This small Welsh company has seen some expansion of late, with a new showroom, offices and service bay. The fifth wheel units The Fifth Wheel Company builds are becoming increasingly popular, offering luxury and space. However, the company surprised many at last February’s NEC show with a new model – the Inos. This is a touring caravan with a twist. Using its slide-out extension know-how, Fifth Wheel has added it to the new model, so making it a UK first. The Inos offers a fixed double bed, end washroom, large lounge and side kitchen. As you would imagine, it’s no lightweight, so you’re looking at vehicles such as the Land Rover Discovery to tow it with.
Pitching and setting up
The Inos is based on a heavy-duty BPW chassis with twin axles. The profile itself is simple in design with GRP-moulded front corners and a rear back panel made up from two GRP mouldings. The front gas locker will take two 13kg bottles plus a few odds and ends, and it’s here you’ll find the spare wheel stored. The drawbar doesn’t have a GRP fairing, but it does have a steel chrome-effect cover. A Winterhoff hitch stabiliser is standard, as is BPW’s IDC anti-snaking device. Alloy wheels and GRP-finished sidewalls and electrically operated roof vents are all part of the specification. The slide-out section works on a 12V system and adds 3 sq m to the interior of the Inos. An on-board 98-litre fresh water tank is also fitted to the caravan along with a Teleco TV mulit-directional aerial.
The main lounge area of the Inos is placed on the slide-out section of the caravan, opposite the side kitchen. It’s a very domestic-type scene with large settee and free-standing table. In the settee’s base are vents for the Alde heating system while lighting is taken care of by LED spots. A Heki roof vent is placed over the side lounge while a side window is fitted, too. The front end of the lounge offers a full-width settee which has three vents in its base for the Alde heating system. Large deep roof lockers above add to storage space while lighting comes courtesy of a ceiling LED unit. Two speakers – for the radio/CD player – are placed here, either side of the roof locker.
The side kitchen in the Inos is quite compact for such a large tourer. Its worktop storage is limited but is aided by a pull-up flap by the entrance door. However, this then restricts entry to and from the caravan. The sink is a small stainless steel unit with no drainer while the Thetford oven has four hobs but no dual-fuel ones. Storage is a good point with four drawers, plus two large roof lockers. LED lighting provides illumination under the locker while a power point is placed by the hob. The Inos comes with Thetford separate fridge/freezer, and a microwave oven is fitted above.
The washroom is placed at the rear of the Inos – it’s a full-width room offering five-star type refinement. The shower cubicle offers plenty of room to shower in but there’s no roof vent or window to allow ventilation. A handbasin with storage below is placed centrally while a large mirror is sited just above the hand basin. And there are more warm air vents, thus making sure the washroom is kept warm even on the coldest days. The Thetford toilet has electric flush, of course.
The Inos has a super island bed which, due to the slide-out section of this tourer, makes for a fantastic end-bedroom. There’s no need to squeeze past the bed – it feels almost like a holiday home in size. A side storage cabinet is placed on either side and LED spot lamps ensure good lighting. The other two beds include the front single settee, which should prove a good comfortable bed, and the side single settee – both offer ample sleeping accommodation.
This has got to be one of the Inos’s strong points. Kitchen storage is very good with drawers and generous roof lockers. Two roof lockers above the front settee and a central wardrobe opposite the fridge/freezer offer good hanging storage plus some drawers below. By the side of the island bed, two storage cupboards are placed but it’s this area that excels. A large side-dresser unit opposite comes with acres of worktop and five central drawers. Three large roof lockers with downlighters, a power point and a good-sized window, plus a cupboard either side of the drawers, adds more storage though one of them is taken up with Alde heating equipment.
So you want a big tourer with lots of luxury feel and a clever extending side? Well, the Inos may be the answer. It’s not cheap or light, and the extras list is certainly extensive. Its Tardis-like interior is a winner that no conventional tourer can compete with, so it’s a job to compare it with anything else. The interior seems well put together and after watching an Inos being built we’re convinced they’re well made. The Inos is a niche product that’s going to attract a certain buyer, and it’s a market that may exist in more volume as time goes by.