Blue Tongue Overland XR: Review

By: David Cook , Photography by: Matthew Fehlberg

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Well designed with huge fridge space, the Blue Tongue Overland XR is ready to get on the road.

Blue Tongue has established itself as a local manufacturer of high quality side-fold softfloor camper trailers but, as interest in competitively-priced rear-fold and forward-fold hardlfoors increased, the company sought an overseas supplier. After trialling several sources in 2015, Blue Tongue began shipping in three designs from China for assembly and customisation in its workshop in Kirrawee, NSW, and haven’t looked back since.


Electrically, the Overland XR is equipped with three 100Ah gel batteries that are taken care of in our review camper by a Redarc 30A battery management system. The $1400 optional upgrade replaces the standard 25A mains charger to provide a 30A mains charger, 30A DC-DC charger and a 30A MPPT solar regulator, complete with lithium management and charging capacity in case you ever decide to go down that road.

Our review camper came with a boat rack ($950 option) capable of carrying up to 100kg, which was fitted with a 150W solar panel ($595 option). The panel sits below the top of the rack, so a boat can travel on there as well, though that would block light from the panel.

Although the Overland XR comes from the same factory as many of its direct competitors, Blue Tongue goes to a lot of trouble to lift theirs from the standard mould. When landed each camper goes through several days of work, involving the fitting of an Al-Ko hitch, the Smev cooker, the diesel hot water and space heater system, the Redarc battery management system, the 240V fittings, much of the gas plumbing and the solar where the necessary options are ticked.

With a Tare of 1550kg and an ATM of 2200kg you get a hefty 650kg of load capacity.


Setting up the tent is easy, and only requires you to insert and extend the two front vertical poles and two spreader bars at the rear. This sort of adjustment is expected in a rear-fold camper trailer tent with vertical front and rear walls. The camper comes standard with a full-length side awning which runs from the front, adjacent to the hitch, to the back, but also with a shorter shade awning which Velcroes on and covers the front above the kitchen. This has, according to Blue Tongue, become increasingly popular and, for those doing an overnight stop, many figure it’s all that’s needed.

The imported tent is sewn from plain weave 450gsm canvas, which equates to 13.3oz.

As the tent opens, the tropical roof automatically deploys. This isn’t made from canvas but from a lightweight nylon material finished with a UV-resistant coating (aluminium impregnated polyurethane). Blue Tongue reckons it does a better job at keeping out the heat for a fraction of the weight, though I wonder how it would survive in the long-term.

At the rear is an attached awning which quickly converts to a 2200mm long kids’ room by the attachment of the optional walls and floor.

On the driver’s side, an ensuite can be attached. This area, in my view, requires some improvement, as the optional boat rack blocked access to the tap for the shower. Blue Tongue assures me that the tap will be moved to allow for the newly-developed rack but the ensuite still overlaps the swing-away arm for the spare wheel. I would like to see the ensuite moved towards the rear, away from the wheel carrier.

All the required poles and spreader bars travel in roof-top boxes so you’ll need to remove it all before setting it up otherwise you’d have to lift up the floor to get to the poles.

The windows are large and fully meshed, and the rear half of the kitchen side of the camper can unzip and be rolled to the rear to make an airy and open living space.



  • Good design and engineering
  • Comprehensive fine-tuning of all areas
  • Excellent electrical system
  • Huge fridge capacity
  • Good range of options on the canvas


  • Restricted access to pole storage when set up
  • Ensuite wall issue interfering with essentials
  • Carpet in jerry can storage area
  • Limited access to the Redarc battery monitor panel



  • Tare 1550kg
  • ATM 2200kg
  • Suspension  Adjustable trailing arm double shock
  • Brakes 12in electric drum
  • Coupling Al-Ko 3600
  • Chassis/Drawbar Hot-dip galvanised 100x50x4mm
  • Body Welded steel
  • Wheel/tyre High load rated alloy rims with 265/75 R16 all-terrain tyres
  • Style Rear-fold hardfloor


  • Box size 1800x2180mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 5200mm
  • Tent size  4400x1800mm plus 2400x6000mm for the full length awning or 2400x2400mm for the quick setup version


  • Box size 1800x2180mm
  • Length (hitch to tail lights) 5200mm
  • Tent size  4400x1800mm plus 2400x6000mm for the full length awning or 2400x2400mm for the quick setup version

Price as shown

  • $27,390

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