Emu Off Road: Review
The well-built Emu Off Road offers an impressive range of options for those campers wanting a little extra.
Emu camper trailers are assembled in Australia with many of the components and parts coming from overseas. The main imported items are the trailer body, which is built-to-order in Thailand and the tent, which comes from China. Everything, including the locally-sourced water tanks, electrics and suspension system, is fitted at Emu’s Gold Coast, Qld, premises.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Forming the base of the Off Road is the 2300x1700mm ‘tub’ – that is, the hot-dipped galvanised body and the chassis. A standard box section structure of 50x50mm RHS is used for the main chassis structure, while 100x50mm RHS is used for the drawbar. The standard is 2m in length but an optional 2.7m A-frame is also available.
Al-Ko shackle springs are used for the suspension with a 45mm square axle and 15in wheels, which suit the Off Road’s Tare and are reassuring on the tracks. Shock absorbers aren’t fitted but are available as an option; the mounting points are already included on the chassis.
When camped, two wind-down stabilisers on the rear corner level the trailer. Also under the chassis at the rear is the 80L polyethylene water tank. That’s plumbed out with a filler at the rear nearside corner and via a hose connection to the kitchen tap.
Apart from the usual running gear including a ball coupling, handbrake and jockey wheel, you’ll also find the optional mesh stoneguard, spare wheel and a good size storage box on the drawbar. The coupling provides about 30° vertical articulation for modest inclines on well-maintained tracks. Electric brakes are not fitted to the trailer; instead an override system operates the disc brakes. A disadvantage of this arrangement is that the trailer brakes cannot be applied independently if you strike trouble in difficult terrain but the system is much simpler and the disc brakes will provide good stopping power in a hurry. Greasing the override on a regular basis is recommended.
Climbing into the main bed area is quite easy on the lightweight, foot-friendly ladder. Measuring 2100x1700mm, the innerspring mattress is larger than those found in most caravans. It’s surrounded by windows on all three sides and has a zipped privacy screen for the fourth side. On the tent side, under the bed, the trailer sides are accessible via zipped flaps, the lower ones screened for airflow.
HITS & MISSES
- Good sized tent and awning
- Al-Ko suspension components
- Base camper that can be modified extensively
- Good screened window area
- Solar sun cover
- Feet-friendly ladder
- Extensive options list – good for decision makers
- ‘Quick erect’ tent takes time to establish the knack
- Silicone spray needs to be used when closing the spreader bars
- Extensive options list – bad for indecision makers
EMU OFF ROAD CAMPER TRAILER SPECS
- Tare 600kg
- ATM 1300kg
- Suspension Shackle leaf springs
- Brakes Override 12in disc
- Coupling Ball
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised 50x50mm
- Drawbar Hot-dipped galvanised 100x50mm
- Body Hot-dipped galvanised steel
- Wheel/tyre 235/15
- Style Side-fold, softfloor
- Box size 2300x1700mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4300mm
- Tent size 3500x2300mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg holders
- Water 1x80L
- Cooktop No
- Kitchen Stainless steel (optional)
- Battery No (100Ah available as an option)
Price as shown
- $10,604 (on-road, Qld)
Check out the full feature in issue #95 December 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.