Are you planning a ‘once in a lifetime’ Australian Outback adventure? Have you found the ideal expedition vehicle yet? By ‘expedition vehicle’, we mean a full off road vehicle and camper combination. If you’re unsure about what to get and how to get it, then read on!
Expedition vehicles must be well equipped to handle the toughest off road conditions. However there's so many 4x4 expedition vehicles for sale these days that finding the right one can be a complex, stressful and time consuming process.
To get around this hurdle, Trayon offer a turnkey service which handles the process for you. We can create your perfect expedition vehicle from the very start, when it’s just a dream, to the very finish, when you hop in and drive it out the workshop.
This article explains how Trayon’s unique turnkey service works, and why it’s such a great option for those seeking the perfect expedition vehicle.
We’ll start with a little background.
Please note: We no longer offer a turnkey service. But we can point you in the right direction.
The Australian continent contains some of the most remote parts of the world (like the Kimberley). To explore the huge variety of landscapes available you need complete confidence in your entire off road rig. That includes:
Expedition vehicles in Australia have to be ready for anything.
To find that perfect rig, you need to explore the mountain of 4x4 expedition vehicles for sale. You might eventually find a vehicle which already comes with everything you desire, or maybe you will need to make your own vehicle/camper combination. Either way, it won’t happen overnight!
With so many choices, opinions, and different ways of doing things, it’s a difficult and time consuming process for anyone. Not to mention the many other tasks involved with preparing for an off road adventure.
It’s particularly difficult for international tourists who, ideally, need to organise expedition vehicles in Australia before they even step foot on Australian soil.
For starters, we’ve been creating high quality camping units to slide on the back of a ute for 25 years! We know the ins’ and outs’ of camping in the most remote parts of Australia (and the world for that matter), and we craft our campers to deal with all possibilities. The purpose of a Trayon slide on camper is to be the ‘home away from home’ component of your expedition vehicle.
For an idea about what exactly a slide on camper is, check out our recent article ‘Slide on Camper’.
Each Trayon slide on camper is 100% Australian made, and built with four primary objectives in mind, which are:
We also ensure campers have a low profile when travelling, keeping fuel costs down and making it easier to squeeze through tight overgrown tracks.
As a result, our slide on campers are ideal for that once in a lifetime adventure (or your weekend getaways!). They’re camping generalists ready for any situation, and off road specialists ready for all types of rough off road terrain!
The turnkey service delivers you the perfect expedition vehicles for Australia, without any of the time consuming and stressful organisation and administration tasks, because Trayon handle everything.
Initially, our ‘turnkey’ service was developed to help international customers prepare perfect expedition vehicles for Australia before they arrived in the country. For those who only had one or two years to travel, we saved them valuable time that could have been wasted organizing their rig (potentially months!).
We then realised that this is a convenience many Australians would love too!
You simply talk to us, then dust your hands and focus on everything else involved with planning a big off road trip, while we handle the expedition vehicle creation. Once the perfect rig is ready, we call you up, you come to the shop, jump in the hot seat and turn the key; turn-key.
This turn key service is split into three broad stages, including:
Here's a more detailed explanation of each stage.
This is where you tell us everything about your situation, in terms of your future camping and off road requirements. We use this info to help you design perfect expedition vehicles for Australia.
The questions we will ask include:
This all helps to identify what kinds of things you need to have included in the ultimate expedition vehicle. Our main goal is to make sure that what you get will see you reach your dream destinations, satisfy how you want to live, and get you back home in one safe and extremely satisfied piece!
We prefer to handle initial consultation through email to ensure there is a record of the outcome.
This stage involves a series of categories, which are informed by our consultation process, including:
The first thing we do is find and purchase a new vehicle to build the expedition vehicle around.
The best thing about that is…..
This can save you a considerable amount of time and money. Time, because we handle all the ‘argy bargy’ with dealers. And money, because we approach several different dealers and find the most competitive price, which is often cheaper than your normal retail price (because we’re dealing with the fleetside of sales, which involves extra purchasing incentives for the dealer).
Negotiating with dealers yourself can be pretty stressful. Many metro salesmen don’t have a detailed understanding of the vehicle they’re selling. They just want to make as many sales as possible, as quickly as possible, without having to invest much time and thought into your situation.
Regional dealers can be a different story, and more often than not, know their wares very well and strive to help you get what you need. But regional dealers can also be more expensive.
Basically, regardless of which dealers you might approach, we can save you time and money.
Get everything in writing so when you get the vehicle in the driveway and something isn’t what you payed for, you can force the dealer to rectify the issue.
Generally, this needs to be a four wheel drive ute. However, we do have an off road trailer option which could be paired with a wagon if that's the way you wanted to go. You can check out the off road trailer option in our recent post ‘Off Road Trailer’. As far as expedition vehicles in Australia go, it’s right up there.
For the popular slide on camper option, the vehicle could be a single cab ute, dual cab, extra cab, twin axle extra long tray…..whatever you would like.
In terms of vehicle brand, it’s completely up to you. It could be Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Ford, Mercedes, Holden, Isuzu and the rest (although you can’t go past a 79 series Toyota Landcruiser single cab ute chassis, which are often thought of as the toughest expedition vehicles in Australia).
We’ll also ask what manufacturer extras you would like, for example reverse cameras, snorkels, or other off road manufacturer accessories.
We can register it where ever you need. The easiest option is Queensland (Qld), Australia, as that’s where we are based.
The ute’s tray size and style is very important. It has to be a flatbed tray, not a styleside tub model (to understand why, check out our article on ‘Slide on vs Slide in?’).
Dealer vehicles don’t always come with trays that are well suited for Trayon Campers. That doesn’t mean a Trayon won’t fit (as a Trayon will fit most flatbed trays), it just won’t be a snug as it could.
For example, with ‘extra cab’ utes, dealers will often have them fitted with a shorter stubby tray. That's generally 1950 mm in length instead of a full size 2250 mm tray. A Trayon Camper will still slide onto a stubby tray no worries, but it will overhang slightly, which isn't ideal.
For expedition vehicles in Australia, 4WD suspension is perhaps the most crucial piece of running gear to get right to make the vehicle off road ready.
We have an entire article dedicated to the best suspension options when exploring the Outback with a slide on camper. Check out the article here, called ‘4WD Suspension Upgrade?’.
For safety reasons and the best off road results, we recommend the following upgrades:
It also gives the vehicle a two inch lift, and means you can add any 4x4 accessories under the sun like bullbars and undercarriage armour (either as part of the turn-key service, or down the track). Our reasoning is fully explained in our suspension article.
For more information on GVM and payload considerations check out our article ‘Slide on Camper’.
We always recommend that you get these upgrades done at the same time and before the vehicles first registration. By rolling it all up in one upgrade process we will save you both time and money.
We make sure the dealer has the vehicle upgraded before its first registration, and completely off road ready by the time you drive it out the door.
Once we have your vehicle in our workshop, we can fit it out with any aftermarket accessories you want (which haven't already been fitted by the vehicle manufacturer).
This means bullbars, winches, spotlights, roof racks, your favorite rims and tyres, extra spares, auxiliary batteries, snorkel, canvas seat covers, underbody protection, to name a few. Basically we can turn it into a full swing off road expedition vehicle to match your requirements.
If you’ve gone for a mid range four wheel drive (like a Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux or Ford Ranger) a couple of extras we highly recommend include:
The next step is to prepare the expedition vehicle's electronic connections for a Trayon Camper, ready to bring the Camper systems to life!
Different Trayon Campers require different electronic modifications (because they come with different accessories). For example the Diesel-Deluxe model comes with a 12V Battery Management System (BMS) while the Deluxe and the Standard models do not.
So this step will be driven by which Trayon Camper you want, which leads us to the next category.
This is where we design and assemble your choice of slide on camper. It’s an important decision because it will be your home away from home in the Outback! It will also determine the level of camping comfort your expedition vehicle provides.
Trayon Campers come in three distinct models, including:
You can also compare features using our 2017 slide on camper brochure. The dimensions of each model will vary depending on whether your expedition vehicle is a single cab or dual cab, and the size of your vehicles tray.
For customers who want a four wheel drive wagon, or would like a trailer for additional storage space, there is the Trayon TMO off road trailer. This is a multifuncional off road trailer. Meaning it’s work trailer during the week, a workhorse or recreational trailer on weekends and a full off road camper trailer in the holidays (it can also be fitted with a fully enclosed shower and toilet ensuite)!
After you have chosen a camper model, you have the option to accessorize it even further, to create perfect expedition vehicles for Australia.
There's a heap of different accessories you could choose to add, which are listed in this accessories price list.
At this stage of the process, your ultimate expedition vehicle is sitting in our head office factory in Maroochydore, Queensland (aka the sunshine State), and waiting for you to take the reigns!
You decide when to pick up your custom expedition vehicle. Whether you're flying in from Cairns, Sydney, Perth or overseas (or even just walking around the corner), we will meet you whenever it's convenient for you.
When you arrive, we’ll give you the necessary paperwork and an in depth run down of the entire expedition vehicle. We’ll explain vehicle and camper specs, upgrades, accessories, functionality and anything else you would like to know!.
Okay, now we’ve reached the really good bit, the actual turn-key part!
You’ve had the time to take care of every other aspect of travel planning and preparation while we’ve been creating your ultimate expedition vehicle for Australia. So now there’s only one thing left to do!
Jump in behind the wheel and turn the key! The engine will roar to life, and you can shoot straight off into the remote, beautiful and exciting Australian Outback (just don’t forget the wife and kids!).
If this sounds like a good option for you, give us a bell!