GT Campers Expedition: Review
Experience something a little bit different with the GT Campers Expedition.
After years touring the outback and writing articles for motoring magazines, GT Campers creator Glenn Torrens discovered that what was needed was a dead-simple camper that was easy to set up and pack up, provided a modicum of comfort and facilities and met all the practical necessities of surviving Australian bush conditions. From this epiphany, the Expedition was born.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The current GT Campers models (Expedition vehicle conversion and Off-Road Touring Trailer camper) are both equipped with a slide-out removable kitchen, a tub lid to keep out the weather and dust, a roof-topper tent for accommodation and a swing-around awning for shade and shelter.
The Expedition conversion is available for present-gen Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mazda BT50s and Glenn is able to liaise with a dealer for a brand new vehicle and fit it out with one of his Expedition backs before registration, or he can install the setup on a customer’s exisiting vehicle.
To carry the tent and awning – and to keep dust out – Glenn developed his own structural tub cover. It’s a vacuum-formed resin-impregnated foam-core fibreglass job that is lightweight but strong enough to carry up to 400kg. It is sealed, as with all apertures, with rubber seals, assisted by nylon stops in each corner to prevent the lid walking dust under the seal while travelling.
The standard-fitment tent is a Featherlite Front Runner double (1300x2440mm), chosen because it weighs only 41kg, spares are readily available and the rear window overhang is relatively small, making way for the awning. The floor is 1300mm off the ground, not excessive by any standards, so access via the ladder is relatively easy.
HITS & MISSES
- Neat efficiency of the conversion
- Self-contained nature and a well thought-out package
- Flexibility of the design, adaptable to a wide range of vehicles
I would have liked...
- A more sheltered awning
- A bigger fridge box for extra storage and a larger fridge
- More electronics
GT CAMPERS EXPEDITION SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 4.98m (16ft 4in)
- External width 1.76m (5ft 9in)
- Travel height 1.85m (6ft 1in)
- Tare 1980kg (standard HiLux D4-D 3.0 diesel manual with Expedition
- GVM Up to 2810kg (auto 4.0 V6 petrol)
- Base vehicle 2005-2015 Toyota HiLux (specs below for 2015 HiLux SR 4WD Cab Chassis)
- Engine 3L four-cylinder turbodiesel
- Gearbox Five-speed manual
- Max power 127kW at 3600rpm
- Max torque 343Nm at 1400rpm
- Brakes Front disc, rear drums with ABS
- Suspension Front independent by upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, gas dampers and anti-roll bar. Rear live axle with leaf springs and gas dampers
- Water 70L with tap in kitchen plumbed to 12V pump
- Batteries Twin battery system with 1x100Ah second battery
- Solar Optional
- Gas 1x2kg
- Cooking Three-burner
- Fridge 35L Bushman
- Microwave No
- Toilet No
- Shower No
- Lighting LED light bars over kitchen
- Hot water No
Price as shown
- Expedition single-cab conversion $16,000; double-cab conversion $9990; Toyota Hilux Expedition Single Cab from $55,000; Toyota Hilux Expedition Double Cab from $54,000
The full test appears in Caravan World #538 June 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!