Our original A'van purchased in 1998 served us extremely well over 17 years and we have just updated to a new one. The build quality is good but I fear the quality of the actual chassis will not live as long(Chinese steel) Think this is general across the industry now. We had a double bed but advancing years made it difficult during the night!! Now with singles, much better. Water tap on the front draw bar good idea and the hot water system for the round bowl sink is a great improvement. Annoyingly I, a 162 cm female,was able to easily put up the roof on our previous model, yet I could not lift the new one (and this is from one day to the next) - must be weightier in the construction.
The only way to explore Australia
We bought our Avan Aliner after taking a year to research what fitted us. We started thinking about a Toyota Hiace and this grew to a Daf 4 tonne truck but luckily we narrowed it down to between an Avan Aliner and a Jayco Swan the Avan won. It has no wet canvas to repack or to blow in the breeze and the Avan is fully insulated and can be put up by my wife in 3 minutes. After 16 years and over 100000K and having slept in it for over a year we still love going away in it.
Done five trips. Update.
I put in a reverse cycle air conditioner - saphir. Good cooling. Useless heating as doesn't work if it's colder than 7. Make sure you've got a small heater as well. Blew the circuit breaker with a device overload. My fault I think. Easily fixed with a switch throw. You do need an annex with an A'van. They are just too small otherwise. Cooking in them is a bad idea. We cook in the annex. You may not therefor need the gas bottles. Im going to take them off and try putting the mountain bikes there. So far have left them behind. No room in Prado or...Avan. Won't put them on roof - windage and damage - or at back where they can fall off unknown. The annex is hard to put up. True. It does get easier but. And you cannot do without it. Repeat. You cannot do without it. Get one with Walls, two windows, door, guys, pegs and floor. Practice putting it up. Think about it. Relax. You dont need to add Walls and floor on first day. Using large water container instead of tank or mains to give more space in Avan. Excellent. So far.
Great little van,, easy to tow and setup.
I have a 98 Aliner Offroad and I love it.! I've made a few improvements like electric water pumping, a hot tap and aircon. Compact and easy to handle. Possibly not for the vanners who like to travel in a mobile Taj Mahal. Storage discipline is required. Have recently viewed the new models and they are the same great design but upgraded to smooth sides and modern appliances. They look very nice with their woodgrain interiors instead of the old grey laminate. There isn't a lot of room for improvement for such a great design. Sadly they a...re still put together with ordinary steel screws which in time can look a bit sad. I replaced almost all of mine with stainless steel which looks far better and cost me about 50 bucks. That would have cost Avan about 5 and I don't know why they don't use them. The current floors are now marine ply which should hold up better than the old chipboard. The chipboard floors need good and current undersealing. Possibly the ply could use a good thick bitumen coat over their quick black spray job too if you want it to last, The only complaint I'd have about the new models is that the main side hinges are now galvanised steel instead of aluminium. This not only looks cheap when it is bright and shiny but it will look like rubbish once the inevitable inside van condensation starts to oxidise it. These hinges are inside and very visible. Apart from that concern, I would recommend this van to anyone.. Cheers, Geoff.
We are contemplating getting another Aliner. Have tried a larger caravan that needed a larger vehicle and now with a Forester the Aliner is the best match.
Excellent unit for two people. We found storage not a problem and ample for our needs.The extra space under double bed most useful. We had ours from 1998 to 2004
covering trips tp Queensland, prospecting in WA - being towed by our then Liberty waggon proved an excellent combination
The condensation from roof joint, mostly overcome with vents slightly open
14 years with an Avan
We purchased our Aliner when there were few on the road and have never looked back. Taken it lots of places around Australia. Its a joy to pull, light enough to be pushed by hand if need be and there is actually lots of storage space for 2 people (although we have grandson with us at times). We only put up the annex when we stop for more than a day and have only put up the sides twice. Because the van is light and nimble it is very convenient so we can store it easily in our place. People criticise the van for being so small until they come ins...ide and realise the advantages of good design including excellent ventilationdue to its high roof. With our solar panel and inverter we can free camp anywhere for long periods - and have. We stow a porta potti (just in case) and have an outside pop up shower powered by the battery. What more do you want. It even comes with a kitchen sink!! Everything in a neat compact package for 2 people to go camping. Goes up in 5 seconds too. Too many people want to load it up with too many extras they really don't need. Like a sewing machine!!
Great for two..
We have a 2004 CruiseLiner with many extras and find it an excellent proposition after a Jayco Freedom .. The Avan is easier to tow and much more sensibly designed. The only drawback compared is the annexe assembly but once you become familiar with the routine it adds just a few more minutes to dropping the awning. Allup a fantastic unit!!!
Towing ease, sensible storage
Annexe assembly V rollout awning
Ticks all our boxes-easy to use/fits in garage/easy to tow/no canvas! Just pullup at any pleasant looking spot, and before you know it, the kettle's on, and a snack is on the way.
Solid, easy to set up, easy to store and tow. Plenty of natural light, and innovative design.
You must be minimalist with the gear you take and keep everything tidy and be disciplined with a place for everything & everything in its place as storage is at a premium
I loved the design, the ease of putting it up, the speed of putting it down. although the Annex was a bit awkward to thread up to the point of the roof, but once used to it, got better and quicker. With Annex and staying for a period of time in one place, it was great, with two teenage boys in the annex. Can be towed by almost anything, low ball weight, wouldn't know it was attached when driving, so easy. Easy to back and set up for the night. Had a few breakages before it got off the yard when we bought it, but they were all fixed and we ...left before anything fell off! Worth the buy overall. Great small caravan for travelling when you need to put it up in a hurry. Great to stop and put it up for a 'cuppa. Can be pulled by small 4cl 1600 car, yes really!! We pulled it with a Mazda Premacy, later by Nissan X-trail and you wouldn't know it was on. Not really good for more than two people, although we had one child travelling with us. No storage space for clothes, very little for kitchen goods and food, so awkward when you need to cook.
Can't beat them. The solid sides are a definite advantage over the wind up campers, not to mention the soft floor ones.
Can be put up in less then a minute. Easy enough to put up for lunch on the road.
Tows like a dream. Does not increase fuel consumption of my Prado when towing by much. Self sufficient with battery pack and Solar charger. Good build quality when compared with other wind up camper which I had before. No Canvas or flimsy roof supports to worry about in strong winds.
Good for 2 people - would not suggest to try with more.
This van beats all campers and caravans if you need only a simple way of camping in comfort. Because the roof is so well insulated the temperture inside is bearable. Add the top hatches that can be opened and "bob is your uncle"
The rear bumperbar is for tent poles, but like in our case its a permanent fishing rod storage.
This camper is soooooo easy to tow. I have to look in my mirrors regularly to make sure the van is still there. I am towing with a 2.2 diesel. Its so easy to set it up. It attracts most of the time curiosity with other campe...
Questions & Answers
Can the aliner be stored in travel mode or does the roof need to lifted when van is not being used for a few weeks?
Anyone have a rough idea of town all weight on a 2001 avan cruiseliner? Thanks in advance
Where can I buy a roof lifter for our Aliner Avan? We saw several of these very handy gadgets when travelling in Qld. this winter. A stem on three legs, with a small box with with a handle, Inside the box some reduction gears. A further rod and piece of c channel to fit under side of roof. Simply wind up (using just 2 fingers) and pop its up!! about $400 with a supplied canvas bag, Phone 0490 800 348 and leave a message with your name and contact number, Many thanks. Rose and Nicholas.
|Sleeping Capacity||3 people||3 people||3 people||3 people|
|Tare Weight||830 kg||830 kg||830 kg||830 kg|
|Travel Length||4.85 m||4.85 m||4.85 m||4.85 m|
|Dimensions||2580 x 2075 x 3380 mm||2580 x 2075 x 3380 mm||2580 x 2075 x 3380 mm||2580 x 2075 x 3380 mm|
|Bathroom / Laundry Inclusions||Shower||Shower||Shower||Shower|
|Exterior Features||240V Power Point||240V Power Point||240V Power Point||240V Power Point|
|Interior Features||Air Conditioning||Air Conditioning||Air Conditioning||Air Conditioning|
|Kitchen Inclusions||Cooktop, Fridge, Microwave, Oven and Sink||Cooktop, Fridge, Microwave, Oven and Sink||Cooktop, Fridge, Microwave, Oven and Sink||Cooktop, Fridge, Microwave, Oven and Sink|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2007||Mar 2007||Mar 2007||Mar 2007|
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