Broadwater Campers Fraser: Review
Grab the family and head for the coast, because with the Broadwater Fraser, life’s a beach.
Given this camper is named after a famous sand island off the Queensland coast, we thought a sandy beach like that found at The Spit was the perfect spot to check out what this camper has to offer.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The first impression of this forward-folding hardfloor camper is that it has the right look – all black and silver – this matters, as you don’t get a choice, with the Fraser coming in any colour as long as it’s black.
That aside, this almost-square tent has a footprint of about 16sqm, with enough defined space for a family with two kids. What’s more, with a height of about 3m at the apex, there’s no need to duck when you’re getting changed.
When it comes to getting changed, or needing a little privacy (if you’d rather take a nap than head off fishing), the main bedroom features a comfortable 1950x1700mm innerspring mattress separated from the main living space by a drop-down privacy screen. Access to the mattress is pretty easy, too, due to the forward-fold design.
While lighting was good, and the interior space included a modest sound system, the test camper had limited 12V power outlets and had no power inverter, making recharging electric devices such as laptops impossible. What’s more, the lack of solar panels meant relying only on the 100Ah deep-cycle battery or spending more cash on the optional solar or a gen-set.
Of course, camper trailer holidays aren’t about lounging around inside; they’re all about getting outside. A large annexe, which almost doubles the floor space of the camper, gets you out of the main tent and provides a great space for the slide-out kitchen. The kitchen is well serviced with a cold-water tap plumbed to an electric pump from the 100L stainless water tank.
A look around the outside showed some really worthwhile features. First, a 50x100mm, 4mm RHS drawbar provided adequate strength against a 60x70mm, 3mm chassis. At the expense of extra weight, I would argue the larger drawbar members could be continued through to the chassis.
A poly-block Treg hitches the whole package to the tow vehicle. That’s worthwhile on two fronts. First, the Treg will couple to the tow vehicle on an incline. Second, poly-style couplings reduce vibration and noise between the camper and the vehicle. That’s a good thing, as there’s nothing worse than the ear-shattering grind of a trailer rubbing against the tow vehicle as you rumble along a beach track. There was certainly no noticeable grind coasting along The Spit. Independent suspension made towing the whole rig easy. I think this style of suspension is better than leaf-spring without the costs of airbag suspension. It’s a fine compromise.
At around $15,000 drive-away, the Fraser keeps its promise of being a basic, comfortable camper with a good number of the bells and whistles appropriate for a weekender.
HITS AND MISSES
- Easy to set up with good headroom
- Good sized annexe
- Quality hitch and suspension
- Lacking solar
- Poor placement of the fridge
- Limited storage
BROADWATER CAMPERS FRASER SPECS
- Tare 1000kg
- ATM 1800kg
- Suspension Independent coil springs with dual shocks each side
- Brakes Electronic drum with mechanical handbrake
- Coupling Treg
- Chassis Galvanised steel 70x60mm, 3mm RHS reinforced
- Drawbar Galvanised steel 50x100mm, 4mm
- Body Steel powder coated
- Wheel/tyre 15in LandCruiser mag rims with 235/75 R15 tyres
- Style Forward-fold hardfloor
- Box size 2100x1800mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5300mm
- Tent 4200x3962mm
- Gas cylinders 2x9kg holders
- Water 100L
- Cooktop Smev
- Kitchen Stainless steel
- Battery 100Ah deep-cycle
Price As Shown
Check out the full feature in issue #96 January 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.