Halen Bathurst: Video Review

By: Laura Keys, Photography by: Nathan Jacobs

From their rock ‘n roll inspired name to their generous customisation ability, there’s a lot to like about Halen Vans new Bathurst camper.

Halen Vans are a manufacturer that put a huge amount of emphasis on customer service. As such, you’ll find they don’t really have a list of models to choose from, but instead prefer to let their clients bring their own ideas to the table to ensure each camper is the perfect fit for the owner. In this way, they have never built two campers the same.


Twelve inch Deemax disc brakes come as standard, coupled with Al-Ko’s Sensabrake Electronic Air/Hydraulic System, because Halen believes they provide better braking power. They designed their own 4.5t airbag suspension system which is self-levelling and gives a softer ride offroad.

Halen’s interest in building serious offroad vans shines through in the Bathurst. All chassis are made to the company’s exact specifications – this one has 6in high, 4mm thick rails all the way back and is hot-dip galvanised. Standard Halen chassis are SupaGal.

All cables and looms on the hitch are removable, so they can be locked into the boot as an anti-theft device – if the van was stolen, it would have no brakes or lights. But it does have an in-built tracking device, which would help the owners (and the police) to track it down if thieves did pilfer it. Other A-frame features include two 9kg gas cylinders, a Hitchmaster DO35 hitch, the Sensabrake, a mesh storage rack, centre-mounted jockey wheel and the Halen-designed diesel tank for the diesel heating and hot water system.


The large front boot sits quite high on the body, where the stainless steel front protection meets the 4mm composite Alucabond structural cladding panels. The boot is free for packing full of belongings, except for the air compressor, which is hiding in the corner until it’s needed to inflate the van or car tyres.

The van’s offside is fitted with an impressive number of storage options including a full-width in-built pole carrier (there’s that clever thinking again), two huge forward lockers, a generator slide, and another large storage locker towards the rear. Nearside features include a rear locker, a shallow box for the external TV point and bracket, the toilet cassette, a drop-down picnic table and an easily-accessible gas bayonet for your barbecue.


The Bathurst has most of the little touches you’d expect a van in its price range to have on the inside – firm cupboard latches, easy-to-open and soft-close drawers, sanded and varnished cupboards, plenty of lights (14 LED downlights and four light strips, by my count), and sophisticated electronics. There’s also a lot you might not expect – a coffee machine slide, that dishwasher, satellite TV, and the sheer amount of internal and external storage space.


I liked...

  • Personal attention from small builder
  • Level of customisation
  • Amount of storage and large payload to go with it

I would have liked...

  • A latch on the bathroom door
  • A larger bed
  • Drawers or access doors to under-seat storage space


Weights and measures

  • Overall length 8m (26ft 3in)
  • External body length 6.15m (20ft 2in)
  • External body width 2.35m (7ft 9in)
  • Travel height 3m (9ft 11in)
  • Internal height 2m (6ft 7in)
  • Tare 2745kg
  • ATM 3500kg
  • Ball weight 265kg


  • Frame 27mm timber
  • Cladding Aluminium with 4mm composite AlucaBond structural side panels
  • Chassis 6in hot-dip galvanised with 4mm steel
  • Suspension Airbag with trailing arms (rated to 4.4t)
  • Brakes Deemax 12in vented disc
  • Wheels 16in WASP alloys with Goodrich Radial M/T tyres
  • Water 4x82L
  • Battery 1x400Ah lithium
  • Solar 3x150W with 3000W inverter and 120W charger combo
  • Air-conditioner Truma
  • Gas 2x9kg
  • Sway control: No


  • Cooking Smev gas three-burner
  • Fridge Dometic 186L AES
  • Microwave Yes
  • Toilet Thetford bench cassette
  • Shower Combo/flexible hose
  • Lighting LED downlights and bar lights
  • Hot water Diesel hydronic

Options fitted

Airbag suspension (standard: coil spring); 400Ah lithium (standard: 2x130Ah AGM); hot-dip chassis (standard: SupaGal); Smev cooktop (standard: Swift); 186L fridge (standard: 120L); microwave; Bluetooth touchscreen entertainment unit; diesel heater; shower fan; washing machine; dishwasher; Alutile composite panels; extra solar panel; two extra water tanks; stainless steel stoneguard; generator locker; 2.6kVA Kipor generator; picnic table; inverter and charger; A-frame mesh; external shower; reverse camera; barbecue and locker; external gas bayonet; external TV locker; VAST box and satellite dish; external speakers; jerry can holders; tracking device.

Price as shown

$115,000 (Vic)

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