Taipan Centaur: Review
You can’t miss the Taipain Centaur with its red paint finish, but with generous storage capacity and contemporary features, why would you want to?
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Centaur is designed for offroad travel. Underpinning the camper is a hot-dipped galvanised chassis with 50x50mm RHS sections for the chassis and 70x50mm for the extended drawbar. The latter supports the front storage box and poly-block hitch, swing away jockey wheel and the handbrake. A 120L stainless steel water tank is found under the trailer body at the rear.
There are no surprises with the suspension. It’s an independent setup with trailing arms, coil springs and shock absorbers, which is becoming an increasingly popular choice. In the wheel department, the 16in alloys are fitted with offroad tyres and 10in electric brakes. A peek under the camper reveals a clean undercarriage with good ground clearance, the lowest-sitting item being the checkerplate protected tank.
Given the floor area is 4200x1750mm, the internal tent space is limited but the 5800x2400mm awning improves things no end and covers the whole kitchen, including the fridge box. A small section of canvas wall and a plastic window fills the area between the fridge box and the awning. or inclement weather or extra sleeping accommodation, a full set of annexe walls is available.
A 12V battery, rated at 100Ah, that powers the LED lighting and 12V water pump is only charged via the Anderson plug. To give the Centaur full self-sufficiency, a solar panel or two wouldn’t go astray and the top of the fridge box would be a good mounting point.
In the towing department, the Centaur has a maximum loaded weight of 1950kg which, given the Tare of 1250kg, results in a very impressive load capacity. Of course, if you’re prudent with the way you load your camper it could be well within the capacity of smaller tow vehicles as well.
TAIPAN CENTAUR SPECS
- ATM 1950kg
- Suspension Independent with coil springs and dual shock absorbers
- Brakes 10in electric
- Coupling Poly-block
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised 70x50mm
- Drawbar Hot-dipped galvanised 100x50mm
- Body Steel with baked enamel finish
- Wheel/tyre 16in 265/70 R16
- Style Rear-fold, hardfloor
- Box size 2130x1820mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5100mm
- Tent 4200x1750mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4kg holders
- Water 120L
- Cooktop Smev three-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel slide-out
- Battery 1x100Ah deep-cycle
Price as shown
- $16,999 (on-road, Qld)
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