BUYERS GUIDE - 4X4 CAMPERVANS
Trakka’s mobile office conversion on the VW Crafter 4Motion isn’t your normal campervan, because it’s designed to sleep only one person. However, we reckon Trakka’s inventive designers could widen the bed or add an upper bunk.
The VW Crafter 4Motion gets our vote for the best campervan base in the Australian market. It’s much cheaper than the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the only limitation is that 4Motion models are single-tyred-rear-axle only and, hence, GVM is limited to four tonnes. The plus side is optional Seikel suspension, diff lock and off-road kit that lets the Crafter 4Motion go pretty much anywhere you’d want a camper van to go.
The Trakka Buro Kamp was built on the Crafter 4Motion medium-wheelbase van with twin sliding doors and eight-speed automatic transmission options. Outputs of 130kW and 410Nm came from VW’s twin-turbo two-litre diesel.
The Trakka Buro Kamp was commissioned by VW Australia as an events mobile office vehicle. The overall impression, thanks to Trakka’s usual high-quality fit and finish, was all class. The events office rational specified that it needed to have a bunk bed for only one person, with a concertina privacy door.
The Buro Kamp boasted a kitchenette, with microwave, 50-litre fridge/freezer and sink. There was also a workbench above a drawer unit, a wardrobe and overhead cupboards. Dimmable, strip-LED lighting was moulded into the cupboard layout.
The front seats were swivelling types, able to face a removable indoor/outdoor table. A pair of camping chairs could convert this space to a four-seat dinette or a conference suite.
Powered awnings on both sides of the Crafter created a shaded and rain-covered area, and twin sliding side doors allowed easy contact between people outside and the Buro Kamp occupants: a true mobile office.
Underfloor and behind the joinery were a 50-litre fresh water tank; 30-litre grey water tank; 200Ah lithium batteries and 40-amp 240V and DC to DC chargers. A 200-watt solar panel was mounted on the van roof and a digital display and switch panel allowed systems monitoring and control.
A base-model Buro Kamp 4Motion model could be had for around $130,000, but the VW Australia machine was given the full Seikel off-road package as well. For an additional $18,000 it came with the Off Road Pack (ORP) that included a snorkel; rear differential lock; front and rear underbody protection plates; door sill protection plates; hill descent control; off road 17-inch aluminium wheels with 245/70 tyres and 60mm-raised suspension.
We’re hoping for a test of the Buro Kamp in the near future.