Stoney Creek SC-FF6: Review

By: David Gilchrist, Photography by: Nathan Duff


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Plenty of bed space and a quality kitchen mean you can travel with the whole family in tow, in the new Stoney Creek SC-FF6.

The SC-FF6 is manufactured overseas and assembled at Stoney Creeks’ Ipswich, Qld, workshop. The six-berth model has a clever rear bed compartment that locks into position, and doesn’t dangle over the rear wall. Instead, the spare tyre holders fold out, allowing adjustable supports to take the weight of the rear bed – simple.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

If you are looking for a rough and tough camper able to handle the worst conditions of the great outdoors, a sturdy chassis and drawbar will do the trick. The chassis and drawbar here look well built, but if you’re determined to crawl over some really rough terrain, the SC-FF6 could do with a little more ground clearance. I would’ve also liked to have seen a greater departure angle on the rear, for those wanting to go hard into proper 4WD territory.

As for the suspension, the Stoney Creek SC-FF6 sports what is becoming de rigueur for camper trailers, with independent trailing arms, twin shock absorbers and coil springs. This combo, as shown, is fit for hauling this camper loaded to its 2t ATM over most road conditions.

The tent appears well made with 14oz canvas around the sides and the roof. It’s a reasonable gauge canvas, considering anything weightier would be harder to fold.

INTERIOR

When it came to enjoying the tent space, this camper provides space for a camper-king-sized innerspring mattress and a rear double bed. However, if that’s not quite enough room for everyone to slumber – don’t fret. The collapsible table allows the dinette to transform into another double bed to comfortably sleep six.

If you want to listen to music while lying back in bed, Stoney Creek Campers has that solved with an optional stereo – CD/DVD player feeding external speakers. However, that wasn’t fitted to the review camper.

KITCHEN

Once in camp, it’s time to put the billy on and to get a brew boiling. That’s done easily thanks to a convenient rear slide-out kitchen that features two utility drawers for your tongs and spatula, a four-burner cooktop and a sink with a flicker mix tap providing hot and cold water, courtesy of a Truma hot water system. This also provides hot water to the exterior shower.

While there is good exterior storage, I would’ve liked to have seen dedicated pantry storage near the kitchen.

THE WRAP UP

There’s plenty of storage inside and out with room for six, but things like the lightweight drawer latches, a plywood floor and the absence of a departure angle, make this family-friendly camper more of an all-roader rather than a vehicle for serious offroad conditions.

HITS AND MISSES

Pros…

  • Quality exterior kitchen
  • Ease of set up
  • Provision of hot and cold water
  • Ample bed space

Cons…

  • Interior drawer construction
  • Flooring
  • No utility pockets in the tent for torches or glasses

STONEY CREEK SC-FF6 SPECS

Trailer

  • Tare 1350kg
  • ATM 2000kg
  • Suspension Independent with twin shock absorbers and coil springs
  • Brakes 12in heavy duty electric with brake assist
  • Coupling ADR-approved offroad
  • Chassis 4mm hot-dip galvanised
  • Drawbar Hot-dip galvanised
  • Body Powder-coated steel
  • Wheel/tyre Four six-stud alloys/265/75R16
  • Style Forward-fold, hardfloor    

Dimensions

  • Box size 3800 x1950mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 5400mm
  • Tent size 1950x1120mm

Accessories

  • Gas cylinders 2x9kg
  • Water 100L stainless steel plus a 40L secondary tank
  • Cooktop Four-burner gas
  • Kitchen Stainless steel slide-out
  • Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle

Price as shown

  • $25,990

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