SpinifeX AtomiX Series II: Review
The quality built AtomiX Series II camper from SpinifeX offers space and strength to spare.
Large, custom-built, offroad caravans of the sort that Queensland’s SpinifeX specialises in are ideal for the extended adventures in remote areas that many Australians aspire to. However, grey nomads no longer make up the majority of road-bound travellers; there’s a growing segment of younger, time-poor, well-heeled and, perhaps, still dark-haired adventurers seeking to go distant places faster, but without leaving too many home comforts behind. And it is for people such as these that the SpinifeX new AtomiX Series II will appeal.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
There’s not a lot new you can do to a 14ftx6ft 6in box on a single axle and the AtomiX uses a proven rear door, front north-south queen bed layout with slide-out under-bed storage shared by the majority of its rivals because it works.
Working from nose to tail, behind the front stone shield, twin full-size (9kg) gas cylinders, twin jerry cans and mesh covered aluminium stone shield on the A-frame, there’s a massive propeller storage box with top and twin side-door access that’s large enough to hold a Honda 2kVa generator –
Behind that, on the offside, you’ll find two other large lockers, the first a large propeller plate slide-out storage bin designed to hold all manner of bulky or messy things. The second, just ahead of the offside wheel arch, houses the AtomiX’s twin 120Ah deep-cycle batteries, Victron 35A charger/800W inverter and the PL40 digital solar regulator that controls the energy flowing down from the AtomiX’s twin 140W Kyocera solar panels.
On the door side, the first drawer houses the pop-top’s standard 80L top-loading Engel portable fridge/freezer, while the second reveals the camper’s standard Swift kitchen comprising a barbecue that doubles as a twin gas burner cooktop, with a companion stainless steel sink and pantry above.
It’s all there, but a bit crowded and challenged for bench space and it would benefit from either a clip-on or fold out table to sit above the wheel arch. That might mean relocating the standard external swivel arm for the TV, or the separate 240V and 12V plugs adjacent to the twin external speakers and handy door handle, though.
The rear of the AtomiX houses an innovative idea – a picnic table rack mounted on the drop-down spare wheel. But it’s a heavy unit that adds weight to the wrong end of a short offroader and while clever, it’s perhaps a tad over-engineered. Back on the green, the standard external shower is well-placed and minimalist.
HITS & MISSES
- Impressively strong
- Top quality
- Impressive offroad specs
- Stone protection
- Excellent storage space
- Excess checkerplate bling
- Spare wheel ‘table’ too heavy
- Poor external kitchen bench space
SPINIFEX ATOMIX SERIES II SPECS
- Tare 1800kg
- ATM 2600kg
- Suspension Vehicle Components 2600kg-rated independent trailing arm coil with poly bushes and twin Gabriel shocks
- Brakes 12in electric drum
- Coupling McHitch Uniglide
- Chassis 150mm single beam hot-dipped galvanised Bluescope Steel
- Drawbar 150mm single beam hot-dipped galvanised Bluescope Steel extended A-frame with steel mesh
- Body Aluminium wall frame with smooth composite fibreglass cladding
- Wheel/tyre 16x8in GT offroad alloy with 285/75-16 Comforser offroad tyres
- Style Pop-top hybrid
- Box size 2100x4270mm
- Overall length (hitch to spare wheel) 7000mm
- Gas cylinders 2x9kg
- Water 4x59L water tanks
- Cooktop Two-burner gas/barbecue
- Kitchen Slide-out Swift exterior stainless steel with sink and storage
- Fridge 80L Engel fridge/freezer
- Battery 2x120Ah deep-cycle AGM
Price as Shown
- $79,500 (Qld)
Check out the full feature in issue #94 November 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.