At first glance, the Vantage 2.4 reminds us of only one overland camper, the venerable and unmistakable Nimbl Evolution (built in Colfax, California), as the Vantage also features a curved roof and is mounted to a flatbed (it does not, however, offer a camper to cab walkthrough). But, the Vantage 2.4, built by Active Campers in Woolgoolga (you have to love Australian place names) on the Gold Coast of Australia between Sydney and Brisbane, is quite unique. The Vantage 2.4 is a slide-on camper designed to complement single and extended-cab pickups seamlessly. Leveraging cutting-edge fiberglass technology and honeycomb sandwich wall panels, the Vantage 2.4 boasts an impressive combination of lightness and durability, tipping the scales at just around 1,212 pounds dry. This lightweight construction doesn’t compromise strength, ensuring the camper is built to last.
At the heart of this innovation lies MonoPan, a German-engineered thermoplastic sandwich panel boasting a polypropylene-honeycomb core and fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene face sheets. These components are fused through a thermoplastic welding process, resulting in a lightweight yet resilient structure. This camper can be detached from the vehicle in 15 minutes and is therefore ideal not only as a base camp when exploring but also for storage when the journey is over.
The construction of the camper allows for easy access even with the roof closed, and opening it requires nothing more than a press of a button, thanks to the integrated 12-volt actuators. Interior space is optimized through well-placed, under-seat hatches, strategically arranged kitchen cupboards, and convenient drawers, and the hallway space transforms into a fully equipped toilet and shower. Key features include a permanent north/south RV queen-size bed layout with mattress underlay, a slide-out table for two that converts into a secondary bed, internal hanging wardrobe space, and a range of practical elements like LED ceiling lights, a fire extinguisher, and a smoke detector. The camper’s interior amenities continue with a stainless steel gas cooker and sink, a 130-liter front door compressor fridge, multiple freshwater tanks, water pumps, and an array of electrical features. The Vantage 2.4 also incorporates an electric and gas hot water system, a cassette toilet with an external hatch door, and a comprehensive power supply setup.
Optional upgrades include:
- A 350-watt solar system
- A second lithium battery
- A Sirocco fan for optimal ventilation
- An external shower
- A 24-inch LED Smart Full HD TV
- A gas air heater
Our only real criticism of the Vantage 2.4 is the lack of exterior storage space and that the body does incorporate a spacious external storage compartment accessible from either side of the camper, but this is likely not large enough for all outdoor and camping gear. The solution may be to have the flatbed equipped with additional storage boxes to accommodate all the mod cons we overlanders carry as we travel.
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