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Aspire Hardtop 500 Series

Aspire Hardtop 500 Series

555 Double, 525 Double, 563 Double, etc...
3.8 from 18 reviews

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  • Value for Money
    4.0 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (4)
  • Mileage 10,650 km (4)
  • Comfort
    3.8 (4)
  • Exterior Build Quality
    4.3 (4)
  • Interior Build Quality
    3.3 (4)
  • Off-roading Performance
    4.0 (1)
ConsumerMan

ConsumerMan

  • 35 reviews
  • 7 likes

So Far So Good

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Purchased in October 2019 at Avan NSW.

Cleaning & Maintenance
Value for Money
Mileage 3,000 km
Car ModelHolden Trailblazer RG LTZ
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John L

John LIllawarra, NSW

great Van after a few teething problems,

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Purchased in September 2019 at Avan NSW, Nowra.

Cleaning & Maintenance
Value for Money
Mileage 600 km
Car ModelMazda CX-9
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Interior Build Quality
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Pete

PeteSydney Surrounds, NSW

Bathroom Not thought out

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Exhaust fan should be placed ubove shower in case its left open when it rains also a light should be placed ubove mirror so you can see whilst shaving or doing hair

Cleaning & Maintenance
Value for Money
Mileage 20,000 km
Car ModelMazda BT-50 MK2 (2011-Present)
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Comfort
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Glyn

Glyn

  • 2 reviews

Fantastic van for its size

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We purchased our Avan 555 Feb 2018 and it hasn’t missed a beat. The en-suite is spacious, the island bed is fantastic and so much storage room. I particularly love the wardrobes on both sides of the bed. We have completed a red centre trip and now on a six month trip up to top end and eventually across to Perth and down to Adelaide before heading back home to Qld. We do plenty of free camping so the 18o litre water tanks are great. We have solar and a diesel heater and a 180 litre fridge freezer. Good quality throughout this is our third Avan and the quality versus cost is excellent. The dining seats are comfortable and roomy as we have a cafe lounge set up and the table also folds back.

Purchased in February 2018 at Kratzmann Caravans.

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Value for Money
Mileage 19,000 km
Car ModelMitsubishi Pajero Sport QE GLS 7 Seats
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Frankle

FrankleSouthwest, VIC

Hi, we have a 555 and have only used it a few times but have found it to be really nice

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I am know expert in towing a van but find this a good van to tow and set up. I would not hesitate to recommend this van .Buy one now.

bindi

bindiAdelaide

  • 2 reviews

An excellent caravan in every respect

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The caravan was purchased after a trip to the Caravan & Camping Sale in July 2017 so we had opportunity to compare a wide range of manufacturers. The delivered product met all our expectations. Small touches like the cut out on the side of each wardrobe to access the extra USB points we asked for were an excellent modification.
Er asked for, and would recommend, a completely removable table for our L-shaped lounge. We love the en-suite.

There is plenty of storage available and the tunnel boot is very accessible.

My wife is the driver, I'm blind, and she has no trouble towing the van.

We had a Purpleline remote mover added after purchase which makes moving the van a breeze.

Floor PlanAspire 555
Wayne

WayneSouth-Eastern Region, NSW

  • 3 reviews

Warranty is a dirty word

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Floor PlanAspire 555 with adventure pack and L shaped dining
Bill

BillSydney

Great van, terrible service

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Great to tow & so far meets all our expectations.
Poor service from Avan where they did not fit the Thule awning which was a selling point then lied about it.
Make sure you have every minute detail when dealing with the sales people as there were other customers who had similar complaints.
Apart from that very happy with The van.

Floor PlanDouble bed
Trisha

TrishaAdelaide

Loving the ensuite

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We have only had the van for about 4 weeks, but travelled from Adelaide to Townsville including a fair amount of central QLD. The only problem we have experienced is the water gauge doesn't always want to work. We are only keeping the tanks half full to keep the weight down and we don't need 180 litres as we don't free camp all the time. We are very happy with the quality and appearance of the van. We put a adapter on the table to swing it at different angles to give us more room sitting at it. Tows beautiful.

Floor PlanDouble bed with full ensuite
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Rob

RobMandurah

Love our van

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We have found our van to be great to tow. Only issue we have is the table is hard to get in behind and the seat are very uncomfortable, but hey you are not supposed to be sitting behind them for hours so no big deal. We did find that our dealer supplied us with the grey water hose and didn't mention that we needed a connector. However we were asked to read all the supplied material and it does say to buy a connector of the correct size. We have not had our first month service so I guess we will find out what the service is like then. But so far it has been good.

Floor PlanAvan Aspire 555
george6750

george6750Caboolture

  • 6 reviews
  • 2 likes

Great van

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Recently purchased second hand and full of bulldust but good bones and a good price that allows minor repairs without over capitalising.
Excellent spacious van with low weight, tows well and love the windows that can be secured open unlike many other lightweights that have click clack windows that can readily be opened fom outside that is no good for free camping.
Would like the tunnel boot fully closed off from interior.

Disappointing quality control and after sales service

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best van on the market by far

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we picked up our aspire 555 this year and have been travelling for 2 months now. we love our 555 and cant really fault it in any. we purchused the van at the big show in feb and found the team a pleasure to deal with we have had a few minor issues (teathing problems) and avans respose has been great. we could not beleive how much is in the van not only for its size buy its weight as well. if you want a light weight but high quality van you cant go passed the avan range and i would highly recomand the team at avan. dont take my word for it get down to a show or even a dealer and check it out

Floor Plan555

having trouble getting parts

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We have been waiting over 4 months for our camp room which should have been with our Aspire 555 when we picked it up. Every time we contact the dealer its just one excuse after another. Has anyone else had this problem and if so how did you solve your problem. So far the care factor is zero

Aspire 563 nov 2012

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Looks good! But, have just had the brakes rewired, costly, because. Wiring was too small and brakes only received power along the line. Our bedroom window , double glaze, has come apart, currently duck taped. The catch on our skylight has broken while travelling along the road. The van is not sealed at all from dust coming up near the walls when travelling on short dirt roads , usually detours. Fridge had to be replaced (not 12 months old) would not go on gas, faulty inastalation and vents were in wring place. Very dissatisfied.

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Chrsam

ChrsamPenrith

  • 2 reviews

Avan 525 aspire poptop

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Chrsam
Chrsam

Have since raised the height of the van by fitting axle under springs no more trouble of it bottoming out.

Aspire 525 Leaking front window

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We bought our 2011 Aspire a few weeks ago and loved it until today - Heavy rain and it leaked quite badly in the front window- now need to try and work out how to stop the leak before it damages everything.
We also changed the Prostor awning after reading other reviews about them not lasting in strong winds.

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Ken - Qld

Ken - Qldbrisbane

  • 4 reviews

Good value for money

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Questions & Answers

Sheenagh B.

Sheenagh B.asked

Aspire Hardtop 555 Double

Love the rain but now have a leak coming from skylight and so covered skylight which also covered solar. Now have no lights or fridge power. Weirdly microwave, TV and power-points work. What do I do??? No fun sitting here in partial dark with food defrosting. How do I get light and fridge to work without solar. Battery seems flat, fuses ok, circuit breaker ok. Can I just plug into 240V to power everything ?

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ConsumerMan
ConsumerMan

Plug into power which will power fridge (if power selected on three way), microwave and will/should recharge battery for 12v lights.

ConsumerMan
ConsumerMan

Also try gas for the fridge

Sheenagh B.
Sheenagh B.

Battery cooked itself a few months ago so I don’t think that’s working and without that the fridge panel not lighting up to enable me to select a power source. Mains power plugged in but that’s not registering either.

Jeff

Jeffasked

Aspire Hardtop 555 Double

Our 2016 Xtrail has a max tow weight of 2000kg and tow ball weight of 200kg will this be ok to tow a 2019 Aspire 555 pop top?

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ConsumerMan
ConsumerMan

PLEASE DON’T DO IT ! A caravan salesperson will no doubt tell you it will do the job, and legally, according to the numbers, it will. But you will pull the guts out of the car IMHO and have nothing in reserve. When we fell in love with the Avan Aspire we had a Mazda CX-5 with the same towing capacity as your vehicle. We are so glad that after a lot of research and car towing reviews we changed our tug before buying the van (horse before the cart is a good principle when buying caravans) and now we have loads of towing capacity up our sleeve which is such a great and comforting feeling, as caravanning is challenging enough without the overwhelming knowledge that your tug is operating right on it’s limit and you have to worry about every bit of weight you add to car and caravan. Please consider a proper tow vehicle.

Jeff
Jeff

Thanks ConsumerMan, so what tow vehicle did you go with?

ConsumerMan
ConsumerMan

Holden Trailblazer.

David T

David Tasked

Aspire Hardtop 555 Double

I have a water leak in the front window above the bed, how do I fix this problem?
The window is intact the leaking looks like it is coming in from around the seals, how do you take the outside cover off?. Any suggestions would be appreciated, as I don’t want to take it back to Avan.
Regards David

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