The Tvan

July 2017

For those unfamiliar with the little towed ‘space shuttles’ known as Tvans, they are a probably the most off road capable camper trailers commercially available anywhere in the world. They comprise relatively low weight, compact size but containing a permanent queen size bed underneath a hard shell. At the rear is a fast erecting canvas tent which sits on a raised floor. They are built to handle country which wrecks lesser campers. In particular they have a unique long travel suspension set up originally designed for military customers who needed to carry sensitive electronic equipment over rough country at speed. Ours is a 2010 Mk2 version, later versions have had a variety of additional ‘luxuries’ added to them, & whilst remaining much the same basic design, have gradually increased in weight. For more information you can check out the Manufacturer’s (Track Trailer in Melbourne) web site here.

They are a very versatile camping unit. A basic overnight camp can be set up in less than a minute, but they also come with a variety of options for set ups for longer stays, each taking a bit longer to set up.

The kitchen is an outdoor one – slides out the side of the camper. It’s not a bad kitchen, but if there is one big unknown for us it’s how we will manage with outdoor cooking after being used to the comfort & convenience of an indoor one in our previous travel vehicle. It’s the price we have paid to have an outfit which is capable of taking us to places the previous one could not go & we’ll try to remember that when the rain is horizontal or the flies & mozzies are in attack mode!

Looking into the tent (living area) from the bed.


Our bed


Outdoor living space