Roadstar Infinity Slideout: Video Review
The new Roadstar Infinity Slideout is designed to add a little luxury to your journey.
Many major Australian caravan makers now offer slide-out options on their range-leading vans, which allows a much larger living space to sit on an average caravan site, while still being able to be towed by a 3500kg-capable LandCruiser, Land Rover, Jeep, or one of the many new generation of crew cab utes.
Roadstar’s first slide-out van, the Infinity Slideout, is a fine example. The van features a completely new and uniquely different 6.86x2.39m (22ft 6in x 7ft 10in) full-height caravan that bears a passing resemblance to Roadster’s other similar-sized Daintree, Voyager and Vacationer models, yet has its own distinct look and layout.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
There’s certainly a familiar look to it, which is a good thing as Roadstar’s combination of composite aluminium front and rear wall, and ribbed aluminium wall cladding, generous use of dark silver checkerplate stone protection and distinctive, yet tasteful graphics endows its vans with natural good looks.
Also in line with its ‘grand touring’ designs, without fear of the rough or unsealed roads you might come upon, the test Infinity was fitted with Simplicity 3.5t load-sharing leaf spring tandem-axle suspension, 12in disc brakes, and had excellent ground clearance, thanks to its 150x50mm A-frame and 50mm riser on its HiTec SupaGal 150x50mm chassis.
Tough-looking five-spoke, 16in alloy wheels shod with General Grabber LT 256/75 M&S tyres complete the picture.
Most impressively, the addition of the slide-out has been achieved without losing the distinctive Roadster character and it looks and feels much like any of its larger caravans on your towball.
Despite the decent ground clearance, entering the Infinity is easy enough through its front-hinged rear door. But I did really expect to find an electric step on a caravan of its price and status, rather than a manual step that has the potential to muddy your hands unfolding or folding it.
Inside, the benefits of the slide-out on the layout and space are obvious. The ensuite to the right is roomy and well laid-out, with a huge mirror that spans the space between the nearside wall above the hinged benchtop, under which hides the 2.2kg Lemair top-loading washing machine, and a large, fully-enclosed shower located on the offside wall.
HITS & MISSES
- Quick and smooth slide-out
- Overall layout/packaging
- Quality finish
- Ease of towing
I would have liked...
- Two batteries and two solar panels for the price
- An electric step
- More bench space
- A storage box on the A-frame
ROADSTAR INFINITY SLIDEOUT SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.84m (29ft)
- External body length 6.86m (22ft 6in)
- External body width 2.39m (7ft 10in)
- Travel height 3.05m (10ft)
- Internal height 1.94m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 2960kg
- ATM 3460kg
- Ball weight 240kg
- Frame Insulated meranti
- Cladding Ribbed aluminium walls and flat aluminium composite front and rear panels
- Chassis HiTec SupaGal 150x50mm
- Suspension Simplicity 3.5t load-sharing leaf spring tandem-axle
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels Alloy with 265/75R16 tyres
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 1x120Ah AGM deep-cycle
- Solar 1x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift 500 Series with combo four-burner cooktop, grill and oven
- Fridge Dometic RM4601 185L three-way
- Microwave dLuxx
- Toilet Dometic cassette
- Shower Full-height, one-piece moulded fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Swift 28L gas/elec
Price as shown
- $125,000 (on road, Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #538 June 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!