Our Tow Vehicle and Camper(s)
We updated late 2015 to a newer version of our old tow vehicle, a Mitsubishi Challenger. We haven’t done a lot to the vehicle since we first picked it up.
We had a tow bar and RedArc electric brakes installed by Mitsubish. The boys at ARB Newcastle sorted us out with roof racks and cage, bull bar, driving lights, fog lights, Redarc battery management system, with an internal Anderson plug installed in the rear so that we can run our fridge from the secondary battery and an external Anderson on the tow bar for the trailer. We also had some air bags put in the rear suspension – we weren’t keen on pulling out brand new suspension so the airbags were a good in-between measure.
In February 2016, we picked up our new upgraded hard walls, hard roof camper 🙂 … A Lifestyle Breakaway 2Plus (dinette version). The crew at Lifestyle are magnificent we seriously can’t say enough nice things about them, before we purchased, during the purchased and afterwards.
The camper is:
- 100% Australian designed and manufactured (QLD)
- Lightweight and low travel height
- Independent suspension
- 3 jerry can carrier
- 2 x 80L water tanks
- 240 amps of Battery, 140 watt Solar Panel and CTEK Charger
- Queen size bed
- 3 seater dinette
Our previous Trailer:
Thomas: After having camped in a variety of tents, our desire for a little more comfort had increased and we purchased our first camper trailer in early 2013 – a 2012 model Johnno’s offroad dreamtime camper trailer – named Thomas.
- Body of 1.6m (2080x1275x500 Zincaneal Pressed sides);
- Chassis 50 x 50 x 2.5 Duragal;
- Drawbar 100 x 50 x 3 Duragal with Off road 9 leaf shackle springs,
- 65lt Underbody water tank with external pump tap,
- 2 x jerry can holder,
- tool box mounted at front with a wood box behind the tool box.
- 3 12v points inside the trailer for power.
- The tent is Aussie made canvas 9ft.
We added an Anderson plug to the drawbar to charge the single 80amp battery (for now) and had electric brakes fitted.