AnswerID: 212740 Submitted: Monday, Jan 01, 2007 at 16:32
Member - Norm C (QLD)
Captain, if you get a hard floor and want more space, it is not a big deal to buy or get made annex extensions.
Member 10 Para has an Odyssey Export hard floor (made by Australian Off Road Campers at Caloundra Qld). He does a lot of long term camping and has had a heap of canvas additions made. When fully set up, he could sleep a dozen!!
Think he is in NZ at the moment, but if he sees this he might share some of what he has done.
I have a hard floor (also an Odyssey) which is great for us. As you have recognised flat ground is not really required. We carry a number of pieces of wood in various sizes. Three treated pine about 150mm x 300mm x 35mm thick. These are used under a trailer wheel as necessary. Also about 10 pieces of 12mm ply about 100x100. These are used under CT legs as necessary. The legs are adjustable, but I often use the ply instead, or the slope is such that the extended leg is still too short. I painted all the bits of wood red so I don't miss them when packing up.
One of our best camp spots in the Kimberley
this year was on a sheet of rock (granite) on the bank of a river. No problem. Leveled with our wood blocks and we don't need tent pegs when we don't put up the annex, (and the new model of our camper doesn't use tent pegs, even with the annex). Had a granite floor to the kitchen!
Another benefit of the hard floor is that the better ones are completely dust proof.
Soft floors have their advantages too, but as you say, many people 'upgrade' from soft floor to hard floor. Never met someone who went the other way. Of course thousands of soft floor owners are happy with no interest in changing.
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