Fish­er­man’s friend

Trav­e­lander’s 2011 dual cab DC1 means you can pack the kids in and still travel in style.

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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.

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