Lumberjack Otway Forward Fold Hard Floor: Review
The Lumberjack Otway takes hard floor camping to a new level, and is perfect for your next family adventure.
Hot on the heels of the release of the new range from Lumberjack Campers comes the latest Otway Forward Fold Hard Floor with a slide-out bed. We often testify to the set up advantages of a hardfloor camper, yet their physical elements often restrict the internal volume.
Taking a hint from the pop-up camper brigade, Lumberjack has included a separate slide-out bed to its latest offering creating a far more functional layout for a family.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
There is a large body of canvas with a tent covering the entire internal living space, as well as a fully-enclosed 3.9x2.4m annexe all made from 14oz internationally-rated canvas. The whole camper is enclosed by double-sided windows with fine mesh flyscreens and comes with complete annexe enclosures and a PVC floor. Of course, all of this canvas takes more time to assemble so you may choose to simply erect the main fold-over tent for a short stay, and complete the fully assembly once you have safely reached your final destination. There’s even a self-erecting tropical roof over the main body. The Otway does have a considerable amount of poles and takes some effort to erect, however, it comes complete with folding strap and winch and gas struts to make the effort easier and safer.
Up front of the main body are two large, full-width cavities with sliding floors on both sides of the trailer. The unit closest to the doorway is designated as an electric fridge enclosure complete with 12V power, however, the Lumberjack fridge/freezer as displayed is optional. Out in front, the 70x50x4mm RHS galvanised drawbar peaks to a polyblock offroad coupling, Anderson plug, swing-away 10in jockey wheel, a permanent winch mount for the fold-over mechanism, full-width replaceable mesh stoneguard and mounting brackets for twin 4kg gas bottles and two jerry cans.
Storage is always at a premium and the Otway provides a considerable amount of enclosed cavities under the seats as well as plenty of other options. I particularly liked the virtual wardrobe (not hanging) immediately to the left of the doorway with two deep drawers and three large cabinets. It is a terrific area to transport clothes and toiletries for the clan. The attractive laminated timber panelling has positive locks and offsets nicely against the deeper woodgrain flooring. Such surfaces will allow the camper to be easily cleaned. There’s even a sound system as standard equipment, however, with the tribe of kids I can’t guarantee your sanity if they choose the music!
The Lumberjack Otway has four wind-down stabilisers and rides on 265/75 R16in Cooper Discoverer all-terrain tyres with attractive alloy mags and 10in electric brakes. This brings us to the rear of the trailer with its twin swing-away arms with spare wheel mounting brackets. These swing out easily and form the stabilising point for the extra extendable bed. The brackets really add to the strong presentation, making excellent rear impact protectors, and they also conveniently house the LED road lighting and number plate up nice and high. There is also the mounting for the removable winch for the fold-over the unit, which also doubles for a bike rack, plus two recovery points below.
We hooked her up to my old four-cylinder turbodiesel Disco and set off for her namesake, the Otway Ranges. The 1400kg Tare towed very easily with a suspension system that seemed well matched for the weight. In fact, I suspect it would have easily tracked with more and, with an ATM of 2000kg, you can carry plenty of gear for the family.
Outside, under the annexe, we find a slide-out stainless steel kitchen as well as the hinged main doorway that pops out a pair of checkerplate steps as a safe stairwell.
The kitchen is quite a neat affair with a sink with pressurised hot/cold water and drainage board closest to the camper. It combines a four-burner stove with folding wind deflectors to the outside; a further pull-out bench extends out in front, and to the side are the utensils drawer and a handy pull-out tea towel rack. Underneath is an adjustable leg for stability, even on sloping sites.
THE WRAP UP
Lumberjack has hit the market running, and the Otway is further proof of this. A near perfect combination of design, appropriate accessories and plenty of storage makes this camper a solid family-friendly option.
HITS AND MISSES
- Seems strong
- Well designed
- Independent suspension
- Plenty of storage
- Bedding combination
- Drop-down dinette
- Stainless steel water tanks
- Top loading capacity
- Heavy tent to erect
- Swing down jockey wheel
LUMBERJACK OTWAY FORWARD FOLD HARD FLOOR SPECS
- Tare 1400kg
- ATM 2000kg
- Suspension Independent trailing arm with coil and twin shocks on each wheel
- Brakes 10in electric
- Coupling 360° poly block offroad
- Chassis Full box welded construction
- Drawbar 70x50x4mm hot-dip galvanised
- Body 1.6mm powder-coated steel
- Wheel/tyre 265/75 R16 offroad tyres with six stud steel rims
- Style Forward-fold with slide-out
- Box size 5360x2080x1590mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5360mm
- Tent size 4300x2080mm plus 3900x2400mm awning
- Gas cylinders 2x4kg holders
- Water 165L
- Cooktop Four-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel with sink, wind deflectors, pull out bench, utility drawer, tea towel rack
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle
Price as shown
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