These amazing foldable caravans are designed to be strong, yet light in weight and are suitable for those people who drive a small to medium sized tow vehicle and want a short overall towing length. The interior has been efficiently designed to maximise the living area and the simplicity of operation allows a quick and easy setup – usually within 30 seconds. Given that A’vans are designed and built with a solid construction and without canvas, they can easily be packed away in the wet. There are many different types of A’vans available with four models being suitable for this article.
ConstructionA’vans use a construction technology called vacuum bonding. This construction method produces a very strong sandwich used for wall panels, which may consist of a fibreglass or aluminium exterior, 2 layer plywood interior and a Styrofoam insulation layer in-between. The chassis of the A’van is constructed using hot-dipped galvanised steel to protect from corrosive elements like rust. The interior furniture inside the A’van is constructed of solid timber.
Types of AvansThere are four main model types of A’vans currently available on the market and they each have their individual features and advantages.
SportlinerWith a tare weight of around 670kgs and an external body length of just under 2.7m, the Sportliner was designed for those who want a light weight caravan with a short overall towing length. It has the same features as its larger Aline brother and has 3 floor plan layouts that are cleverly designed to maximise the living space. These layouts would suit either a single person or a couple and there are plenty of optional extras such as an air conditioner, annexe, awning and a large storage boot to name a few.
Cruiseliner/CruiserThe largest of its class, measuring up to 4.4m is the Cruiseliner. This model features higher road clearance, a chassis upgrade and larger tyres when compared to the original Aliner. It provides more interior living space which is needed for the family traveller. The Cruiseliner comes in 7 layouts with examples such as: a kitchen with single beds, a lounge or sofa that can convert to either double beds or single beds and a dinette that can convert to a double bed. The Cruiser model is basically the same as the Cruiseliner except it is around half a metre shorter and does not include the large storage boot at the front.
WeekenderThe smallest of the A’vans is the Weekender with an interior body length of only 1.9m and a tare weight of 350kgs. The Weekender is really in a class of its own because the design is unlike the other A’vans and more like a Teardrop Camper. Being relatively light in weight means it can be pretty much towed by anything with four wheels. You enter or exit the caravan by lifting the rear hatch up and it features a large 190cm x 130cm double bed with a generous under-bed storage compartment.