Avan Caravans Adventure Pack

Submitted: Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 15:25
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Wife and I are looking at our first caravan - small pop-top. Avan has one that looks OK for our purposes.

When I enquired about their Adventure Pack (higher ground clearance, larger tyres, bigger chassis etc) to enable us to travel corrugated outback roads I was told it was intended for "well maintained graded dirt roads". A well maintained and graded dirt road would be better than a lot of bitumen roads!

So are these 'off-road' upgrades a marketing gimmick or do they add some real benefits?

Are 'normal' caravans really only suited to good quality bitumen roads?

We are not interested in serious 4WD territory but we do want to be able to get off the tar and travel the back roads.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 15:41

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 15:41
Hi Krooznalong

When we were researching, a number of caravans rapidly fell off the list when the off road badged model had a proviso like "suitable for sealed roads and occasional short trips off sealed such as into a campsite". Any caravan should be suitable for unsealed maintained rural roads. Some may suffer dust ingression, but all should stand up to these rural roads.

If you want to go beyond these roads, don't choice a badged model from a regular caravan manufacturer, but look at the brands that specialise in off road caravans. A lifted suspension and a bit of chequerplate will not change a regular (sealed roads) caravan into an off road (rough roads) caravan.

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Reply By: Member - rooster350 - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 16:24

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 16:24
Do not worry to much about taking a Avan poptop "off the road", we have a dual axle model non "off road" with no modifications and we have taken it over some very , very rough roads ...corrugations , rocks , the lot ..and have not experienced any trouble whatsoever....maybe we have been lucky...maybe because we took our time and took it easy,,,who knows cheers
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 19:24

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 19:24
When I was in Innamincka a few weeks back, there was a couple there with an Avan, think it was a pop top, and they'd come from Cameron's Corner, up the old Strezelecki, and were heading up the Cordillo Downs road from there.

They were towing with a "little" Jeep(not a Grand Cherokee), and seemed very happy to be out there. The roads certainly weren't worrying them!

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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 17:26

Monday, Nov 23, 2015 at 17:26
Most vans will handle off road conditions provided you drop your tyre pressure on tug, and van, and drop your speed, and drive to the conditions.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 14:48

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 14:48
Do you mean dirt road or actually off road?
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 19:34

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 19:34
I certainly don't mean driving through a paddock, (off road) maybe GRR, Oodnadatta Track and so on.
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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 09:14

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 09:14
All the above advice is pretty spot on. Sensibly driven you should not have a problem - or few anyway. I agree with MH 'Adventure Packs' and the like are marketing tools to extract more dollars from your wallet. Same like units badged as 'Semi Off-Road' whatever the hell that means!

A purpose built off-road van has upgraded engineering and build throughout. They are, or should be, designed for long term hard country touring, corrugations and dust. The build will include upgraded cabinet work, fittings, electrics, plumbing, chassis and suspension. Just putting a raised and stiffened suspension underneath what is essential a stock road van will just transfer the vibration and shocks up through the rest of the unit.

I have also seen stock road vans in some interesting country - would I buy one for long term touring of the more remote places ..... No.
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Reply By: Gronk - Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 09:55

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 09:55
All depends on where YOU intend to take it..
An offroad caravan is what ?? A huge Bushtracker won't go offroad, but it will handle corrugations on a dirt road, and that's what the extra strength is all about.
If you want to go offroad, but not to the outback on corrugated roads, then the Avan with a bigger chassis and lifted suspension will probably do the job .
Offroad, you need ground clearance.....corrugated dirt roads you need good suspension and interior that won't won't fall apart.
A cross between the two is a good thing, depending what size van you want !
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 14:56

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 14:56
In a unit designed for rough roads and offroad I would want to see a heavier chassis, higher axle rating, HD suspension and greater clearances. The main reason is to deal with the effects of a load when it drops into a dip, hits a rock or hammers a bump.
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