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Camper Trailers

In this section of the website we feature camper trailer reviews, tests and videos, and real world Outback trips towing camper trailers. We show you what to look for when buying a camper trailer: getting the right unit for your needs; used camper trailer pitfalls; canvas quality; overall weight and towball weight, and suspension types.

We ask all camper trailer makers for test units, so if you don't see a brand test in this section that's not our fault. Some makers don't like our exhaustive and unbiased test process!

 

AIR OPUS - MAYBE A CAMPER TRAILER BREAKTHROUGH

Two-lid opening and an air-inflatable tent make this unit unique.

Melbourne-based Opus Camper Trailers has released a joint UK-Australian product that is said to be the world’s first self-inflating camper. The canvas roof section is fitted with 'air beams' that are electric-pump inflated, to form a camper trailer tent, without the need for booms and poles. However, we can't get them to lend us a test trailer.

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CAMEL CAMPERS' BUSHMAN EXPEDITION

This unit has been a big hit at Camping and Caravan Shows.

The Expedition is Camel's top model and is one of the best soft-floor camper trailers in the market. The trailer is Australian-made in Brisbane and comes with a leading five-year warranty.

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CAMPER TRAILER FOR THE MOBILITY-CHALLENGED

OTA helped with this successful initiative - August 2016

Outback Travel Australia is proud to be associated with a venture to design and construct a camper trailer that’s purpose-built for wheelchair people. The first such product is now doing sterling service for Jol Fleming and his crew,

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CAMPER TRAILER TORTURE TEST

Six camper trailers tested

We started organising the OTA Camper Trailer Torture Test almost a year before and we chose a variety of off-road camper trailers for the final six. We towed with two Pajeros, two Challengers and two Tritons.

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CHALLENGE MERIDIAN

Challenge Camper

Challenge soft-floor campers are built around a basic trailer platform, to which a long list of equipment and options can be added, so it’s possible to customise your trailer to best suit your needs.

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COMPLETE CAMPSITE FRASER

Beautifully made hard-floor camper with all the bells and whistles

Complete Campsite’s hard-floors are available across a broad price range and the Fraser sits towards the top end, with a RRP of $49,450. That’s a fair amount of cash, but the tag includes all the bells and whistles: there’s hardly an option list necessary.

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CONQUEROR UEV-345

The Tardis of off-road camper trailers

Conqueror has managed to pack an enormous amount of storage space into the UEV-345's three-metre body length. It replaces the previous UEV-360 and promises good family camping.

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CONQUEROR'S UEV-490 FLAGSHIP

This camper comes with all the fruit you'd ever need.

Conqueror has made a name for itself as the producer of tough, steel campers that can take a bush hammering. The UEV-490 Evolution is the company's top-shelf model.

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COOLIBAH CAMPERS

These Cub-built soft-floor campers are Aussie-made entry-level models - November 2017

Cub used to manufacture Johnnos Campers until that company folded. Then, Cub released the Coolibah Camper range that’s based on the Johnnos platform.

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CUB BRUMBY

Cubs are Australia's most popular hard-floor campers.

Cub popularised the flip-over, hard-floor camper design and now has a host of imitators. The Brumby is a true go-anywhere camper, as our testing has shown.

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CUB FORWARD FOLD FRONTIER CAMPER

Cub's entry into the forward-fold camper trailer market is the best in class - August 2107

Forward-fold campers occupy less ground space and provide a dinette area - just like a small caravan. Cub's model is truly off-road compatible as well.

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CUB SUPAVAN STOCKMAN

Cub's flagship is a real head-turner.

Cub pioneered the flip-top, hard-floor camper in this country and has expanded its range to suit virtually all budgets. The new Supavan Stockman is top of the line and comes with all the bells and whistles you'd want in a camper trailer.

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DEXTER TORFLEX TORSION BAR TRAILER SUSPENSION

This US-made suspension is simple and capable - updated January 2018.

The Dexter Torflex suspension system is a lightweight, trailing torsion arm suspension that is contained within a square axle tube.

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ECHO KAVANGO CROSSOVER

FRP body and a galvanised chassis promise long life - December 2016

Designed, engineered and extensively tested in Southern Africa the crossover Kavango incorporates Australian componentry that has been tested here – notably independent coil-spring suspension.

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KEEPING THE DUST OUT OF YOUR CAMPER OR CARAVAN

This rugged device pressurises the interior to keep dust at bay

We’ve all done it: opened the camper or caravan and discovered a fine coating of dust throughout the interior. No matter how tightly you close doors, vents and windows, some dust always seems to get inside.

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KIMBERLEY KAMPER PLATINUM

Kimberley products are a class act.

The highest-specified camper trailer in Outback Travel Australia’s Camper Trailer Torture Test was Kimberley’s Kamper Platinum edition and it also carried the highest price tag, with a RRP of $50,660. We lived with the Platinum model for a month and assessed whether it’s worth the asking price.

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MDC WALK-THROUGH

Chinese plus Australian componenentry combine well.

Market Direct Campers arrived on the scene in a similar way to that of other low-priced camper trailer importers, but MDC has developed new models and incorporated more local kit.

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MOUNTAIN TRAIL EDX HARD FLOOR CAMPER TRAILER

The EDX with electric opening and closing mechanism was launched in 2014

A hard-floor camper keeps the main living area out of the dust and mud, but it can be a business packing a hard-floor camper away when it's time to move on. Mountain Trail has solved the problem with electric opening and closing, letting one person do the job.

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PATRIOT X1 CAMPER TRAILER

This lightweight unit should be able to go just about anywhere - March 2014

The Patriot X1 camper combines a galvanised steel chassis with aluminium body panels and a roof-top tent, for a dry weight from 700kg, making it one of the lightest campers in the marketplace.

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PIONEER CAMPERS

State of the art design and metal forming techniques sure help.

Pioneer Campers is part of the giant Actco-Pickering Group that also makes TSB service bodies for working 4WDs. This fabrication specialist employs the latest CAD-CAM design software and up to date metal cutting and forming tools, giving Pioneer a head start on less equipped camper trailer makers.

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PIONEER MITCHELL

This wedge-shaped, hard-roof, hard-floor hybrid is well made

Some hybrid and crossover camper trailers make the mistake of being too bulky to fit on many bush tracks, but the Pioneer Mitchell crams a lot of features into a small package.

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POD CAMPER RANGE

These pint-sized campers pack in a lot of tent space and gear

The Pod Camper range is one of the few offerings in the Australian camper tailer marketplace that is designed specifically for lightweight camping. Many camper trailers are too heavy and have far too much ball weight for towing by SUVs and small 4WD wagons.

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QUOKKA CAMPER WITH 'TOY' STORAGE

A lightweight camper with bike storage built in.

Although the 2014 Quokka is dimensioned like a camper trailer and weighs about the same, it has ample interior space and payload capacity to carry two dirt bikes.

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RHINOMAX DISCOVERY HYBRID

This crossover is well made, light and compact

The Discovery Hybrid is a 4.3-metre (14ft) pop-top camper that is designed to offer the benefits of a caravan with the agility of a camper trailer.

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SKAMPER KAMPER RANGER - December 2015

Budget priced and strongly made soft-floor import.

Chinese-made camper trailers are here to stay and it’s good to see that better-quality units are arriving on our shores. The Skamper Kamper Ranger raises the bar for lower-priced units.

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SOUTHERN LAND JABIRU

Off-roading in style.

This Melbourne-based company is best known for its rugged camper trailers, but the cross-over Jabiru also attracted a loyal following.

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TRAK SHAK MAJESTIC

A family home away from home.

If you need a trailer that’s a quick-erect proposition for overnight road-side stays the Trak Shak Majestic is not for you, but if you want a family or group home away from home it could fill the bill nicely.

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TRAYON TMO GEN III

Trayon's top-shelf camper trailer has optional modules and suspensions.

Trayon is best known for its tough but lightweight slide-on campers and the company also uses its slide-on as the basis for a modular camper trailer. It features one of the best suspension designs in the market.

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TVAN TURNS 18

This go-anywhere hard-shell camper has stood the test of time.

The fourth generation Tvan was launched in 2016 - the 18th year of manufacture of this revolutionary camper.

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ULTIMATE XPLOR

Ultimate by name, but is it ultimate by nature - March 2016

The Ultimate approach to camper trailer design has always been unique and the brand has a loyal band of followers. The OTA Team is putting one through a long-term evaluation.

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VISTA RV CAMPERS IN CLOSE UP

We visited the company's Melbourne factory and we've done a bush test.

Vista RV campers are 'crossover' designs that blend camper trailer and off road caravan characteristics. These revolutionary vehicles are built in Melbourne, with a very high degree of Australian content. We've also tested one in severe outback conditions.

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WEDGETAIL CAMPER TRAILER

This slide-on camper maker has a trailer option that was upgraded in 2016.

This company is well known for its high-quality slide-on campers, but the latest release is a Wedgetail factory-designed and built trailer that can mount any of the Wedgetail slide-on variants.

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