All the comforts, wherever you go
LAUNCHED earlier this year, the Off Grid is one of the newest models from Australia’s Lotus Caravans, an off-road caravan specialist.
It is the company’s most compact trailer, measuring 4,3 metres in length and packs everything a city slicker needs to venture out to the most remote parts of the outback.
All the creature comforts ride on a G&S SupaGal steel chassis and Control Rider independent suspension system cushioning the 17-inch wheels wrapped up in Cooper STT Pro mud terrain tyres. A meranti wood frame is concealed behind composite panelling and checkerplate armour.
Unlike the cramped, spartan interiors common in some off-road trailers, the Off Grid looks like a stylish, roomy motor home inside, offering space for a couple or two adults with a small child. The insulated interior also comes fully loaded with a variety of amenities and comforts.
Upfront, the inner-spring bed sleeps two across the width of the cabin. Behind the bed, an Italian leather couch will accommodate that small sleeping child but is a bit too snug to fit an adult. The kitchen has a two-burner stove, 80-litre Waeco 12 volt fridge-freezer and sink.
Next to the kitchen, a corner bathroom comes packaged with a toilet and fibreglass shower. The interior also has a wide storage unit and roof-mounted air conditioner.
A slide-out kitchen stored neatly inside a compartment under the bed pulls out to get you cooking on a Weber grill. Next to the slide-out, a wide storage hatch can accommodate an optional outdoor fridge-freezer, keeping food and drink handy.
A Thule awning casts some shade over the chef and crew, and outdoor speakers provide entertainment.
A standard 24-inch TV from inside can also be mounted on the bracket in the small storage hatch outside, letting campers enjoy their favourite programming under the blue skies. Exterior LED lighting keeps the fun going into the night.
The Off Grid starts at AU$70 000 (approx R735 875). The Off Grid certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s an interesting package for those who don’t want to do without life’s comforts and luxuries, no matter where they’re headed.
— New Atlas.
From Australia, the Off Grid camper that has it all, including a double bed and an Italian leather couch for a child (inset), but at the price of a luxury SUV.