Cub Kamparoo Daintree LE: Review
The Cub Kamparoo Daintree LE is a simple hardfloor concept from an Aussie brand whose reputation is as solid as its trailers.
The Daintree LE, being one notch up from the straight Daintree, is a very capable offroad unit fitted with independent suspension, which looks fit to take on the tough tracks anywhere in Oz.
As with the entire Kamparoo range, the Daintree LE’s body measures just 2200mm, and it rides at a height of 1550mm. Both of these factors, combined with the camper’s light Tare weight of 795kg, contribute to its excellent score for offroad-ability.
Simply unlatch the four clips that secure the hardfloor during transit, unwind the "Ezy-wind" winch at the drawbar until you spot the "stop" sign and push the floor up to 90-degrees. The floor is stabilised at each corner with drop-down legs that lock into any position using a simple handle — no lining up holes and hoping the terrain suits their intervals, as with some hardfloors.
Inside, it’s a functional but no-frills affair befitting the brand’s entry-level offroad trailer: a double bed with high density foam mattress (innerspring optional) sitting atop a ply base that lifts on gas struts to expose an under-bed storage compartment, which would be suitable for three or four low-profile plastic storage tubs to keep your gear in order.
You’ll need to option up to lighting, or BYO strip light. There are three large windows surrounding the bed, and the two on either side are fitted with internally opening clears and canvas curtains, which give a homely touch. The clears are a great addition; campers made of quality canvas can be very dark when they’re all shut up, so it’s nice to have the option of a little daylight to wake you in the morning while still remaining safe from the rain and the cold.
The interior floor area is modest thanks to the camper’s petite size, but it is big enough for a single stretcher, bunks or a mattress on the floor. If you’ve got kids, this is adequate for an overnight stop, option on the annexe walls for a longer stay to give everyone a bit more room to breathe.
The kitchen has a two-burner Theford stove protected by wind deflectors on both external sides, a plumbed stainless sink fed by a 12V pump connected to the 80L water tank and a functional pantry drawer complete with fire extinguisher. The fridge slide is secured in the large checkerplate toolbox at the drawbar, accessible right where you need it at the side of the camper next to the kitchen. All three drawers in the kitchen area glide in and out smoothly and are of excellent quality. You will need to BYO fridge and lighting, but there are 12V outlets appropriately positioned for both.
The Kamparoo Daintree LE is a well-built and functional camper trailer which particularly shines when it comes to ease of use and offroad-ability.
$24,990 is a modest outlay for a quality Australian-made hardfloor, and while you’ll need to add a few extras such as lights and a fridge, you can take comfort in Cub’s 40-year heritage and excellent reputation when it comes time to resell.
There are many lesser quality hardfloor camper trailers at a similar price point that cannot lay claim to this brand’s strength and resale value, so on that front alone — let alone the camper’s many other strengths — you’d be making a wise choice by investing in a Cub.
This review appeared in issue #78 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine, July 2014. Why not subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.