Trailblazers RV launches compact toy hauler
Slide-on and fifth-wheeler specialist Trailblazers RV has released its first caravan.
But not just any van, with the Melbourne-based manufacturer unveiling a very stylish and compact pop-top van aimed at dirt bike enthusiasts, at the 2012 Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow.
According to Trailblazers RV sales manager Mark Chadwick, the 16ft Newell toy hauler is the first in a new range of caravan models expected to roll out from the company’s Braeside factory in coming months.
The Newell toy hauler follows the current trend towards hybrid vans, which incorporate elements of both traditional caravans and camper trailers with their emphasis on outdoor living.
“As far as I’m aware this is the only single axle and pop-top toy hauler on the market here in Australia,” Chadwick said.
Featuring a lightweight, “minimalistic” design, the range-topping
Newell 16.03 on display at the show included an outside slide-out
kitchen in lieu of the indoor cooktop and sink fitted to entry-level
“Our factory staff is very much into motorbike riding… so it’s designed by motorbike riders for motorbike riders,” he said.
The 16ft foot van has a Tare weight of around 1300kg, and the narrow wheel track and compact body make it suitable for a variety of four-wheel drive vehicles and off-road conditions.
“It’s so small and light it can be towed by a (Toyota) RAV4,” he said.
The rear door swings up from the top (similar to most SUV rear tailgates), to reveal a rear garage area that can carry two dirt bikes, mountain bikes or an ATV.
The two rear lounges (or single beds) fold up neatly against the inner walls to create the extra room when travelling. Portable ramps are required to move the bikes into the van.
The four-berth van on display featured a queen size innerspring bed, LED lighting, microwave, 105 litre fridge, and various storage options including a slide-out pantry located just inside the entry door that’s easily accessible from outside.
The slide-out external kitchen included a sink with 12V pump, two burner cooktop/BBQ and portable fridge.
Other features included a gas/240W hot water system, external shower, awning, and 100aH battery system.
Up front on the drawbar was a large plastic storage box, jerry can holders, and an Al-Ko, load-sharing off-road tow hitch.
The entry-level Newell rides on Al-Ko beam suspension, but independent suspension as fitted to the display model is also available.
Body construction comprises a lightweight “honeycomb flute” inner core with fibreglass gelcoat finish inside and out.
“It’s almost bulletproof… you can jump up and down on the roof it’s so strong,” claimed Chadwick.
Buyers can personalize the interior, including specifying the hard-wearing, spray-on rubberized floor coating in any colour.
The display van featured a glittering orange floor with matching bright furnishings for a decidedly ‘70s, disco feel.
‘Carbon fibre’ front protection (standard on the top-spec model) added to the striking looks.
The display van was also optioned up with the latest Rola caravan roof-racks; ideal for carrying kayaks or small boats.
Pricing starts at $29,990 (plus on-road costs) for the Newell 16.01, rising to $49,990 for the range-topping Newell 16.03.