Ford Ranger Bushcamper: A Review
We booked this fairly compact double cab bushcamper for 4 on drivenow.co.za. The supplier was Avis and the pick-up/drop-off point was a depot in a gritty neighbourhood in Windhoek known as “Northern Industrial”. It certainly was not cheap, but I had already booked flights and having called around and been rejected by many, many car companies in February (we were travelling in August), I accepted that we would pay a peak season price (about AUD4600 or NAD46000 including cleaning fees and a compulsory contract fee for 18 days).
From our experience and the paperwork provided, this was the list of things that came with the car:
Upgraded overland suspension – 50mm lift
2.2L Diesel Engine 6 Speed Manual Transmission
BFG All Terrain Tyres 265-70-16 – Reinforced side wall
2.5 Ton Air Jack
165 Fuel Tank (long range)
220v/12v145w Solar Dual Battery Electrical System
80 Litre Stainless Water Tank – 20 Litre Gas/220V Geyser – Pressurised shower and wash up
90 Litre Fridge – Separate fridge and freezer – Twin
2 x Double Beds (sleeps 4 – plus child bed under 5 yr)
Safari Linen & Towels
2 full gas bottles
4 Chairs and a Table
Recovery Kit (jack, tyre iron, etc)
The roof tent took all of 5 minutes to set up each day. The bedding was comfortable and the tent airy – with mesh on three sides for ventilation. “Safari linen” provided comprised of 4 pillows, 2 doonas (duvets) and bedsheets. There were also bath towels. What might be tricky for the less co-ordinated was the ladder, which could pose a challenge, especially in the dark.
Two adults could comfortably fit in the rooftop tent, but in our opinion, only two small children could sleep in the bottom compartment, which was where bags and equipment were stored. You’d have to be travelling with a reasonably small amount of luggage to fit two medium sized people in there. Else you’d have to shift all your bags and stuff into the cab every time you wanted to sleep. In our case, two of us slept in a ground tent which we brought from home.