Eden Tru Blu: Review

By: Peter Quilty, Photography by: Graeme Neander


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Experience a touch of paradise with the well laid out Eden Tru Blu.

I recently reviewed the well-appointed and stylish Tru Blu in Donnybrook, around 50km north of Melbourne, and was suitably impressed with its finish. It was also strikingly evident that the whole design is based on self-sufficiency.

And for a 14ft 6in van, it has a surprisingly roomy layout with basically everything in it – except a washing machine. It also shouts out durability; it’s built to go the distance!

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

The Tru Blu is well-equipped to head off the bitumen given what lies beneath: DuraGal FP 6in chassis with 2in raiser, 16in alloy wheels and 265/75R16 heavy-duty tyres, 12in electric brakes, Simplicity coil suspension and Dexter Sway Control.

A McHitch coupling made hitching up a cinch, but it was difficult to gauge the Tru Blu’s true offroad capability on our test given the relatively flat terrain we traversed.

However, Simplicity’s Variable Rate Spring design offered a soft, smooth ride for the Tru Blu, and I’m fairly confident it would have risen to the challenge of true tracking and stability under harsher conditions.

Complementing the Tru Blu’s penchant for remote touring is a dual 97Ah battery pack, 150W solar panel and regulator, dual 95L water tanks with covers, and a remote control Aircommand Ibis reverse-cycle air-conditioner.

EXTERIOR

Outside, there is also a fold-down picnic table, external 12V, 240V and antenna points, an Aussie Traveller awning, spare wheel, Winegard antenna, gas bayonet and, riding on the rear bumper bar, two jerry can holders.

But the standout feature externally is storage, storage and more storage! This includes a lockable mini-boot at the front and two bigger compartments on the offside of the van, one of which is approximately 5ft-high and ideal for storing fishing rods or golf clubs.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Copious external storage
  • Practical interior design
  • Surprisingly roomy for a smaller van

Cons…

  • Only mod con missing is a washing machine

EDEN TRU BLU SPECS

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 6.86m (22ft 6in)
  • External body length 4.42m (14ft 6in)
  • External body width 2.44m (8ft)
  • Travel height 3.15m (10ft 4in)
  • Internal height 2m (6ft 7in)
  • Tare 1940kg
  • ATM 2500kg
  • Ball weight 180kg

External

  • Frame Meranti
  • Cladding Aluminium (Glass White)
  • Chassis DuraGal FP 6in chassis with 2in raiser
  • Suspension Simplicity coil suspension
  • Brakes 12in
  • Wheels 16in alloy with 265/75R16 tyres
  • Water 2x95L
  • Battery 2x97Ah
  • Solar 1x150W
  • Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
  • Gas 2x9kg
  • Sway control DSC

Internal

  • Cooking Swift four-burner with mini-grill
  • Fridge Thetford 184L three-way fridge-freezer
  • Microwave Swift convection 23L
  • Toilet Thetford plastic
  • Shower Fully-moulded fibreglass
  • Lighting LED
  • Hot water Suburban gas/electric 23L

Options fitted

  • Reversing camera; Weber Mini Q; two high-powered spotlights; toolbox; stoneguard

Price as shown

  • $64,950 (plus on-road costs, Vic)

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The full test appears in Caravan World #547 March 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!