Crew Cav & XT10 Caravan adventures


MDC XT10 Caravan

Expedition Series Third Generation
Build No: 29 August 2014

Our home away from home

Welcome to our MDC XT10

With construction projects being further away we wanted flexible site accommodation, so we began a three month research operation to find a compact hybrid off road caravan.

The Lifestyle Camper Trailers AT10 Hypercamper and Market Direct Camper Trailers MDC XT10 were both shortlisted however we required a van by 01/10/2014. Unfortunately the substantially cheaper XT10 at $52,000 was the only unit that could be custom built in time, including:

  • Custom grey electric awning
  • Dometic 2200B Reverse Cycle Aircon
  • 500 Watts of solar
  • Foxwing style awning with walls
  • Sizzler BBQ

Our unit is number 29 which is a third generation XT10. The fifth generation XT10 finished production in Oct 2015 when the model was replaced with the XT12. The minor changes are the main door, dual boot access doors, electrical switch board slightly moved, black fold down table, red independent suspension, sound system, water tank stone guard as standard.

Standard Inclusions
  • Internal Toilet & Shower
  • External Shower with Shower Tent
  • LED Lighting Throughout
  • Independent Trailing Arm Suspension
  • 12" Electric Brakes
  • 15L Truma Hot Water Server
  • 3 x 100AH Deep Cycle
  • 1000W 240V Inverter
  • Dual Spare Wheels
  • 2 x 85L and 1 x 30L Water Tanks
  • Thetford S/S MK3 Argent 4 Burner Hob Deluxe Cooker.
  • 2 X 4kg Gas Cylinder
  • Drawbar and Chassis are Galvanised Inside & Out 150mm X 50mm X 3mm
  • Aluminum Composite Panel Body


2000mm Width

2250mm Height (Roof Closed)

5400mm Length (Hitch To lights)

1600mm Wheel Track

3700mm Distance Wheels To Front

1700mm Distance Wheels To Rear

1400kg  Tare Stamped

(Please weigh before purchase)

2700kg  ATM (On 1400kg wheels)

+160kg  Ball Weight

Where have we been, so far?

After returning from the Central Australia Trip we have traveled 20,000km:

  • ALG Nyngan Solar Farm, Nyngan NSW
  • Water Park Creek Five Rock, Byfield, Qld
  • Krombit Tops National Park, Qld
  • Seventeen Seventy to Bundaberg following the Coast
  • Uluru, The Olgas, Kings Cannon
  • Red Center Way

  • Alice Springs to Finke (Old Ghan Track)
  • Mt Dare Hotel
  • Oodnadatta Track from near Marla to Maree
  • Birdsville Track
  • Innamincka Regional Reserve
  • Bourkeand Wills Dig Tree
  • Old Strzelecki Track
  • Camerons Corner to the back of Bourke
Let the modifications begin!
  • HitchMaster DO35 is a brilliant hitch and would highly recommend it as it is easier to use
  • Arc Corporation Extreme Off-road Jockey Wheel - Has height to lift, but heavier
  • Install reflective blind for the main door
  • Upgrade to 285/75R16 Hankook Dynapro RT03 MT Tyres (1700kg rated) on 16x8 TX1 Performance Wheels (1400kg Rated)
  • Relocate batteries to under the bed
  • Install thinner mattress
  • Install 12 volt TV and holder
  • Modified stone guard with the back of the ute.
  • Custom tyre covers
  • Caterpillar Decal over kitchen window
  • Caterpillar Mudflaps
  • Change gas bottle holders and remove 20L Jerry can holders
  • Install main door gas vent cover
  • Remote Break away battery monitor by Humming Bird.
  • Maytow Multiweigh Jack for towball weights
  • Custom dual water tank stone guard
  • Modified the water fillers to fill tanks individually

Mission Ready Attachments

To save weight we add gear to suit that mission

  • Rock Sliders
  • BBQ
  • BBQ Drawers
  • Innerspring Mattress
  • Batwing Awning & Poles
  • Batwing Walls, Floor, Skirt
  • 50L DZ Waeco Fridge
Spare Parts Bin
What have we destroyed so far or do not require:
  • 3500kg McHitch
  • 2500kg adjustable towbar tongues x 2
  • Jockey Wheel
  • Stone Guard
  • Rear recovery shackles

Future Modifications

  • Custom stone guard and gas bottle holders to reduce weight
  • Yellow vehicle wrap above the black checker plate by the Print Spot
  • Dual Black fold down tables for the bbq and kitchen
  • 80L dual zone fridge freezer (Need to lower the fridge slide for the height) 
  • Custom 130mm thick Making Mattress folding mattress
  • 50mm lift kit with Foam Cell Shocks to suit the ute and get more clearance
  • Adjustable swing down kitchen support leg
  • Additional lighting over the drawbar, underbody and exterior lighting
  • High tail lights as the low lights get covered in mud.
  • Aluminum poles for the batwing awning

MDC has happily carried out warranty works on each visit to the Workshop, because the XT10 Caravan is a evolving there is always upgrades. So we are happy.

  • 200km - Check suspension
  • 10,000 km - new wheel bearings
  • 20,000 km - wheel alignment, dust proofing around roof

Interior Photos

We have been asked for a few interior photos from MDC who have a 3D virtual tour on their website.

Future - Options for the next Compact Hybrid Offroad Caravan

Vangaurd Rustler 14

About 1720kg tare with more internal room.
Only one with weighbridge certificate.

Rhinomax Hybrid

Stated Tare: 1580kg.

Custom fit out with ensuite & bunks

Southern Land Campers Jabiru PT

Stated Tare 1450kg