AnswerID: 11192 Submitted: Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 17:19
John, overall, not at all impressed with Alko suspension
. I have been around too long and seen how many Alko failures. I honestly have no idea if they have improved their suspension
over the last couple of years, but have not heard or read anything about improvements. Alko going back a few years, had a real push into small caravans - well it was a disaster for all involved.
John on the Jayco website they have ALKO off-road SPRING suspension
Now, Jayco are known for quality and not building troublesome products and think you have to ask why they are not using the ALKO rubber suspension
. I would think they would have had enough experience with it in the past.
Just noticed further down that Jayco page there is a picture of the suspension
, and the springs look a quite reasonable length and are standard fitted with shock absorbers.
In my humble opinion, that Alko rubber suspension
is good for British and European roads where it originates from. The method of this rubber suspension
has been around for probably 35 years and is used in industry quite extensively in things like conveyer belts, concrete batching plants and does a good job. However these applications are far less severe than road work and in particular off-road work.
I cannot find a website or any information on this Campatrek which is interesting. I go to the Melbourne
and other Camping and Caravan Shows in Victoria
and N.S.W. and cannot remember this brand. Of course you cannot remember all the brands you look at. Have you managed to contact any other people who own this brand and have taken it off-road?
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FollowupID: 6166 Submitted:
Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 20:27
Thanks for your input. I'm confident I've now got the picture re ALKO rubber suspension
Had a look at the Jayco website and take your point about the spring setup.
Campatrek are based in Seven Hills, Sydney
and, in my humble view, produce a very good trailer considering the standard features you get for your money. 4WD Monthly did a comparo with it and another trailer in their November 2002 issue.
Will keep looking. Thanks again.
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FollowupID: 6169 Submitted:
Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 20:47
John I have absolutely zero confidence in anything that is in 4WD Monthly. What they call articles, I would call ADVERTORIALS for the products. I have posted this numours times before, on this, and other forums and many others agree with me. 4WD Monthly is bottom of the list on credibility and actually fallen off the bottom. You see, I also worry about a manufacturer that would fit that Alko rubber suspension
and call it an "off-road" camper.
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