Whether you’re travelling with friends, as a family or a couple, mastering occasional rougher paths on your adventures is now even easier with RV innovation at the fore.
We see it in the Newell+, Red Centre’s most competitively rough-road ready range branded ‘+’ for the Semi Off Road.
Striking the right balance
For an off-road specialist, knowing where to pull back to create a van made to occasionally straddle dirt roads confidently is an art.
Thankfully, Red Centre achieves this nicely in the alloy-framed Newell+, equipping it with a 3.3-tonne independent suspension (a ‘+’ addition) supported with 10in brakes.
The ball coupling keeps it easy if the occasional groomed dirt road is more a means to an end. But there’s a pressure hatch for cleaner interiors when you do hit dirt and a two-inch riser ideal for daily drive-style 4WDs.
Underneath the tanks are protected and the tyres all terrain, an essential for variable roads.
Nice & compact
During our Summer Series journey to Wangaratta, the team from What’s Up Downunder stopped in at Yarrawonga Caravans to check out a family variation of the Newell+.
Here, we spotted a Red Centre Newell+ in a 19ft 6in triple bunk layout, a nice convenient size for school holiday travels.
Inside, we find the east-west bed making room for a spacious L-shaped dinette. The nifty table is not only great for meals but adjustable if you’re looking for somewhere to place your movie-time snacks without breaking your family snuggles.
There are plenty of 12V and 240V points for charging up family devices as well.
I love the location of the kitchen. There’s a nice big window that faces out to camp so you can keep an eye on the kids while preparing snacks. Speakers indoors and out add to the family fun vibe. There’s a four-burner stovetop grille and oven and a good-size compressor fridge as well. It gives the whole ensemble off-grid capability–complemented by the twin 170W panel array with an MPPT controller and its own Anderson plug, 120Ah deep cycle AGM battery and 190L in freshwater. All this power’s managed effectively via the easy-to-read BMPro Trek battery management system.
At the opposite end of the van are the bunks. Now this one came with triple bunks but twin bunks with extra storage are also available. They’re conveniently close to the rear corner bathroom amenities comprising a separate shower, toilet and sink.
Between these two areas is a good size storage compartment to help keep the kids collateral damage at the ‘far end’. Happily you can shut that whole calamity off, which when you’re travelling for extended periods is an absolute godsend–these smart decisions truly add up.