The Inspiration

Our family enjoys getting away for a few days at a nice camp spot and relaxing out in the Australian bush every now and then. Currently our setup is all car boot camping (no trailers, no caravans), just tents, mattresses, tables, and a big bucket to shower in.

Some of other family members tow Caravans, and depending on which type you get, the setup time can be just as long as doing it all out of tents!

I often thought to myself ‘Should we get a caravan?‘. Obviously they suit a lot of people, but I’m not really one of them. Downsides for me are, the fuel consumption, limited offroading (even the ‘offroad’ models),  price tags & setup time (obviously this can vary).

Why a Slide on/Ute back Camper?

I watched a video one day about this Slide on/Ute tray camper, that folded out every which way, to reveal a huge internal area, it was amazing:

by Wedgetail Campers.

This is a favourite among almost anyone that’s seen it – and I had the pleasure of meeting Dave (the owner/designer) and seeing one in person at the 7th Annual Melbourne Leisurefest.

It looked like we may have found a whole new way of thinking (to us anyway) when it came to camping, and best of all, would suit the 4×4 Ute/Pickup truck we were already planning on getting! Or so we thought.

3 thoughts on “The Inspiration

  1. Aidan says:

    I’m looking at starting a similar project and discovered your blog. I have an Isuzu dual-cab (D-Max). Not a huge tray area, so I favour the Trayon-style layout so far due to its compactness, yet the possiblity to sleep up to four, etc.

    Anyway keep up the great work, I’ll be following your blog with great interest.




  2. Hey Aidan, Thanks for your comment. That’s the thing I liked about the Trayon’s also is that they’ve made it possible to sleep 4 (obviously it would be a bit cosy tho). The ideal for me is to be as compact as the Trayon but as spacious as the Wedgetail when opened.

    The D-Max’s are a great unit, I’ve considered getting one also and although I think most dual cabs come with around a 1.5m tray as standard, most ute tray builders I’ve spoken with say a 1.8m tray is perfectly do-able and legal. It would certainly make camper building a heck of a lot harder otherwise! 🙂

    All the best with your project mate.


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