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VISTA RV CROSSOVER XL

Juana and Tony - VIC

 

Juana and Tony had planned a trip to NT and the Kimberley area but their plans changed dramatically when their old Patrol developed mechanical problems. They set up their Vista Crossover camper in a caravan park in Alice Springs and waited while the vehicle was repaired. That took two weeks out of the travel timetable and they weren't sure what to do next. After a chance meeting with OTA's Darrell and Linda White, the foursome spent the next two months touring together ........


 

CAMPER TRAILER QUESTIONNAIRE

Names Tony and Juana Age Group 45 - 54
Type camper trailer, slide-on, crossover Hybrid
Make Vista RV
Model XL 
Year manufactured 2014
Country manufactured Australia
Purchased - new or used New
Style Crossover
Camper opening Top opening    
Optional extras fitted Diesel heater
Price as purchased around $66,000
Beds size and mattress comfort Queen size
How many people does the camper sleep 2
Kitchen type - slide-out, indoor, outdoor. External slide out
Cooker type - fuel, number of burners etc. 2 burner, LPG
Fridge – brand, size, style, freezer Waeco upright 80 litres
What do you like about the kitchen setup Quick and easy set up, good bench space, good work area
What do you dislike about the kitchen setup Runners/slides in slide-out kitchen had minor failure
Water tank capacity 87 Litres x 2
Camper set-up time - with awning 5-10 minutes
Camper set-up time – no awning 15 to 30 seconds
Are the camper’s storage areas adequate Yes
Deciding factors for choosing this brand Simplicity, robustness, suspension, ease of set-up
Which best describes your style of camping Set-up camp for a day or two, then move on to another venue
How often do you use your camper Extended touring, once or twice a year
Axle weight when fully loaded 1600kg
Tow-ball weight when fully loaded 130 - 150 kgs
Tow hitch type
DO-35
Warranty period offered by manufacturer 2 years
Have you had any camper warranty issues No
After sales service rating Acceptable
Would you buy this same brand of camper again - yes / no No
Reasons why you would or would not buy again We expect that the Vista RV camper will last through this phase of our lives - about 10 years
 
If you were to upgrade your current camping set-up, what would you choose Unsure
   
About the tow vehicle
Make                                      Nissan
Model                                     GQ Patrol
Engine size                            4.2 Turbo
Fuel                                        Diesel
Towing capacity                      2250 kg
 
 


Additional comments:

 

This camper really was purchased with one trip in mind, NT, Kimberley areas. Due to a mechanical issue with our tow vehicle we met with a couple in Alice Springs who aided us by turning our sterile "Kimberley" trip into a vast and extensive trek across some very beautiful and truly remote areas of Western Australia. 

The camper was dragged not only to the "Mitchell River Plateau" camp ground but many locations including "Rudall River". In plain truth we were overloaded both ute and camper, the poor ute did it very hard. But the camper took everything in its stride and continued to amaze our companions who were in the box seat watching the unit duck and weave taking everything I threw at it. It was mentioned that I only have one speed.

In just shy of 18,000 k's the only real issue with the camper was that one of kitchen slides had a minor hiccup whereby the closed position locking tab got bent and up due to the corrugations. This gave me a fright when I couldn't get the kitchen open at Mitchell River Plateau. But it was nothing a pair of long nose pliers couldn't fix.

I believe Vista has found a better slide and is fitting same. These campers are essentially sealed, no gas inside. We did get a teaspoon of dust in one the cupboards though, gotta be happy with that!



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