Kedron TopEnder 3: Review
Spacious and well-equipped, the Kedron TopEnder 3 is the perfect touring companion.
The Kedron TopEnder 3 has an aluminium framed-and-clad body and is built on a hot-dipped galvanised chassis. Although the drawbar uses 150x50mm (6x2in) rails, the actual chassis has tandem 100x50mm (4x2in) rails running the full length of the van. Protection bars are fitted along the forward side of the van.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
At the front of the van, external storage consists of a front boot, plus two nearside bins and one offside bin. In addition to that, there are two bins at the rear nearside, one above the other. In other words, there’s plenty of external bin storage, which I reckon is very useful when you’re planning to do serious offroad work. You’ll need to pack them carefully, though, and keep the weight factor in mind.
Designed to Kedron’s requirements, the Cruisemaster independent suspension has leaf springs, trailing arms and one shock absorber per wheel. The brakes are 12in and designed with flush plugs in case they get wet going through creek crossings. Fitted between the chassis rails are three polyethylene 100L water tanks, two forward of the axles and one behind. On the extended drawbar, in addition to the gas cylinders and mesh rack, are two jerry can holders, an optional Fiamma bike rack, and a mesh stone protector. It hitches to the tow vehicle with a McHitch coupling, a rather necessary piece of gear in any offroad van, which gives a good deal of articulation.
HITS & MISSES
- Travelling with the Gall Boys!
- External bin capacity
- Lithium battery set-up
- Neat under-body, with everything strapped up out of the way
- Interior look with glossy finish
- Good-sized kitchen
- General cabinet design and layout
I would have liked...
- Labels on 12V fuses in the front boot
KEDRON TOPENDER 3 SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.8m (28ft 8in)
- External body length 6.4m (21ft)
- External body width 2.3m (7ft 6in)
- Travel height 3.25m (10ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 2960kg
- ATM 3500kg
- Ball weight 130kg
- Frame Interlocked aluminium
- Cladding Metallic alloy
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised
- 8in beam
- Suspension Cruisemaster independent suspension
- Brakes 12in commercial
- Wheels 17in alloy rims
- Water 3x100L; 1x60L (grey)
- Battery 300Ah
- Solar 3x140W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Dometic four-burner, grill, oven
- Fridge Waeco 215L 12V compressor
- Microwave Sharp Carousel 800W
- Toilet Thetford ceramic
- Shower Separate cubicle with flexible hose
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban gas/12V
- Auto satellite dish; lithium battery; Fiamma bike rack
Price as shown
- $134,350 (on-road, Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #540 August 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!