All the com­forts, wher­ever you go

The Witness - Wheels - - OFFROAD - C.C. WEISS

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.

PHOTO: LO­TUS

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.

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