Best Aussie Vans Finalist 2015 Goldstream Rhino 2300FB Test Review
The family friendly Goldstream Rhino 2300FB is ready for your next adventure with the whole gang.
Spruiked as a ‘wagon’ for the family, the Rhino 2300FB has a tough hide but, inside, it reveals a heart of gold.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
This Goldstream is well set up for independent camping with Cruisemaster XT coil spring suspension, a Redarc 1230 battery management system, dual 105Ah batteries and a 4x120W flexi panel solar system. And it’s built to last and go the distance, riding on an Austrail chassis and 20in alloy wheels and tyres.
The Rhino is built to handle Aussie terrain and I was impressed with the high checkerplate front (1950mm) and rear (1450mm), and raised sides (600mm). I felt a nice addition would be a couple of jerry can holders, given you are quite likely to be heading down some remote tracks in this van.
The chassis has 6in main rails and a 2in box section with no C-section under it and the DO35 hitch allows for greater articulation offroad.
Designed to hit the hard stuff, Noble reckons the Rhino is "close to bulletproof".
It certainly looks smart, with imported silver composite aluminium cladding, which is more expensive than its locally-sourced equivalents. It comprises a UV stabiliser which prevents discolouring and results in minimal fatigue and better durability.
And you can’t miss the decals on the sides; they’re loud and proud, and certainly catch the eye against more conventional caravan exteriors.
I’m vertically challenged at the best of times, but I liked the interior height (6ft 7in) of the van along with its door entry height, both designed with the next generation in mind.
The 2300FB’s creature comforts are commendable, led by the battery management system, LED lighting, water pumps, solar controller, and a water filtration system that passes through a charcoal canister, which would prove most beneficial when trekking up north. It’s quite evident that a battery charging system with lithium development is high on Goldstream’s agenda.
Externally, the van boasts two 82L water tanks, a full-length tunnel boot, fold-out picnic table, and a reversing camera with LED lighting. It is also fitted with a Dometic Freshjet FJ3200 air-conditioner as standard.
HITS & MISSES
- Lithium-compatible battery management system
- Rear bunk and ensuite
- High checkerplate protection
- Jerry can holders would be handy
GOLDSTREAM RHINO 2300FB SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.92m (29ft 4in)
- External body length 6.92m (22ft 8in)
- External body width 2.45m (8ft)
- Travel height 3m (9ft 10in)
- Internal height 2.05m (6ft 9in)
- Tare 2890kg
- ATM 3500kg
- Ball weight 273kg
- Frame 42x19mm meranti
- Cladding 3mm aluminium composite
- Chassis 6in Austrail
- Suspension Vehicle Components Cruisemaster
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 20in alloy with 265/50R20 tyres
- Water 2x82L
- Battery 2x105Ah Full River batteries
- Solar 4x120W flexi panels
- Air-conditioner Dometic Freshjet FJ3200
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Thetford four-burner mini grill
- Fridge Dometic 190L three-way
- Microwave Daewoo 23L
- Toilet Thetford
- Shower Fully moulded fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Truma 14L gas/electric
- Toolbox; spotlights front and rear; larger solar panel package; larger battery package; slide-out barbecue; marine speakers; TV entertainment hatch; fridge upgrade; wi-fi hotspot; Fusion CD/Radio/DVD combo
Price as shown
- $93,250 (on-road, Vic, with Rhino package; base price from $65,000)
The full test appears in Caravan World #546 January 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!