Centaur Karavané: Review

By: Michael Browning, Photography by: Graeme Neander


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Innovative and lightweight, the Centaur Karavané is a refreshing caravanning experience.

Since mid-2012, Centaur has developed the range from Elliott’s original, short, rear-entry Karakampa through to the extensively revised Karakampa II and, now, the all-new Karavané that was launched at last year’s Melbourne Leisurefest show.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

From the outside, the Karavané continues the smooth and distinctive wedge styling pioneered by the original Karakampa, and is similarly built on a box-section galvanised steel chassis, equipped with lightweight Al-Ko single-axle rubber independent suspension. For those wanting to venture off the bitumen, Al-Ko’s new Enduro independent coil spring suspension can be optioned.

Familiar, too, is the vertically-mounted, vinyl-covered spare wheel ahead of the top-loading tapered fibreglass box in the centre of the Karavané’s 80x50mm A-frame – both sitting immediately behind the, somewhat exposed, optional twin 4.5kg gas cylinders. This box is ideal for storing all manner of things – hoses, awning matting or even a small generator.

The massive, marine-carpeted full tunnel boot immediately behind the A-frame box is also carried over from the Karakampa II and the combined storage space is greater than you will find on many, much larger, caravans. A vinyl cover, to protect the front corners from stone damage, extends across the curved tunnel boot doors and is secured to the caravan body via four simple, short elastic cords.

However, it’s at the rear that the new Karavané stands apart. It’s a matter of opinion but, to my eyes, the Karavané’s extra length, combined with its large windows and black decal treatment below the waistline (which I’m told has been slightly revised on later Karavanés), gives it a more mature ‘caravan’ look than its predecessors.

INTERIOR

Upholstered in attractive faux leather, the Karavané’s L-shaped lounge to the immediate left of the entry seats up to four around a single-pedestal rectangular dining table, but there is no provision to convert it into a spare bed. So, while this is intended to be a ‘couples’ caravan, a lowered table with a cushion suitable for a child can be supplied, if desired.

Centaur is also currently working on a bunk bed version of the Karavané without a bathroom.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Refreshing composite design
  • Light towing weight
  • Above average payload
  • Loads of storage space
  • Quality build and finish

Cons…

  • Kitchen arrangement could be better
  • No grill
  • Lightweight plastic cupboard hinges

CENTAUR KARAVANE SPECS

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 6.9m (22ft 8in)
  • External body length 5.2m (17ft 1in)
  • External body width 2.4m (7ft 10in)
  • Travel height 2.91m (9ft 7in)
  • Internal height 2m (6ft 7in)
  • Tare 1600kg
  • ATM 2100kg
  • Ball weight 100kg

External

  • Frame n/a
  • Cladding Fibreglass composite
  • Chassis Galvanised steel box chassis
  • Suspension Al-Ko rubber independent
  • Brakes 12in electric
  • Wheels 15in alloy with 225/70 R15C tyres
  • Water 82L
  • Battery 1x100Ah deep-cycle with 20Ah Enerdrive BMS
  • Solar Optional
  • Air-conditioner Denso 2.5kW reverse-cycle
  • Gas 2x4.5kg
  • Sway control Optional

Internal

  • Cooking Thetford three-burner gas cooktop
  • Fridge Waeco compressor 110L
  • Microwave Daewoo
  • Toilet Thetford cassette
  • Shower Combined fibreglass
  • shower/toilet cubicle
  • Lighting LED
  • Hot water Truma 14L LPG/240V

Options fitted

  • 2x4.5kg gas cylinders

Price as shown

  • $55,657 (on-road, Vic)

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The full test appears in Caravan World #548 April 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!