GRANDEUR ON THE ROCKS
WORDS BY MICHAEL BORG IMAGES BY TOBY PARKER AND NICK HEIT
If it’s good old-fashioned adventure that tickles your fancy, the simplistic nature and off-road DNA of the Deluxe 2 will get your motor revving overtime
IT COULD JUST REVOLUTIONISE THE WAY YOU GO CAMPING
In a world where camper trailers are just getting bigger and bigger, you could be forgiven for wanting something nice and simple. Something that’s not over complicated, not too heavy and will just do the job, no questions asked. Sure, there’s a place for a camper trailer that has more fruit than the Big Banana in the spring time, but at the end of the day its hard to beat good old fashioned simplicity and capability in an off-road camper trailer. If that resonates with you, you’re going to love all new 2020 Signature Deluxe II we’ve been testing out over the last few days.
QUALITY AND CAPABILITY
The Deluxe II has scored a complete ground up revamp, and it’s not hard to see either. I mean, from the second you lay eyes on it you can just tell it means business. At 4m long it’s quite compact and nimble, and only weighs in at roughly 1040kg Tare, depending on what options are fitted. Plus, with roughly 100kg of ball weight it’s quite well balanced, making it a particularly capable little unit out on the tracks.
There has been no compromise in terms of the quality of the componentry either. This starts with the popular ARK XO750 Jockey Wheel and & McHitch 3.5t Uniglide Coupler, and extends to the customised suspension system, which is a combination of Australian made Kings Springs and Dobinson shock absorbers. Both of which have been fine tuned to suit this particular camper trailer.
ROOM FOR THE GOODS
In terms of storage space, well, there’s plenty of it! This particular design lends itself to huge amounts of storage, but more importantly easily accessible storage compartments found right around the camper trailer. All the compartment doors have been designed to fold down to a horizontal position too, so there is loads of practical bench space everywhere you look. Perhaps the most enjoyed storage compartment, though, is the cage mounted to the roof. It’s been purposely developed to house things like your kayak or those bigger awkward objects. Plus, its even got a space dedicated to your firewood, which is often forgotten about these days.
If you like to spend your time off-grid, you’ll find this camper can be quite self-sufficient. There are 2 100L water tanks that are plumbed together; one is in front of the axle and the other is behind it to help keep the weight well balanced. There’s also two 100ah deep cycle batteries on board, and to keep the beers cold there’s enough room for a 70L fridge in the massive back compartment.
Now, the Deluxe 2 is sold as a base package without a tent and awning. The reason for this is because they actually offer you the choose of several different brands to be fitted, so you can choose the one that suits you the best. This also extends to what electrical components you would like fitted and a whole swag of optional upgrades available straight off the showroom floor. If you’re a DIY sort of camper, this also means you can purchase the base camper and customise your setup as you go.
While this style of camper trailer isn’t for anyone, it sure doesn’t tick a lot of boxes for the camper that like to keep things simple yet comfortable. The person that wants to keep all of their camping gear pack up and ready to go at a moments’ notice and doesn’t want to feel like they’re towing the Titanic behind the 4WD either. If that sounds anything like you, make sure you take a closer look – it could just revolutionise the way you go camping!
THE NITTY GRITTY
TARE WEIGHT: 1040kg
BALL WEIGHT: 100kg
WATER CAPACITY: 2 x 100L tanks
BATTERY: 2 x 100AH
BASE PRICE: $16,990