Motorhomes Caravans & Destinations


Paul Owen goes back to the future as he takes a wander through a new teardrop caravan that takes inspiratio­n from some century-old aerodynami­c mastery.


The ‘teardrop’ camping trailer is making a comeback, possibly for the way it oozes retro-cool as much as for its aerodynami­c efficiency when towed.

Hero Campers are distribute­d in New Zealand by Hamilton’s RV Supplies Ltd., to a network that includes the best-selling New Zealand dealership, Tristram European.

The Hero slogan ‘Get Out and Stay Home’ is written in large letters on three sides of the Ranger, effectivel­y summing up the kind of lifestyle that owning one will enable. For this isn’t a camping solution where you stay huddled inside four walls, staring out of windows. You’ll have to go outside to cook, for example; raising the large curved rear tailgate reveals a stainless steel kitchen unit divided into three sections. At the left is a stack of three drawers, while at the centre is a cupboard with a slider designed to house something like a Dometic 40L 12V/240V fridge, and the right-side cupboard located beneath the sink houses the 30L freshwater tank, leaving room for extra stowage.

The interior of the Hero can be accessed via a door on either side, and there’s a minimalist Scandinavi­an vibe to it. The arrangemen­t of mattresses and squabs encourages you to sit facing the rear of the trailer with your back comfortabl­y resting against the upright squabs resting against mounts attached to the inside front wall. A matrix of sprung plastic supports aerates and suspends the lower mattresses creating a king size bed (2.0m x 1.5).

All Hero Rangers come with a rack and attendant side ladders, giving the option of two hard-top ‘Skybox’ compartmen­ts to add another bedroom on top. The choice is between the three-berth Kepler Skybox or the easier to deploy two-berth Galileo. The narrower Galileo is lighter at 63kg instead of 90kg. Both require fitting a $575 mounting bar, and the Kepler costs $5,595 versus $4,495 for the Galileo.

With the starting points of $32,275 for the Ranger and $33,750 for the Ranger Limited Edition, you could spend up to $43,340 and $46,485 for the fully equipped versions by ticking every box. Be prepared for your caravan-owning friends to chime that ‘you could have got a proper caravan for that’. The best comeback is: ‘yeah, right, but it wouldn’t have looked as cool.’ Nor would that larger brick-on-wheels make your holiday fuel budget go as far. Find out more at

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