Paradise Oasis Platinum: Review
The surprising Paradise Oasis proves that size isn’t everything, and perfectly combines comfort with off road reliability.
Until just a few years ago, any motorhomer wanting to become more adventurous by getting off the beaten track either had to fork out large sums of money to a limited number of manufacturers, or get a small motorhome custom-built on the back of a vehicle such as the Toyota Hilux 4WD.
But the arrival of the 4WD Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van changed the game by opening up the 4WD field to other motorhome manufacturers, including Paradise Motor Homes. That allowed Paradise to develop its successful Oasis conversion into the Platinum 4X4 model.
Most 4WDers like to have plenty of grunt under the bonnet and the Benz 4WD is the 519CDI model, with a 3L V6 turbodiesel engine that develops a maximum of 140kW and puts out a very healthy 440Nm of torque. Another important feature is the 4WD’s higher ground clearance than the rear-wheel-drive version. And speaking of the rear wheels, this van has dual rear wheels.
The absence of the original sliding door and the presence of a slide-out changes the interior layout considerably from the usual. Up front, to the left of the entry door, is the kitchen and dining area. Both cab seats swivel around, integrating with the offside sideways-facing lounge, which leaves room for the kitchen bench along the nearside wall and the fridge opposite, between the lounge and the slide-out.
The Oasis’s interior is fitted out in Paradise’s signature style, which is both easy on the eye and creates a relatively light and bright interior – the importance of which can’t be underestimated in a motorhome.
In the rear, the east-west bed dominates. However, having the bedhead in the slide-out creates suitable room to get to the bathroom right at the back. The bathroom is slightly smaller than the usual full-width layouts.
HITS & MISSES
- General layout and decor
- Composite kitchen
- Bedroom layout
- Interior ambience
- Electrical setup
- Driving the Mercedes
I would have liked…
- Having the keys for longer!
- Gas for cooking – each to his own, though
Paradise Oasis Specs
Weights and measures
- External length 6.96m (22ft 10in)
- External width 1.99m (6ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.85m (6ft 1in)
- Travel height 3.15m (10ft 4in)
- Tare 3920kg
- GVM 4490kg
- Base vehicle Mercedes Sprinter 519CDI
- Engine 3L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Seven-speed auto
- Max power 140kW@3800rpm
- Max torque 440Nm@1400-2400rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Fresh water 160L
- Grey water 55L
- Batteries 2x100Ah
- Solar 200W
- Air-conditioner Truma Aventa
- Gas n/a
- Cooking Webasto diesel two-burner
- Fridge Waeco 150L12V compressor
- Microwave Sharp Carousel
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Webasto diesel
- Onan 2.3KVA Genset with 40L fuel tank; 200W solar; Safari snorkel; alloy bullbar with 12V winch; HID driving lights; twin wheel carriers on rear doors; Mercedes 519CDI rims; Cooper 225/75/R16 115R tyres; 200L long range fuel tank; Eclipse satnav with built-in reversing camera; external hot/cold shower; Webasto diesel cooktop; Black Wire alarm; 80 channel UHF radio; Webasto water and space heater
Price as shown
- $229,997 (on-road, Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #536 April 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!