Our Set-Up

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CARAVAN

2018 New Age Gecko 16BE Enduro

We purchased our van in July 2019 as the ex-demo/stock model, so we weren’t able to customise it before being built, like so many others do! However this mighty little van has not disappointed – we absolutely love travelling with it, and after several modifications, we’ve now got the perfect set-up for our family.

INTERIOR:

  • Full ensuite with separate shower & toilet
  • Triple bunks
  • Queen-size east-west bed – simply pop up the front hatch and it folds straight down!
  • Full kitchen with microwave, fridge and 3-burner gas stovetop
  • L-shaped dinette
  • Dometic reverse cycle air conditioner
  • Stereo System
  • All windows fitted with roller fly-screens and roller block-out blinds
  • 2 x roof hatches with roller fly-screens and block-out blinds.

INTERNAL MODS:

  • Added a 12V/240V TV/DVD, mounted on a Camec TV swing arm bracket.
  • Installed 4 x 12-volt Sirocco fans, hardwired in (one for each bed).
  • Anti-slip matting in all cupboards.
  • Added a door roller blind.
  • Added a Navigator Kids Pocket Buddy to the foot of each bunk, so the kids can easily store their water bottles, books and ‘treasures’ each night.
  • Added a removable marine carpet mat to the door entry.
  • Installed a tea towel rail to the underside of top kitchen cupboards – now the tea towel and dishcloth hang out of the way to dry.
  • Purchased 2 ottomans for extra dining seating – these simply tuck away underneath the dining table when not in use.
  • Diesel heater installed under the lounge for those cold winter mornings!
  • Curtains for the bunks – installed curtain tracks and cut down a set of ready-made curtains to fit.
  • Converted the awkward ‘half-wardrobe’ at the end (beside the kid’s bunks) into a full wardrobe with functional storage – 3 big drawers at the bottom, hanging space at the top. This area houses all the kid’s clothing and the pop-up laundry hamper. This was completed by a local cabinet-maker for less than $400.

EXTERIOR:

  • Additional tap on the drawbar
  • 1 x 80L water tank, 1 x 60L water tank
  • Full-sized awning
  • Full-length tunnel boot storage
  • ALKO electric brakes
  • ALKO Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Independent suspension
  • DO35 Hitchmaster hitch
  • External outdoor drop-down table

POWER:

  • 2 x 9kg Gas Bottles – to run the fridge, BBQ, stovetop & hot water system
  • Permanent solar panels on roof
  • Batteries
  • Redarc BCDC 1240D 3-stage Battery Charger
  • Redarc Inverter
  • BM-1 Battery Management System with digital gauge
  • Anderson plug to the car to run fridge whilst driving

EXTERNAL MODS:

  • 20lt Jerry can plus holder installed on the rear bumper.
  • Diesel heater fuel tank mounted on rear bumper (behind the spare tyre).
  • Sizzler Deluxe 2.0 S/Steel BBQ mounted in the tunnel boot (on a pull-out slide with swivel arm).
  • ‘Little Black Dress’ bed-end privacy screen – made by Covers Plus and mounted on the bed-end cover for easy set-up.

OTHER GEAR WE LOVE AND USE:

Vehicle

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We started off with a 2008 Toyota Prado GXL wagon, and we loved it so much that when the time came to replace it in 2021, we went with a brand new Prado (yay for the 3t towing limit!).

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT OUR SET-UP:
  • We can set up or pack up in less than 5 minutes!
  • Having an onboard ensuite is a lifesaver with 3 young kids.
  • Having a kitchen inside, especially in bad weather.
  • Having permanently made beds – yes, even the front fold-down bed! It’s as simple as pulling the doona and pillows to the side and then folding-up the bed and closing the hatch. The mattress topper and sheets stay on the mattress!
  • Being able to pull over on the side of the road and access whatever we need from the van, whether it’s to make lunch or use the toilet.
  • We’ve never run out of power.
  • We can free camp as often as we like!
  • The 16ft length of the van means it’s compact to tow with our Prado and store when not in use, yet spacious enough inside for our family of five.