Olympic Marathon: Video Review

By: Philip Lord, Photography by: Jack Murphy

Spacious and thoughtfully constructed, the Olympic Marathon offers simplicity at its finest.

Olympic is an Australian caravan manufacturer of long-standing and, here, we are testing its latest luxury tandem-axle van, the Marathon. This van is only available in the one body size (6.3m) and with one layout choice – the island bed, cafe dinette and rear bathroom setup.


An Al-Ko 50mm hitch is attached to the 4in A-frame on which two 9kg gas cylinders are housed. The jockey wheel is centrally-mounted on a cross beam that links the A-frame. This allows for better placement of weight distribution hitch torsion bar brackets, without the fiddly problem of extricating the jockey wheel from a position on the A-frame side rail.

The external tap mounted on the A-frame is not protected as such, but is mounted relatively high up behind one of the gas cylinder mounts. The gas cylinder (if in place in its bracket) would do a lot to protect the tap from stone damage. While the A-frame does have tubular bracing underneath the frame lengths, it lacks the mesh plate between the frame lengths that some vans have for firewood or storing bulky items.

The A-frame runs to just before the wheelset and is welded to the 4in chassis members. A 2in riser is used from the wheelset to the rear of the van. C-channel supports run across the van and also along the length of the van body within the chassis frame lengths.

The suspension is the familiar live-axle, roller-rocker tandem leaf spring arrangement, attached to drum brakes and 14in alloy wheels. At the rear of the van, a steel bumper is bolted to the chassis and serves as the mounting point for the (alloy) spare wheel. An Al-Ko drop-down stabiliser leg is found at each of the four corners of the van.


Access to the van’s interior is via a rear door which combines an exterior flat-sheet door with a detachable security door that locks and comes with a flyscreen.

No fold-down step is required; the body is lower at this point, so you walk straight in and up a step inside the van. Here, you are presented with the walk-in bathroom on the right (at the rear of the caravan) and the living and sleeping quarters on your left (towards the front).

Moving out into the living area, there’s a pair of coat hooks and magazine pockets on the entry wall. A padded section is fitted just above the entry door to take the pain out of bumping your head on the egress if you’re particularly tall.


I liked...

  • Large storage under bed
  • Large shower recess
  • Good kitchen bench provision

I would have liked...

  • Better wiring placement underneath
  • More cohesive décor


Weights and measures

  • Overall length 6.47m (21ft 2in)
  • External body length 6.30m (20ft 8in)
  • External body width 2.31m (7ft 7in)
  • Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
  • Internal height 1.95m (6ft 4in)
  • Tare 1960kg
  • ATM 2360kg
  • Ball weight 140-230kg


  • Frame Meranti timber
  • Cladding Aluminium sheet
  • Chassis 4in plus 2in riser
  • Suspension Leaf-spring roller rocker tandem-axle
  • Brakes 10in electric drum brakes
  • Wheels 14in alloy with 195R14 Dunlop tyres
  • Water 2x62L
  • Battery 1x100Ah AGM deep-cycle
  • Solar No (provision only)
  • Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
  • Gas 2x9kg
  • Sway control No


  • Cooking Swift 500 Series four-burner cooktop, grill, oven
  • Fridge Dometic AES 184L
  • Microwave Camec
  • Toilet Thetford cassette
  • Shower Separate fibreglass
  • Lighting LED
  • Hot water Suburban 14L

Options fitted

  • None

Price as shown

  • $52,990 (on-road, NSW)

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