Blaze your own trail
This big 2014 ‘Blazer holds a few surprises in store.
Casting an eye over this 2014 Majestic Trailblazer will change your mind about luxury vans. Even years later, there are not too many vans like this on the Australian market.
The Campbellfield, Victoria, factory has been building vans for around 15 years now and it made a big and colourful statement with the big Trailblazer – you won’t mistake one for anything else. This van was a popular finalist in Caravan World’s 2014 Best Aussie Vans event.
For many people, caravanning means hard-to-use cooking facilities in the same area as the sleeping quarters. The Trailblazer not only has an internal kitchen, but also an incredibly comprehensive external kitchen on the nearside rear, the likes of which is rarely seen on a caravan.
This outdoor kitchen is recessed into the side of the van and is accessed by a large, top-hinged door. Inside, you’ll find a mountain of goodies, including a sink, slide-out Swift Slimline cooker, Waeco fridge, two above-bench cupboards, a double powerpoint and the mounting point for the LCD TV.
There is a small amount of spare bench space next to the sink, but you could also use the adjacent picnic table for food prep.
Underneath the kitchen is a low-riding checkerplate storage box, and further towards the front of the van are two under-chassis battery boxes and a gas bayonet. Up front, there’s also a full-width tunnel boot with large openings, a slide-out on the nearside and a slide-out checkerplate storage box on the offside to allow easier access to stored items.
On the offside, there is another checkerplate locker flanking the lower side and two more battery boxes. On the offside, at the rear, is a sealed storage locker that looks ideal for generator storage. Just above this storage locker is the outdoor shower, while at the rear of the van, the tubular bumper holds not one but two spare wheels.
There’s also a checkerplate box on the A-frame
to hold the two 9kg gas cylinders. The components underneath the Trailblazer, such as the water tanks, are well protected with checkerplate while the plumbing and wiring is mostly tucked up out of harm’s way.
One of the Trailblazer’s signature features was its compressed air braking system – these are a real boon and makes the whole trailer braking experience far more sophisticated. The brakes ease on and off, rather than switching like a light switch, as is the case with many electric drum brakes. The suspension is a Cruisemaster fully independent coil spring design.
IN THE CABIN
The 2014 Trailblazer features far more neutral tones inside than it does out. The combination of beige cupboards and off-white walls and ceiling works well to show off the neat, spacious interior layout.
The entrance door is towards the front nearside and, as you step in, the island bed is to your left and on the nearside wall is the kitchen, while the fridge sits opposite on the offside, just ahead of the dinette. To the rear is the ensuite bathroom. And what a bathroom it is...
THE BATHROOM TO END ALL BATHROOMS
There is so much room in there; it puts some household bathrooms to shame. While the room
is an unusual shape, it offers a massive amount of practical space.
A huge bank of cupboards on the nearside wall offer hanging space and storage shelves, complemented by the lockers above the vanity and one cupboard below.
The front-loader washing machine under the vanity unit, the Thetford cassette toilet on the offside wall and the separate shower cubicle complete the picture. This all works well, with perhaps the exception of the door to the ensuite – it appears to be an opaque glass, aluminium frame shower door that is perhaps a little flimsy for the job as the main ensuite entrance door.
Moving back out to the main living area, the kitchen bench on the nearside wall is a reasonably generous space to prepare food. The deep sink and large domestic drainer would make cleaning up that bit easier and with the cover down over the cooker, there’s loads of space to get everything prepped and ready.
The microwave is set up high within the lockers above – it’s not an ideal position given you can’t easily manage hot liquids from that position.
The café-style dinette with tri-fold table is fine for a couple, but if friends join you, it’d be a bit tight. In fact, the dinette feels a bit small overall, as if perhaps the compromise for that huge ensuite was a tighter dining space.