Solid ren­di­tion

The Cam­po­matic’s clas­sic de­sign re­tains its ap­peal in this 2010 model.

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The Cam­po­matic’s clas­sic de­sign re­tains its ap­peal in this 2010 Ranger XTC

I’ve al­ways liked the Cam­po­matic de­sign, hav­ing seen it demon­strated in the past, and this road test strength­ened my af­fec­tion, even if a few fin­ish­ing touches let it down. The Cam­po­matic has been around for many years now, evolv­ing from a pull-along tent to the clever, af­ford­able 2010 Ranger XTC we see here.

The Ranger XTC is built on a solid chas­sis, with draw­bar mem­bers con­tin­u­ing to the trailer’s rear. The frame­work re­duces flex keep­ing dust seals in­tact, and pro­vides enough sup­port to store 350kg of gear on top of the camper, which is a lot of fire­wood.

The long, Treg-equipped draw­bar makes this trailer a de­light to re­verse. The sus­pen­sion is in­de­pen­dent trail­ing arm of Cam­po­matic’s own de­sign, with coils and HD gas shocks. This and the draw­bar give ex­cel­lent clear­ance, de­par­ture an­gle, and ramp over an­gle of 16 de­grees. Brak­ing comes via 10in elec­tric drums with me­chan­i­cal over-ride, Sun­raysia-style rims and all-ter­rain tyres. Color­bond steel sides, fi­bre­glass top and back com­prise the body’s ex­te­rior, and the in­te­rior is moulded fi­bre­glass.

STOR­AGE PLUS

Stor­age is, for a hard floor camper, gen­er­ous with the Cam­po­matic. Lock­ers over the wheel arches are handy al­beit dif­fi­cult to ac­cess, there’s a small locker at the foot of the bed, and ad­di­tional space un­der­neath. The bed­base sup­ports a 1960x1470x100mm in­ner­spring mat­tress, and lifts re­veal­ing a 500x125x1200mm car­pet-lined drawer and 302mm-wide stor­age bay. Both ar­eas of­fer lim­ited ac­cess via the rear fold-down door when the camper is closed. Although well thought out,

I thought the fin­ish could have been bet­ter, with tapes that didn’t go all the way into cor­ners, an av­er­age paint fin­ish around mould­ings, and daggy bits of glue hang­ing off un­der the floor.

Ex­ter­nally, Cam­po­matic’s alu­minium ‘Wedge Box’ stor­age rides on the draw­bar and dou­bles as a stone­guard. The Wedge Box’s off­side has a large door con­ceal­ing two smaller stor­age ar­eas and the up­right Waeco CR65 fridge. I pre­fer top-load­ing fridges, which are bet­ter at re­tain­ing cool air when you open the door. A sin­gle 9kg gas cylin­der swings out be­hind the out­board stor­age, un­der­neath another small store area.

The near­side con­ceals a slide-out with a re­move­able cross mem­ber suit­able for a boat mo­tor, and be­hind that is a large stor­age area. Cam­po­matic sug­gests car­ry­ing your gen­er­a­tor here, but I’d per­son­ally be re­luc­tant to store fuel here given its prox­im­ity to the fridge.

The lock­able pole box built into the rear cross mem­ber holds six poles for the awning, but if you need to carry more you’ll have to make ad­di­tional ar­range­ments.

CAN­VAS CON­VERT

The 2010 Ranger XTC’s tent is dead easy to erect – sim­ply un­latch and then swing away the rear wheel car­rier, undo a few more latches, and you’re ready to fold over the camper with gas struts. The camper floor drops to about 300mm above ground level on a frame. Push the floor down and latch it to the frame and ad­just the two rear legs.

The can­vas is all 12oz Wax Con­vert­ers, with four Clock­wise from top left: Trail­ing link in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion; spa­cious Wedge Box; the stor­age rack can sup­port 350kg; an ex­ten­sive side awning; the volt­meter and wa­ter gauge help mon­i­tor your re­serves.

win­dows and two doors in the typ­i­cal hard floor pat­tern. The win­dows have in­ner and outer cov­ers, and all win­dows and doors have midge-proof screens. The tent has a huge 6.54m awning that ex­tends past the nose of the draw­bar and an­gles out to its widest at 2.4m over the kitchen. Op­tions in­cluded a trop­i­cal roof, can­vas and mesh walls and draught skirt to en­close the awning.

The awning can re­main at­tached once the can­vas has sea­soned, though we had trou­ble with the zip

on the awning. Cam­po­matic uses a fine toothed zip on this edge to get more teeth per cen­time­tre in the this wasn’t an area of com­plaint and that stove and a large fold-out work area.

POWER UP

main switch to shut down ev­ery­thing read­ing lights at the head of the bed. re­mov­able.

THE BOT­TOM LINE

propo­si­tion. it could’ve

stain­less steel. It pulls out of the off­side and is braced on two au­to­mat­i­cally drop­ping legs. It holds and two cup­boards along the bot­tom. There is also from a 120L stain­less steel tank with wa­ter level a steel box and sur­rounded by in­su­lat­ing foam. There’s no hot wa­ter sys­tem. stored be­hind side pan­els un­der the bed. One the other the re­moval of the pull-out drawer. op­tional gen­er­a­tor or op­tional so­lar panel through if nec­es­sary.

in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal stor­age will ap­peal to the

Clock­wise from top: The tent is made from Wax Con­vert­ers Dy­naproof can­vas; no need to lift the mat­tress, there’s a slid­ing drawer at the base of the bed; stain­less steel slide- out kitchen.

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