Kokoda Platoon II XL X-Trail: Review
The well-constructed Kokoda Platoon II XL X-Trail ticks all the boxes.
The Platoon II XL X-Trail was a dream to tow; it stayed planted to the road even at 100km/h. A ball weight of 155kg and Tare of 2566kg makes the Platoon perfect for towing with a medium-large 4WD vehicle. It comes with Tuffride 3.5t dual road suspension. Each stub axle has 65mm bearings, EFS shockers and a 3t rating, but Kokoda can increase the ATM up to 4.4t.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Platoon comes with a DO35 hitch, jockey wheel, corner stabilisers, and an Aussie Traveller awning which is very easy to set up. It’s not difficult to fathom that this caravan was built with offroading in mind. I was particularly impressed with the super heavy-duty offroad suspension, 150mm (6in) DuraGal chassis, piano hinges, checkerplate front and sides, and front mesh stone shield.
There’s no disputing the Platoon’s brute strength, but I noted a touch of the genteel in its interior, not to mention comfort and space, courtesy of a cafe dinette, front island bed and rear ensuite with separate shower and toilet. The Platoon is also fitted with a full pantry and linen cupboard for extra storage, plus plenty of overhead cupboards.
The Annahide upholstery is a durable material and easy to maintain, and gloss overhead doors are a premium feature that come standard. All cupboard doors are piano-hinged and have shell lock handles. Kokoda can also customise its furniture, with a choice of many colours and styles.
There is also plenty of wow-factor associated with this tough-looking caravan, with green suspension highlights to match the wheels and graphics. And the Platoon’s silver checkerplate and aluminium cladding gleams brightly in the natural sunlight.
HITS & MISSES
- Good offroad capability
- Value for money
- One-piece floor
- Battery system could be improved
- No undercarriage stone protection
- No external shower
KOKODA PLATOON II XL X-TRAIL SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.2m (27ft)
- External body length 6m (19ft 8in)
- External body width 2.34m (7ft 8in)
- Travel height 3.1m (10ft 2in)
- Internal height 2.01m (6ft 7in)
- Tare 2566kg
- ATM 3000-3500kg
- Ball weight 155kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding High-ribbed silver aluminium
- Chassis DuraGal
- Suspension 3.5t Tuffride
- Brakes Electric
- Wheels 16in alloy
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 2x100Ah and charger
- Solar 2x150W and regulator
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Swift mini grill
- Fridge Thetford 185L three-way
- Microwave Daewoo 20L
- Toilet Thetford
- Shower Moulded fibreglass
- Lighting LED down lights
- Hot water Gas/electric 22.6L
Price as shown
- $63,990 (plus on-road costs, ex-Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #542 October 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!