Camper Trailer of the Year 2016 Finalist Track Trailer Topaz Savannah
The Track Trailer Topaz Savannah is comfortable and well-constructed, making it a treat for couples.
Make no mistake, the Topaz Savannah is designed to go bush. This is quite evident when you look at the camper’s design and construction from the ground up. It’s the suspension that really steals the show here. Track Trailer has used its own MC2 Asymmetric Link suspension in the Topaz Savannah, named after its military-tested performance rating of ‘Mobility Category 2’ – the highest available to an unpowered vehicle.
This system is the benchmark within the industry, and offers an impressive 230mm of wheel travel and the ability to track straight, even over corrugations. So off the beaten track this camper handles like a dream, but it does sit up quite high, making low hanging branches a bit of a problem.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Surprisingly, the Topaz Savannah is quite light for a camper of its size, just 1670kg Tare – at the upper reaches of what we’re seeing in hardfloors. A lot goes into making the Topaz as strong yet as light (for its size) as it is. All the external panels are made with aluminium skins inside and out, which are folded, riveted and bonded to a high density foam core. In fact, even the internal lockers use this method of construction! The ‘exoskeleton’ body is made of panels that lock together for extra strength and rigidity, for countless corrugation and full offroad touring. The chassis is also well-engineered from C-channel with sheet metal to box it all in.
Internal headroom is better than many campers (2070mm), which means plenty of ventilation and a more spacious feel inside. Storage space is both plentiful and convenient, and it’s easy to see that it’s been extremely well thought out. There are full-length overhead compartments, a full-height wardrobe with a tonne of hanging space and a massive under-bed storage compartment on the inside. Plus, three massive lockers can be found on the outside, including one that extends right across the width of the camper making it accessible from both sides. Then there’s the integrated front boot, which offers a 50 per cent increase in storage space over the Topaz Series 1. Plus, the top of the front boot can be customised to accommodate firewood, general storage, or even a push bike or a second spare wheel – the choice is yours.
HITS & MISSES
Full-sized door and standard bench heights are convenient
Suspension works very well
Plenty of space inside, with extremely comfortable custom-made lounge cushions
Very high quality overall construction
Very tall camper can be troublesome for low hanging branches, and effects fuel economy.
Only really suitable as a two-person tourer and not for families with kids.
TRACK TRAILER TOPAZ SAVANNAH SPECS
- Tare 1670kg
- ATM 2200kg
- Suspension Asymmetric Link independent (MC2)
- Brakes 12in electric offroad
- Coupling 3.5t full articulating offroad
- Chassis Hot-dip galvanised C-channel with sheet metal boxing
- Drawbar Hot-dip galvanised C-channel with sheet metal boxing
- Body Aluminium sandwich with high density foam core
- Wheel/tyre 3x16x8 rims with 60/40 offroad tyres
- Style Hybrid
- Box size 1938x2450x4300mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 6150mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4kg holders
- Water 2x70L
- Cooktop Four-burner gas cooktop and grill
- Kitchen Internal (custom) with 85L upright fridge and an external barbecue with foldout benches
- Battery 2x105Ah deep-cycle AGM
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.