Review: Regent Monarch
The Regent Monarch is a well-equipped van with just about everything you need for long term touring.
REGENT MONARCH RATING CARD
VALUE FOR MONEY
There was no undue sway or pitching with this van, and it tracked well during turns.
SETTING UP AND HITCHING UP
The Monarch has the usual centre jockey wheel arrangement although, fitting a WDH would be a little compromised, as there’s not much A-frame space.
SUITABILITY FOR INTENDED TOURING
While the ‘rough-road’ suspension system adds a bit of cred to this van, it’s not a full offroad van and all its features point to it being a capable on-road tourer.
Given its external length, the Monarch offers quite a spacious layout and, with the exception of the space around the bed, is generally well-proportioned. It’s a sensible, comfortable layout for two people, and it has great external storage.
QUALITY OF FINISH
The Monarch’s general finish is good but there were a few areas, such as the trim, which could have been a bit neater. The glossy overhead locker doors looked quite striking. The judges were divided on the faux snakeskin trim, but you could always opt out of that.
The quality of the build is right up there, and items such as piano hinges on all doors and quality fittings like doors and windows were what you’d expect in a van at this price point.
The Monarch has them all, including a top-loading washing machine, LCD water level monitor, magazine rack, towel rails and contemporary wash basin.
There is nothing radically different about the Monarch, with the exception of the new Vehicle Components Country Road Suspension and twin external storage areas.
First impressions are important. The Monarch makes a very good one with its glossy lower waist and the stylish interior you notice when you step into the van.
THE CARAVAN WORLD VERDICT
There’s no doubt the Regent Monarch is a well-equipped van with just about everything you need for long term touring. Except, of course, for a couple of occupants – so what are you waiting for?
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