“Van conversion motorhomes occupy a special niche in the Australian RV market. Horizon Motorhomes is the only dedicated manufacturer in that segment and is well known for its quality work and affordable prices.
In case you’re wondering, the difference between a campervan and a motorhome in this style of vehicle is the addition of a bathroom in the latter. Size is usually a good indicator too, with van conversion motorhomes being bigger.
A new model from Horizon is a rare thing and until now its entry-level model has been the Melaleuca. Built on the class-leading Fiat Ducato, it’s compact and particularly popular with solo travellers. It’s also very well equipped, but over the years the price has crept up. Enter the Melaleuca Appeal: an entry level version designed to better balance price point and equipment levels.
No budget priced ‘stripper’, the Melaleuca Appeal still has a good level of standard equipment. It has also been designed using an interesting philosophy, best explained by Horizon’s managing director, Clayton Kearney:
“The Appeal has the capability to be upgraded at anytime. If you (later) decide you really can’t live without a TV or filter water tap, or that you would like additional reading lights, they can all be easily added – the base set up includes all wiring and necessary outlets for all those little extra comforts.”
Truth be known I was concerned the bean counters might have pared too much equipment in their pursuit of affordability. In reality they seem to have struck a good balance. The result is a $102,500 drive-away price for the manual Appeal, or $105,550 for an auto. By comparison, the ‘full strength’ Melaleuca costs $112,500 on the road…”