Star QUAL­ITY

STAR VI­SION CAMPERS IS A RIS­ING STAR WITH A RES­O­LUTE VI­SION.

Camper Trailer Australia - - REVIEW - WORDS PETER QUILTY PICS STU­ART GRANT

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.

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