Cub Kamparoo Brumby: Review

By: Michael Borg, Photography by: Matt Fehlberg


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A strong and reliable design, Cub Kamparoo Brumby’s performance is sure to impress.

Most people would be familiar with Cub Campers; their durability and high performance on rough terrain has earned them a strong reputation. Built with quality and comfort in mind, Cub Kamparoo Brumby campers definitely live up to the brand’s high standards.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

It all starts off with a good solid galvanised chassis, which you can tell is engineered and designed with strength and performance in mind. It’s reinforced where it should be, and it’s safe to say every piece of RHS and, more precisely, every weld has a purpose. The drawbar is also about as heavy-duty as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so it’s got a solid and dependable base to start with.

The suspension is next up on the list. ROX shocks take care of the bounce or lack thereof, while independent trailing arms offer the strength you’ll need to tackle the harshest corrugations with confidence. What I really liked about the suspension setup was that it offered a smooth ride under all the different terrains and conditions I could throw at it. The best part is, it was still completely firm and didn’t feel unsteady at any point either, which I was a little worried about given the impressive ride height and ground clearance. Even on a few of those off-camber angles, the camper held its own, although it does have a tendency to slide into slippery off-camber ruts a bit quicker than other campers I’ve tested, but there’s not much you can do about that.

EXTERIOR

With over 45 years’ experience building camper trailers, it’s safe to say the team at Cub have picked up a few tricks along the way. This is pretty evident when you look at the finer details. For example, while most new manufacturers tend to offer your basic swing-up jockey wheel, the Brumby still comes with a removable type. Why is this a good thing? Well, it’s one of the only camper trailers I’ve returned without a broken jockey wheel from bottoming out on the first creek crossing I crossed, not to mention how handy the hand brake protector plate is.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Drawbar length is well-suited
  • Solid and reliable design
  • Excellent ground clearance

Cons…

  • Rear stabiliser legs hang low
  • A bit front heavy for my liking
  • Awning pole butterfly bolts are fiddly

CUB KAMPAROO BRUMBY SPECS

Trailer

  • Tare 910kg
  • ATM 1350kg
  • Suspension Independent coil spring
  • Brakes Electric offroad drum
  • Coupling Poly-block offroad hitch
  • Chassis Galvanised
  • Drawbar Extended drawbar
  • Body Zincanneal panels; steel frame
  • Wheel/tyre Alloy 16in
  • Style Hardfloor

Dimensions

  • Box size 2200x1700mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 4300mm
  • Tent size 4400x1070mm

Accessories

  • Gas cylinders 2x4kg holders
  • Water 1x80L
  • Cooktop Two-burner
  • Kitchen Stainless steel
  • Battery 1x100Ah deep-cycle

Price as Shown

  • $29,990 (ex-Bris, Syd and Melb)

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Check out the full review in issue #93 October 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.