Best Aussie Vans Finalist 2015 On The Move Traxx Test Review
Spacious and feature-packed, the On The Move Traxx is ready for your next off road adventure.
The Traxx is a relatively new van in On The Move’s range, with its purpose being to offer a feature-laden offroad caravan for as little expense as possible. And, on that front, it certainly delivers.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Traxx has a composite wall and ceiling structure. The outer skin is 3mm aluminium, with the inner layer a 1.6mm fibreglass skin. Between these is sandwiched a 25mm high-density polystyrene core. The floor section is one piece, aiding rigidity. The front panel is extensively sheeted in checkerplate aluminium, which also runs down the lower side sections of the caravan.
The chassis is SupaGal-treated 6x2in boxed longitudinal sections welded to a 6x2in A-frame. The rear bumper extends from the chassis on three supports, and itself supports the spare wheel and a lockable checkerplate box, ideal for carrying a generator. The suspension is a trailing arm independent setup, with a coil spring and dual dampers at each wheel. The water tanks are protected from stone damage by steel plates.
It has all the goods for heading offroad and On The Move’s proprietor Lennie Mifsud believes in endurance testing his products. So, true to form, he took his single-axle Crossfire, with the same body structure as the Traxx, into the outback to ensure the van was up to belting through the rough stuff without any issues.
Up front, the A-frame has an open storage tray welded in between the main beams and, just above this, sit two 9kg gas cylinders. Ahead of the gas cylinders is a mesh stoneguard supported on a tubular steel frame. On the A-frame rail, the external tap is protected against stone damage with a steel shield and the jockey wheel is centre-mounted with two securing clamps. The coupling is the familiar Hitchmaster D035 offroad, with a ratchet handbrake.
External body features include the front tunnel boot with a light and a slide-out on the nearside on which a Weber Q gas barbecue is mounted. Also on the nearside, just to the rear of the tunnel boot, is a conveniently located fold-down picnic table. A lockable hatch on the nearside towards the rear reveals the two-pole 240V outlets, a 12V port and an aerial port for the 12V TV. Two speakers are mounted on the external wall adjacent to this hatch. A conventional roll-out awning extends from just ahead of the picnic table to just shy of the end of the nearside wall, providing plenty of shelter for long afternoons relaxing at camp.
HITS & MISSES
- Free-camping ability
- Large payload
- Spacious living area
- Limited internal and external storage
ON THE MOVE TRAXX SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 7.95m (26ft)
- External body length 5.69m (18ft 8in)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 3m (9ft 11in)
- Internal height 2.01m (6ft 7in)
- Tare 2322kg
- ATM 2900kg
- Ball weight 136kg
- Frame Composite
- Cladding Aluminium/polystyrene/fibreglass
- Chassis 6x2in SupaGal
- Suspension Independent, coil springs, dual dampers
- Brakes 12in drums, electric
- Wheels 16in alloy
- Water 190L
- Battery 170Ah lithium
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Swift combo four-burner, grill and oven
- Fridge 12V/240V Waeco 175L fridge-freezer
- Microwave DLuxx
- Toilet Thetford cassette, ceramic bowel
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L
- Lithium battery; FinScan power controller
Price as shown
- $78,990 (on-road, Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #545 January 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!