Paradise Independence Deluxe: Review

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Jack Murphy, Video by: Anna Pastukhova


The Paradise Independence Deluxe motorhome boasts plenty of luxe touches to add more than a touch of style to your next holiday.


I am very familiar with the Paradise Motor Homes range, but I was particularly interested in this motorhome because it is the top-of-the-line model, built to order, and so presented a rare opportunity to review Paradise’s flagship motorhome.

Myself, CMCA CEO Richard Barwick, and The Wanderer Editor Kirstie Bedford, had an excellent opportunity to inspect the Independence Deluxe at the auspicious Motorhome Legends event in Shoalhaven Heads, NSW recently. We road-tested three motorhomes, and this one was the cream-of-the-crop in terms of luxury appointments and features.

FEATURES

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At the top of the Paradise range with a price tag of more than half a million dollars, the Independence Deluxe is not a new motorhome design, but a continuation of an existing model range and built with the same genetic structure. It has a high tensile alloy frame, and a composite fibreglass body structure that uses mouldings for the front panels, and a one-piece fibreglass roof. It’s not obvious, but a feature of the lower panel work is that it’s easily detachable from the upper panels in the event of an accident.

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Weight distribution is important to Paradise, and it ensures that both the front and rear axle loading is correct and that the motorhome is level from side-to-side. This is certainly a consideration when slide-outs are used, especially when the offside one is almost as long as the wall. Aiding that are the four optional hydraulic corner levelling jacks – they make it very easy to set up the motorhome on non-level sites.

EXTERIOR

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All the external bins, of which there are plenty along both sides of the motorhome, are fully sealed and have strut-assisted doors for easy opening. Those fitted under the slide-outs are, of course, more difficult to get at when it’s fully open.

Some of the bins already have a function, like those built into the nearside slide-out that contain a barbecue, flat-screen TV that has a Paradise-manufactured mounting, as well as a fridge. In addition, one of the lower bins contains the electrics and charger controls. Richard Barwick was particularly impressed by the external storage options and features.

"The articulate professional design allows for loads of room, highlighted by the dual slide-outs and ample storage option. The external additions just add value including foldaway barbecue and television along with additional fridge accessed outside and streamlined automatic awning."

INTERIOR

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Richard felt the attention to detail demonstrated in the interior of this luxury unit was a real credit to the Paradise team.

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"The finer touches are appealing, including the leather lounges and swivel chairs, large queen-size bed, full-face mirrors, and technology improvements, and the use of space in the en-suite where the washer/dryer is very desirable," he says.

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"I do like a couple of simple, but effective improvements, in particular the light block-out blinds and the magnetic locks on all the drawers and cupboards."

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Kirstie Bedford was equally impressed, noting the surround sound, soft closing cabinetry and heated massage seats in the front cab. "It’s literally a home away from home, in fact, I’d go so far as to say many hotel apartments aren’t to the quality, luxurious standard as the interior of this motorhome."

SPECIFICATIONS & ENGINE

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Powering the Independence is an Iveco Daily cab chassis. Its GVM of 7200kg, which will require the drivers to have an LR truck licence, comes with a generous 1300kg payload capacity, and the process of getting a licence is made easy by using someone like TDT Training, (see: www.transportdrivertraining.com.au, who assist you through both your theory, and practical, driving training). It is good that Paradise has opted to use the twin turbo-diesel engine, which delivers up to 150kW of power and a very healthy 470Nm of torque – something all diesel drivers appreciate. Even though it’s 8.6m (28ft, 3in) long, the Independence is a very easy driving vehicle, especially with Iveco’s smooth eight-speed gearbox.

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For the electrical system, there’s no shortage of power with the 300A Lithium battery being charged up by to 600W of solar panel capacity or the 2.6KVA pure sine wave generator. For quiet camping applications, the 3000W inverter/charger will deliver the 240V load.

THE BOTTOM LINE

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There’s no doubt that the Paradise’s Independence Deluxe is an expensive motorhome. However, it does come fully kitted out with just about every motorhome comfort and safety feature in the known RV universe. Staying with the tried and true seems to be the new Paradise owners formula for the moment, and that would seem to be very wise for what is a very luxurious motorhome.

Richard believes Paradise would be at the top of everyone’s wish list, "with a price tag that is applicable to the quality".

"The attention to detail is a real credit to the manufacturers ability to deliver a fantastic motorhome. You could want for no more than what is provided in the Paradise Independence Series. Paradise should be congratulated on a very aesthetically pleasing, practical and luxurious motorhome."

Kirstie Bedford agrees, "if you’re looking for five star luxury on wheels, you’ve found it – Paradise really does reflect its namesake."

HITS AND MISSES

Pros...

  • Very spacious interior
  • High level of appointment
  • Front living area
  • Overall storage capacity

Cons...

  • LR Licence required
  • Bins under slide-out awkward to get at
  • Pricey!

Weights and measures

  • External length 8.6m (28ft 2in)
  • External width 2.49m (8ft 16in)
  • Internal height 2.02m (6ft 8in)
  • Travel height 3.23m (10ft 7in)
  • Tare 5920kg
  • GVM 7200kg
  • Engine 3.0L twin turbodiesel
  • Base vehicle Iveco Daily 70C 210
  • Gearbox Eight-speed auto
  • Max power 150kW@3100-3500rpm
  • Max torque 470Nm@1400-3000rpm

Price as shown

$525,808 plus on-road costs

The full feature appeared in Caravan World #569. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!