Goldstream 1760 Bunk: Review
Struggling to find a family-friendly caravan that ticks all the right boxes? The new Goldstream 1760 Bunk might be just the van you’re looking for.
Our review van was fitted with the Goldstream ‘Adventure Pack’ which, in short, means the van is fitted out for rough road, but not full offroad, use. The first clue to the van’s rough-road intentions is the side skirt and front panel of polished alloy checkerplate. Its traditional checkerplate finish is something I prefer to the more trendy satin black, because it makes the dirt and dust less obvious. Aluminium is also the material of choice for the van’s composite body panels and the pop-top roof, and there’s a meranti timber frame underneath those panels.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
A look under the 1760 Bunk reveals the 100x50mm (4x2in) DuraGal chassis, fitted with single-axle leaf spring suspension, shock absorbers and 15in alloy wheels. The chassis has been lifted about 50mm (2in) to give better ground clearance, and all the vulnerable pieces have been strapped up well out of the way. The 80L water tanks, which are protected with alloy checkerplate, are fitted either side of the axle to create balance, and there are quick-drop corner stabilisers to aid setting up.
I’ve been in quite a few larger family vans where I’ve felt distinctly cramped, usually because of the cabinetry. But that feeling, real or otherwise, is negated here by the pop-top design, which creates plenty of air space and has no overhead lockers above the top of the solid wall. That does, of course, mean less storage space, but it also means you can leave more at home and travel lighter.
Setting up the pop-top is quite simple – you just release the four roof clips on the outside and then lift the roof from inside at either end. But don’t forget to set the awning to the ‘open’ position first – it makes lifting the roof so much easier. There is also a small foot stool supplied, so the vertically-challenged among us can reach the roof clips.
One of the compromises you’ll find with this layout is the size of the front bed. At 1.8x1.3m (5ft 11in x 4ft 3in), it’s not particularly large. You could option a longer bed, but that would mean losing the front nearside corner cupboard, as you can’t have both. But the larger bed would create more under-bed storage space, which might help negate the impact of losing the corner cupboard. As it is, the under-bed space is fairly small and largely taken up by the Truma Saphir air-conditioner and the Truma water heater.
The rear bunks are marginally longer at 1.83x0.63m (6x2ft), so there is always the option of letting the junior family members use the front bed and mum and dad getting a bunk each in the rear! Whoever scores the bunks also gets the huge cabinet with lots of hanging space and drawers underneath.
THE WRAP UP
So, for a family that doesn’t mind travelling light, it’s a winner. And if you need more living space for longer trips, annexe walls could be added to the awning to enclose that area.
HITS AND MISSES
- Lightweight family van
- Interior does not feel cramped
- Ground clearance
- Well put together
- Multiple drawers in kitchen
- Size of front bed
- Limited internal storage capacity
- No charger points for electronic devices
GOLDSTREAM 1760 BUNK SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 7.2m (23ft 7in)
- External body length 5.38m (17ft 8in)
- External body width 2.36m (7ft 9in)
- Travel height 2.34m (7ft 8in)
- Internal height 2.08m (6ft 10in)
- Tare 1890kg
- ATM 2500kg
- Ball weight 230kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Aluminium composite
- Chassis DuraGal 100x50mm
- Suspension Leaf spring with shock absorbers
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Water 2x80L
- Battery 1x80Ah
- Solar No (pre-wired)
- Air-conditioner Truma Saphir
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway Control No
- Cooking Thetford four-burner and grill
- Fridge Dometic 190L three-way
- Microwave Daewoo
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Flexible hose, combo
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L
- Gas bayonet
Price as shown
- $53,900 (on-road, NSW)
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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!