MDC Cruizer Slide: Video review
MDC’s Cruizer Slide is the complete package, with more than a few surprises up its sleeve.
When it comes to included luxury features, it sometimes feels like a competition for who can jam in the most gear these days, and with a tank load of accessories stacked into the Cruizer Slide, it’s no wonder MDC is a standout in the budget camper sector of the market.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
There are two 100Ah deep-cycle batteries included as standard, so you know they’re not mucking around in the electronics department. It has a bucket-load of 12V outlets strategically scattered around the place. There are even bedside LED lamps along with three LED strip lights. There’s a digital voltmeter and amp meter, plus a charger and a fully fused switchboard which is very tidy. Heck, there’s even an water tank level gauge included.
Being a fresh recruit for the Expedition series means the Cruizer Slide is built tough to handle those more adventurous touring expeditions. Its tried and tested chassis is made from 3mm 100x50 RHS for the main chassis and crossbeams, with a 3mm 100x50mm RHS extended drawbar, plus it’s all hot-dip galvanised for durability. The drawbar’s length really is spot on in terms of manoeuvrability and towing stability and it’s perfectly suited to easy reversing as well. The Cruizer Slide is nowhere near lightweight and, to be totally honest, there’s more weight on the tow ball than I’d prefer, but this is typical in most forward-fold camper trailers.
It comes standard with brand new LandCruiser pattern six-stud steel wheels and full offroad mud-terrain tyres for plenty of strength, durability and grip for those long and gruelling expeditions. Suspension wise, the Cruizer Slide comes with a fully independent coil sprung setup. The trailing arms are as solid as they come, being made from 70x70x5mm RHS. There are also 12in offroad electric brakes, and an ADR-approved poly-block offroad coupling to ready the Cruizer Slide for almost anything off the beaten track.
So we’ve established the Cruizer Slide is built solid for offroad adventures but it’s the little details that impressed me the most. Things like hinges and over-centre latches being nice and sturdy to the touch, and made from quality stainless steel. Upgraded automotive pinch-weld seals are fitted to all external openings for premium dust and water protection and, during our time on the tracks, they worked an absolute charm. Even the stoneguard and jerry can holders have been improved upon from previous models.
So what should we take from all this? Well, it’s obviously not MDC’s first rodeo. Its campers have done the hard yards and, more importantly, the crew at MDC has taken in everything they’ve learnt, evolved, and come up with what’s possibly their best camper trailer to date, in my opinion.
HITS & MISSES
- Two large internal beds
- Heaps of ground clearance
- Great value for money
- Heavy for offroad use, especially at the front
- Setup can be fiddly
- High centre of gravity makes camper feel unsteady on off-camber angles
MDC CRUIZER SLIDE SPECS
- Tare 1500kg
- ATM 1900kg
- Suspension Independent trailing arm with coils and dampers
- Brakes 12in brakes
- Coupling Poly-block coupling
- Chassis 100x50x3mm RHS
- Drawbar 100x50x3mm RHS
- Body Zincalume with two-pack finish
- Wheel/tyre Muddies/alloy rims
- Style Forward-fold hardfloor
- Box size 2100x1800mm
- Length (hitch to tail light) 5300mm
- Tent size 5000x1800mm plus 4700x2500mm annexe
- Gas cylinders 2x4kg holders
- Water 110L stainless steel
- Cooktop Three-burner Spinflo
- Kitchen Stainless steel slide-out
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle
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