Caravan industry stalwarts Roadstar have gone the extra mile with the Safari Tamer, delivering a beautifully crafted yet tough-as-nails off-road RV that is truly home away from home. Whether you are looking forward to spending your golden years discovering Australia’s wild side, or wish to take up a nomadic way of life and hit the road with all your possessions in the world, the Safari Tamer is a big step-up from your regular off-road rig in terms of both storage space and its meticulous fit and finish.
The Safari is built to handle the rigours of the unmade roads and rocky trails typical of the outback. “Heavy-duty” is the central theme when you look at this mean machine- It sits on a huge galvanised steel chassis and all-terrain tyres fitted on to 16 inch alloy wheels. Side protection bars, large mud flaps and a galvanised sheeting cloaking the undercarriage ensures that your van will emerge unscathed from the muckiest of creeks and vulnerable parts like the water tanks and plumbing are well-protected.
Walking around the van will show you all the trappings of any good RV- a full awning and picnic table, dual spare tyres and two jerry can holders on the rear, reversing camera, and LED lights on both sides and an external entertainment box. A pressure hatch ensures that none of the dust and muck of your travels will follow you into the rig.
The storage allowances on the Safari are unparalleled- the a-frame sports a huge toolbox on with a generator slide out compartment. Two more lockable jerry can holders and two LPG bottles are also mounted on the nose of the van, with a heavy-duty stone protection bra. Behind the toolbox is a tunnel boot that extends the width of the van, fitted with LED lights. Another storage cupboard can be found on the rear—a tall space perfect to store outdoor furniture, fishing rods and other long bobs and bits.
The living area is where Roadstar seems to have outdone itself—the living quarters scream luxury and is comparable to an upmarket one-bedroom apartment in many cosmopolitan cities around the world.
The kitchen for instance is any culinary connoisseurs dream come true—a full length bench top with a mind-boggling amount of storage—cabinets and drawers and pull out pantries to stock up on months’ worth of groceries. A full cooking range dominates the kitchen with electric as well as gas burners below a stainless steel hood. A 230l fridge, microwave neatly set into an overhead locker and full-size square sink with water filter complete the affair.
The cafe' style dinette is again super-roomy, with swish leather loungers that come with extendable leg rests and a trifold table, and the comfort factor of this lounge area will hit you the most on days when the weather acts up and you’re forced to stay indoors. The generous amount of natural light streaming in from the panoramic European style windows will ensure that you don’t feel cramped even when you’re stuck inside the van for extended amounts of time and all windows come with blinds for when you want your privacy.
Coming to the bedroom, the stunning padded leather bedhead catches the eye and invites you to sink into the massive spring bed. The designers eye for detail is apparent in the thoughtful additions to this area that make living out this RV so convenient-- power points are everywhere including inverter 240v outlets and twin 12v sockets for charging mobile phones beside the bed with little nooks for access. The high-quality ply cupboards and lockers around and under the bed are numerous and the storage space again belies the amount of walking-around room this caravan offers. The full ensuite on the opposite end is again testament to the generous space the Safari Tamer offers-- large linen press for storage, ceramic toilet and wash basin, along with a 3.5kg washing machine all lit up with LED strip lights. The shower is large and the Swift 28 litre hot water system is a revelation, a huge upgrade from the outdated continuous hot water system.
Whether for its rugged constitution, exemplary off road performance or chic interiors, the safari Tamer proves to be a wise investment and will serve you well on your adventures.