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A First look a the new Gecko Xtrax

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The Gecko Xtrax is the newest model to come from Gecko Offroad. This new 4-berth luxury camper is the little brother to the Gecko Xtreme caravan.

Built with quality, luxury, and simplicity in mind it is equipped with a queen-size pull-out bed and two children’s beds. What makes this camper different from others is that it includes an indoor builtin shower, fixed cassette toilet, slide out washbasin, and a Dometic gas stove. It is aimed at being the ultimate family trailer and is designed with comfort in mind.  The chassis is a shortened version of the current Gecko Xtreme. This means you still get the 2 x 70-litre water tanks and a 2.3-ton heavy-duty coupler, plus a 2.5-ton braked axle. While this rating is a bit of an overkill, the advantage is a far more robust wheel bearing. The suspension setup has 1.5-ton spring rating with gas shocks, as used on the Toyota Hi Ace.

For durability, strength and comfort, the sides, front, back, and roof panels are glass fibre and have an insulated core bonded to a fibreglass inner wall and aluminium tubing. All furniture is made from quality British standard marine ply and is vacuum wrapped for added longevity, strength and resistance to wood-rot.  The roof is raised and lowered by four pneumatic cylinders, and the system comes complete with a heavy-duty ARB compressor, air tank, and control switch. A bypass facility to connect to a normal 12-volt tyre 4×4 compressor will also be available.  The Xtrax has been fitted with an HCDP  Mark 6 220-volt power management system, which facilitates the conversion of 220-volts to 12-volts with a built-in 250-watt controller, to allow for the connection of a solar panel.

This system also includes DC to DC charging from the tow vehicle as standard.  The hot and cold water reticulation to the shower and the kitchen is supplied by a geyser that works on either 220-volts or gas.  Gecko Offroad has been developing this new camper for the last two years and this is the first look at the prototype. The next phase will be an on-site product test, after which it will be going into production, hopefully in April 2020.  Watch this space for the final product launch.

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