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!
HOW LEGAL IS YOUR CAMPER TRAILER
Some trailer makers tare weight claims are lies.
Most camper trailers are designed around best practice, with an appropriate braking system, but thousands - thousands - are not, according to the Australian Manufactured Camper Trailer Guild.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CONQUEROR'S COMMANDER S
New for 2014 was the UEV-490's lighter brother, the Commander S.
Conqueror has made a name for itself as the producer of tough, steel campers that can take a bush hammering. The Commander S is a down-specified UEV-490, with much of that proved model's kit.
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.
CUB FORWARD FOLD CAMPER
Cub released its forward-fold model in April 2016.
Forward-fold campers occupy less ground space and provide a dinette area - just like a small caravan. Cub's model looks to be truly off-road compatible as well.
CUB SUPAVAN STOCKMAN
Cub's new 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.
DEXTER TORFLEX TORSION BAR TRAILER SUSPENSION
This US-made suspension is simple and capable - August 2016.
The Dexter Torflex suspension system is a lightweight, trailing torsion arm suspension that is contained within a square axle tube.
JOHNNO'S 2014 ALUMINIUM NEWCOMER
Interior space without additional weight has been achieved.
X-Calibur is the flagship of the Johnno's Camper Trailers lineup. This new design has a fold-foward section that houses a queen-size innerspring mattress and the aft section has two single beds.
KIMBERLEY KAMPER PLATINUM
Kimberley products are a class act.
The highest-specified camper trailer in Outback Travel Australia’s 2010 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.
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.
MOUNTAIN TRAIL EDX HARD FLOOR CAMPER TRAILER
The EDX with electric opening and closing mechanism was launched in 2014 - March 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.
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.
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.
This wedge-shaped, hard-roof, hard-floor hybrid is a class act - May 2016
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.
PREDATOR'S UPGRADED CAMPER TRAILER RANGE - June 2015
These Chinese-made campers have been significantly improved.
The second-generation Predator Puma FF is a forward-folding, hard floor camper that’s received considerable upgrading, following rigorous testing under Australian conditions.
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.
RHINOMAX DISCOVERY HYBRID
This crossover is well made, light and compact - March 2016
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.
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.
SOUTHERN LAND JABIRU - April 2015
Off-roading in style.
This Melbourne-based company is best known for its rugged camper trailers, but the cross-over Jabiru is also attracting a loyal following.
SWAG, TENT OR CAMPER TRAILER
Camping Shelter Options
We’re assuming at the outset that you’re going seriously off road, so a camper trailer has replaced a caravan on your potential purchase list. That means your choice is between swags, tents and camping trailers.
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.
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.
ULTIMATE XPLOR - VIDEO - March 2015
Ultimate by name, but is it ultimate by nature.
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.
CAMEL CAMPERS' BUSHMAN EXPEDITION
This unit was a big hit at the 2014 Camper 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.