Versatile new truck camper from Trailblazers RV
Trailblazers RV unleashed the motorhome equivalent of a monster truck on unsuspecting showgoers at the recent South Australian Caravan & Camping Show.
Advertised as “serious stuff”, the jacked-up, self-contained truck camper is the latest slide-on body from the Braeside, Victoria RV manufacturer, which has been building a range of fifth-wheelers, slide-ons and caravans over the last 12 years.
As well as being a removable slide-on, the new Trailblazers unit is different from most other off-road truck campers built in Australia, with a lower, pop-top roof for better aerodynamics and lower centre of gravity when travelling.
Perched on a Mitsubishi Fuso 4×4 chassis with modified suspension supplied by Queensland-based EarthCruiser, the 3.75m (12ft 6in) long camper has also been designed to be “more comfortable and user-friendly” says Trailblazers RV owner Phillip Richardson.
“I’ve got a wife that didn’t want to go in the truck at all, and she’s now quite happy to go away (in this camper),” he said. “She’s now planning a trip over to Perth in it.”
“The truck on its own, after you’ve had a drive in it you need to go back to the dentist to get your fillings redone,” he explained. “But now with the extra weight on it and the way it’s been modified, it’s just as comfortable as anything.”
The body is built with using a timber frame, fibreglass exterior, and polystyrene insulation, along with extensive use of water-resistant marine ply.
“There’s no chipboard or MDF in any of our builds, it’s all timber,” he said.
Like Trailblazer’s compact toy hauler released last year, stepping up into the jacked-up camper reveals a very modern interior with flashes of bright orange on the fridge fascia and kitchen splashback.
The compact layout incorporates a two-seater sofa, innerspring Queen mattress, all-in-one shower/toilet, and corner kitchen with sink, three-burner gas cooktop, 110 litre 12V fridge/freezer, microwave and coffee machine.
Other features include a gas/240V hot water system, and folding picnic table and slide-out BBQ accessible from the rear. A roof-mounted air-conditioner is available as an option.
To keep everything running in the middle of nowhere, the camper comes suitably equipped with two 105aH deep cycle batteries, a Redarc battery management system, three roof-mounted 130W solar panels, 3000W inverter, two 9kg gas bottles, and 2800W Yamaha generator.
“The main thing was it runs the hair dryer, so we’re self contained,” he joked.
For safety and convenience, the slide-out jacks, pop-top roof and awning are all electrically-operated. Boasting a Tare weight of 1200kg and payload of 600kg, the truck camper can be driven on a regular car licence.
Fresh water capacity is 280 litres, plus there’s an 85 litre tank for grey water.
Designed to fit a range of 4×4 truck chassis, the camper on its own costs $85,500, or Trailblazers offers a ‘turn-key’ package including truck for around $200,000.
Apart from grey nomads with a keen sense of adventure, Mr Richardson said typical buyers include 40 to 50-year old IT professionals, and workers in remote areas like geologists and miners.
For further details visit the Trailblazers RV website.