Rear-fold camper trailers are a great solution for those who like to travel a lot and not spend too long in one location. Pull in somewhere for an overnight stop and you can be set up in five minutes in a camp that has you off the ground and clear of creepy crawlies.
Pioneer is a brand that evolved in WA and is now produced in Melbourne. With a staff of 75, including a couple of in-house designers, it’s one of the bigger local manufacturers, even supplying the Defence Department. Over time the company has earned a good reputation for making a quality product that does the job. Its focus is on hard-floor designs, with the Argyle SE off-road camper trailer sitting at the budget end of the range.
Pioneer Campers has stepped outside the standard versions of camper design with a stylish redesign that makes the most of space and gives the trailer a classy modern look. The finish is in a neat Periwinkle Grey with black and silver inserts. The camper is constructed using a mix of welding and Sikaflex bonded and pop riveted panels, with Rhinocoating in high wear areas.
The sturdy chassis rides on a Grafta independent trailing arm suspension with twin shocks and replaceable stub axles. The wheels are five or six-stud black Sunraysias with G/T Adventuro all-terrain rubber and brakes are 10in AL-KO hydraulic override, with electric brakes as an option.
The Argyle has plenty of storage options, with a large front storage box, suitable for a fridge, generator, porta-potti or similar items, with a pair of 70-litre compartments for wet storage underneath. At the front is a box with perforated floor suitable for carrying up to three jerry cans, firewood, wet canvas or other dirty items. There are two other tubs, one containing a single 9kg gas bottle and hand pump.
Behind the front boxes is a slide-out stainless steel kitchen. It’s a bit smaller than some today but perfectly adequate with a slide-out preparation shelf, two-burner stove, stainless steel sink, cutlery drawer and a worklight on the flip-up access door.
The standard electrical fit out includes a single 110Ah AGM deep cycle battery, a 10-amp Narva mains charger and an optional regulated solar panel. There’s also a 240V mains outlet on the side.
Water capacity is a basic 60L stainless steel tank as standard but there is the option of a 150L tank.
The vinyl-covered floor area is 1.6 X 2m so there’s room for kids’ bunks if needed. The canvas is 14.9oz and 10.9oz Dynaproof Australian material, with windows all around. These are finished with midge-proof screens internal awnings and clears. The roofline continues out over the front box to shelter any fridge and the front of the trailer. The awning is a roomy 2 x 4.9m.
Other options include a separate sleep area and an ensuite which simply zip on.
With a Tare of 820kg it is pretty light for what the Argyle SE offers and with an ATM of 1600kg there’s heaps of load capacity. Any large SUV, like the Isuzu MU-X, or 4WD ute would have no trouble towing it on outback road trips.
The Pioneer Argyle is a classy and stylish hard floor camper at a value for money price. It comes with a good range of specs including independent suspension. You have the with peace of mind knowing its built of quality Australian made materials, including the all- important canvas. Finally, it’s backed by a sizeable company that will be around to honour the very generous five-year warranty.
Pioneer Argyle 2015 Price and Specs
Drawbar and chassis: 100 X 50 X 3mm hot dip galvanised
Dimensions: 4520mm long, 1750mm wide
Wheels: 15 X 7in 5- or 6-stud Sunraysia rims with GT Adventuro all-terrain tyres
Trigg polyblock hitch
Suspension and brakes
Grafta independent trailing arm with coil springs
Dual Ridepro 4WD shock absorbers
10in hydraulic override drums
1.2mm zinc anneal steel and 2mm aluminium
Fold-over top with fibreglass honeycomb/steel sandwich
1 X 9kg gas bottle
Stainless steel slide-out
2-burner Smev gas cooker
Stainless steel sink
Food preparation bench
60L stainless steel tank
1 X 110Ah AGM battery
10A VSR mains charger
Anderson plug at hitch
14.9oz roof and 10.9oz walls Dynaproof canvas
4500 X 1600mm tent area
Double bed foam mattress
2000 X 4900mm main awning
Warranty: Five years