This particular camper unit is fabricated for an end-user who delivered a rolling chassis/cabin of a Toyota Hilux 1 1/2 cabin to Tembo Travel Services.
As already known, the pick-up camper unit by Tembo Travel Services is much more developed and refined than it was back at the beginning of this century, but the basic concept hasn’t changed at all.
The off-road/outback traveller must observe these three basic principles, in order of importance these are:
Light weight, Durability and Simplicity.
Aluminium framing keeps the camper unit light and durable. The skin is fabricated of honeycomb panels. These panels being extremely strong and fabulously lightweight. Also these kind of panels cannot delaminate. Decorative design elements are kept to an absolute minimum to reduce weight and increase durability.
These three simple, yet complex goals, provide a very small niche in the camper-unit marketplace unlike other brands of pick-up campers. Whereas larger, more complex truck campers provide amenities and large living spaces, Tembo Travel Services embraces the ability to literally go camping in comfort anywhere your pick-up can go safely and with relative ease.
The basic idea is a fairly simple, but very strong, cage of a welded aluminium frame and the walls from honeycomb panels with isolation and long durability. Much like an airplane frame, this construction has the ability to flex, providing greater strength and durability. Therefore, longer life and the ability to handle the torque experienced on mountain, desert and outback roads, all far away from pavement.
Optimum off-road capability demands the lowest centre of gravity. The minimal height over the cab of the truck is essential, and as much weight as possible is on the floor of the camper.
Below some impressions of “Work-In-Progress” on this Toyota Hilux – “New Style” camper-unit.
September 2020, Toyota Hilux “New Style” nearing completion: