Best van I've owned
got our new 637 savannah absolutely love it . Can't fault it as yet done 3000 km no problems. Brilliant to tow . Everything still working perfect as it should . Big thanks to golf super centre at burpengary Queensland they couldn't do enough for us .
Purchased for $70,000.00.
Well equipped for a great adventure
We loved this van which was a great home on our big adventure. Big tanks for water and solar gave us freedom to get away from the crowds and stay in some remote places. The outdoor kitchen gave us extra space for food prep and we used it as much as weather permitted. We didn’t do a lot of off-road but it handled well when we did. The dealer however was almost completely hopeless and in the end we ended up resolving any issues ourselves.
Old Golf Vans are Quality built and durable.
I have a 1995 Golf Savannah. Yes It's old, nearly 20 years of trouble free service. It has been every where with only a few very minor issues. The timber fit & finish inside has proven bomb proof. Mine is 16" with shower and toilet,hot water, 2 berth. I have upgraded the solar to a 2 panel 220amp hour system and complete led light upgrade. TV, Bluetooth, 12V usb ports throughout. Ducted reverse cycle air cond. Smart charger & inverter. I have in my van what the manufacturers of today would fit into a new one and you would pay around 60k?. That ...would be ok if the vans of today were biuilt with the same workmanship and quality I have in my 20 year old. The suspension is tired so I will replace the springs and shocks very soon. After reading the nightmares encountered by new van buyers, I will definately be hanging on to the old Savannah. It's looking like it will outlast me!
If you want a Golf, buy a pre 2009 model.
If you want a Golf caravan, buy a pre 2009 model when they were built at Lawnton Brisbane. These were the original Golf caravans known for their high quality build. We have owned our 2009 Golf Savannah GTS for 9 years. From the day we left the dealer ( Takalvans Bundaberg ) nothing has ever gone wrong with it. The appearance of the van can still be considered as new. We still get comments from other travellers who can’t believe the caravan is nine years old. It tows smoothly and quietly behind our Pajero and even in the strongest winds shows no tendency to sway or exhibit any other undesirable towing irregularities. WE LOVE IT!
PROBLEMS WITH THE GOLF SAVANNAH 499
We purchased the van in 2014 and were given a half an hour hand over by the dealership.
Due to all the problems encountered, we have called Golf Savanah manufacturers, Melbourne, on numerous occasions only to be put on hold, every time.
YOU ASK WHY WE PURCHASED THIS VAN?
If we knew then the problems we would encounter and the service given by GOLF we would not have bought this van. Instead we would have bought an Australian made van, with a good reputation.
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Maxxi 531-what should be a great van one day?
Love the 531 design or most of it ,but struggling to get company to fix the problems. Service and communication or lack of, upsetting . One way communication mostly. Tv antenna too tight won't turn, toilet hose fell off into the tank, rear bed hard to close. Now worried there are other issues to be found. Also have had to remake the privacy curtain provided as was impracticable and awkward to use, preventing access to two upper cupboards. Alterations asked for were not done at all initially, still waiting for bike rack, seating cushions to be...corrected, and repairs done by company. feeling a bit disappointed. Also check the shower has been turned off before storing bedding in there for travelling, as ours had been left on at handover, so not only did we lose water, but had soaked bedding as well. Very strange process all round for an expensive van. Like the look, rounded cupboards, sliding doors on bathroom and bedroom, storage appears ok- have been away once, now trying to get repairs done to get away again, Tow vehicle- Ranger, towed well.
Not happy with manufacturers
The van is a great family van. The issues and trying to get them resolved is hopeless
Electrical wiring is dangerous and doesn’t work
Most components of the van don’t work
Manufacturers are unhelpful and so is the seller
Beds get wet unless storm covers are provided
the original isherman golfs are an engineering work of art
my 2005 isherman golf has given me 10yrs of trouble free caravaning. the coil sprung suspension with shocks and alloy frame with fibreglass [hail proof] cladding placed this van at the pinnacle of australian van manufacturing.if you are looking at buying a wood framed metal clad van beware. a good quality used van is a wiser buy than a new glitterbox . spend the money you save on traveling costs.
First road trip.
Picked up my new 501 maxxi. some minor issues but all covered by warranty. Our first 2 month road trip conclusion:- great. The van tows really well and its tough, it rides very smoothly behind my dual cab ute even on rough roads and doesn't pull and push on the rear of the car like other vans I've had. We had minor dust issues on dirt road towing but that's to be expected. The set up is simple and takes about 5 minutes all up before your sitting down with a beer. The inside set up is well designed with plenty of cupboards and storage. The showe...r and toilet is a bonus. We went for the foam bed mattresses and added the eggshell liner and its very comfortable, The seating is ample and comfortable and the large fridge is great. We also deleted the slide out kitchen and installed a Weber baby Q on a slide out instead to allow some valuable storage in the front locker. The Antennatek TV antenna works very well and is comparable with the wineguard. i have had reception where other vans haven't in areas known to be black spots. The air con works well even as a heater. All up we are very happy with the van. We have previously owned much larger vans but this set up with the beds folding out each end allows heaps of room inside and is a small van to maneuver and tow. update. We've now owned the van for a year and couldn't be happier. The only thing i would add is an additional vent/skylight over the sink/fridge area as the van is a bit dark inside. we have timber finished cupboards.
Good concept not usable as semi off road van
Draws fell off runners
Plumbing problems with water bypass and the wasted space used by pump
Dust problems as the whole van fills with dirt and dust on gravel roads
Table difficulty being not suitable for the space
Electrical problems and fuses of wrong capacity
Types of wrong size for semi off road
Airconditioner can’t handle over 36
Ongoing issues difficult to resolve
A new van purchased 2016 from Avan Golf
•A major issue is that our bedding becomes soaked whenever it rains. The rain drips in near the mattress as well as soaks in through zips and then spreads around the underside of the bedding. Every time it rains is a worry. I would argue that the van is "not fit for purpose".
•We have also had ongoing problems with electricals. No diagrams or labelling provided so quite difficult to try to fix. Wrong sized fuses and wrongly wired.
•The sink water was coming up through the shower drain. We resolved ...
The best experience
Have owned a 2006 Savannah Deluxe in turquoise/white for 3 years. We added a bike rack and can store our petrol generator in the front boot. Loads of cupboard space and excellent finish on everything. Sleeps three (queen + single bed) with room for two more if you want to dismantle the table. It is everything we needed and couldn't be happier. We will be reluctantly selling after traveling to purchase a home. Recommend Golf - tow beautifully and very comfortable.
Have owned a 2006 GTS in Mango/Cream for more than 4 years and over 50,000km's. We've added an extra solar panel, water tank and diesel heater to bolster our free-camping performance (which is now up to a week) and could not be happier. Have towed behind a Falcon wagon and also Pajero with excellent results. Woe that these superbly manufactured vans are now no longer made ..... we would only sell this van to buy another golf.
Our ensuite, great bed and layout generally
Would have liked a cover for the front window !!
Questions & Answers
Has anyone had any issues with the fridge running on 12 volt
We are looking at savanna 531 and only Bush camp so no access to 240v
Looking to get extra battery and 2 nd solar panel to cope ,any info would be appreciated
Hi Amanda we have a savannah 637 . Just remember that three way fridges are not that efficient on 12 volt . This function is best used to hold temperature while traveling. We have found that ours works best on gas when free camping.
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