Camp in real comfort
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.