Conqueror UEV-490 Evolution Review
Conqueror combines military precision with extreme comfort in its latest version of the UEV-490 Evolution.
Sometimes a brand name builds expectations, so when a camper trailer is called the Conqueror Evolution, it’s fair to imagine something that is military tough and open to change.
To test out whether or not the Conqueror UEV-490 Evolution fit that bill, we headed west of Brisbane to a beautiful spot near the tiny town of Fernvale, where a rambling river has quietly spent an eternity grooming the edges from its rocky bed.
Design & construction
Not all the story of this camper is found below the chassis line. The camper body tells a story also.
With aluminium side and front panels and powder-coated galvanised steel panels elsewhere, the body gets its strength through its skeletal construction that allows some flex when travelling over the tough stuff.
Looking around the body, the two 4.5kg gas cylinders are well protected, as they’re stored in a vented drawbar-mounted checkerplate box. While this provides greater protection and a better look than the typical cylinder cradles, the bottles aren’t plumbed to the kitchen and have to be moved when you’re cooking.
Behind the gas bottles is a nose box that provides space for the Webasto diesel heater that supplies hot water to the external shower and warms the interior’s air. Within that box, there’s a water pump that will draw water either from a 130L tank or from a handy creek or river via a simple but useful water pickup system.
At the rear of this hard shell camper, just above the spare tyre, is a timber cradle with adjustable tie down points providing just one of the small details that help make this Conqueror synonymous with good and convenient design.
Other noteworthy details include keyed-alike locks all round, which when forced against the door seals work with the interior pressurising fan to keep both your silverware and the cabin interior free of dust.
Storage is key to successful offroad camping and this camper has plenty. Beyond the aluminium nose box there are two removable canvas multi-pocket storage devices fitted to each door, two jerry can holders, a pantry with internal and external access and a storage compartment under the vanity basin together with two storage compartments in the rear.
Conqueror UEV-490 Evolution Specs
- Tare 1550kg
- ATM 1950kg
- Suspension Independent trailing arm with Tough Dog shock absorbers and Dobinsons coils
- Brakes Offroad 12in electric
- Coupling Hitchmaster DO35
- Chassis 50x100mm galvanised steel
- Drawbar 50x100mm galvanised steel
- Body Steel panels for the roof and rear wall and aluminium panels on the front and side
- Wheel/tyre 285/75 R16 all-
- terrain tyres
- Style Hard-shell with a pop-up tent
- Body 2530x2045mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4855mm
- Tent size 2530x2045mm plus 1680x 1920mm over the front bed
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5L
- Water 130L
- Cooktop Dometic stainless steel two burner
- Kitchen Slide-out kitchen and fridge
- Battery 2x100Ah AGM with solar panels and Redarc BMS