Combining elements of the folding motorhome, the caravan with sliding side wall extension and the motorhome with pop-up roof, the Badger caravan series expands in an unusual way. Much of its fiberglass roof and sidewalls fold out to instantly create a separate room in the middle of the floor plan, adding serious head and elbow room atop the small single-footprint. axle. The trailer doesn’t stop there either, packing as much sliding, folding, folding and swiveling gear as a modern multi-tool to give bushcraft adventurers a big comfortable hard/soft hybrid base camp that tows like a tear. chiselled.
We haven’t looked at the South African motorhome market as often as the US, European and Australian markets, but from what we’ve seen we get the idea that unique extensions are a point of pride for builders out there. The same market gave us the camper inside a campervan from Monohull, and the multiple pop-ups and flyers on trailers like Conqueror and Trailvan.
Badger puts another twist on the camper trailer’s expandable design. Its 4.8m (15.7ft) long trailer is about the size of a teardrop trailer, but is sculpted into the sturdy shape of a larger off-road trailer, complete with a nose pointed and stout facets and a rectangular body.
Not content to simply fold into the small, cozy interior typical of a trailer of this size, Badger adds a center foldout that sees the right side wall and center roof fold down into one piece, making the wall the floor and the roof. the rear wall. The owner simply uses the grab handles to fold the extension down, relying on telescopic legs built into the roof rack to provide structural support.
After lowering the expansion, a quick setup of the interior poles creates a canopy chamber with weather-resistant canvas sidewalls. The bed uses multi-position slide-out extensions at its foot to create a sofa that doesn’t block the mid-aisle of the trailer, extending further into a 190cm (75in) queen-size bed at night. The raised fabric roof above, meanwhile, increases headroom above the center floor and just inside the doorway.
The rest of the interior is as small and simple as you’d expect from a teardrop-sized trailer, especially one laden with slides and exterior cabinets that take up space when ‘they are retracted inside the walls. There is a fabric storage organizer in the front and more storage in the back. An available TV hangs on the wall in front of the bed, providing late-night and morning entertainment, and Badger offers a slide-out stand so campers can easily move the TV around and access the walkway to the outdoor kitchen.
The kitchen has serious size that spans most of the entry side of the trailer. Directly aft of the door, a lift-up hatch accesses the large galley cupboard and below, a wide slide provides access to the double burner stove. A little further back, a particularly long slide accommodates the fridge/freezer and a storage cupboard. The face of this slide folds down to add space to the worktop, and a table in the back holds the working sink with the slide-out hot/cold sprayer stored in a compartment near the left corner of the back of the trailer. . Plumbing includes Hansen water heater, 12V water pump and 80 liter water tank.
When pushed back inside the trailer, the refrigerator trunk is accessible from the inside. The trailer can accommodate two standard people and the available rear tent adds an extra bedroom.
The Badger range does not include a full standard bathroom, but the rear sprayer functions as a shower, with hot water, and there is dedicated storage space for a portable toilet. Buyers can make the rear tent a bathroom tent instead of a sleeping tent, creating an enclosed private bathroom space.
We almost pinned Badger as another new pandemic-focused motorhome brand because it launched in 2020, but it actually launched its first caravan and expanding motorhome models in February 2020, just before that the coronavirus does not turn into a life-changing global event. It no longer lists motorhomes among its models, but it does offer its trailer in three configurations.
The flagship 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) Extreme model featured in the above-mentioned specs starts at R330,000 (about US$21,825) and comes with a full-fledged off-road model that includes gear standard exclusives like shock absorbers, mud flaps and rock sliders, plus an optional fridge/freezer on lower level variants. At the other end of the range, the base Lite Onroad model starts at R218,000 ($14,600) and comes with plenty of amenities, including all slide-out kitchen equipment and water heater, running on one motor of 950 kg. axle instead of the 1,750 kg axle on the R274K Extreme and Intermediate ($18,175) X-Over. All models are built on a steel frame with leaf spring suspension and include an electrical system with 105 Ah battery.
Source: Badger Adventure Caravans