Camping in Australia often means going off-road. Before you take on the demands of an off-road expedition, it’s important to ask understand the difference between a camper trailer that is going to last under the strain of off-road conditions and one that won’t.
A strong foundation
A strong chassis will increase the overall strength of the camper trailer. A high-quality chassis will be made of marine grade steel and lightweight aluminium. The country of origin should also be a consideration, with Australian steel at the top of the list.
Fully articulating hitch
A fully articulating hitch is a must-have item. Without enough articulation in the hitch, the drawbar will twist on steep off-road rated tracks. If there’s too much strain your vehicle may roll. The DO35 from Cruisemaster is a really popular hitch option and features 360-degree articulation to prevent rollovers.
For a truly reliable system, look for dual-shock independent suspension to keep your ride steady and balanced through uneven terrain. Some camper trailers may also offer airbag suspension which is handy for levelling off your camper trailer when setting up your campsite.
Departure angle and ground clearance
Having enough clearance to make it over obstacles is the key to finding extra-special campsites. A decent departure angle of more than 40 degrees and a ground clearance of at least 500mm will ensure that your camper trailer can get you there.
Power, water and storage
Serious power capability, water storage and general storage are also big factors when going completely off-the-grid.
For plenty of power, consider at least two gel, AGM or lithium batteries paired with an inverter. This will allow you to charge your mobile phone, other small appliances and power any internal systems like water pumps.
No matter how remote your location is, having enough water should be your number one priority. You will either need plenty of storage space for water containers, or generous water tanks fitted to your camper trailer. A general rule of thumb is 2L of drinking water per person per day in addition to water for showering and washing.
Storage comes in handy for everything else, including tables and chairs, water, fuel and gas, food, clothing, first aid and everything in between. If your camper trailer offers less than 2000 of storage, ensure that your vehicle can handle the rest.
How much have our camper trailers evolved over the last eight years? Watch our X1 comparison video on Moreton Island to find out.
The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.