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We recently undertook our first real 4×4 trip with our new Vista Motorhome, travelling to Zambia with Trans Africa Tours. It is a Toyota Hilux 3 litre diesel which Vista Motorhomes converted into a motorhome with direct access from the cabin to the motorhome part at the back.
Our “motorhome” comprises a kitchen, toilet & shower, double bed, dining table, comfortable seating, hot and cold water (if connected to a 240volt mains electricity supply) in the space where the original load bin was. Indeed a most comfortable vehicle/motorhome. Vista Motorhomes was very helpful in adapting/changing some items in our motorhome to suit our particular requirements. One item requested at the planning and build stage was that I would like to be able to stand upright in the motorhome (being 1.86 meters tall). This was achieved! The build quality of the overall frame for the “home” was manufactured of square section aluminium tube. Insulation between the outer and inner panels are filled with insulation material ensuring excellent heat and noise insulation.
Our motorhome was subjected to very bad “roads” during our trip to southern Zambia and the Zambezi river area. The “ROADS”, especially the N10 between Kazugula, Mwandi and Seseke were extremely bad. Someone called it the benchmark of all bad roads in Africa! There are more holes (and big ones) in the road than “road” itself. For large distances the area next to the road was better or the only alternative to drive on. Our motorhome is a tall vehicle and it gave a number of our co-travellers nervous moments anticipating for it to fall over when negotiating certain parts on and off the “main” road. Our main objective while negotiating this was to keep up with the others, not to fall over and to reach the next camp intact.
The motorhome did not exhibit any creaks or strange noises. We must credit Vista Motorhomes with the design and robust construction of the “home”. Back home in Somerset West we thoroughly checked every drawer and door, water and geyser system, toilet, etc, and could not find anything not working in perfect order. A major compliment to Vista’s build quality and design..