Avida Birdsville: Review
This spacious slide-out is the first of its kind in Avida’s Birdsville range, and it’s ticking boxes left, right and centre.
Like the rest of the Birdsville models, the C7424SL (SL for ‘slide-out’) is built on a Fiat Ducato cab chassis, which has a 180 Multijet with the 3L 132kw/400Nm turbodiesel and six-speed AMT gearbox. Having an X295 chassis also means it comes with a GVM of 4400kg.
On the road, the 3L turbodiesel powered the motorhome along in the manner to which we have become accustomed. For my travels, I ventured along some misty and wet dirt tracks in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney – all without a problem. One of the benefits of the front wheel drive Ducato is that there are no traction problems on soft ground.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Given the Tare weight of 3650kg, the Birdsville has a good load capacity of 750kg. It’s built in the usual Avida style, with a fully-welded metal frame, fibreglass composite walls, one piece fibreglass roof, and fibreglass mouldings for the front and rear. The entry door is the standard Hehr style with a separate insect screen. Although the usual Dometic double-glazed windows are fitted to the walls, the Luton peak windows have a very distinctive shape, which add to the pleasant overall look of the motorhome.
Like most other Avida motorhomes, the Birdsville is built using a fully welded metal frame for the walls, floor and roof. That frame has a foam sheet filler which Avida reckons will act as an insulator and road noise reducer. For the walls, all that is laminated together with backing panels and an outer fibreglass skin. The floor panel has a ply timber sheet above and metal sheeting below for under-floor protection. Additionally, the front Luton peak/cab surround and rear wall are fully moulded fibreglass. In keeping with Avida’s normal method, EDPM rubber is used as the outer covering for the roof.
HITS & MISSES
- Good looking motorhome
- Reasonable external storage capacity
- Flexibility with kitchen benchtop extension
- Easy cab access
- Plenty of walkway space
I would have liked...
- Better location for 240V/12V outlets
- Slightly wider dinette
- Better water sealing around slide-out
AVIDA BIRDSVILLE C7424SL SPECS
Weights and measures
- External length 7.2m (23ft 7in)
- External width 2.32m (7ft 7in)
- Internal height 1.97m (6ft 6in)
- Travel height 3.13m (10ft 3in)
- Tare 3650kg
- GVM 4400kg
- Base vehicle Fiat Ducato X295
- Multijet 180
- Engine 3L turbodiesel
- Gearbox Six-speed AMT
- Max power 132kW@3500rpm
- Max torque 400Nm@1400rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Water 124L (fresh); 124L (grey)
- Batteries 1x100Ah
- Solar panels No
- Air-conditioner Dometic
- Gas 2x4kg
- Cooking Dometic four-burner and grill
- Fridge Dometic 8555 190L three-way
- Microwave Samsung
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L
Price as shown
- $127,900 (on road, NSW)
The full test appears in Caravan World #539 July 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!