Ivan Campers Adventurer: Review

By: Michael Borg, Photography by: Matt Fehlberg


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The Ivan Campers Adventurer may be fairly basic compared to some of the technically advanced campers on the market, but it has everything you need to hit the road.

At first glance, the Adventurer looks simple. In fact, that’s exactly what’s so special about it! It’s hard to get a camper trailer these days that isn’t over-engineered primarily to look great on paper, especially when it comes to imported trailers. The Adventurer is a real exception, and I’ll give you a few examples as to why.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The Adventurer is built to go bush but, like I said, it’s no fancy pants camper by any means. Nope, it’s jam packed full of things we’ve been seeing for years. The good news is that although it’s a fairly new model, its design features have been tried and tested more than most models on the market. Things like the 45mm solid square axle and seven-leaf springs with shock absorbers have been getting campers to and from the toughest places in Oz since God knows when. The LandCruiser hubs and 10in electrics brakes have definitely earned their stripes in the past, and the good old poly block coupling takes care of the hitching side of things. Throw in a fairly rigid chassis galvanised chassis, marine-grade fibreglass body and a Tare weight of about 900kg and you’ve got a camper trailer that should outlive your kids!

The Adventurer is equipped with a few 12V gizmos. Starting with a 100Ah deep-cycle battery, which powers several 12V outlets, along with a Shurflo electric water pump and an LED strip light. You’ll find the battery, fuses and wiring tucked away in a local battery compartment on the side, with a fused switch panel inside the tent. It’s a primitive system, but a good basis to build upon. Although, in my opinion, the electrical connections could do with a bit of attention. It’s nothing serious, but simply electrical taping around wiring connections and calling it a job well done doesn’t inspire much confidence.

KITCHEN

Let’s make one thing clear, the Adventurer might be a bit plain in design, but it’s not lacking any features. It comes standard with a full slide-out stainless steel kitchen complete with a Smev three-burner gas stove with lid, and a Smev sink. It’s one of those units that has the fold-out storage bench you see on other, more expensive campers. While it’s pretty standard on most campers these days, it’s quite surprising to see one on a camper in this price range.

When it comes to the fridge, your options are endless. The fridge slide in this thing is among the biggest in the industry, spanning the entire width of the front toolbox. The drawback is that the slides rails are borderline adequate for the task if you’re going to throw a big CFX90 Waeco fully loaded on it like I did. It got the job done, but not convincingly. In saying that, it’s literally a matter of upgrading the rails if they fail, which is a simple mod to make and the low price more than allows for a few minor upgrades, wouldn’t you think? Perhaps the only real design flaw with the fridge box is the drop-down doors get in the road a bit. Being quite large means they’re a bit awkward to lean over when you’re trying to work the slide’s two locking tabs, and the support chains literally rub against the fridge slide the entire range of motion. Again, it’s a simple case of relocating the supports and it’ll make a big difference.

THE WRAP UP

When it comes to the Ivan Campers Adventuer, think old school engineering with all the luxury goodies we’ve grown to know and love.

If you’re in the market for a budget camper that can be tweaked to suit your style of camping then check out the Ivan Adventurer for yourself.

HITS AND MISSES

Pros…

  • Basic and reliable
  • Massive fridge slide and storage box
  • Impressive features for the price
  • Floor is nice and solid to walk on

Cons…

  • Tent is fiddly to set up with gaps in design
  • Electrical work can be improved

IVAN CAMPERS ADVENTURER SPECS

Trailer

  • Tare 900kg
  • ATM 1500kg
  • Suspension Solid axle leaf spring with shock absorbers
  • Brakes 10in electric offroad drum
  • Coupling Offroad poly block
  • Chassis 50x50x3.75mm galvanised steel
  • Drawbar 100x50x3mm galvanised steel
  • Body Marine-grade fibreglass
  • Wheel/tyre LandCruiser pattern hubs 235/75 R15 all-terrain tyres
  • Style Rear-fold hardfloor

Dimensions

  • Box size 2200x1700mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 4550mm
  • Tent size 4400x170mm plus 5800x2400mm annexe

Accessories

  • Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg holders
  • Water 110L
  • Cooktop Three-burner Smev
  • Kitchen Slide-out stainless steel
  • Battery 1x100Ah AGM deep-cycle

Price as shown

  • $10,999

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