STAR VISION CAMPERS IS A RISING STAR WITH A RESOLUTE VISION.
Established in 2012, Star Vision
Campers has an unwavering vision to become a prominent player in the camper trailer industry. And it is starting to make a name for itself in an extremely competitive market.
Based in Clayton South, Vic, Star Vision imports ‘off-the-shelf’ campers from China. They arrive in kit form and are then assembled – including bolting the one-piece chassis on to the trailer – at the factory.
One of Star Vision’s primary objectives to ensure its clientele can set up their campers quickly. But in that regard, the Sirius A model was a bit of a mixed bag...
SETTING UP CAMP
The main tent, courtesy of an electric winch (2500lb capacity) and easy-slide steel poles, was erected in minutes. Utilising the remotecontrolled electric winch makes the main tent (4440x1720mm) an easy, one-person operation. But the full annexe (4440x1850mm) is another story, with its myriad of poles and spreader bars. Star Vision provides assembly instructions for campers but it still proved a little baffling. In reality, it’s a job for two people and, if you’re vertically challenged like yours truly, you’ll need a step or two to reach the summit.
The grey 14oz ripstop poly-cotton fine weave canvas tent, however, won’t let you down in nasty weather: it’s double-stitched and claims to be 100 per cent waterproof.
The Sirius A stands out in the crowd, if only for its understated colour scheme with white baked enamel, fully-welded steel body combined with silver checkerplate – it is a striking simply external aesthetic. But, as we all know, beauty is more than skin deep so I needed to delve a little deeper than that and I found it a rather raw-boned camper that could do with some ‘flesh’. However, I’m well aware that brand new campers rarely come cheaper than this, with a price tag of just $12,600.
It is lightweight (Tare 950kg) and pretty agile, with a high strength steel frame, but
I hold some concern over its extended off-grid capability. The Sirius A carries all the basics such as a pull-out kitchen with four-burner cooktop and stainless steel sink and preparation bench, a 100L water tank and electric water pump, and a 100Ah battery. But for its bare-bones price you must go without
hot water, a fridge, or a shower tent.
The lockable slide-out kitchenette is certainly large enough for preparation and cooking but it could do with more slide-out drawers for carrying cooking utensils, plates, non-perishable food and so on. And you’ll
“The Sirius A carries all the basics such as a pull-out kitchen with four-burner cooktop and stainless steel sink and preparation bench, a 100L water tank and electric water pump, and a 100Ah battery”
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ample tool storage up front; Establishing the main bedroom is a cinch; It’s narrow width, long a-frame and lightweight Tare make it easy to tow; A winch assists with setting up; A Treg hitch soaks up the bumps and is nice and quiet on tow.