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The Ares can be built for everything from light off-road to more demanding off-roading
The Ares can be built for everything from light off-road to more demanding off-roading
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The Ares can be built for everything from light off-road to more demanding off-roading
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The Ares can be built for everything from light off-road to more demanding off-roading
Mars Ares camping trailer with optional awning
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Mars Ares camping trailer with optional awning
Mars offers the base "Lifestyle" Ares trim and the more comprehensive "Deluxe." The awning is standard with the latter
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Mars offers the base "Lifestyle" Ares trim and the more comprehensive "Deluxe." The awning is standard with the latter
The Mars Ares "loft camper" 
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The Mars Ares "loft camper" 
The slide-out kitchen offers outdoor cooking
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The slide-out kitchen offers outdoor cooking
Inside, the Ares offers a convertible lounge/bed and loft kids' bed
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Inside, the Ares offers a convertible lounge/bed and loft kids' bed
Inside the Mars Ares camping trailer
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Inside the Mars Ares camping trailer
The Ares' signature pop-up roof adds extra sleeping space, increases headroom, and makes for a brighter, airier interior
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The Ares' signature pop-up roof adds extra sleeping space, increases headroom, and makes for a brighter, airier interior
Inside the Mars Ares camping trailer
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Inside the Mars Ares camping trailer
Inside the Mars Ares camping trailer
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Inside the Mars Ares camping trailer
Mars Ares camping trailer
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Mars Ares camping trailer
The Ares comes with 15-in wheels standard, 16-in wheels optional
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The Ares comes with 15-in wheels standard, 16-in wheels optional
Mars Ares camping trailer
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Mars Ares camping trailer
Mars Ares camping trailer
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Mars Ares camping trailer
Mars Ares camping trailer
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Mars Ares camping trailer
Converted Mars Ares bed
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Converted Mars Ares bed
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The new Ares camping trailer from Australia's Mars Campers is among the most distinctive on/off-road campers we've seen this year. This polygon of rough-and-tumble adventure eats up bumpy terrain behind your 4x4, then pops open into a cozy, two-story mini-lodge that seats six and sleeps four. It's yet another example of boundless nomadic adventure meeting homestyle comfort.

The 18.3-ft (5.6-m) Ares represents a new direction for Mars, which specializes largely in compact box trailers with fold-out tents. The company calls the Ares a "loft camper," alluding to the pop-up roof that houses an extra two sleeping berths for the kids. It's not the first camping trailer of this kind, but pop-up roofs are a feature more commonly seen in full camper vans than tow-along caravans.

Mars Ares camping trailer with optional awning
Mars Ares camping trailer with optional awning

In addition to housing the extra bed, the Ares' pop top increases interior headroom and puts some mesh on either side of the trailer, improving airflow. Those mesh panels work with the full-size door and windows on every side in providing views outdoors from every sitting/standing position and letting plenty of light into the trailer during the day. If you don't need the extra bed, the loft can be used to store gear.

The Ares' interior is filled out with a convertible sofa/dinette/bed, TV/DVD/MP3 combo, Bushman refrigerator and plenty of organized storage. An outdoor kitchen combines a slide-out dual-burner stove and sink. Available indoor and outdoor shower/toilet options provide bathroom amenities. Capacities include a 65-L fresh water tank and 240 V electrical with 100-Ah battery.

The slide-out kitchen offers outdoor cooking
The slide-out kitchen offers outdoor cooking

The Ares' aluminum-frame, aluminum-composite-panel shell rides atop a rugged galvanized chassis. Mars offers both solid axle and independent suspension options to cushion the 15-in wheels. Depending upon specification, Ares models are good for everything from light off-roading on unsealed roads to serious 4x4 expeditions. Weight will of course vary by specification, but Mars puts base weight around 2,645 lb (1,200 kg) and gross trailer mass at 4,400 lb (2,000 kg).

Mars first got the Ares rolling earlier this year and plans to get full production running in early 2018. The trailer starts at AU$34,999 (approx. US$27K) before delivery.

Source: Mars Campers

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