Travelander’s 2011 dual cab DC1 means you can pack the kids in and still travel in style.
Take the family along in Travelander’s 2011 dual cab DC1
With around 60,000 new utes reportedly on the road in 2010 alone, the majority of those in a dual cab setup, it is no surprise that camper manufacturers like Travelander were coming up with products to suit this massively growing market.
This 2011 Travelander DC1 is a perfect amalgamation of everything that makes the company’s single cab product perfect for touring, with a smaller package designed to fit on dual cab trays.
At first glance, it’s essentially the same product as the single cab slide-on SC2 of the same era, although modified slightly to fit in a shallower Engel upright fridge instead of a slide-out chest design, and with a slightly narrower two-way drawer. Otherwise, it has the same push-button functionality, super quick set up and roadside access that Travelander has always offered, only for your dual cab setup.
The benefit of the DC1 is you can pack the kids in the back seat of your dual cab and still carry a camper on the back with everything you need to make your next camping adventure just a bit less of an adventure when it comes to cooking and sleeping.
Mind you, there isn’t a lot of room in the Travelander for kids, even if you count the few
EASY DOES IT
square metres of hard floor that folds down. You can fit them in here but, to be honest, unless they’re still in nappies, I reckon a couple of swags or a small tent would be a better solution. If they are in nappies, you could fit two travel cots in here no problem… and you’d have time to set them up after only spending 30 seconds setting up the DC1’s tent. For those who aren’t familiar with Travelander’s system, the DC1 is a push-button set up hard floor camper. An electric motor drives a worm gear which puts the tent up and down in about 30 seconds. And for those luddites out there, you can still do it manually with a hand crank, just in case. There’s also a backup hand pump for water in case the kids run out your batteries and the 12V pump isn’t working.
The kitchen up the back is dead easy to get to whether you’re fully set up or just stopped on the side of the road. You pop open the door and everything is at your fingertips. The flip-down, swing-around stainless steel cooktop/sink means you can use the kitchen in roadside mode in an L-shape or whip it around and turn everything into a galley-style kitchen for more elbow room. There’s
a cutting board and a neat pantry where you can see everything laid out, which means less digging through plastic tubs to find that secret ingredient or those elusive teabags.
Inside the camper, the only discernable change from the single cab unit in scale is that there is less room next to the bed, but the bed itself is the same size you get with the full-length version. The full pull-through drawer, which most people use for clothes and which you can fill up outside and access from inside, is a little narrower in the DC1, but everything else, including the fold-down table, tent operation and the rest are all very similar.
There’s a full 12V kit onboard driving the 32L Engel fridge, LED lights mounted along the tent bars inside, several lights outside and a 12V tap on the kitchen sink. There is even a shower on the offside with hot and cold water, which is pretty handy.
With an 8ft annexe roof, complete with walls and a draft skirt, you can extend the living space on the DC1 considerably. A rear awning over the kitchen is handy for quick stops where you want some shade without setting everything up.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The 2011 DC1 is a fuel-efficient way to travel in comfort. It’s also the perfect solution for fishing nuts, because you can still take your boat along behind you without deciding if it’s going to be the boat or the camper for this trip.
With its dual cab design, you also don’t have to decide if it’s going to be the kids or camping, you can take everyone along. That way you don’t feel so guilty spending all day out in the boat – you can call
it quality time!
From top: The slide-through drawer is good for loading up in the garage before leaving home; the rear kitchen is easy to access even for a roadside cuppa.
Above: Ready for bed in just 30 seconds! Above right: Set up is simple with the push-button system.