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The Skipper Tent Trailers Story

We are the family who started out manufacturing a little camper trailer known as the Skipper, which became more and more popular over the years. Some of the trailers travelled to all four corners of Southern Africa, and we eventually ended up forming a company making the Gazelle range of caravans. The Kerkhof Gazelle, as it became known, was hand built by us until we opted for early retirement down at Pennington, KZN. But, with camping blood flowing through our veins, Robbie, my wife Jenny and our son Reinhart decided to add a new element to our successful caravan history and re-launch their famous little Skipper Tent Trailer.

We are now glad to report that the Skipper Tent Trailer has made its comeback and it is thriving. Just in time too, with fuel prices being so volatile and not everyone being able to afford big powerful tow cars, a tent trailer makes good sense. In its folded form, the Skipper is a graceful looking unit in spite of its functional flat top look. Without a doubt this compact tent trailer such from Skipper puts holidays within everyone’s budget. Much thought has been put into the design of the body and living areas of the Skipper Tent Trailers.

The tents are manufactured in our own factory with daughter in law Charmaine in charge. The canvas we use is 100% cotton canvas, which performs well in bad weather as the fibres swell to create a watertight material when wet. The basic construction of the trailers includes an aluminium frame, with white fiberglass body panels that are highly resistant to stone damage and rust. The fold-out, expanding canvas section of the body has most of the poles already attached and in place to simplify setting up camp.

The Skipper Tent Trailers incorporate robust engineering with a strong, hot-dipped galvanized steel chassis, with corrosion free materials and fasteners being used where possible. It is equipped with a suspension suitable for just about any terrain. Robbie will be celebrating his 60 years in the caravan manufacturing in 2023, which is an incredible milestone, with son Reinhart following in his footsteps. Reinhart was brought up in the factory from an early age, and now has 30 years’ experience in both repairs and manufacturing.

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