7A'van Hardtop 560 Frances
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A'van Hardtop 560 Frances

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7A'van Hardtop 560 Frances
3.4

19 reviews

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Mileage 66,000 km
Value for Money
5.0
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.5
Interior Build Quality
4.0
Off-roading Performance
3.5
Exterior Build Quality
4.5
Comfort
4.5

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Reviews

19 reviews
Peter
PeterMurrumbidgee 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
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aussiekeith
aussiekeith4 posts
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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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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

Dono
DonoHunter Region, NSW4 posts
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GAMA
GAMA3 posts
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Kayb
KaybBlue haven
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Load capacity

Happy with van and layout and all small problems fixed by either dealer or product warranty. Our main problem is weight as atm is well over stated limit.

We purchased van from stock at penrith it has oven air con and awning fitted presumably at factory which I would hope is include in tare.

We have 2 water tanks and coupled with the hot water this gives 200 litres so 200 kg this leaves only 100 kg for every thing else if as stated the air etc is included in tare

Has anyone up dated chassis etc to accomodate greater load capacity .axle rating is 1600 kg

Jackie
JackieSydney2 posts
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Deborah
DeborahWollongong
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Avan Frances HT560 - nice van but After sale service not so nice

After delay in getting the van (9 months from deposit taken) Van was not the colour we ordered and missing items, picnic table, LED lighting, outside shower that we were clearly told were included and thank goodness I took photos of when ordering the van. Had to push to have installed which they did. Took a trip up north, towed well and comfortable van. Things required to get fixed: leaking vanity, ensuite door fell off hinge (hat not used it) and asked for service. Went back week later service not done, items fixed but van left with dirty floor, black mark on wall, glue and wood shaving in vanity. Due to poor customer service, will not go back or recommend AVAN.

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Hilly
HillySouth East Queensland, QLD11 posts
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ozziekeith
ozziekeith
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Gr Holl
Gr HollMELBOURNE28 posts
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Kate Beresford
Kate Beresford2 posts
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Bad experiences

Bad workmanship, poor quality & poor customer care. What can you say... an Australian company that we thought we would patronise, never again. Workmanship of this quality makes you understand why there is no manufacturing left in Australia. Our NEW avan Frances is a total disaster & a huge disappointment.

TG
TGBonnells Bay3 posts
  Hardtop 560 Frances

Avan Francis - fantastic van but dreadful workmanship lets it down

Before I make a comment I must say I love our avan Francis - great design. Just purchased a 2012 Avan Francis from private seller in western nsw. The poor workmanship really lets this lovely van down. The veneer on most of the cupboard doors is peeling off, there is a major crack about 30cm long on the internal lining and in one of the cupboards and the fan in bathroom makes dreadful noise as it is catching on something and plastic edging around seating is coming away. This is appalling for a van that is two years old. Unfortunately the van is just out of warranty. Now we know why there was a tube of quick grip in kitchen cupboard. Be careful when buying an Avan!!

ozziekeith
ozziekeithSydney2 posts
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BF
BF8 posts
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Avan Frances HT

Recently hired one of these vans and went touring Outback NSW.This van has a very nice layout with the ensuite at the back of the van.We found the basin in the ensuite is too small for anything other than washing your hands and the mattress not that comfortable.This van has free camping possibilities but a generator would be recommended.Definately not a van you can take on inferior roads as the interior window trims are inadequately fastened to the body of the van and are prone to come loose when subjected to vibration.We also found the Perspex windows to be of suspect quality as one broke for no apparent reason near the window latch.The water pump was also fairly noisy when in use.

Questions & Answers

Kay W.
Kay W. · Hardtop 560 Frances

Hi. Does anyone know where the 12 volt main switch for the caravan battery is for a Avan Frances 2014.

Mark G.
Mark G. · Hardtop 560 Frances

The solar charging on our new 2021 560 Frances van seems slow to recover when not connected to grid mains power. THEN when connected to grid power I expected the battery charge rate to be high considering the project 335 controller is rated to charge to 30amps however have only seen the maximum charge rate to be 9.6 amps have I got a bad battery or incorrect controller set-up maybe for another type of battery would appreciate some advice or am I not patient enough is the 120 watt panel to small? thanks Anthony

Steve M
Steve M · Hardtop 560 Frances

I have a 2013 Frances with the old type door with sliding flyscreen. Want to fit new New hour glass security door that's fitted to all the new vans.Or maybe going with the Camec Odyssey door?? Steve

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