Goldstream RV Explorer ST: Review

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Malcolm Street


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The Goldstream RV Explorer ST is lightweight and ready for action.

My review Explorer ST pop-top has an external length of just 4.32m (14ft 2in) and a Tare weight of 1554kg, making it ideal for towing by any number of vehicles. I have to say, it tracked along very nicely behind my Nissan Navara ute.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

The Explorer ST has a DuraGal box section 100x50mm railed chassis, meranti timber frame and an aluminium exterior, complete with the ubiquitous lower waist of alloy checkerplate. Moulded fibreglass gives the rear wall a unique, rounded shape.

A distinctive feature on the front wall is the small overhang, which allows for more bed space inside and an alloy checkerplate storage bin on the outside – a sort of cross between a front boot and tunnel storage. Not a bad compromise, really; especially as the only other external bin is located at the nearside rear of the van where the awning arm has to be moved to open the bin door.

But that’s a small compromise and it’s better than no bin or no awning! There are two other bin doors along the offside for access to the toilet cassette and the house battery compartment.

A look under the Explorer ST reveals the roller rocker leaf spring suspension complete with shock absorbers and the 80L water tanks on either side of the axle, both protected by alloy checkerplate. All the plumbing and pipework appears to be neatly strapped up out of the way.

HITS & MISSES

Pros…

  • Relatively lightweight
  • Front bin storage
  • Decent-sized dinette
  • General internal storage
  • Good provision of 240V powerpoints
  • Microwave tower

Cons…

  • Smallish kitchen
  • No 12V/5V charger outlets
  • Rear roof lifter a tad awkward

GOLDSTREAM RV EXPLORER ST SPECS

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 6.3m (20ft 8in)
  • External body length 4.32m (14ft 2in)
  • External body width 2.36m (7ft 9in)
  • Travel height 2.28m (7ft 6in)
  • Internal height 1.84m (6ft 1in)
  • Tare 1554kg
  • ATM 2000kg
  • Ball weight 148kg

External

  • Frame Meranti timber
  • Cladding Aluminium composite plus aluminium checkerplate
  • Chassis 100x50mm (4x2in) DuraGal
  • Suspension Leaf spring with shock absorbers
  • Brakes 10in electric
  • Wheels 15in alloy
  • Water 2x80L
  • Battery 1x80Ah
  • Solar Optional
  • Air-conditioner No
  • Gas 2x9kg
  • Sway control No

Internal

  • Cooking Smev three-burner
  • Fridge Thetford N304.3R 93L three-way
  • Microwave Daewoo DC
  • Toilet Thetford cassette
  • Shower Flexible hose
  • Lighting 12V LED
  • Hot water Truma 14L

Options fitted

  • None

Price as shown

  • $49,900 (on-road, Vic)

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The full test appears in Caravan World #547 March 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!