PURPLE LINE OPUS DRIFTER: REVIEW
The Opus Drifter XT has a unique tent design that makes it an impressive new entry into the $20k camper trailer market.
Australia has perhaps the most diverse camper trailer markets in the world, yet new arrivals Opus has still managed to surprise with their innovation and ingenuity.
The Opus Drifter XT (priced from $19,990) is a camper manufactured in Adelaide by Purple Line Australia to the template of the UK company Opus. This Australian version does not strictly adhere to the English campers drawings. Its Australian, beefed-up chassis and other unique details differentiate it from the British camper. The Aussie Opus is built in Adelaide with 50% local content. The chassis, furniture, tent and electrics are all locally sourced and manufactured.
OPUS DRIFTER XT SPECIFICATIONS
The founder of Opus in the UK, Jonathan Harris, began working on the Opus concept 15 years ago using inspiration from Australian campers. He saw an opportunity with the growth of "glamping" in the UK — that is, a need for comfortable camping that by-passed the soggy tent, but doesn’t involve the cost, storage issues and weight of a caravan. He saw the concept of the folding Aussie camper trailer as the perfect vehicle with which to profit from this growing market. Mr Harris and the then-nascent Purple Line Australia combined their skills to develop the camper.
The Opus is a fresh breath of air in a camper-trailer market that, until now, appeared to have done it all. While we would like to see some improvements to the design (such as cooker access when the camper is closed), at a first glance the Opus Drifter XT is a competitive new entrant to the $20k camper ground and has a lot of promise.
- Cathedral ceiling
- Light weight
I WOULD HAVE LIKED
- External cooker access when folded
The full version of this review appeared in CamperTrailer Australia #75, April 2014. Why not subscribe today for the latest camper trailer reviews and travel features.
See an extended version of this review on CamperTrailerAustralia.com.au now.