An Aussie-made slide-on camper that weighs less than 300kg and costs under $15,000? Tell us more!
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These days, the idea of cruising down to the local beach camp with an Esky and a dome tent is similar to medieval torture for many; we all want more luxury and mod cons while out exploring. While out shooting the LED driving light comparison in the last issue, we bumped into Cigi and Jose who were travelling around Australia in their BT-50 Extra Cab with a Rhino Camper slide-on mounted to the rear. We literally couldn’t stop looking over in their direction, and had to ask if we could take a closer look at their setup. Hey, when an opportunity presents… you strike! Their own description of their camping setup is spot on too: “It’s light, comfortable and simple to set up.”
Jose had the line of the day when asked why they chose the Rhino slide-on. “They also make boats, so the slide-on shouldn’t leak.” Pretty hard to argue with that, but there are other key points we took away from our quick viewing. These slide-on campers are made in Australia, which gets a massive tick of approval from our end. This also helps if there is a warranty issue or any damage arises; chasing spare parts and advice shouldn’t be a drama.
Being of all-fibreglass construction, Rhino Campers are actually really light. There are two sizes available: A 2.1m that weighs just 280kg, or the longer 2.4m camper that tips the scales at 320kg. When you think about it, that is roughly the combined weight of a young family of four.
The layout of this camper is rather smart… especially for a touring couple. On the driver’s side of the unit there is a standard-size double bed with storage underneath. It is deceptively roomy too; there’s ample space for two people inside. On the passenger side is a spacious kitchen (that can be further customised during the build process) with an 84L water tank and space for a fridge as well as numerous storage bins. It is a simple layout, but one that just works.
As mentioned, two different sizes are available. If you own an extra-cab 4X4 ute, the smaller 2.1m model should fit the bill nicely. Those with single-cab utes can choose to run the longer 2.4m unit – which allows for more internal storage and sleeping space. The slide-on can be lifted off the vehicle with the use of supplied support arms – meaning you can set up base camp and still use your vehicle for day trips or a quick blast to the shops.
As well as giving a choice of overall dimensions, Rhino offers a few key optional accessories to pimp your camper out. Everything from additional fly screens to 100Ah AGM Deep Cycle batteries can be selected at the time of purchase; as well as lighting, and awnings that run from the side to the rear of the camper. Apart from the look of the camper, it seems nearly every aspect can be modified to suit your own tastes and requirements.
For more information on Rhino Campers, check out the website: traytopcampers.com
SPECIFICATIONS: Rhino Slide-On
|Length||Choice of 2.1m and 2.4m|
|Height||1.250m at the rear and 1.050m at the front|
|Priced from||$14,688 (2.1m) and $15,695 (2.4m)|
Words by Evan Photos by Scott Mason