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Camper Trailer Australia - - CONTENTS - Words And Pics MALCOLM STREET

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.

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