Sherpa trailer is a unique combination of ruggedness and elegance with all what is necessary for memorable off-road adventures
This is continuation of the detailed description of Sherpa off-road travel trailer - a unique and probably one of the best in its class of "go-everywhere" campers.... If you missed the first part, please go first to:
BRS Offroad Sherpa "go-everywhere" camper
The reasonable level of energy and water autonomy is an essential part of requirements for off-road RVs. From this point of view, the Sherpa camper certainly will not disappoint you.
a) Electrical energy
The camper comes with a 200W/24V roof-mounted solar panel. If the optional RTT is also part of the package, the solar panel will be installed on the tent’s roof, so when unfolded (tilted-up), it can catch more solar energy.
Note that higher voltage also contributes to the overall conversion efficiency as it lowers the distribution losses (lower currents).
The whole electrical system including Solar Panel, 125-Ah lithium battery, 12Vdc-40A DC/DC converter (w/independent inputs from the solar System and a towing vehicle), 12Vdc -20A AC /DC converter (battery charger) as well as Control & Monitoring System comes from Enerdrive. We are emphasizing this fact, because the lifespan of deep-cycle batteries heavily depends on an intelligent control of the charging process. Having the whole electrical power system from the same manufacturer guarantees its optimal operation (charging and discharging).
The electrical installation of Sherpa’s camper includes 12Vdc cigarette outlets, USB ports, reading lights, Main Control Panel and light switches, thermostat, 2 exterior lights, kitchen light, rear video camera (in a small “wing” right above the rear kitchen), wireless door locking system (also works manually) , tailgate lights, coupling tow-connector, shore plug etc…
Note also the 21” HD TV with DVD Player and Fussion CD/Stereo System with 2 speakers. While probably they are not essential for successful escapades to wilderness, we have to mention them for the completeness of the description.
The battery, converters and controller are housed in the front toolbox.
In contrast to typical RVs, Sherpa does not use the LPG gas. The main reasons seem to be:
Instead, Sherpa’s manufacturer offers alcohol-run stove in the kitchen and diesel Air & Water Heater. The diesel tank (together with the heater) is housed in the front toolbox. Two Jerry-cans holders for 5.3 gallons (20 liters) tanks are attached to the exterior walls of the toolbox.
Dometic Origo: 2-burner, stainless-steel, free-standing stove using alcohol fuel (Source: Dometic)
The Sherpa camper is equipped with 53 gallons (200 liters) Water Bladder tank (note that such tanks need an electrical pump to fill them back with water). It’s located underbelly, right above the suspension, protected this way from accidental damage. The water is pushed out by the pressurized air and fed to a pull-out hose for the use in the rear kitchen. It is also available at the tap near the front toolbox for the shower.
As expected, Sherpa does not have neither grey nor black water tanks (you may need your own cassette toilet).
Sherpa in action....
The robust structure with well-defined arrival and departure angles, visibly significant (although not clearly specified) ground clearance and large all-terrain BF Goodrich KO2 tires promise good towing performance on any terrain. The XT Cruismaster, independent, trailing-arm coil suspension with twin absorbers rated at 5,730 lbs (2,600kg) is a standard feature, however its higher rated “air” ATX version especially designed for off-road racing is available as an option (ATX stands for All Terrain eXtreme).
Other important off-road factors:
DO35 coupler w/dust cap
It’s true that Sherpa does not offer an abundance of dedicated storage space. Two larger cupboard cabinets on the rear wall with deep shelf above, two small storage compartments behind the backrests and two cubicles under the bed-head panels is all you can count on. The shelf can hold larger containers and bags, but all combined cupboards and cubicles have only capability of larger night-tables. They will certainly serve well for all kinds of handy personal items, but can be hardly used for clothes, linen, towels etc…
The big front toolbox houses major components of the electrical and water/space heating systems. You can also squeeze there some small items, tools etc … but certainly not the larger camping gear. The locker located under the toolbox is mainly used for spare wheel and accessories like wheel blocks …
Given the fact that the Sherpa camper has significant cargo capacity (1,235 lbs/560kg in fully loaded version), manufacturer offers the clip-off matt that covers the mattress. Thanks to this dirt-protection, Sherpa’s cabin can be used for carrying larger camping gear like camping folding table, chairs, RTT’s ladder (obviously when in transit). And if you ever wondered why Sherpa’s doorways are so big, then this is one of the answers!
Critics may say that during off-road adventures you rarely settle in one place for longer, so it implies frequent loading/unloading process but frankly – adventure wouldn’t be called this way if you travel on the back seat in a Cadillac with a cocktail bar in front of you
Storage compartments behind the backrests and bed-head panels (here removed for the presentation). Source: Hemax - Camper Australia)
Storage shelf and below the left-side storage cabinet (Source: Hemax - Camper Australia)
Exterior height (1)
Folded RTT height
Unfolded RTT height
Dry weight (2)
Tongue weight (3)
Fresh water tank
Front: 8.3” (21cm), Back: 9.8” (25cm)
63” (peak)/(1.6m) at peak
1,940 -2,293 lbs (880-1040kg)
3.527 lbs (1,600 kg)
1,235 lbs (560kg)
200 lbs (90 kg)
52.8 gals (200 l)
1. With the roof-top-tent and solar panel installed (without the roof-top-tent - 7.4’ (2.25m)
2. Depends on options
3. Approximate value is 10% of the actual weight including dry weight, water, fuel, cargo etc…)
4. With an optional RTT
TX Cruismaster suspension
Cruismaster's DO35 coupler (here the version with a handbrake). Source: Cruismaster
Two backrests on the front wall w/storage compartments behind
Toolbox: Water/Air heater with a diesel tank on the left
Rear kitchen (Source: Hemax - Camper Australia)
Tent's roof-mounted 200W/24V Solar Panel
Enerdrive's 40A DC/DC converter and 20A AC/DC battery charger
Rear recovery point at the end of the chassis' central beam (Source: Hemax - Camper Australia)
Shower ensuite (here still folded in the box attached above the door
Summarizing: As expected, this Australian-designed and made BRS Offroad Sherpa trailer is ahead of the pack in its class of small, “go-everywhere” campers. The truth is that its designers were able to come out with a robust, in many aspects innovative and comfortable model. Thanks to impressive energy and water autonomy, it can take you for off-grid adventures. Thanks to its stylishness and elegance of exterior finish, it will attract RV-ers attention. Given that fact that it is also well-equipped, it will offer comfort making your vacation a memorable experience.
While the Sherpa is truly unique and, in many aspects, ahead of competition in the class of small off-road campers, it's quite expensive (about 66k in Australian $ (about43k$ US)). Also, its availability on North-American markets is still a work in progress, although it will happen, hopefully sooner rather than later, because it’s an outstanding Extreme Off-Road model.
BRS Offroad Sherpa: The true "go-anywhere" travel trailer....
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Note: Do not confuse Australian BRS Offroad Sherpa trailers with the US-based manufacturer SherpaTrailers (located in Libby, Montana).
Unless otherwise indicated, all pictures are courtesy of BRS Offroad
Note: Check with the manufacturer and/or authorized RV Dealer for the up-to-date list of features, options as well as latest specifications. These written above may not be accurate and certainly are subject to change by the factory. We are not responsible for any inaccuracy, the above text is provided only for the general information.