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5 steps you must take before choosing a slide on camper
We believe it’s vital to follow these steps. Failing to do so could lead to driving a dangerous, and potentially illegal vehicle.
So you've discovered the existence of the wonderful slide on camper. But you quickly run into the overwhelming amount of research and factors to consider such as GVM, tare weight and payload.
We see most people spend months, if not years planning.
And others will just give up on their dream to travel Australia without the hinderance of a caravan or camp trailer.
After all, who has time for months of research? Surely someone has all the answers, right? Think Again!
There are so many variables, that only you can decide what's the right touring set up for you. However with our tried and tested procedure, there's no need to delay your dreams any longer... whether it's the beach, the bush, or the outback!
We've come up with the 5 steps you must take before choosing a slide on camper. Use these 5 steps as a guide to help you decide on the right touring set up for you.
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Step 1 – Establish your needs
This is not just about the camper. It's about the destinations you'll go to (different terrains), the time you spend away (food and water capacity) and the vehicle that will get you there.
We've developed a checklist questionnaire for you to download here.
It will help get you thinking and put your needs and wants in a clearer snapshot format. This will get you moving forward a lot faster and into your slide on camper.
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. Yes, it's about your dreams... but also being sensible in knowing the difference between wanting something just because it looks great or needing something to aid in functionality and safety.
As a little bonus, click here for an article written by a 26 year army veteran and survival expert. Time in the same room with Scott can cost $250 per hour for his outback and 4wd training.
Step 2 – Lets do some maths
Yep, get out the pen and paper! Let’s start to add up the mass of all the items you need (don’t forget to include yourself and any passengers in this).
Don’t just do this once, build a few different hypothetical options. Why? Because different brand bull bars have different weights, for example.
Just remember, leave home at home – you do not need to take your hardwood chopping block and full set of pots and pans. Every kilo counts here.
Of course, this will take some time gathering the information on everything in your "needs list". And for some items, it's safe to just have an educated guess.
Using a vehicle mass check list like this one, makes this step a breeze.
Just one example of how every kilogram counts is tyres. This Tyre Comparison site shows the mass of each size and brand side by side.
Steps 1 and 2 have given us an understanding on what we need to have (and what would be nice to have), and also how heavy it's all going to be.
Now we can start looking at what vehicle and slide on camper will best suit your needs..
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Step 3 – Make a vehicle short list
You might already have a vehicle suitable for a slide on. Or perhaps when you bought it you didn’t intend to throw a camper on the back. Or you may be in the market to trade in or start afresh.
No matter the scenario, this step still needs careful consideration.
In a way, choosing a vehicle needs to have Steps 1 and 2 thrown back into the mix. A lot of the vehicles out there can be made suitable for the task of carrying a slide on camper – but some stand clear above the rest.
Here are the most common vehicles that our customers have chosen.
Mazda BT50 Freestyle Pre-September 2020 – offering a great payload in cab chassis format and the added benefit of the cabin space. Coupled with a 300kg suspension upgrade, this is a capable machine. Our prediction is the newer model will not be as appealing as it no longer has the extra seat.
Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series Single Cab – everybody loves a Landcruiser, right? It is why there are so many aftermarket upgrades available to make this Ute so appealing. Not to mention almost every mechanic in the country knows how to fix them.
Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series Dual Dab with Chassis Extension – for the same reasons above, but with the extra seating space it’s a win-win.
Ford Ranger Space Cab – for the same reasons as the Mazda listed above. They're almost the same vehicle, but the Mazda variant is slightly lighter.
Some other noteworthy mentions.
Mercedes G300 – Massive payload in an off-road ready truck.
Iveco Daily 4X4 – Available in single and dual cab, huge payload and built to do the hard work.
Isuzu NPS 75/155 - Massive 7.5 tonne GVM and like the Toyota Landcruiser, nearly every mechanic in regional and outback areas knows how to fix them.
No matter which vehicle or camper you choose, we'll always recommend a GVM upgrade. Why? Well, factory suspension is simply not set up for constant load carrying... let alone doing it off road as well.
Here are some useful links to help make the choice:
Another important factor to consider is weight distribution. Now this is a difficult one to calculate as there are so many variables.
Generally speaking, closer to the middle of the front and rear axles is better for sharing mass. As we move closer to the back, we shift the mass to favour the rear axle. Nobody can really tell you what to do here. Just keep these facts in mind for later on.
Is information-overload starting to make this look too difficult? It’s completely understandable, that’s why we’re here.
Schedule your FREE 45-minute specialised consultation with us now!
Step 4 – Make a camper short list
This is most definitely not a decision making step, it’s more a process of keeping your sanity!
When Wedgetail Campers started there were no more than a handful of manufacturers. Now there are over 40 and counting.
The best thing you can do is get out your list of needs and wants again. A lot of this list will already be built into most of the campers out there. We went to the effort of making a printer friendly chart for you to fill in, so you can compare for yourself.
Here's an example:
Just be wary - we often find some manufactures will compare equally in a chart like this example. That's why Step 5 is so important.
Step 5 – Visit
You knew this one was coming!
Get a feel for what it is that the camper/s of choice offer. As we said before, many campers will compare similarly, based on a feature-inclusion spec sheet.
The only advice we can give on this subject is... take your time while visiting, take it in.
Ask about after-sales support. Ask for testimonials and/or contact details of happy customers who already own one.
Chances are you travelled a fair distance to see the camper. Ask questions about how things operate and what's included.
And don’t assume if it is not obvious.
With most of the Aussie made units, there is much more happening "under the bonnet" than meets the eye. It's these details which often mean the difference between many happy years of trouble-free travelling vs a less pleasant experience.
Okay, all done. Now what?
Well, if you made it this far, now's the time to get your order in! We truly are in unprecedented times at the moment, so build queues are longer than ever.
If a Wedgetail camper happens to be the camper of choice, that's great - thank you!
In fact, if you have completed these 5 Steps at the time of ordering a camper, show us. Then ask for your $1500 5-steps discount.
Why the discount? Because you doing this shows us that you're on the ball, can make decisions and will save us both hours of back and forth communications.
What questions do you have, or how else can we help you soar to your dreams? Contact us via the form below - we're always more than happy to answer your questions (or give us a call on 0458 130 106).