Colorado Summit Adventurer: Test

By: Michael Browning, Photography by: Josh Robinson

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Full of surprises and hidden features, the Colorado Summit Adventurer is the perfect van for all-terrain travellers who plan to spend a long time on the road.

From the moment I dropped it on the towball of my Discovery, I liked the Colorado Summit Adventurer a lot.

Perhaps it was the smart appearance of the 19ft 6in (internal) review van, with its combination of light silver-grey aluminium cladding over glossy black Alucobond, coupled with Colorado’s distinctive bright blue and black graphics. Maybe it was its specification, which includes a real-world 760kg payload and solid underpinnings.

Or maybe it was the less obvious features, include meranti timber wall-frame uprights, set closer together at 300mm for greater body strength than those in many vans; the new wrap-over benchtops; the fully-lined cupboards; the frameless ensuite mirror; and the smart, coloured acrylic kitchen splashback.


The profiled silver aluminium cladding looks smart, tough and is easily repairable, but Colorado can also build your Summit with smooth, white composite fibreglass bodywork, mated to an aluminium roof if you are prepared to wear the 100kg weight penalty.

There would be a full tunnel boot in the Summit but for the optional slide-out barbecue that occupies the upper half of this space on the nearside, but this is a matter of customer choice. Even with the barbecue tucked away, there is still heaps of space for long and bulky things like tables, chairs, awning matting and the like, with a light inside the boot to help you find things.

A drop-down picnic table and a wall port containing the swing arm for the standard 19in TV/DVD player, plus 240V and 12V power outlets, complete the body ‘bling’ forward of Summit’s rear-entry door.

Appropriately for a semi-offroad caravan that will spend a lot of time on the road, the Summit is well equipped for self-sufficient camping. The Thetford three-way fridge is a good size at 184L, while twin 120Ah deep-cycle batteries topped up by a single 170W roof-mounted solar panel should keep all systems running for a week or more. The fresh water capacity, with twin 85L tanks, is about average for this size and type of van.


I liked...

  • Smart, smooth look, inside and out
  • Quality offroad equipment
  • Excellent front stone protection

I would have liked…

  • More kitchen bench space
  • Rounded edges on dinette backrests
  • Better stone protection for
  • PVC waste piping
  • Colorado Summit Adventurer Specs

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 8.48m (27ft 10in)
  • External length 6.5m (21ft 4in)
  • External width 2.44m (8ft 0in)
  • Travel height 2.97m (9ft 9in)
  • Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
  • Tare 2440kg
  • ATM 3200kg
  • Ball weight 140kg


  • Frame Meranti timber
  • Cladding Aluminium high-profile cladding and polystyrene foam insulation
  • Chassis 150x50mm Preston DuraGal chassis with 50mm riser
  • Suspension Simplicity trailing arm leaf spring
  • Brakes Al-Ko 12in electric
  • Wheels 16in alloy with LT245/75-16 tyres
  • Battery 2x120Ah
  • Fresh water 2x85L
  • Solar 1x170W roof-mounted
  • Air conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
  • Gas: 2x9kg
  • ES Yes


  • Cooking Swift 500 Series four-burner and grill
  • Fridge 184L Thetford three-way
  • Microwave Daewoo
  • Toilet Thetford cassette
  • Shower Separate fibreglass cubicle
  • Lighting 12V LED
  • Hot water 23L Coast to Coast instantaneous gas/electric

Options fitted

  • Simplicity suspension; 12in Al-Ko brakes; Al-Ko ESC; dual-access tunnel boot; Swift barbecue; Fusion external speakers; reversing camera; solar panel; picnic table; recessed oven; top-loader washing machine; Heike hatch; 16in wheel and tyre upgrade; A-frame upgrade; Akril splashback

Price as shown

  • $78,000 (Vic); base price from $68,000

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The full test appears in Caravan World #535 March 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!