Pioneer Argyle: Review
This Australian made hard floor camper has looks and personality in one.
The first thing that will strike you about the Pinoeer Argyle is its stylish look and professional manufacturing. The attraction is emphasised by a beautiful colour scheme, this one with ‘Periwinkle Grey’ inserts, with black and silver accents. It gives an earthy yet modern appearance that is very appealing. And it has all the accessories and comforts to make life easy – as it was meant to be!
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Argyle sits on a solid, galvanised, full chassis construction with a 100x50x3mm drawbar. Pioneer utilises a mixture of welding techniques, as well as the flexibility of Sikaflex sealed and pop-riveted joints, on panels to reduce fatigue in the powder-coated and Rhino-coated 1.2mm Zincanneal and 2mm marine-grade aluminium sheets.
The running gear will take you on that long outback trek safely and get you back home again, still loving your new best mate. Up front is a Treg offroad coupling with seven pin plug plus an Anderson plug. The Argyle has Al-Ko hydraulic override brakes for flexibility with 10in electric brakes available as an option. The override brakes are more than suitable in all but the most difficult scenarios, and generally give trouble-free service due to their simplicity. I was pleased to see a fully removable, swing-up combination 8in pneumatic jockey wheel, showing real attention to detail.
She rides on Grafta independent trailing arm coil suspension, rated to 1600kg. This is a strong suspension featuring Ridepro 4WD twin tube gas shock assistance and fully replaceable bolt-on stub axles. The Argyle has 15in, five or six stud Sunraysia steel rims with G/T Adventuro all-terrain tyres including a spare wheel and tyre mounted well up under the front of the unit.
The composite floor/roof construction is strong but lightweight combining a fibreglass honeycomb panel surrounded by 1.2mm Zincanneal steel and 2mm black powder-coated aluminium to the outside. It is very well contained with double industrial seals keeping the dust and water ingress to zero. It pivots easily by hand with the tent erecting instantly during the motion. You only need to adjust the last tent bow for tension and she’s ready to go.
The internal floor area is 1.6x2m, allowing enough room for separate kids bunks if you need them and the hard wearing vinyl floor looks and feels terrific under foot. Canvas quality is simply superb with 14.9oz Australian Dynaproof on the roof and 10.9oz on the side walls. There are loads of windows, all with midgeproof flyscreens, internal awnings and clears. The roof actually extends out past the forward wall and out over the front of the trailer, supported by two poles tied off to the drawbar, giving a little more undercover storage for goods outside.
The Pioneer Argyle has large tent doorways on both sides, as well as a large rear access. Pioneer offer an optional ensuite and kids’ room that simply zip easily in place.
To complete the package, the Argyle comes complete with a 2m front awning that can be folded back into the main body for transport. A 2.4m option is also available but must be removed for travelling – not my cuppa tea. If you need some extra loading space, the roof of the camper has strong racks, ideal for the water toys.
HITS & MISSES
- Construction quality
- Good storage and payload
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Sensible combination of accessories
- Australian made
- Five year warranty
- Swing down and removable jockey wheel
I would have liked…
- A sliding fridge and an extra battery are both options I would like available
PIONEER ARGYLE SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 4.52m (14ft 10in)
- External body length 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- External body width 1.75m (5ft 9in)
- Travel height 1.44 (4ft 9in)
- Internal height n/a
- Tare 820kg
- ATM 1500kg
- Ball weight 80kg (approx.)
- Frame Steel and aluminium
- Cladding Powder-coated 1.2mm Zincnnneal and 2mm marine-grade aluminium panels with checkerplate alloy
- Chassis Full galvanised box section
- Suspension Grafta independent trailing arm coil with Ridepro 4WD twin tube gas shock assistance and fully replaceable bolt-on stub axles
- Brakes Hydraulic override
- Wheels Black 15in Sunraysia-style steel mags with G/T Adventuro AT tyres
- Water 60L food grade stainless steel
- Battery 1x110Ah AGM deep-cycle
- Solar No
- Air-conditioner No
- Gas 1x9kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Smev two-burner
- Fridge No
- Microwave No
- Toilet No
- Shower No
- Lighting LED
- Hot water No
Price as shown
- $30,545 (Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #541 September 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!