AOR Quantum Plus: Review
A quality build and impressive size makes AOR’s new Quantum Plus well worth the investment.
An extra 700mm might not seem like enough to change the character of a compact single-axle offroader, but it makes the world of difference when applied in just the right places in Australian Off Road’s (AOR) new Quantum Plus (Q+).
Extending the Q’s fibreglass composite body and mounting it on the longer Matrix caravan chassis has opened up a range of possibilities – from remote area family travel to enhanced comfort for couples planning to stay away off the beaten track for longer.
Unlike the full-height AOR Matrix caravan, which features both inside cooking and washing and, hence, appeals more to travellers based in cooler climates, the focus of the Q+ pop-top is on the outdoor living that many travellers embrace.
True, the longer 5.48m (18ft) body may be noticed on very tight tracks and perhaps steep river crossings, but the 1.95m (6ft 5in) width and 2.2m (7ft 3in) height with the pop-top lowered is unchanged from the Q.
As you would expect from the extra length, the weight is up marginally from the Q, with the Q+ tipping the scales at 1870kg Tare. The ATM remains at 2400kg, meaning that the Q+ is rated to carry an excellent 530kg.
As far as its power systems go, the Q+ is identical to the Q with two 120Ah deep-cycle batteries fed by two 150W rooftop solar panels and a 600W pure sine wave inverter.
Fresh water storage remains at 280L (2x140L) with an optional extra 60L tank available for drinking water. As with all AOR Super campers and caravans, the Q+ is fitted with a chemical-free, high-volume marine macerator toilet with a 110L black water tank – perfect for extended stays in national parks.
Inside, this new styling also allows all Series IV Quantum and Matrix models to have their beds located 100mm further forward without any increase in overall length, liberating even more space over the models they replaced.
Despite its extra length, the fibreglass pop-top of the Q+ appears just as easy to operate as that fitted to its smaller sibling, with four scissor lifts and four telescopic shock absorbers assisting its rapid erection once the awning switch is flicked to ‘open’. Dropping it down again is just as easy and it seats accurately using AOR’s unique 24-point location and six separate over-centre latches.
The body sides of AOR Super Campers are kept deliberately to the height of a Toyota LandCruiser’s roof rack for maximum towing efficiency, which is something I’ve always liked. This has the added benefit that the camper’s roof catches can be operated by those of modest vertical dimensions (‘shorties’ like me) without the aid of steps or taller friends!
With the Q+, AOR has taken full advantage of the model’s longer side wall to embed the Q’s generous external slide-out kitchen. The standard 82L top-loading EvaKool fridge/freezer glides out longitudinally, with the stainless steel lid on its front pantry extending even further to form a serving or preparation area.
To its right, the stainless steel sink with its fold-down mixer tap and the adjacent three-burner gas cooktop also emerge from the side of the Q+. Here, the unit’s hinged stainless steel lid folds out to the right, where it is supported by a right angle bracket that drops on to receivers on the body, forming another substantial preparation/serving area.
A slide-out, full-width drawer under this unit provides more storage, and, combined with the wall pantry above, offers what I think is one of the best outdoor kitchens you will find on any Australian camper.
THE WRAP UP
For many travellers, particularly families, the AOR Q+ pop-top opens up a new dimension in remote area travel. It’s not a cheap option but, as with all AOR products, you get a very high quality product with superb attention to detail for your money.
HITS & MISSES
- Quality build and finish
- Remote area self-sufficiency
- Good storage space
- No indoor cooking option
- Not cheap
AOR QUANTUM PLUS SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 7m (23ft)
- External body length 5.48m (18ft)
- External body width 1.95m (6ft 5in)
- Travel height 2.2m (7ft 3in)
- Internal height 2.05m (6ft 9in)
- Tare 1870kg
- ATM 2400kg
- Ball weight 190kg (approx.)
- Frame n/a
- Cladding Fibreglass composite body with insulated walls and roof
- Chassis High-tensile steel laminated, powder-coated
- Suspension AOR independent twin trailing arm and quad EFS offroad shocks
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 17x8in Sunraysia steel rims with 265/70/R17 AT tyres
- Water 2x140L
- Battery 2x120Ah marine deep-
- cycle AGM
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Yes
- Gas 2x4.5kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Three-burner gas stove
- Fridge 82L EvaKool fridge/freezer
- Microwave No
- Toilet Chemical-free, high-volume marine macerator
- Shower Smooth finish one-piece moulded fibreglass cubicle
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Gas
- Air-conditioning ($3000)
Price as shown
- $99,900 (on-road, Qld)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #550 June 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!