Goldstream RV Thunder: Review
At $47,000, the Goldstream Thunder is at the top end of this category of campers, but occupies the position with distinction. It’s a camper aimed at families who want caravan comforts in a package that will handle offroad conditions
The Thunder features striking black alloys, which give the camper a standout appearance. The strong DuraGal chassis are also a plus, as it offers quality Vehicle Components independent suspension.
Bench space is provided by a fold-down side shelf with storage space behind that. Alternatively, Goldstream offer an option of a 30L Waeco drawer fridge instead of the barbecue.
Electrically, the Thunder is equipped with a single 105Ah AGM battery and Ctek 7A charger (both marginal for the demands placed on them), two 12V outlets and a 130W solar panel on the roof. The system is wired to the alternator through a 12-pin plug and 8B&S cable. There is a 240V system with six outlets.
For a camper with lots of window space there is, thankfully, total blackout curtains and midgy screens, as well as a system for hanging shelves around the perimeter of the internal roof.
GOLDSTREAM THUNDER SPECS
- Tare: 1512kg
- ATM: 2000kg
- Suspension: Cruisemaster independent trailing arm
- Brakes: 12in
- Coupling: Hyland
- Chassis: 150x50mm
- Drawbar: 100x50mm
- Body: 42x19mm framed 3mm aluminium composite
- Wheel/tyre: 16in alloy wheels, AT tyres
- Style: Pop-top
- Box size: 4600x2130mm
- Length: 6100mm
- Tent size: N/A
- Gas cylinders: 2 x 9kg
- Water: 2 x 60L
- Cooktop: Two-burner Smev plus barbecue
- Kitchen: Slide-out stainless-steel external
- Battery: 105Ah Fullriver AGM
Price as Shown
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #84 December 2014. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!