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Monday, April 28, 2014

A Pop-Up I'd Consider...

Why oh why is this not available in the states?

UEV 490 Conqueror Australia’s Versatile Off Road Camping Trailer
An off road camping trailer can be used for just about any adventure you can think of.

It’s the perfect vehicle add-on to conquer the terrain around you.

It’s a breed between an off-road teardrop trailer and a pop-up camper.
Check this out:



We owned a popup trailer for many years, finally upgrading to a 25' travel trailer right around the time MArooned was started. Popups are great starter camping units, but come with a number of downsides. First, it's hard to store anything long-term. You can't access the interior easily, so anything that's inside the camper is going to stay there. Secondly, over time the canvas tears, sags, gets wet, and otherwise just doesn't lend itself to standing up to the elements. What it does have going for it is simplicity: it's easy to tow, maneuver, and store for the winter.

The travel trailer was a definite step up. One of the most gratifying moments in our trailer came the first year, when we hit a three day stretch of serious rain while camping. Previous outings in the popup would most likely have ended the second day - two little kids in a tiny (10' floor) popup in the rain is a recipe for disaster. The travel trailer handled foul weather perfectly - it never leaked, we could watch movies or play games in bad weather, and if we decided to button it up and go see a movie for the afternoon we didn't have to worry about sleeping on soggy mattresses that night.

But it had downsides, too. The size was difficult to get used to maneuvering - and this is a 26' trailer, not one of the monstrous 35' bunkhouses. Every winter it had to be winterized to keep the pipes from freezing and covered to keep snow from building up or water getting in to freeze. It also requires a full-size vehicle to tow - the Earthf**ker handled it great, but it also has a 8,000 pound towing capacity and a 390 HP V8.

This trailer looks interesting, though. I don't know that I'd want to try to get all four of us into it, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun for two people. There's plenty of awnings if you wanted to spend a week somewhere, and lots of interior storage that can be accessed all the time for keeping gear at the ready.

Or, we might just stick with staying in hotels for the "big" vacations and sleeping in tents when we want to go camping...

That is all.

5 comments:

Ruth said...

Not much for camping here, but I had to watch the video. First thing that occured to me: what percentage of vehicles in Aus are built for river crossings like that?

Stretch said...

Man!
Put that puppy behind a diesel powered Land Rover Defender 110 and I'm good for a 3-4 month tour of Oz.
My Smarter Half will, of course, stay in a 5 star hotel in Cairns.

Chris Byrne said...

I've got a 28 foot, 13,500 gross race trailer, with a side door.

Our plan is to convert the wheel wells forward into living space, with collapsible bed/bunk/table/chairs etc... to put in the back when the toys aren't in it.

to set up for the night, just roll the toys/vehicles out, set up the tables etc...

Put the cabinets, cooking gear etc... on heavy duty casters and secure them to tie down points up front and we can still clear out the whole trailer for storage or transport.

We figure it's the best compromise for what we want and need.

Of course, it takes my 3/4 ton cummins to tow the bastard.

Hunter said...

Look up Chalet A-Frame trailers. We have been using one for several years now. Setup is so easy and quick, we can access the on-board head faster than walking to the restrooms at a roadside stop. And they are the only popup campers allowed in Yellowstone. Hard shell protection from bears and the like.

Will said...

I'd rather have a 4X4 motorhome. Lots of them in Australia, on the Fuso turbo diesel commercial chassis. They are starting to appear here in the US.
They even use the crewcab version of that truck, although the cab doesn't flip to service the engine (cab-over-engine type truck)

in the US: solid side lift roof:

http://globalxvehicles.com/vehicles/pangea-lt/