Mars Voyager: Review

By: Michael Borg, Photography by: Matt Fehlberg


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Jam-packed with clever and practical features, the Mars Voyager might just make you forget you’re actually camping!

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The chassis and drawbar are built tough, and they’re backed by a massive five year warranty, which ought to sort out any concerns about structural strength. On the model we saw, the drawbar was made from 5mm RHS, and was galvanised along with the rest of the chassis for longevity.

The Voyager as presented was definitely no featherweight at 1350kg Tare, but the good news is, it’s gone on a bit of a diet and has shed a fair few kilos since moving to a 4mm RHS – production models will be down to 1200kg Tare. And even at the weight it was, it actually towed quite well, except for when we were on sand. It tracked straight as die and the full independent trailing arm suspension seems to be pretty well sorted out, too. In fact the trailing arms were built about as heavy-duty as they come!

In all honesty, after using plenty of hardfloor campers in my time, I was expecting the setup process to be a bit easier. It’s not what you would call hard by any means, but with several internal pole adjustments required and a fair bit of stretching going on, I’d highly recommend setting one of these up for yourself before you took it home! In saying that, the tent itself opens up nice and easily so there’s bugger-all manual labour involved.

EXTERIOR

If you’re going bush, you need a camper trailer that instils you with enough confidence to tackle just about anything. Well, that’s how Mars Campers’ reckons it has approached the design phase of the Voyager, anyway.

Underneath was pretty tidy, although if you want to get picky, some bits of the wiring harness could have been tucked away a little better. That’s probably nit-picking, but that’s what we’re here for, right?

Clearly, this camper trailer is aimed at the glampers out there. I mean, it’s got enough gizmos and gadgets to make you forget you’re actually camping. Okay, so maybe I’m talking that up a bit too much, but you get the point.

THE WRAP UP

The Mars Voyager is tough enough to go where you need it to, and comfortable enough to stay there. Sure, there are improvements to be made, especially being a new model, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a decent start. This thing is just going to get better and better.

HITS AND MISSES

Pros…

  • Well thought out kitchen and pantry space
  • Good amount of storage for a hardfloor
  • Practical upgrades and features like the bedside step

Cons…

  • Quite heavy for offroad touring work, including ball weight
  • Fiddly tent to set up for a hard floor, especially for ‘vertically challenged’ campers

MARS VOYAGER SPECS

Trailer

  • Tare 1350kg (1200kg, production model)
  • ATM 2250kg
  • Suspension Independent trailing arm
  • Brakes 10in electric drum
  • Coupling Poly coupling offroad hitch
  • Chassis 5mm RHS (4mm RHS, production model)
  • Drawbar 100x50mm
  • Body 2mm steel
  • Wheel/tyre Alloy wheels with offroad 235/75R 16in tyres
  • Style Rear-fold hardfloor

Dimensions

  • Box size 2200x1800mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 4800mm
  • Tent size 4200x5500mm, including fully enclosed awning

Accessories

  • Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
  • Water 120L
  • Cooktop Three-burner plumbed
  • Kitchen Stainless steel
  • Battery 1x100Ah

Price as shown

  • Prototype price not available. Production models will retail for less than $20,000

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