Summer holidays are for most of us, a time to relax and unwind and maybe even dream of that next trip away.
For the Mifsud family, holidays are a mix of work and pleasure as Lennie, Jennifer, their son Jermaine and daughter Portia hit the road and test On the Move caravans “on the move”.
“We’ve always perfected the product by using it, the whole family” Lennie says, “Jermaine and Portia actually came up with the name On the Move when they were little.”
Last year the Mifsud family’s road tests took them 9000 kilometres to Cairns and back, while 2014 holds plans for a trip to Alice Springs and Central Australia.
The business has come a long way since Lennie first started out as an auto electrician, building his first caravan as a hobby.
In the space of a decade the hobby has transformed into a successful business, with On the Move growing and evolving, successfully carving out a niche for large family size vans with of road capability.
Demand is so great, On the Move has purchased a new factory site in Melbourne with plans to upgrade its production capability.
Today there are six different caravan model lines, each with such distinct branding, at first glance they appear to be stand-alone
Top of the range is “No Limits”, 24 feet of off road luxury including a queen-size bed, separate shower and toilet and double bunks if builders.
“Grenade” is an attention-grabbing lighter version of the No Limits series. It has quickly grown to become the firm’s best seller and
best known brand.
Traxx is the latest member of the family. According to Lennie, the aim was to pack as much in a family off-roader as possible for the best possible price.There are three different models in Traxx range, Mid Door (pictured), Rear Door and Family. As the names suggest, you can choose whether you want the entry door either near the queen-sized bed upfront, or up back closer to the rear ensuite bathroom.
The family model comes with a rear door and double bunks instead of a bathroom. Triple bunks are an option.
Overall it’s hard to tell where the cost savings have come from with most of the luxury fittings customers would expect including aircon, double glaze windows, dual 95 litre water tanks and a roll-out awning.
External kit includes Cruisemaster independent suspension, four drop down stabilizer legs dual 9kg gas bottles and a shower. Inside, there’s a TV and sound system (with internal and external speakers), a 175 litre Waeco fridge, oven and range hood, microwave and porcelain toilet. Only the washing machine is on the extra’s list.
On the Road is a family company which has enjoyed impressive growth over the past decade by focusing on what customers want and continually improving their product.
This has helped carve out a niche in the market for big family vans with off road capability.
Traxx is the benefit of all that experience, wrapped up in a great value package that’s hard to beat.
It’s a luxury family-sized caravan, capable of going off the bitumen at a price you’d normally expect for a much more basic model.
Warranty: 12 months
Tare weight: 2300kgs
Full details and specs www.onthemovecaravans.com.au
“Budget” normally means few inclusions, not the case with this van
Loads of storage including double door boot
Family van foregoes the bathroom
Limited dealership coverage (only Albury in NSW)