Vale Darrell White
The team at Outback Travel Australia has been involved in the bush touring business and all that’s associated with it – vehicles, destinations, modifications, towing and camping – for many years. We’ve seen these associated industries develop over this time and that growth is often down to just a few stand-out people.
Darrell White was one such person and it was with great sadness we heard of his passing in December 2020.
Darrell and his wife, Linda, started building Tray Tek campers after many years of bush travel and experimentation with different slide-on camper designs.
When we bought our slide-on camper seven years ago we researched the entire market and decided the Tray Tek product was the one for us. It’s still serving us well today, although the brand and designs have since been bought by Tray On Campers.
The Tray Tek’s ‘tailgate’ design that greatly expanded the space inside a slide-on camper has since been emulated by several other makers.
But Darrell White was more than a brilliant tradesman and camper designer: he was a selfless, generous bloke who stepped in whenever he saw a need.
Examples include building a dedicated camper trailer free of design and labour charges, for disabled outback Alice Springs legend, Jol Fleming and constructing additional toilet facilities for the Aboriginal community at Batton Hill, on the Hay River Track.
On remote-area trips, Darrell was always the first to lend a hand with bush repairs.
Mixed with his professionalism was a lively sense of humour and the sound of his infectious laugh is with us still.
Pick us out a good campsite, old mate; we’re a bit behind you on the dusty track.