CAMPING - CAMPER SLIDE-ON
Cameron Campers Compact slide-on uses the company’s camper-trailer-style Easy Tent with patented easy-fold technology, to make camping easier and more comfortable. It is a side-fold, combination hard-soft-floor hybrid that requires no pegs or guy ropes.
The Compact’s Easy Tent module fits onto a lip-free ute tray top and can be ordered with or without an integrated, forward-mounted, 820-litre storage box. The module bolts onto the tray and can be removed when not required.
Construction is powder-coated, marine-grade aluminium and incorporates lift-up side doors and tailgate. Four heavy-duty jacking legs are provided, for easeof slide-on and slide-off.
When set up the tent is is 2.9m high at its highest point, making the tent very spacious and airy. An integrated pole system uses South Australian steel, wide-rung, broad steps that are much more home-like and user-friendly than a ladder.
There are internal shelves for storage and sleeping orientation is your choice: north-south or east-west in a queen-sized bed, or optional king-size.
High-quality Australian-made canvas and materials are employed, to ensure trouble-free operation in inclement weather conditions. Standard ventilation can be enhanced, if required, with an optional moon roof and fly package and there is a room extension option as well.
Because there’s no need to set guy ropes and pegs, camping set-up is said to be very quick. When packing it all away, the draft skirt behind the steps rolls down to the floor and the action of pulling the tent over it allows any dirt to fall out from the floor through the draft-skirt opening, not onto the bed.
Standard inclusions are: huge roll-out aluminium and stainless steel kitchen with Waeco 30-litre drawer fridge; two burner LPG cooktop; 95-litre poly water tank with electric pump; 12V 100Ah AGM battery (with space for another); smart battery charger, tow vehicle electrical connections and 12V power sockets and USBs.
Claimed tare weight, without the front storage box is 345kg and, with the box, 410kg. Cameron states that there’s no need for a ute GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) upgrade to accommodate the Compact slide-on, but we’d caution against putting a Compact plus storage box on anything other than a short-cab or extra-cab tray back ute.
A standard crew-cab could accomodate the non-box version, but that doesn’t leave much payload on top of the weight of four occupants.
As with all slide-on fitments, Outback Travel Australia urges caution, so that you don’t exceed the ute maker’s GVM rating or the makers maximum rear axle load.
The Cameron Compact Slide On camper pricing started at $30,500 in mid-2022.