For Sale: Dec 2017 Vista Crossover XL
(RV is based in Sydney, NSW, Australia)
A reluctant sale of a Vista RV Crossover XL hybrid camping trailer built in December 2017. The Vista is located in Sydney.
One fastidious owner since new. This camper trailer is made by a small, passionate, family-owned business in Melbourne. It is (in my view) possibly the best-designed and built hybrid camping trailer for Australian conditions. At home in the outback or a caravan park, the Vista XL is easy to tow, relatively lightweight, technically advanced and extremely comfortable. Ideal for singles or couples, it may be less ideal for families due to its relatively compact dimensions (5.9m x 1.9m).
In 2014 when I began my search for a caravan I wrote the self-published Caravan Buyers Guide (edited by RV expert Collyn Rivers of rvbooks.com) which sold 1,500 copies. The Vista Crossover XL was the RV I decided to buy after this exhaustive search, a decision fully supported by my editor. Later I wrote an article for the Vista Forum called 'Ten Reasons to Buy a Vista Crossover' which has had over 2,000 views. You can read the article here.
Reason for Sale
As my wife and I get older, our bad backs are starting to dictate what we can and can't do. Very reluctantly for health reasons we must now switch to a more conventional caravan.
Due to Covid restrictions this Vista has not been used as much as we would have liked. It's had only two gentle offroad trips during its life (Oodnadatta Track and Gawler Ranges) and has spent the rest of its life on bitumen and in caravan and national parks. It has never been used in saltwater, sand dunes or on beaches and has been towed slowly and with great care. In five years it has travelled only about 25,000 km.
The Vista has been regularly serviced at either the Vista factory in Bayswater, VIC or at RVGo in Sydney. It has been washed and waxed after every trip. It has been street parked but has always been kept under the manufacturer-supplied tarpaulin cover when not in use.
Features and Accessories
This Vista comes with a full range of accessories including:
lightweight annex and heavy-duty awning
rear 'ensuite' toilet tent
Webasto diesel-powered heating and hot water system
dual 87 litre water tanks
105W rear solar panel
125AH Sentry lithium battery
Redarc BMS30 battery management system and Redarc 350w inverter.
This Vista XL is fitted out with a modern, light grey interior as opposed to the earlier imitation wood trim.
Standard Features at Time of Purchase
The single most important safety feature of the Vista is (in my view) its asymmetric suspension. This suspension offers towing stability not found in more conventional RV suspension systems. To my knowledge only one other RV brand in Australia (Track Trailer) has this feature. Although Track Trailer use a slightly different patent you can read about this type of suspension on their website here.
Standard features of this XL are:
1 x slide-out stainless steel kitchen with dual gas burner hob, reversible steel wind guard, electric ignition, sink, tap, 2 x steel drawers and 2 x storage compartments
2 x 4.5kg gas bottles with steel stone guards and quick connector hose
1 x internal upright Dometic CRX80 230v/12v compressor fridge (80 litres) with separate (removable) freezer compartment
1 x internal sink, cold water tap and rear bench
1 x shelved wardrobe
2 x shelved storage cupboards
1 x drop-down dining table
2 x bench seats (seats 4) with fabric-covered foam cushions and storage under
1 x folding, full queen-size, fabric-covered, high-density foam mattress
2 x bed tie-down rails
1 x awning with draught skirt, front and rear side sections, night visible guy ropes and all poles and pegs (tent poles for awning, annexe and ensuite separately colour coded)
external C-channel on both sides for awning to be used on either side of van
3 x lockable external storage lockers
1 x storage locker and 1 x top locker at van front
1 x portable entry step
1 x protective front bra
2 x metal stone guards
pressurized door-locking system
3 x grey indoor window blackout covers (Velcro attached)
dark grey carpet
1 x fire extinguisher
2 x string pockets at entry, 2 x string pockets indoors
1 x spare tyre
2 x detachable rear stabilising legs
1 x external drop-down firewood shelf at rear (not usable when under tow since license plate is attached to underside of shelf to meet NSW license plate visibility rules)
AL-KO electric brakes and bearings
manual hand brake
2 x long-reach safety chains with 2 x yellow rated D-shackles at A-frame
Additional Features Fitted at Time of Purchase
1 x Webasto diesel-powered dual hot water and fan heater system (hot water supplied to external shower only) with timer and external 20 litre diesel tank and pump
1 x external shower socket and attachment at rear (hot and cold water)
1 x external manual water pump and tap
1 x heavy-duty canvas annexe with all tent poles, guys, pegs and storage bag
1 x ensuite toilet tent with tubular frame mounted at rear, tent poles, guys and pegs
1 x magnetic fly screen for front door
2 x double side pockets (behind bench seats)
1 x opening roof hatch with flyscreen and blackout blind
plastic manhole covers for underbed access holes
3 x steel pantry shelves and paper towel roll holder on rear of entry door
2 x 87 litre water tanks with lockable filler caps and manual drainage taps
1 x 20 litre metal diesel jerry can (in addition to dedicated diesel tank for heater)
protective rounded PVC covering for underfloor tubular suspension cross-members
1 x external storage shelf behind front locker (for small floor mats etc.)
1 x tarp van cover designed to fit the Vista with rear clear plastic window for solar panel
1 x spare set of wheel bearings
1 x Klamp-It wheel clamp and key
Electrical and Solar Options Included
1 x 125AH Sentry lithium battery
1 x Redarc BMS30 Battery Management System with state of charge display, power source display, solar input display and log and 230v power indicator
1 x 350W Redarc inverter with 2 x inverter (230v) sockets at rear bench and table
1 x fixed (hinged) 105W solar panel at rear
1 x wiring for rooftop solar (no rooftop solar panels installed)
1 x input for additional portable solar panel(s) at rear (extra panels not included)
2 x Sirocco low voltage fans (either side of bed) with timer, speed adjustable
1 x Pioneer DEH-X4950BT Radio/CD/Aux/Bluetooth player with twin internal speakers
1 x Polaris heavy duty reversing camera at rear cabled to A-frame
1 x external LED light over kitchen
2 x internal LED lights in roof
2 x internal LED lights over table
2 x bedside LED lights and shelf
1 x internal 230v output at rear bench
1 x internal 12v output at rear bench
2 x USB sockets and 1 x 12v socket above electric cupboard
2 x rear ensuite lights
1 x external 230v output socket at rear
1 x external 230v input socket at rear
1 x round 7-pin tow plug (male) at A-frame (for towing brakes and lights)
1 x Anderson plug input at A-Frame (for tow vehicle battery charging)
1 x Anderson plug output at A-frame for installation of 12v van mover (not included)
Tare: 1,250kg (weighed at factory on purchase as 1,360 kg due to additional accessories)
1 x Hitchmaster DO35 hitch with plastic cover and Bi-lock security lock and key
To tow this Vista you will need:
A tow vehicle capable of towing to the specifications above
A towbar fitted with or capable of receiving the DO35 hitch with the hitch base approximately 500mm above ground
A 7-pin round electrical towing socket (female) fitted to the tow vehicle (or 13-pin flat socket with flat-to-round adaptor)
A brake controller fitted to the tow vehicle
An Andersen plug at rear of tow vehicle (to charge the XL's battery during towing)
A round 4-pin reversing camera connection and dashboard-mounted monitor (optional)
See slide show below: scroll using on-screen arrows. Note that some photos were taken prior to 2023.
Slide show - scroll using on-screen arrows. Note that some photos were taken prior to 2023.
Price and Contact Details
If you would like to inspect the XL, please contact me using the contact form on this website, include your phone number and I will call you back to arrange an inspection at your convenience. If you have further questions please use the contact form. Serious enquiries only, please.
The Vista is located on Sydney's Lower North Shore. Since the Vista does not come with an instruction manual, on request from the successful buyer I am happy to do a half-day handover either onsite (on street, excluding awning and annex assembly) or at a nearby caravan park (awning and annex assembly included). Instruction manuals for most third party accessories can be supplied on request. Thereafter the Vista Owner's Forum is an excellent resource full of friendly Vista owners who will be happy to answer your questions.