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Off-Road /Cross Country Caravans/ All Terrain Vehicle

These terminologies are usually given to caravans of a more robust construction.  These caravans weigh more due to the construction materials used as well as the additional features including such things as larger refrigerators, deep freezers, batteries, water tanks and solar panels.

 

 

Off-road caravans are designed to withstand travel on unsealed corrugated roads as well as for self sufficiency when it comes to water and power.  It allows owners to ‘freedom camp’ or venture into National Parks and State Forests where there is often limited facilities available. 

Designs can include:- 
 
  • Hatches for portable fridges, generators and pull out BBQ’s
  • Extended ‘A’ frames to accommodate such things as bicycle racks, boat motors and collapsible boat trailers.
  • Two door front boot (for easier access to batteries)
  • External access hatches to storage area under beds
 

Kedron ATV2 Offroad Caravan

 

Some off-road caravan brand names are Kedron Caravans, Free Spirit, Spinifex, Bushtracker, Kimberley Karavans, Lotus and Trakmaster Caravans.

Some features may come standard in the cost, but while not exhaustive, the list of options available include:-

  • Hot dipped galvanized or aircraft grade aluminium chassis
  • Wheels sized to suit tow vehicle
  • Solar panels
  • Solar regulator
  • Hot water system
  • Larger 9 kg gas bottles
  • Stoneguard
  • Deep cell or Lithium batteries with battery state of charge indicators
  • Float charger
  • 12V power
  • 230V AC Earth leakage circuit breaker
  • Inverters and remote monitor display panel
  • Independent suspension
  • Independent suspension with shock absorbers
  • Electric or disc brakes
  • Checker plate on front and brush panels on the lower portion of the sides and rear
  • Pole carriers
  • Tinted double glazed windows with fly screens
  • Water tanks for shower and separate tank for drinking water with filter at sink
  • Water tank
  • 12V Water Pumps
  • Cassette or vacuum toilet
  • Jerry can holders
  • Drop down leg jacks
  • LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting
  • Four season hatch and Fantastic (exhaust) hatches
  • Compressor refrigerators (230V AC/12V)
  • Stainless steel sinks
  • Microwave
  • Range hoods
  • Stove tops and oven
  • Shower/toilet
  • Diesel air blown heaters
  • Inner spring mattress
  • Flat screen TV
  • Roof mounted TV aerial/Satellite Dish  
  • DVD player
  • Radio/CD player

 

A point to remember is that by additional inclusions/accessorizing the standard caravan it adds to the overall weight.  For example, if you decided to add another 80 litre water tank you are adding approximately a further 80 kilos when the tank is full.  For stability it is best to travel with the tanks either full or empty as the sloshing of water within part filled tanks may cause instability under certain sway conditions.

 

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