Camp in real com­fort

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BUILD­ING camper­trail­ers started as a re­tire­ment hobby for Kerry Stacey, but has now turned into a flour­ish­ing busi­ness.

‘‘I’d re­tired and was look­ing for some­thing to do,’’ says the 64-year-old di­rec­tor of Swag Camper Trail­ers.

Swag has been trad­ing for about 16 months, sell­ing four or five trail­ers a week.

They’re de­signed by Stacey and made by a sub­con­trac­tor in Goodna, Ip­swich. He’s sold trail­ers to happy campers from as far as Rock­hamp­ton and Lis­more, but is now look­ing in­ter­state for deal­ers to ex­pand the busi­ness.

His five-trailer range is all Queens­land-made ex­cept for the top-of-the-range Week­ender ($17,495), which is im­ported from China.

The new­est model is the Wan­derer off-road trailer at $7495 with a 2.7m tent or $7895 with a 3.6m tent.

It fea­tures a pull-out kit- chen sink, in­ner­spring 22.m x 1.7m mat­tress, midge-proof screens and ‘‘mil­i­tary grade’’ Oz Spec 1000 can­vas.

Stacey says the 65 per cent cot­ton can­vas is guar­an­teed to be water­proof.

The sturdy 2.1m x 1.2m x .5m trailer sits on heavy­duty seven-leaf re­bound springs and a 45mm solid square drop axle for of­froad con­di­tions.

The camper-trailer range starts with two on-road mod­els, the Echo from $3695 and Seeker from $4650. ‘‘We’re try­ing to keep prices down for fam­i­lies,’’ Stacey says.

The most pop­u­lar trailer is the Sand­piper off-roader ($4975 with 2.7m tent and $5395 with 3.6m tent).

Most camper-trail­ers can be de­liv­ered in 14 days, but cus­tom mod­els take longer.

All come with a 12-month con­di­tional war­ranty.

Visit: swag­cam­per­trail­

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