NEW CAMPERS LAUNCHED AT VIC SUPERSHOW
The RV industry is one of the strongest growth industries in Victoria, a fact highlighted at the 2017 Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at the Melbourne Showgrounds (February 22-27) which attracted thousands of caravanning and camping enthusiasts.
And yet again the flourishing camper trailer segment came to the fore with an assortment of new models on show.
Patriot Campers paraded its softfloor X1 Tourer and X1 Grand Tourer, which was a recent winner in CTA’s Camper Trailer of the Year. Both models sport updated decals, 2017 styling, and clever changes including a stiffer chassis, airbag suspension, new tent mechanism, new modular tent fly, updated command centre, revised main cabin layout, new awning, and more storage. Patriot’s brand new X2 was, unfortunately, not on show in Victoria as it was being displayed in Perth.
Conqueror Australia showcased its military tough and innovative new model – the UEV-310 Lightning. Boasting that it’s the ‘fastest and quickest’ camper setup on the market, the UEV-310 can be fully set up, tent, awning and all, in less than 57 seconds. With a base Tare weight of 450kg, this prototype model is set to undergo a few more developments in the next few months.
Blue Tongue Campers introduced its Overland XD Series II, a double-fold model with an extensive list of features and new innovative design perfect for families. A fast and easy setup sings its praises, plus there’s a portable toilet, dual battery system, stainless steel kitchen and plenty of storage space.
Opus Campers made quite a splash with its new self-inflating Air OPUS tent fitted to an Opus Mark II dual-fold camper. The inflation was displayed every hour at the show, showing how the Air OPUS converts from a compact trailer into a six-berth camper in less than 90 seconds.
Aussie Swag Campers released its Ultra D with a redesigned front end, with the fridge and hot water boxes, gas cylinder and jerry can holders incorporated into one structure with partitions separating the different
components. The Ultra D also utilises a new material for the front box – a 29mm-thick laminated sandwich panel with a rigid extruded polystyrene core and a lightweight European fibre reinforced plastic 2mm sheeting on both sides.
Eagle Trailers & Campers are well-known for several North American Indian inspired sobriquets for its models, such as Apache, Cherokee, Cheyenne and Comanche. But it was the Chief – an offroad hybrid camper – which claimed a few scalps. The Chief gives you the best of both worlds; the comforts of a caravan with the agility of a camper trailer.
RhinoMax Off Road Campers also displayed its Defender Hybrid, a first-class outback tourer with a lightweight insulated fibreglass body, Cruisemaster all-terrain suspension, easy towing width (1970mm), automatic roof opening, and spacious internal layout.
Trackabout Off Road Campers unveiled its softfloor Safari SV Extenda, while Lumberjack Camper Trailers unleashed its hardfloor Terang. The Trackabout has an easy style internal tent frame, allowing setup in around three minutes, and two powdercoated toolboxes, with lockable handles, above the mudguards. And the Lumberjack’s dining area converts to an alfresco opening, plus there’s a convertible lounge bed.
More than 400 exhibitors presented their wares during the six-day extravaganza – everything from caravans, roof toppers, slide-ons and tents, to boating and fishing, and touring vehicles.
There were also displays for air-conditioning and heating; annexes & awnings and canvas products; camping, outdoor & RV accessories; communication, navigation, satellite & antennas; food & wine; fridges; health & well-being; hire & rental services; lighting, power & generators; magazines, maps & travel guides; rear vision systems; RV industry related services & training; RV insurance; RV repair services; safety & security; storage systems; tourism & holiday parks; towing, breaking & suspension; and washing & cleaning systems.
CLOCKWISE FROM BOttOM LEFt: The self-inflating
Air OPUS camper and tent; the main arena of the camper trailer area; Campers and caravans side-by-side provided a veritable feast for potential buyers; camper trailer alley was popular with showgoers; Eagle Chief’s new hybrid; Dometic launched new branding and new products at the show.