Best Aussie Vans 2014: The Results

By: Caravan World, Photography by: Ellen Dewar & Nathan Jacobs

Australia’s largest showcase caravan test.

Best Aussie Vans 2014: The Results
For this years' Best Aussie Vans we converged on Anglesea, a seaside hamlet on the doorstep of the Great Ocean Road

Best Aussie Vans is the largest RV shootout in the country. We assembled the rigs in Eildon, Victoria, for last year’s inaugural event.

This year, however, we converged on Anglesea, a seaside hamlet on the doorstep of the Great Ocean Road, and made Anglesea Beachside Caravan Park our main base.

Best Aussie Vans Categories

With the challenge of testing 16 caravans over six days, Best Aussie Vans was divided into four categories: Pop-Tops; $50-$65K; $65K-$80K; and $80K-plus.

Each brought something different to the table, and each was a top-shelf representation of what’s available on the market.


Golf Savannah


It all began with the Pop-Tops category, with an upset win by the Golf Savannah 402. The impressive Coronet FS2, which scooped top honours last year, was pipped at the post by the compact 402, with its rough-road cred and slide-out external kitchen.

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This category was a four-way contest between the New Age Manta Ray, Jurgens Narooma, Option RV Tornado Equippe, and the Retreat Spinnaker. Each van presented well and performed brilliantly, but in the end, one van stood out: the Spinnaker, all new for 2014 and looking the goods with thoughtful underpinnings, clever storage and even an aqua splashback.

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Goldstream RV Thunder


Each caravan in this category brought something different to the camp kitchen. The Goldstream Australis showed off its clever 12V system, refined cabinetry, and even a front bathroom. The Jayco Silverline - a classy slide-out (the only rig on test to have one), and that classic Jayco interior. Finally, we have the JB Scorpion, a high-riding offroader with the deliberate stance of a prize fighter at the peak of his career. But it was the brand-spanking new Avida Topaz that ultimate took top prize.

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On The Move Grenade Series II


These vans were a mixed bag. The Paramount Studio Streamline offers more internal cabinetry storage than you can shake a stick at, and a charming layout. In contrast, we have the bush-bashing Grenade Series II from On the Move. This van has the lot and more, from a rear roof rack with dedicated ladder to an inbuilt rotisserie, and was deemed the ultimate winner.

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Click here to read the rules of Best Aussie Vans and learn more about our judges

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