Taipan Taurus: Review
Despite being a budget trailer, the Taipan Taurus still offers campers a comfortable set up with plenty of room for the whole family.
As with many other models competing at this end of the market, most of the components used in Taurus campers are built in China but much of the assembly work, including the independent trailing arm suspension, is done here in Australia.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Hot-dipped galvanised steel is used for the 100x50mm drawbar, the 75x50mm chassis rails and also the body work itself. It’s basic but gives the trailer a reasonable finish that protects the steel. Up front, the 2200mm drawbar accommodates not only the poly-block tow hitch and jockey wheel, but also the stoneguard and an aluminium checkerplate storage box that’s well sized at 1200x500x500mm.
There are good reasons for having the drawbar rails wider than those used for the chassis. Being extended to 2200mm, they not only have to cater for whatever is loaded into the storage box but also the stresses imposed by rough road travel.
The single 80L water tank is mounted between the chassis rails at the rear. That, along with the rear corner stabilisers, is set quite high to allow for the decent departure angle. I did think the stabilisers would be better protected against damage if they were fitted in line with the chassis rails, rather than across the trailer.
The independent suspension welded to the chassis looks to be a standard design with coil springs, trailing arms and two shock absorbers per wheel. It travelled reasonably well on our muddy test course, with enough clearance to manoeuvre across deep ruts without scraping the chassis.
The simple trailer box comes with infills before and after the wheel arches with holders to accommodate gas cylinders and jerry cans on both sides of the trailer. On the nearside there is a water tank filler and a 12V pump-operated cold water tap. The checkerplate tailgate supported the essential spare wheel in this review camper, however, Taipan has since moved the spare wheels on all its campers to the drawbar. To get to the trailer bay, you can either open the tailgate (accessible when camped) or by unclipping and lifting up the base of the bed.
HITS & MISSES
- Generous under-canvas area
- Large screened windows
- Tropical roof
- Galvanised finish
- Front storage box
- Budget price
- Wider steps on ladder
- At least battery charger connections, if not a charger
- Full tent takes a while to set up
- Limited dust sealing on the external storage
TAIPAN TAURUS SPECS
- Tare 820kg
- ATM 1500kg
- Suspension Independent coil spring with trailing arms and dual shock absorbers
- Brakes 10in electric
- Coupling Poly-block
- Chassis HDG 100x50mm RHS
- Drawbar HDG 75x50mm Rhs
- Body HDG steel
- Wheel/tyre 235/75 R15 LT
- Style Side-fold softfloor
- Box size 2134x1219mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4334mm
- Tent size 5200mm x 2150mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 1x80L
- Cooktop No
- Kitchen Stainless steel slide-out
- Battery 1x26Ah
Price as Shown
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.