Full front ensuite; aggressive rear cutaway body; 3500kg-rated Cruisemaster XT independent coil spring suspension; solid 150x50mm Austrail DuraGal chassis and A-frame with DO35 trailer coupling; and two of everything that a true offroad caravan should have.
The steeply-raked rear cutaway, allows the Challenger X-Treme to negotiate steep inclines without dragging its tail, otherwise the exterior is conventional – ribbed silver aluminium cladding over a meranti timber wall frame with styrene foam in between the batons for insulation. Underneath there is a galvanised, one-piece under-floor; water tank stone shielding; standard gas barbecue bayonet; and the sturdy Al-Ko offroad corner stabilisers.
Tandem axles with twin shock absorbers for each 16in alloy wheel with LT265/75R16 BFGoodrich KO2 (fitted 18 mnths ago); twin 95L water tanks modified to run through one pump for general washing water and one 59L tank dedicated to drinking water with its own pump; dual 120A lithium batteries; three 150W roof-mounted solar panels with a 40A regulator; twin front jerry can holders; and dual 16in spare wheels with 265/75 section General Grabber AT2 offroad tyres on its galvanised steel rear bumper.
The van has a good-sized front boot behind black checkerplate stone protection and there is a good-sized checkerplate-lined locker on the front offside corner which is ideal for holding all manner of things, including a generator. There’s also an external shower on the rear offside corner.
Entering through the front door the separate shower/toilet ensuite is immediately to the left. There are three overhead cupboards running across the front of the ensuite and three large drawers under the vanity unit with a ceramic washbowl The Thetford swivel toilet is at one end, while the fibreglass shower cubicle at the opposite end Finally the 2.2kg top-loading washing machine is hidden under a hinged benchtop lid.
The 175L 12V Waeco fridge/freezer is opposite the entrance door, next to a café-style dinette with its tri-fold table.
The kitchen along the nearside wall has good bench space, a large home kitchen-sized stainless-steel sink with a separate tap for filtered water, a combo four-burner cooktop with gas grill below and a microwave at a safe, sensible height.
In the rear of the van, there is an island north-south queen-sized bed with mirrored-door robes each side, large overhead clothing cupboards and bedside tables.
Truma VarioHeat eco – gas heater
Ibis reverse cycle air conditioner
Pure sine inverter – 1,100w
Tare mass: 2,560kg
Gross Trailer mass: 2,960kg (Axle/Axle Group load capacity: 3,900)
Tow ball: 200kg
Aggregate Trailer mass: 3,160kg
This van is a very sturdy and capable off road van, which has been looked after and is in quite good shape – both inside and outside – after 9 yrs use. It will provide many more years of enjoyment, whether you want to be off-grid, or use the facilities at a caravan park.