CAMPING – SLIDE-ON CAMPERS
If you have a ute or a tray-back 4WD, a slide-on camper could make the ideal bush home.
Zone RV is best known for its high-tech caravans, but the Queensland-based company has branched out into top-shelf canopy and rear skirt modules for utes and converted wagons.
Earthcruiser Australia has released the US-developed Earthcruiser Express slide-on camper that is said to fit most Australian-market utes.
Carry Me Camper launched its Hard Lid slide-on campers in mid-2018 and upgraded them again in late 2019.
Slide-on camper manufacturer Trayon has produced a budget-priced, lightweight, slide-on camper. Traymate can double as a tradie’s body during the working week.
Most slide-on campers are fully finished, but this Aussie company has seen the market need for structurally complete units that buyers can finish off to suit their individual needs.
Tailgate Campers has been producing Australian-made slide-ons for the past seven years. We check out the latest short-cab and extra-cab models.
Many slide-on camper installations we’ve seen are illegal, because the loaded rig exceeds the ute manufacturer’s rated gross vehicle mass. You need to do your sums before you buy.
Trayon has been building slide-ons since 1994 and in April 2017 produced its 1000th unit. The Trayon Diesel Deluxe model has everything a bush camper could want and it’s relatively quick to set up and pack away.
Tray-Tek campers were locally made units that offered pop-top security, a very fast set-up and pack away procedure. Tray-Tek units were made from aluminium and came with a lifetime construction integrity warranty.
David Hazlewood spent many years perfecting his Wedgetail slide-on camper design and he’s now sold the business . We visited the compact but efficient factory in Newcastle NSW.
The Carry Me Camper business changed hands and there are considerable improvements in this reliable design.