Wirraway 260SL Motorhome: Review
Get on board the single bed bandwagon with the Wirraway 260SL Motorhome.
In the Wirraway 260SL model, the slide-out takes up more than two-thirds of the offside wall. From front to rear, it contains a sideways-facing lounge, fridge with microwave above and the offside single bed. Across the rear is a full-width bathroom, leaving the nearside wall for the other single bed and a forward kitchen.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Wirraway structure is based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab chassis. Standard is the 516CDI model with an option being the more powerful 519CDI. Having driven the 516 with its 120kW, 360Nm turbodiesel motor, I have to say, it does not lack in the power department. But the option of the 3L V6 with its max 140kW output is there for the asking. Undoubtedly, the feature that makes the Benz stand out among its competitors is the super smooth seven-speed auto gearbox and it really isn’t a hardship to drive at all. But given the 5250kg GVM of this model, an light rigid driver’s license is required.
Above the Benz chassis, the 12mm plywood floor is supported by a box-section frame that is made from RHS aluminium. Composite styrofoam/fibreglass vacuum-sealed panels form the wall structure, which includes Seitz double-glazed hopper windows and a Dometic door with opening top window. Two-pack epoxy paint is used on the entire body. Four hydraulic jacks are fitted as an option to this vehicle, which makes getting the motorhome level a very easy, push-button operation.
One of the stand-out features of any Wirraway motorhome is the external storage. Instead of conventional bins, most are drawer-based with some having a dust sealing lid, and all are operated by remote control. It’s a little different to the usual set up but it means minimal bending over for everything including the gas cylinder bin and the storage for the 2KVA generator. On the nearside, there is a convenient table top for the adjoining slide-out barbecue. The barbecue is in the rear bin alongside an automatic hose winder with a food-grade hose and pressure delivery that allows for washing the motorhome or pumping water to or from another source, even a river.
With the slide-out extended, the offside bin drawers are not accessible. It’s an issue that does call for a bit of timely packing and unpacking but operating the slide-out doesn’t take much time at all.
HITS & MISSES
- Flexibility of single bed layout
- Nicely setup electrics
- Flat floor layout
- Remote-controlled external bin design
- External table above bin and slide-out barbecue
I would have liked...
- Larger kitchen but not much else really
WIRRAWAY 260SL SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 7.9m (26ft)
- External width 2.25m (7ft 5in)
- Internal height 2.0m (6ft 6in)
- Travel height 3.15m (10ft 4in)
- Tare 4450kg
- GVM 5250kg
- Base vehicle Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDI
- Engine 2.2L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Seven-speed auto
- Max power 120kW@3800rpm
- Max torque 360Nm@1400-2400rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Fresh water 118L
- Grey water 52L
- Batteries 2x120Ah
- Solar Optional
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
- Gas 3x4.5kg
- Cooking Dometic four-burner, grill, oven
- Fridge Dometic RM2555 150L
- Microwave Sharp
- Toilet Thetford ceramic bowl cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Attwood 23L
- Bullbar; Satellite TV; four-point hydraulic levelling; tow bar; diesel heater; solar panels.
Price as shown
- $239,000 (on-road, Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #540 August 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!