Lifestyle Reconn Hypercamper: Review
Versatile, practical and reliable, the Lifestyle Reconn Hypercamper is ready and waiting for off road exploration.
In designing the Reconn Hypercamper, the Lifestyle team had several aims. One was to create a rig that was quick to set up, the second was to have a decent kitchen and the third was a generous amount of storage space. Additionally, it also had to handle offroad travel. So was all this achieved?
CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN
Well, there is certainly nothing wrong with the body and chassis structure. Like many offroad caravans, it has a 150mm/6in railed, box-section chassis. The chassis rides on independent coil spring suspension fitted with shock absorbers, with 16in wheels and 12in electric brakes. Completing the offroad picture is a Hyland hitch at the pointy end.
Steel tubing is used for the body framing, covered by aluminium composite panelling. Alloy checkerplate protects the lower sides and underneath to seal off the marine ply floor.
Although it’s only set up for a 12V power supply (240V is an option), the Hypercamper is well-equipped. There’s an Anderson plug on the drawbar and a second for a remote solar panel connection. Additionally, there’s a 100W solar panel on the roof – all to charge the 120Ah deep-cycle battery. LED lights are fitted everywhere and there are three 12V charger outlets.
The external kitchen is quite company but is well-sized for its purpose. It has a large door that, when opened, also acts as a weatherproof canopy – equally great for campsite and roadside meals. Yes, the Hypercamper does also come with an awning which would do the same thing, but the kitchen door makes for a very quick set-up.
HITS & MISSES
- Relatively small rig yet well-equipped
- Practical kitchen layout
- More than adequate storage inside and out
- Excellent ground clearance and departure angle
- Quick set-up
- External shower as standard
I would have liked...
- A few 5V USB charger points
- Nothing else of note
LIFESTYLE RECONN HYPERCAMPER SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 5.9m (19ft 4in)
- External body length 4.08m (13ft 5in)
- External body width 2.08m (6ft 10in)
- Travel height 1.95m (6ft 5in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 1100kg
- ATM 2000kg
- Ball weight 100kg
- Frame Galvanised steel
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis DuraGal
- Suspension Independent coil spring
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 16in
- Fresh water 2x90L
- Battery 1x120Ah
- Solar 1x100W
- Air-conditioner Optional
- Gas 2x4.5kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Smev two-burner
- Fridge Optional
- Microwave No
- Toilet No (optional Thetford cassette)
- Shower External as standard with optional internal
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L
Price as shown
- $65,600 (Qld, base price $42,750, including 12 months’ Qld registration)
The full test appears in Caravan World #537 May 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!