Freedom Caravans in Maddington has always been at the forefront when it comes to family caravans and its latest Family Flair is another example of an inventive layout designed with the nippers in mind.

Built by Royal Flair, the new model is suitable for a family of four to holiday in comfort, thanks to its separate areas for the parents and their offspring.

The kids' zone has two bunk beds that provide cosy sleeping quarters and fold away to convert into a daytime meal and indoor board-games area. It is adjacent to an ensuite and separate from the main living area. It can also be closed off with a concertina door.

In most cases the junior travellers enjoy being out and about while at a camp site but there are times when they are inside and having their own precinct has plenty of merit.

The interior of the van measures 6.86m and, considering the inclusions, it is not cramped.

The ensuite is a respectable size and has quality flick-mixer plumbing appliances, a classy ceramic vanity, Thetford cassette toilet, plenty of storage cupboards and a sectional smoked-glass sliding door.

The kitchen and meals area sits in the middle of the van between the kids section and the parents' retreat. The latter has a sensibly elevated queen-size bed to allow greater storage underneath.

The Family Flair is equipped with a two-door, 190-litre Dometic fridge/freezer, cooktop and grill (a full oven is optional), Daewood microwave, sink, slide-out pantry and a Suburban hot-water system.

Although the children have their own dining table, there is also plenty of room for them to join mum and dad for family meals at the main table.

All lighting is power-saving LEDs and the entertainment package includes a Panasonic television with the latest high-definition Jack digital antennae in addition to a CD/DVD/radio/MP3 player.

For comfort in all weather conditions there is an Ibis ceiling air-conditioner and two roof hatches with retractable block-out blinds.

The insulated van has a maranti frame clad with aluminium panels. It has checkerplate up the front and narrow strips down each side, a three-way (grill, boil, roast) slide-out Bushman barbecue, fold-down picnic table, tunnel boot, Dometic awning, 12-volt and 240-volt external outlets plus two under-awning lights.

A heavy-duty rear bumper has provision to attach a standard towball-type bike rack.

The Family Flair comes with a 100 amp-hour battery, 25-amp C-tek charger, twin 95-litre water tanks with separate gauges, two 9kg gas bottles and a washing machine

It has a 3200kg load-weighting leaf-spring suspension, 16-inch wheels and a Supagal chassis.

All this gives it the capacity for a 600kg payload - a handy advantage when travelling with a family and taking additional gear.

Many aspects of this van are included or adapted to suit WA conditions, according to dealer principal Darryn Newmarch.

"Although built by Royal Flair, each van we sell is designed by us and can't easily be compared with the standard designs which are available in other States," he said.

"The vast experience we have in understanding local conditions and customer requirements gives us the expertise to produce a durable van suitable for WA."


  • FAMILY FLAIR *
  • Price: $72,000
  • Suitable for: On-road use
  • Internal length: 22ft 6in. (6.86m)
  • Towball weight: 290kg
  • Tare weight: 2540kg
  • ATM: 3140kg
  • Dealer: Freedom Caravans, 1922 Albany Highway, Maddington
  • Phone: 9493 0405

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