Rhinomax Outback Renegade: Video Review
Many Australian camper trailer manufacturers start with a softfloor model and work up through hardfloors to hybrids. Queensland’s Rhinomax is growing its band of loyal followers by bucking that trend.
With a starting price of $36,950, the Renegade costs $7000 more than Rhinomax’s entry-level softfloor and $1000 more than the basic Warrior S, but its appointments are closer to that of the full-spec $39,950 Warrior RX, making it an attractive and very competitive-priced alternative for those who want a traditional canvas camping experience.
Better still, like its Rhinomax stablemates, it’s a 100% Australian designed and made camper, making it a very appealing proposition, given its build quality and features.
Design & Construction
The Renegade shares with the Warrior RX the 3500kg-rated Al-Ko Off Road coupling, 16in wheels, 10in heavy duty jockey wheel, 110L freshwater poly tank, 14L Truma gas hot water service (plumbed to both its external kitchen and shower), twin 100Ah deep-cycle batteries, the Projecta 15Ah battery charger and 600W pure sine wave inverter.
Significantly, both models are covered by Rhinomax’s Australia-wide two-year trailer and five-year canvas warranties, which are of great comfort when you’re using the camper for extended travel periods as its makers intended. These are underscored by the five-year chassis and sub-frame warranty offered on all Rhinomax campers.
Where the Renegade differs fundamentally from the Warrior is how its 6x2.4m Australian Wax Converters Dynaproofed canvas tent folds out from the side of the camper, providing more internal space than one with a rear flip-over mechanism typical in a hardfloor design.
This makes the Renegade attractive to those who like to set up and relax in one great spot, or to enjoy camping with family and kids, and Rhinomax have worked hard to ensure this experience is a high quality one.
A good starting point with any softfloor camper is a quick and smooth setup and we put Rhinomax partners Andy Dean and Steve Punton to the test, with tropical showers passing through during our photoshoot with machine gun rapidity.
Both they and the Renegade proved up to the challenge and their extensive canvas camping experience, which got these two enthusiasts together in the first place, showed through in the Renegade’s logical design.
The black vinyl cover, which protects the tent section from dirt and moisture, is held down by easily removed pull-down latches, leaving the tent’s perimeter zips clean and easy to operate.
It’s then a quick task for two to flip out the tent from the left-hand side, expand the poles that support its outer edge, and expand the main tent bows to allow you to work inside.
The new Renegade enhances Rhinomax’s growing reputation as an offroad specialist.
Packaging all the best features of the category winner in the CTOTY awards into a high quality and well-priced softfloor will, undoubtedly, broaden the appeal of Rhinomax’s Outback campers, bringing a new level of quality construction and equipment to the popular sub-$40,000 market.
- Quality construction
- Quick setup
- Australian designed and built
- Value for money
- Not enough stone protection for front storage box
Rhinomax outback renegade Specs
- Tare 1170kg
- ATM 1650kg
- Suspension Rhinomax independent coil springs with Pedders TrakRyder shocks
- Brakes 10in electronic drums
- Coupling Al-ko offroad
- Chassis SupaGal one-piece 100x50x3mm
- Drawbar SupaGal one-piece 100x50x3mm
- Body Powder-coated 1.6mm Zincaneal panels
- Wheels/tyres 16x8in alloy with 265/75 R16 offroad tyres
- Style Side-fold softfloor
- Box size 3600x1900mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5400mm
- Tent size 6000x2400m (3000mm height)
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg holders
- Water 1x110L fresh water poly-tank
- Cooktop Three-burner Thetford gas
- Kitchen Slide-out cooktop and stainless steel sink with mixer tap
- Fridge Swing-around fridge-slide in rear with optional 80L fridge/freezer
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle AGM with Project 15A charger and 600W inverter
Check out the full review in issue #91 August 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.