Noel and Irene at Tailgate Campers have a team of expert Welders, fabricators and assemblers who work together to create a Quality Australian made Camper you will be proud to own, and to keep for a very, very long time. We know this because for the last 10 years there has hardly been a 2nd hand Tailgate Camper on the market!
We love nothing better than exploring our beautiful parks and outback areas of Australia, and have been doing so together for more than 30 years. Our first great adventure together was the Telegraph track to Cape York in our Subaru wagon with our 6 month old first born. We have had many great adventures since, with a keen interest in our deserts and the Beadell Roads of outback Australia. We have changed vehicles and moved from tents to trailers to campers as the family grew, but one thing remained constant – we have continued to enjoy camping and 4WDing, and learning about the history, culture and flora and fauna of the places we explore.
Where are we?
Living in Goorambat, Victoria, we feel so lucky to have the Victorian High Country as our backyard, and have explored this on countless occasions on our own, with our friends, with the Wangaratta 4WD club members, and as trip leaders for ‘Beyond Hotham’. We never tire of its beauty and always find new areas to explore and 4WD challenges to be tackled.
Tailgate Campers beginnings
Noel started out as a farmer, but his real love has always been his workshop where amongst other things he has built portable yards, trailers, campers and laser graders. Designing and building the ultimate Slide-on camper for our ‘Empty Nester’ travels was as natural as driving the ute that it would sit on.
Noel planned for this slide-on to be lightweight, fuel efficient and use every inch of space efficiently. A camper he can take anywhere in Australia. Irene wanted the camper to be comfortable and practical. Due to her ongoing back issues it needed to have minimal stairs, everything accessible and setting up and packing away needed to be a breeze. She wanted a camper that was packed and ready to go anytime we had a chance to get away.
Our Tailgate Camper provided the ideal solution for all these design requirements.
So, in 2008 Tailgate Campers was created, and by popular demand has become available to all those who enjoy the Australian outback – camping, 4wding, bushwalking or fishing as much as we do.
More than 10 years later we still have the same original design, but continue to make great improvements both in the quality of the product and the innovative new features.
Choosing your camper:
We encourage you to do your research. Think about your camping style, where you want to go and what features are important to you. Explore these pages and find out what Tailgate Campers has to offer and see if this is the best fit for you. If we haven’t got what you want, don’t be shy – ask us, as we love to custom build where we can, and working together with our customers to achieve for you what we first set out to achieve – your ultimate slide-on camper.
If you choose Tailgate Campers you can be assured of a quality Australian made product which has a full 2 year warranty. Our campers are built on the premises from the ground up as we fabricate and assemble each component with skill and attention to detail.
We build our campers to last. Together with our customers our campers have been tested in the most extreme 4WD conditions for more than a decade.
The fully welded tubular frame ensures maximum strength, and stainless steel fittings and fasteners are chosen for their strength and non-corrosive properties. Quality components are used throughout.
We use Australian made Dynaproof canvas which is made for our harsh conditions and proven to last. We even cater for the most important part of camping – sleeping – with the best range of mattresses available and you guessed it – they’re Aussie made!
Our campers are fully powder coated. This very durable and attractive finish prevents the ‘aging’ look that is typical of raw aluminium and it also keeps the camper cooler.
Quality old fashioned service:
We have a strong commitment and take great pride in providing the best possible experience for our customers from the moment you contact us and well beyond the day that you drive home with your new camper.
We look forward to welcoming new members of our Tailgate camping community, and hearing about the adventures you have in your new Slide-on.
Noel and Irene