Avan Ray 402
Bought a new Avan Ray 402 early this year with extras- - and have just finished its first major trip over the Nullarbor and back, some 9,000 k's. I did add Purple Line movers and love them for moving the van around.
Nothing broke, no leaks, set up and and pack up- a breeze- Love the idea of the slide out bed, it works well . However the van could do with a slight redesign to improve some interior aspects. By just slight moving forward the clothing cupboard at the sake of the side seating, some 4 cm and ditto the rear dining sea...t (and a hinged back rest rather than a fixed timber backrest ) could vastly improve the width size of the bed used. Not sure why the van has such bright lighting in the bedroom area. One thing I dislike is the table on a post, your remove it and put in the smaller post to convert to a bed, there has to be a better way than this cumbersome method.
Ray 402 - love it
We bought this van new in 2006 and we love it. We had to replace the electro block ($2000) about 4 years ago but that's the only thing that has gone wrong. We only use our van in autumn-spring but we use it a lot and so we're VERY glad of the fibreglass slide out as opposed to the canvas ones that we see around us. It has as much room if not more than the average 16ft van because none of the interior space is taken up with the (very comfy) QS bed.
Do not buy this caravan, customer service appalling
It took 71/2 months from ordering our Ray 402 until pick up in July 2016. Since then we have used it for 65 nights and it has been in the repair shop for 27 days. Leaking during rain on bed then hot water service leaked all over floor and tomorrow it goes back to AVan.
Woke at 4am Saturday morning to a soaked bed and mattress. Water coming in down wall and roof over bed. Call it the Titantic of caravans.
AVan Adelaide's comment on Saturday to my phone call was "we do not make them they are made in Victoria "
Taking the van back tomorrow for ...
Accurate tare weight?
How much does The Ray really weigh (tare)? Weigh it, you will get an unpleasant surprise! Plated at 1280kg, it actually weighs 1500kg which means instead of being able to load 300kg, legally only 80kg can be added, not even enough allowance to carry water, let alone clothes and food!
Ray 2 6 Berth
Wonderful entry van that can sleep 3 adults and 2 children easily. Has all the creature comforts reverse cycle air, hot water service, battery pack and plenty of boot space. Towing is easy with only 1400 kl to two. Set up within minutes and live the good life. Highly recommended.
works well for us
We have had a ray 14 for several years now, having bought one second hand. we have had no problem with the hinge above the bed leaking and no sign of the previous people having done anything to it. We are really happy with the caravan since it gives us lots of room without the main bed taking it all up. As grandparents it is good to have the bunks for little ones too. We added a safety bar to the top one from Ikea which just clips on.
the size and space it gave.
we have had no problems.
Questions & Answers
Does the Ray Slideout come in an off road version
Just wondering if there is much storage room in the Avan ray. We have a family of 6 ( 4 children) and just wondering if it is only the wardrobe where you can place clothes? The seats don't have storage under them? Cheers.
Hi. There is plenty of storage under the seats and additional storage under half of the bed. However, the Ray 402 is a small van perfect for 2 people with the dining table converting to a 2nd bed if needed. I can't imagine a family or 4 or 6 wanting this van. The larger ray 490 would comfortably accommodate 4 people if you choose the bunk layout. Again, can't see it being v comfortable for 6 people.
Storage is poor, under one seat there is storage,wardrobe and under that is a bit but not a drawer just hinged door. Water pump is placed right under sink area very much limiting storage for kettle etc. we have pointed this out to Avan but they don't want to listen to caravaners
Hot water service is under dinette seat with other electronics and under lounge is battery etc.
Storage space is not high- you have four small storage compartment under the bed - shoes, towels and bedding (doona and pillow), access to these only available when bed is extended out. Clothes cabinet ok, have hung some fabric hanging baskets to group clothing. Under the table seats- space taken up with pump, hws and battery. ok storage over one wheel but partially taken up with extended power cable. Front kitchen area- fairly good storage for the size but some recesses a bit dark so have stuck cheap press battery operated lights, work v well (if you remember to turn off after use) There is the boot storage - can take camp chairs, buckets, 10-20 jerry cans, small table , clothes airer and some tools)
hi - did you get an answer to this? I have been trying to get the exact garage length of the 461 because it appears the brochure info is very out of date and the dimensions are not correct. We've been trying to buy a 461 for a few months now but we cannot seem to get any correct data from Avan dealers here in Melbourne.
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