CAMPING - CAMPER TRAILERS
A hard-floor camper keeps the main living area out of the dust and mud, but it can be a business packing a hard-floor camper away when it’s time to move on. Mountain Trail has solved the problem with electric opening and closing, letting one person do the job.
Mountain Trail camper trailers are unashamedly aimed at the upper end of the camper trailer market. The new EDX with electric setup has a starting price of fifty grand and fully optioned it’s well over $60,000. Company director Nick Edwards admits the EDX isn’t for everybody, but is quietly confident it’s the camper of choice for those who want the best hard-floor in the market.
We checked out the EDX at its launch, during the 2014 Melbourne Caravan, Camping and Touring Show. The most obvious plus for this unit was the ease of set-up and pack-away. With the locking latches undone, a simple button push saw the hard lid become a hard floor, in a few seconds, pulling the tent into place above it.
We asked about adjustable legs under the hard floor and Nick told us that the floor is formed from a polypropelene/honeycomb fibreglass laminate that is
rigid enough to support a typical load of people and furniture. The electrically-powered mechanical linkage that does the opening and closing is strong
enough to support the weight of the loaded floor, without the need for supporting legs. We checked it out by jumping inside and the structure hardly
Packing up was nearly as quick, with the only breaks in the process being the need to tuck in canvas as the floor became a lid. When two people did the
pack-up the job took about 30 seconds.
Like other Mountain Trail Campers the EDX is Australian-made from galvanised plate, zinc anneal and aluminium sheet metal, attached to a hot-dip galvanised chassis. Two rear body-stabiliser legs, a heavy-duty jockey wheel and two rear recovery points are fitted.
Independent coil suspension, an off-road hitch and 12-inch electric brakes with mechanical handbrake are standard, as is an under-body spare wheel.
Electrical equipment incorporates 12-volt and 240-volt electrical systems, two 105 amp/hour deep cycle batteries, battery management system, eight internal
cabin lights, two internal courtesy lights in the storage area, internal and external dual USB and auxiliary sockets, a 12-volt DC charger, a 240-volt AC charger and solar regulator.
There’s a slide-out, brushed stainless steel kitchen,130-litre stainless steel water tank behind the axle and a slide-out 40-litre refrigerator. Above the kitchen area are switches and control panels for most of the camper functions.
Storage space includes two slide-out pantry drawers with dividers, slide out internal clothing drawer under bed,
three internal storage compartments, an external lockable compartment for firewood and rubbish, two additional external open storage areas, a pack rack and a pole storage compartment. There are also two 4kg gas bottle holders and two 20-litre jerry can holders.
The bed is an innerspring queen size mattress with mattress cover.
Canvas is Australian 12-ounce Dynaproofed and the EDX comes with a removable annexe roof, and all pegs, ropes and bags.
Options include a Webasto diesel hot water service, with shower and ducted heating, an ensuite, enclosed annexe, kids’ room, a range of 16-inch and 17-inch
aluminium wheels and 120-watt solar panel plus a third battery.
All this equipment doesn’t come lightly, so it’s no surprise that the EDX tips the scales empty at 1200kg, with a 130kg ball load. Gross mass rating is
2000kg. The unit measures just under five metres in length and is 1400mm high. Width is 1890mm.