Horizon Banksia +2: Review
Get where you're going in comfort in Horizon's Banksia +2.
The Banksia +2 is one of a range of models produced by Ballina-based Horizon Motorhomes. It has a length of 6.36m (20ft 10in) and a Tare weight of 2933kg, giving it a load capacity of just over 1000kg. Horizon does a fair bit of conversion work on the van body – fitting Dometic windows, the Fiamma F65 awning, a gas cylinder bin for the 4kg cylinders, an external shower, an electric step, a water tank filler and electrical connections.
Of particular note are the windows, as quite a few van converters use the standard OEM windows which usually don’t open. Having the Dometic windows all-round, including the rear doors, means plenty of light and air flow. Most of the windows are top-hinged, except the window behind the sliding door, which is a special sliding fitting, so there’s no risk of breaking the hopper window accidentally when opening the sliding door.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Although they were not fitted to this particular motorhome, Horizon offers insect screens for both the sliding door and rear doors as an option. Both have zippers fitted for easy access.
An option that Horizon did fit to this Banksia +2 is a surfboard carrier on the outside. It’s a simple arrangement and it’s fairly easy to unhook the surfboard once you find the perfect wave, but the straps keep the board firmly in place when you’re driving along.
Because the motorhome floor level is slightly lower than the driver’s cab floor, there’s a small step up to the cab, which has been fitted with a couple of smaller drawers – great for stashing small items. Two floor level doors provide access to storage space under the rear passenger seat. It’s partly blocked by the seat frame but is still good for smaller items.
A feature I liked about the dinette table is that, while it’s large enough in its own right, it also has a second layer which swings out for easy access from the swivelled passenger seat. The main table is fitted to a rail and can be slid back and forth for the best position.
When it comes to electrics, the Banksia +2 is well fitted-out for both 240V and 12V operation. The two 100Ah (twice the normal capacity) deep-cycle batteries are standard and solar panels are an option.
If you are the sort of traveller who doesn’t spend too long in one place, then you can probably get away without those. However, they are also handy even when you’re not travelling as the batteries can be kept topped up without being plugged into mains power.
There are 12V and 5V USB sockets under the kitchen table and also (12V only) at the nearside end of the bed, close to the kitchen bench.
HITS & MISSES
- Easy-cruising motorhome
- Front seating/dining layout
- Generous kitchen storage
- Good battery capacity
- Sliding window works with sliding door
- Opening windows all-round
- No griller in kitchen
- TV really only viewable from front seats
- Not having the keys for long enough!
HORIZON BANKSIA +2 SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 6.36m (20ft 10in)
- External width 2.05m (6ft 9in)
- Internal height 1.9m (6ft 3in)
- Travel height 2.63m (8ft 7in)
- Tare 2933kg
- GVM 4005kg
- Base vehicle Fiat Ducato Multijet 180
- Engine 3L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Six-speed AMT
- Max power 132kW at 3500rpm
- Max torque 400Nm at 1400rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Water 150L (fresh); 55L (grey)
- Batteries 2x100Ah
- Solar No (optional)
- Air-conditioner No (optional)
- Gas 2x4kg
- Cooking Dometic three-burner
- Fridge Waeco 110L
- Microwave Panasonic
- Toilet Dometic SOG cassette
- Shower Variable-height flexible hose
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L gas
- Metallic paint (Golden White); reversing camera; fabric inserts in seats; surfboard rack; external gas bayonet
Price as shown
- $122,500 (on-road, NSW)
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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!