GORV - Digital Magazine Issue #41 - Page 26

In the nose of the van, there are wardrobes either side of the large and comfortable queen-size bed. Each wardrobe comes complete with niches with both 240V and 12V points inside each. Yes, these fitments have become an expectation these days and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. One of my favourite aspects of this van was the bathroom. Not only does it appear to be nicely finished off, it incorporates a large, three-shelf linen cupboard with a separate drawer in the offside corner. Finally, a one-piece fibreglass shower with hand-held shower rose is fitted to the nearside of the bathroom, with not a glob of silicone to be found. Lighting throughout the van is provided by a series of LED downlights and touchstrip LEDs in the kitchen and ensuite. A Dometic Harrier inverter reverse-cycle air-conditioner is standard fitment. Notably, the cupboard and locker drawers are on piano hinges, which I always find to be preferable. OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE The Salute Garrison is built in the conventional way, with a meranti timber frame and composite aluminium cladding. Customers have a choice of three cladding colours (metallic grey, metallic silver or white gloss) and can opt for traditional ribbed aluminium cladding over the smooth cladding seen on our review rig. As with other Salutes, customers can also choose their van’s front profile, from the traditional shape seen here to a modern angled look or a retro rounded shape. The black checkerplate can be swapped for silver checkerplate, too. No surprises with the chassis. It is 450-grade SupaGal steel with a 6in A-frame, 4in main members and a 2in riser. Independent coil suspension is part of the package, as are 12in drum brakes.