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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 129

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
cultured camping

Australia’s like an upside-down Europe with an upside-down — or rightway-up, depending on perspective — shuffling of seasons. Over there, if they want to escape the cold, they head south in winter, to places around the Mediterranean, like Greece or southern Spain. Here in Oz, of course, if we’re not into snowsports or winter trekking, we head north. Similar to Europe, Australia has a yield of fantastic seasonal produce that’s worth exploiting — and this is where a camper comes into its own. Yes, we all know the joys of camping when the sun’s out and the days are long, but what about the benefits of having a fully kitted-out warm and cosy camper when things aren’t so obviously suited to camping? I recently got away to a nice spot up beyond…

9 min
cleaning behind the ears

As well-travelled and enthusiastic four-wheel drivers who routinely embark on both long epic expeditions and short weekend trips, we all know the importance of having our rigs set up to better handle the varied challenges that Australian roads present. A common topic often discussed is the importance of having the right suspension to handle extra loads, differing road conditions or towing requirements. Obviously this is vitally important for ensuring maximum performance, dependability, comfort and safety. When it comes to suspension, instinctively I think about things like springs/coils or leaves, shock absorbers, control arms and a myriad of other geometry additions to ensure the vehicle handles as well, or better, than when it left the factory floor. By most accounts, many owners often regard these modifications as fit-and-forget features that typically get ignored…

11 min
the vast interior

The first time you got to sit inside a heated camper on a bitterly cold winter’s day, you knew you just had to have one We own camper trailers and we go camping for access to the great outdoors. Let me paint you a picture: sitting by a campfire at dawn, with the mist still rising from the river nearby as the first flames lick up through the kindling. The warmth of a fresh cup of tea (or coffee) soaking into your hands and bringing them to life. Munching on brunch fresh from the outside kitchen. Watching the kids run enthusiastically past you as they burn up energy and engage with the world in a totally non-digital way. Or inhaling the smell from a camp oven as a roast sizzles towards…

10 min
scout’s honour

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOPAZ SCOUT IS EVEN BETTER PREPARED Ten years ago in 2008, Track Trailer (TT) ‘invented’ the hybrid by slipping the lessons learnt and the basic underpinnings of the hard-shell Tvan under a larger, couples-only pop-top. They called it the Topaz. It wasn’t quite as bush-brave as the Tvan, but it didn’t fall far short despite being taller and heavier. A width of just 1938mm (76in), great ground clearance and TT’s patented MC2 asymmetrical suspension took it further feral than anything but a camper trailer at the time; its only true rival then being Kimberley’s pop-up offering. The distinctive wedge-front styling and industrial look, with distinctive laser-cut body corner extrusions, matt-finished aluminium sandwich panel wall construction and powder-coated metal interior was polarising. Nevertheless, it and paved the way for a succession…

1 min
cta specs

TRAILER Overall length 6150mm External body length 4400mm External body width 1938mm Travel height 2450mm Interior height (roof raised) 2070mm Nameplate Tare 1670kg Nameplate ATM 2200kg Ball weight 130kg DIMENSIONS Body Aluminium bonded and riveted sandwich panel Cladding Aluminium Chassis 150mm x 50mm Hot dipped galvanised steel Suspension Track Trailer MC2 with twin Koni telescopic shock absorbers per wheel Brakes 12in off-road electric drum Wheels 16in alloy with LT245/75-16 tyres Battery 2 x 100Ah lead crystal Fresh water 2 x 70L fresh water Solar 1 x 120W roof-mounted panel Air conditioner None fitted Gas 2 x 4kg bottles ESC Optional INTERNAL CookingFour-burner cooktop/grill inside, plus slide-out side BBQ Fridge 85L compressor Microwave Optional Toilet Portable Shower Rear drop-down shower pod Lighting 12V LED Hot water 14L gas/electric PRICE (as shown) $91,540, ex-factory, delivered in Victoria ENQUIRIES Outback HQ, 1/640 Dorset Rd, Bayswater North VIC 3153 Phone (03) 8727 6100 Web www.outbackhq.com.au campertraileraustralia.com.au More pictures Specs to compare…

8 min
sandy cape winter escape

RED-DIRT.NET.AU For the decade that we travelled with our hard-floor Odyssey camper trailer (Oddy), camping by the beach during winter was a thought that would never have entered our heads, unless we were north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It was just too much of a risk that the weather might turn bad and we’d end up huddled, freezing cold, inside the Coolgardie safe confines of our wet canvas camper trailer. However, since the arrival of hybrid glampercamper trailer Lucy Q4 in our lives (Lucy is the nickname of our Australian Off Road Quantum Series IV Supercamper) all that has changed. She has opened up a whole new season of travel opportunities for us. Whilst we are still almost a little embarrassed at the levels of comfort she provides (can we still…