With more style and luxury than a Hilton Hotel, has the 2015 Mountain Trail EDX got what it takes to impress Mr Fussy?
For many of us camper trailer owners, camping isn’t just about seeing Australia, it’s about feeling it. If you’re like me, a full-bodied caravan or hotel room just doesn’t cut it. It’s the little things, like the sound of birds chirping and the sun’s rays warming the canvas in the morning, that inspire me to stick with the good old-fashioned canvas style of camper. The problem is, roughing it old-school style doesn’t always guarantee a pleasurable experience. That’s where the team at Mountain Trail Campers comes in. With over half-a-million dollars invested in research and development before releasing the 2015 EDX to the public, plus more features than the Titanic itself, this camper is purposely aimed to impress Mr Fussy!
To put the EDX hardfloor camper to the test, I went for a sneaky run down to Blacksmiths Beach on the New South Wales central coast and, yep, you guessed it, I even called it work.
How good is that?
AT FIRST GLANCE
In truth, I’m not really a fan of big fancy camping setups. I’m more a rough but tough sort of fella. So, when I first laid eyes on the EDX and immediately liked it, I couldn’t help but think I was getting a bit soft. Its smart, sophisticated style could easily fool you into thinking it’s nothing more than a tarhogging city dweller when, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
One feature that gives its offroad intentions away is the optional, sleek EROK rock sliders. I’d usually say a stylish-looking slider is only for show ponies but, in this case, these things mean business! Maybe I am getting a bit soft, eh?
From the RHS tent frame to the top-notch finish, this camper just oozes quality. The superior finish can be put down to the fact that all the panels are professionally laser cut, which offers consistent precision, day in and day out. The manufacturing method is similar to that of a motor vehicle, with
Imagine being able to watch your camper basically set itself up and pack down at the flick of a switch. Well, that’s exactly what the 2015 EDX does. It uses an advanced, yet robust, electric actuator system that’s had countless hours of R&D to ensure the result is finely tuned and absolutely effortless. The results are impressive, to say the least. You can literally crawl into bed for a quick overnight stay within minutes.
I’m always pretty sceptical when it comes to relying on electronics out in the bush; there’s just more things to go wrong, in my opinion. However, it’s easy to see that this design has been wellengineered and thought out. The system can run off its own twin 105Ah batteries, can be plugged directly into your vehicle’s battery setup or, if all else fails, be operated manually. So there’s very little chance of an electrical failure leaving you high and dry. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly admire how easy this set up is. I mean, it’s almost as quick as rolling out the swag, but with bucket loads more comfort!
The 2015 EDX is definitely built for the adventurous at heart. The manufacturer has tested this camper in Victoria’s High Country and Cape York, Qld. It’s got all the usual bits and bobs you’d expect of a full offroad camper: Hitchmaster DO35 offroad hitch, 12in electric offroad brakes, and built-in recovery points, to name just a few.
But the strength of the EDX is owed to its heavy duty, hot-dipped galvanised chassis and a very strong drawbar, meaning the platform is as robust as they come. Its curves are purposely designed to keep any vulnerable components out of harm’s way and offers respectable ground clearance in the process. Plus, it’s pretty well streamlined with
nothing to get snagged on at the rear. Apart from a few locking tabs and the powerpoint on the side of the camper, there’s not much to get snagged anywhere, but you’re cutting it pretty damn fine if that becomes a problem.
The independent suspension was customdesigned by the engineers at Mountain Trail Campers and, let me tell you, it works an absolute treat. As we crested dunes and dropped into ruts, it was as if the camper was on rails. The only downfall, especially if you’re towing on super soft sand like us silly buggers, is the Tare weight of 1300kg. But, at the end of the day, a bit of extra weight is the trade-off for being dead-set jampacked with features. Plus, it’s got a respectable ball weight of 130kg so the camper is well balanced overall.
You can tell the masterminds behind Mountain Trail Campers are camping enthusiasts. How do I know? Well, I could write an entire magazine on how practical it is to actually use. It’s the little things, like being able to turn around and grab something out of the fridge while you’re cooking, or having full access to the back of your 4WD and the front storage boxes while the camper is still hooked up. Or my personal favourite, the ability to swap out a stub axle in about 10 minutes on the side of the road, thanks to Mountain Trail Campers’ innovative suspension setup.
And when it comes to storage, there’s loads of it! They’ve utilised every bit of space available including a massive storage drawer under the bed, a well thought out storage box on the drawbar, and a super practical and efficient kitchen storage and pantry setup.
By now you’ve probably realised that the guys at Mountain Trail Campers don’t skimp on luxury. The camper is powered by twin 105Ah deepcycle batteries and an advanced Redarc battery management system that allows you to really monitor what’s going on. This system can power the whole setup for a minimum of five days. Plus, it’s also got AC, DC and solar charging ability as standard, and a third battery upgrade and solar panels are also available extras.
Little things like LED lights over the clothing drawers, two touch dimmer lights, USB and 12V sockets and a 600W pure sine wave inverter make this camper a real treat to camp in. There’s plenty of room for an extra bed on the 2.4x1.8m hardfloor. Plus, if you want to get fancy, there’s even the option of adding an ensuite as well as a Webasto diesel hot water service with shower and ducted heating. Who needs a hotel?