While camper trailers at face value look very similar they can be vastly different in quality. Australian made canvas will generally of the highest possible quality and have inbuilt mould retardant in the manufacturing process to suit Australian conditions.
To save on costs many non-guild members use cheaper overseas manufactured canvas that looks fine, until it rains.
This recent CSIRO analysis of imported 14 ounce “ripstop” canvas shows the difference:
See the report here
The canvas leaks water when it rains, when you pack up and drive home mildew will form on it, making it necessary to replace the canvas in some instances:
Ripstop Fabric problems
Aussie made canvas will have a “Care” label on it that identifies the manufacturer of the canvas.
If you can’t locate it on the canvas tent or the care label does not identify the canvas as Australian Made it almost certainly is not.
The canvas tent.
If it leaks or has condensation or mildew problems a holiday can be ruined and the camper is not fit for the purpose.
It should comply to the Australian standard for canvas AS 2001.2.18.1987 which is also the military standard.
Australian canvas manufactured by Wax Converters (dynaproofed) meets this standard.
There are several different types of hitch in common use for off road camper trailers.
We use the Hyland hitch because it is very reliable, strong and very easy to hook up with the 50mm ball compared to the poly block type that uses a skinny pin which can be very difficult to insert when in off road conditions.
These tyres are very tough and we rarely have punctures due to the heavy side wall construction.
Yep, sure are. They are made in the only purpose built camper trailer manufacturing facility in Australia.
Australia has more Ultra Violet light content in its sunlight than most other countries.
UV light is potentially very destructive on canvas, affecting the water proofness of the material.
Our canvas is made to the stringent Australian standard which is a lot tougher than the international standards.
Australian canvas is tough and is waterproof yet ‘breaths’.
Yes, our Sleepout and awning walls will fit any camper trailer tent made after 2012 and are always available through your local Johnno’s Outlet.
Johnno’s camper trailers use Duragal plated draw bars and Zincaneal panels.
These treatments are permanent plating techniques this means the camper trailer is protected from rust by the very nature of the materials used.
I understand Johnno’s use electric brakes on their trailers. Do I need to have a brake controller in the vehicle?
You will need an electric brake controller fitted to your vehicle.
Brake controllers should be fitted by a qualified mechanic and are not particularly expensive.
There are several ways to re-charge the battery fitted to the camper trailer. The easiest method is to use a conventional mains power battery charger at home.
Alternately, with extra equipment mounted in the camper trailer and the tow vehicle, you can re-charge the camper trailer battery from the tow vehicle whilst you drive.
See your local Johnno’s dealer for more details.
Cooking underneath the awning is fine as the awning is quite high.
The kitchen end wall is pegged out, drawing it away from the kitchen.
We haven’t had any issue with the wall getting splashed whilst cooking, but the area behind the kitchen is made from heavy duty pvc, so it can be easily wiped down if need be.
Safety regulations advise that you shouldn’t cook with gas without adequate ventilation.
When the awning is enclosed with the annex wall kit, ensure adequate ventilation when cooking by opening windows or removing a panel of the wall kit.
We have spoken to a few different people and they tell us a hard floor camper trailer is a lot easier to set up than a soft floor camper trailer?
Well.. a Johnno’s Camper is extremely user friendly and why our Campers are so well known in the Soft Floor camper trailer sales & hire industry.
For a quick over-night stop it will only take you a couple of minutes to pull out your main tent. For longer stops, you then may want to extend the camper awning for more living space and we can completely set up our campsite in around 15mins.
So, in our opinion, a Johnno’s soft floor is definitely comparable to a hard floor camper in relation to quick set up time IF NOT faster than a lot of models!
I certainly wouldn’t rule out a soft floor camper from your short list because you think it might be difficult to set up!
Bottom line‚ you get what you pay for.
Johnno’s Campers are a fully Australian Made Camper Trailer, purpose built‚ for our conditions with Australian Made Products and built by Australians right here.
Our long heritage in the hire & sales industry ensures that our customers are buying a tried and tested product used by Australians all over Australia, all times of the year in all different types of terrain and weather conditions.
WE are also part of the AMCTG which gives our customers even more reassurance when buying a camper trailer.
And not to forget, Johnno’s are part of the biggest Camper Trailer Network in Australia.
Your guarantee that you are part of product that spans the whole country to provide you with after sales service and advice and not to mention, peace of mind! Can you get that from an inferior imported product ?
Our canvas is made at Wax Converters Textile Company in Maitland NSW and yes it is all Australian.
Clean water and a sponge, even use a chamois to draw the water out.
Yes, but don’t leave it closed and wet for any longer than two days otherwise the tent will get mould on it
No we only use Australian canvas from wax converters, who are Australia’s biggest canvas supplier.
No , as we only use the best quality Australian canvas , you can have an internal light on and be confident that there will be no external shadows of you inside.
The Tonneau Cover is made of The Stealth Ripstop’s advanced construction and is based on superior chemistry and technology. It is specifically designed as a hard wearing Tonneau Cover for many marine and automotive applications.
The fabric possesses many exceptional benefits including tear, tensile and bond strength, UV and abrasion resistance.