Nova Revivor 16-6: Review

By: Philip Lord, Photography by: Philip Lord


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Small but spacious, the Nova Revivor 16-6 is the ideal touring companion.

The Revivor is a traditionally-built caravan with the galvanised 100x50mm Preston chassis supporting the meranti timber frame, fully insulated ceiling and walls, and clad with aluminium sheeting. The front of the aluminium body is protected from stone damage with a padded vinyl section to the lower half and at the rear is a steel bumper bar that supports the alloy spare wheel.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

The A-frame, protected underneath with a tubular skid rail, supports the two 9kg gas cylinders and, between the cylinders and the body, there’s an open mesh storage tray. A tap is secured to the offside A-frame and is protected from stone damage by a checkerplate guard. The jockey wheel mounts centrally on the A-frame and there appears to be sufficient space to fit torsion bars on the lanky A-frame members for a weight-distribution hitch. The ball coupling is a conventional 50mm design with handbrake, a 12-pin connector, two chains and a break-away brake cable. The Revivor is easy to hitch up, with no obvious obstacles; wiring and chains are of a good length and the jockey wheel is easy to remove. The chassis is stabilised when at camp with four drop-down Al-Ko legs.

INTERIOR

The kitchen layout is conventional and everything is easy to get to, except the microwave which is fitted quite high. The age-old concern with this microwave position above the fridge/freezer – admittedly, probably the most logical in terms of space efficiency – is the danger of lifting hot liquids out over your head.

EXTERIOR

External features include a locking, drop-down picnic table, a 12V port, 240V outlet and external aerial jack, gas bayonet and a tunnel boot. The tunnel boot is accessed on both nearside and offside (as it should be) via drop-down lockable hatches.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Lots of inclusions for a 4.66m (16ft internal length) van
  • Easy to tow
  • Ample space and storage for a couple

Cons…

  • No privacy screen for bedroom
  • Could do with more bench space
  • Microwave position

NOVA REVIVOR 16-6 SPECS

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 6.74m (22ft 1in)
  • External body length 5.5m (18ft)
  • External body width 2.47m (8ft 1in)
  • Travel height 3.01m (9ft 10in)
  • Internal height 1.95m (6ft 4in)
  • Tare 1930kg
  • ATM 2213kg
  • Ball weight 213kg

External

  • Frame Meranti
  • Cladding Aluminium
  • Chassis SuperGal box section 100x50mm
  • Suspension Single-axle leaf spring
  • Brakes 12in electric
  • Wheels 15in alloy on 235/75R15LT tyres
  • Water 2x80L
  • Battery 1x105Ah AGM
  • Solar 1x120W
  • Air-conditioner Aircommand Cormorant
  • Gas 2x9kg
  • Sway control Al-Ko ESC

Internal

  • Cooking Thetford four-burner Minigrill MkIII
  • Fridge Thetford 184L
  • Microwave Daewoo
  • Toilet Dometic cassette
  • Shower Separate cubicle
  • Lighting 12V LED
  • Hot water Suburban 23L

Options fitted

  • None

Price as shown

  • $54,990 (on-road, NSW)

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