Coronet FS3: Review
Make a fashionable statement in the Coronet FS3, which is a stylish on-road caravan that includes all the bells and whistles.
Coronet RV is now based in Bayswater, Vic, and spruiks the FS3 as a self-contained ‘studio apartment on adrenalin’, and you can see why. The 6.1m (20ft) van certainly appears to justify its slogan: ‘it’s a ticket to on-road freedom and beyond’.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The tandem-axle FS3 rides on a G&S SupaGal chassis (with Hammertone coating), G&S load sharing leaf spring suspension, Al-Ko 10in electric brakes and Primal 15in alloy wheels.
And with a Tare weight of 2058kg, the FS3 didn’t trouble the tow vehicle – a 1999 Range Rover HSE 4.6L engine with automatic transmission – as we glided around the long and winding roads within the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Vic.
Externally, the FS3 is just as resplendent with its high-grade European-sourced two-tone aluminium cladding. There’s a 3mm-thick black aluminium composite decorative panel along the sides and rear, with white and silver aluminium wall cladding and a striking decal design.
The FS3 also enhances its approval rating with a 120W roof-mounted solar panel and regulator, 105Ah Century AGM battery, two 92L fresh water tanks and one 62L grey water tank, and two 9kg gas cylinders, which simply means this well-equipped on-roader is capable of carrying you over the horizon – and into national parks – for extended periods.
Also on the outside is an exterior shower (perfect while traversing coastal regions), Carefree roll-out side awning, drop-down picnic table, protector shade on the front window, and a handy 12V entry door handle light. External storage is covered by the vinyl-padded front boot and a full-length tunnel boot, which are adequate for the requisite camping equipment. There’s a water tap on the extended A-frame, which has a built-in mesh insert – ideal for carrying sullage hoses, wood, levelling blocks and chocks.
Coronet utilises locally-sourced one-piece structural-grade flooring in conjunction with a high quality French-sourced vinyl floor covering. Honestly, it’s almost as if you’re floating on air while walking on the durable cushion comfort vinyl floor covering. That’s how soft it is under foot!
The FS3 also boasts polyester internal wall treatments as a protective finish of the white wall panelling, designed to make it easier to clean. Meanwhile, the furniture frames are manufactured by Coronet RV and have been pocket screwed to the structural joins.
The plush L-shaped lounge, flooring and walls finish off this Coronet’s internal majesty. And I must add that a padded headboard and extra-large storage compartments immediately to the right as you enter the van reveal the high attention to detail that is a Coronet hallmark.
Manufactured by RV Upholstery, with a Coronet RV concept platinum design, the lounge is an effective mix of neutral tones. There are other fabric colours available, though, and leather is an option. The dining area also includes a table, three overhead lockers, slide-out drawers either side of the lounge, LED strip lighting, and a panoramic window which lets you see the light of day.
THE WRAP UP
If I have to get pernickety, I would have liked a few minor additions in the way of mirrored doors to the robes, a gas oven, some external speakers, jerry can holders and a stoneguard. But really, what more would you want from an exceptionally well-equipped van coming in at a tad under $56,000! Quite simply, I think it represents outstanding value for money.
As its FS (Fashion Statement) acronym implies, this Coronet is a ‘chic fashionista’.
HITS & MISSES
- Totally self-contained
- 12V floor heater
- Ensuite door encroaches on kitchen
- No stoneguard up front
CORONET FS3 SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.2m (26ft 11in)
- External body length 6.1m (20ft)
- External body width 2.45m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.29m (7ft 6in)
- Internal height 2.08m (6ft 10in)
- Tare 2058kg
- ATM 2558kg
- Ball weight 185kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis G&S SupaGal
- Suspension G&S load sharing, leaf spring
- Brakes Al-Ko 10in electric
- Wheels Primal 15in alloy wheels; 195Rx15C tyres
- Water: 2x92L (fresh); 1x62L (grey)
- Battery 1x105Ah Century AGM
- Solar 1x120W roof-mounted
- Air-conditioner Finch ducted
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Al-Ko ESC
- Cooking Swift 500 Series combo four-burner plus grill
- Fridge Thetford N3185E 185L
- Microwave Daewoo
- Toilet Thetford C263CS ceramic bowl
- Shower Fibreglass
- Lighting LED 12V
- Hot water Swift 27L
Price as shown
- $55,999 (on-road, Vic)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #550 June 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!