Best Aussie Vans Winner 2014 Avida Topaz CV6634D Test Review
The Avida Topaz Multi Terrain is a stylish rough-roader with plenty of storage and even room for a grandkid or two.
Avida is one of the newest names in the caravan industry yet, ironically, it is also one of the biggest and longest-serving RV manufacturers. With almost 50 years’ experience building motorhomes in its sprawling western Sydney factory, Avida added caravans to its manufacturing base just 18 months ago.
Layout & Design
The Topaz CV6634D layout is a fairly conventional one; it is (at first glance) a two-berth van, with the island bed up the front, a café-style dinette and opposing kitchen in the middle, and a separate bathroom at the back.
What is a breath of fresh air here is the immaculate presentation of this van. There is not a dab of silicone to be seen, not even a string of cloth or a stitch out of place.
There is plenty of natural light coming in through the large Dometic hopper windows and the roof hatch; add to this the white walls and ceilings and the Avida’s cabin feels very light and airy.
Kitchen & Storage
The kitchen doesn’t offer a great deal of space for food preparation; there is only a small area to the left of the cooker unfettered by any other purpose. But add to this the swing-down glass top of the cooker and the space more than doubles. To the right of the cooker is a stainless steel sink and drainer.
Storage in and around the kitchen is excellent. There are three lockers above, four drawers below and a cupboard. Another excellent feature is the three-tier slide-out pantry, which is over on the far/bathroom side of the 190L three-way fridge/freezer. Above the fridge is the LG microwave, and the cooker has a stainless steel rangehood with lighting mounted above it.
To the left/front of kitchen’s overhead lockers is the Axis TV/DVD player mount and 12V power. The TV aerial is a wind-up AntennaTek item.
Besdroom & Bathroom
The bedroom up front features an island bed with an extension, which, if dropped down, makes access around the bed tight. Storage is available underneath the bed, via a lift-up gas strut-assisted base. Side wardrobes offer hanging space, with lockers above the bed adding further storage.
The bathroom is a generous space, with a cassette toilet on the offside, the moulded shower recess on the nearside and the bathroom vanity unit in the centre. Adjacent to the toilet, under the bench, is a Camec 2.5kg washing machine.
THE BOTTOM LINE
This van is built with extreme attention to detail with an eye to long-term durability. While this particular layout may not be perfect, there is not much to criticise in this extremely well-provisioned and beautifully-built caravan.
- High level of quality
- Detailed finish
- Storage options
- Plumbing/electrics design
I would have liked…
- More kitchen bench space
- Better splashback design
The full test appears in Caravan World #534, February 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!