Vacation tourer ROUGH r e a d y f o r t h e VacaTion’s Tourer includes all The righT Things To geT you going. T here aren’t many options available on All of the important stuff is already here, and there for all the little things you really the Vacation Campers Tourer, because which means there aren’t any hidden costs wanted in a camper in the first place. it already comes with everything you just to make it useable. “We are both of the old school,” he need to hit the road rolling. That Theo Snyder, who runs Vacation with says, “and take a great deal of pride in doesn’t mean you can’t improve on things his wife Pauline, says he hates it when what we manufacture and we believe that by adding a tropical roof (as pictured) or an salespeople quote a price just to get you is evidenced in the high quality of our A-frame toolbox, but those aren’t necessities. interested, then start adding costs on here products.” 34 campertraileraustralia.com.au Please note: design and pricing quoted in this magazine article may have changed since the time of publication. Words and pics Carlisle Rogers H BOTTOMS UP auto weather seals to keep the dust out. Up For $11,990, you wouldn’t expect bells front is a PVC pole locker and spare wheel. and whistles under the chassis, but the There’s one jerry holder and one 4.5kg Tourer seems to live up to its label as a light gas cylinder, so you aren’t going to tackle offroader. This is evidenced immediately by the Tanami in this, but that’s plenty for the Hyland coupling, which means you can most family trips. On the nearside there’s use your existing 50mm coupling and still a battery box wired to an Anderson get all the articulation you’ll ever need. plug so you can charge it on the go Then you notice the A-frame, which with your tow vehicle. LED tail lamps curves out elegantly from the coupling are becoming the norm on good campers, and jockey wheel, rather than at the usual and Vacation includes them standard. straight angles that kink as they become parallel. THE GREAT OUTDOORS “We don’t like the way other campers Starting with the full annexe that comes off utilise a crushed, bent chassis rail system,” the back of this side-fold camper, enclosing Theo says. “We cold-roll our chassis, which the kitchen and almost 11m2 of floor space, costs a little more, but provides great you get wrap-around flyscreen walls for strength and efficiency. We end-cap the free. That includes a canvas wall behind chassis too, so you’ll never have an issue the kitchen with a window. On top of the with corrosion.” enclosable annexe, there is a further ‘porch’ The chassis is galvanised to further that extends out 2m from the annexe on protect it from corrosion in the long term. two sides to keep things dry while you relax The trailer body is Zincanneal steel. New behind the flyscreens. tyres are provided too, including the spare – All up, that’s a lot of canvas included a small but important feature I always look in this package. Our review model also for. Designed to tour the country, this trailer had the optional ($440) thermal fly. Using should be able to handle even heavy beach work. “We designed our Tourer using a high quality leaf suspension,” Theo explains, “which means that corrugations will not Right and below: The side-fold bother it.” Tourer offers a generous amount The storage compartment, like most box of living space, and apart from the trailers, is large and easy to access. On the tropical roof and two-burner stove Tourer, it is carpeted with automotive carpet with grill, everything is included in which is attached via press studs so you can the price. remove it to clean – another small thing that makes life a little easier. The tailgate is lockable, and sealed with campertraileraustralia.com.au 35 Please note: design and pricing quoted in this magazine article may have changed since the time of publication. Vacation tourer Above: The galvanised, cold-rolled chassis and Zincanneal body should stand up well to abuse, along with the decent tyres (including a spare), solid leaf suspension and Hyland coupling. “the tourer is a little over-engineered to be a simple on-roader, but light enough that most soft-roaders can pull it” fibreglass bows, this tropical roof requires a couple more poles, but is worth the trouble with plug. The sink sits under a hand pump on a hot day. There’s also the option to fit a plumbed to the 85L water tank. Storage in second bedroom on the front side of the tent, the kitchen box is sufficient for your stove with a zippered door already in place. and a couple of pans. The main tent keeps the queen-size bed I already mentioned the wall behind and an additional 2.2x2.7m floor dry. Five the kitchen, which keeps the cook dry, but windows, two doors and a vent in the floor there’s also a draft skirt to keep the wind all help keep things cooler. (and the bugs!) out. Without it, the mozzies and flies will eventually find their way into EASY LIVING your sanctuary. The kitchen is simple but functional – about all you can ask for. There’s the main SUMMING UP aluminium box with a stainless bench, The Tourer delivers great value for the a longer fold-out stainless bench, and in right buyer. It is a little over-engineered to between, a place for a nifty plastic sink be a simple on-roader, but light enough (at 498kg Tare, with a 750kg ATM) that most soft-roaders can pull it. The ball weight is only 35kg. Starting at $11,990, our review model featured the optional thermal fly and, at $295, the Lido two-burner stove with grill. Vacation Campers, 23 Lisgar Street, Virginia, Qld 4014, 1300 652 261. For more information, visit www.vacationcampers.com.au n Please note: design and pricing quoted in this magazine article may have changed since the time of publication.