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Great vanA 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.
Unbeatable valueWe 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
top help when chouising van orded extras ect 10 years on still happy top van fore price thank you crouse austows 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
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
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
Loving itWe 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
Bad design of flyscreensOur 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
Was just about to buy one until I read the reviewsI’ve been looking for the right light smallish semi off-road affordable caravan with an en-suite.
Thought I’d found it in the Avan Jensen, a great looking van with a great layout and a great price, until I read the Avan reviews....
Unfortunatley been down the track before with other caravan manufacturers and their so called warranties, I’ve had the water leaks, rediculously bad wiring, aircond not bolted down and nearly falling off etc, not to mention incorrect Tare weights (your over Weight before you put anything in it) etc. The indus... Read moretry needs a big shake up, thought it would have come with all the competition out there but it seems the are all racing to the bottom rather than the top, it’s hard to work out who’s actually building a decent van at a reasonable price. You would think in this day and age of the internet and reviews manufacturers would get their act together. Thanks to the reviews you’ve cost this manufacturer a sale!
things not done properlyhave 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
Great experienceHad 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
Disappointed in building quality and after service555 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
a'van francis HTWe purchased a new Francis HT Adventure pack from A'van Morisset in October 2017. Since then we have done a couple of "shake down" local trips, leading up to our recent big trip. We have just come back from an 6000 km trip from Lake Macquarie to Longreach, Winton, Hughenden, Charters Towers, Townsville and down the coast to Yeppoon where we stayed for a few days before coming home via Goondawindi, Warialda, Inverell and One Mile Beach, Nelson Bay, where we stopped for a few nights before coming home.
The van has had a a couple of niggling iss... Read moreues, namely, the table top bubbled & was replaced without a drama by the dealer at Morisset. A connection in the en suite tap leaked, (thread tape had been used on an O ring connection, tape removed, tightened, fixed) and the main fill pipe into the water tanks had leaked. It was covered with silastic. After examination the radiator type clamp had not been seated correctly?? Repositioned, tightened, perfect. On our recent big trip, the van performed perfectly. Everything worked as it should and it towed beautifully behind our BT 50 ute. We experienced dust, torrential rain and below average roads. The van handled these conditions easily. I read a lot reviews about vans before we purchased this van. (We previously owned 2 Jayco's) In my opinion the layout and dollar value of the Francis takes some beating. Overall a great van, a couple of minor quality control issues which shouldn't happen in these times, but we are very happy. ,
Love our Nathan adventure pakPicked 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.
not happy with vanWe purchased an Avan from the Port Macquarie Caravan and Camping Show, we have had various problems, windows not closing, air conditioner noisy, doors not fitting, and screen around microwave has broken in half, door to bathroom was not fitted at all, ensuite cupboards were not aligned, the upholstery had to be resewn by us as it was coming apart at the seam, also leaking water tank. Some of these things were fixed by the Avan site, but it is an hour drive there and back as well as fuel, none of which has been reimbursed to us. So all in all ... Read morepoor quality , looks good , and bed is comfortable , stove ok, but we are waiting for the next thing to break down, and also have sent an email to their H/O but of course no reply. Will not buy another van from this company...... We found the Avan dealer good and they were prepared to fix all these things, but as with purchasing a new car there should not be any of these issues. July 23rd 2018 Update: a mistake in buying this Van once again we have had to take the Van back as the Brake away brake battery was not being charged by the Van charger, also the Van battery has to be replaced. This is the 4th time we have had to take this Van back to the dealer at around 100 ks each way makes for an expensive exercise. The dealer has been co operative but bad choice of caravan , wish we had never brought this brand, never again. November 6th 2018 Update: Faulty front entry door The door simply fell off the hinges during our last trip, it opens half way like a stable door, however the top half fell off. Would be a good idea if the screws were checked before every trip, as one screw had fallen out and is lost and you can only tighten them up with an Allen Key. Stupid design !!!!!
Best Family Van on the MarketThe 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.
Questions & Answers
how do i get the 12v lights to work, there are switches under the island bed, its a 18 ft liam poptop thanks Keith
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?
Where on a 2013 Avan Owen is the safety circuit breaker located
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