Goldstream Rhino: Review
Explore harder with the true offroad Rhino from Goldstream.
The Rhino is not so much a new model, but a comprehensive offroad package available on all of Goldstream RV’s full-height caravans, from the single-axle Model 1760 (5.3m/17ft 6in) to the largest Model 2300 (7.1m/23ft 6in).
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
‘Standard’ Rhino Pack models come with Vehicle Components’ rugged Cruisemaster XT trailing arm, coil spring suspension, but the test van was fitted with optional Airbag Man airbag suspension, controlled by twin shock absorbers per wheel. Apart from delivering a smoother ride, the airbag system can be used via its control unit in the front boot to level the van on uneven ground overnight, while two air compressor outlets ahead of the wheels allow tyre pressures to be reinflated after lowering them for corrugations. This is a great feature for outback travel and a hose with an inline pressure gauge is supplied for this purpose.
Apart from the extensive propeller-plate, stone protection of the Rhino is further enhanced by a mesh stone shield on the A-frame ahead of the twin 9kg gas cylinders. Of course, the A-frame water tap is protected from stone-strike by another plated shield, as are the twin under-floor 80L fresh water tanks, which you would expect in a true offroad caravan.
As well as an A-frame mounted toolbox/generator slide, there’s good storage in the deep, marine carpet-lined front boot which is unencumbered with the exception of the high-mounted airbag suspension controls and the van’s standard Redarc DC-DC charge booster. This is just as well, as the van’s raked body and front ensuite doesn’t allow any other exterior storage options.
Goldstream RV Rhinos can easily be distinguished from their less-adventurous brethren by their tough, black propeller-plate exterior cladding, which extends three-quarters of the way up the windowless front panel and well above waist height on the sides and rear, with the remaining areas clothed in 3mm thick, matte silver or white smooth aluminium.
Behind this cladding there is a meranti timber-framed composite sandwich wall with ply sheeting on each side of a polystyrene core, forming a very solid, yet light structure to which 12mm thick ply furniture is cleverly dovetailed before being double screwed and glued into place.
Although tough on the outside, where it matters, the Rhino is pleasantly ‘soft’ inside. Apart from its picture wall, it’s very comfortably laid out and appointed.
HITS & MISSES
- True offroad credentials
- Solid build quality
- Roomy, very liveable layout
- Picture wall
I would have liked...
- Slightly lighter weight
- Consideration for the door, which fouls the window when it’s open
- More storage under bed
- More subtle decals
GOLDSTREAM RHINO SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.3m (27ft 3in)
- External body length 6.22m (20ft 5in)
- External body width 2.41m (7ft 11in)
- Travel height 2.98m (9ft 9in)
- Internal height 2.05m (6ft 9in)
- Tare 2855kg
- ATM 3500kg
- Ball weight 207kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding 3mm aluminium flat composite exterior wall panels with insulation and 3mm ply inner lining
- Chassis Austrail 150x50mm DuraGal
- Suspension Tandem-axle with independent trailing arm, height-adjustable Airbag Man airbag springs and twin shock absorbers per wheel
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels Alloy with 265/75R16 tyres
- Water 2x80L
- Battery 2x105Ah deep-cycle
- Solar 2x130W
- Air-conditioner Dometic reverse-cycle
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Dexter DSC
- Cooking Thetford Caprice combo four-burner cooktop with grill
- and fan-forced oven
- Fridge Thetford 175L three-way
- Microwave Daewoo
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Full-height, one-piece moulded fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Truma Combi 10L gas/electric
- Airbag suspension; leather upholstery; scrub bars; picture wall; Webasto diesel space heater
Price as shown
$94,745 (on-road, Vic) (base price $76,500)
The full test appears in Caravan World #538 June 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!