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May 21

Wild Native - FAMILY VAN

Posted by zoran Legend Caravans on Sunday, May 21, 2017

amily comes No. 1 in the Legend Wild Native dual bunk on-road tourer.

Legend status is only afforded to the best of the best in any walk of life.

Based in Campbellfield, Vic, Legend Caravans is aware that great reputations aren’t handed out on a plate, so is already developing its own star status. It has built a reputation for manufacturing excellence and quality, and significant points of difference with its convoy of caravans.

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The Legend fleet has a distinct personality, with offroad wunderkinds such as the Groundbreaker Ultimate, which turned heads in the $85K-$100K category during Best Aussie Vans 2016.

An on-road touring family van, the 6.58m (21ft 7in) Wild Native is a completely different proposition, but it exhibits many Legend Caravans hallmarks. Some of these traits include an insect-treated, laminated poplar frame, aluminium roof, insulation batts in the roof cavity, exclusive Italian handles on the screwed-in cabinetry, rubber-lined acrylic cupboard doors with positive lock catches, and a fuel-efficient aerodynamic front.

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I tugged the Wild Native along with an updated single cab Toyota LandCruiser 79, and it passed our tow test with flying colours. It was assisted by the LC’s 3500kg tow capacity but the Wild Native’s Tare of 2200kg, G&S 4in SupaGal chassis with 3in riser and 6in A-frame, and leaf-spring suspension also helped!

EXTERIOR

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Externally, the Wild Native has a modern look courtesy of its aluminium composite cladding. I also liked the panoramic Dometic double-glazed windows, particularly in the bedroom, and large skylight hatches. It also has a Dometic rollout awning, drop-down picnic table, gas bayonet for a barbecue, and twin 9kg gas cylinders on the drawbar.

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But that’s where it ends on the outside, and I thought it could benefit (as far as on-road family touring is concerned) from an external kitchen for alfresco dining while camping. This is an optional extra, however. There was also no provision for outdoor entertainment, and I reckon any caravan needs a little more storage than just a tunnel boot. A grey water tank, and a stone shield to protect the gas cylinders and the van’s front wouldn’t go astray, either.

INTERIOR

Internally, the Wild Native gleams. I loved the colour contrast between the shimmering overhead lockers and the lower cupboards in the fully-equipped angled kitchen, which is an effective use of space.

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It comprises a Swift 500 Series four-burner cooktop, grill and oven, 184L Dometic two-door fridge/freezer, Sphere 900W microwave (which I thought was positioned a little too high – a common problem in many vans!), 12V rangehood, and sink with drainer. Under the sink is a drop-down compartment for washing up items (sponge, dishwashing liquid etc.), and there’s a drawer underneath and a cupboard above the drainer.

The spacious living zone, directly opposite the kitchen, is lavishly appointed. A classy fabric L-shaped lounge allows you to kick back and relax, and the drop-down table doesn’t encroach on leg room. The double-glazed window brings the outdoors indoors and provides plenty of ventilation when open. Two reading lights at either end of the lounge also invite bookworms to enjoy their favourite novel, or you can also just catch up on the latest events with a newspaper in hand.

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A Finch RV CD/MP3 player provides internal entertainment, and above are water level indicators, a water pump switch, and a hot water switch – all in a lift-up compartment. There’s also plenty of storage courtesy of four good-size overhead lockers. A Legend-inscribed coat hanger is affixed on the end of the lounge wall, and there’s an internal padded headboard over the door entry.

BEDROOM

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Immediately to the left of entry is a swish front bedroom, which will keep any travelling parent satisfied. The caravan-queen-size bed slots neatly into a recessed bedhead and gives a real sense of space, and there’s more than adequate storage courtesy of the robes and dressers, three overhead lockers, and also under the bed where the battery is located. There’s also a corner cupboard at the front of the bed on the offside.

The boudoir has plenty of lighting, provided by four downlights, two reading lights and an overhead hatch, and the windows either side are a good size. I also liked the robe cut-outs, which are ideal for keeping your mobile phone, wallet, jewellery etc. at close range. 

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But it’s the rear ensuite/dual bunks area where a sense of family really rises to the fore. It’s a practical layout, with bunks to the left of entry and the Thetford C200 cassette toilet and fibreglass shower cubicle with shower rail both on the right. And in the middle is plenty of storage space and a concealed Camec front-loading washing machine – always a welcome inclusion when the kids come along for the ride!

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THE BOTTOM LINE

A family of three or four will enjoy many memorable moments travelling in the Wild Native as it certainly invites adventure and fun.

The family van market is a budding segment and I think there’s a lot to be said for a caravan with a bunk layout that places family first while travelling.

The Wild Native is really only capable of shorter stays off-grid but, in essence, it’s badged as an on-road tourer that will intrinsically appeal to the caravan park set.

HITS AND MISSES

Pros...

  • Spacious ensuite
  • Family friendly layout
  • Large, comfortable lounge
  • Panoramic windows

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 8.41m (27ft 7in)
  • External body length 6.58m (21ft 7in)
  • External body width 2.35m (7ft 9in)
  • Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
  • Internal height 1.96m (6ft 5in)
  • Tare 2200kg
  • ATM 2700kg
  • Payload 500kg
  • Ball weight 141kg

Mar 21

Daniel and his Family picked up their Custom Family van. We wish them safe travels and many happy memories

Posted by zoran Legend Caravans on Tuesday, March 21, 2017



Daniel and his Family picked up their Custom Family van. We wish them safe travels and many happy memories



How much for this set up?
Daniel Beard We cannot thank Zoran, Robert and the entire team at Legend Caravans pty ltd enough. Their patience, attention to detail and quality of workmanship is first class. We are over the moon with our 'Wild Native' and the customisations we put into it. The b...See More
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Sue Wyland Ditto Daniel, we have had our Wild Native for 3 trouble free years.Service has been great, Zoran went over and above to sort out a dodgy blind that the maker would'nt fix.
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Noelene Fuller We have a Wild Native and love it 👍👍

Mar 08

NEW DEALERS

Posted by zoran Legend Caravans on Wednesday, March 08, 2017


With our ongoing success LEGEND CARAVANS is delighted to announce that all our new models and layouts with Aluminium Frame will be available for display at Guardian Campers & RV Centre at Rockhampton QLD and Sahara Trailers - Campers & RV Centre in Townsville QLD.
You are all welcome to give them a call or drop by the yards and to check out our latest models.

Mar 01

Successful Melbourne Show

Posted by zoran Legend Caravans on Wednesday, March 01, 2017

After record breaking sales at Melbourne Super Show, ALL stock is now back at Southern Rv Motor-homes in Geelong. if you missed seeing us at the show, just pop down to Geelong for a Super Deal.
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Mar 01

Melbourne Super Show

Posted by zoran Legend Caravans on Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Legend stand is ready for Melbourne Super Show. We are all excited and looking forward seeing you all there. Drop by and check our stand No: 242 for all the latest 2017 Models.

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Feb 05

LEGEND GROUNDBREAKER REVIEW

Posted by zoran Legend Caravans on Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Legend Groundbreaker Ultimate offroader is designed for a sumptuous and comfortable travelling lifestyle.

One of the first things that came to mind when I saw Legend Caravans’ entry at Best Aussie  Vans was ‘solid’, and that opinion was further enhanced when I learned the van’s moniker – the Groundbreaker Ultimate.

Caravans are, by their nature, usually pretty solid objects to start with, but what sets the Groundbreaker apart from many in the crowd is its tough shape and purposeful air. It looks beefy and strong right off the bat; it has a waistline of black alloy checkerplate, common in many offroad vans; it comes with very sturdy nudge bars, Mickey Thompson tyres (including two spares on the rear bumper) and an impressive black, white and burgundy colour scheme. And that’s not to mention the other offroad essentials like the DO35 hitch, mesh stoneguard at the front and jerry can holders at the rear.

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So does the Groundbreaker live up to its name? As always with such vans, I started with what lies underneath. And due to its high ride height as an offroad van, it was quite easy to delve underneath. The 150x50mm (6x2in) RHS rails used for the drawbar and dual chassis rails are pretty standard for this type of van and the G&S independent trailing arm suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers fitted inside the coil springs looks the park.

What I did notice about the chassis, apart from the large, shiny Legend logo attached to the front rails on both sides, is that it’s very clean. By that I mean that everything – floor, piping/cabling and water tanks – is enclosed by alloy checkerplate cladding. Apart from having a protective function, it also looks good – something really only appreciated by those who have a penchant for inspecting the sub-chassis – like me! There are three concealed water tanks – 2x95L (fresh) and 1x110L (grey).

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Above the chassis, the body of the van has a timber frame but it’s laminated poplar rather than the more traditional meranti timber. It’s all insulated, of course, and the outside cladding is aluminium composite.

The van is fitted with a Dometic glass insert style entry door, and external lighting is certainly a feature of the Groundbreaker, with not only the normal lighting on the nearside but two big LED bars back and front, as well as a strip light on the offside. The external lighting isn’t only convenient; it’s also great for security.

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External storage is another feature of the Groundbreaker with tunnel boots front and rear, along with a large alloy checkerplate storage bin on the drawbar. Some of it is dedicated for items like the external slide-out kitchen at the front but there’s plenty of capacity. I must give my usual caveat here, though – even though the van has a load capacity of 500kg, it would be wise to keep an eye on both the loaded weight and the ball weight once you’re packed up and ready to hit the road.

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Outside living under the awning really isn’t a problem with the stainless steel slide-out kitchen being well-equipped with sink, cooktop and barbecue. There’s the requisite fold-out picnic table plus an entertainment unit with TV mounting and external speakers along the wall.

Electrically, this is a very well-equipped van. Two 120Ah batteries, located in the rear tunnel boot, are charged by a 30A mains charger and two 150W solar panels. LED lights are fitted everywhere and there’s a decent sound/entertainment system.

DOING IT DIFFERENTLY

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I noted with interest that, although this is just a 6.58m (21ft 7in) van, the manufacturer has resisted the temptation to fit a front bedroom/rear bathroom, instead opting for a front bedroom/mid-bathroom/rear club lounge setup. For some, there are advantages in having the bathroom next to the bedroom and there’s no doubt about the asset of a club lounge in the rear – room to relax and watch the world go by through the all-round windows.

Glossy laminated cabinetry and leathered upholstery sum up the internal decor and it’s all beautifully finished. That includes all the LED lighting – concealed and visible.

In addition to comfy seating, the rear lounge comes with a table fitted on a sturdy but any-which-way mounting, 240V and 12V/5V USB outlets and overhead lockers all-round, of which taller persons will need to be mindful when getting in or out of the dinette.

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One of the products of this layout is the large split kitchen which has benches on both sides. The nearside is a semi-L-shape, with a stainless steel sink/drainer and space for a coffee maker. The bathroom wall space is used for a microwave oven in the overhead locker area and a 24in flat screen TV below. 

Both the 190L Dometic fridge and Swift four-burner cooktop/grill/oven are fitted on the opposite side. What this kitchen layout allows for is plenty of cupboard, drawer and overhead locker space. Cooks who like to travel with plenty of food will have no problems here.

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The overhead locker space is used for other functions, as well as storage. Above the cooktop is the electrical control panel while the radio sits above the sink. Like the rest of the van, all the drawers have metal sides and the doors have piano hinges.

Bathroom space isn’t really an issue, with the split bathroom having a good-sized shower cubicle on the nearside and toilet/washroom and laundry on the offside. It’s all very well-appointed with a ceramic washbasin, good-sized towel rails, powerpoints, vent hatches and a window, at least for the toilet side. If needs be, the bathroom can be closed off from both sides.

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Up front, the 1.85x1.5m (6ft 1in x 5ft) island bed sits in a bedhead of side wardrobes, overhead lockers and bedside cabinets. I liked the bedside compartments cut into the lower wardrobe area, along with the Truma gas heater control right by the offside occupant. In winter, the bed would be a very warm place because the heater is located right under it!

Like the rear zone, there are 240V and 12V/5V USB outlets fitted but they are located inside the wardrobes – the base being good for charging devices. A second 24in TV is fitted into a recessed compartment in the shower wall and can be seen easily from the bed.

THE BOTTOM LINE

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I inferred at the start of this article that the van had a ‘solid’ appearance but to be more correct, it has a fitness for purpose air about it.

It is built for offroad use and designed for a comfortable lifestyle on or off the road. Not only does it have plenty of storage space for all those ‘essentials’ we like to take along, but it also has a very user-friendly layout which is refreshingly different from many.

MEASURING UP

Pros…

  • Large split kitchen
  • Rear club lounge
  • Well-appointed lighting, inside and out
  • Slide-out external kitchen
  • User-friendly bathroom
  • Stable table