Our Set-Up

new age gecko

CARAVAN

2018 New Age Gecko 16BE Enduro

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.

EXTERIOR:

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

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.

EXTERNAL MODS:

  • Jerry can holder installed on the rear bumper.

OTHER GEAR WE LOVE AND USE:

Vehicle

2008 Toyota Prado GXL wagon – we chose not to upgrade our super-reliable Prado which we happen to own outright. Instead, we bought a caravan that the Prado is legally capable of towing and simply added a few simple modifications.

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.
  • 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.