Trakmaster Tanami Caravan Review

Author: Australian Caravan+RV Magazine Photos by: Date: 1 March 2009
Trakmaster Tanami Caravan

Tow Vehicle

The boys at Trakmaster recommend a large 4WD for hauling around the Tanami, such as a Patrol or a LandCruiser. The smaller versions of the Tanami and other custom-built Trakmaster caravans can be towed comfortably by mid-sized vehicles.

On The Outside

From front to back, this caravan is built tough to handle the varied terrains Australia has to offer. The Sugarglider suspension package is awesome and so is the hot-dip galvanised chassis the thing is built on. Trakmaster use a fibreglass sandwich construction with a few differences and that makes the body just as tough as the chassis. Add to that the extras such as a full fibreglass boot housing twin 9kg gas bottles and a jerry can. There is also a front boot with ABS plastic stone guards either side of the lid.

Other exterior extras include a solar package to power twin batteries housed in a storage locker, a rear bar with twin jerry can holders and a spare tyre, plus a range of storage boots around the body that can be utilised for items such as a generator. Trakmaster has used its caravans in harsh off-road conditions for years and it's this experience that has seen their products improve markedly to the point where they're now quite possibly the toughest dirt-road caravans on the market.

Day into Night

Inside, the Tanami is very bright. Every bit of useable space on the inside has been utilised for storage and comfort, from the L-shaped lounge running across the back wall, to the full ensuite located at the front. I liked the external basin on the front wall which makes grooming easy if the shower or toilet is being used.

The kitchen is to your left as you step into the van and is a popular design with the sink angled into the centre of the van. This allows for a lot of extra storage space without encroaching on living space. The queen-sized bed is island style, positioned between the kitchen and the ensuite, highlighting a clever design that makes excellent use of space.

In all, the interior of the Tanami is great, with a truck-load of accessories and plenty of practical storage space. It's a nifty interior that is very well laid out.

Quick Facts

Make Trakmaster
Model Tanami
Pluses

Innovative and robust suspension and chassis set-up.
Solid manufacturing.
Plenty of creature comforts.

Minuses

Needs a big 4WD to tow it.
Price.

Country of manufacture Australia
Contact information

Trakmaster
874 Mountain Highway, Bayswater VIC 3153
T: (03) 9720 0822
E: trakmaster@trakmaster.com.au

Price as tested From $66,092 incl. on-roads (ex-Melb)
Equipment

Hot dip galvanised chassis, tandem Sugarglider independent coil and shocker suspension, fibreglass front gas bottle and jerry can holder, rear bar with spare and twin jerry can holders, full ensuite, JVC radio, Vitrifrigo 12/240V fridge, solar package, twin batteries, Sharp microwave, curved cabinetry and an angled kitchen.

Specifications

Dimensions

 
Length 5,669 mm
Height 2,750 mm
Width 2,316 mm
Tare weight 2,400 kg
Gross weight 3,000 kg

Towing

 

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