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The off-road camp­ing ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer Tuf­fCats re­cently sold its 20th trailer. The owner, Ger­rie Nel (No, not that Ger­rie Nel – Ed), bought an off-road trailer in 2012 from an ex­ist­ing man­u­fac­turer, but he wasn’t sat­is­fied with the weight of the trailer. He de­cided to build his own, but shortly af­ter­wards a friend bought it from him. Af­ter build­ing and sub­se­quently sell­ing an­other three to sat­is­fied friends, Ger­rie saw a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity. This led to the es­tab­lish­ment of Tuf­fCats. To­day, cus­tomers can choose be­tween a stan­dard of­froad car­a­van, a smaller ver­sion of this, and an off-road camp­ing trailer – all with alu­minium body and frame fit­ted onto a gal­vanised chas­sis. The three mod­els are called the Md­aba (the off-road trailer), Shumba Cub (the smaller of­froad car­a­van), and Shumba (the stan­dard off-road car­a­van). The names are all Shona words and trans­late to leop­ard and lion re­spec­tively. The Md­aba’s Cub model is about half a me­tre shorter than the stan­dard car­a­van. The out­side kitchen is al­most the same, and where the Cub’s door is at the back, the stan­dard model’s is in the left-hand side panel. Both are avail­able with one or two beds – in the stan­dard car­a­van these fold out of the right-hand side panel. The sec­ond bed opens up over the A-frame. The ve­hi­cles are equipped with items like a wa­ter tank (with a pump), a gas geyser, one deep­cy­cle bat­tery, an awning over the kitchen area, a two-plate stove and crock­ery like cups, glasses and plates (six of each). One of the Shumba’s more unique fea­tures is the out­side shower that un­folds right next to the fold-out bed. A square door with hinges fas­tened to the roof swings up­wards and is propped up by a gas lift. And then there’s a can­vas cu­bi­cle that folds out be­low the door to the ground. The fig­ures Md­aba R148 200 (tare ± 780 kg, GVM 1 600 kg); Shumba Cub R222 300 (tare 880 kg, GVM 1 600 kg); Shumba R239 400 (tare 920 kg, GVM 1 600 kg). Con­tact 082 301 2393; ger­rie@tuf­; tuf­

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