Evolution Luxliner 21ft: Review
There’s no better feeling than getting quality finishes and modern features in your caravan for an affordable price. The Evolution Luxliner 21ft delivers this and more.
I tested the renewed Luxliner on Victoria’s charming Mornington Peninsula and was suitably impressed with the external and internal upgrades.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Perhaps the most noteworthy development on the Luxliner is the 150mm (6in) Austrail RV chassis, with spacers and a tray on the A-frame, which is robotically welded for accuracy, consistency and durability. The 50mm (2in) main frame raisers give adequate clearance for the roller-rocker suspension. The full-length drawbar returns to the spring hangers, and there are jacking points, a centre-mounted 8in jockey wheel, two 9kg gas cylinders with a twin regulator, and an external mains pressure water tap with checkerplate protection on the A-frame.
However, the van lacks a front boot or toolbox – a necessity for many – as the once standard extended drawbar is now optional. I understand Evolution is conscious of reducing the weight on this model, but I also thought a stoneguard should be added to the Luxliner’s ‘deluxe’ standard inclusions list.
There’s also quite a decent options list if you’re looking for additional features to add to your van. Some of the options include airbag suspension, ESC, DSC, slide-out barbecue, jerry can holders, galvanised sheet flooring, stoneguard, reversing camera, external TV hatch, Foxtel connection, satellite dish, grey water tank, digital battery and water gauges, external rear storage hatches, push-button catches, pelmets, shell handles, angled kitchen, bunk beds, compressor fridge, gas heater, downlights, external speakers, generator hatch and fan-forced oven.
The Luxliner, like all of Evolution’s fleet, has a one-piece, 12mm-thick, marine ply floor and its wall stud spacing is only 250mm apart to create a strong, rigid wall.
Opposite the kitchen sits an elegant cafe-style dinette with high density, zip-off cushion seating, tri-fold table and footrests. And there are plenty of colours and fabrics to choose from if the charcoal colour in this van doesn’t take your fancy. This area also comprises access doors under the seating, LED reading lamps, and generous storage space courtesy of the overhead lockers. It really is a place where you can kick back and relax!
I found the van’s white ribbed aluminium exterior wall panels (with insulation and ply inner lining), complemented by polished aluminium black checkerplate on the front and sides, to be an eye-catching, albeit very traditional, look. A meranti timber frame gives the Luxliner additional flexibility and strength.
Other external features include a roll-out awning with centre support, front window cover, two annexe lights, TV point, triple-lock security door with pull-down Holland blind, 240V and 12V powerpoints, city water pressure controller, lockable water filler, gas bayonet and a fold-down picnic table.
The Luxliner boasts a swish, centrally-located kitchen and dinette – both with laminated, solid-framed plywood doors and cupboards with gas struts and trim inside, designed to keep the weight down.
The van’s practical kitchen, with LED strip lighting, has a stainless steel deep sink with flick mixer tap and water filter, recessed piano-hinged Swift four-burner cooktop with stainless steel oven and separate griller, externally vented 12V rangehood, built-in Swift DLuxx microwave, full splashbacks, and twin drawer sets with
two pot drawers.
I also like the fact that Evolution assembles its own 30mm-thick, post-formed, rolled-edge benchtops in-house. And I give a tick of approval to the overhead cupboards with separate partitions, which add strength and support, and the modish bowed door handles throughout the entire van.
THE WRAP UP
This centre door on-roader has experienced an evolution in the past 12 months. At $59,988, as reviewed, the modernised, custom-built Luxliner is a value-for-money caravan that delivers on comfort and style. I believe it will appeal to a wide-ranging demographic intent on discovering Australia’s favourite holiday destinations.
HITS AND MISSES
- Value for money
- High level of finish
- Quality standard features
- The addition of a front toolbox would have been nice
- No stoneguard on A-frame
EVOLUTION INTEGRITY LITE DELUXE SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.53m (28ft)
- External body length 6.4m (21ft)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.88m (9ft 5in)
- Internal height 1.96m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 2280kg
- ATM 2680kg
- Ball weight 220kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis Austrail RV
- Suspension Tandem-axle roller-rocker
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy with 235/75 R15 tyres
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 2x110Ah deep-cycle
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift four-burner cooktop
- with grill and oven
- Fridge Thetford 184L
- Microwave Swift DLuxx
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Full-height one-piece moulded fibreglass
- Lighting LED 12V
- Hot water Swift 28L
Price as shown
- $59,988 (on-road, Vic)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #551 July 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!