Ultimate Xterra: Review
New and improved, the Ultimate Xterra is better than ever.
The new Ultimate Xterra is still built around the traditional DuraGal full chassis with its stone-resistant Raptor black coating and the long-perfected trailing arm suspension that’s capable in virtually any conditions. We’ve towed Ultimates on many occasions; along dirt roads, through water, over corrugations and bare rock, through sand and along the highway, and we’ve never met one yet that didn’t track securely behind.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The drawbar is equipped with a Treg hitch, removable jockey wheel which travels in the front storage box (a fold-up is optional) and a pair of pins on which the safety chains can be hooked to keep them up out of the dirt while in camp.
The brakes are 10in electric drums, perfectly suited for a camper of this weight, and painted bright red to offset against the matt black rims.
The Xterra enjoys a few other seemingly minor, yet significant, differences. It now rolls on black 17in alloy rims with Cooper’s new S/T Maxx LT285/70 R17 rubber. These are a chunkier boot designed for all offroad environments with Cooper’s proven Armor-Tek3 carcass construction in an all-terrain tyre for the first time. This trailer is right up there with the latest in tyre technology, and that’s the sort of thing that rings bells with the hardened offroad crowd.
Around the back of the trailer are two solid recovery points, each equipped with a rated 3.2t shackle. If you do get into trouble, there are no worries about being equipped to get out again.
There are four external lockers around the camper. One houses the batteries, as explained, while another is setup with a wire stay for the door to act as a bench if you want a small spot outside to make a cup of coffee on a lunch break. For those who are sold on an external kitchen, there is a large, optional external stainless steel galley bench that suspends along the side of the camper and folds flat for storage.
Another locker is a spare storage bay, suitable for carrying a porta-potty if you have one, and the other houses the dual 3.8kg gas cylinders. Once again, we argued for a change. There was room for a second cylinder, which was listed as an option and, for the sake of saving $30-odd, we felt it was short-changing this camper. Nobody, we argued, wants to be running out of gas and a second cylinder provides the necessary back-up. For a camper intended to go a long way into the never-never without concern, it’s almost a requirement.
The Xterra also adds a third jerry can capacity to the fold, attached at the rear step. It wasn’t fitted to our test camper, as it is undergoing a slight redesign, but this will improve water or fuel carrying capacity and, being placed at the rear, should not overload the ball weight.
HITS & MISSES
- Tough proven design
- Easy setup
- Impressive new finish
I would have liked…
- Lack of a standard external kitchen
- Fiddly setup/pack up of bed
- Limited access to the fridge without opening the camper
ULTIMATE XTERRA SPECS
- Tare 840kg
- ATM 1300kg
- Suspension Trailing arm single shock
- Brakes 10in electric drum
- Coupling Treg
- Chassis 100x100x2mm DuraGal
- Drawbar 100x100mm DuraGal
- Body Fibreglass/carbon fibre composite
- Wheel/tyre 17in alloy rims with Cooper S/T Maxx LT285/70 R17 tyres
- Style Side-fold hardtop
- Box size 2000x2000mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 3650mm
- Tent size 4000x2500mm (optional)
- Gas cylinders 2x3.8kg
- Water 110L
- Cooktop Two-burner Smev
- Kitchen Internal laminate galley
- Battery 2x110Ah AGM and Redarc Manager 30
Price as Shown
Check out the full review in issue #92 September 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.