CAMPING - CAMPER TRAILERS
Conqueror has made a name for itself as the producer of tough, steel campers that can take a bush hammering. The UEV-490 Evolution is the company’s top-shelf model.
Conqueror’s UEV-490 Evolution is the company’s flagship model. It’s a family-sized trailer with three different bedding configurations that can sleep up to five and there’s the important choice of being able to eat inside or out.
The bathroom facilities include vanity and shower with hot water from a German-made, Webasto diesel hot water system, and there’s also interior heating.
The slide-out modular kitchen comes with cutlery, crockery and glassware as standard. This top of the range model also has a 90L fridge/freezer and flat screen TV with DVD player, AM/FM receiver with surround sound speakers and a telescopic antenna.
Additional innovative features include an interior pressurising blower to keep out dust and high-lift jacking points.
There’s also a hub and bearing kit, for additional security when going to remote destinations.
This hard-shell hybrid camper trailer comes with a bat-wing awning, for additional cover.
The Evolution model’s less-specified stablemate is the Cape York model that was introduced in 2016. Like the Evolution model it comes with Australian designed and made RHS galvanized drawbar and chassis, a DO35 off-road coupling, dual safety chains, 16-inch aluminium wheels with 285/75R16 A/T tyres, independent suspension with Dobinson coil springs, 12-inch electric drum brakes, dual 4kg gas bottles in drawbar-mounted boxes, Redarc BMS1215 battery management system, twin rear storage compartments and two jerry cans in designated holders.
The Commander S was new for 2014 and filled a gap in the Conqueror lineup for a voluminous camper trailer that was not quite so ‘out there’. Pricing reflected
the S specification, starting at 47 grand.
The general layout of the Commander S was similar to the UEV-490, but the drawbar was shorter and less robust. The coupling was a ball receiver type, not
a severe-terrain off-road coupling. Braking was by 12-inch drums, but actuation was override, not electric.
As with the UEV-490 the Commander S had independent, coil-sprung, trailing-arm suspension, but it was set a little lower in ride height. Construction,
using hot-dip galvanised chassis and electroplated panels was similar.
Commander S came with a large awning that covered the kitchen area and the entries on both sides. There was a large groceries cupboard and work surface on the outside that was reachable from inside as well.
There were modular slide-out units for kitchen, bathroom, fridge, stove and storage shelves.
As with all Conqueror campers the sheet-steel construction can pose a rust issue unless preventative maintenance is done.