I hope the forest camo is optional, or we will be looking at a lot of collisions in foul weather.
The skin is "3.5 times lighter than steel and 1.5 times lighter than standard aluminum..." ?? You do realize this statement is meaning free, right? Same volume of steel? Same strength in aluminum? Without context, it's just air.
this review overstates the capability when compared to the Kimberly Karavan
Unfortunately no manufacturer in the U.S. offers anything near comparable to what is offered by Kimberley (Australia) or Conqueror (South Africa), let alone the decades of experience/knowledge of dealing with environments that are truly desolate and taxing to both man and machine.
Though I am not sure how the majority of caravans are used in Australia or S.A., in the U.S. the majority of campers (our name for a caravan) are pulled from their storage location to a relatively civilized campground that can include power and sanitary connections.
Those, in the U.S., that choose to get away from society and do actually need or simply prefer to have an off road capable camper are limited by size. It may sound counterintuitive but our truly remote areas, available for public use, are in areas service by little more than a trail which is often barely wide enough for a vehicle to go through as well as possibly being unnavigable with a longer/bigger camper due to switchback turns up in the mountains. As much as I love what is offered by Kimberley and Conqueror there just isn't any use for something like that in the U.S..
Also no one, other than you and EcoTrek, compared this camper to any other camper. It is however a viable contender in the U.S. based on form, function and price when compared to other campers of similar purpose offered in the U.S..
Tim Driman
I am sure this is a great little camper, and the guys want to hype up potential customers, but with respect, it is not an off-road camper in the true sense of the description...The one in this article looks great but would not last on 70 kilomters of Mana Pools Road, The Richtersveld or Botswana to name a few..
South Africa manufacture "off-road" campers which are built to withstand serious hammering, but can still be comfortable at a cosy campsite which supplies electricity and water....
Check out www.afrispoortrailers.co.za Dave Coombes and his team are a great new model out ....
Their construction materials used are galavanized steel chassis and the body panels are 3CR12 stainless and aluminium....
It doesn't appear to have over-run brakes, or any brakes at all, as far as I can see from the available photos, yet it weighs 500Kg empty. Assuming it can carry at least 250kg cargo/equipment, its gross weight is going to be 750kg plus, so - in the UK anyway - requiring over-run brakes, I don't know what the requirements are for it to be road legal in Australia. Perhaps they don't concern themselves with trivialities like being able to stop safely.... ;-))
Personally, I'm just not seeing enough superiority over similar standard box trailers.
We are building a welded steel/wood cabin trailer out of a 5x8 flatbed trailer for a lot less right now.
Microlite makes a trailer like this one with some nice external tool boxes but,like this one,it was too expensive for what it is.
The worst ones are those Tumbleweed trailers their smallest trailer is like $33,000 and they FINANCE their plans if you want to build your own!
Their trailers are CRAZY heavy,as well, and are really not meant to be towed regularly. They are more just one-way or seasonal.
Anyway, on the opposite extreme, when trailers get too light they bounce around on the highway,anyway.
I like this concept but I think that most of the ones I see are just too expensive for what you get.
How hard is it to build a box on wheels?
Not very.
I don't care what anybody says- I'll take "welded" over "taped" any day.
I just want the paint job for my camper. :-)
Scott Schoemann
I get a kick out of some of these comments. Distinctly made by people who have NEVER been off roading with a trailer to say the least. First with a camper YOU NEVER load a camping trailer up with 50% of it's base weight. It isnt a CARGO rig. You take it on a steep side trail an it WILL take the tow rig right over. Next the strength of the trailer? Most trailers rigidity is based on the skin. Not the frame of the walls, NOT what is needed off road, walls twist. floor frame and interior frame are what matter in order to keep weight down, nice touch eliminating the axle weight and not adding more with a traditional torsion suspension. And as far as excessive costs... The niche market really jacks the liability issues up. Hence costs skyrocket, thank the attorneys for that. As the Great baird said " Kill the Lawyers, Kill them all".
I agree with Scott. Although everyone is entitled to their opinions, opinions should have some knowledge behind them. Most of the posters obviously never built a trailer, let alone a camper. They want to post negative comments about something they have never seen in person. That does not display any level of intelligence on their part. The camper trailers some of the posters are using for comparison cost $30,000.00 to 50,000.00. This is a far cry from the $10,000.00 list price of the EcoTrek, making the EcoTrek Camper very affordable in the US market. EcoTrek Camper is now offering an All Aluminum All Terrain roof top tent trailer, the T3, designed to be towed behind the Jeep Wrangler. This is the answer to the lack of storage the Jeep Wrangler has plus it's lightweight, only 550 pounds allows the Jeep Wrangler to tow it easily. Looks like EcoTrek Camper has a hit on their hands with their T3. Be sure to check out their website.