Lifestyle Elite Breakaway: Review

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Malcolm Street


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All the storage you need (and more) can be found in the lightweight and easy-to-tow Lifestyle Elite Breakaway.

The Elite Breakaway is built in Lifestyle’s signature style – with a 100x50mm SupaGal chassis and drawbar. A slight difference from other manufacturers is that the drawbar has a third arm, a 50x50x3mm RHS section between the drawbar rails, to efficiently reduce flex and add strength to the drawbar. The SupaGal is concealed as the entire sub-chassis area is undercoated, sealed and coated with anti-chip paint. Body protection is also treated in a similar way with zinc primer and powder coating.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Although the suspension might look like a simple leaf spring setup, the shackle springs are rated to 1900kg and have greaseable pins and poly bushes. Parallel bearings are fitted to the alloy wheels and hubs that come with 10in electric brakes. Completing the picture under the trailer is the 80L water tank which sits between the rear rails. It comes with both an electric pump and a hand pump fitted to the side of the trailer.

An extremely practical feature of this trailer is the good number of external bins. Above each wheel are decent sized drawers and at the rear on both sides are large bins, the nearside one partly occupied by the 120Ah battery and the offside designed to accept two 4.5kg gas cylinders. In addition, that same bin has the hand pump. Forward of the bin are two smaller bins which, like every other bin door, has pinch weld seals.

Electrically, the Elite Breakaway has a simple but effective setup. In its basic form, which can be added to, it comes with a 120Ah deep-cycle battery, three 12V sockets (one inside) and an Anderson plug for charging the battery. There are no 204V mains outlets but they can be added if needed.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Good, lightweight crossover design
  • Great external storage capacity
  • Well-ventilated interior
  • Neatly folds down for travel
  • Entirely made in Australia

Cons…

  • Kitchen bench and fridge at opposite ends of the camper
  • No external lights
  • In wet or cold weather, there’s nowhere to sit inside

LIFESTYLE ELITE BREAKAWAY SPECS

Trailer

  • Tare 850kg
  • ATM 1900kg
  • Suspension Leaf spring with greasable shackles
  • Brakes 10in electric brakes
  • Coupling Hyland Off Road 2t-rated
  • Chassis SupaGal 100x50mm
  • Drawbar SupaGal 100x50mm plus one 50x50x3mm support rail
  • Body Steel powder coated
  • Wheel/tyre 265/75R16 16in
  • Style Rising roof

Dimensions

  • Box size 3000x1850mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 4700mm

Accessories

  • Gas cylinders 4.5kg holders
  • Water 80L
  • Cooktop Smev two-burner
  • Kitchen Stainless steel
  • Battery 1x120Ah

Price as shown

  • $25,950

 

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