In the past, getting the comforts of home into a caravan would require a gas guzzler to tow a huge, heavy van.
But with a 2900kg aggregate trailer mass, the aerodynamic, dual-axle 6.2m Silver Valley Buckland comes with an island queen bed, extra-large rear ensuite plus a full kitchen — and can be towed by a moderate-sized car.
The 100mm chassis has a 50mm chassis raiser, giving it that extra bit of clearance, so you don’t scrape the back end on driveways and spoon drains.
The body consists of a Meranti frame with ribbed alloy cladding with insulation between the outer and inner sheeting.
A low skirt of powder-coated black checkerplate protects the panel work.
Outside, the Buckland has all the good gear including a full-width tunnel boot, picnic table, double-glazed windows, grab handles near and inside the tri-lock main entry door, an Aussie traveller roll-out awning and four drop-down stabiliser legs.
On the 150mm A-frame are two 9kg gas bottles and the Al-Ko electronic stability control. At the rear is a spare wheel on the bumper bar.
The centre entry door leads into the kitchen dinette area, which takes up the central section of the van.
The angled kitchen has all the normal appliances you’ve come to expect: Swift stove, grill and full oven, 12V Swift rangehood, 25L Sphere microwave and Thetford 184-litre three-way automatic fridge.
Opposite is the comfortable cafe dinette with tri-fold table.
The seats also have a flip-up foot rest for relaxing and watching TV.
Above the table top are 12v/USB and 240v power points.
There’s also a two-door cupboard under the table.
Throughout the caravan, there are plenty of cupboards and the kitchen is no exception, with its dual pull-out wire-basket pantry.
All the overhead cabinets have struts and piano hinges for strength while the drawers are supported by full-length ball-bearing steel runners.
The front queen bed has a pillow-top mattress for extra comfort. The robes either side have a small ledge in front of them, so you can put your glasses and book on it when you have finished reading.
At the back of the van, taking up the full width, is an extra-large ensuite with separate fibreglass shower with glass door and Dometic ceramic bowl cassette toilet, a vanity basin, a 3kg top-loading washing machine and plenty of cupboards.
The Buckland’s 150W solar panel with 30-amp regulator, a 100-amp battery and two 95-litre water tanks can easily handle a night or two off the grid.
A good layout, with all the main storage and weight over the axles and a modest ball weight, allow for more storage weight in your vehicle.
Quite a few features have gone into the design and construction of this caravan, which is good value for money.
The Buckland will be on display at the Abba Caravans on site 9 at next weekend’s Perth 4WD Show at McCallum Park, in Victoria Park, from November 9 to 11.
Silver Valley Buckland
Price $67,500 drive-away
Frame Meranti timber
Warranty Two-year structural
Suitable for On-road
Ball weight 160kg
Dealer Abba Caravans, 8 Ambrose Street, Rockingham