There are several models in the Snowy River fleet, including a family and slide-out model. CW first looked at the SR-15, is the smallest in the range, which is wholly built in China but designed by Regent Caravans.
It comes with Australian-spec components such as the fridge and cooktop, and is built to Australian requirements. But a close look at the construction reveals some areas, like some of the chassis welding and internal build techniques which are different to Australian vans.
It’s a single-axle, 4.9m (16ft 1in) van with a 1975kg Tare weight, which pushes it well and truly under the Prado limit. An unladen 170kg ball weight and 2275kg ATM, which gives a load capacity of 300kg, are other vital statistics.
Although the SR-15 has its origins in the Regent factory, its comparative light weight provides a small clue that it might be constructed differently to the conventional method. Indeed, a peek under the van reveals a conventional 100x50mm (4x2in) RHS DuraGal railed chassis, but there’s a lot less cross members than is usual. Also the suspension is an independent rubber torsion setup, rather than the more conventional leaf spring arrangement.
Having looked at a few caravans built in China, as well as quite a few camper trailers, CW's Mal Street thinks the Snowy River SR-15 is one of the best imports he has seen to date. The van is priced at $44,990 (on-road, Qld).