Australian Off Road Series IV Eclipse Shower Pod: Review
Built tough and with style to boot, Australian Off Road’s new Eclipse is functional and comfortable in equal measures.
Apart from the no-cost addition of the Shower Pod, the $77,990 entry level Eclipse is largely the same as its Series III predecessor. The rear panel is new, with the spare wheel relocated to the A-frame to accommodate the rear pod while, inside, there are some small cabinet changes.
In its base spec, the Eclipse comes with an internal 110L upright EvaKool fridge-freezer, a three-burner gas cooktop and a stainless steel sink drainer. External kitchen facilities are optional, and include the two-burner Thetford gas cooker and 47L fridge as seen in the ‘pimped up’ model on review.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
It’s a relatively large offroader trailer when compared to a fold-out hardfloor camper, but its dimensions still shadow a LandCruiser 200 Series and go all the places it can.
Sharing core specs with the Quantum means the Series IV Eclipse has the same re-engineered and strengthened chassis, and an improved scissor roof lift system with eight vibration supports, among a host of detail refinements.
Importantly, the top touches the body at 24 separate points, while angled aluminium guides on each corner ensure it returns to the correct position when lowered, eliminating the possibility of dust ‘creep’ across its seals.
Popping the top is quick and simple, as the Eclipse’s relatively low body height put the six external latches within easy reach, even for shorties like me. It then takes a simple lift inside and the top rises quickly into the erect position, with the interior instantly flooded with light from the six separate zip-down ‘windows’, each with fly mesh.
The 8in thick innerspring mattress, which sits on a timber base to avoid moisture condensation, is a beauty and one of the highlights of living in the Eclipse. There’s space on either side of it for books, wallet, watch and so on, while the large double-glazes hopper-style windows on each side are the perfect height to allow cooling breezes to waft over you for relaxed warm-weather sleeping.
A chest of drawers under the foot of the bed and more drawers to the left provide ample clothes storage, while the Eclipse’s upright 110L EvaKool compressor fridge/freezer next to the door completes its compact but very workable interior layout.
Seven independently switched LED lights around the trailer make reading easy at night, while there is an abundance of 12V and 240V sockets, a TV aerial outlet near the bed and sockets to connect your appliances to the standard 300W pure sine wave inverter when they need charging.
HITS & MISSES
- New quick-erecting Shower Pod
- Functional, compact design
- Very high build quality
- Indoor/outdoor living options
I would have liked…
- A power lift for the pop-top
AUSTRALIAN OFF ROAD SERIES IV ECLIPSE SHOWER POD SPECS
- Tare 1650kg
- ATM 2400kg
- Suspension AOR independent trailing arm with twin EFS shock absorbers per wheel
- Brakes 12in electronic
- Coupling DO35 3500kg-rated offroad
- Chassis High tensile steel laminated, power-coated
- Drawbar High tensile steel laminated, power-coated
- Body Aluminium RHS welded frame with aluminium external cladding
- Wheels/tyres 16x8in alloys with 265/75 R16 tyres
- Style Hybrid offroad pop-top
- Box size 4200x1950mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5800mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 140L fresh water
- Cooktop Three-burner gas cooktop
- Kitchen Internal with stainless steel sink and preparation area, plus optional external kitchen
- Battery 2x120Ah deep-cycle AGM; 300W inverter
Price as Shown
- $83,990 (base model from $77,900)
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #88 May 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!