Boxing Day saw us have an early 4am start for our drive to South Australia. Definitely glad we weren’t heading north …. we had no traffic at all in our direction!
We drove just over 1,000km and arrived in Mildura in Victoria where we decided to spend the night. After an early start, a big days driving and the 44 degree temperatures we decided to check into a hotel and make the most of some air conditioning! It was still over 40 degrees at 7pm!
The next morning we left around 7am for our drive to our first destination, Coffin Bay in South Australia. After passing through the quarantine inspection station (which we forgot about!) and saying goodbye to our tomatoes 🍅 we headed to Renmark for coffee and breakfast.
It was another big day of driving and we arrived at Coffin Bay in the late afternoon and headed out to the national park to set up camp …. and what a great campsite we had overlooking Yangie Bay.
Earlier this year we briefly mentioned in our Year in Review blog that we had been approached by Cub Campers to be interviewed for their ‘Cub Stories’.
Late in 2017 we were approached by Cub Campers to see if we would like to feature in one of their ‘Cub Stories’, after they had seen our adventures on Instagram. We love our Cub Brumby and the freedom it’s brought to us so we were more than happy to tell everyone all about it!
On Australia Day 2018 we headed away for a long weekend camping trip with some friends and it was here that we met up with Fiona from Cub Campers to film our story.
People who follow us on Social Media would have already seen the video, but we’ve had a few other people ask about it, so here it is!
The above video is from the Cub Campers YouTube channel and remains the property of Cub Campers.
The day we filmed was incredibly hot, we had our friends heckling from the sidelines and we had two whingeing dogs to deal with (thanks to Emma for babysitting them while we were interviewed!), but it was a lot of fun and it was great to meet Fiona and learn a little more about the Cub Campers business.
Percy’s Place is located on a 110 acre property right on the Hawkesbury River. We couldn’t have found a more perfect relaxing place to spend a few days. In fact, this caravan park is only 30 minutes from home, but it felt like we were a million miles away.
We joined good friends, Emma & Jono and Lauren & Liam and their children for a fun long weekend filled with plenty of swimming and relaxing.
The weekend started Friday morning when we met Fiona from Cub Campers at the caravan park as she had asked to film and interview us as part of their Cub Stories web series. We spent a few hours chatting with Fiona and filming (amongst being laughed at and heckled by our fellow camping buddies!).
It was great chatting with Fiona and learning a little more about the history of Cub Campers as it’s actually her family business. Fiona had approached us a couple of months ago after seeing our photos and adventures on Instagram and asked if we’d be interested in taking part and we thought why not!
This trip was also the first camping trip with the dogs. We weren’t sure how we’d go as we knew there was another dog coming with our group so we really didn’t have high hopes of it all going to plan! Well they surprised us and lasted longer than we thought they would, they survived the first day and night and then ruined it mid-way through Saturday. Unfortunately as much as they enjoyed being with us and swimming and running around, they also seemed to enjoy terrorising poor Milo and so they were packed up and taken back home …. See, camping locally does have its advantages!
We will have to take them out again by themselves and maybe get their dog trainer back and have some lessons on how to be nice to other dogs!
We had plenty of room! That is our campsites in the background and the track to the right of the photo leads down to the water.
Our campsites had a great view and as we were camping on the last two sites, we had no-one else near us. A small walk down the hill and we were swimming in the river, on our own private little beach (ok calling it a beach is stretching the imagination a little, but there was sand and water!).
The river was a hive of activity all weekend, starting early in the morning and going to early evening, there were boats, jet skis and water skiers everywhere, it was like a highway out there!
Pitt Town was originally known for its market gardens and orchards and nowadays the fertile land around the area is covered with turf farms. Pitt Town is one of the five ‘Macquarie Towns’ established by Governor Macquarie at a dinner at Government Cottage, Windsor on 6 December 1810. Pitt Town was named in honour of William Pitt, a member of the British parliament.
In 1981, Pitt Town became recognised for the setting of ‘Wandin Valley’ in the long-running television series ‘A Country Practice’. Our friend Emma did make us aware of this and showed us the church which was used in the show. I’ve since looked in to this and found that much of the outdoor filming was done around the Pitt Town and Ebenezer areas. Although not excited about this adventure in the slightest, George will be joining Shelly on an ‘A Country Practice’ exploration one day soon and we will be finding all the buildings which were used in the show!
Ok so this year started with us sitting in the Urunga Waters Caravan Park and guess what …. we ended it in exactly the same place! Yes we are back here again over the Christmas/New Year break. We started 2017 off with us at Urunga, near Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast of NSW. We spent the Christmas/New Year period here with friends last year and celebrated New Year’s Eve with complete random strangers who had camped next to us. We invited them to our campsite to celebrate NYE and we had a great time, that’s what camping is all about.
Well now we are back here again and this time we celebrated with our friends, Lauren and Liam and their kids and niece, our mate Stewy and his daughter and other friends Michelle & Matt and their son. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the New Year than with our beautiful friends.
So again, this has been an incredibly busy year for us. It’s been a year of ups and downs in many ways, we’ve had the stress of renovating, a change of jobs, medical issues and operations and numerous other obstacles, but we’ve also had many great times as well.
Let’s look back on 2017 …..
World Record Attempt
Always ready to try something new, this year on Saturday 4th February, we took part in the world record attempt for the World’s Biggest Haka, which took place on Waitangi Day 2017.
The Haka that we learnt and performed was the famous ‘Kamate’ as performed by the NZ All Blacks and Kiwi Rugby League Teams.
Unfortunately the record was not broken, but we had a fun day and also tried our first Māori hangi … amazing!
Little Levi turned 1
On 6th March our little nephew turned 1! We are all in love with him and he is truly the cutest little boy around! It’s awesome watching his little personality grow and beginning to interact with us more. He’s one headstrong boy, needs to do everything himself and he has no fear! He loves dogs and will happily share his food with them! He loves feeding our two and they are so gentle with him (so much for big scary, dangerous staffys!)
Min returned from the UK
After 2 years working in the UK as a Sous Chef, George’s daughter returned back home in August. She’s settled back in to life in Australia (even having a job lined up before she even landed in the country!). Not sure how long she’ll hang around for though, we have a feeling she’ll be off exploring again very soon.
Spreading the word
This year we were nominated for the Travel Blog Awards with Mr Promocode. We didn’t win, but we were grateful just to be nominated. We’ve gained quite a following on social media over the past years and we love sharing our adventures with everyone. We’ve been approached by news readers and government bodies to use our photos over the past couple of years, as well as most recently by Cub Campers, so social media is certainly the way of the future for advertising and spreading the word.
We are also now in the Top 3% of TripAdviser Reviewers, making us a Level 6 Top Contributor and one of the most popular reviewers in Sydney, with over 45,000 readers.
This was the year to knock off a few of the home renovations we had been talking about for so long. We understand why people stress with renovations, we had lots of arguments and lots of tears, but we are both very happy with the results.
The kitchen started off as maybe just replacing cupboard doors and bench top and ended up turning into a complete rebuild. We have a huge kitchen and it’s one of the reasons Shelly wanted to buy the house, so this rebuild was important to get it right. We both love the end result, just a few little finishing touches still to go and it’s done! (yes George, the plantation shutters aren’t installed yet, apparently this is all Shelly’s fault!)
The front door has made a huge difference and we love it. It’s the first thing people see so we are getting lots of compliments about this one! Wasn’t hard to be better than the old entrance way!
Lastly we redid the powder room and it finally matches the bathroom (only took us about 9 years!).
We had two new babies born this year (well one late December last year, but we will include her too!). George’s cousin welcomed little baby Alexander and Shelly’s cousin welcome miss Chloé.
One of Shelly’s cousins turned 50 this year and all the family made the trip out to Lucknow, in the central west region of NSW, to surprise her. It was a great get-together and a good excuse for a weekend away! Shelly’s boss and his wife also both had their 50th birthday and we celebrated with them at their joint party,
Another cousin had their 21st birthday early in the year, and we partied away with another at his 40th. We also joined another friend to celebrate his 40th birthday with a weekend cruise.
George’s dad turned 70 this year and the family gathered to help celebrate with a beautiful lunch. Of course there was also Levi’s 1st birthday and a couple of weddings thrown in as well! We also attended a 1st birthday party and naming day, which turned into a marriage proposal too! It was certainly a day of memories and celebrations for that family!
Shelly’s sister, Kylie, and her husband, purchased their first family home this year in the Hawkesbury. It’s a beautiful area, with the house backing onto the national park. The whole family, including Levi and his little furry 4 legged sister, Gucci, are loving their new home.
We also attended a few family and friends children’s birthday parties, doesn’t George make a pretty fairy princess!
Scenic Flight over Fraser Island
Over the years we’ve been on quite a few scenic flights, we’ve been on little Cessna’s (George has even flown and landed one), we’ve been on seaplanes and a helicopter, but the one thing we had never done in all our visits to Fraser Island was to take a scenic flight over the island. This October, driving back to camp one afternoon we saw the Air Fraser Island pilots and planes on the beach and pulled over to discuss taking a joy flight. As it turned out, they had a bit of time right then, so we handed over some money and jumped in the plane for a scenic flight over the island. Wow, it was a great flight and amazing to see the island from above. For years we’ve been exploring Fraser Island on foot and by 4WD, but to see it from above was a totally different experience. Highly recommend this for your next visit to Fraser Island.
The 4WD’s & Camper Trailer
Not too many mods this year, but we did get a second battery installed in the camper trailer to give us a little extra battery life when we are free camping. We also painted the rims black (properly this time!) and they look great.
As for the old Prado, she got a full new set of shocks and springs.
The old Prado looks tough by itself, but next to the new one it looks like a baby!
The 150 series Prado got a new ARB Winch Bar, Brush Bars and Side steps AND a new Winch! This is turning into one expensive little Prado!
Everyone always says to us ‘you two are always on holidays’! It doesn’t feel like that to us, but to be honest we did have a few this year, some were just a weekend away and others a bit longer!
January was our week in Urunga
February we spent a weekend at Forster with George’s parents
March we packed up the camper and headed down to Kiama for the weekend for the Red Hot Summer Tour …… John Farnham was the headline act!
April it was time for our annual visit to Fraser Island and this time we even fitted in a few days on Moreton Island aswell, our first ever visit.
May (also known as the month of Shelly!) we spent the weekend away for Shelly’s birthday. We actually stayed in a hotel about 15min drive from home (it had been a gift) and spent the weekend drinking cocktails, going to the drive-in, checking out the markets etc. Considering we were so close to home, we actually had a great weekend.
July saw us spend a weekend away with friends 4WDing on Stockton Beach and the Watagans. We also spent a weekend at Lucknow with family celebrating Shelly’s cousin’s surprise 50th birthday party.
October we headed back up to Fraser Island again with friends, never get sick of that place! October also saw us board a cruise ship for a 3 night cruise with friends to celebrate a 40th birthday.
And of course, December we are back here at Urunga.
So yes ok, when you put it like that I guess maybe we do have a lot of holidays!
We also had quite a few weekend 4WD trips by ourselves, with friends and with 4WD clubs. We spent a few weekends at Stockton Beach and had a few days playing out at Lithgow.
Our regular followers will remember our night stranded in the Watagans! The Watagan State Forest is an unpredictable area and unfortunately this time it got us too and we spent hours trying to get the 3 4WD’s out, spent a lot of time backtracking and snatching that afternoon/night!
Jobs and future planning
This year also saw us in the early planning stages of us getting sorted for our trip around Australia and ultimate move to Queensland. Still a few years off yet, but we’ve started decluttering at home and planning for our life on the road. We both undertook a barista course to give us another skill to use if we need to pick up work on the road.
We started a new business selling Scentsy which is still very new but so far we are doing ok. Hopefully we can build up a customer base and spread the word while we are travelling and bring in a little extra income. Check out our website, Awaken The Scent if you are interested.
After 11 years working for Bridgestone, it was time for a change and George starts a new job in January as a Business Development Manager for Monster Lubricants. After spending majority of his working career in the tyre industry, George is excited about this new challenge. Oh and in case you were wondering, it’s lubricants as in engine oils, coolants etc ….. not the other type of lubricants as many people have thought!
How we spent Christmas
We put on lunch at our house on Christmas Eve for Shelly’s side of the family. Christmas has always been a big thing and Shelly’s mum always put on the full hot Christmas Lunch every year. After Noeline passed away, Shelly continued this tradition and always put on the big Christmas lunch …. not as traditional as far as food is concerned, but we all still gather and open presents and then have the big sit down lunch.
This year was a lot of fun as Levi was interested in opening his presents and playing with all his toys …. who knew a 20 month old would get so excited over a pair of shoes! His face when he opened the box and smiled and said ‘shoes’ was hilarious! He sure was one spoilt little kid …. and I’m sure that continued on Christmas Day with his presents from his other grandparents and aunty as well!
Christmas Day we both headed to George’s parents house to spend the day with George’s side of the family. Another day with plenty of food and lots of present giving. Our niece and nephew scored pretty good on Christmas Day as well! Christmas really is all about the kids and we love buying them lots of presents.
Finally Boxing Day we went to see the kids and exchange presents. We spent a lovely morning with Min and Tre and their adorable funny little dogs before continuing on our journey to Urunga for our week long camping trip.
Merry Christmas from Gelly & Charli!
What’s planned for 2018?
Australia Day this year will be spent camping locally with a group of friends. In fact it’s a whole 29km from home! At least we’ll be able to pop home if we forget anything! Should be a fun weekend though.
In February we head down to Tasmania for a few days for our wedding anniversary. Neither of us have been to Tasmania before, so this will give us an idea of what it’s like. We would really love to go back with the 4WD at some stage and spend our time exploring.
2018 also sees us make the trek back up to Cape Yorkagain. This time we will be joined by a few other families and 4WD’s ….. apparently as we’ve been once we are the ones to go with, so we’ll be leading our ‘George & Shelly Cape York Adventure Tour’!! haha We are both excited to head back up there again and share the natural beauty with our friends. This trip we are hoping to fit in an overnight stay at Roko Island which looks absolutely divine.
We’ve got more renovations planned, repainting the whole house and renovating and landscaping the backyard, plus a few other things on the list, we will get there!
Lastly, we’ve been approached by Cub Campers to see if we’d like to be part of their ‘Cub Stories’ web series. So we will be meeting with them in the new year and filming our story, we’ll be sure to let you all know when it’s finalised!
Goodbye 2017 …. hello 2018!
What a great night we shared to bring in the new year. We all decorated the camper trailers, we set up our nibbles for the night, had fridges full of beer 🍺 and cocktails 🍹 too! There were plenty of glow sticks and sparklers too! Although we were probably the loudest group in the campsite we all struggled to make it to midnight, I think we were all in bed by 12.15am! Regardless it was such a relaxed night, just the perfect way to end a busy year.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our family, friends and followers for their support over the past year. We absolutely love being able to share our adventures with you all, so if you know anyone who may be interested in seeing our photos and/or reading about our adventures, please tell them about us and ask them to follow our blog or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Wishing you all a very happy, safe and adventure filled 2018 ….. and as we always say, never ever take life for granted, live your life to the fullest and live a life of no regrets. Bring on 2018!
We had been on the camper trailer hunt for a few years, visiting shows and checking out all the campers, reading reviews, talking to owners and checking out EBay and Gumtree. It was something we had always wanted to upgrade to ‘some day’. Having looked at so many different campers we learned what we did and didn’t like and what we did and didn’t need. We wanted something that suited us and our style of travelling. Sure there are plenty of trailers on the market that are really inexpensive compared to what we paid, and they are great for a lot of families, but they just wouldn’t cut it with the type of travel we do. There are plenty more expensive than ours too and some of the features are amazing, BUT did really need all that? We needed to keep in mind that we were upgrading from a tent so anything was a little bit of luxury for us, we didn’t need to go over the top!
So what did we want? We both agreed that we definitely wanted a hard floor camper. It had to be quick and easy to set up and pack down. We were upgrading from a Black Wolf tent which took us 30 min to have our campsite fully set up (including unpacking the car, putting up the tent, bedding, gazebo, kitchen etc.), so we didn’t want to be fussing around with set up and erecting poles and ropes. It needed to be quicker and easier than what we already had. It had to be lightweight to help with ease of towing and fuel economy and lastly and most importantly, it needed to be a proper full off-road trailer that could follow us anywhere we went, it needed to be able to handle our extreme outback conditions.
Camping on the Tanami Track, NT/WA
Cub Campers have been around since 1968 and, in our opinion that says something. There’s no denying that Cub Campers are one of the most trusted names in the camper trailer world, they’ve been doing it for a long time and they seem to be getting it right! The one thing we really liked about Cub, compared to some of the other trailers on the market, was that they are fully made in Australia from start to finish, and made with all Australian canvas and BlueScope steel. The fact that they are an Australian owned company, using Australian made products means that we had more of a guarantee that the end product would survive our harsh outback conditions.
So after looking around for years, we decided to go and visit the Cub Campers showroom at North Rocks. We had always seemed to come back to the Cub and decided to go and check them out and have a serious chat with them. This showroom is impressive, all their campers are on display for you to check out and right behind the showroom is their factory where everything is built. We spent quite a while there that day comparing the two models we were interested in, the Daintree and Brumby, and talking to the sales rep. We left the showroom that day very impressed with what we had seen.
Camping on the Oodnadatta Track, SA
We then had some big decisions to make, 1) did we want to buy one now to take on our 2 month trip to Western Australia and 2) could we really afford it! After a week or so of thinking about it and checking the finances, we decided to bite the bullet and go for it! We paid our deposit and ordered our new Cub Kamparoo Brumby to be built.
As the weeks and months went by we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new camper, and at times wondered if we would even have it in time for our holiday, but the day finally arrived and we booked in for our handover. When you pick up your new Cub you have a full run through on how everything works. You are shown how to set up and pack away your camper, you are shown every little nook and cranny and how everything opens, closes, clips or zips together, you are handed a bunch of keys and instruction manuals (which yes, we did refer back to this the first few times!) and you leave the showroom totally overwhelmed with all your new information!
So that weekend was spent playing with the new camper, seasoning the canvas, packing it full of everything we’d need for our 2 month adventure and taking it for a drive to practice our trailer reverse parking! There was no time for anything else, we’d cut it very fine with time and this meant that we picked it up on the Friday and the next Friday we left for our 2 month adventure from Sydney to Western Australia.
There was no easing into things for the trailer, it was thrown straight into our style of touring! Within 4 days we had hit the Tanami Track, a remote off-road short cut between Alice Springs in the NT and Halls Creek in WA. It’s unbelievably corrugated with lots of bull dust and rocks, which makes for a fun time when you encounter the road trains!
This is unfortunately where we encountered our first problem, we lost the trailer brakes, which made for an interesting few hours’ drive into Halls Creek. As soon as we arrived in town and got some phone reception we called Cub back in Sydney to see what could be wrong. They instructed us to look under the camper and see if these particular wires were still intact …. well no they weren’t, they had been cut in half by stray rocks! Cub were great though, as it was obviously still under warranty, they rang us back within 5 minutes with approval to get this fixed wherever we could, send them the bill and they’d reimburse us within 5 days. Couldn’t ask for better service than that. We found a great auto electrician in Halls Creek who dropped everything to fix it for us on the spot, they soldered the wires back together and we were on our way. We did end up having the same issue again during our last week, this time on the Oodnadatta Track! Luckily George was able to fix it this time to enable us to get home .
So here are our comments on the Cub Brumby
Towing – As mentioned earlier, a very important issue for us was weight, we’ve already added weight to the 4WD in term of a bullbar, side steps, roof basket, drawers, Kaymar rear bar, plus the full roll cage inside, add to this our fridge, luggage etc and we’ve significantly increased the weight of the vehicle from factory standard. Of course, this all has a significant effect on fuel economy, so we wanted a relatively lightweight camper trailer as well. Weighing only 955kg this camper suited us and our needs.
It happily sits behind the Prado and just follows along, it just loves the dirt tracks, corrugations, water crossings, you barely even know it is there! Being a full off-road model it was built for our outback tracks and we certainly tested it!
Setup – The hassle free set-up is exactly what we wanted. The Brumby comes standard with the ‘silent winch’ (ha, when this gets dusty, it’s far from silent, I’d hate to see what a non silent one sounds like!). But in saying that, the winch system is very easy to use. Cub even mark the point to which you should unwind the winch to when setting up, so you don’t even have to think about it. Once you reach this point you simply start to lift up the hard floor and the gas struts will kick in to help you. From there it’s a very quick and simple process to complete the set up.
Camping on the Great Central Road, NT
Now when it comes to the awning, we didn’t even take it with us for this initial trip, but we’ve used it quite often since. Yes it definitely adds a bit of time onto the set up process, but it’s actually quite easy. We have found that if you get all your poles out first, lay them down on the ground and set them up in their different types, it’s quite easy to work out where everything goes. Another little tip is to use a cable tie to hold the zip on at the end, otherwise it has a tendency to unzip slightly.
The hardest part is zipping the awning on initially (you’ll probably need a ladder for this). For this reason, we tend to leave ours on the camper most of the time. We will say though that it’s great that you can leave it zipped onto the camper and just throw it over the roof even if you aren’t using it. The camper still packs up fine with it on.
Inside – OK, so this is where we had some of those luxury items we’d never had before! Inside the camper is a deep-cycle battery which gives power to two internal 12V outlets (and also 3 external 12V outlets) and 2 x USB chargers (great for the phones and IPads etc). There are also 2 double power points inside the camper, which work when you are plugged into 240V mains power. Another thing we loved was the LED light that velcros onto the overhead bar.
The blinds that protect the fly screen windows are a great idea as they all zip open from the inside, meaning that it’s so easy to open and close as you feel fit and so much easier than running outside to close windows in the rain! As they all open via zipper it’s easy to open up fully or just a little as an air vent. Make sure you keep a window open a bit at night to avoid condensation.
The room on the floor is quite large considering it’s a fairly small trailer. It would certainly fit a stretcher bed or two for the kids or a small table and chairs if you need to get in out from the weather – or a dogs bed or two when we take the pups away!
Bedding – The double bed has a pocket spring mattress and the base lifts with the assistance of gas struts. We did buy a memory foam mattress from Clark Rubber to put over the top of the standard mattress to give a little more comfort. The camper still closes fine with this extra topper, plus the linen and doona and pillows.
Kitchen – Cooking for us while we are camping is no different to cooking at home, we certainly don’t live on baked beans and tin spaghetti! So room to cook and keep all our utensils was important. The kitchen is a full stainless steel slide-out unit with lots of storage compartments. Three pull out drawers to keep cutlery and utensils and plates/frypans/chopping boards etc. You then have two other areas where we keep pantry items, herbs and spices, cling wrap, matches, candles, washing up equipment etc. The bench space is adequate for us, but there is a handy little shelf you can clip on as well, which we really love, it comes in so handy for an extended stay. This comes standard and just slides in under the kitchen to store it out of the way when not in use.
Then there is the stainless steel sink, nice and big and with running cold (hot is an option) water which is plumbed into an electric pump that draws water directly from the 80 litre water tank, something we’ve never had before! The only downside is the noise from these pumps, you can always tell when there is a Cub camper nearby! There is also a two-burner gas cooktop with wind shield if needed. But one of my favourite things is the LED adjustable light that comes standard and just clips into the socket on the benchtop, how handy is that!
The kitchen is easily accessible at all times, so great for roadside stops if you just want some lunch or a coffee.
Storage – Of course storage is important, but to us it was another luxury as generally everything had to be squeezed into the 4WD. Does this mean that we now take double the amount as normal? No, we were good and Shelly did initially cut down on what we took, even though it was exciting having all this spare room!
There is a storage pipe that comes standard to keep all the tent poles in – or fishing rods. Storage up front for two jerry cans and two gas bottles and behind that a big checker plate storage box with cupboards on both sides, one with a fridge slide.
The under bed storage is great, plenty of room under there for anything you don’t need to often or things you only require at night or when the camper is open. The only bad thing is that you can only access this storage area when the camper is fully open, so keep that in mind when you start storing things under there!
The Other Stuff – The BlueScope Steel galvanised chassis is tough and more than capable of carrying the trailer over rough terrain. Combine this with the independent suspension and you have a trailer that will happily follow you anywhere.
George’s favourite thing about the camper is the Redarc Battery Management System which charges and maintains our battery by taking in all the power received via AC, DC or Solar and working out the best way to charge the battery to its optimal level. It also allows us to monitor our power usage and see how much longer the battery will power us for and how much is being drawn in or out of the camper.
The roof rack comes standard and this is handy, we used it to carry our camping chairs and could even open the camper up with these still connected if we only had a brief stopover.
The Brumby comes standard with electric brakes. Our only complaint in relation to this would be that there should be some sort of bash plate or stone guard over the wires to stop the issues like what we had. It’s an off-road model so this extra precaution would help.
We provided our own wheels and tyres to Cub so that they matched our Prado, making it easier when carrying spares.
As for dust, during our first trip we only had a little getting into one of the openings and Cub replaced the seal for us under warranty while it was in for it’s first service. Other than that we were happy with how everything sealed up. We did encouter some strong winds and rain and the camper was fine with no leaks. When we pack up we always cover the bed with a tarp just to make sure our bedding doesn’t get wet if we need to pack up without letting the tent fully dry – also stops any dust/dirt/sand from the floor ending up on your bed!
We took our 1 week old Brumby on the ultimate test, travelling 17,290 km from Sydney to Western Australia and back, travelling through some very remote areas. Over a total of 8 weeks we travelled the Tanami Track, Gibb River Road, Great Central Road, Oodnadatta Track, through national parks and down the coast of Western Australia. We dragged the little Brumby through water crossings, over thousands of corrugations, through sand and mud and up and down mountains and you know what, it just followed behind and barely moved! It absolutely loved it and was clearly made to do this. For our first time owning or towing a camper trailer we couldn’t have been happier, there was not a single place that it struggled. We love our new member of the family and can’t wait to get back out there and start exploring more.
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It’s finally arrived, our new camper trailer is here! We had been talking for years about buying one ‘one day’! We had looked at many at various 4WD shows and probably researched every single brand during that time. Earlier this year we finally we decided to take the leap and buy one and we both agreed to go for a Cub Camper.
Picking up from Cub Campers, North Rocks
There were quite a few camper trailers we liked the look of, but we always came back to the Cub. There are plenty on the market that are a lot cheaper than ours in price (and certainly a lot more expensive aswell), a lot of the others have more ‘things’ like hot water, showers etc, but we didn’t need all of that. We’ve spent years camping in a tent, so we didn’t need all the little luxuries.
We liked the Cub Campers because they are Australian Made, using Australian products, including 100% Aussie Bluescope steel and Aussie made canvas. These things are built to last and handle our outback environment and that’s what we need. We liked the fact that they are made using Australian made products that we know can handle our weather and environmental conditions.
So, a few months back we took a trip to their factory in North Rocks and had a serious chat with them and decided to go ahead, we left our deposit and they started to build our little camper! We got a ‘Brumby’ because it is a full off road version and it’s quite small and light in weight.
After a few months wait for it to be built, we finally have our little camper home with us and are enjoying packing it and making it our own, as well as practicing our setup and pack up, ready for our holiday! Below are a few pics of the camper, inside and out.
Inside the camper
Under bed storage
Strip lighting in camper
Slide out kitchen with gas stove and sink & water
So far, we are happy with our camper and can’t wait to go on our trip to WA together! Stay tuned for our adventures ……..
Even the dogs wanted to help play with the camper!