Kelly Campers Glenrowan: Review
The Australian-made Glenrowan by Kelly Campers is a credible offroader that packs a big punch for a camper that is on the smaller side.
Kelly Campers may have named their latest camper trailer the Glenrowan, but our test took place far, far away from the dry plains of this infamous, Ned Kelly–haunted Victorian town. Our backdrop was Queensland’s D’Aguilar National Park, a landscape of wet sclerophyll forests, eucalypt woodland, subtropical rainforest and rocky outcrops.
We were there to see if the latest addition to the panoply of Australian-made campers carries the same sense of bravado and courage associated with its infamous bushranging namesake.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Its cubic shape means there’s no rear departure angle. And while this might produce some difficulty in clearing more rugged terrain, its standard ground clearance of just over a half a metre is probably enough to mitigate trouble when passing through a deep trough on an outback track.
Also of benefit to adventure travellers is the camper’s sturdy, ladder-style chassis made from 100x50mm RHS SupaGal steel and robust 150x50mm drawbar. Airbag suspension underpins the entire unit. Given the small size of the camper and its cost, airbags are certainly top-shelf suspension – a touch of luxury set to keep the thing floating comfortably off the blacktop and on rough and tough bush tracks.
The tow vehicle hauls the camper with the Arc XO offroad hitch rated at 3.5t, which is sufficient considering the Glenrowan can be legally towed at up to 2t ATM.
A 2.5m Supa-Peg Supa-Wing awning shades the Glenrowan’s entire kitchen side and adds a sense of style while being easy and quick to set up. The opposite side of the camper sports the exterior hot and cold shower that comes complete with a floor tray capable of holding 20L of grey water. A PVC surround made of the same durable material as the pop-top walls keeps things private but, while a very useful addition to a camper, it could do with being slightly bigger.
Electronically-activated gas struts lift the pop-top to provide enough head room for life inside, although tall owners might have to stoop a little.
On the shower side of the trailer, there’s a large storage bin, limited storage at the rear of the kitchen-slide and a front storage box providing useful space.
The Glenrowan’s interior is a tribute to its compact design. Two windows in the hard walls complement windows in the pop-top’s soft walls and provide abundant cross ventilation and light.
Meanwhile, a camper-queen-sized bed folds away to allow room for the dinette table and reveal small seats beside the interior cupboards, one of which hides the battery management system, circuit breakers, stereo and pop-top actuator.
While this functional and well-finished interior layout is likely to keep you dry on rainy days, it’s a little on the small side if you dislike compact spaces.
THE WRAP UP
New to the camper-trailer scene, Bundaberg’s Kelly Campers has worked for 18 months to develop a camper that is a credible offroader. What’s more, this family-owned business achieved it using predominately Australian-made materials.
HITS AND MISSES
- Airbags providing first class suspension
- Use of Australian-made materials
- Plumbed gas and water
- Tight interior space
- Back step is quite high
- The lack of a departure angle might make offroad adventures difficult
KELLY CAMPERS GLENROWAN SPECS
- Tare 1100kg
- ATM 2000kg
- Suspension Independent airbag with dual shocks
- Brakes 12in electric
- Coupling Arc XO Extreme offroad
- Chassis 100x50mm powder-coated SupaGal RHS
- Drawbar 150x50mm powder-coated SupaGal RHS
- Body Aluminium frame and composite panelling
- Wheel/tyre Alloy Nissan Patrol rims with 285/70 R17 MT tyres
- Style Hard shell pop-top
- Box size 2700x1900mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5150mm
- Tent size n/a
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 129L
- Cooktop Smev two-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel slide-out with sink
- Battery 1x165Ah, 2x200W solar panels and Redarc BMS
Price as shown
Check out the full feature in issue #104 September 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.