Camper trailer for family of 5? Alternatives to Tambo?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:05

Carolyn R2

Hi
we are looking to buy a camper trailer for our family of five (two adults, three kids under ten).
It will be for a three month trip, including the Gibb River Rd and possibly the Tanami track.
We want it to be pretty easy to set up, with a soft floor. And we don't want it to fall apart in the middle of nowhere. But cost is a relevant factor.
I have read/heard of good experiences with the Tambo brand but understand it no longer makes trailers. Can anyone suggest alternatives? We are based in Melbourne and would want to see a trailer before purchasing, so needs to be local unless second hand is an option.
On the second-hand front, and key things to look for/be wary of?
Thanks!
Carolyn
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:28

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:28
Carolyn,

Have a look at Trak Shaks.

Can sleep 5 easily and still have room for more.


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Reply By: cruza25 - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:33

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:33
hi carolyn

lots to choose from out there. make sure its well built and parts are available.

if your traveling each day then needs to be easy to set up. you will just have to figure out sleeping arrangements for the kids- bunks or matresses??



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Follow Up By: chisel - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:40

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:40
Take a look at the myswag forum.
I would suggest any australian-made soft-floor with either a 12ft tent or an extenda/walk-through model with normal size tent should be large enough.
The tent part will be quick enough to put up/down but the awnings on the soft-floors take longer (perhaps not required for overnight).
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Follow Up By: chisel - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:41

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 16:41
sorry, wasn't meant to be following up cruza25 there
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Reply By: Joffro - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 19:54

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 07:27

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 07:27
Ditto re the Trakshak comment...robust and roomy. Adventure in SA is another one that would suit your needs and I'm sure there are others. Check the used market in Vic for units to inspect.... classifieds here, plus Caravancampingsales.com.au for starters.

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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 07:38

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 07:38
We've got a trakshak - it will make it. I don't know of anything stronger built. It's probably overkill built if anything.
Other than that, camprite does multi bed units as well. I can't think of any others unless you want to be building bunk beds every day in which case I've got a great big tent you can have cheap;)
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Reply By: Vicki H13 - Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 22:26

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 22:26
We have just brought a camel camper trailer, very impressed with it. So easy to erect with the assistants of gas struts, from pulling out and putting tent poles in position only takes 2 mins. The plus models are 450mm longer and have a walkway at the end of the bed for easy access to bed instead of having to use a ladder. We have the bushman plus model which opens out to a 10 x 10 tent. These trailers are made in Oz, good quality unit. Check out the www.cameltrailers.com
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Follow Up By: Vicki H13 - Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 22:31

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 22:31
Forgot to mention, the company is based in Queensland but were are from Melbourne and were able to see some of their range at their Melb agency at Cranbourne.
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Reply By: Carolyn R2 - Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 22:56

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 22:56
Thanks everyone for the helpful advice. I'll have a look at those brands and also the classified sections for second-hand trailers. Now also considering the possibility of hiring but I'll post a separate question about that!
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 14:04

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 14:04
If you've never owned a camper trailer before, hiring is a very smart financial move.

You get to try a few different types, styles and brands before laying down your hard earned cash!

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Reply By: Carolyn R2 - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 19:43

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 19:43
Yes, except we are planning a 10-12 week trip so I'm guessing hiring will be expensive!
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 11:51

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 11:51
That's a very good point!

In 10 to 12 weeks you could have your own half paid for.
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Reply By: jodie0075 - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 21:43

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 21:43
Hi Carolyn
We own a Trak Shak and found it large enough to accommodate for for 2 adult and our two children with plenty of room to set up more beds. Having the two double beds off the ground was excellent and enough room inside for those days that are a little to miserable. There is plenty of room in the trailer for storage with easy access and very easy to set up. We are know down sizing as kids have grown up and will be sad to see the shak go. About the only downside was our 40 liter engle couldn't fit in the trailer but was no biggie as we set it up in the back of out ute which was handy when doing day trips away from camp.
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Reply By: Member - Grant - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 22:03

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 22:03
Hello Carolyn.
We have 3 kids, 7,8 and 10. We originally purchased a black wolf tent, lived in it for 3 months travelling the Cape. My wife and I decided on keeping the tent, (it is brilliant and takes 5 minutes to erect) and in 2010 we purchased a kimberley kamper. We picked up a second hand one up for $22000. All three kids can sleep on the floor for one night stop overs. This takes no longer than 3 minutes to set up. The kids take 5 minutes to put the tent up, which they normally now do all the time anyway.
Seriously consider pushing the budget to get something with independent coil suspension. Yes, there are strong leaf sprung trailers, but they are worlds apart on rough roads. Look underneath 4WD vehicles. Unless they are a hundred years old, they don't have beam axle leaf sprung suspension.
I was following a popular brand leaf sprung camper on a corrugated road in July in the NT. The thing was bouncing like a ball.
If I was forced to buy something with leaf springs, (and that would only because of price), I would look at an Adventure / Challenge from Adelaide. Trak Shaks are well made as well.
At the end of the day, you will get what you pay for.
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