Southern Cross Wanderer 6500
Based out of Meadowbrook in QLD, Southern Cross Caravans is a family business that has been operating for 39 years. Eighteen years ago, it moved into trailer manufacturing and from there, the range of fifth-wheelers and caravans was born.
Southern Cross Caravans has earned plenty of praise due to the unique design of its fifth-wheelers, including having the dinette in the gooseneck where the bed would normally be, and employing a chassis design whereby the wheel wells don't intrude into the cabin floor. These features and others give these fifth-wheelers unrivalled living space. Also, its low weight allows towing by a wider range of utilities.
The newest addition to the fifth-wheeler range is the Wanderer 6500. Measuring up at just over 21ft long, it embraces all of the innovations of Southern Cross Caravan's larger models. The Wanderer has generated such a buzz for Southern Cross Caravans that it's currently working on expanding the fifth-wheeler range of sizes and layouts, so keep an eye out!
The Wanderer's external design is well thought out and the 16ft roll-out awning makes plenty of shade on a sunny day. Dometic double glazed windows keep the cabin quiet when closed and allow plenty of fresh air inside when opened. Twin drop-down legs at the front are electrically operated and can be easily deployed at the flick of a switch.
The kitchen features a quality fit-out thanks to Southern Cross Caravans use of Smev appliances, like this three burner gas stove along with the Smev sink on the opposite bench. Rounding out the kitchen package is an LG 20L microwave. Both the stove and sink feature fold-down covers to give you ample bench space when not in use.
All fifth-wheelers from Southern Cross Caravans come with these convenient twin slide-out pantries. All the draws and doors in the Wanderer are fitted with push button safety latches and are finished with modern, high-quality vinyl in bright solid colours, which help to give the Wanderer a very fresh appearance inside.
Large windows and skylights allow plenty of natural light to come in. And thanks to the Wanderer's brightly coloured interior, the cabin feels very spacious and inviting. The innerspring queen size island bed is fitted to the middle of the van, unlike many fifth-wheelers that have it in the gooseneck.
With the café dinette fitted to the front and the bed moved to a central position, the Wanderer has a layout unlike many other fifth-wheelers. The dinette is a nice, bright and airy place to relax with two large windows and a skylight. It can seat up to four people and is finished in high-quality contoured fabric and foam.
In this image you can see just how much space the Wanderer's under bed storage offers. As the 100ah deep cycle battery and Projecta battery charger are housed in their own separate compartments, how you use this under bed storage space is entirely up to you.
At the rear of the Wanderer is a nicely sized en suite with a large shower and a combination basin/toilet unit that is an excellent space saver. The shower features a height-adjustable water-saver shower head and the en suite is fitted with towel racks.
The hitch design on the fifth-wheelers is a big part of what makes them unique. The hitch actually clears the gooseneck of the caravan, allowing more room in the gooseneck area of the van. Southern Cross Caravans is able to perform all necessary modifications to your utility to enable it to tow one of its fifth-wheelers. You can use the tray when you're not towing. The tow ball is designed to retract completely into the tray, leaving a flat surface in its place.
Seven-leaf spring rocker/roller suspension ensures the Wanderer will ride easily over the roads you'll be travelling. Each Wanderer 6500 is fitted with rugged 16in Allied steel rims and 225/75R16 hi-load tyres along with 10in AL-KO off road electric drum brakes.
No space is left unused in the Wanderer! Southern Cross Caravans has even utilised the steps up to the dinette for extra storage space. A lift-up panel on the lower step reveals an inconspicuous storage space that is great for keeping valuables safe or simply to provide a little extra room on longer trips.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
• UNIQUE INTERNAL LAYOUT
• LOW-WEIGHT ENABLES IT TO BE TOWED BY SMALLER UTILITIES
• SPACIOUS FLOOR PLAN WITH FLAT FLOOR
• FULLY INSULATED, STRONG FIBREGLASS COMPOSITE BODY
• BRIGHT AND MODERN INTERIOR FINISH
MAKE/MODEL: Southern Cross Caravans Wanderer 6500
EXTERNAL BODY LENGTH: 6.5m
EXTERNAL WIDTH: 2.31m
EXTERNAL HEIGHT: 2.9m
TARE WEIGHT: 2120kg
BALL WEIGHT: 450kg
RRP: $93,000 including QLD ORC
FOR MORE INFORMATION
SOUTHERN CROSS CARAVANS
ADDRESS: 19 Nestor Drive Meadowbrook QLD, 4131
PH: (07) 3200 6924
FAX: (07) 3200 8999
Please note that current prices may vary from this review. Please confirm with the manufacturer.