Design & Construction
The Safari Tamer’s offroad credentials are impressive, right off the bat. At first glance, there is no mistaking this van for a delicate on-road tourer. Head-height black checkerplate is matched to a large checkerplate storage box on the drawbar, which has a generator slide at one end and two jerry can holders. Two 9kg gas cylinders ride in front of the toolbox, and all of that is tucked safely away behind a large, two-part, purpose-build stoneguard.
But, as we all know, it’s what’s underneath the van that really matters and the Safari Tamer ticks those boxes as well. The A-frame is built with 6in hot-dipped galvanised rails running back to 4in main chassis rails with another 4in rail laminated underneath for strength and rigidity. A clear sign of the clever methods Roadstar likes to employ is the way the rear bumper is attached to the main chassis rails with a U-bolt and a bracket, rather than just welding it. Cruisemaster coil spring independent suspension with twin shock absorbers per wheel ensures the smoothest ride possible out there off the beaten track.
It’s immediately clear that Roadstar has put as much care and thought into the inside of the Safari Tamer as the outside. The interior décor gleams and shines with its high-gloss façade and precision CNC-cut lightweight ply furniture. The monochrome effect of the glossy grey overhead cabinet doors, white under-bench cabinetry, black upholstery and dark grey splashback is clean and elegant.
There are no major departures from the Safari Tamer of 2013, except for the dinette and kitchen swapping sides. The result is a larger-than-average kitchen bench, angled at one end and with a huge 645mm of clear bench space at the other. The deep sink with drainer, filter and mixer tap sits at the rear end of the bench in the angled portion, with the Swift 500 Series four-burner cooktop, grill and oven in the middle. Storage is sorted with five overhead cabinets, and a huge array of 12 drawers, two cupboards and even a slide-out pantry below.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There’s absolutely no doubt that the Roadstar Safari Tamer is an impressive van. A lot of 21st century thinking and technology has gone into its design and development and the result is a beautifully finished, well-built, extremely capable offroader.
- Enormous angled kitchen bench
- Feature-packed A-frame
- Interior styling
I would have liked…
- Easier access to under-seat dinette storage
Roadstar Safari Tamer Specs
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.54m (28ft)
- External body length 6.3m (20ft 8in)
- External body width 2.46m (8ft 1in)
- Internal height 1.94m (6ft 4in)
- Travel height 2.93m (9ft 7in)
- Tare 2880kg
- ATM 3480kg
- Ball weight 240kg
- Frame Meranti timber
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis 6in drawbar with 4in main rails, 4in riser and pressed-hole cross members
- Suspension Cruisemaster coil independent with twin shock absorbers
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 16in alloys with Discoverer S/T Cooper tyres
- Water 3x95L
- Battery 2x120Ah AGM
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
- Gas 2x9kg
- ESC Yes (optional)
- Cooking Swift 500 Series combo four-burner cooktop, grill and oven
- Fridge Vitrifrigo 240L 12V compressor
- Microwave DLuxx
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting LED with high-output light bars Hot water Endless
Read the full review on Caravan World or check out the full feature in issue #534 February 2015 of Caravan World magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest caravan news, reviews and travel inspiration.