Ezytrail Stirling LX: Review
No matter what you look for in a camper trailer, the cracking features of the new Stirling LX by Ezytrail should have you covered.
Ezytrail hedged its bets with the Stirling LX – and it is paying dividends. Maintaining a close liaison with its Chinese supplier, Ezytrail set out to create a four-berth camper trailer for families and couples alike, and has fulfilled that brief to the letter.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
I tested out the durable offroad, forward-fold camper around the mystic mountains of the sub-alpine village of Marysville, Vic, and was impressed with the Stirling’s agility and manoeuvrability as evidenced by its excellent turning circle and ultra-smooth ride.
This was largely due to its 1800mm width – 200mm narrower than the Lincoln LX – but the compromise is less available storage capacity.
The camper is specifically designed and built for extended travel to bush environs and beyond, and has twin stainless steel water tanks (35L front; 120L rear), with a 2mm-thick checkerplate guard, and dual 100Ah batteries that will have you happily off the grid for around two weeks without needing mains power. But I’m confident it would also accommodate a quick overnight stay or a weekend getaway.
The Stirling LX also has two 1200Nm winches (front and rear) which assist in opening and closing the camper. Consequently, it is essentially a one-person operation to set up and pack up.
Other accessories include a portable toilet, roof-mounted foldaway boat rack/luggage rack (150kg capacity), bike rack holder (50kg capacity), two electric water pumps, and ensuite room.
And customers can decide on optional extras such as a Smev three-burner stove, bike rack, 160W solar power system, and a battery charger.
The Stirling LX boasts a revolutionary spacious rear slider that pulls out to form the bed, thus extending the main body compartment by an extra 950mm.
Further, the sleeping quarters of the Stirling LX offers some space and luxury, which is appreciated when roughing it off the beaten path.
There is a nylon fly over the main tent area and all screens and doors are finished with high strength fibreglass midge-proof mesh. The awning is extended beyond the kitchen, providing a massive undercover outdoor area measuring 4700x2400mm, which can be fully enclosed with walls and floor.
An all-new lightweight alloy pole construction with quick-lock pole clamps replaces the old fashion t-nuts on most tents, but it requires eight spreader bars to tension up.
Designed for modern outdoor cooking, the stainless steel kitchen contains a four-burner built-in stovetop, windshield, under-bench cutlery drawer and storage drawer, slide-out prep bench and multi-directional LED light. All this packs into a compact slide-away compartment that sets up quickly and easily.
I’m also a big fan of the sturdy rear slide-out kitchen and front multi-layer pantry. Both kitchen and pantry are made of Zincanneal steel and lined with marine carpet.
THE WRAP UP
With a Tare weight of 1660kg and ATM of 2240kg, the Stirling LX also offers almost 600kg of payload which adds further to its ability to take you well away from the bitumen for prolonged periods.
It’s typical of the Ezytrail breed – tough as teak while at the same time built for relaxation and camping pleasure.
HITS AND MISSES
- Lighter than the Lincoln LX
- Reduced width increases offroad ability
- Accessibility to rear bed
- Generous storage capacity behind lounge
- Sliding out rear bed is a tad fiddly
- Eight spreader bars needed to tension up
- Solar power not standard
EZYTRAIL STIRLING LX SPECS
- Tare 1660kg
- ATM 2240kg
- Suspension Independent trailing arm with twin shock absorbers
- Brakes 12in electric
- Coupling McHitch
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised 100x50x4mm
- Drawbar Hot-dipped galvanised 100x50x4mm
- Body Welded steel
- Wheel/tyre 265/75 R16 A/T offroad tyres with 16in six-stud alloy rims
- Style Forward-fold hardfloor
- Box size 2100x1800mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5600mm
- Tent size 5000x4200mm including annexe
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg/9kg adjustable
- Water 155L
- Cooktop Four-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle AGM
Price as shown
Check out the full feature in issue #103 August 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.