AnswerID: 445279 Submitted: Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 at 12:05
Member - Captain (WA)
I used to have a Windsor
Rapid and its dust sealing was very good. Mine had a compressor fridge so the door vents were all sealed. As long as I used the forward facing roof vent I had no issues, except for the odd dead grasshopper that found its way in!
On corrugated roads the van end bed walls did get a bit of a shake, you could see the vibration marks as they moved ~1cm within their frames. However I never had any dust get past the bed end seals. The only dust issues were when I forgot to open the roof vent, but you cannot blame the van for that.
Offroad vans were suprisingly well built, well my 2001 model was. It came from the factory with treg hitch, compressor fridge, independent suspension
, proper offroad chassis (drawbar to suspension
mounting, braced A frame) and I never had any issues with cupboards failing etc...
Mine went many a place that you shouldn't take a van, the biggest issue was when I ripped off the awning, all roof clips, side lights, power connections and damaged the side walls so that it required a re-skin. Apart from the obvious damage that I caused, it came thru with flying colours. I am not sure how well the newer models are now made, but mine had the capability that the full offroad ones had at 2-3 times the price. Only real issue was rear ground clearance.
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FollowupID: 717565 Submitted:
Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 at 17:19
Thanks David and Captain,
All that sounds pretty promising.
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