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Avondale Avocet

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Single Axle
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1350
  • Max Width (m) : 2.22
  • Internal Length (m) : 4.88
  • External Height (m) : 2.56
  • Berths : 2
  • MRO (kg) : 1144
  • Shipping Length (m) : 6.31

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Avondale
Class
Single Axle
Range
Avocet
MTPLM (kg)
1350
Max Width (m)
2.22
End Kitchen
No
External Height (m)
2.56
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Berths
2
MRO (kg)
1144
Triple Bunks
No
End Washroom
Yes
Shipping Length (m)
6.31
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Price From (£)
15695

DETAILED REVIEW

AVONDALE fans of a certain age will remember the days of the GRP moulded roof fitted to bird models and it would be sheer folly to say that getting rid of this feature didn’t upset the die-hards.

But things move on and now the distinctive birds look as smart as ever. Exterior-wise, the Avondale comes with bits such as the AKS hitch, gas BBQ, exterior mains socket, side gas locker storage and smart alloy wheels. If you’re after a large front locker the Avondale’s is a tad small but it didn’t prove a major problem.

The interior is not overly striking but feels rather upmarket and definitely has a quality feel. Soft furnishings are pleasing to look at and to use; the thickness and comfort adds to the luxury feel of the ‘van.

The front dinette comes with scatter and bolster cushions and six roof lockers, plus a central drawer and locker below. No mains lighting is used, just low voltage lighting. The offside kitchen area is well designed with super work surface and excellent storage facilities along with full oven, fridge and microwave.

The free-standing table is also stored in the kitchen area in its own cupboard, while opposite the side dresser offers more work surface and also space for the TV - next to the plugs for DVD and the new Status 510 aerial.

The side dresser offers some drawer storage and handy shelf with small shoe cupboard below; the Truma heater is fitted here too.

The rear end washroom has a sliding entrance door - a great idea as long as you don’t forget to stop it moving while on tow. The Avocet washroom has an electric flush loo and side window while the shower cubicle is modern and spacious too. The wardrobe comes with enough space for a couple on the move, even for longer-term tours.

It gets good spec including alarm, and CD/radio. The ‘van itself is very smart, with excellent quality fittings. It hasn’t got heavy duty corner steadies, but that adds weight and it’s a feature on which Avondale have done their homework.

•    A full version of this test features in the August 2007 edition of Which Caravan.

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