Posted on 06 March 2017
So having decided to move on from the tents, I considered the following options:
- Pick-up campers offer caravan-like luxury without the need to pull a caravan. Again a bit pricey off-the-shelf, and perhaps a bit heavy. What puts my off the pick-up camper is that the those capable of sleeping four are just big. Two-berthers like the Gazell look up to the job, but anything bigger? I'd not feel confident taking the larger models off-road.
- Slide-on campers like the Wedgetail and Trayon are inspiring. Compact enough to fit on the back of my dual-cab, yet quickly fold out to provide sleeping for four with inside and outside cooking. These tick all the boxes with a few minor drawbacks: cost, and require a Ute tray.
Putting an Aussie-style Ute tray on the back utilises space quite well. The area between the wheels could be used for a drawer or auxilliary tank. However, aluminium trays are rare in the UK and a conversion all adds to the cost. So what to do? Make a tray and buy a Slide-on? Or vice-versa?