Slide on Ute Camper Buyers Guide

Industry Leading Fabrication and Design

Lead the way with a Tong Metal Camper.

Our Innovative designs and materials are more insular, durable and are of lighter construction than other campers on the market.


Lightweight, Durable Construction

Weight Distribution

Is your Load Killing your Ute? 
How you organise your camper and layout is just as important as the total overall weight of your load. A poorly balanced and distributed load can place unnecessary pressure on your vehicle and will make your overall driving experience uncomfortable.

Warning: Using a steel tray with our slide on campers may cause potential issues without a GVM or Suspension upgrade. Steel trays can weigh well over 200kgs more than aluminium – That’s the equivalent of 200L of water. Steel Trays reduce payload! 

Benefits of Strategic Packing

Benefits of Strategic Packing

Weight Distribution

Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM): Is the maximum legal total weight of the entire vehicle. This includes all accessories such as bull bars, additional long-range fuel/ water tanks, and Passengers.

Kerb Weight: 
The total weight of a stock vehicle including a full tank of fuel, oils, and fluids.

The amount of weight that can be legally added /carried by the vehicle. Payload = GVM – Kerb Weight

Exceeding GVM is Not a Joke

Reduced Safety: If your vehicle weighs more than that the manufactures specified GVM you significantly increase the risk of breaking your vehicle’s chassis, causing physical harm/injury to yourself or other motorists.

Insurance Fallout: If you exceed the vehicles GVM you will void the terms of your insurance. You will be responsible financially and legally.

Types Of Campers

After a brief look around a campsite, you will notice a variety of campers, canopies and rooftop tents designs. Often each design share similar characteristics, however also have their own specific applications. Let’s take a look at some common terms. 

Slide On Campers
As the name suggests, this category of campers is typically a dedicated touring setup that can easily be removed and used externally to the vehicle.

Ute Back Campers 
This category of campers comes in many shapes and sizes. A Ute back camper can be a term used for just about any camping or touring set up. Aluminium Canopies with a fridge and kitchens, tray backs with canvas canopies and a quality swag. There are no strict guidelines, anything goes and it all can work well.

Roof Top Tents
Place a rooftop tent above your vehicle, ute tray or aluminium canopy and now you have a comfortable portable bed that can go just about anywhere.

Limitless Exploration

Canning Stock Route: The Canning Stock Route is a regional classic that is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Traverse the prolific dunes of the world’s longest stock route and see Australia’s purest and most rugged landscapes. Due to enforced towing restrictions on parts of the CSR, slide on campers/ute campers are becoming a staple for vehicles touring this track.

Cape York: A trip to Cape York is nearly a mandatory requirement for Tong Camper owners. An adventure up The Old Tele Track with pitstops at iconic cape landmarks such as the Lions Den, Gunshot Creek on the Tip has tourers returning for multiple trips.

Fraser Island: The worlds largest sand island is on our doorstep and is home to some magnificent beach driving, surf fishing and camping. Tong Campers are regular visitors to the big three sand Islands: Moreton, Stradbroke, and Fraser. This is where the aluminium material comes into its own, the rust-free and light-weight properties make beach driving a sea breeze.

Victorian High Country: If our campers aren’t heading north to the Cape or Kimberly’s, the Victorian High Country is a likely southern destination. Stunning snow-topped mountains, pristine rivers and forests await.

Simpson Desert: Straddling three different states, the Simpson Desert is among Tong Metal customers favorite locations. Boasting the worlds largest parallel dunes, the wavy red landscape get our customers torqued. Depending on summer rains will determine the landscapes you traverse across. A wet season will often provide an explosion of native vegetation with fields and fields of Australian wild flowers floating above the usually arid red terrain.


Can your vehicle Carry the weight? 
Calculate your payload!
What is the Dry Weight of the camper? 
What is the expected total loaded travel Weight? 
How can you reduce weight to increase payload? 
How much do your accessories weigh?


How long is the warranty valid? 
What Does the warranty Cover? 
Does it cover for off-road and four-wheel driving? 
Where is the camper built and manufactured?
Australian Made or Imported? 

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