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Caravan Review: Maximi Luxury 4×4

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Maximi means ‘greatest’ in Latin. Well, it’s definitely the greatest venture that engineer Frik Oosthuizen has tackled so far.

Words & Images Richard Van Ryneveld

Frik spent two years on his dream: a luxury 4×4 caravan. The Maximi is designed for towing on dirt roads, so has an incredibly strong steel frame – which also eliminates the risk of wood rot.

Another big plus is the fact that the Maximi fits through a standard garage door. I enjoyed the light, airy, homelike interior of the caravan. Added to that was the tons of cupboard space. It felt like a home, and not a military armoured car.

Unlike many other tough off-road caravans, the Maximi has well-made cupboards with proper doors. The standard-sized double bed had a particularly comfortable multi-layer foam mattress.


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I found that the caravan also had plenty of LED lights, and I liked the National Luna fridge/ freezer that is accessible from outside as well as inside the van.

The standard-sized double bed had a particularly comfortable multi-layer foam mattress.

I found that the caravan also had plenty of LED lights, and I liked the National Luna fridge/ freezer that is accessible from outside as well as inside the van.

I had Frik’s own off-road caravan: the prototype. It was fitted with a split air-conditioner unit, which I first questioned, before sheepishly turning on cool during the day and warm at night. Customising is very much part of the Maximi design- and build philosophy, so the client is king: the factory does its level best to accommodate all the client’s needs.

All in all, I think that this smart, well-finished newcomer in the market could collect a host of enthusiastic owners. It is a strong, well-constructed off-road caravan.

Maximi Caravan Information

Specifications

Length: 3250mm
Towing width: 1828mm
Towing height: 1980mm
Tare: 850kg
GVM: 1500kg
Ground clear: 315mm
Axle: 2 ton rubber axle (Alko Trailco)

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