We certainly live in the lucky country. We have access to a wonderful RVing lifestyle, and the big open freeways and endless natural wonders around the country are enough to keep any traveller busy for years. It's no wonder there are so many RV manufacturers offering high quality RVs ready to take you on your adventures. Roadstar Caravans is one such manufacturer. It is proudly 100% Australian owned and uses local manufacturers for most of its components.
Working out of Coolaroo on the outskirts of Melbourne, Ken Nizam and his dedicated team produce a range of caravans for the Australian market. Operating for over 21 years, Roadstar employs a five-star approach to quality manufacturing and control, ensuring caravans continually meet its high standards.
The Daintree is one model in the exclusive line up that also includes the Limited Edition and the Safari Tamer. It offers a high level of fit and finish that will ensure the whole family can travel the country in comfort. A key element of the Daintree is its flexibility – it is available in single-axle or dual-axle specification and with numerous layouts that cater to single travellers or families alike. The model of this review, the triple bunk family edition, caters for larger families that are looking for the luxuries of a fully optioned caravan while still having enough room for everyone to have their own space.
To accommodate the bunk beds, Roadstar has created two separate wet areas – one houses the shower and the other is home to the toilet. Not only does this save space and allow for the bunk beds, but it also means that both facilities can be in use at once.
The master bed provides plenty of room and includes an inner spring mattress. The cabinetry around the bed head makes effective use of the available space and provides a suitable storage area for clothes and other travel items, while reading lights are mounted on the inner walls of the cabinets and there are numerous windows in place to ensure plenty of natural light. When you've had enough light, venetian blinds help to keep things covered.
The Daintree can be optioned with a 6in A-frame extension that lifts the van further and provides additional clearance, should the tar turn to dirt.
The triple-bunk model is a perfect travelling solution for families. There is enough room for the parents to have their own bed while the kids get the triple bunks. The timber cabinetry continues from the kitchen throughout, and a washing machine mounts neatly at the base of a cupboard, ready to take on the kids' clothes after a day in the dirt.
The Dometic fridge is built into the cabinetry and offers enough room to store food for even the biggest families. Separate compartments keep the fridge and freezer areas separate and large drawers above and below are suitable for storing bulky items such as pots and pans.
The kitchenette provides everything you need to prepare meals that will keep the whole family happy. A microwave and cook top mean it won't take too long either. A stainless steel sink is standard as is a mixer tap and drinking water filter tap, for fast and easy access to water.
The internals of the caravan are well appointed. The timber finish creates a warm feel and the overhead cupboards are secured at an angle to create maximum storage space. The L-shape dining area provides extra space for the kids and the television is sure to keep them entertained. The television picks up a clear signal via a Wineguard antenna.
The undercarriage of the Daintree presents neatly. Seven-leaf springs are strong enough to take the load of the van with ease and the plumbing and wiring is well placed, neat and out of the way. The water tank mounts centrally for effective weight distribution and is galvanised to prevent rust or damage.
The front boot of the van has plenty of room to store games and body boards for the kids. The battery mounts in a watertight storage box and a fuse box is mounted on the internal rear wall. The boot is lined with galvanised plate which helps keep your gear secure and dual gas bottles mount on the A-frame at the front.
The slide out external kitchen comes standard on the triple bunk model. This is a practical way to keep the family fed while enjoying the great outdoors. It is constructed from heavy duty stainless steel and includes a sink and grill ready for those hot summer nights. An external tap on the A-frame also helps if you need fast access to water while cooking.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
• TRIPLE BUNK DESIGN
• TANK LEVEL INDICATOR AND ILLUMINATED EXTERIOR GRAB HANDLE
• EXTERNAL SLIDE OUT BBQ
• AUSTRALIAN MADE
• DUAL TELEVISIONS – ONE IN THE KITCHEN AND ONE IN THE MASTER BEDROOM
MAKE/MODEL: Roadstar Daintree
EXTERNAL BODY LENGTH: 24ft
EXTERNAL WIDTH: 8ft
EXTERNAL HEIGHT: 9ft 9in to top of air conditioning unit
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you like the look of the Daintree, contact Roadstar
4-6 Lisa Place, Coolaroo, VIC 3048
PH: 1300 762 378 or (03) 9301 8700
FAX: (03) 9302 3722
Please note that current prices may vary from this review. Please confirm with the manufacturer.