Nova Caravans Terra Sportz Off Roader

Review: Nova Caravans Terra Sportz Offroader

Nova Caravans Terra Sportz Off Roader

Entering into its seventh year of caravan manufacture, Melbourne’s Nova has launched its upgraded off roader model, the Terra Sportz with a few nifty updates giving it an edge over the older models.

So many layouts:

With more people touring Australia in caravans these days, the builders of this off-road rig offer up a vast range of size and layout options-so whether you’re retirees hitting the road for some peace and quiet or youthful adventure-seekers, it is likely you will find a caravan to suit your needs.

The 2019 Terra Sportz comes in a range of sizes, from the Mini Terra Sportz (at 6.87m overall) to a 9.24m Terra Sportz model. If you’re a very  picky traveller and do not see yourself in any of the proffered layout options, the vans are completely customisable, with some models offering a third single bed depending on the size of your family.

Built to endure anything the craggy country terrain may throw at it, the Terra Sportz has a waist of gunmetal checker plate that extends all around the van and matte gunmetal grey front and rear, to deflect stones and other bits thrown up from gravelly trails. Cloaked in white Nova Pro-Al sandwich panel aluminium sides detailed with stylish orange and black decals complemented by the matching 16 inch alloy wheels, the Terra Sportz is a smart-looking RV to take out on the road.

Look what’s down under:

The 6-inch box section chassis, Al-Ko’s Enduro outback suspension system and a 3.5 tonne capacity Al-Ko pin coupling are the latest updates to the Terra Sportz, adding to its sturdy build quality.

The twin freshwater tanks as well as the grey water collection tank are tucked neatly under the trailer, and the undercarriage is fully shielded from stone strikes by protective checker plate. On the nose, a checker plate fabricated tool box provides storage for the two gas bottles ,a slide out generator compartment and jerry can holders on either side. A wide tunnel booth provides additional storage in front, and there’s more boot space in the rear as well.

Entertainment aspects

This rig ticks all the spec boxes featured in other high-end off-road caravans—a reverse camera, LED light strips on front and rear ends, an external shower and roll-out awning with allowances for a full outdoor entertainment system—you can bring your 28 inch flatscreen out on a balmy evening and mount it on the external swivel arm. The newly-added Winegard HV Sensar antenna will ensure you don’t miss a single episode of your favourite show.

Review: Nova Caravans Terra Sportz Offroader

Electricals:

The appliances are powered by dual 120Ah deep-cycle batteries that can be kept fully charged thanks to the two 160W solar panels on the roof. In a fantastic use of space, the batteries are tucked neatly inside a compartment one of the dinette seats.

Interiors:

The chic interiors of the RV have gotten a great design upgrade, especially with the various colour scheme options—you no longer have to walk on eggshells inside an RV decked out all in white after a dusty hike through the outback.  The contemporary design includes a funky purple LED strip above the overhead cabins , leather dinette seating opposite a fully equipped kitchen, a rear ensuite and a queen bed flanked by plenty of wardrobe space in the front—a practical familiar layout. The bathroom and kitchen also have heaps of storage space in the form of long drawers that neatly envelop concealed sink drains and water lines.

Charger sockets are located at easily accessible spots-- underneath the dinettes tri-fold table and in the bedside cabinets too, so your gadgets never die on you. A media control unit is concealed inside one of the overhead cabinets, all of which have a nice shiny finish and soft close doors.

The rear bathroom includes all of the features you’d expect in a van of this size: a cassette toilet, a washing machine concealed under the vanity, and a fully-moulded fibreglass nearside shower.

Verdict:

 With its sturdy timber frame, customisable layout options and all the comforts of a small apartment, the Terra Sportz does serve as a delightful mobile home that you can tow along to some of the most remote parts of the country.

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