Coronet RV XT-2 5950: Review
Built tough and with attention to detail, the Coronet RV XT-2 5950 is ideal for purpose design.
Larger than its brother, the Coronet XT-2 5650 (5.65m/18ft 6in) pop-top, the new Coronet RV XT-2 5950 (5.95m/19ft 6in) is a full height caravan is a full sized van perfect for summer and winter travel.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The first pleasant surprise was how easily all our gear fitted into the van and we even had two empty cupboards to spare. Our only disappointment was that our Weber Baby Q wouldn’t fit into the van’s front tunnel boot. "You should have told me," Andrew Philips – Coronet’s founder – scolded me, when I mentioned it later. "We are a custom builder and could have easily made it slightly larger."
All Coronet XT-2s have a very generous 800kg payload but, even with the two 95L water tanks and both 9kg gas cylinders full, I doubt we were carrying even half that much, keeping the XT-2 5950’s travelling weight to well under 3000kg. If anything, we were travelling a bit light and we noticed a little rear-end sway at around 95-100km/h, so we topped up both A-frame-mounted jerry cans with diesel and it settled down immediately. The XT-2 is factory set to track arrow-straight when fully laden to its maximum ATM which, in our case, was 3375kg. So, in our relatively lightly laden state, there was simply not enough weight on the ball.
Fitting weight distribution bars would have instantly solved the problem, but Land-Rover specifically forbids them on Discovery 3s and 4s because of potential conflict with the airbag suspension. However, even at its worst, it was never a major issue and the XT-2’s standard Al-Ko electronic stability control would have intervened if it was. And it never did.
HITS & MISSES
- Solid build quality
- Attention to detail
- Fit for purpose design
- Plenty of storage space
- Small ensuite
- Microwave too high
- Loud, stiff cupboard latches
- No inverter as standard
CORONET XT-2 5950 SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.55m (28ft 1in)
- External body length 5.95m (19ft 6in)
- External body width 2.44m (8ft)
- Travel height 2.55m (8ft 4in)
- Interior height 2.04 (6ft 8in)
- Tare 2575kg
- ATM 3375kg
- Ball weight 165-350kg
- Frame Meranti frame encased in solid veneer
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis 150x50mm G&S DuraGal steel
- Suspension Control Rider independent coil spring
- Brakes Al-Ko 12in electric
- Wheels 16in alloy with LT245/75-16 tyres
- Battery 2x105Ah deep-cycle
- Water 2x95L (fresh); 55L (grey)
- Solar 2x125W
- Air conditioner Aircommand
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Al-Ko ESC
- Cooking Thetford Caprice Mk III four-burner cooktop and grill
- Fridge EvaKool 175L compressor
- Microwave Daewoo
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate fibreglass cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Attwood 22.7L gas/electric
- Truma gas heater $2250; Camec 2.5kg top-loader washing machine $730; pressure hatch $220; grey water tank $550
Price as shown
- $68,500 (delivered in Vic)
Check out the full feature in issue #95 December 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.