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2012-05-21 12:16

PARK, LIFT AND SNOOZE: The Azalai conversion allows you to add sleeping quarters to (practically) any old bakkie

Are you the overlanding type that also needs a comfortable, soft place to lay your head at night? Not a problem – the Azalai’s around to sort you out and will even do the daily suburban shuttling for you and the family.

The Azalai is a specially-designed conversion ideally suited to overland expeditions with the bonus of sleeping accommodation for up to five people.

The Azalai can be based on a number of vehicles ranging from Land Rover Defenders to Toyota Land Cruisers and Hiluxes.


The conversion comprises a “living pod” that is vacuum moulded in composite materials which are grafted to the back of a vehicle. Constructed similarly to refrigerated trucks, the one-piece shell is 21mm thick, including 15mm of high-density insulation, to keep the inside cool in summer and warm in winter.   

To preserve the original vehicle’s stability, the weight is kept as low as possible and the additional weight, including extra fuel, fresh and waste water, is stored under the floor.

Importantly for 4x4, the original vehicle’s departure angles are barely affected, Azalai’s manufacturer said and there’s “only a slight increase in overall length compared to the base vehicle”.

Depending on the vehicle used, the Azalai can be fitted with a king-size bed for two adults along with sleeping quarters for three children. All Azalai models come fitted with a hot water shower, electric flushing toilet, a fridge/freezer compartment, a gas cooker and wardrobe space on the roof.

While the Azalai is said to give you the option to eat, sleep and bathe inside, you don’t have to remain indoors, though – the Azalai comes with an optional tent and a portable stove for outdoor cooking.

There’s also a storage locker for recovery equipment, camping gear, tools and accessories.

With a wide range of options available, eager off-roaders can have their Azalai conversion built to his or her chosen specification and aftermarket support includes the shipping of parts to any part of the world, the company said, whether you’re crossing a continent or just making your way to the local mall.

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