Australian pop-out camper that is full of well-thought-out features

Here's a slow, gentle, fascinating demonstration video for the Wedgetail slide-on camper, "built for rough Australian terrain." It's a pretty amazing feat of engineering, with lots of thoughtful features. But what really gets me is in the money shot where the whole thing opens up like some kind of origami trick. Big things hidden in little things! Hell yeah!

Wedgetail slide on camper demonstration (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)



    1. Not bad if you are a recently retired baby boomer with a pocket full of superannuation payout. And this will take you into places where a big camper van can’t go.

    1. I watched the whole thing and I don’t even like camping. There was just something about the way he was going through everything that made him seem like just a regular guy. I think my expectation with a sales video like this is a sales douche with a heavy emphasis on marketing terms. This guy just goes through the features and says what you could use them for and why they put them there. Instead of calling the fridge an “executive premiere cooling unit”, he calls it a fridge. I did notice that getting into the fridge from the outside looked fairly difficult if you’re short.

      1.  This guy knows his stuff and seems a very genuine bloke. But that is not a standard Australian accent. On a first listen I thought it had many English overtones. There are also plenty of New Zealand ‘isms too and the vowel shift that David notes is indicative – of Kiwi-speak – not Strine. If I had to put money on it I would say he was a Pom who emigrated to NZ and then  moved to Australia – where he has been for quite some time. That is a very well thought camper BTW. But when I was a boy 47 grand was a lot of money. Now I cant afford it. Perfect for the cashed up “grey nomad” though.

        1. He’s not ‘strine, but I reckon he wouldn’t turn any heads if he ordered food in any Aussie city. He’s obviously educated. I wouldn’t at all be surprised to find someone with that kind of accent working in a school or university somewhere in NSW or Qld

  1. Very impressive.

    Little worried about the safety of indoor food access. Main rule of camping, at least in the USA: KEEP FOOD AWAY FROM WHERE YOU SLEEP. Attracts bears and whatnot. Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than a sheet of canvas separating you and the smell of food from a bear.I dunno about australia. Don’t think koalas are much of a threat. Maybe dingoes.

    1. Your main threat in that area is salt water crocs, very poisonous snakes, very poisonous spiders, very poisonous jellyfish.

      I’m pretty sure its resistant to jellyfish.  

      1. Bah, give nature time. Flying camper attacking animals is a niche that has not yet been filled. Jellyfish are just as poised as any to fill it.

      2.  Yes, having camped on all continents, this camper is well suited for Australia, less so for other places. ‘Creepy crawlies’ indeed: you don’t want to go for a piss in the middle of the night in northern OZ and step on a croc. There’s a reason why tents are not popular there and why australian invented car roof tents. In crowded Europe I’m a lot more worried about discretion, I prefer a large but standard car with no outside sign that people may be sleeping in it. In northern America you can still put your food outside. And in Antarctica the mosquito nets without windows are not well suited…  ;-)

    2. Koalas might get confused by that jungle pattern on his bed for a moment, but they’re Very picky eaters, gum leaves and only certain types at certain times of the year. Dingos ‘mostly’ stay away from humans, apart from in areas where stupid people feed them and they get desensitised to humans.

      The biggest problem you face while camping in Australia really are the biting insects and ants

  2. Did you hear him say ‘doona’ a couple of times?
    That is Australian for ‘duvet’.

      1. Because all of your cotton sheets used to be shipped to Auz/NZ from Manchester, UK in crates stamped “Manchester” :)

        1.  Because a vast textile manufacturing industry was once centred in Manchester. Lots of cotton from the colonies were  transformed into sheets, quilts etc. Manchester=Bedding.

  3. I Really hope the video was shot and edited by his wife Madge, that would just make my day.

    But he probably got someone to do it professionally, I mean the entire unit isn’t something he knocked up in the garage, it’s been produced by some serious people.

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