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Campa USA
By Larry Edsall

Campa USA Chris Cole, founder and president of Campa USA, says to think of his company's new Expedition Vehicle System as your own portable infrastructure. He says that because the unit, which bolts onto the back of a full-size pickup truck, including solar panels to recharge batteries, a water purification system, kitchen and sleeping quarters complete with a hot shower system.

Whether setting up a hunting camp or doing disaster relief work, Campa's new EVS setup provides a portable base camp that can operate off the grid.

A little more than two years ago, Cole bought a South African company that designed and produced rugged and self-contained all-terrain adventure and survival trailers. Campa continues to produce those units, the Campa Disaster Reconnaissance System for the military, emergency personnel, law enforcement, fire fighters and the All Terrain Trailer for civilian outdoor enthusiast.

Cole's big innovation since moving the business to North Ridgeville, Ohio, was to take the basic trailer package and transfer it to a pickup truck, freeing customers to still use the vehicle's trailer hitch for pulling bikes, quads, boat or horse trailer, or simply to be able to pack everything along without needing the drag of any sort of trailer.

Basically, he explains, Campa takes your pickup, removes the bed and replaces it with self-contained trailer box, sans axle, wheels and gooseneck. If you buy a new truck, the unit can be moved from one vehicle to another. Should you need to use the truck for normal hauling, the main bin and all of its gear slides out.

The unit includes a roof-top tent with a zip-in kitchen room, fuel and water tanks, electric refrigerator/freezer as part of an oak wood kitchen unit, hot water shower, GPS and mobile communications equipment, Pelican protective cases, locked storage and more.

Campa's ATT and DRS trailers are priced in the $15,000 - $20,000 range and the EVS is priced around $20,000, Cole says, though the price can vary based on the specific installation.

For more information, visit the website or call (440) 353-1917.

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