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