Hitch Hika Limited Edition: Review
Hitch a ride with the feature packed Limited Edition.
The avant-garde Hitch Hika Limited Edition emits genuine class and luxury throughout. And the attention to detail is evident, even down to the automotive-grade dazzle black, charcoal and orange decals with chrome trim, the striking Hitch Hika logo embroidered into the padded headboard above the door, and the one-piece, commercial-grade vinyl floor.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Externally, the Limited Edition is clad in silver aluminium with a black checkerplate front and rear (with silver composite panels above for styling and strength) and checkerplate down the lower reaches of each side. There’s a full-length tunnel boot comprising a 1500mm-long RV Trade and Fleet slide-out drawer (carpet-lined and galvanised) on metal rollers, dual 105Ah AGM batteries contained in a lockable box on the chassis, and three 95L water tanks, one of which is a grey water tank. The grey water outlet is a simple turn of a ball valve to hold or release the water, which is a simple and effective design.
One thing I would have liked, though, is a slide-out barbecue to complement the all-inclusive kitchen.
Other notable inclusions are large rear LED bar taillights, an LED brake light up top, an adjustable LED light bar located on the front of the van, Narva side clearance lights with chrome trim, a slide-out generator hatch with a custom-made drawer slider, a 120W solar panel, an external shower outlet above the tunnel boot, and an external TV compartment with a bracket, double 240V powerpoints, 12V powerpoint, antenna outlet and RCA outlet.
There are also two separate water fillers with the mains pressure outlet easy to access, a fold-out picnic table with LED strip lighting, two marine-grade speakers with lights, a Dometic roll-out awning with centre support cup/bracket and black awning arms, and an annexe light on the van’s offside. However, from a safety perspective, I thought it could have benefitted from a reversing camera (which I’m told is a small cost option).
The Limited Edition offers semi-offroad capability, riding on a Roadrunner DuraGal 6in chassis and A-frame with 2in chassis raiser, 2t axles, roller rocker leaf spring suspension, 15in wheels with 235/75R15 LT tyres, and 12in electric brakes.
The A-frame holds two 9kg gas cylinders, the breakaway switch, a 12-pin trailer plug with separate Anderson plug, a double clamp on the jockey wheel, and welded hooks for chains. And its mesh tray could hold sullage hoses, wheel chocks and the like.
HITS & MISSES
- All-embracing sleeping quarters
- Kitchen fit for a degustation menu
- Swanky rear ensuite
- No slide-out barbecue
- A reversing camera would increase safety
- 16in wheels/tyres would be a plus
HITCH HIKA LIMITED EDITION SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.24m (27ft)
- External body length 6.4m (21ft)
- External body width 2.35m (7ft 9in)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 2560kg
- ATM 3060kg
- Ball weight 180kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Aluminium/checkerplate
- Chassis DuraGal 6in chassis and A-frame with 2in chassis raiser
- Suspension 2t axles, leaf spring
- roller rocker
- Brakes 12in
- Wheels 15in alloy, 235/75R15 tyres
- Water 2x95L (fresh); 1x95L (grey)
- Battery 2x105Ah AGM batteries with Projecta charger
- Solar 120W with ProStar 30Ah solar controller
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift 500 fan-forced four-burner with grill and oven
- Fridge Dometic RM 4805 221L three-way fridge-freezer
- Microwave Sphere 900W 25L
- Toilet Thetford C260
- Shower NBC large fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Suburban 22.6L gas/electric
Price as shown
- $83,990 (on-road, SA)
The full test appears in Caravan World #547 March 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!