Help-info on building an RV cheaply-adelaide motor body builders?

Submitted: Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 23:48
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Hi all, am back from trip to sydney and ret. have heard from one happy camper there is a way to economically get built an RV equivalent to a winnebago, jayco/fiat RV or mercedes RV for close to 1/2 price of the commercially available ones. assume you buy a light truck cab-chassis and add on the motor home side and internal components. was told the firm (body builders ) concerned are in adelaide , thats all I know. any help from members to refine this info appreciated.
PS: will detail trip once I'm organised.
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Reply By: graham B9 - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 07:33

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 07:33
Hi Mike,

We are in the final stages of building one and are just outside Adelaide. I have not heard of this place.

I assume that you are a very very practical person as problems come up that you could never have ever imagined.

Have you considered a van and fitting it out rather than building the body shell. Ever such an easier route but it would be smaller.
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Follow Up By: mike g2 - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:17

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:17
Thanks Graham, we have had c/vans and tried a fiat/jayco MH conquest for perth-syd and ret.
When you say 'van' ....The MH is a fiat ducato diesel commercial 'van' modified by jayco . If you mean modify my own ducato chassis, no i hadnt considered this.. saw many versions of vehicles on recent trip. briefly spoke to one pers who said he had it built-silly me didnt get the details! was only in adelaide briefly, from what i saw there is much going there in light industry.

current pref is to stay with the motorhomes but try and cut costs. the build I saw was similar to a light truck with large box home on back, kitted out with similar features to an MHome, he towed a large purpose built trailer as well. I regeret not having taken a pic!

what are you building and are you building via a motor body builder or DIY? how is cost comparing to a new jayco MH or mercedes MH on market at about $130,000?
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Follow Up By: graham B9 - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 18:35

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 18:35
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Follow Up By: mike g2 - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 16:08

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 16:08
Further info, may also be a truck body builder, many versions on market such as isuzu, mercedes,hino etc..main feature of Qn is that its supposedly a lot cheaper than buying premade MH from dealers. thanks for info from others so far.
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Reply By: Member - cherrywipe - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 14:33

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 14:33
Hi Mike,
Had an air con fitted by this chap and at the time He was building 5th wheelers and doing repairs.
Road master caravans,10 Dorset st Lonsdale 5160.
Good luck with the search,cherry.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 22:15

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 22:15
My aluminium canopy on the previous vehicle was built in 2005 by GSV motor body builders in Adelaide. Fantastic quality and finish, but not exactly cheap. They do mostly trucks, but used to do RVs as well. Give them a call and ask:
GSV Gallery link
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 22:24

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 22:24
Another more recent company is Wilmax - not sure whether they do the motorhome type stuff though.
Here's their website.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 18:41

Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 18:41

Forgot to post this the other day when I was home:-)

A friend built a camper(though much bigger) on the chassis of a Mitsubishi Canter truck. He used Bondor Panel, which is the stuff that's used to fabricate coolrooms. It is available in a variety of thicknesses(2", 3" & 4") and is styrene foam layered between sheets of colour bond steel, or I think aluminium.

There's plenty of info on the Bondor website to fill in any gaps I've left.

Think he's since sold the Canter, and converted the Bondor structure into a caravan.


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