Ultimate Xplor GT: Review

By: Michael Borg, Photography by: Matt Fehlberg


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Spacious and lightweight, the Ultimate Xplor GT oozes quality.

If you’re new to the scene and aren’t familiar with the Ultimate brand, you’ll notice its campers look like no other on the market. That’s because the origins and style of these campers are straight from the boat building industry. That might sound funny at first, but the boat industry brought a lot more benefits to these offroad camper trailers than you would realise.

First of all, they are made from fibreglass, which means they are nice and light with a Tare weight of just 850kg. But as light as they are, you can tell they’re still a solid reliable unit. I mean, I’m a good 110kg and I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to climb all over this thing. In fact, even the handles on the front storage box will take your weight if you ever needed to climb up there!

The whole camper just oozes quality, in my opinion, and it was evident from the second I stepped inside.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Layout-wise, the Xplor GT ticks plenty of positive boxes. You’ll find most features and accessories are nice and easy to reach, although you’ll have to crawl through a half door and stretch across the other side of the camper to access the fridge if you’re mid-way through your journey.

It’s clear that these campers are a purpose-built, two-person tourer. If you add another person to the mix, things will get a bit squeezy. In saying that, there’s plenty of space around the lounge and dining table for two and no shortage of undercover space with the awning attached, so it really does work well.

The camper has got 570mm worth of ground clearance, along with a 32° departure angle and an 18° ramp over angle, which are darn fine specs in anybody’s books. Plus, it’s lightweight and surprisingly nimble. Add in an extremely strong and low maintenance hand-moulded composite structure and a chassis fabricated from high tensile DuraGal steel and you get one tough, not to mention very capable, bit of kit.

Electrically, it’s sporting the best of the best with twin 110Ah AGM deep-cycle batteries, along with a Redarc 30A battery management system complete with an internal monitoring panel. There’s also a top-notch audio system to help you out with those Beatles tunes, along with two 15A mains power inlets and two dual outlets, and several well-positioned LED lights inside and out. Oh, and there are four 12V outlets and two USB ports inside, too.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Plenty of organised storage
  • Lightweight yet very solid construction
  • Excellent ground clearance

Cons…

  • Stabiliser legs are a bit fiddly
  • Limited internal living space
  • Awkward access to fridge when not set up

ULTIMATE XPLOR GT SPECS

Trailer

  • Tare 850kg
  • ATM 1300kg
  • Suspension Independent trailing arm
  • Brakes Electric offroad drum
  • Coupling Hitchmaster DO35
  • Chassis High tensile DuraGal
  • Drawbar High tensile DuraGal
  • Body Fibreglass and carbon fibre
  • Wheel/tyre 17in Speedy rims and Cooper ST Max tyres, or to match
  • Style Side-fold hardfloor

Dimensions

  • Body size 2000x2000mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 4250mm
  • Tent size 4000x2000mm

Accessories

  • Gas cylinders 2x 3.8kg holders
  • Water 110L
  • Cooktop Two-burner Smev internal
  • Kitchen Laminate
  • Battery 2x110Ah plus Redarc Manager30 management system batt

Price as shown

  • $60,925

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