Tuesday, September 14

Cub Campers Longreach LE – First Look

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In a camping world where the hybrid camper is increasingly taking all the limelight, it’s easy to forget that Cub Campers really pioneered the concept of high-walled, caravan-ish camper trailers, although they stuck with the rear-fold camper concept to do it. And they’ve really stuck to their guns, even as hybrids become a lot more like the caravans they’d set out to differ from.

Formally known as the Drover, the Longreach is a quiet performer in the market – simple to use, incredibly spacious inside, but lacking some of the ‘sex-appeal’ of the modern hybrid camper. In essence it’s a rear-fold camper trailer, but the sides are tall and, closed up, it’s about the size of a small caravan. Once open, though, it’s cavernous inside, with the bed and storage or a dinette set in place, and the now-flipped lid transformed into a large, open living space. It makes a lot of sense if you want the comfort of a hybrid, but don’t like the lack of space they generally have.

For 2019, Cub’s offering a Limited Edition version, which has an extensive list of extras and add-ons at a good price, but the catch is you’ll only be able to order it in 2019. Cub’s experimented with other special models in the past, most notably the Daintree Platinum, which was a batch-built version of the Daintree, fitted with some extras at a cracking price because they’d built about 20 at once and you couldn’t ask for any changes.

The Longreach is a reasonable option for family travellers, thanks to the floor space. Because the body is 3.2-metres long (most rear-fold campers are around 2.5-metres long) there’s enough room there for a few kids bunks and still leave some room to move around, or chuck a few camp chairs in if the weather’s foul.

The standard Longreach comes with most of the things you need for extended touring – an extended awning, DC-DC charger, LED lights, large fridge box, great under-bed storage and a very large external kitchen. It rides on independent coil suspension, 17in rims and Goodyear tyres. It weighs just 1150kg, too, which is exceptionally light in this class (the average imported rear-fold camper weighs 1600kg, and they don’t have high sides and aren’t as long. Black Series Phoenix – 1580kg; Blue Tongue Overland XR – 1550kg; MDC Explorer – 1310kg).

The LE package adds an impressive list of extras, though, including hot water and an external shower, and extra 80-litres of water capacity. A Redarc BMS 30 takes care of charging and battery managment, while the Redarc Redvision gives full control to the electrical system. There are two 100amp batteries on board. There’s even a stereo and subwoofer installed.

Inside there’s updated lighting, including underbed LEDs and mood-lighting around the bed head. Consoles at the head of the bed get reading lights, USB ports and speakers. Cub’s added a pillowtop tp the mattress, along with a headboard and backrests so you can sit there comfortably.

Behind the bed, the extra internal space is partially filled with a storage and seat combination, as well as a four-drawer cupboard, so there’s heaps of easy-to-access internal storage. Two people, at least, could eat dinner in the space, on the swivelling table.

All up, the package adds about $11,000 to the standard price of the Longreach ($36,990), but seems like good value, considering the normal cost of the Redarc equipment is about half of that. All the extras add about 200kg to the weight, although its ATM has also been increased by 150kg. Check it out at cubcampers.com.au. On display for $47,990.


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