Outback Campers Australia Tanami: Review
A fast and effortless set up means more time to enjoy the top-notch features of the spacious Outback Campers Australia Tanami.
The rear-fold, softfloor Outback Campers Australia Tanami stood out from the crowd at the campground and, I must say, attracted a tidal wave of admirers – including my wife! She just loved the camper trailer’s internal spaciousness and storage capacities, not to mention the external cooking facilities.
And I’m certainly in cahoots with the wife on the slide-out kitchen and slide-out sink with 12V tap. The area features a three-burner Smev stove, large kitchen bench, 60L EvaKool fridge/freezer, and a separate wet-area kitchen bench.
Nearby is a pantry box with six Oates drawers. An added bonus, to my mind, is the zip-on semi-detached toilet/shower tent which complements the camper’s luxury offering.
In her own words, she was a big fan of the "pull-out stove top, pull-out sink with a turn grip tap (not a push pump tap), toilet and shower facility, wardrobe with drawer, bed with steps, interior storage and voltage plugs, lighting, and ease of set up".
Her only minor issues were that storage in the kitchen was insufficient, and that there were a few sharp edges on the ledges. But all in all, she’d be delighted to have a Tanami proudly occupying our driveway any day of the week!
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The Tanami’s Australian-made tent is 10oz Bradmill Superdux canvas comprising three large tent windows with external flaps. There also are two doors with flywire screens, so ventilation and natural light really comes to the fore. And it also comes with a zip-on awning (2300x5700mm), which is assembled in no time.
The 1.6mm Blackform trailer body sits upon a 100x50x4mm unique curved drawbar that travels the complete length of the trailer, providing a high level of strength.
The drawbar runs parallel underneath the body of the trailer until it bends to meet at the coupling; there should be no weak spots from cuts or welds at the bend.
An OzHitch offroad coupling sits on the drawbar along with a large toolbox with separate gas cylinder compartment, and a drop-down stoneguard. And riding on Al-Ko independent torsion bar suspension, 15in offroad tyres and 12in offroad electric brakes, the Tanami is certainly built to go the distance.
Assisting in this department are a 127L water tank with 12V pump and filter plus an electrical suite consisting of two 120Ah deep-cycle AGM batteries, M300 CTEK battery charger, 120W solar panel, and a fuse box with six 12V outlets around the camper.
THE WRAP UP
Okay, $29,950 is a fair stash of dough for a softfloor camper. But it delivers operational simplicity and sheer superfluity in spades.
And I would salivate at the prospect of taking the Tanami to any genuine offroad destination.
HITS AND MISSES
- Staircase to the sleeping quarters
- Massive floor area
- Abundant internal storage
- Fast and effortless set up
- Limited kitchen storage
OUTBACK CAMPERS AUSTRALIA TANAMI SPECS
- Tare 1100kg
- ATM 1600kg
- Suspension Al-Ko independent torsion bar
- Brakes 12in offroad electric
- Coupling OzHitch
- Chassis 100x50x4mm
- Drawbar 100x50x4mm
- Body 1.6mm Blackform
- Wheel/tyre Offroad tyres with 15in alloy rims
- Style Rear-fold softfloor
- Box size 3000x1950mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4500mm
- Tent size 3000mmx1850mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 127L
- Cooktop Smev three-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel
- Battery 2x120Ah 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.