Camper Trailer of the Year 2016 Finalist Cub Kamparoo Brumby
Cub’s latest camper, the Kamparoo Brumby, is testament that this is a brand built for offroad adventures.
The latest incarnation from Cub and the one in contention for CTOTY is the Kamparoo Brumby 2016. This is a camper is targeted to those in their 40s with kids, as well as retirees: I think this is a beaut package for the touring couple who want something capable and well-proven.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Offroad is where this trailer shines. Only a little more than 4m long, under one tonne dry and with an ATM of 1350kg, this trailer is about as capable offroad as any. Weight and length is what hurts you offroad, especially on tight, hilly tracks. There was only one trailer on test that did better than the Brumby here. It rides on an in-house produced independent suspension setup with coils, while 10in electric brakes bring it to a halt. For those with smaller trucks and are concerned with weight, the Brumby is for you. The hardfloor design means that it does have heavy ball weight of 140-160kg for a trailer of this size. The jockey wheel is removable so you don’t need to worry about giving it a whack on a steep wash out.
Self-sufficiency is respectable. The 100Ah battery will run your fridge, two LED strip lights, five 12V outlets (in and outside) and is charged by a quality Redarc BMS 1230 charger. No solar is included but it is solar-ready with a solar input plug standard. Eighty litres of water is housed underneath in a poly tank covered by a stainless steel guard, you can option up for another 80L if needed, while there is space for two jerries on the A-frame.
If you’re a fisho and are wondering where to put the boat, you can add the optional boat loader for another $1890.
Setting up the awning is a breeze and it’s stored over the top of the main tent (the awning is standard, walls are extra). There’s no searching for holes or clips for the roof poles either, as Cub has this nifty Velcro setup that is idiot-proof. With Velcro on one end of the pole and Velcro on the main tent, just aim and point and you’re ready. There are a few poles and spreaders that you need to use for the longer setup. No guy ropes are needed for the awning, but if there is a breeze or if you’re pulling up stumps off the grid for a stretch, I’d put one in at each end to be sure – it’s pretty easy to do. Another simple yet effective innovation are the wing nuts on top of the awning poles that stop the awning from lifting off in a wind.
HITS & MISSES
- Well-proven package
- Offroad- and bush-ability
- All-Australian build
- Easy to set up awning
- Greater refinement in some areas.
- There are lots of exposed tek screws underneath
- I’d like to see more bells and whistles standard for the $30K asking price
CUB KAMPAROO BRUMBY SPECS
- Tare 920kg
- ATM 1350kg
- Suspension Cub Independent coil
- Brakes 10in electric offroad drum
- Coupling Treg polyblock
- Chassis Heavy-duty hot-dipped galvanised steel
- Drawbar 150x50x3mm
- Body Zincanneal panels; steel frame
- Wheel/tyre 16in alloy wheels
- Style Rear-fold hardfloor
- Box size 2200x1700mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4300mm
- Tent size 4400x1070mm (not including awning)
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 80L poly
- Cooktop Smev two-burner stove
- Kitchen Stainless steel with Smev sink and 12V water pump
- Battery 100Ah and a Redarc BMS1230 battery system
Price as Shown
Check out the full feature in issue #98 March 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.