The Australian Lotus Trooper Caravan is the Best of Both Worlds

When I built my Land Rover Defender-based camper, I spent endless hours designing a capable, practical, go-anywhere vehicle that would be as tough as it looked. When designing the interior, my focus was not on wallpaper and color schemes but instead on beds, seats, storage, cooking, and survival. My wife, on the other hand, was preoccupied with comfort. After living in a rooftop tent with me and two children for half a decade, it was time for some color and comfort. Who am I to argue—a happy wife equals a happy life! The design of the Lotus Trooper displays distinct duality; the exterior is rough, tough, and ready for action, while the interior is stylish, modern, and contemporary. He is happy, she is happy, and together, they travel happily ever after.

The Trooper’s construction is robust and designed to handle the rigors of off-road travel. Its body features a unique matte-black design complemented by alloy checker plate protection, not just for aesthetics but also for durability. This tough exterior ensures the caravan can withstand challenging off-road conditions. The chassis and suspension system are engineered for resilience and stability, featuring a Cruisemaster ATX suspension and a Truss hot-dipped galvanized chassis that provides structural integrity on uneven terrains. Safety features such as the DO35 hitch for better articulation and electronic stability control ensure that towing the Trooper, even through challenging landscapes, is safe and secure.

Lotus has equipped the Trooper with numerous features to enhance its off-road capability. It includes heavy-duty tires, high ground clearance, and additional protection for water tanks and the undercarriage to prevent damage from rough terrain. The inclusion of jerry can holders, a large water storage capacity, and external showers add to its practicality, ensuring readiness for extended trips in remote areas.

The tough exterior has everything an adventurer could ask for. Now, let’s look at that comfortable interior. The Trooper, available in an expanded selection of ergonomically designed floor plans (26 to be exact) and lengths between 17 feet to 24 feet, 6 inches, is suitable for families, couples, and individuals. Buyers can opt for a relatively compact trailer designed to accommodate a couple or the full-length version, which can comfortably accommodate six.

Stepping inside the Trooper, one is greeted with an interior that mirrors the comfort and style of a modern apartment. The caravan features high-quality fittings such as CNC cut-outs, stitched leather upholstery, and luxurious furniture that contribute to its premium feel. The living space is thoughtfully designed with a central living area flanked by a bedroom and a full-width rear ensuite bathroom, optimizing both comfort and functionality. The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances like a Thetford gas oven and Dometic appliances, catering to all culinary needs on the road.

The Trooper does not skimp on technology. It includes advanced electrical setups like multiple solar panels for sustainable power supply, Redarc battery management systems, and extensive LED lighting inside and out. Entertainment is provided via a Fusion sound system, ensuring that travel does not compromise on leisure. On the practical side, the Trooper boasts ample storage both inside and outside, including innovative solutions like slide-out pantries and large toolboxes.

The top-of-the-range 24-foot Lotus Trooper will set you back close to $110,000 USD depending on the optional features chosen, a significant investment for an exceptional base camp. Lotus Caravans has been building caravans and trailers in Victoria, Australia, since 2004; hopefully, we will eventually get to experience the Trooper in North America.

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell