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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 145

Relaunched in May 2017, and specialising in the world of campers and adventure trips, CAMPER magazine is for those who ‘have a penchant for good banter around the campfire and beer tasting in five-million star locations’. With a bold new design and revitalised content line-up, CAMPER will showcase the best in campers, feature characters, hero destinations, gear and technology, DIY hints and techniques and a celebration of an adventurous lifestyle through Aussie eyes.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
summer lovin’

The chief Australian fire marshall has described this summer’s east coast bushfires as ‘unprecedented’. And we certainly felt the full weight of unexpected weather in the lead up to REDARC Camper Trailer of the Year. As the date drew nearer, it quickly became apparent that we would have to find alternative arrangements. The last thing we wanted was to organise and enact a large-scale automotive event involving convoys of trucks, rigs, tow tugs and the rest of it, all suddenly descending upon a community in the midst of fighting massive fires. Plenty of work by us, and also by the superlative team at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, had already been done getting everything ready for what would have been an absolutely stonking beach-themed event near Diamond Head. We’d already art-directed the macro aspects of…

11 min
d.i.y. install of a redarc tow pro brake controller

Last mag, I wrote about installing an electronic throttle controller to give your vehicle that extra oomph. The iDrive I went with provides smoother, more responsive acceleration and pedal feel, plus it’s small, inexpensive and easy to install. A quality throttle controller is a great addition to any rig, especially if you’re towing. But what happens when you wish to slow down safely and in a controlled manner with your camper in tow? These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a contemporary camper that hasn’t done away with the old hydraulic braking system and incorporated electric brakes. Electric brakes are becoming the norm. Even the lightest of campers have electric brakes optionally fitted. Of course, if your trailer is fitted with electric brakes, then the tow vehicle will require a brake controller…

2 min
the gold coast or bust

The terrible fires that continue to threaten Australia’s eastern seaboard put paid to us hosting our annual event in Port Macquarie. After advice from Federal and State emergency services, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the CFA, we decided the best course of action was to reset REDARC CTOTY to an alternative venue. After a hectic few days on the phones, eyeballing the weather, listening to emergency service reports, convening meetings, discussing options and the rest of it, we drew up a revised plan we were confident would do REDARC Camper Trailer of the Year 2020 proud. Choosing the Gold Coast at the eleventh hour actually opened up a whole host of new and exciting opportunities. Selecting the Gold Coast as our venue allowed us to focus, whole-heartedly, on producing world-leading multi-media 4WD camper-test action,…

1 min

UNDER $25K Lean and mean, the under $25k category offered amazing bang for buck. We were astonished how they all managed to squeeze in so much for so little. This year’s finalists: • Mars Endurance • Marlin Escape Deluxe • Lumberjack Sheoak $25-50K The mid-range marvels. This category offered affordability and high-spec fitout; a delicate balancing act that aimed to hit the bulk of the camper-buying market square on. This division was chock-full of favourite camper features, but with a twist. This year’s finalists: • Bushwakka Bhoma • Lumberjack Glenaire • Bluewater Lachlan 50K + The big kahunas, CTOTY’s open class category. These guys all pushed the envelope. All are clearly hell-bent on expanding the possibilities of what camper design, capability and innovation can entail. This year’s finalists: • Zone Z12.0 • Ultimate GT 360 • Patriot X3 HYBRID Smaller than a van and with a definite focus on…

1 min
four judges, a host and a roving reporter

An astute 4WD journalist and Emprise Special Ops trip leader. Cool dude. He said he’d get a few skull and snake tattoos up one arm for the occasion. Alas, he ran out of time. There’s plenty of time between now and 2021. Regular feature writer and columnist for Camper. Kath is a well-respected commentator who writes from the heart about adventuring all over Australia, as a Mum with young daughter and irascible hubby, Scott, in tow Camper editor and host of REDARC CTOTY. Handsome, erudite and modest. He's a fan of massive outdoor adventure in all its guises. Reluctant on-camera talent, but certainly shines when he must. Doesn't mind a beer and a sing-song. An industry legend. An ornament of the offroad/ 4WD media production industry. Has been a judge many…

3 min
the scoring system, explained:

FIT FOR INTENDED PURPOSE 3 or under would suggest the camper is not fit for its intended purpose A score of 3.5 - 5.5 suggests the camper can do most of what it sets out to achieve, but needs refinement 6 - 8 indicates the camper is capable for its intended purpose 8.5 - 10 suggests the camper surpassed expectations INNOVATION A score of 3 or less suggests the camper is poorly designed and put together 3.5 - 5.5 suggests a passable run-of-the-mill design that fails to excite A score of 6 - 8 suggests an excellent upgrade to a known design or style, done well 8.5 or more is indicative of a new design that challenges and excites expectations of what a camper can be SELF SUFFICIENCY Anything 3 or under would suggest you wouldn't want to, or could not,…