A diversion from the hard-box folders and tent-tops we’re used to seeing on the Australian camper trailer market, the new Kerfton trailer turns heads with a winged composite design that quickly grows from low, compact towable to family base camp. The smart kitchen puts full cooking power at your fingertips, whether the tent is fully deployed or packed up for travel. It can be used for distant all-terrain adventures and local tailgates or picnics.
The 14-foot (4.3-m) Kerfton trailer was born to bring a modern automotive aesthetic to Australia’s off-road camper trailer segment. In contrast to the typical metal box or squaredrop cabin, its sleek, smooth bodywork benefits from fiberglass-based high-performance composite construction, giving it a look meant to complement any vehicle towing it.
So stylish is the Kerfton trailer, it might give would-be buyers pause in trusting it to take on Australia’s roughest routes. But Kerfton founder and engineering manager Barry Trippit brings close to 30 years of experience working in structural engineering and composites in industries as demanding as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, and mine construction. The man knows what it takes to make a sturdy box, and he hasn’t created the Kerfton trailer for mere highway cruising or glamping resort-hopping.
“Absolutely, full-blown off-road, as tough as it gets,” Trippit responded when we asked what type of terrain the Kerfton trailer is meant for. “I personally drive a LandCruiser with a long list of modifications to improve off-road capability. Testing has already included some of the roughest tracks in Australia that I’m aware of (crossing the country including thousands of kilometers off-road), both severe off-road 4×4 type terrain and violent high-speed corrugations.”