7A'van Hardtop Series

A'van Hardtop Series


53 reviews · Statistics


Mileage 44,500 km
Value for Money
4.8 (6)
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.6 (5)
Interior Build Quality
4.2 (5)
Off-roading Performance
4.2 (6)
Exterior Build Quality
4.5 (6)
4.7 (6)

This listing is for the original A'Van 500 & 600 Hardtop Series. For the A'Van Aspire Hardtop 400/500-600 series, please click here.

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A'van Hardtop Series53 reviews
Jensen Owner
Jensen Owner
  Hardtop 609 Jensen

Great van

A good van - have only owned for a couple of months so far. I am more concerned that you have people posting a review about a van having not even used one? Instead they post a review based only on other reviews they have read - not first hand experience. Simply damages credibilty of your review site I believe.
Value for Money
PeterNSWMurrumbidgee Region, NSW3 posts
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Unbeatable value

We bought our 2014 Frances in 2018. The good: lightweight Approx 1500kg dry means Triton handles it easily. En-suite and owner fitted diesel heater a huge plus. Short length 17’6” body means easy to reverse in and manoeuvre at fuel stops. More storage would be nice but the Ute solves that.
The bad: quality typical Australian, with odd idea of power cable loose in under the bed with various fuses water pump etc, so I put a piece of pine across. Low clearance means it drags easily. Veneer trim comes loose in heat, but easily glued back. awning a frail affair,has been repaired once
Summary: Another axle and say 3’ more would be nice but that’s for next time.light weight and low price a winner. Show details
Value for Money
Cleaning & Maintenance
john NSWRichmond-Tweed, NSW2 posts
  Hardtop 563 Liam

top help when chouising van orded extras ect 10 years on still happy top van fore price thank you crouse aus

tows verry well exelent good size van fore two & 2 dogs no real problems with sink tap leek but fixed promply i hav had many vans over lots of years top brands to but we are not only happy with van but are verry happy with crouse aus & team john lilian  Show details
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aussiekeith4 posts
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Six years on!

This is our fifth post on the Francis. Its six years since we bought it new and its now done over 100,000ks. In the last eighteen months / two yeas we have had been on many rough roads anf done extensive free camping. The van trails well and has never leaked. Everything works as it should and its a reliable comfy unit. We have added a CTEK charger and upgraded the two batteries to another 120amp. We made the right decision when we purchased this van and if we upgraded we would most likely buy another AVAN van.
One other point is the ALKO torsion suspension. We were nit entirely sure when we bought the van. We were used to coil or leaf spring. Six years on couldn't recommend it enough. Show details
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Cleaning & Maintenance
John V.
John V.VICWestern District, VIC12 posts
  Hardtop 563 Liam

Great van!

2009 Liam Mk2 Adventure Pack Off Road, 5.63 pop top. Everything works. Tows great. Very good quality. Plenty of ground clearance for most tracks. Aging very well. Love it. Would give it a score of 9/10. Show details
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AlanVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC13 posts
  Hardtop 609 Jensen

Loving it

We bought a 2nd hand year old AVan Jensen 2017 model and love it. Great layout.
All caravans need maintenance along the way but our is minimal compared to the European Adria we had previously. Show details
K.cosgrove4 posts
  Hardtop 563 Liam ST

Bad design of flyscreens

Our van took in loads of dust over a couple of days.
My husband did manage to seal the spots where the dust was coming in and it has been fine.
The flyscreens for the windows and door are absolutely useless, at the first hint of even a gentle breeze they blow out and are of no use.
This is my main gripe, they are so badly designed.
Another issue is the pilot light of the fridge goes out with wind.poorly designed in my opinion
It is easy to tow and otherwise comfortable.
It was bought as a second hand van, the van itself was made in 2011 Show details
NothappyJan!Brisbane3 posts
  Hardtop 609 Jensen
  Hardtop 555 Aspire

things not done properly

have had some issues drain wasn't connected to basin in bathroom hole in bench to small for connection to go to basin had to remove basin to larger hole in bench and we haven't left home so we had leaks screws out of hinges ,doors not lining up .fuses missing .out of lighting system. towed well from port Macquarie to gold coast

GazzSouth Australia2 posts
  Hardtop 609 Owen

Great experience

Had my avan owen for 3 years now and have towed it around most of Australia tows great has plenty of storage and great fridge and i have full stove apart from the normal maintainence no problems at all

Lew b
Lew b2 posts
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Disappointed in building quality and after service

555 seemed rusted workmanship screws missing from hindgers holes drilled in floor incorrectly water piping incorrectly fitted water leaks from tanks filled with silicone instead of replacing cracked fittings.Delivery date was late by 6months .Sorry Avan PERTH very unhappy with service after you had my money .Conversation travels fast

DonoNSWHunter Region, NSW4 posts
  Hardtop 560 Frances
  Hardtop 609 Nathan

Love our Nathan adventure pak

Picked our van up in November just did a trip to the Eyre Peninsula for a month the van went great just a couple of things to get checked but at the moment very happy we towed with a ford territory ghia awd not to bad on the petrol we thought it would be terrible did a lot of free camping very comfortable, and very easy to tow.

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kateNSWMid North Coast, NSW9 posts
  Hardtop 609 Jensen

does anyone have a Jensen 2017 A Van ? If so are they having any problems with it.

  Hardtop 617 Aspire

Best Family Van on the Market

The build quality of my Avan Aspire 617 is perfect. It is fantastic having a seperate shower and toilet with a triple bunk in a 19ft van that has an ATM of under 2.5t. The WA dealer (Premier Avan) are fantastic, they are friendly, always willing to help and gave a through handover of the van on collection.

Best caravan we've had to date.

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Questions & Answers

Keith D.
Keith D. · Hardtop 563 Liam ST

how do i get the 12v lights to work, there are switches under the island bed, its a 18 ft liam poptop thanks Keith

Gail Yates
Gail Yates · Hardtop Series

Hey guys,
We are new owners of a Avan Aspire 555 2018 model,
I love the caravan but not the flimsy roll out fly wire door..... I would much prefer the security door like the older caravans. Has anyone on here actually had their doors changed over to the security type doors in their Avan?
Thank you

Rodger S.
Rodger S. · Hardtop 609 Owen

Where on a 2013 Avan Owen is the safety circuit breaker located

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