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Crusader Caravans Build Quality Part II

The side walls sit on top of the floor

The walls are manufactured from strong Meranti timber but Crusader goes one better and provides supports of 40mm by 21mm timber every 250mm along the length of the caravan and install corner blocks to take the stress of each opening. The walls are also fully insulated and rather than attaching the walls to the side of the floor as is common, Crusader locates each wall into slots on the top of the floor and then the walls support the roof. Why is this important? The thick floor and the 6” chassis takes the weight of both the walls and roof and they move together whilst travelling whereas by attaching walls directly to the chassis, vibration and flexing can loosen over time causing distortion throughout the caravan.

Higher 80” ceilings for that spacious feeling

If you have ever wondered why a Crusader caravan feels that much more spacious well the secret is in the ceiling. Whilst finished in a gloss white to reflect the available lighting from the numerous LED lights and very large windows, Crusader builds each caravan to a standard ceiling height of 80” whereas most of our competitors stay at the traditional 78” height. Two inches might not sound much in itself but it does make a rather dramatic difference to the livability of the caravan inside and even more so if you yourself are tall.

Strong Duratech 6″ box steel chassis

Australian chassis manufacturers understand the tough road conditions that Australia has to offer and engineer an extensive range of caravan chassis to suit our customer’s needs. We only used chassis that are manufactured in Australia and the type of chassis fitted to all 2017 Crusader caravans are the thicker, stronger Duragal chassis with 6” chassis rails and cross members coupled to a similarly manufactured 6” drawbar. Despite this, when the thicker composite floor and roof are taken into account, our caravans, whilst stronger than before, are lighter than ever. Our chassis are of a box section design, manufactured from Australian blue steel meaning that each metal component is a full “box” shape and obviously far stronger than the often used C section chassis. All chassis are compliant with Australian Design Rules and industry codes of practice and are fully rust protected.


Crusader caravans are strong and are designed to cope with the many different road surfaces found throughout Australia. The suspension is matched to each model with particular attention given to axle load, tare weight and brake size to provide more carrying capacity than the average caravan on the market today. Crusader commonly adopts Eye to Eye or Roller Rocker suspension to the range and for journeys on paved roads, rougher development roads or indeed graded dirt roads, our standard suspension in conjunction with light truck wheels and tyres is more than suitable. If you so desire you can opt to include shock absorbers or go even further into a fully independent coil spring suspension such as Cruisemaster CRS, Tuff Ride, Control Rider or Cruisemaster XT.

The furniture

Subtle structural partitions are built into every caravan to provide further structural support. Cupboards are screwed to the wall from the outside thus creating a structure that will take an extreme amount of weight and the stress and strain of road movement. There is no MDF in a Crusader caravan. Each cupboard door is of quality ply and is laminated with acrylic material chosen from a wide range of colours. To compliment the doors, soft closing struts are provided on each overhead together with full width piano hinges for greater rigidity and will never requiring adjustment. Internally, the cupboard openings are finished with rounded moldings which is indicative of the lengths Crusader will go to present a quality caravan for sale.

Electrical systems are grouped together

The majority of electrical controls are grouped together in an internal overhead cabinet, items such as the solar panel controller, the fuse box, water pump switch and the internal hot water system cutoff switch. This grouping of equipment is uncommon in the caravan industry and is a great feature when needing to easily access these controls. 12v and 240v electrical systems are a critical component of any caravan as well as ensuring the safety of the occupants by safeguarding against overload situations. The push button fuse reset mechanism and the inclusion of a master circuit breaker takes the worry out of everything electric. Crusader exceeds industry specification by using thicker wiring throughout the caravan and offers segregated circuits rather than a system of one main circuit and minimal switches.

Your Safety is important

Every Crusader Caravan is engineered to perform well on the road assuming a proper distribution of the load occurs and it is properly attached to the tow vehicle. The breakaway feature on every Crusader Caravan will cut in should the caravan somehow detach itself from your tow vehicle, a highly unlikely occurrence generally caused by incorrect coupling in the first place. The breakaway system will immediately apply the brakes and stop the caravan from rolling any further – a great safety feature. Your caravan is provided with a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm for your safety and a four point locking security door that offers you security and at the same time allows great air ventilation on those hot and humid nights.

Crusader Caravans Build Quality Part I

Crusader Caravans Roof Heat test

Crusader incorporates a thick composite roof and floor into the construction of each 2017 model caravan. Composite construction is the process of joining a number of layers of material together and creating a strong and reliable component designed to cope with movement stress, climatic conditions and general usage.


We engage in extensive research and development to design and manufacture innovative and quality caravans using the latest materials available, already proven in similar applications. We take feedback from our dealers and customers, our own experience from many years in the caravan industry also counts for much and our engineers and designers collaborate to ensure that all of our caravans will more than tolerate expected road and climatic conditions and be fully compliant to Government safety and design regulations.


Crusader Caravans has a dedicated team of designers ready to assist our customers to bring life to their desired caravan. Offering the latest in colours, design strategies, product development, accessories and even legislatively advancements, Crusader Caravans can offer a wide choice of models, variations, options and accessories for even the most discerning customer. Model designs are developed on CAD Computer Aided Design systems and information gathered from the three dimensional images are analysed for optimum efficiency and are formulated into the final caravan designs for prototype construction and testing.


The floor is a vital aspect of Crusaders construction processes as it supports the walls which in turn support the roof so together they form a flexible load sharing structure aligned perfectly to ensure that all internal fittings such as cabinets and windows fit perfectly into pre designed locations. Our floor is thick, 42mm thick in fact and comprises a top layer of industrial strength vinyl on a one piece plywood board then a massive 30mm of high density polystyrene foam insulation and lastly a skin of hard wearing fibreglass which acts as a shield against road debris, mud and other substances. The fibreglass underbody skin and the high density foam act as a reliable insulator against cold or heat creep from the ground, depending where you are parked and this makes for more comfortable caravan living.


Complementing the floor, the roof is also of a composite one piece design without joins, 30mm thick and incorporates the same high density polystyrene foam for greater protection against the weather. The fibreglass top skin offers additional protection against hail and other debris such as small branches, in fact, the roof is strong enough to walk on. The one piece roof actually extends from the top of the front checker plate, up and over then down to the bottom checker plate on the back wall. You can’t get any more “one piece” than that.


Information provided by Crusader Caravans

Introducing Crusader Caravans

Welcome Crusader Caravans

Crusader Caravans to Houlihan’s Caravan & RV Centre. Crusader have been the front runners in design and quality. With a strong customer following together with great back up, we are very excited to start this journey with Crusader and welcome all to come and inspect their fantastic range at the upcoming Albury show on the 13th – 15th April.

Crusader Caravans is owned and operated by Serge Valentino in conjunction with Michael Paidoussis – of Mawson Group, Crusader are set for big things in the future.

Heading the sales and marketing department we have Max Mayo, formally of Avida, Max brings with him a wealth of knowledge from the industry which we can all learn from.

Crusader Caravans Range

Crusader Caravans offer a wide range of vans from the entry level Weekend Warrior to the luxury Manhattan Range.

Crusader Caravans

Crusader Caravans QUALITY

Crusader Caravans is proud to offer their Quality Assurance Program that follows your caravan right through the manufacturing process to the day you take delivery. Ensuring every caravan meets our stringent quality control standards in construction, fit out, durability and toughness.

  • Customer plans are signed by you
  • A quality gate signoff occurs at each build stage
  • The final factory quality assurance signoff
  • Each caravan is tested in our monsoon water test facility
  • Every caravan is accurately weighed
  • A final independent ‘white glove’ inspection occurs
  • A dispatch checklist completed and signed
  • The dealer completes a pre-delivery checklist
  • The customer signs the handover checklist

All our suppliers are checked to ensure they have excellent quality control systems in place and all components are checked on arrival at the factory with particular focus on the chassis.


So confident are we that our caravans will stand the test of time, Crusader offers a two-year factory backed national warranty on every single one of our 2018 model year caravans and a 10 year warranty on our drawers hinges and cupboard struts.



Each Crusader caravan undergoes stringent quality checks all the way through the manufacturing process and delivery to you to ensure a trouble free and enjoyable caravanning experience. However should an issue arise, the Crusader factory warranty and our dealer network are here to assist.

Crusader manufactures the body of the caravan and the furniture and ensures that all systems relating to electrical, plumbing and gas supply are installed correctly. The workmanship carried out by Crusader is second to none.

Crusader warrants the items we manufacture. Each supplier warrants major components such as the appliances and the chassis separately as they have the expertise in relation to their products.

Caravans are complex as they incorporate a number of major items provided by other manufacturers with the skill set to design and manufacture those items. Chassis, suspensions, televisions and refrigerators for instance are manufactured separately and carry their own warranties. Crusader installs every item in accordance with the respective manufacturer’s instructions.

Your warranty commences on the day you receive your new caravan and in the event that you require assistance, all warranty repair work that has been approved by Crusader and carried out by an authorised repairer is free of charge to you.

To expedite a successful outcome where assistance is required, your first contact should be your selling dealer who will advise you on your course of action. You can contact the factory by completing a Warranty Claim Form in detail and with photographs attached, forwarding it to . You will be contacted promptly during business hours by our Customer Relations team.

Our warranty conditions do not cover abnormal wear and tear so you should ensure that your caravan is used only for the purpose intended. We do not manufacture off road caravans in the true sense of towing caravans across extremely rugged and testing country. Crusader caravans are termed multi-terrain, describing road conditions as paved or where they are unpaved, the roads are reasonably graded and suitable for most types of caravans.


2017 Border Caravan and Camping Expo

Last year at the Border Caravan and Camping Expo, Katie and Macca got talking about the  Comet teardrop. Designed to be everything you need to hit the road for a weekend or an extended holiday adventure.

Border Caravan and Camping Expo

The Comet was designed with small cars in mind. Most 4 cylinder vehicles out there will be able to tow this beauty with ease. Hitch up and go without the need for a brand new 4WD.

Did we mention it is comfortable inside? Your living room with full entertainment system converts into a Queen size bed in minutes or you can leave it permanently made. How convenient is that?
  • Lounge and Dining Area
  • Quick Conversion to Queen Bed
  • Complete Entertainment System

Border Caravan and Camping Expo

The Border Caravan and Camping Expo was a great opportunity to showcase the wide range of campers Mars has on offer. From the entry lever soft floor campers to the full off road forward fold camper. Fully off-road capable by design, the Spirit Deluxe will follow you to the centre, or around Australia and back. You name it and the Spirit Deluxe will be right behind you.

  • Independent Suspension
  • 6 Stud 16″ Tires + Twin Spares
  • High Ground Clearance
Border caravan and Camping Expo


Mars Campers warrants that, subject to the limitations and exclusions below, all parts of our manufacture or assembly of the Camper Trailer are free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of;
Mars extended warranty on Chassis and draw-bar, 5 years. (The extended 5 years draw-bar and chassis warranty applies to trailers delivered as of May 2015 on wards)

Tent and trailer, 12 months.
Zips, seams, mesh, canvas, etc are covered in the case of faulty manufacture, but not in the case of accidental damage, wear and tear or misuse and abuse.

Your Mars Camper Trailer comes with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. The benefits within our Warranty are in addition to other rights and remedies under the Australian Consumer Law in relation to this product.