REVIEW: TRAVELANDER SLIDE-ON

Who said you need a camper trailer or caravan to camp in comfort?

 

It’s no secret that the team here at Unsealed 4X4 are massive fans of slide-on campers. They allow you to tow a boat, or not tow at all; they’re lightweight, easy to set up and allow your vehicle to retain all of its off-road capability, which is important when you’re getting into the rough stuff. Anyone who tows a trailer over true low-range terrain will know how much more difficult it is on both the driver and vehicle. By using a camper that’s attached to your ute’s tray, you’ve got all the creature comforts of a camper trailer or small caravan with none of the drawbacks of towing. Yep, slide-on campers sure do make a lot of sense I reckon.

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That’s why we were pretty excited when we recently got the chance to check out the new offering from Queensland-based company Travelander. It was started up nearly fifteen years ago in a dirt-floor farm shed on the Sunshine Coast by husband and wife Darren and Julia Holger, and has grown from building four models a year to over 120 at last count, so they must be doing something right.

 

Apparently they came up with their camper idea after a particularly rain-soaked trip to Fraser Island with their young kids. The story goes that the babies couldn’t be kept clean or dry and after a few days of pulling her hair out Julia announced that she was “finished with tents”. Thanks to Darren’s auto body engineering background they designed and produced the world’s first automatic set-up camper back, which is still the only slide-on on the market with this feature.

 

It effectively takes the effort out of setting up your accommodation. Rock up to your campsite, release a couple of clasps, flick a switch and you’re ready to hit the hay. It makes things easier for older couples who may not want to be wrestling with tents or unfolding trailers, or if you’re just lazy like me, these things are as far from hard work as it gets.

 

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