Millard Breakaway: Review
Well designed and with space to spare, the Millard Breakaway is the perfect match for your next offroad adventure.
Built very much as an offroad caravan, the Breakaway has a body length of 6.35m (20ft 10in) and, with its white aluminium cladding on the upper body and black aluminium checkerplate on the lower half, it’s got quite a tough look about it. Two points of note here are that the ribbed aluminium cladding is produced at the Sydney-based Millard factory and that the out-of-sight roof is one piece of fibreglass sheeting, not aluminium.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
I suspect there may be some caravan manufacturers that, when building an offroad van, pay considerable attention to the chassis area but slightly less so to the bodywork above. Certainly not in this case, though. Millard frames its vans with interlocking C-channel aluminium with bracing gussets at stress points. Timber is used as reinforcement for fittings, like the cabinetry inside. A box-section 3mm-thick steel H-frame is fitted across the roof to support the air-conditioning unit. For insulation, polystyrene is used between the walls and for the front and rear of the van, while batts are used under the roof. Underfoot, the floor of the Millard is 12mm marine plywood. Between the plywood and the chassis is a layer of galvanised sheet aluminium, giving protection to the under-floor area.
A sometimes neglected area on vans is the cabling for both 240V mains and 12V-DC circuits. Here, it’s fed through the aluminium wall bracing with nylon grommets to avoid cutting through the insulation, while the wiring underneath the van is fed in though the chassis rails to reduce track-inflicted damage.
Handy to the front door and mounted on the overhead locker side panel are the 12V circuit switches and main light switches. It’s a good location – at least when you step into a dark van, you don’t have to fumble around too much for the light.
In keeping with its offroad theme, the Breakaway is well-equipped electrically. Three 100Ah deep-cycle batteries supply the 12V load and they are backed up by four 150W solar panels and a 2.6kVA generator. A 2000W pure sine wave inverter delivers some 240V load when the generator cannot be used. There is, of course, the usual interior 12V LED lighting but there’s also two high capacity LED lights outside, on the nearside and on the rear wall.
HITS & MISSES
- Internal layout and decor
- Kitchen setup
- Generous provision of powerpoints
- External storage capacity
- External lighting
I would have liked...
- Another 12V/5V outlet in the bedroom area
MILLARD BREAKAWAY SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.81m (28ft 11in)
- External body length 6.35m (20ft 10in)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 3.06m (10ft)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 2895kg
- ATM 3700kg
- Ball weight 180kg
- Frame Aluminium C-channel
- Cladding Aluminium/fibreglass
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised 150x50mm (6x2in)
- Suspension Cruisemaster independent airbag
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 16in
- Water 3x127L (fresh); 1x80L (grey)
- Battery 3x100Ah
- Solar 4x150W
- Air-conditioner Dometic
- Gas n/a
- Sway Control No
- Cooking Webasto diesel
- Fridge Waeco 215L 12V compressor
- Microwave Panasonic Inverter
- Toilet Dometic
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting12V LED
- Hot water Webasto diesel space heater
- Cut-away back; airbag suspension; 215L fridge; leather upholstery; two additional windows; seat embroidery; 2000W inverter and wiring; external TV box; two external LED spotlights; 17in wheels and tyres; bog boards including frame; two additional solar panels; extra battery; additional 127L water tank; additional water pump; 80L grey water tank; front-loading washing machine; diesel hot water system; heater and cooker; 2.6kVA generator; satellite TV; 700kg payload.
Price as shown
- $125,000 (drive-away, NSW); (base price $84,900)
The full test appears in Caravan World #539 July 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!