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CAMPER TRAILERS

CUB SUPAVAN STOCKMAN

Cub's flagship is a real head-turner.

Cub's flagship is the Supavan Stockman, which comes in at a RRP under 50 grand. In this deluxe camper trailer package you get a lot for your money.

cub supavan stockmanCub is best known for its volume-selling, medium-priced, hard-floor campers that come in on and off road versions across a wide price spectrum. Cub hasn't taken advantage of the top end of the camper trailer market, until now, with the launch of the Supavan Stockman. We checked out one of the pre-production prototypes.

While preserving the brand's easy set-up system the new camper has the Supavan's improved headroom above the bed section, combined with a huge roll-out kitchen, additional food preparation area, multiple roll-out storage drawers, a hot water system, dual battery kit and charging/management system. All this fruit sits on Cub's off-road drawbar and chassis with independent wishbone suspension that's upgraded for the Supavan Stockman's extra weight. Four shock absorbers are fitted as standard.

Tare weight depends on the final specification selection, but production units are expected to weigh around 1400kg and aggregate trailer mass is 1800kg. Estimated ball weight is 130kg.

cub supavan stockmanWe towed the Cub behind a new Colorado 7 - see the Buyers Guide entry for a report and video - and found that it was very well behaved in on and off bitumen conditions. The Supavan Stockman's streamlined shape slipped smoothly through the air and didn't over-react to cross winds or buffeting when passing heavy trucks. Gravel roads and corrugations didn't faze the Cub's independent suspension and roll stability through corners was excellent.

Set up for overnight stops is rapid, but raising the standard awning and walls adds around 20 minutes to set-up time. We recokon the Supavan Stockman is an excellent dual-pupose camper, offering quick set up for a travelling couple, with the comforts-of-home option for extended stays. As the base for family camping there's room for kids' beds on the hard-floor section, or they can tent it outside.

cub supavan stockmanEquipment levels include just about everything you'd expect in a modern, top-shelf camper: three aluminium 17x7 wheels, electric brakes, swing-away spare wheel carrier, innerspring mattress, reading lights, under-bed light, 110-litre two-way interior fridge, three-burner Smev cook top, kitchen lights, twin gas bottles, 100-litre water tank, two sliding windows, interior and exterior 12v and 240V outlets, two jerry can holders and a simple, reliable Trigg poly-block hitch. The only listed options are a tropical roof, a roll-out BBQ in place of one of the four drawers and an additional water tank.

We're planning a full test of a production Supavan Stockman in the near future.


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