AnswerID: 285727 Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 09:32
We have done lots of traveling with the kids started with tent then cavaliar style camper with our first kid lots of small trips in it with two 6 weeks stints, great camper as would go anywhere car would,googs,big and little deserts birdsvile old gahn and so on, bad points need 2 people to set up pack up, always on display for everyone to see what you are having for tea, cold and hot, always dirty when packing up always crap on the floor of camper,clothes etc. we sold that one just before our 2 child and went for and eagle outback wind up camper and what a difference great comfort, off the ground fridge for food table inside and a couch to sit on and best of all the kids (only the older one at that stage) could sleep on the other pull out bed after making a higher kid restraint the other one was still in a porta cot but that was fine as we used to put her in the cot up on our bed with the curtains closed until we were ready for bed then we dropped the table down and put her there at the end of 06 we did a 9week trip from sa along grr,cape leveque
,tamani and gawler
rangers with the 3month and 2year and they where fine apart from the heat, the camper in the heat was good as the roof was well insulated and had great ventilation with all the windows down it was no hotter inside than out and never found the beds out the ends to be cold.
Bad points , pain in the but for lunch stops crawling into the camper to fridge,all the roll up awnings,can't do any packing till the missus is totally finished inside because the beds push in,big canvas sides that are affected by the wind, low benches,no screen door and we were always worried about the height of the kids bed inside as it was a fair drop to the floor and near the stove .
So we have just sold that after having that for two years and now are awaiting delivery of an outback expanda 16.49-3 bad points we can see with this one is we won't be able to take as many places
as we did with the other camper more fuel to tow we have to put a bigger shed at home to store, dearer to buy we have set the car up with drawers fridge and water tank
so we can leave the van somewhere for a while and head off in the tent like we are doing this year we have 3 months doing the east coast leaving august and want to go to fraser and so on.Good points we are going to love, roll out side awning,can access the van at anytime as the beds fold, up NO VELCRO rip in the morning lower beds,bigger fridge, higher benches, good size couch ,screen door less mozzys, solid sides less wind affected and no more shower tent set as it has shower toilet which will be great for the two girls not having to worry about them going off to the toilets and good for the youngest as we are starting the toilet training stage and easier for mum at night to chuck em in the shower inside pull em out and put the jarmies on, and I enjoy a shower too also no boiling of water constantly on the stove as it has a hot water service.
It has an a/c also not sure how affective during the day it will be but not usually in the van in the day but should be good for at night on those hot still nights to help sleep and has a microwave bit late now as the bottle stage has gone so hope this helps was only going to give a couple of lines but once I get started oh and the two previous campers we had we bought both new and them each for two years and used them well and sold the both for more than we paid, people say jayco's crap which in some areas you think how did you get away with that but if you go from front to back when you get it and reglued all the screws to drawers and cupboards and had no probs and they hold there money.
When do you head off and which way are you going?
A link of our eagle
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