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History of Utility Campers

We, Stewart & Pamela Pinney, like many others, designed our original camper to meet our own needs. After travelling for 6 months with a small motor home towing a trailer with a Mini Moke to allow a bit of off road adventure, we knew we had to find a better answer.

One of the top priorities was a hard floor camper that was quick and easy to open. The original camper was a steel frame with aluminium cladding, and a slide out kitchen to the exterior, which opened to the side. This prototype had a spring lifting system for the full Checkerplate aluminium lid, which proved to be inadequate for one person operation. However, it was impressive enough for others who saw it, to convince us to fabricate these for the open market.

The final design of the P190 'Camperback' was a long and arduous project, over many years, with much experimentation and development of the engineering components to perfect them. Resulting in the enhancement of existing features, among them, the one person operation of the smart opening/closing system and a kitchen that opens to the outside but also able to be used inside the camper. Dedicated storage cupboards easily accessible, where needed, with quality fittings to ensure they will cope with the rugged Australian outback conditions.


The clever design of the Camperback transforms the roof into the hard floor with one easy pivot, simultaneously erecting the spacious canvas living area in just over 2 minutes. One person simple operation! No need for press buttons relying on 12volt which may let you down in time of need!

P190 free of vehicle
P190 free of vehicle

We did not stop the development there. Given that the P190 'Camperback' had doors that hinged from the bottom, we were convinced by those with larger trays to develop a wider model and the P210 was born and used on wider trays like the Nissan Patrol and Ford F250.

Technology was moving on and composite sandwich construction methods were being used in the marine industry. We recognised that it would be a great advantage to have a lightweight "off road" camper that was as strong, offering reduced fuel consumption, vehicle maintenance and minimal damage to the environment in our outback travels.

Significant R&D followed, resulting in small design alterations to the basic unit but huge changes to the fabrication methods and equipment to allow the use of the composite sandwich construction materials.

The C190 'Camperback' has achieved these gains and our development continues to ensure that we are ahead of the industry in providing the best for our fellow travellers.

People come from far and wide to source their Camperback. They believe it meets their needs in providing them with a versatile, innovative, well engineered product that will allow them to venture into the unknown, whilst being completely self sufficient and secure.

Our customers have chosen different options to suit their own particular needs and we have worked closely with each of them to meet their requirements.

Since the original P190 'Camperback' launch in early 2003 we have achieved much and have many customers happily wandering the outback. One couple propose to head off with their C190 for an extended trip across the Northern Hemisphere. They are based in Perth and regularly use the C190 to explore and enjoy the remote locations all around W.A.

Our five year warranty is based on faith in our product. We are also proud to say that the relationship we have with our customers is one of friendship.

Utility Campers is proud of its Australian heritage and believes that our indigenous artists display this in a unique and individual manner. We commissioned this painting to represent the freedom that our Camperback provides to travellers to enjoy our great Australian land. The display of this on a C190 is optional , but we believe it enhances the aesthetics of the unit.

This painting depicts the movement of the lizards, birds and turtles as they moved and flew. Over the mountains through the hills, from place to place they travelled in search of food that was plentiful and in abundance, watering holes, were always full. As they moved around they left ripples of movement in the sand, high in the sky, the birds watched the elders gather at their meeting places and waited to invite their visitors. They too travelled from far and wide to meet and accept each other as one people.
Helen Brotherton
("wombalina Bear")