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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 131

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
from mountain to beach

I don’t know about you, but I’m hanging-out for long hot summer days down by the beach and completely immersing myself in the cool, crisp sea. I particularly like it when you’ve been out in ocean for so long, getting walloped by surf, your head gets jammed with salt water, flushing out all remnants of the grimy city. I aspire to achieve regular summer all-day salt water nasal trickle. Australian summer memories are informed by the beach. The beach, test cricket on the radio and perhaps a snag washed down with a VB or two fished from an eski’s icy slurry. The Casuarina tree also figures prominently in mine. As soon as the weather brightens, I can almost hear, like when a seashell is held up to the ear, the sound…

10 min
electrical bits and bobs

Many 4WDers and camper trailer owners have a certain expectation of which standard extras will be included, or at least easily added, to their purchases. It's not too cynical of me to suggest that many manufacturers like to pre-install a myriad of electrical apparatus and gadgetry that, hopefully, entices a straight purchase from the showroom floor. Then there's the addition of what today are known as ‘standard’ extras. I recall a time when many vehicles and trailers would be classed as luxury if fitted with an AM radio with twin speakers – and even then it was an option that you needed to tick. Fast forward to today and there are heaps of cool and nifty electrical devices available if you upscale (read: spend more), source from third party suppliers or take…

10 min
unsung shores of south gippsland

While Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory claim the spotlight as Victoria’s favourite holiday destinations, the coast stretching between these seaside icons waits patiently for the recognition it deserves. This strip of southeastern seaboard combines beautiful beaches of golden sand, rugged cliffs, striking headlands and tranquil bays. FIRST STOP KILCUNDA Driving the Bass Highway past the rolling hills and velvety green pastures of Gippsland, you round a corner just beyond Anderson to be met with dazzling views of the ocean washing the coastline at Kilcunda, 120 kilometres southeast of Melbourne. On rougher days the ocean thunders onto the shore and the wind rips across the clifftops in an exhilarating display of nature. On calmer days, the sapphire-coloured ocean sparkles and waves lap Kilcunda’s sandy shores. The Bass Coast Rail Trail, which follows the route of…

10 min
a camper for all seasons

Space. The final frontier. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek who came up with those famous words, could well have been talking about the latest generation AirOpus rather than the endless state of the wider Cosmos, because the lasting impression of this nimble yet hardy camper is an abiding sense of roominess. In fact, it’s the type of camper Tesla’s Elon Musk, after one of his creative brainstorms, could well approve of being shot into space, allowing the camper cosmonauts inside to float about in its zero gravity interior. The Opus’ legendary AirBeam system allows for a distinctive large dome-like central tent enclosure, reminiscent of the Space Shuttle’s cargo bay, courtesy of the solid curved inflating roof beams which, together with well-conceived window ports on all sides, engenders a roominess…

1 min
cta specs air opus

TRAILER Tare 1340kg (tent included) ATM1800kg SuspensionIndependent coil spring Brakes 12” electric brake & hand brake & electric breakaway CouplingArticulating poly block Chassis/drawbarGalvanised steel Body Main body aluminium frame & composite panel exterior Wheels/ Tyres 235/75R15 offroad Style15” alloy Tent340g micro-weave polycotton. Waterproof and UV protected tropical roof included DIMENSIONS Body size (lid closed) 5100 (5600 inc spare wheel) x 2100 x 1450mm Length (lid open) 6140 x 2100 x 3200mm ACCESSORIES Gas cylinders 2 x 9kg adjustable holders Water 2 x 80L stainless steel tanks Cooktop Four-burner gas with quick connect fittings and wind deflectors Kitchen Stainless steel construction with sink, pressurised cold-water, utensil and implement drawers, lighting and pull-out food prep bench. Battery 2 x100Ah deep cycle with 240V chargers PRICE AS TESTED $28,990 ENQUIRIES 12 Capital Crt, Braeside VIC 3195 Ph: 03 9588 2959 campertraileraustralia.com.au More pictures Specs to compare…

11 min
the great debate

If there is one debate that keeps the phones and emails running hot at Camper Trailer Australia, it’s the battle between imported campers and local product – which essentially means Chinese versus Aussie. Camper trailers are almost exclusively Australian in origin. In the USA there are only a handful of manufacturers of what could be called camper trailers. They are reportedly becoming more popular in Europe, though Europe lacks Australia's vast open spaces and freely available bush or forested areas. South Africa has a healthy camper market with several quite competent manufacturers, and they are a known commodity in New Zealand, Canada and some other countries. But nobody else has the love affair with the camper that we do. “NOBODY ELSE HAS THE LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE CAMPER THAT WE DO”. The rise of…