AVIDA has been building RVS since 1965, and to celebrate its 50-year milestone, the company released its new top-of-therange Topaz 7052SL 50th Anniversary.
This is the company’s first caravan slide-out, and it’s a big one – it takes in almost the whole offside, stretching out just over four metres. Only the bathroom misses out on the 600mm-plus widened living space.
The Avida’s composite wall, ceiling and floor panels combine to make a rigid structure, with a steel galvanised chassis (with sixinch RHS longitudinal rails and four-inch drawbar rails) underneath.
The net result of the body and chassis design is great rigidity and lightness. The 2572kg tare weight is light for a ’van of this size and specifications, especially as it’s a slide-out.
The Cruisemaster independent suspension is an asset for a caravan intended for rough-road use, as are the All-terrain tyres.
The kitchen has plenty of room, while the dining area is the size of a small room – there’s a leather-clad offside lounge opposite a slightly wider lounge on the nearside wall. The dining table is secured to the floor in front of the nearside lounge, and there’s plenty of room to get around it to the lounge.
The bedroom is spacious with the slide-out, with ample room to walk around the end to the bed. Opposite the bed on the nearside is one of the Avida’s party tricks – at the press of a button, a flat-screen LCD TV pops out of a narrow cabinet benchtop.
The bathroom is also a good size – there’s a shower enclosure on the nearside, and in the centre sits a ceramic washbasin on a stylish, curved vanity-unit top. A washing machine is under a sliding benchtop further along the vanity.
Underneath there are twin water tanks, as well as a greywater tank – a rare commodity in caravans and great for camping, ensuring greywater doesn’t turn the campsite into a mud bath.
The Topaz’s electrical layout is both simple and comprehensive – the master power switch is right next to the door, and there’s an LCD water and power level indicator panel.
The Topaz has Avida’s trademark attention to detail: it has a strong yet light body and chassis structure, and it has one of the longest slideouts in the business.
The slide-out affords spacious bed and dining areas. Ranger’s side mirrors flex, so towing mirror brackets tend to vibrate.