Crusader Esperance CRV
Well-chosen comforts make a difference at camp, which underpins the design of the Esperance, Crusader’s on-road offering in the CRV range.
Somewhere to cook, a space to freshen up, a cosy bed and a TV at day’s end, with nature providing the rest.
Packaging these essentials at just short of 4m long, the Crusader Esperance CRV is a simple, smart creature at heart, affording first- timers and downsizers an easy ‘in’ to caravanning.
For me, caravanning is very much a camper’s pursuit. And one of the things I love about the CRV lineup is how the outdoors and indoors intermix.
The rear kitchenette in the Esperance has a panoramic window and it’s close to the action so you can quickly throw together a salad and nibbles without missing a beat. And there are five drawers near the door, for matches, bug spray, band-aids and sunscreen, alfoil and barbecue implements for great indoor-outdoor living incorporating the 3m awning.
It’s close to the external flip-down table and external power outlets– just a clever, workable space. And with the tunnel boot nearby, speakers, TV point and a spare cylinder for a barbie, you’re set.
Inside is a microwave set at a reasonable height, a four-burner Aussie-made stove and grill with two large pot drawers and a 108L holiday fridge that’s perfect for a week away.
Just above that is the
sound system controls with a CD, USB and Bluetooth compatibility.
I found the overhead cupboards spacious; they’re finished in high gloss cabinetry available in various colours with concealed latches for a streamlined look.
I liked the latches on the drawers as well, smart-looking, secure for travel and easy to disengage. The three-quarter-length mirror is great for dining in town and further brightens the natural and diffused LED-lit interior.
Where you save on space in the Crusader Esperance CRV is in the bedroom-dining area.
Single beds allow for a table in between, or you can remove altogether and set it up as a
queen bed–which I imagine is
the preferred setup for
many. I probably wouldn’t change the layout daily, but it’s a great wet weather option if you normally dine outdoors.
As a bedroom, it’s a comfortable space. The padded bedhead feels a bit posh and there are adjustable reading lights.
The modern NCE NUOVO block- out, flyscreen and sheer blinds enhance the space’s overall flexibility. The reverse cycle air-con controls are within easy reach as is the 24in TV.
Again, we find the overhead lockers with latches that blend in discretely, and there’s a large waist-high wardrobe for clothing or bedding so everything’s neat.
Shower and Bathroom
In this compact van, Crusader successfully incorporates a hot and cold water shower and toilet ensuite.
And although a ‘combination’ design, it’s large enough to separate the toilet with a shower curtain so you’re not constantly wiping water spray from the toilet.
This shower is quite spacious, too. And there’s an overhead cabinet in here so your toiletries are in reach.
An Awesome On-Roader
The very thing that makes the Esperance a lightweight van improves its overall strength.
The one-piece 32mm composite panel fully insulated walls, floor and ceiling enhances its weatherproof design t
hat’s supported on an Aussie steel chassis with 10in electric brakes.
Our model was fitted with Highway Terrain tyres, but it will still handle aging tarmac with the underestimated 1800kg torsion beam suspension improving the ride and protecting your gear. And, if you tire from a long drive, there’s enough off-the-grid capacity to overnight one or two days with the 190W solar panel, 65L water, battery management and a 105Ah AGM battery.
Indeed, the Crusader Esperance CRV packs a real punch with little worry. A brilliant black-top holiday van with ample nous and quality.
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