Ok. But but doesn't suit our just on and over 70's age bracket.
The van has just turned 2 in April. After travelling with friends with a pop top with Island bed and having had our van only 3 months, we realised that we had made the wrong choice for our life style/age group. The Cruiseliner A-van is beautiful and tows like a dream with our almost new Nissan X-Trail. The van has external shower, gas hot water and reverse cycle air conditioning, so has all the extras. So easy to put up and down! It's not the van, but us, that is the problem. We have been flying along 130 kph before realising we had a van behind us.
We love it!
Sorry to hear all the problems some of you are having. We bought a new Cruiseliner in 2006, and must have got a good one. We've done a lot of kms and have never had a problem, even the original battery shows no sign of giving up soon. It's garaged and given a top to toe clean only once a year and it's still like new.
Concept? Good. Result? Poor.
Aliner is the budget version of Cruiseliner. Good concept but poorly executed. My Trade skills are applied often to keep the van on the road.
A'van provide no advise or assistance, never responded to my queries. Fortunately I have close friends who are mechanics and one is a practicing automotive certification engineer so I have no difficulties in sorting out any issues of repair or compliance.
Fixing grounds and fixings are insufficient, things detach, electrical system prone to breakdowns, no jack or wheel brace supplied as standard. Uni...
Love my Avan Cruiseliner
We bought our Cruiseliner 2nd hand through a dealer and we had extras that I would probably not have bothered with if we had bought new. Saying that we have used the microwave and the air-conditioning.
We love it, mostly it is used for weekends away, and it serves us very well, very quick to put up and light to tow. I did a trip to Canarvon Gorge for 7 days which has a pretty rough corrogated road in and it shook the van around a bit so we had to repair the water system but honestly that was a really poor road. We were two woman traveling...
Avan Cruiseliner: disappointed
Update March 2020.
We've had the van under a quality hail/rain cover in the back yard unused for about 18 months.
On taking it out this past weekend we found two cracks in the rear panel that had developed while under the cover.
Avan customer service suggests this is because of heat under the cover over summer has "dried out the plastic making it stressed and brittle". The suggestion is to silicone it up, find a plastic welder to fix it, or the expense of a replacement rear panel. ...... off to Bunnings I go!!
Update November 2014.
We have had the van on the road for about 5 months, and the concept and basic design has worked well for us over the past 20 months. We stick to sealed roads and drive conservatively.
Time of writing October 2014 - A'van Cruiseliner 2010 model
We puchased a used 2010 A'van Cruiseline in excellent condition with full annex. Spent 10 weeks Qld, NT, WA, Vic and back to NSW 10,000 Klm's mostly on bitumen and some corrugated roads. A treat to tow and so quick and easy up and down. No condensation problems but we always as at home sleep with at the least one or both roof vents open. We installed outside cold water shower and 12 volt plug outside door. It already had a mirror and two Led lights. We sleep really well. We mostly just do five day trips and live the ease of it all. Even...these small trips we have taken on a few rough roads. Lost our rear stabilizer pads on cattle grid at Neurum creek. Roof vents we have had to add elastic cords to keep down while traveling, the previous owner advised about this issue.. Apart from those items so far so good. Ours has reverse cycle air con and microwave. The air con was great in Darwin and heating great for Coober Pedy, for the most though we camp on free or unpowered sites and find the solar is great and we always seem to manage with water, caring extra bottle if thought needed. We did buy water filter as advised by friends. We r really happy with our van and seem to be gathering friends who have also bought used and new A'Vans. Heading off soon for gentle five day camp and next year to Longreach for our first A'van club meet.. I see a query re storage, whilst it is a little difficult accessing clothing one can come up with ideas with stick on hooks etc to hook on box for undies in compartments etc. I find I keep our jackets out for nighttime either in car or on seat in van and I have a shoe bag under bed or in car as that suits our use. For cooking I have access to my pots and pans both from inside and out and we can stop and make tea on little Korean stove without opening van which if preferred is only a two minute event. We have everything we need stored in van. I roll up spare blanket behind pillows on bed. Keep veggies or extras in cooler bags under bed (ours is the one that makes into sofa so there is easy access) as the trip goes on these items deplete. We always have more than we ever need. The freezer can take a good six or so meals plus ice if packed well. Enjoy your A'Vans.
We bought a 2006 Aliner from Pakenham Victoria. They were very helpful. A couple of things have gone wrong, only small issued, they have dealt with them promptly and have always followed up any queries we have had. I would recommend them and the Aliner. A great little van, best for two. Take a small tent for your kids!
2 years 10 months, 12 trips and 134 nights with a Cruiseliner - Ongoing review
We seem to have this unit sorted now.
Repairs since May 2012
Element in gas/electric hot water system replaced as it had shorted out due to corrosion. Not expected in a unit that was then just 2 and half years old. Given the track record of Avan, I wondered about the age of the unit when it was installed.
Second set of Jensen roof vents (the small ones) replaced as they too melted under a caravan cover - not a tarpaulin. So the Avan is now just stored under shade cloth and the caravan cover has been stored away.
Finally had to replace the supplied water pump as it would not cycle off despite there being no leaks in the system. Replacement pumps works perfectly.
Avan Cruiseliner Very Disappopinted.
We bought our Avan in January 2013. Since then we have had a myriad of problems with it. Trim around inside front and back has fallen off. Door stop has fallen off. Had to replace the small vent windows 3 times so far. Avan Melbourne has been totally unhelpful, calls not returned, when they answered the phone I was told to send an e mail. No reply after 8 months. Would not recommend the purchase of this Van to anyone.
Poor workmanship and after sales service, wont be buying another one.
avan cruiseliner adventure pack
we purchased a new cruiseliner adventure pack in oct 2011 it wasn't delivered until easter 2013. The van is great in concept. The execution of the build is very poor and not to the standard we expected. But once you've got it, there is not much you can do, as the manufacturer pushes everything back to the retailer. In the end we could rely on the retailer to fix or replace warranty items to a standard that we were happy with so we spent countless hours tracing problems and bying replacement items and fixing things ourselves.
We have a lemon
We purchased our Avan Cruiseliner in August 2012 and have only been away on a few short trips. Firstly, before we even took actual delivery, no elect. brakes. Electrical earthing problem. The two small windows cracked, roof has now bowed and replacement windows warped. Were intending to do a trip to SA Mid March and another trip Darwin to Broome in July/Aug. Not sure what we are going to do now.
Poor quality workmanship, too many things going wrong with a the new van
Very happy with our Avan Cruiseliner
We bought a 2004 model Cruiseliner used from Sydney RV. The dealer service was most unsatisfactory and I'd never deal with Sydney RV again, but that shouldn't reflect on the product. Overall, we've been very happy with our van. We used it on the return journey from Sydney, then took it on a 9 week trip to far north Qld. We haven't experienced very cold weather in it, but thus far have had no condensation problems and certainly no leaks. Everything in it seems to work fine.
We plan some minor modifications to make the layout suit our needs be...
A bit wet inside..
We recently purchased a new Cruiseliner and were suprised at the amount of condensation inside the van after a heavy dew. All of the internal aluminium trims were dripping water at a constant rate. Is this a common problem??. Otherwise all is pretty good.
Condensation problems in heavy dew
A'Van Cruseliner a no go!
We bought a new A'Van (2009) two and a half years ago, and have had nothing but problems.
1) Side lights not sealed with silicon and water leakage into area under the forward table.
2) Back external seal under window not sealed, led to water leakage in back locker
3) Sink Tap failed, leading to water leakage into cupboards.
4) Piano hinge for wall fold near front of van cracked.
5) Beading coming off the edge of cupboards.
6) Floor appeared not to be sealed. ...
main window blow out on highway
We were just last weekend traveling on the Bruce highway when our back window just blew off the back of the van. The windows are apparently just glued to the panels, and the glue came unstuck!! Window was retrieved, and now it's an insurance job to fix. This seems poor fixation and quality control on the part of the manufacturers
We traded in our Jayco 16ft poptop( perfect van but we wanted a smaller van due to health reasons) for a new cruiseliner from Kratzann at Burpengary. Their predelivery was non existant, when we arrived home some 300 klms distance & opened the van to show it off the drawers were on the floor, the hatch hinges had fallen apart, edging to the cupboards were falling, off when I emailed photos & complained & asked them to fix up the defects I got the runaround. Was told to bring it back to their depot(we have a agent In our town). I sent fax to Alin...e in Melbourne about the quality of finish & was told it was the dealers fault. After numerous emails, I told the I would do my own fix ups & charge them the costs. As a retired builder/carpenter I was shocked with the substandard quality of the Avan. Concept is great, & after fixing up the defects I now have a great van. I now wonder whats going to happen if I ever have to do a major warranty claim as I took out an extended service which supposedly covers Australia wide Concept & ease of manouvering & the ability to use a smaller tow vehicle & is rugged enough to take to the bush/beach Yes it was expensive but not the issue, poor quality finish, substandard parts sloppy tradework, non existant predelivery, & manufacturer playing the blame game when I notified them of the defects
purchased 2D model in march 2009, traded it in on another make in october 2009. we had problems with just about everything in the unit; faulty brakes, water ingress if it rained, insect ingress at night, electrical problems (poor electrical conections everywhere).even the rims were faulty! Would never, ever in our wildest dreams, buy another avan
easy to tow. easy to assemble
shocking build quality. after sales service virtually non existent when interstate.
All up ,I feel we have made the correct choice a camper.We optioned our van with everything except air conditioning and it has turned out very comfortable indeed. The adventure pack handles dirt roads better than our tow vechile.
Light weight,ease of towing,insulation,
sliding light switches,After sales service a bit ordinary
We bought new in 09 and have been to Lawn Hill national park and Adeles Grove. The road from Adeles to Gregory downs was probably one of the most corrugated and rough piece of road in Australia but the Cruiseliner proved tough and robust.
We have a few modifications planned and will extend the drawbar this year before going to the cape in June [if it stops raining].
Quick to set up, easy to tow. Seems to have enough storage for 2 plus we have the back of the Pajero.
Need a longer drawbar/A frame so that we can fit stone guard. Pre delivery and after sales service non existant.
Questions & Answers
Hi, we bought our cruiseliner second hand and have three pieces of protective sponge, 1 for top of cabinet and 1 between folded side, where does the other piece go?
One on top of the glass pane above the stove; one above the sink; one on the bench at door entrance.
I put one on top of the vanity style cabinet and under the RHS siding; another on top of RHS siding to separate it from the LHS siding; and the third on topic the LHS siding near it’s top apex before lowering the roof; all to prevent damage when travelling.
I love looking at the answers to this question, everyone gets it wrong on were to put the 3 square pieces foam they get the 1 on the bench top right but the other 2 wrong. as I have repaired more avans than anyone in Australia I have good laugh at a lot of the questions that get asked on this site. Its like mr waiting long air conditioner problem I could fix that in about an hour and you wouldn't have to waste your time putting anything on this site complaining about it. I have been doing this for 27 years now most people in Australia who own an avan know who I am and were to find me on the gold coast.
Water comes in under the apex of the roof especially if wind blows from the back of van or you hose the roof upwards from the back is that normal that water comes in underneath
Glenn, I gather it is no longer under Warranty?
It's just I have seen other posts with this issue.
Best of luck.
Thanks no van still under warranty. Been told that’s normal . Don’t know enough to prove other wise. In there defence it was severe wind blowing and garden hose has a fair stream. So not sure
Hi there. We are in the market for a second hand Avan. What are some things we should look out for?
Also, of it doesn't have solar on it, how easy is it to have solar fitted of we get it?
There are so many issues to be aware of so do be careful. I suggest many of the issues are covered in these reviews below. Just be aware that some positive reviews can come from the manufacturer; retailer etc. There could be many other review sites but this will be sufficient to show up the pitfalls.
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