Clean and mean
INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION AND GOOD CLEARANCE BRING OUT TO THE TAIPAN PEGASUS OUT ON THE TRACKS.
Like many of its contemporaries, Brisbane-based Taipan Trailers has various camper trailer styles in its range, including side-fold, rear-fold and forward-fold models. That way, the company doesn’t have to extol the advantages of one particular style over another, merely the overall benefits of its product line.
That might sound like marketing 101 but, for buyers, it makes it easier to compare campers side-by-side and ponder which style suits their needs. For this test, we did more than look – we hooked up the Taipan Pegasus forward-fold and towed it out the door!
The Pegasus on review has an overall length of 5.3m and a Tare weight of 1350k, making it relatively light. The towball weight, however, at 175kg is not a light load, but the trailer still behaved well behind our Isuzu ute tow tug.
With an ATM of 1950kg, the trailer has a morethan-adequate load capacity of 600kg and, if you keep your load to a minimum, a smaller tow vehicle may suffice, but you’ll need to check the loaded ball weight before setting off. If it’s excessive, then some weight distribution will need to happen.
The foundations of all Taipan camper trailers are built in China, including the body, chassis and drawbar components, with much of the final assembly work done in Australia. I think this makes a lot of sense as, logistically, it’s much easier to keep an eye on the ball locally when it comes to maintaining quality control.
A look under the Pegasus reveals a hot-dipped galvanised chassis with 70x50mm main rails and 100x50mm drawbar rails. At the rear, a 120L stainless steel water tank with alloy checker-plate protection sits between the rails.
Even with the water tank, there is still a generous amount of ground clearance helped, in part, by the alloy wheels and 265/70 R16 tyres, fitted to the independent trailing arm, coil spring and twin shock absorber suspension.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Manuallyoperated winches assist with setting and packing up; A tropical roof protects the interior; Awnings on all exposed windows; Large wheels and essentials like the stabilisers neatly tucked away maximise clearance; The Ark Extreme Offroad Series jockey wheel rotates for ease of use, and is height adjustable affording access in rough terrain.