Featured Camper :: Black Series Campers HQ15

Black Series Campers is a family-owned, off-road camper manufacturer based in Australia that has been in business for 10 years. During that time, they’ve produced over 30,000 units. Offering both soft-sided pop-up campers and hard-sided models (and at least two hybrids), Black Series Campers has 12 different models to choose from, ensuring that aspiring adventurers can find something that fulfills all of their needs.

The company prides themselves on the quality, value, and reliability of their products. They achieve these standards by putting models to the test in the Australian Outback, in all conditions: “In mud, sand, saltwater, over corrugations, ruts, and rocks to ensure that what we build will meet all of our claims but most of all, your expectations.” Thanks to their wide range of models, you’ll get exactly what you need, nothing more (and nothing less). Black Series Campers backs all of their trailers with a one-year tent and trailer warranty and a five-year structural warranty covering materials and workmanship on the chassis and drawbar.

HQ15 A Compact Hard-sided Camper

With an external length of 23 feet on a single-axle chassis, the HQ15 fits roughly in the middle of the Black Range Camper lineup in terms of size. Black Series describes the HQ15 as the perfect trailer for a small family or couple wanting to get off-grid, with a roomy yet lightweight floor plan that incorporates luxury appliances.

The exterior of the HQ15 features an aerodynamic, cone-nose design. It is outfitted with diamond-plate on the lower half of the camper, offering protection from errant rocks and debris while towing. Eurovision windows (with bug screens and privacy shades), as well as a roof hatch, provide adequate ventilation. And R16 insulation combined with a 13.5K BTU air conditioner ensures a comfortable living space even in warm climates.

Proprietary Independent Suspension

Black Series has developed its own proprietary independent suspension system that they utilize across their full range of trailers. Engineered and load tested at 40,000 pounds per control arm (on the HQ15), their suspension features dual shock absorbers and coil springs. “Our quad shock design spreads the load across four shocks instead of two, allowing for a smoother ride, safer handling, and longer shock life.” They go on to describe their suspension as the “most robust independent suspension system available.”

Additional Comforts

The HQ15 comes standard with a queen-sized bed and a convertible dinette for a total sleeping capacity of three adults (or more, depending on how cozy you are willing to get). A full bathroom with a pocket sliding door elevates the experience of being off-grid without having to sacrifice too many conveniences and an indoor/outdoor kitchen provides options for fair or foul weather.

SPECS

Interior/Exterior

Windows: Eurovision windows with fly screens and privacy shades

Roof Hatch: roof hatch with shade

Custom Design: Custom aerodynamic modern front end of travel trailer compartments ventilated and stored separately with additional storage deflector with jerry cans and firewood Holder At The Rear.

Insulation: Full roof and wall R16 foam insulation

Awning: Awning outdoor electric step outdoor preparation bench, 4x stabilizer legs

Roof: One piece, fiberglass.

Outdoor kitchen: Stainless steel sink, three-burner stove

Diamond plate/rock guard: Around entire trailer

Ensuite: Separate private toilet and shower with glass vanity and additional storage shelves

Splashback: Gray acrylic full height splashback

Lounge: Convertible faux-leather dinette with adjustable table and sleeper

Table: Adjustable table/lounge bed and lazy boy style leg rests

Sleeping configuration: 1x queen-size inner spring mattress +1x lounge bed

Flooring: Modern wooden vinyl throughout

Cabinetry: Modern 5-star timber finish veneer with Malaysian honeycomb timber for ultra-light weight, finished off with high-gloss timber veneer. Gas-strut supported cabinet doors with push open, travel-safe locks, piano hinge door, and soft close drawers.

Range hood: Slim twin fan and twin light range hood

Screen door: Tri-lock security door with a separate fly screen door built in

Appliances

Fridge: Fridge/freezer 2.6 cubic feet, large-bowl sink is stainless steel

Air Conditioning: Dometic,lightweight, slim, efficient, multicycle, and economic (13.5 BTU)

Stove: Three-burner stove

Furnace: thermostat control, 16 BTU.

Microwave: 6-gallon electric microwave with four operating features: simple cooking microwave cooking, auto defrost function and grill/combination cooking.

Entertainment system: CD/FM/ IPOD/ Bluetooth/USB: two internal roof mounted speakers, two external marine grade outdoor speakers. 24-inch TV with DVD function

Smoke alarms: Smoke alarm and gas/co detector

Antenna type: HDTV over the air antenna with built-in surelock

 

Plumbing

Shower: inside full fiberglass enclosed bathroom/outdoor shower

Toilet: Yes (no additional information provided)

Water Tanks:

 

  • General water: 50-gallon polyurethane water tank with aluminum 0.12-inch bash cover for ultimate protection
  • Gray water: 26-gallon polyurethane water tank with aluminum 0.12-inch bash cover with camlock connector
  • Black water: 26-gallon polyurethane water tank with aluminum 0.12-inch basin cover with bayonet lug connector
  • Hot water: 6-gallon triple filter system
  • Drinking water: 16-gallon triple-filter system drinking water tank

 

Electrical

Electrical system: Anderson plug 12v/110v electrical system with 2,000-watt black series pure sine wave inverter with a custom black series control panel

Batteries: 2 X AGM 100AH deep cycle batteries

Solar panels: 2 X roof-mounted solar panels 300 total watts

LED strip lighting:

 

  • LED reading lights in bedroom and lounge, Puck Lights
  • Internal entry step light
  • External Lighting: Wide-angle, side- and rear-mounted led lights with additional front and rear lights, bar breakaway system car attachment provided
  • Internal/external 12V/USB plugs, 30-amp service solar entry light control panel: breakers, digital gauges, electrical power readout

 

Chassis

Drawbar/chassis: Hot dipped galvanized tubular steel made from rhs 4 x 2 inches, 0.15-inch wall thickness, 0.24-inch supporting plates for extra strength and durability

Independent suspension: Engineered and load tested at 40,000 pounds per control arm with dual shock absorbers and coil springs

Wheels: 16-inch steel wheels with satin-black powder-coated finish

Tires: 265/75R16 off-road, all-terrain tires

Brakes: 12-inch electric tow brake with mechanical handbrake

Hitch: Black series Adr-approved off-road “Polyblock” hitch

Jockey wheel: ARD XO swing away, 10-inch jockey wheel included, two rear-facing recovery shackles, rated to 9,000 pounds

 

Measurements

External body length: 23.0 feet

External width: 7.3 feet

External height: 9.7 feet

Tongue weight: 463 pounds

Unit weight: 4,722 pounds

Maximum trailer capacity (GVWR): 6,000 pounds

 

Find more information about the full line of Black Series Campers on their website.


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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.