CamperTrailer Australia - Off-Road Camper of the year 2013 Winners

  

Complete Campsite - Jabiru & Exodus 11

  

                                                                  

                                   

                                        JABIRU - SOFT FLOOR CAMPER                                                    EXODUS 11 HARD TOP CAMPER

  

Jabiru - Soft Floor, CamperTrailer of the year 2013

The name says it all — Complete Campsite. The 2013 Jabiru truly is a complete campsite, offering everything you need for a night away at the local camping ground, or several months in the outback. The 2013 Jabiru we tested at Barrington Tops was a remarkable piece of engineering in so many ways and showed excellence in innovation from a brand that’s been around since the early 1990s. Complete Campsite is indeed a market leader. The soft floor Jabiru included the awesome Country Comfort gas hot water service and a shower that you can access from both inside and outside the tent, keeping nudie runs to a minimum. For $34,800 you also get a full LED lighting system, a walk-up bed, a comfortable carpet-lined staircase, a huge amount of storage, a massive 80L Waeco fridge, dual batteries, a thermal blanket on top of the tent to keep the heat out, a queen size innerspring mattress and a bed protector bag that doubles as a swag on particularly cold nights. The list just goes on and on. Grant and Jodie from Complete Campsite have thought about their own family needs and at 4.75m long and 1.85m wide, it’s no small camper, but this doesn’t impede its off-road performance. The benefits of the longer trailer body were noticeable in the Complete Campsite’s standard 4m tent, with an internal floor space size of 2.3x2.8m suitable for most travellers. A larger option is available for bigger families. The tent is made from Wax Converters canvas with 15oz for the roof and 12oz for the walls. The tent frame is strong, square section Duragal with little adjustment required. All punch points are lagged for longevity. It should be said that the Jabiru had the best looking canvas of all our competitors. There were skylights in the annexe, nice big windows all round and it presented tighter than any other camper.

The DO35 tow hitch works a treat and is mounted to a big 100x50x3mm SupaGal drawbar. Further back, the chassis is constructed using 50x50x5mm SupaGal and the Zincalume body panels are a solid 1.5mm thick. The Jabiru chassis is treated with a Rhino Solarmax coating; a premium substrate that utilises a colour fast polyurethane spray to provide protection from abrasion, impact, corrosion and chemical attack. The underside of the trailer is also tar sprayed for extra protection. Suspension on the Jabiru is a nine leaf eye-to-eye rebound system mated to a 50mm axle, 12in brakes and big 16in wheels. You can spec the stud pattern of the wheels to suit your preference. Ground clearance is deceiving in the Jabiru; because it’s a pretty long trailer it looks low, but in fact there’s 550mm of clearance. We pushed the Jabiru up our torture test which was full of roots, rocks, dirt, mud and grass and it handled the climb with total confidence. It tracked effortlessly over corrugations and at the end there was zero dust ingress. The hot water is gas-fired from one of three 4.5kg bottles as standard, which means the electrics are simple but suitable. There is a 350W pure sine wave inverter, Anderson plug for DC charge, twin 100Ah batteries and a 12/240V charger, 12V LED lighting (some with dimmers) and plenty of power sockets including a USB, surge protection and fuse panel. Solar power and DC/DC charger are optional extras. The kitchen is massive with a stainless steel bench extension, a three-burner gas stove, hot and cold water on a flip style tap and a removable sink. We loved the large amount of bench space and the practical storage. We found lots of little added features that you wouldn’t even notice until you needed them, like lights in the cupboards and a drainage system in the canvas floor of the ensuite. The 90L poly water tank is internally mounted, eliminating any concern of rupturing it off-road. It comes with a level gauge and can be fed by gravity in case of a power failure. The weld quality, keyed alike compression locks, dust sealing and overall strength are outstanding. Even the huge toolbox on the drawbar is carpet-lined. There are lockable jerry can holders, an external tap for washing the sand off grubby feet and tonnes of storage including a lockable internal safe. All of this in a trailer weighing 1200kg tare. Every time you enter the Jabiru you find a new feature you hadn’t seen before, and that alone makes this camper an outstanding divisional winner of CTA’s Off-Road Camper of the Year 2013. Congratulations, Complete Campsite.

  

THE JUDGES’ NOTEPAD

  

STUART JONES: The Complete Campsite Jabiru is an exceptional, comfortable unit. A smick, classy dish, it is the measure by which many are judged. The internal lighting is excellent, the bedbag is a great idea and I love the skylight over the kitchen. I really like the way the Ensuite integrates with the tent; it requires no ropes, and doesn’t look like an add-on at all. The kitchen layout is clever, and the pack away plastic tub improves its versatility. The Jabiru is the lightest in its class, which gives it a head start off-road.

  

NICK MANNELL: The Complete Campsite Jabiru is made to do the job well. Supplied with an inverter, hot water, two jerry cans and three gas bottles, it has just about everything to get you off-road and stay there in comfort. Add the optional extra water tank and solar and you’re looking at a truly complete rig. Your gear is in safe hands, too. Everything is protected underneath and the dust sealing is exceptional. Fitting PVC to the walls to prevent water from soaking the tent is an awesome idea. I really like the Jabiru’s presentation and appearance: this kind of attention to detail comes only with years of experience.

  

ANITA PAVEY: The quality of the Complete Campsite Jabiru really stands out. There are no tacked-on afterthoughts. The trailer is well finished with new locks and a white powder-coat, and the canvas is tight and well made. The ensuite is fantastic and it packs up in one go. The underbody is completely clean and fully tarred so that there’s no snagging off-road, and the DO35 coupling’s off-road performance is faultless.  Bushability is good with the hot water system, three gas bottles, two batteries and an Anderson plug. The water tank is internally fitted — reducing the likelihood of encountering a puncture — although at 90L it is bit small.

  

MIKE PAVEY: The Complete Campsite Jabiru is very well built and has everything you need. I like the hot water, sink and shower, 7in innerspring mattress, quality kitchen, ensuite, fridge, dual batteries and inverter. There was no solar or DC/DC charger included in the package, but the thermal roof, LED lighting and ventilation helped minimise energy consumption. The internal water tank takes up very little space and its tank and hoses are protected from stone damage. The thermal roof packs with the tent, and the wider walkthrough was developed in conjunction with the tent, incorporating long gas struts for ease of use. The Rhino Solarmax protection is a great idea. The build construction is excellent. The canvas is reinforced internally everywhere and the body is made from Zincalume sheet. The cord tent tie-downs help with setting up. All in all, a fantastic camper!

  

JOHN ‘BEAR’ WILLIS: The Complete Campsite Jabiru offers exceptional value for money and great general presentation. The quality workmanship, great choice of options and the good, strong chassis earned my respect — it looks rugged but it does it all. Loved the internal water tank. Although built in, the tank can be gravity fed to an outlet as required. Complete Campsite’s approach to lighting and the use of the Rhino Solarmax coating are great innovations. This camper presented the tightest canvas in the line-up for 2013. The electrics are simple but suitable, the kitchen is terrific with great storage and tonnes of bench space and the access, slides and fittings are excellent. A beautifully presented package at a great price.

  

    

  Optional side cabinets                              Standard canopy 3.6m                      Standard premium kitchen                 Energy upgrades available  

  

  

Exodus 11 - Hard Top, CamperTrailer of the year 2013

Hailing from the NSW central coast town of Gosford, Complete Campsite is no stranger to CTA’s Offroad Camper of the Year. Owners Grant and Jodie presented the Exodus 11 hybrid at this year’s competition, and boy were we impressed. Seasoned travellers Mike and Anita Pavey were astonished by the vast array of innovative ideas based around a compact fibreglass shell, and all the creature comforts you can shake a stick at. The Exodus is a dedicated traveller allowing its owners to be totally self-sufficient throughout extended sojourns in the wilderness. It features a huge array of state-of-the-art technology from its independent trailing arm suspension, solid fibreglass shell, strong galvanised chassis, water supply, power capacity and management systems through to the versatile and well-appointed stainless steel kitchen. Complete Campsite lives up to its ambitious advertising mantra, “We go further, so you go as far as you want”. This company goes the whole hog to ensure every creature comfort is covered. You can even pump water directly from a stream, dam or water tank and really put the shower to use. To ensure purity this feature is supported by a twin-cartridge water filtration system. The electrical components include a fridge, LED lighting, an inverter wired to 240V plugs, a 130W Monocrystalline solar cell, full battery management system, two 100Ah batteries, a 12V DC/DC charger, 350W pure sine-wave inverter as well as a 25A/240V charger. You will love the stainless steel kitchen, which slides out from the passenger’s side. It has plenty of all-important bench space along with ready access to a pantry, tonnes of hamper storage, a Smev three-burner gas stove, a matching sink with pressurised hot and cold water, a utensil drawer and power outlets. Speaking of creature comforts, the Exodus 11 also comes with a queen-size coil spring mattress, Plenty of lighting options, tonnes of ventilation via opening windows, security mesh door and an easy-to-lift pop-top roof that is tall enough to accommodate an NBL player. The external shade is provided instantly by a roll-out Fiamma awning, or you can set up the rest of the Australian canvas annexe with a floor for an extended holiday. Internal lounge areas are rarely considered by the camper trailer fraternity, so it is a bit of a pleasant surprise to see Complete Campsite do it so well in the Exodus 11. Inside the camper will always remain neat and tidy with the clean surfaces of the internal fibreglass liner. You can eat your breakfast or set up the laptop on the cushioned dinette with a swivel table top. Long-term tourers will appreciate the L-shaped dinette’s proximity to the internal fridge as the mercury rises, warmer temperatures also kicking the automated fan vent into gear. The handy recess suitable for a porta potti that’s accessible from the inside and outside of the trailer also broadens its appeal. Features are endless in the Exodus 11, but the cold wet conditions we met at Barrington Tops demanded a hot shower at the end of the day. The ensuite is perhaps the most convenient of all of the ones on test. Simply open the rear hatch and the compartmentalised tent just drops into place. The Webasto diesel hot water service heats the water quickly, but also keeps the comfort coming with an internal heater for those chilly winter nights. You will genuinely go further with the tough trailer configuration. Our judges all agreed the Exodus performed wonderfully on rugged hill climbs and washouts with mud, exposed tree branches and jagged rocks, which really tested the offroad capabilities of the hybrids. The independent trailing arm suspension with twin shocks suited the Exodus 11’s dimensions and the DO35 V2 coupling provided little resistance. There is no fear of rupturing the 130L baffled water tank as it’s well secured within the trailer body. She doesn’t drag her rear end through steep cutaways either, due to the raked tail and excellent clearance. Complete Campsite customers are rolling everywhere you go in these premium Australian made hybrids. The attractive yet functional design, construction quality and endless features on the Exodus are enough to inspire months of wild abandonment in the bush. You’ll never have to forgo your creature comforts again in this impressive hybrid camper.

  

THE JUDGES' NOTEPAD

  

STUART JONES: The Exodus 11 is perfect for a couple who wants to get offroad in superb comfort. The fibreglass shell stands out and the departure angle is great, but in my opinion it was the water filtration set-up that put this as the front-runner in our hybrid line-up for 2013. You can’t live without water, and this set-up lets you pull up stumps alongside a healthy river for as long as you like. The Exodus is the lightest of the three hybrids presented and has excellent ground clearance. The spare, however, is slung underneath between the wheels, eroding some of that hard-earned clearance. I would have preferred to have seen it elsewhere.

  

MIKE PAVEY: The Complete Campsite Exodus 11 is an easy-to-use luxury tourer that’s ideal for couples. It has a meticulous fitout finished in the highest quality materials. The ensuite is an outstanding design: the grab handle acts as a secondary lock and there’s internal access. The inverter is wired to 240V plugs for ease of use and the water management system is augmented with a pump that filters water from a stream to two microns. The loose-fitting stone netting is a great idea. The Exodus 11 flexed well over bumps and tree roots during our test — a great performance offroad with all the comfort and convenience of a hybrid.

  

ANITA PAVEY: The Complete Campsite Exodus 11 has every option you could possibly need to go camping. Bushability is excellent, with over 170L of water storage capacity if you include the two jerry cans, a diesel hot water system, 130W solar Monocrystalline panel and 100Ah twin batteries. The finish is beautiful. I like the internal and external fibreglass, the push-lock handles and the lined roof. The new model is smaller and better for offroad than its big brother, the Exodus 14, and is assisted by the excellent departure angle, DO35 hitch and clean underbelly, which leaves nothing to catch on or fall off.

  

JOHN ‘BEAR’ WILLIS: This Complete Campsite Exodus 11 is a class leader. The combination of equipment and quality fittings, trim and accessories are exceptional. I especially loved the shower, which is accessed from under the canvas roof extension. The Exodus 11 is a very solid and capable offroad camper with excellent towing performance and strength. The laminated one-piece fibreglass outer liner is a truly great innovation. My only gripe was with the door height, which was a little on the low side for a big bear like me. That said, I loved this camper and you get a whole lot for your money. 

  

NICK MANNELL: The Exodus 11 will sustain you off the grid for very long periods of time: the water system has excellent filtration and is set up to run water from several sources. The Exodus has great clearance, departure angles and dust sealing for offroad work. A lot of thought has gone into the build quality and construction and in terms of comforts the Exodus 11 has everything you need. I like the ensuite, the solar set-up, the internally fitted water storage and the thermostat-controlled function on the roof vent.

  

Judge’s Pick:

ANITA Pavey: After spending four comfortable nights in the Exodus 11 at Barrington Tops, I’ amazed at how so much has been packaged into something so compact. It really does tick all the boxes and then some. Everything from the substantial stainless steel kitchen, pot drawer and overhead pantry; the diesel hot water and heater; the water management system that can quick connect water direct from the mains or pump from a creek, a jerry can or the 130L tank; the clever drop-down ensuite; the storage, windows and ventilation – I could go on and on but there simply isn’t room! If you want all the comforts of a hybrid but still like the outdoor aspects of a camper trailer, it would be hard to look beyond the Exodus 11. Five-star camping doesn’t get any better! 

  

        

     Strong modern design                         Efficient use of space                       Premium kitchen - pantry                    Off-Road specialist             

  

Other awards

   

In the last several years various camping organisations and publications have scrutinised and tested our trailers. 

As you can see from these awards, we’ve passed with flying colors and received the most prestigious accolades of our industry.

2006 - Commendation - Retailer of the Year - Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW

2008 - Winner - Manufacturer of the Year - Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW

2009 - Winner - Manufacturer of the Year - Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW

2010 - Winner - Manufacturer of the Year - Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW

2010 - Winner - Best of the Best - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year (Kakadu)

2010 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Soft Floor (Kakadu)

2010 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Hybrid (Exodus Kingston)

2011 - Winner - Manufacturer of the Year - Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW

2011 - Finalist - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Sodt Floor (Uluru)

2012 - Commendation - Manufacturer of the Year - Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW

2012 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Hybrid (Exodus 14)

2013 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Soft Floor (Exodus 11)

2013 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Soft Floor (Jabiru)

2014 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Soft Floor (Exodus 14)

2014 - Finalist - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Hard Floor (Fraser)

2014 - Winner - Off Road Camper Trailer of the Year - Soft Floor (Kakadu)

  

  

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