Goldstream Gold Crown GRV: Review
The Goldstream Gold Crown GRV moves like magic through the mountains.
Goldstream RV describes the Gold Crown GRV as one of its most popular camper models for the travelling nomad, and after taking it for a tour of the Victorian hills, I can certainly understand why.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
This Gold Crown was fitted with an Adventure Pack suspension system, with a solid 50mm square axle, 15in Sunraysia style wheels and eight leaf eye-to-eye springs. Goldstream RV also offers offroad packs with independent suspension, however, I have towed the more conventional suspension all over the country without any trouble including red dust corrugations up north.
The hinged side wall folds over the dinette table for travelling but lifts into place very easily when stationary. The compartment has a small front door to retain water, and a shower curtain to complete the privacy. Water supply shouldn’t be a problem as she’s got two 59L under-floor poly water tanks as part of the bathroom upgrade. Both are fully shrouded by alloy checkerplate retainers and positioned high in the strong DuraGal chassis to avoid any damage. They are mounted either side of the axle for a low centre of gravity and excellent balance. There is a simple poly pipe outlet for the shower drain and a Thetford cartridge-type toilet. The bathroom option also comes with gas hot water, two 9kg gas cylinders (drawbar mounted) and a 12V water pump.
Goldstream RV has fitted a very sensible array of lighting and power options within in the camper including overhead 12V lighting including annex and bed lights all run from an internal 105Ah Fullriver deep cycle battery with CTEK battery charger. There are also 240V appliance options with a TV point, internal and external power sockets. Outside, the camper has a lockable water filler cap, mains pressure water tap and a wind-out awning atop of a very usable footprint. A fold-out table and a couple of camping chairs and you’re complete!
HITS & MISSES
- Ease of use
- Easy towing
- Practical internal layout
- Adequate accessories
- Canvas quality
I would have liked…
- Fold-out dinette table
- Toolbox on drawbar
- Innerspring mattress
GOLDSTREAM RV GOLD CROWN GRV SPECS
- Tare 1120kg
- ATM 1600kg
- Suspension Shock absorbed eight leaf eye-to-eye
- Brakes 12in electric
- Coupling 50mm ball
- Chassis 100x50mm DuraGal steel
- Drawbar 100x50mm galvanised steel
- Body 3mm aluminium composite panels and acrylic rear
- Wheel/tyre Goodride LT 235/75 R15 riding Sunraysia-style powdercoated steel mags
- Style pop-top
- Box size 4600x2130mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 6170mm
- Tent size Full-length awning
- Gas cylinders 2x9kg
- Water 2x59L
- Cooktop Thetford four-burner with grill
- Kitchen Stainless sink with mixer, Daewoo microwave, Thetford 90L three-way fridge
- Battery 105Ah Fullriver AGM deep-cycle
Price as Shown
- $37,400 (plus on-road costs, ex-Melbourne)
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #89 June 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!