REVIEW: ACTIVE OPTIMA SLIDE-ON

By: MIKE PAVEY, Photography by: ANITA PAVEY


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If you're looking to buy a good value, go-anywhere camper then get our verdict on the Active Optima slide-on camper trailer.

SPECIFICATIONS: ACTIVE OPTIMA SLIDE-ON

Active Campers has been manufacturing quality ute-mounted campers in Woolgoolga, NSW since 2002. The campers are constructed from MonoPan — a thermoplastic sandwich panel consisting of a lightweight polypropylene-honeycomb core and fibreglass reinforced polypropylene-face sheets that are thermo fused together by a lamination process. The upside is its strength-to-weight ratio and its impact-absorbent properties.

The camper body is a one-size-fits-all package measuring 1900mm wide and 3800mm long, while the rear living area measures 1980x1900mm. The size suits all utes — single cab, extra cab and dual cab — although dual cabs will have some overhang depending on the length of the tray.

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THE VERDICT

Overall, it’s hard to not be impressed by the Optima, with its quality materials, clever design and excellent finishes, and Active Campers has done well to fit so much into a standard ute back footprint without mandating a chassis extension. Combined with the low profile roof and modest weight, there are few real limitations for offroad travel.

As standard, it is not loaded with comforts, but it has enough for most travellers and, importantly, it does so at an attractive price point of $30,180 as tested.

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I LIKED

  • Quick and simple set up
  • Flexible seating and sleeping arrangements
  • Low weight
  • Entry price

I WOULD HAVE LIKED

  • Another dual 240v outlet, mounted higher up
  • Privacy blind on the rear door

The full version of this review appeared in CamperTrailer Australia #74, March 2014. Why not subscribe today for the latest camper trailer reviews and travel features.

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