Sunliner Switch S541: Review
The Sunliner Switch is a clean and classic motorhome with room to move.
Sunliner Motorhomes has always had a wide range of models and layouts available, which offers great variety for buyers but can also be a bit confusing to people who are not sure what they want. Recently, Sunliner started rationalising its range and a major change has seen the manufacturer say goodbye to the Twist series and replace it with an expanded Switch range that consists of eight layouts, some with slide-outs, and three base vehicle options. However, not all layouts are available with every vehicle.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The motorhome itself is built in the traditional Sunliner style with fibreglass composite Thermo Tough walls and DuraRoof system. In addition, the front and rear fibreglass mouldings give the Switch that familiar Sunliner look.
The windows are fairly common Dometic hopper windows with integrated blinds and screens, while the door is Dometic’s more unusual CaraD entry door, which has an hourglass-shaped insert.
There are plenty of storage bins around the outside of the Switch, including dedicated lockers for the cassette toilet, gas cylinders and batteries. There’s even one with a slide-out for a generator. As is the case for most motorhomes with slide-outs, the bins under the slide-out are awkward to get at with the slide-out extended.
Electrically, the Switch is well-equipped with two 100Ah batteries to supply the 12V load, as well as a 1000W inverter, a 25A mains unit and a 140W solar panel. The solar panel capacity might be a little light on but, generally speaking, the motorhome should be adequate for a few days of remote travel.
Other features to get excited about are the S541’s slide-out barbecue, diesel heater, roof-mounted air-conditioner, a fully-equipped Bluetooth sound system and the 22in flatscreen TV.
The S541’s internal colours are very much in keeping with the Sunliner style. The mixture of light faux timber, white, and the bright aqua of various panels and the upholstery creates a bright and breezy look. You can continue to admire the interior fitout at night, thanks to the large number of LED light fittings sprinkled throughout.
HITS & MISSES
- External bin storage
- Iveco Daily base vehicle
- Slide-out arrangement
- Size of the kitchen
- Bed and kitchen compartments
- Electrical setup
- Handbrake location
- Under-seat powerpoints
- Water tank capacity
- Restricted load capacity
SUNLINER SWITCH S541 SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 7.8m (25ft 7in)
- External width 2.44m (8ft)
- Internal height 2.02m (6ft 8in)
- Travel height 3.3m (10ft 10in)
- Tare 4060kg
- GVM 4495kg
- Base vehicle Iveco Daily 50-170 Hi-Matic
- Engine 3L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Eight-speed automatic
- Max power 125kW at 2900–3500rpm
- Max torque 430Nm at 1650–2500rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Water 100L (fresh); 55L (grey)
- Batteries 2x100Ah
- Solar 1x140W
- Air-conditioner Dometic roof-mounted
- Gas 2x4kg
- Cooking Dometic four-burner and grill
- Fridge Dometic RM8551 190L
- Microwave Sharp
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting12V LED
- Hot water Atwood gas/electric 20L
Price as shown
- $165,690 (on-road, NSW)
The full test appears in Caravan World #547 March 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!