Rhinomax Discovery: Video review
The new Rhinomax Discovery is built to be your perfect match.
Launched in June last year, the Discovery’s headline grabber is a basic price of $65,000 ($66,000 as reviewed). For that, you get a rugged, 14ft-long pop-top with thick fibreglass composite body panels, TIG-welded aluminium framework for its interior fixtures, sitting on a full-length SupaGal galvanised steel chassis fitted with sturdy trailing arm independent coil spring suspension and 12in electric brakes.
Inside, there’s a queen-size north-south bed with a portable toilet drawer below, a large centre dining area with seating room for four and a full-width rear cabinet that, in its basic form, houses six huge stainless steel drawers.
That’s the basic Discovery canvas and Rhinomax then asks its customers to start painting from a palette of options.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The body employs European-sourced 30mm thick composite fibreglass wall panels that are secured where they meet the front and rear panels by external ribs that form a design feature. Discovery also uses the same 30mm fibreglass sandwich panel in its pop-top roof, which I haven’t seen before, offering what I believe to be class-leading insulation.
As you would expect from a Queensland camper builder, the focus with the Discovery is on outside living when the weather allows, and this is well catered for by adjacent slides for the top-loading fridge and stainless steel kitchen with three-burner cooktop, both of which emerge from under the bed at right angles to the Discovery’s body, leaving enough room under the awning to shelter from the rain or the sun.
There’s also good storage space in other lockers on the offside for tables/chairs, etc., while the rear-most one houses the portable toilet that can live under the bed inside during the night. There are additional angled storage lockers adjacent to the wheel-arch on both sides for storing messy things such as muddy boots.
Rhinomax has fitted the hybrid with what I regard as probably the simplest and best drop-down shower screens in the business on its external rear wall. Simply release two catches, let the pod rise on its gas-assisted struts and unzip the drop-down, quick-drying shower screen and you instantly have a private shower and portable toilet space, served by a hot/cold mixer shower tap.
HITS & MISSES
- Design and quality construction
- Custom building concept
- Offroad comfort
- Excellent value
I would have liked…
- An under-floor mounting for the spare wheel
- Less cluttered A-frame
RHINOMAX DISCOVERY SPECS
- Tare 1550kg
- ATM 2500kg
- Suspension Steel independent trailing arm with twin shock absorbers per wheel
- Brakes Al-Ko disc brakes (or 12in electronic drums)
- Coupling Al-Ko offroad
- Chassis SupaGal steel 100x50x3mm
- Drawbar 150x50mm
- Body CNC-cut fibreglass composite sandwich walls and pop-top roof
- Wheels/tyres 16x8in alloy with 265/75-16 offroad tyres
- Style Compact hybrid offroad pop-top
- Box size 4500x1900mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 6300mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 1x125L
- Cooktop External three-burner gas
- Kitchen Slide-out stainless steel
- Fridge 80L Waeco 12V compressor
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle AGM
Price as Shown
- $66,000 (Qld)
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #90 July 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!