Spinifex EpiX: Review
The latest Spinifex EpiX boasts a unique layout that will appeal to travellers seeking space.
While it’s not a trend that’s going to set the world on fire, I reckon a design feature that’s on the up, as far as RVs go, is single bed layouts. Although not always a desirable feature in a van for a couple, single beds do offer some practical advantages. Lo and behold, the latest EpiX vans from Spinifex Caravans boast just this very trait…
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Supporting the van is a 150mm (6in) hot-dipped railed chassis, with the usual box section design. Up front, the 4.5t McHitch coupling gives both the necessary solid connection to the tow vehicle and full articulation across tough offroad undulations.
Although it won’t always be a smooth ride when heading off the tracks, the Vehicle Components independent suspension setup with coil springs, polyurethane bushes, twin shock absorbers and trailing arms will do you well. For stopping pose, the 17in alloy wheels are fitted with 12in electric brakes.
Fully interlocking aluminium frames are used to keep the bodywork strong and underneath the silver aluminium cladding, polyboard is used to fully insulate the van. This all gives the EpiX a very purposeful look about it but, at the same time, it’s very practical.
Along with the dual door front boot which contains, among other things, the deep-cycle batteries, there are also dual bins on either side which utilise the space under the single beds. So there is absolutely no shortage of external bin storage. The drawbar rails even have a mesh rack between them for carrying firewood or wet hoses.
In terms of remote camping, the electrical specifications give a bit of clue to the van’s intended use. There are, of course, the usual 240V and 12V circuits but it’s the 12V system that does the heavy work. For a start, there are three 120Ah deep-cycle batteries, all located in the front boot. They are charged up by a Victron 70 multi stage charger, which also happens to be a 1600W inverter unit. Additionally, there are four 140W Kyocera solar panels. You might say there’s a hint of long-term self-contained living here. Items such as the LED lights are not huge energy consumers but the Vitrifrigo 12V compressor fridge certainly is and relies very heavily on the batteries being up to voltage. Adding to all this is the water tank capacity – 400L of fresh water and 65L of drinking water, which is something to keep in mind when loading the van.
On the road, the Spinifex EpiX tracks along nicely behind a large tow vehicle. It weighs in with a Tare of 2860kg, which with the ATM of 3500kg, gives it a substantial load capacity. I think that larger payload is necessary, given the temptations of both the storage bin and water tank capacity, although, it’s definitely possible to travel lighter with a bit of thought.
HITS & MISSES
- Single bed layout
- External bin capacity
- Kitchen bench layout
- External and internal lighting
I would have liked…
- Nothing more of note
SPINIFEX EPIX SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 9.5m (31ft 2in)
- External body length 6.71m (22ft)
- External body width 2.49m (8ft 2in)
- Travel height 3.1m (10ft 2in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 2860kg
- ATM 3500kg
- Ball weight 220kg
- Frame Aluminium
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised
- Suspension Independent Cruisemaster coil spring
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 17in alloy
- Water 2x200L; 1x65L (drinking); 1x80L (grey)
- Battery 3x120Ah
- Solar 4x140W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway Control No
- Cooking Swift four-burner/grill and oven
- Fridge Vitrifrigo DP2600 240L
- Microwave Daewoo 20L
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
- Custom design
Price as shown
- $111,140 (on-road, Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #539 July 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!