Camper Trailer Australia - - NEWS - — Peter Quilty and Laura Gray

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.

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