Camper Trailer of the Year 2016 Finalist Taipan Auriga
With its quality self-supporting kitchen and easy to use tent, the Taipan Auriga has all bases covered.
The Taipan Auriga rides on a trailing arm independent suspension with dual shocks under a 100x50x3mm one-piece hot-dipped galvanised chassis. There is a set of 12in electric brakes, 16in six-stud alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, a polyblock offroad hitch, and two spare wheels on a swing-away rear arm.
CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
While underneath the Auriga, I noticed the 120L stainless steel water tank has a separate bash guard and that all the welds looked to be of reasonable quality with all the little bits tucked up out of the way.
The body is finished in a mid-grey baked enamel with stainless steel guards and dress fittings.
The tent is made of 14.8oz cross-weave canvas roof and walls, with a handy tropical roof included. It comes complete with a full wall set, draft skirt and awning floor, but not ensuite or kids’ rooms, even as options.
All of this adds up to a very solid Tare weight of 1450kg, though the 90kg ball weight was certainly light enough and well below all its opposition. It also has a load capacity of 500kg for a gross weight of 1950kg.
There are two small storage lockers along the driver’s side of the camper, the front one filled with the electronic controls and fuses and a voltmeter, the rear one half occupied with the water filler for the tank. I would prefer to see this fitted to the camper side to free up the space in this locker as storage space is always precious in a rear-fold camper.
There was an additional small storage locker at the rear, on the kitchen side.
The Auriga presented here comes with three 100Ah AGM batteries but, electrically, it doesn’t take full advantage of these generous reserves. The bank is charged by an Anderson plug wired with 8mm cable and there are no mains or DC-DC chargers.
On close inspection, the battery supply on the demonstration camper, towed by an Isuzu D-Max, arrived at Dargo down on charge. Modern low voltage alternators typically struggle to recharge camper batteries on their own, especially through 8mm cable, and the Taipan representatives were keen to hear our thoughts on the matter.
HITS & MISSES
- Good design and engineering
- Self-supporting kitchen
- Zip-out tent side
- Good storage options
- Large under-bed drawer
- Lacking in electrical capacity
- Excessively complex pole and bar setup
- Small stone shield
- Bit heavy for offroading
TAIPAN AURIGA SPECS
- Tare 1450kg
- ATM 1950kg
- Suspension Trailing arm double shocks with coils
- Brakes 12in electric drum
- Coupling Poly-block
- Chassis 100x50x3mm one-piece hot-dip galvanised
- Drawbar 100x50x3mm one-piece hot-dip galvanised
- Body Zincanneal
- Wheel/tyre 116x8in six-stud alloy rims with 165/70 R16 all terrain tyres
- Style Rear-fold, hardfloor
- Box size 3400x1740mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5300mm
- Tent 4400x1740mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 120L
- Cooktop Smev three-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel pull-out
- Battery 3x100Ah AGM
Price as Shown
- $20,000 (excluding fridge)
Check out the full feature in issue #97 February 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.