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Articles by Brendan Batty

Brendan Batty

Brendan Batty

Determined never to work a conventional job in his life, Brendan is one of Australia's most experienced journos dedicated to caravanning and camping in Australia. The owner and editor of ROAM magazine and the camper trailer website,, he has written a guide book for travelling Australia by caravan, worked for just about every 4WD or camping magazine in the land and can't decide whether he likes his tent, swag or vintage Viscount the best (but it’s probably not the swag).  
Having travelled extensively through Australia in all manner of vehicles and accommodations, he’s tested campers and caravans from just about every manufacturer of note (and then some), done his own lap of Australia, won't let his kids watch TV in the car and spent just about everything he has on decking out his 4WD.

Hybrid campers tread the line between caravan comfort and camper trailer-manoeuvrability and are touted as somewhat of a new thing; almost an evolution of comfort as more people look for a perfect camping experience. But camper-trailers like the Cub Longreach LE prove that the concept has been...Read more

Let's not beat around the bush: the pop-top or pop-up or hybrid camper...Read more

Almost everyone agrees that the lighter your load the better everything...Read more

As it’s become easier and easier to get information about, or be...Read more

There was a time when Australia was a proud camper trailer building...Read more

Although the lines that have customarily distinguished hard floor and...Read more

The concept of a canvas covering over a bed in a trailer goes all the...Read more

Forward folding camper trailers were a revelation to the camping...Read more

Once upon a time Queensland was the home of Aussie camper-trailer manufacturing and companies, such as Lifestyle Camper Trailers, were pumping out camper after camper to happy customers. But then came the imports and the price that people were willing to pay for the product dropped very quickly...Read more
Over the past 12 months, some of the most significant names in camper-trailers have fallen victim to their own success. Ultimate Campers, one of the most interesting and (previously) desirable camping products was placed in voluntary administration and bailed out, while Kimberley Kampers, always...Read more
Avan, the company, is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of caravans and campers and the distinctly shaped Avan, the camper-trailer, is an iconic design that’s been in Australia nearly three decades. Given that longevity, we wanted to see if there is merit in such a bizarrely shaped van, and...Read more
Winding-roof camper-trailers are the back-bone of Jayco's line-up. The company was founded on these products in 1976, and for many people, one of these was their first Jayco and their introduction to caravanning. The Eagle is one of Jayco’s classic floorplans with room for a family of six. Is it...Read more
The camping world is so mad for forward-fold campers that it often forgets that, for a long time, the rear-fold, hard-floor camper were considered the 'In' thing. That rings true for Sydney-based camper-trailer firm, Blue Tongue Campers, whose three hallmark campers are based on the forward-folding...Read more
It seems to come with the territory, that forward-fold campers are heavier than they need to be – and there are a few reasons for that. Firstly, most are made in China and, to prevent any possible durability issues, they are made with thicker sections of steel. Secondly, it’s cheaper to build...Read more
Cub Campers is Australia’s oldest camper-trailer manufacturer and one of the oldest businesses in the caravan and camping industry, having just celebrated 50 years of operation in 2018. The company can lay claim to inventing the soft-floor camper trailer, pioneering the rear-fold and championing...Read more
The days of very short caravans are over – almost no one would consider buying even a 14-foot caravan in today's age – but despite that, Jayco's simplest camper-trailer almost mimics the layout of a regular-sized vintage caravan. At just 14-foot long, the Penguin encloses its bed, dinette and...Read more
Jayco is Australia’s most prolific builder of camper-trailers, caravans and motorhomes. Many of its models are the cheapest options in their class and represent decent value for money. The company’s cheapest little camper-trailer – the Swift – is the perfect example of that: functional, versatile,...Read more
There is so much outback in Australia. Basically, the only place it isn't...Read more

In a country as expansive, varied and as beautiful as Australia, there...Read more