It would be fair to say that Tony has a lot of experience in caravans and knows what customers are looking for nowadays, so he headed across the ditch earlier this year and searched out a range of on- and off-road caravans that would tick the boxes for NZ customers.
He came back with four Victory caravans, the Dirt Road models ranging from the Victory 675 NZ five berth 6.7m family bunk model that we review here, to the Victory 704 NZ four-berth 6.0m model and a Victory 602 NZ two-berth 6.0m on different floor plans and semi off-road chassis; the fourth is a full off-road Victory 602 NZ two-berth 6.0m model. All these luxury models are spec’d and tweaked to New Zealand conditions by Tony using his experience in the market.
Here we look at the Victory 675 NZ model. Step into the caravan from the rear door; to the immediate left a washing machine lives in a cupboard, past that a side-wall U-shaped dining/lounge with dining table, opposite that the kitchen, and to the nose of the caravan the bedroom with island bed. Opposite entry are three bunk units with built-in ladder, the fridge/freezer tower with microwave above and storage below. To the right in the rear corner is the en-suite bathroom with full-size separate shower, pedestal cassette toilet and vanity.
The interior finishes are all modern high-gloss, and the external flush-mounted overhead cupboards with hidden catches all add to the sleek modern look of these interiors.
Three bunks is certainly a game changer for many families looking for the perfect family caravan, and each of these has its own LED light – with all the bunks lucky to have a window as well. If you need to squeeze just one more body in you can convert the dining area, and before you know it this is now a six-berth caravan.
The kitchen is well fitted with a full oven setup. This has the normal glass top over the hob, and rangehood above – the oven unit is inset into the bench with a bench-top lid on gas struts, allowing for a continuous bench for food preparation and good looks when not in use. The pull-out pantry is split into three cupboards offering full height and fabulous storage – plenty of food for this family on the road. Overhead lockers for storage, under-bench drawers with utility space, and under-sink cupboard storage complete the kitchen package.
The dining area is classy; the squabs and upholstery are certainly luxury, with the cool headrests adding some real comfort for those side sitters, and there are storage options under the seating in this area. Other models offer café dinette seating styles for fewer people.
The bedroom area with queen island bed is in the nose of the vehicle; no window in the nose and good design for aerodynamics, eliminating a major water ingress problem that caravans can have in this area. The finish is all white high-gloss, so certainly modern and easy to clean. Overhead storage lockers, side wardrobes, small shelf above, more drawer storage on each side under the wardrobe. LED lighting throughout with reading lights in the dining and bedroom areas.
All windows are double-glazed acrylic, with built-in fly screens, pull-up concertina blind/sun shades, as well as quality roman blinds with matching pelmets. There are four roof vents with screens and blinds for ventilation. The vehicle come pre-wired ready for satellite and TV additions which Tony and the team can help you choose to suit your needs and budget. Easy-clean vinyl flooring throughout.
Customers can customise their caravan to their taste with different splash-back colours, bench tops, upholstery shades and the roman blind colours to be chosen. Plenty of opportunity to make your interior pop to your own tune. The white with grey accents is certainly an up-to-the-minute modern interior, and you may notice there are no internal walls as such, the side panels between the washing machine area to dining and dining to front bedroom have all been cut back precisely via CNC to keep a long open view throughout, open and airy interior.
Towing-wise these are not lightweight vehicles, though for Aussie builds these models are not at the extreme range. You will need a minimum 3000kg tow-rated vehicle to be comfortable and in control of these caravans. With dual-axle setup and the grunty chassis underneath, towing will be a dream, and the wireless reversing camera takes care of seeing what is going on behind you on the road and when backing into spaces!
Exterior-wise this vehicle will tick many boxes, with storage in the nose of the vehicle, storage lockers on each side in the front, drop-down bbq table on the kerb side near the habitation entry, and the back bumper is set back well from the rear of the vehicle, with the spare wheel fitted to it; this bumper offers great protection to the rear end, as we know this is where we often have a bingle or two in the back rear or back side corners. The bottom half of the vehicle has aluminium checker plate covers all around, protecting from stone chips in the front and also offering an extra layer of protection from tree damage or similar in these lower side areas – perfect for a bit of dirt-road travel.
If you are one of those looking for this style of rugged, high-ground-clearance vehicle on a leaf spring chassis that is ready to take a beating, while offering all the luxury and refinement you could want on the interior for living requirements, perhaps you should get yourself in to view these models. I know Tony and his team will look after you well.
Victory 675 NZ $92,490 five-berth caravan
6.7m, width 2.4m, external height 3.0m, internal height 2.0m tare 2656kg
Freedom camping features:
170W solar with 30Ah regulator
1 x 105Ah battery + three-stage auto battery charger and protector
190L fresh water, 95L grey water; gas/240V hot water 22L; 2 x 9kg gas bottles.
190L 3-way Dometic fridge/freezer, full oven with separate grill, 3 gas burners, 1 electric hotplate, 240V microwave, 12V rangehood.
Stereo/CD/USB with 4 x speakers; Set up for TV and Satellite install.
Main bed 1.9m x 1.53m Bunk size 1.9m x 700cm
Hot-dip galvanised 6″ A-frame and 6″ full-grid box chassis with a 2″ raiser, six stud 15″ alloy wheels with heavy-duty rated tyres, spring suspension, electric brakes on both axles with handbrake, with four drop-down stabiliser legs. Marine ply floor with painted protective coating underneath.
Body frame is built from Meranti timber, one-piece roof and sides are ACM panel, full body powder-coated checker plate, ‘ACM’ dent-resistant aluminium cladding, black checker plate front and rear as well as 450mm-high side checker plate, offers extra impact protection.