FIELD ED­I­tor’s LEt­tEr How far will you go?

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We all love a lit­tle ad­ven­ture in our lives. I mean, it’s the main rea­son we hitch up the camper and hit the road, right? But ad­ven­ture is a funny thing. It can mean two com­pletely dif­fer­ent things to two dif­fer­ent peo­ple, es­pe­cially when it comes to camper trailer en­thu­si­asts. For some, set­ting up their camper at a nice and ac­ces­si­ble camp­ground, then ex­plor­ing the area by foot is enough ex­cite­ment to get them through the work week ahead. For oth­ers, it’s all about push­ing the lim­its of ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing in a bid to quench the thirst for that ex­plo­ration trip of a life­time. That usu­ally means point­ing your 4WD and camper down some, let’s say, de­bat­able ob­sta­cles.

So it raises the ques­tion: how far will you go to find that ul­ti­mate camp­site? Would you per­sist through the rougher tracks if you thought there was a chance of find­ing some­thing new and ul­ti­mately spe­cial at the end? Or do you think those who risk scratch­ing or dam­ag­ing their campers are just plain mad? I’m not go­ing to lie, I’ve been known to have the odd brain-fart and point my en­tire setup to­wards some dead-set silly ob­sta­cles; just ask some of the pho­tog­ra­phers I’ve had the priv­i­lege of scar­ing the pants off in the process! The truth is, as I’m drop­ping a wheel over a me­tre-high rock step with the old camper in tow, there’s a voice in my head that says: “Borgy, you’ve lost the plot!” Yet on the other hand, there’s an urge that comes from deep within which com­pels me to see just how far I can go.

If I had a dol­lar for ev­ery time some­one said camper trail­ers aren’t made to tackle low-range tracks, I’d be as rich as Richard Bran­son and Don­ald Trump’s love child! So here’s my two-bob’s worth on how far a camper trailer should go offroad: I reckon you can go as far as you’re pre­pared to ac­cept the risks in­volved. That’s how I de­cide whether or not to roll the dice and keep go­ing or cash out early and back ’er up! I’ll weigh up things like the ca­pa­bil­ity of the camper trailer, along with what’s likely to go wrong and how much it’s go­ing to cost me. Each to their own, I sup­pose. But I’ll tell you what, ask this ques­tion around a camp­fire with a cou­ple of coldies and you could start WWIII...

— Borgy

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