John ‘Bear’ Willis, Photography by: Alison Kuiter Date: John ‘Bear’ Willis finds out. Just nexus ultimate month our editors asked me to choose a selection of my favourite campers.
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John ‘Bear’ Willis, Photography by: Alison Kuiter Date: John ‘Bear’ Willis finds out. Just last month our editors asked me to choose a selection of my favourite campers. I was struck by the overall presentation, and particularly impressed by the appealing practicality, the build quality, the low towing weight, the easy setup and the beautifully presented internal fit-out that simply felt like home.
In addition, Ultimate Campers are produced by proud Australian manufacturers with a strong grounding on the beautiful south coast of NSW — Moruya to be exact.
Like me, owners Michael and Wendy Hackett have a strong history in boatbuilding, a trade that covers a multitude of manufacturing materials including steel, alloys, fibreglass, canvas and acrylics but also incorporates electronics, pumping equipment and trailers. Like campers, boats have to perform in exceptionally hard impact environments. Ultimate is an exceptionally proud and professional outfit and the crew were pleased to display its history, and the entire manufacturing, design, sales and service processes that have gained them a terrific reputation.
I love going to factories where everyone is friendly and smiling. Ultimate obviously provides a terrific working environment for its wide range of skilled trades. I have never before walked into any fibreglass manufacturing facility and not been immediately confronted by fumes and floating particles in the air. The same commitment is applied to all manufacturing components with its modern in-house welding, upholstery, canvas, fitting and assembly divisions; plus computerised design, marketing, administration and showroom all under one roof.
Customers are encouraged to spend their first night in a camping park in the beautiful coastal town of Moruya providing real-time experience in the camper before leaving the area.
Outwardly, the Ultimate Nexus is a great looking camper. It actually does have similarities to an upside down boat with its fibreglass body, flat transom and curvaceous, pointed bow with the huge L nose cone that allows an incredible amount of storage. The nose cone also houses the Truma gas heater and hot water system Redarc Manager30 30A battery management system and W pure sine wave inverter.
It provides readily accessible storage that is totally secure from the harsh elements, but also an aerodynamic design to reduce running costs with fuel efficiency. The curvature will also reduce the possibility of rebound stones slamming into the back window of your towing vehicle on rocky tracks.
According to Steve Smith, sales manager for Ultimate, the Nexus is designed for the growing number of overlanders investing in prestige 4WDs. He says luxury Redarc appliances such as solar, DC-DC charging, and V pure sine wave power; Revolution lithium batteries, and touches such as an EMP underlay for the king-size bed matter to astute buyers, but believes it is the smart detailing throughout that makes the Nexus stand out.
In fact, Smith reckons the carbon fibre benchtops are unique to the market. I simply love the main fibreglass tub and its construction. The entire body is moulded in one piece improving the strength, flexibility and insulation while at the same time providing a beautiful polar white gelcoat outer finish. The roof is also fibreglass with multi bias rovings, core mat and an aluminium frame all assisting the strength and allowing up to kg of load, this one with Rhino Racks.
Those who know me will testify to my hatred of fiddly, time-wasting assemblies. Hence, you will understand my love for the Ultimate Nexus. It took us longer to choose our ideal campsite than it did to fully assemble the camper! The strong Wax Converters tent almost falls into place and only needs minor adjustment and the edges clipped down for security. The stairwell folds off the rear leading to one of the most inviting internal fit-outs in the industry.
The tub section has an L-sectioned galley with a fit-out quality rivalling any upmarket apartment. Incidentally, I really liked the copper dash panel under the bench that takes the trim to the next level of presentation. One of the compartments is large enough should you wish to include an internal porta-potti option and Ultimate has introduced a full-width galley shelf for all your knick-knacks.
Ours was trimmed in soft bone leather with thick padding for bony bums. It is a really inviting bedding area for a couple, and I guess a small child could sleep on the lounge.
However, Ultimate offers an optional spare room kit that can be set up under the lid for more accommodation if needed. The canvas is all 8-ounce superfine Australian Wax Converters that has been fully manufactured in-house to premium standards. There is also a larger 2. Externally, the Nexus features a number of lockable compartments housing twin 3. Its Tare weight is only kg, so fully loaded with water tanks, gas bottles, jerry cans filled and a good load of gear and supplies you may be fully equipped on the road at around kg.
The ATM is kg allowing plenty of payload should you wish to add kayaks, canoes or tinnies on the roof racks, plus your mountain bikes on the rear mount. The Raptor coating and fibreglass surfaces will survive plenty of sand and stone blasting and keep the aesthetics looking great for the long term. Then the fun began with us playing in the mud like school kids in gumboots — and yep, I got soaked trying to catch the Ultimate photo.
I was very pleased to find the Nexus had a pull out external shower. All things considered, the Nexus still remains very high in my list of favourite camper trailers.
I loved every minute of my experience with the Ultimate Nexus. I hope yours is for a much longer period than my playtime excursion.
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