Crusader Musketeer Athos: Review
There’s nothing novel about the cleverly designed Crusader Musketeer Athos.
Australian Motor Homes has only recently taken on the Crusader range and the Musketeer Athos caravan has created some early interest. Its layout is a little different to the usual – it’s 6.26m (20ft 6in) long and has a bathroom across the front of the van and the island bedroom is in the rear. That leaves space for the nearside kitchen and offside dinette in the middle. Although the bathroom takes up the space at the front, the arrangement does give the living area a fairly spacious feel.
Outside the van, a look underneath reveals a box section SupaGal chassis with 100x50mm (4x2in) main rails and 50x50mm (2x2in) cross-section members. Up front, the drawbar is made from beefier 150x50mm (6x2in) RHS. There are no surprises in the suspension department – it’s tandem-axle, load-sharing leaf spring but, to give the van a bit more height, short 50mm (2in) risers are used. And, in a departure from the norm, the twin galvanised sheet-protected water tanks are fitted forward of the wheels.
The Musketeer’s aluminium cladding hides a timber frame and full insulation. Most of the cladding is white but the lower sides and front are covered in polished alloy checkerplate –bucking the trend for satin black that many manufacturers use.
A caravan’s natural body shape is often hard to deviate from but the Athos does have a few rounded corners which help improve the shape.
HITS & MISSES
- Towing weight well-suited to a mid-sized vehicle
- Slightly different layout to usual
- LED light fittings
- Low microwave
- Bathroom storage
- Van profile
- Wheel arch under the table
- No front boot
- Front water tanks will change the ball weigh
CRUSADER MUSKETEER ATHOS SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.23m (27ft)
- External body length 6.26m (20ft 6in)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 2.03m (6ft 8in)
- Tare 2090kg
- ATM 2490kg
- Ball weight 180kg
- Frame Timber
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis SupaGal box section
- Suspension Tandem-axle, load-sharing leaf spring
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 1x100Ah
- Solar 1x120W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- ESC Optional
- Cooking Swift four-burner, grill
- Fridge Dometic RMD 8551 190L
- Microwave Swift dLuxx
- Toilet Dometic cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
Price as shown
- $56,990 (on road, NSW)
The full test appears in Caravan World #542 October 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!