Windsor Rapid caravan

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 13:27


Has any body had experience with a Windsor Rapid caravan on dirt roads i.e the one with the fold out beds. Do they have any particualr issues with dust?
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AnswerID: 445165   Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 14:43

Member - Teege (NSW) replied:

To my knowledge no more issues than any other type of van or camper. Dust will get in and you learn to live with it. You can block off door and fridge vents and do all sorts of things, but in the end the dust will still get in. Some people will swear by roof pressure vents, but in my experience they have minimal effect.

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AnswerID: 445169   Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 15:20

ao767brad replied:

Have taken our rapid offroad on a few fairly easy dirt roads but nothing like bulldust with no issues of dust ingress. Pressure hatch open seems to stop dust into the door vent and generally does a better job than when closed. There are a few on this forum who have done the tanami and gunbarrel highways so hopefully they will reply.

Will be taking the rapid through the Flinders Ranges and to Coober Pedy via William Creek in May so will get a better indication then.
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AnswerID: 445175   Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 16:22

Member - colin J (VIC) replied:


I have done thousands and thousands of ks on dirt roads from dusty to b---dy dusty to very b---dy dusty and there has been no issues what so ever on dust getting in on the ends. I have a scopper vent in the roof and they are a must if you are going off road.

Regards from Col.
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FollowupID: 717449   Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 19:46

FJB posted:

Thanks for all the comments above. It seems like the bed seals a not an issue. I have had mixed results in the past with the pressure hatch in our current van. I sometimes wonder whether I get more dust through the hatch from passing vehicles than I prevent. I have been trying to figure out a suitable filter that will still allow enogh air flow through the hatch but so far without success.
Thanks again
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AnswerID: 445254   Submitted: Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 at 09:12

David Jje replied:


I had a mate follow me from Booroloola to Mataranka via the Nathan River road

including Lorella Springs (after talking him into it over a few beers the night

before. lol)in his tandem axle Windsor Rapid. The van was fine. It did get dust

in it but not exceccive amounts and nothing fell off it. Or at least he didn't tell

me about it. lol. The rapids don't even come close to the dedicated offroad

vans but like most vans they will still get to most of the places the full

offroaders go, if driven accordingly.

cheers David

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AnswerID: 445279   Submitted: Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 at 12:05

Member - Captain (WA) replied:

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.

The Windsor 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

FJB posted:

Thanks David and Captain,
All that sounds pretty promising.
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AnswerID: 446066   Submitted: Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 18:02

garny replied:

hi fjb
i have the small off road rapid and travel exstensvly on dirt roads to eliminate dust entering i added an extra rubber seal for the bed ends to close onto just the stick on rubber. the hatch on the roof needs to be opened, when travelling on dirt roads your speed is reduced therefor the air intake through the roof vent is reduced. to rectify this problem i fitted a 12 volt radiator fan to suck air into the van mounted in the space next to the air cond sucking through an air cleaner filter. this can be wired to your car accessories with an independant switch and presto the van is vacumed.
regards garny
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FollowupID: 718474   Submitted: Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 13:16

FJB posted:

Thanks Garny
Can you clarify a couple of things.
Does the fan suck air in through the aircon exterior vent or just pull in more through the pressure hatch?
Where is the filter fitted?
What type of filter do you use?

Thanks for your help
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FollowupID: 718564   Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 00:14

garny posted:

hi again jfb
the fan is located in the small compartment next to the air cond above the sink
there is a vent within this space .the fan sucks through a filter of any kind
you will need to reverse the fan to suckin .
this same set up can be done by using the pressure hatch you will need to box
in the fan. i used the space that was available though it only allows an 8 inch fan being a small van there is enough air intake.the filter is attached to the vent with screws.
hope this info is of some help.
regards garny
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FollowupID: 718597   Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 11:54

FJB posted:

Thanks for that. I have ordered the van so I will have to wait and see what opportunities there are for doing as you have done. The layout will no doubt be a bit different.
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