Frontier Backpack

Turn your workday double cab ute into a holiday motorhome by simply sliding on a Frontier Backpack. Slip away into the wilds of New Zealand knowing you have everything you need to take time out in comfort.
Frontier Backpack Features


Frontier Backpack gives you the best of both worlds; a double cab ute through the week for work and when the weekends and holidays roll round, transform it into your go-anywhere adventure machine in under 30 minutes.

At 6.2 metres long x 2 metres wide on the double cab Ford Ranger or Mazda BT50, Backpack is compact and easy to drive and park. Stand your Backpack on it’s own legs when you get where you want to be or keep it comfortably on the back. Frontier Backpack gives you more options than your average motorhome.


Backpack may not be huge but it’s certainly cleverly designed and provides owners with the necessary comforts.


A great night’s sleep is essential when you’re on holiday so the Backpack’s class-leading permanent north-south bed in the luton is superb. It’s bigger than a double, measuring 1400mm wide x 2000mm. It’s an airy and generous relaxing and sleeping space with sitting headroom and easy step-up access from the couch.

Opening windows at each side of the bed with built-in insect screens, offer good views and ventilation.


If you’re accommodating four, you can even convert the rear dinette into another bed for two.


But you can’t sleep for too long; there’s just too much to see and do in our incredible country. Sit up high in the comfort of the dinette lounge and take in the views morning, noon and night.


Backpack’s galley features a combination stainless steel sink with flush-mounting glass lid, folding hot and cold tap and 2-burner gas hob. There’s also a 64 litre fridge/freezer (12V) and enough storage for your kitchen stores and equipment.
Gas and power from the 150 watt solar panel mean you’ve certainly got everything you need to take care of yourself wherever you may be. Efficient LED fittings provide effective lighting in all areas.


Backpack has fresh water capacity of 70 litres onboard and grey water capacity of 50 litres using a rollaway tank. Backpack is Certified Self Contained too.

We only use high quality lightweight plywood joinery for the onboard joinery. The white laminate finish provides a practical and hard wearing finish. We don’t use MDF laminate products as they are easily damaged and swell if they get wet. There’s good storage in the cupboards, bedside lockers, full-height wardrobe and the space under the dinette seating.

You won’t go without other creature comforts in this slide-on camper either. There’s a hot/cold single lever tap shower with extension shower hose on a slide rail as well as the Thetford cassette system pivoting toilet in Backpack’s bathroom.

Frontier Backpack is waiting for you and your double cab ute to pick it up and head off for the time of your life. Back up your busy life and hit the road with your very own Backpack.


Expertly designed and built in New Zealand at the home of Explorer Motorhomes


The Backpack is constructed using an aluminium frame and clad with aluminium composite material (ACM) which has a polyethylene core sandwiched between two aluminium sheets. It is light in weight yet exhibits excellent flatness and stiffness, making it ideal for the Backpack’s body. We add wall and ceiling insulation between the ACM skin and interior wall linings for extra seasonal comfort.


The Backpack has been designed around the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT50 double cab.

Backpack may fit on some other double cab utes too. If you have an alternative make, we can let you know if it will be suitable. We recommend a simple suspension upgrade to assist with the increased load on all utes used.


Every Frontier Backpack is built with the same attention to detail and quality that we lavish on our Explorer motorhomes. Quality is everything to us. We only use industry-leading components that we know will last the distance. We know that your Frontier Backpack is going to take you to some pretty exciting places, so everything needs to work and last.

Frontier Backpack interior
Frontier Backpack interior
Frontier Backpack interior
Frontier Backpack interior
Frontier Backpack interior
Frontier Backpack interior
Frontier Backpack exterior
Frontier Backpack exterior
Frontier Backpack exterior
Frontier Backpack exterior
Frontier Backpack exterior details
Frontier Backpack exterior
Frontier Backpack Floorplan


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Overall external length: 4.5m
External width: 2.0m
External height: 2.95m
Internal head height: 1.88m in centre

Total external length on Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 double cab ute: 6.2m



Dinette Upholstered Seating: Choose from a selection of fabrics 
Removable Table with stowable leg: 250mm x 800mm
Flooring: Vinyl
Lighting: LED ceiling
Roof Vent / Skylight: 400mm x 400mm with insect screen
Wardrobe - full height 
Storage: Lockers under dinette seating



Bed (Luton): 1.40m x 2.00m  
LED lighting each side
Privacy curtain 
Windows: Double-glazed acrylic with integrated blind & insect screen & telescopic arms, each side
Bed Rear (Dinette): 1.35m x 1.88m

Storage: Lockers each side of bed


Sink/Hob: Integrated combination 2-burner LPG cooker, sink & tap. Stainless steel with folding tap &
flush-mounting glass lid
Fridge: 64 litre Waeco with freezer compartment (12V)
Ventilation: Roof vent
Benchtop: Formica
Interior Joinery: Laminate on plywood including drawer & lockers



Shower: Hot/cold water flexible pull-up shower on slide rail
Toilet: Thetford C200 Swivel 17 litre tank
Lighting: LED
Roof Vent / Skylight with insect screen


Fresh water tank: 75 litres
Grey water tank: 50 litres (portable)
LPG: 4 kg bottle



Lighting: LED (12V)
150kw Solar Panel with regulator
House Battery: 130 amp hour AGM sealed deep cycle
Battery Monitor
Water Heater: Truma 14 litres (LPG)



Entry Handrail with security feature
Gas Detector
Fire Extinguisher



ACM Body on aluminium frame

Door: Two-part with security flyscreen door
Windows: Double-glazed acrylic with integrated blind & insect screen & telescopic arms
Exterior Entrance Step
Exterior LED Light


Certified Self Contained

Frontier Backpack Standard Specifications
Frontier Backpack Options and Accessories





Clearview extendable and foldable power mirrors

Drying Rack in bathroom

Galley 12V Ventilation Fan

LPG Heater

Radio / Auxilliary Player Head with stereo speakers




Reversing Camera

Extended Tow Bar (1000kg maximum load)
LCD TV with wall bracket

Satellite Dish

Suspension Upgrade

Contact us


Explorer Motorhomes Limited

Factory: 174 Green Road,
Albany RD2
, Auckland 0792

Postal: 118 O'Brien Road,

Coatesville, Albany RD3, Auckland 0793, New Zealand


0800 227 144

We look forward to answering any questions you have regarding Explorer Motorhomes.

Please phone or email us with your queries.


Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice. Errors and omissions excepted.


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