Vicki & Alfs
Like most of us we started off with tents. Firstly small pup
tents & then a four man dome tent which we used for the two of us.
We still have our dome tent & will probably use it when the camper
trailer does not suit.
We took around 12 18 months of searching before we settled
were a lot of visits to camping shows and surfing the web. The
CamperTrailers Yahoo Group
was a great help as I could ask
questions of others who had already been down the track that we were
Our vehicle is a Kia Rio 1.5 lt. This vehicle is limited with
its towing weight and ball weight. We contemplated small caravans
but found none which suited our needs. Having been tent campers we
enjoyed the idea of having canvas around us. This narrowed down our
choice to a CT. The next question was which one. Unfortunately or
fortunately there are not many lightweight CTs around. This narrowed
our choices even further.
In February we decided on the Camplet Concorde. Value for
money this unit is a real winner, the body is made from fibreglass
and is water and dustproof. It has two queen size beds, one of which
can be converted into a lounge. Between the beds there is a
wardrobe. The tailgate swings out to become the kitchen. The kitchen
has a three burner gas stove with a pantry beneath. There is a sink
with a tap which has a 12v pump to supply water from a 10 ltr water
bottle. There is also storage under the sink.
In September we headed off on our first extended trip. We had
already used it locally & were happy with the results. This trip was
to Mildura via Deniliquin (1 night) & Swan Hill (2nights). Our stay
in Swan Hill was at Pental Island which was a lovely spot on the
banks of the Murray. Pental Island is very quiet & friendly. We then
spent 8 nights at Mildura for the country music festival before
heading home to Yass stopping at Darlington Point for 1 night.
The Camplet exceeded our expectations & was far easier than
lugging the tent around. We now have more comfort & room both in the
car & the camper. The Camplet is good to tow. As stated earlier I
only have a 1.5 lt Kia Rio & I did not know that the CT was there.
We are not into serious off roading so the Camplet suits us. I would
not be too concerned taking it on dirt roads as I already done this
at Wee Jasper.
We had the usual teething problems but once into a routine it
did not take us long to set up/pack up. We were certainly quicker
than some other CT owners that we saw. We even saw groups of 4-5
people trying to pack up some CTs. Whether this was being unfamiliar
with there CT or whatever I am not sure.
Once we got home we unpacked & then repacked for our next
weekend away which occurred a few weekends later.
Some people would find some of the features of the Camplet to
be a bit quirky. I.e. there is a separate floor, a draught excluder
to fit and curtains to hang. However having previously used a tent
for camping we did not find the separate floor much of a hassle. We
bought some of those compressed foam floor panels which we laid down
when having an extended stay.
The curtains can stay in place once they have been installed.
They make a nice touch by making the tent section more homely & give
We bought a canvas cover for the trailer & this allows us to
leave the draft excluder attached to the luggage rack. When setting
up it is only a matter of connecting the push studs. This takes less
than a minute. From the design I do not think that it would be
possible to have the floor sewn in.
We have not had any problems with creepy crawlies or joe
blakes although it could be a problem. This could & does also occur
in a tent & I presume other brands of CTs. We have even had a snake
in our house which came in with some wood. There is a skirt around
the tent section which lays flat onto the ground & this helps to
any unwelcome guests.
We carry a fold down table, fold down chairs, Gas bottles &
some clothing in the CT. Other light items such as bags of clothes
go onto the luggage rack. We have an Eva Cool ice box which we put
on the back seat & secure with seat belts. Other items fit in the
Going to/from Mildura we only stayed in any one place for 1-2
nights & we had no problems with packing/ unpacking. It was
certainly quicker & easier than a tent.
Beside the canvas cover we have a spare wheel & holder which
is mounted under the CT. We intend to buy a sun awning in the near
There is a gas strut kit available and we intend to fit this
in the near future. This will make opening and closing the unit
The Camplet can be wired for 240V, we only use a 12V 8W
fluoro for lighting & it seems to do the trick. At the moment will
stick to the 12V lighting as we both like the idea of being self
sufficient when camping.
When the Camplet is set up there is 18 square metres of
living space. Most people are amazed at how large the unit is and
how small it is to tow.
The Camplet Concorde usually comes with 10 wheels. Ours
however has 13 wheels. This gives us a bit more ground clearance.
The new Camplet Savanne is an off road version and comes standard
with 13 wheels.
Overall we are very happy with our setup. We have used it for
one night stays for a weekend as well as multiple nights. Every
where we camp we have an audience as people are amazed at what comes
out of such a small package. All we have to do now is keep modifying
to suit our own needs.
thanks to Alf for a
walk around his Camplet