Tambo Rubicon: Video Review
Tough and spacious, the Tambo Rubicon is a clever companion for your next outdoor adventure.
Tambo displays exceptional quality in manufacture with a sensible list of standard equipment on each of its campers that provides a terrific base for extended touring throughout harsh terrain.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The construction detail is very pleasing. The whole unit is mounted to a strong, box section DuraGal chassis with the full-size rails as previously described. The welding quality seems very good and the deep box is not only well presented, but well manufactured and designed. All steel surfaces are DuraGal with etch primer and two coats of enamel allowing a solid, rust preventative and attractive finish that is easily touched up in the future.
The extended drawbar allows for plenty of storage and facility. I like the way Tambo has constructed the wrap-around stoneguard with its hinged supports and detachable sides. The mesh itself is replaceable, as are the bungy strap connections which will need replacement during the long life of the unit.
Behind the pivoting stone screen is a very strong spare wheel and tyre mount, then a pair of checkerplate alloy toolboxes. The front box is dedicated to storage and the rear is separated in half to cater for storage on one side and the electrical compartment on the other. There are twin 100Ah AGM deep-cycle batteries and a CTEK charger, and the batteries are mounted to a slide for easy access — nice touch Tambo!
The tent is made from Bradmill 12.01 core spun canvas on top and 12oz sides with a thick, sewn-in PVC liner. I know it’s strong, as our campsite was littered with sharp rocks that would pierce many softer floors. The tent was assembled without pegs and the awning was tied to logs, anvils and even the portable esky!
The tent is quite easily assembled; in fact I had it standing for an overnight stay in six minutes at my second campsite. It takes about an extra 10 minutes if you want the full annexe with its single side wall erected as well. Once the annexe is connected to the tent with strong zips it can stay attached and pack into the PVC travel enclosure secured with zips and Velcro seals. The tent structure has very strong support poles and gas struts to make assembly easier. There is plenty of room in the tent with its 3x2.3m dimensions and a ventilation window with midge mesh screens under the trailer provides added comfort. Every tent panel has large opening windows with awnings and flyscreens, and there is both front and back doorways should you wish to extend with extra rooms and awnings in the future.
Inside, the tent seems quite grandiose with extra roof height aided by the high trailer ground clearance. There is a queen-size spring pillow top mattress and the sleeping compartment is easily accessed with a nifty plug-in step and ladder arrangement that makes those late night departures safe and easy. There is LED lighting both inside and out as well as the aforementioned 12V outlets.
HITS & MISSES
- Fridge, stove, water and power all in price
- Ground clearance
- Vanguard suspension
- Extended drawbar
- Canvas quality
- Big storage capacity
I would have liked…
- Recovery hitch
- Detachable jockey wheel
- Locking fitting on fridge power
TAMBO RUBICON SPECS
- Tare 1160kg
- ATM 2000kg
- Suspension Vanguard independent with coil and twin shockers each side
- Brakes 12in electric
- Coupling Treg Off-Road
- Chassis Full box construction
- Drawbar 100x50x3mm DuraGal
- Body 1.6mm sheet
- Wheel/tyre 16in Goodride MT tyres
- Style Side-fold softfloor
- Box size 2300x1800m
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4800mm
- Tent size 3000x2300mm, plus full length annexe
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 85L food-grade polyethylene
- Cooktop Lido Junior stainless steel twin gas burner with grill
- Kitchen Removable sink, manual water pump, stainless bench extension, utensils drawer and pots cabinet, 40L Ironman 4x4 fridge and large pantry
- Battery 2x100Ah AGM deep cycle
Price as Shown
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #89 June 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!