Review Freeway 1754 Mitsubishi Canter
We were indeed fortunate to be doing a caravan photo shoot
just as the first Freeway built on the Mitsubishi Canter FE511
chassis arrived in Queensland. Being on a low loader we also got some
unusual shots of the underside. Please excuse the condition of this motorhome
as we started clicking away long before Queensland
RV had a chance to clean it up after the long journey up from
Sydney. This review concentrates on the vehicle, as this is a bit of a
breakaway from the Winnebago tradition of Mazda and Isuzu. So why is this
happening - nothing on the Winnebago website as yet. The grapevine tells
us that Mazda will not be complying with the new stricter emission rules
about to come into force here, so they are simply choosing not to service
the Australian market! Rather odd as they have an excellent name in the
motorhome field. This photographic review makes more sense if you read
the 1753 Freeway review
first, as we have not gone over the same ground again, but instead concentrated
on the many changes and improvements as the design has evolved. Our first
impressions of the Canter were we loved it! Having better leg room and
more "lean" on the driver's seat is a huge plus. We liked the
increased range offered by the 100 litre standard tank and the larger
2800 cc motor.
|The seats are slightly more comfortable than the Mazda and
overall it feels much roomier. The glove box is a good size - you can actually
fit a street directory in there as it has good depth. Seat adjustment possibilities
is the same as the Mazda - fore and aft and tilt - just slightly more of
|The centre seat folds down, but there is no lateral support
for the passenger at all. We liked the way you could "split the split"
to reveal another storage compartment. Very handy for your UBD or Phil Proctors
Australia Wide guide! This is actually a four seater motorhome
with another two lap type seat belts in the rear.
|Doors open really wide and there is a handy step and a grab
handle. Mirrors are excellent and huge! Both fold flat for when you need
to get into tight spots - great if you have to store your motorhome in a
narrow area at home or inch down a narrow bush track.
|The shots below show the easy access. Despite the large mirrors
though, you don't get the dandy feature of wide angle mirror insets as found
as standard on all Ford Transits. Easy to retrofit though!
|Still no CD player as standard on the Freeway - we can only
live in hope! A cassette radio comes as standard, but there is a good sized
hidey hole ideal for fitting a CD player or changer or perhaps a UHF CB.
It is a sad fact of life that manufacturers give "truckies" a
pretty raw deal when it comes to extras. Currently only the excellent Mercedes
Sprinter offers a CD player as standard. Safety features such as airbags
are also very seldom found on trucks. This is really odd as trucks do far
more miles than any passenger vehicle.
|We rather liked the very neat way that all fluids are concealed,
yet readily to hand, from within the cabin. A really great idea. You could
if you wish top them up as you drive along - great if you ran out of washer
fluid! This swing out compartment pictured above is located just below the
good sized glove box.