Goldstream Mini: Review

By: John Ford, Photography by: John Ford

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Compact and easy to set up, the Goldstream Mini is a pop top that raises the bar.

The Goldstream Mini has a Tare weight of 1241kg so with a narrow 2.05m (6ft 9in) track, it’s an easy towing proposition, making for a pleasant drive to the Prom. Once inside, there is enough headroom to easily lift the support arms at each end and raise the pop-top. Outside, there are jacks in the corners to wind down, an easily deployed side awning to pull out and that’s about it. Then all you have to do is grab some chairs and soak up the autumn sunshine.


The 15in black alloy wheels and 31x10.5 R15 light truck tyres with offroad tread really toughen up the looks, and while the Mini’s roofline looks reasonably low next to my tow vehicle, fitted with ARB suspension, it’s a good size next to vehicles fitted to factory specs. The offroader is also gifted with checkerplate front and sides, reinforced mud flaps and a pressure hatch in the roof to help eliminate dust when off the beaten track.

A simple ball hitch connects to the tow vehicle and a lockable, full-width toolbox tucks under a lip at the front of the body behind a pair of 4.5kg gas cylinders. The toolbox isn’t huge but would be handy for folding chairs, some fishing rods and all that essential camping gear.

An advantage of the pop-top is the ability to open all the zippered windows around the van to allow unfettered flow of light and air through wide flyscreen-covered windows. For a view, and even more fresh air, there are tinted and double-glazed push-out windows at either end of the bed and over the dining table at the front.


Outside storage includes a generously-sized through boot at the back. Forward of this, on the offside, is the battery compartment where the main power switch sits alongside an 80A battery, charged via a 15A Projector charger from an Anderson plug at the tow vehicle. The Mini is prewired for solar so that would be an easy option for extended bush camping.


I liked...

  • Easy and light to tow
  • Stylish looks and quality build
  • Quick set up

I would have liked...

  • A hot water system
  • More articulation


Weights and measures

  • Overall length 5.24m (17ft 2in)
  • External body length 3.75m (12ft 4in)
  • External body width 2.05m (6ft 9in)
  • Travel height 2.13m (7ft)
  • Internal height 2.0m (6ft 7in)
  • Tare 1241kg
  • ATM 1600kg
  • Ball weight 95kg


  • Frame Meranti
  • Cladding 3mm composite
  • Chassis 150x50mm main
  • Suspension Beam axle, 1600kg leaf springs with shock absorbers
  • Brakes 10in electric
  • Wheels 31x10.5x15in
  • Water 1x59L
  • Battery 1x80Ah
  • Solar Pre-wired
  • Air-conditioner No
  • Gas 2x4.5kg
  • Sway control No


  • Cooking Three-burner gas
  • Fridge 93L Thetford
  • Microwave 23L Daewoo
  • Toilet No
  • Shower No
  • Lighting LED
  • Hot water No

Options fitted

  • Offroad package; front toolbox; Dometic S7 windows

Price as shown

  • $37,750 (on-road, Vic)

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