GORV - Digital Magazine Issue #62 - Page 40

The Rio Escape has two 95L fresh water tanks forward of the axle set and a 95L grey water tank towards the rear . When full , the fresh water tanks will have a bearing on the van ’ s ball weight and given its unladen weight of 250kg , the tow vehicle would probably need to be able to shoulder up to 350kg on the ball . In any event , the ATM of 3243kg suggests a muscular 4WD will be required .
While our review van had a meranti timber frame clad with smooth composite aluminium and black checkerplate , customers can opt for an aluminium frame or full CNC-routed 18mm ply . The ply construction method , while not common throughout the caravan manufacturing industry , offers a great deal of strength .
So where might you take the Rio Escape ? Well , this van should be at home in any caravan park in Australia along with many of our amazing freedom camps . It ’ s capable of moderate undulations negotiated with care , and with the right tow vehicle , it should provide many years of happy , comfortable touring .
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