Ahh, yes, we’d all like a seachange, and when it comes to new caravans, more and more people are taking a long, hard look at the Seachange caravan marque. The Seachange line now has expanded to include vans from the neat little 420 Tuffnut to the big 670 Elite.
The 670 Elite is a big, luxurious off-roader with a real hint of the old Boroma style about it. It’s designed for long range touring with comfort being the prime objective. A couple could easily do a 12 month tour in this rig, and for some it would make a genuine home on wheels.
Seachange vans are built by the Haines Group in Brisbane, whose experience in fibreglass manufacturing and moulding has a long pedigree. They have been building the award winning Haines Signature boats for many years, and this experience shines through in the finish and quality of their caravans.
The Seachange 670 Elite is built on a hybrid aluminium and steel chassis. Quite a few van manufacturers are now utilising this combination of metals in their chassis’, which provides a genuine weight saving without compromising strength. The ground clearance is quite high, which is an obvious benefit on rough tracks, and helps avoid scraping the van’s bottom on steep gutters or on the often steep entry/exit points in some country service stations.
The 670 rides on Air Cruisemaster suspension with 12 inch drum brakes, and has water tanks fitted around the axle set. The underside is clean and tidy, with no protrusions that will snag and rip off on rougher tracks. The A-frame has a mesh gusset for firewood, with a mesh stoneshield protecting the van body.
Behind the A-frame is a big front boot, with an even bigger through boot behind. A BBQ on a slide occupies part of this area. A roll out awning, drop down table, TV and power outlets and an external shower and gas bayonet fitting are installed, along with 2 x 120 a/h batteries, inverter and charger.
Up top is a TV antenna, 140 watt Kyocera solar panel and a reverse cycle air conditioner.
As you’d expect from a company with vast experience in working fibreglass, the Seachange has smooth fibreglass exterior with moulded panels front and back, all fully insulated and built around a solid aluminium frame. Stylish dark grey chequer plate is fitted along the flanks.
Inside is a smooth, light internal finish that really brightens up the interior, and gives a sense of roominess. This spaciousness is enhanced by the large windows all round that provide loads of light and an expansive outlook.
Entry is forward of the axles, with the bedroom up forward, kitchen and lounge area above the axle area and the bathroom across the rear.
The bedroom features a queen-sized bed positioned north south, with plenty of room on either side. There is good storage space under the bed, in this case with two drawers, and mirrored robes and bedside tables are fitted. Corner storage lockers are fitted at the foot of the bed, with storage lockers above the bedhead.
The kitchen area is to the rear of the entry on the kerb side, with a spacious bench area, a stainless steel sink and a four burner (three gas and one electric) cooktop, with grill beneath. The bench is angled out slightly towards the rear, providing a good food preparation space and more capacious storage cupboards beneath.
A rangehood is fitted above, beneath a line of storage lockers, and a stereo system is fitted in the overhead adjacent to the door. The kitchen is backed by a wide window and is bright and open.
Opposite the kitchen is the lounge/dinette, featuring a cafe-style lounge with a tri-fold table in the centre. The seating is very comfortable and features leather upholstery with flip out footrests on the ends. A long window runs the length of the lounge and there is a nest of lockers above, with personal lights above the dinette beneath the lockers.
Alongside the dinette to the rear is the fridge console, with a two door Vitrifrigo fridge/freezer. Above the fridge is a microwave oven, and alongside is a slide out pantry.
The bathroom is positioned across the rear, with a spacious shower console occupying the kerb side. As you’d expect, the fibreglass shower console has been designed in-house. A raised ceramic basin is fitted on a rear vanity bench, with storage cupboards beneath. A washing machine is installed adjacent to the shower recess under the bench.
A cassette toilet is fitted on the drivers side, alongside a cabinet fitted to the rear corner. There is plenty of space in the bathroom, both in the shower recess and in the bathroom area. The bathroom can be closed off from the living area via a sliding door.
All in all, the Seachange 670 Elite is a very comfortable long range tourer with good off road capability and independent camping potential. It’s right up there at the higher end of the quality caravan field.
Manufacturer: Seachange Caravans
Model: 670 Elite
Height overall: 3.05m
Tare weight: 2500kg
Base Price $97,032 + ORC
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The Haines Group
140 Viking Drive
Wacol Qld 4076
07 3271 4400