Regal Commander Slide-out: Review
Lush and luxurious, the Regal Commander Slide-on is fit for royalty.
The idea of ‘Total Luxury’ is reflected throughout the entire Regal Commander Slide-on van (externally and internally), including the Regal’s noble rear ensuite, complete with a china bowl cassette toilet, fully-moulded fibreglass shower, porcelain vanity bowl with a mirror above, and Destination RV 3.5kg top-loading washing machine with recessed bench cover.
There is also plenty of storage, including a cupboard above the vanity, and two lockers to one side of the toilet.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Regal rides on a 6in Preston chassis, roller rocker suspension, 15in wheels with on-road tyres, and 10in Al-Ko brakes. It is pretty much the standard fare on the A-frame, with two 9kg gas cylinders and a mesh carry compartment.
A McHitch coupling made hitching up easy and the Regal is also fitted with Tuson sway control. We towed the van with Rob’s 2009 5.3L GMC Yukon and it pulled the 2770kg Tare Regal effortlessly through the sleepy Gippsland fishing village of Tooradin, Vic.
I found the glossy white aluminium cladding with low checkerplate on the sides quite striking, and the decals smart without being overly obtrusive. The external must-haves include two 150W solar panels, a roof-mounted Aircommand Ibis air-conditioner, a Dometic awning, drop-down picnic table, full-length tunnel boot, two waterproof external speakers, and a large front boot housing the electrical suite, including dual 100Ah batteries. There is also an externally-accessed rear compartment running the height of the van and with a depth of one metre, situated behind the shower.
Meanwhile, the front of the van is protected from stone strike by padded vinyl and also has a window protector. A 12V Techno-Step makes for easy entering and alighting of the Regal, and there are two 240V power outlets, one of which Rob utilises for his electric barbecue. Really, the only things missing that you might want would be a slide-out generator box and an external TV hatch.
The six-seater leather club lounge is resplendent in a mushroom colour and converts into a double bed. There is also another ventilation hatch, two LED downlights, a roll-down privacy blind behind the triple-lock door and a padded headboard above, with a grab rail immediately to the right of the van’s entry.
HITS & MISSES
- Lavish layout
- Stack of storage space
- Safety and security
- Small pantry
- No slide-out generator box
- No external TV hatch
REGAL COMMANDER SLIDE-OUT SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 9.1m (29ft 10in)
- External body length 6.8m (22ft 4in)
- External body width 2.31m (7ft 7in)
- Travel height 3.1m (10ft 2in)
- Internal height 1.9m (6ft 3in)
- Tare 2770kg
- ATM 3350kg
- Ball weight 230kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis Preston Chassis
- Suspension Roller rocker
- Brakes Al-Ko 10in
- Wheels Primal Chaser 15in with on-road tyres
- Water 2x96L (fresh); 96L (grey)
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle
- Solar 2x150W with solar controller
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Tuson
- Cooking Swift 500 four-burner combo
- Fridge Dometic RM 4601 three-way fridge-freezer
- Microwave Swift dLuxx convection
- Toilet Thetford china bowl cassette
- Shower Full fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Suburban 22.6L
- Two reversing cameras; four security cameras; barbecue brackets; shoe rack; grey water tank
Price as shown
- $98,750 (on-road, Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #547 March 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!