, along with the aforementioned lower alloy checkerplating. Large Seitz double-glazed acrylic windows are fitted all-round and the security door is the Camec variety.
Although the Regal RSV is really only kitted out as an on-road caravan, it does come with a 150x50mm (6x2in) railed DuraGal chassis and drawbar. Both gal sheet-protected water tanks are fitted forward of the axles. The van rides on tandem-axle, load-sharing roller-rocker suspension but no shock absorbers. On the drawbar, with a standard ball coupling, are two 9kg gas cylinders.
External storage on the RSV is quite good – with both a front boot and tunnel storage. The front boot also houses the electrical panel which comes with all the essentials, including a battery charger, a 150W solar panel regulator and 12V fuses.
All the cabinetry is constructed from a meranti timber frame and a ply timber face. None of that can be seen, of course, because it is all finished in a glossy acrylic – in this case, a light coffee colour for the doors and benchtops, with a matching shade for the upholstery and white for just about everything else.
HITS & MISSES
- Good-sized kitchen bench
- Comfortable dinette
- Generous bathroom storage
- Substantial external storage
- Eye-catching external colour scheme
- Good load-carrying capacity
- Requires mid-to-large tow vehicle
- Heavy ball weight
- TV not easily viewed from the bed
REGAL RSV SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.3m (27ft 3in)
- External body length 6.58m (21ft 7in)
- External body width 2.41m (7ft 11in)
- Travel height 2.83m (9ft 3in)
- Internal height 2m (6ft 7in)
- Tare 2340kg
- ATM 2850kg
- Ball weight 190kg
- Frame Meranti timber
- Cladding Aluminium composite
- Chassis DuraGal 150x50mm
- Suspension Tandem-axle, load-sharing roller-rocker leaf spring
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloys
- Water 2x82L
- Battery 1x100Ah
- Solar 1x150W
- Air-conditioner Dometic
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift four-burner with grill
- Fridge Thetford N604M.3F 184L three-way
- Microwave dLuxx
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
Price as shown
The full test appears in Caravan World #545 January 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!