A hard roof addition to this soft-roof slide-on camper range.

Carry Me Camper launched the Hard Lid slide-on camper in mid-2018. This additional model was designed for fitment to single-cab and extra-cab tray-back utes, complementing the soft-roof model that can fit all ute sizes - even crew-cab utes. 

The flagship Carry Me Camper Hard Lid model was launched with very high equipment levels and offered generous interior space. A virtual Tardis, this camper packed down to only 1080mm above tray height when closed and provided quick set-up and pack-away.

A two-stage bi-fold roof, offered better internal headroom than conventional hinged-roof slide-ons and excellent ventilation was provided by large, midge-mesh windows on all sides.

The camper sides were tapered from the base width of 1850mm, giving good mirror vision to the rear, but with 1590mm width at the bed base.

The tailgate dropped only to tray height, enabling the camper to be mounted forward on a ute tray that was longer than the camper’s 2120mm-long footprint.

The tailgate had a retractable ladder and the steps remained horizontal, regardless of ladder angle and there was also a handrail, for additional security. The ladder legs were independently adjustable, to handle uneven ground and the stowed ladder was enclosed, keeping the treads clean.

Side bins with gas-strut-assisted lifting doors gave access to the twin fridge slides, two-burner LPG stove, unobstructed storage area and fold-out, 1190mm x 350mm stainless steel kitchen bench. There were white and yellow LED dimmable lights on both doors.

The stove was not plumbed in and could be moved away from the camper if required.

Water storage was in two 60-litre stainless steel tanks that were plumbed separately and gravity emptied through easy-trigger taps.

Standard kitchen equipment included six 15-litre heavy duty Willow boxes, four Oates drawers, a mesh plastic basket and pop-up silicone wash bowl.

Behind the driver’s side bin lid was open space and under shelf storage that included four heavy duty 45-litre storage tubs with lids and a 15-litre Willow storage box.

A permanently attached awning opened above the kitchen and entry area and came with walls, poles, pegs and ropes.

Inside was a 100mm innerspring mattress; two carpet-lined clothes drawers; two LED overhead reading lamps; 12V and USB charging sockets and yellow LED strip lighting in the bed area, with two-way switching.

Power was supplied by a 120Ah lithium battery, fed by three 120-watt solar panels on the hard roof and mains, 12V or solar input controlled by a Redarc Manager30 charger.

The Hard Lid slide-on was designed with the heaviest equipment located forward, to keep weight inside the vehicle’s wheelbase. At launch, the Hard Lid unit tipped the scales at around 570kg, including the weight of all included equipment and the four jacking legs.

Available optional extras included diesel heating and hot water, LPG hot water, various fridges, inverters and a bike carrier.

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