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Rapid set-up and pack-away are features of these slide-ons.

Tailgate Campers produces Australian-made slide-ons and we checked out short-cab and extra-cab models.


tailgate slide-on camperTailgate slide-on campers are the creations of Irene and Noel Ham, who produce these all-Australian products in Victoria.

The couple travelled extensively throughout Australia before starting to design the Tailgate units, so they know what campers’ priorities are.

Ease of set-up and pack-away are paramount, along with the ability to camp virtually anywhere, without site preparation.

The Hams also know that weight saving is important, without sacrificing durability.

tailgate slide-on camper Tailgate Campers are built from powder-coated aluminium sheet and tube framing, with an insulated hard roof and optional insulated under-roof panel in the canvas tent area.

The hard roof, lockable side panels and the tent roof lift up on gas struts. The accommodation consists of a foam queen-sized bed that can remain made-up and the tent folds behind, not on top of, the bed.

There’s under-bed storage space that’s accessible from the tailgate floor area and through the lift-up side panels. A pull-out table allows inside dining if the weather’s inclement.

tailgate slide-on camper Lift-up side panels reveal a slide-out kitchen with two-burner stove, sink with 12V-pressure-fed tap and ample drawer space.

The fridge slide angles down for ease of access and an optional second fridge slide can be fitted.

There’s a canvas awning, complete with poles and pegs that covers the entire camper side, including the kitchen area. Four stable, wind-down legs, a 75-litre water tank and a 100 amp-hour AGM deep-cycle battery with smart charger are all standard equipment.


tailgate slide-on camper The options list is comprehensive and includes an innerspring mattress, additional shelves and drawers, a folding firewood rack, gas bottle bracket, additional power outlets, sine-wave inverter, larger battery and 200W solar panel and charger.

The Tailgate slide-ons are very impressive, bush-friendly designs that seem well made. Check out how they work in this video:






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