Track Trailer unveils major upgrade of its top-spec, hard-shell hybrid caravan/camper at 4×4 show in Melbourne
Melbourne based off-road camper specialist Track Trailer has followed up the launch of its new entry-level Mate trailer with an updated version of its top-spec, hard shell camper model.
On display at this week-end’s National 4×4 & Outdoors Show in Melbourne, the Topaz Series II is the latest in a series of premium, off-road hybrid caravan/campers to hit the market in recent times, including the Kimberley Kruiser, Ultimate Nautilus and Australian Off-Road Camper Trailer Matrix.
While the Series I Topaz was offered in two models – base-level Canning and more comprehensively-equipped Murranji – the Topaz Series II with its substantially redesigned chassis and front body superstructure comes in just one even-better equipped model, priced from $79,900.
While the van’s redesigned front section, with its protruding storage box ‘nose’, topped by an extended and more steeply-raked panel that extends over the east-west queen-size bed are the unmistakable visual changes, it’s the new chassis below that is the real news.
Instead of a separate A-frame joined to parallel chassis rails, Track Trailer has developed a completely new fabricated steel box section chassis that bows across its mid-section to swallow the wind-up spare wheel.
The more steeply raked front bodywork with its larger fixed skylight window has also increased internal space, with extra storage room for clothing and other soft items now possible behind a large net above the leading edge of the queen-size bed.
The other big interior change is the custom-made glass opening windows on either side of the bed, replacing the fixed windows with their opening wall vents fitted to previous Topaz models.
The rest of the interior remains similar to earlier Topaz models, but there are a myriad of small refinements made following feedback from owners.
For example, there’s more storage space under the main couch; a pair of hat-holders are now incorporated in the pop-top ceiling, over the kitchen area; there is now an internal clothes line and a mirror is integrated into the door of the wardrobe, which like its predecessor has variable shelving to allow for different combinations of hanging and storage room.
Further rearwards the galley, with its four-burner Swift cooktop, LG Microwave and 80 litre Waeco 12v/240v fridge/freezer, are unchanged, although there is now a $2865 diesel cooktop option if you want to spend 15 minutes boiling an egg!
And if the new ‘Mistletoe’ green exterior highlight colour doesn’t suit your style, Track Trailer offers purchasers a $250 choice of 10 highlight primary colour options so that you can match your Topaz to your tow vehicle or personality.
Other standard features carried over on the Series II Topaz, which has a Tare mass of 1670kg and load capacity of 530kg, include the MC2 asymmetrical-link suspension, electric/gas hot water system, external BBQ, comprehensive electrical system including two, 105Ah batteries and 120W folding solar panel, LED lighting, roll out awning, 140 litre water storage and portable toilet.
Look out for a full review of the Topaz II appearing on this site soon.
Published : Friday, 24 August 2012