These Cub-built soft-floor campers are Aussie-made entry-level models - November 2017
Cub used to manufacture Johnnos Campers until that company folded. Then, Cub released the Coolibah Camper range that’s based on the Johnnos platform.
Cub has never had a soft-floor camper in its lineup and has been careful to brand the new range ‘Coolibah’, not ‘Cub’. It’s a budget priced entry-level range that we think should score some incremental business that traditional Cub campers could not satisfy.
OTA checked out the newly branded Coolibah CC-J and CC-W models and found that they appeared to be well made and had the advantage of Australian build quality, with locally sourced canvas that had a five-year warranty, as did the suspension and chassis.
The CC-J is the smaller of the two and by far the better choice for towing by SUVs or light-duty 4WDs. Ball weight empty was a low 86kg and with a full load shouldn’t exceed 120kg. It’s rated to sleep four.
The CC-W has a larger body and a very long drawbar. The claimed ball weight was 150kg, empty, but we found it climbed well over 200kg with some load in the enormous front bin and could exceed 250kg without much effort. We reckon the axle is set way too far back, throwing too much weight onto the coupling.
We wouldn’t recommend anyone with an SUV buying the CC-W.
The CC-J test trailer had a body that measured 2.2m x 1.9m and tipped the scales at 820kg, empty. Its aggregate trailer mass rating was 1300kg, giving a reasonable payload of 480kg.
Running gear was strong and simple: AL-KO 50mm axle on leaf springs, simple override brakes and 15x7 wheels with 31x10.5R tyres. The wind-down legs were also AL-KO as was the coupling: the new swivelling ball type, with override brake actuation.
The mattress was medium-density foam, 2030mm x 1525mm and its base lifted on gas struts to reveal stage space. An awning was standard.
A slide-out stainless steel pantry and fridge slide were standard, as were a Primus two-burner gas stove and 4kg bottle. A 60-litre water tank fed a hand pump on the sink unit.
Pricing started around 18 grand and options included a 350Ah battery, triple 12V outlets and strip LED lighting ($450), additional gas bottle and holder ($99), awning wall kit ($1600), a boat rack ($650), an innerspring mattress upgrade ($410) and a sleep-out ($1600)
The CC-W test trailer had a body that measured 2.7m x 1.9m and tipped the scales at 990kg. Its aggregate trailer mass was 1500kg, giving a payload figure of 510kg.
Running gear was similar to that of the CC-J, but with electric brakes.
The CC-W had the same mattress, roll-out pantry and fridge slide, but the stove was a Thetford four-burner unit and the water tank was an 80-litre heavy duty type.
Pricing started around the 22 grand mark and options included: a second water tank ($620), additional gas bottle land holder ($99), 12V electric water pump ($399), 2x75Ah battery upgrade ($350), 240V kit 9$480), awning wall kit ($1600), boat rack ($650), independent suspension ($990), innerspring mattress upgrade ($410), sand ladders ($490), portable hot water and shower kit ($999) and a utility rack ($600).
OTA understands that the Coolibah range may be redesigned somewhat in 2018.
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