TRAVELLER PRODIGY: VIDEO REVIEW
The Traveller Prodigy is a large, luxurious touring van with a distinctive internal layout.
From the outside, the Prodigy is an impressive looking van. Not only because it is a long caravan at 7.34m (24ft) but also because Traveller has taken up the contemporary colour scheme of silver grey cladding with a lower waist of black. Instead of a front boot, there is a front tunnel boot and rear tunnel storage. The latter is under the rear lounge and is quite spacious. The van’s body construction is fairly conventional, with a timber frame underneath the exterior cladding.
On the road, the Prodigy behaved quite well behind a Toyota LandCruiser, which is exactly the sort of vehicle that is going to be needed to tow this van - it's certainly no lightweight but it tracked along very nicely with a minimal amount of snatching and jerking.
Traveller Prodigy specifications
The chassis is also quite impressive, with 150mm/6in main rails and a similarly-sized drawbar that runs back to the suspension mounts. All the normal items are found on the chassis, including the tandem-axle load sharing leaf spring suspension, but an interesting addition is the battery box for the two 105Ah house batteries, which is located behind the offside wheels. It almost looked too low but I tried a few imaginary departure angles and concluded that you’d have to be trying really hard to cause any damage. Both the water tanks are centrally located above the axles.
One of the slightly subliminal effects of the rear club lounge in this Traveller Prodigy, is that it creates an almost instant feeling of luxury. Sitting back, feet up and looking through the windows certainly induces a feeling of relaxation. And there's nothing wrong with the rest of the layout either – the van has a good-sized kitchen and relatively spacious bedroom/bathroom. All up, it’s a very nice touring package.
- Van layout
- Interior colour scheme
- Tandem kitchen benches
- Split bathroom
- Well-appointed lighting
I WOULD HAVE LIKED
- Better location/access for electrical panel
- A few minor details better finished
he full test appeared in Caravan World #525, April 2014. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!
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