Top 10 Caravans Over 1200kg and Under 2000kg
We would all love to have a grand luxury caravan for our holidays. But the truth of the matter is it takes a big vehicle to tow these. Going for a van in the 1200kg to 2000kg class means most mid to large sedans can legally do the towing. Here are the top 10 caravans over 1200kg and under 2000kg.
The new Journey model line is regarded as one of the best value-for-money propositions in this segment. It brings a high level of standard equipment and modern features to the market, with impressive technology underneath such as independent JTECH suspension with foam cell dampers, and a high ground clearance. Inside is appointed with modern conveniences, with CNC furniture, an ensuite and square shower, and a decent-size kitchen/dinette area.
It's built by a local Melbourne company that has been around for over 25 years. It's not the most luxurious van or the most advanced, but you tend to appreciate its simplicity and functionality. The Weekender showcases ample storage space inside and out. It's also built on an Australian-made galvanised chassis with solid timber furniture and fixtures inside. You can opt for Air Command air-conditioning, a roll-out awning, and a washing machine in the 'Essentials' package. Build quality is very high and what you would expect from a Regent product.
What a great-looking van. The Jindabyne is a superb value proposition in this segment. It's built in Australia to suit Australian conditions. Standout features include a galvanised chassis with an aluminium sandwich-type body and walls. Inside, there's plenty of bench space, decent amenities, and a reverse-cycle Aircommand Heron air-conditioning system as standard. This is the perfect van for first-time caravan buyers or young families wanting to tour all parts of Australia. It's also reasonably priced.
Swift Explorer 564
The Explorer 564 proves comfortable and mildly luxurious vans needn't be overly bulky or heavy. This is Great Britain's answer to the entry-level full-size caravan segment. While Australian-made vans sometimes come with air-conditioning, the Explorer comes with central heating. This means it's the perfect tool for a mid-year winter escape. Aside from the aerodynamic design, the relatively lightweight nature means it can be pulled by a mid-size car with ease, saving you fuel. Inside is a bright and airy environment with excellent living space, a decent-size kitchen area, with two deep cycle batteries and two solar panels providing back up power.
Another great Australian-made single-axle option. The beauty of the 169 is that it offers a full-width bathroom at the back and a large bedroom area at the front. There is also a kitchen in the middle with a 128-litre fridge, with a stainless steel sink and a full four-burner grill for the cooking. Relaxing is made easy thanks to an in-built flat-screen TV mounting, with radio and DVD support. Perhaps the best thing about the 169 is space efficiency and lightness for what you get. It's like a European van only it's made right here in Australia.
The Bremer is another great option for first-time van buyers or retirees, bringing a full queen-size bed to the mix, along with an L-shape dinette, complete shower and toilet facilities, and a high quality kitchen. One of the best things about the River brand is that it is new and it offers new-age versatility; you can often put in custom orders to get exactly what you want. Storage space is decent, especially in the kitchen. There is no oven, but this means even more storage. Big bedroom windows provide excellent lighting and a bright interior feel.
The 16tf Carnie is ideal for large sedan owners wanting a space efficient and relatively lightweight package. It comes with plenty of storage solutions inside, along with a strong galvanised steel chassis underneath. Innovative features include an elevated bed which opens up space when not used, and a Zwaardvis table. There's also a 150-litre fridge, a three-burner cooktop, and big Seitz windows with integrated fly screens.
A perfect van for the family. It comes with three bunk beds and a main double bed, a compact kitchen with a four-burner cooktop, a 90-litre Dometic fridge, and a dinette for four people. Jayco has tried to make the best use of the little space available, and even incorporated a wardrobe into the package. This van is quite light in weight, which means most mid to large sedans can legally tow it. Being made by a well-established brand, you are getting plenty of value for your money, and you can certainly rely on the engineering expertise behind it.
Millard Sunseeka 1560
At just 4.74 metres in length, the Sunseeka is a compact, easy-to-tow van for all caravan-goers. Millard is a highly reputable brand so it comes as no surprise the body is made from aluminium. There's Seitz double-glazed windows for optimum insulation and sound absorption, and a hot-dipped galvanised steel chassis with water tanks between the rails. Step inside to be greeted by an east-west main bed at the front, a large kitchen (for this segment), and plenty of storage options. A flat screen TV mounting bracket sits on the bathroom wall while energy-saving LED lights are used throughout.
Goldstream Explorer ST
Just sneaking into this segment with its ATM weight of 2000kg, the Explorer ST brings proper off-road ability to entry-level caravaning. Underneath is a Cruisemaster fully independent suspension setup for pure comfort and ability, with excellent ground clearance and a Hyland swivel hitch. Goldstream has ingeniously managed to package in a shower and toilet option. There's also a ducted air-con system, a compact kitchen and dinette area, modern decor, and decent storage. You can even opt for a reverse-parking camera. An all-round top van that doesn't require a Mack truck to tow it.