Many attendees were curious to have a behind-the-scenes look at the offroad specialist’s new Outback HQ facility in Bayswater, Vic.
While about 20 RVs spanning Track Trailer’s own Mate, Tvan and Topaz ranges, plus a selection of Stockman Pod camper trailers, were on display, visitors were also interested in touring the huge new showroom and the greatly expanded production area where all Track Trailer products are now built under a single roof.
Four separate tours, each hosting about 50 people, were held throughout the day, while visitors in the showroom were kept busy looking at the range of current models or chatting with legendary Australian outback explorer, author and Camper Trailer Australia columnist Ron Moon, who has crossed just about every made and unmade road in Australia in a Tvan or, more recently, in his Trakmaster Gibson pop-top.
Outback HQ suppliers ARB, Safari Snorkels, James Baroud Tents and Bartlett Canvas also mounted product displays. Outside in the car park, a band and a free sausage sizzle were attractive sideshows.
One Tvan getting plenty of attention was a MkIV Murranji seen for the first time fitted with the new 2016 options of a diesel heater, diesel hot water service and modular air-conditioning, combined with beefier 1.8t suspension.
Another highlight of the day was the presentation of the ‘Lap of the Map’ Tvan to Wagga Wagga-based winning bidder Chris Pook, with charities Buy a Bale and Born to Run each receiving half of the proceeds from his winning bid of $39,000 for the Mk3 Tvan Tanami that this year toured Australia with Channel 7 Sunrise weather presenter Edwina Bartholomew.