Camper Trailer of the Year 2016 Winner Mountain Trail EDX
Live like a king in the Mountain Trail EDX.
The whole camper seems to have been designed for convenience. Setting up a rear-fold camper is supposed to be easy, but the EDX is the best I’ve seen. We watched as Mountain Trail’s Heidi Edwards set up the camper on her own, including the kitchen, fridge and pantry and the awning in three minutes and 40 seconds in steadily falling rain. A total setup with the ensuite, toilet and mesh floor under the awning takes less than 10 minutes for one person.
But there’s more to this camper than functional convenience. The EDX is built similar to a standard automobile with replaceable panels and parts; an attractive feature for an offroad camper. In all, there are more than 300 separate laser cut components. Everything is built to last, with metal components made from either aluminium, stainless steel, Zincanneal or galvanised steel.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The chassis is 150x50x3mm with a 125x75x3mm drawbar, all hot-dip galvanised. The independent trailing arm suspension is Mountain Trail’s own design, with replaceable stub axles, adjustable toe-in and out camber and 12in electric brakes. Custom King Springs and Monroe shocks were also designed for the EDX.
The 16x8in six-stud wheels are equipped with 265/75 R16 all-terrain tyres, and the spare is tucked under the chassis, with a Toyota LandCruiser 100 Series spare wheel carrier to raise and lower it.
The camper has a stylish look with its raked bodywork along the bottom, giving a 30° departure angle. That’s more than what’s offered on a LandCruiser 200 Series, so if your car can make the transition, then you’d expect the camper to as well Mountain Trail’s Erok protection package stiffens the rear body edge, minimising damage to the bodywork by sharing imposed load with the adjacent chassis.
The body is made from 1.2mm Zincanneal steel bonded with Sikaflex and secured by concealed rivets for a stylish automotive outer finish. The camper we saw was finished in the standard white two-pack but Mountain Trail will colour match to your tow vehicle.
Like other aspects of this trailer, the enclosed toolbox up front is well thought out. The one-piece unit is aluminium to keep weight down, and is coated in Rhino lining with mud flaps underneath to protect it against stones. There’s a jerry can holder in the two outer bays, a diesel fuel tank for the hot water system in the right hand bay, and two 4.5kg gas cylinders in the centre. The perforated aluminium floor makes it ideal for firewood, garbage, wheel chocks or any dirty or wet items.
The LED in the tub, however, would probably be better fitted to the lid.
On the driver’s side at the front are three storage bays, with friction hinge-equipped doors. There’s a heap of storage here for the supplied portable toilet, a generator or anything else you’ll need to make your camping comfortable and convenient.
Electrically, the EDX is well equipped. The once-standard dual 105Ah AGM batteries were replaced with an equivalent 100Ah lithium battery that charges from effective flat to full in 2.5 hours while shedding 50kg of weight. It is charged by the Redarc 30A battery management system (lithium version) with a DC-DC charger and MPPT solar regulator.
There is a huge inventory of lights for the EDX, with 11 separate LED units included, six of which are inside. The main wiring harness is a complete sheathed electrically engineered automotive wiring loom with Doitch connectors for a simple plug and play installation.
The tent is all Australian Dynaproof 12oz canvas, with thermal blanket insulation to the roof and a shower annexe which attaches adjacent to the driver’s side rear door. It is made from a waterproof lightweight nylon, with a mesh floor and pockets for toiletries. It goes on with one zip, two poles and a spreader bar in two to three minutes.
There are two awnings available for the EDX. The Touring Edition comes standard with the touring awning which goes up on three radiating aluminium spreader bars that brace against the body and two short uprights on the ‘pack rack’ channel bar. When packing up, the thermal blanket and the awning can remain attached to minimise work at the next setup. A ground cover mesh is also included.
The Touring Edition comes standard with almost everything, including a diesel hot water system and space heater, shower, portable toilet, a lithium battery, the one-minute touring awning and provisions for a children’s room.
For all the extras and luxuries included here, the Tare weight of 1300kg is not excessive and ,with an ATM of 2000kg there’s a substantial load capacity of 700kg. The ball weight is 130kg which is a respectable for a camper of this size.
HITS & MISSES
- Quality engineering and finish
- All-Australian build
- Quick setup
- Auto open and close function
- Superb kitchen
- Can’t think of a thing
MOUNTAIN TRAIL EDX (TOURING EDITION) SPECS
- Tare 1300kg
- ATM 2000kg
- Suspension Trailing arm
- Brakes 12in electric drum
- Coupling Hitchmaster DO35
- Chassis 150x50mm high tensile steel laminated
- Drawbar 125x75x3mm hot-dip galvanised
- Body 1.2mm Zincanneal
- Wheel/tyre 16x8 alloy rims with 265/75 R167 all terrain tyres
- Style Rear-fold hardfloor
- Box 1920x4000mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4950mm
- Awning 6000x2000mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 130L
- Cooktop Three-burner
- Kitchen Stainless steel
- Battery 100Ah lithium (equiv. to two 105Ah AGM)
Price as Shown
Check out the full feature in issue #98 March 2016 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.