New off road caravan

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 19:43
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Hi everyone....thinking of updating our off road roadstar with small ensuite(which we so love & have been to the most amazing places) to a full ensuite. Any preferences out there...don't want to go any bigger than 21ft. Anyone had much to do with the lotus offroader. Help need everyone's advice.
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Reply By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 20:45

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 20:45
Lotus looks like a very good van indeed. We currently have a Retreat Fraser which we are changing up to a Hamilton. When we first ordered the Fraser we had the suspension upgraded to fully independant and they term it as `semi-off road'.
Last year we did a lot of bush driving and used some heavily corrugated roads. In our trip to Mt Augustus we must have covered about 500km on bad roads and nothing broke other than the drain tap on the water tanks. The actual tap actuating mechanism must have got hit by a stone and broke. There were no problems and we merely fitted a new tap when we got to a hardware store.
We have had a few problems as one would have expected with a brand new van, but Retreat's customer service has been excellent and they've sorted everything that needed to be sorted.
Their range is pretty comprehensive and I am sure that you'd probably be able to find a set up to suit.
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Follow Up By: GEMAC Solar and Power - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 13:28

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 13:28
hi Gertie
i would have to go with Phill and recommend Lotus.
They will be getting the next van order from us when we upgrade.
i have been impressed with their style nad workmanship.


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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:15

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:15
You might like to look at the Blue Sky Woodland.

18 foot 6 full rear ensuite, small, Seems well built, Independant suspension.

I've had mine for 19 months.
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 07:36

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 07:36
Hi Gertie,,
If you are serious about getting a heavy duty off-road van the main ones to look at IMO are:


The smallest with full en suite is 20ft 6'' in most brands. While you are considering it...think about a small washing machine in the ensuite. Most loved feature of our new van by SWMBO.

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Follow Up By: Dianne V - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 17:27

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 17:27
Spinifex are excellent quality vans and you can have a full ensuite in19' or full ensuite with washing machine in 19'6
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Reply By: Member - Hunter Gatherer - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 08:05

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 08:05
We have ordered a New Age "Big Red"' they have distributors in NSW.

Ours is 23' but smaller ones with ensuite also available.

Very modern interior and semi off road.
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 18:01

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 18:01
Have a serious look at Free spirit caravans. We spent a long time researching and came up with these. They build to your specs, my hubby is really fussy and has gone over everything with a fine toothed comb.
Here is a link
We have ordered one and can't wait. The owners are great to deal
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Reply By: sam h6 - Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 21:41

Friday, Mar 08, 2013 at 21:41
We have had our new supreme a few months now and are happy with it. We had it fitted with cruise master suspension, 3 water tanks, 2 120 watt solar panels, vitrifrigo fridge, 2 pack interior and the list goes on. It's not a hard core off roader by any means, but we live in Tassie and take it to some hard to reach places and it handles things well. As always yes we have had teething problems with it but nothing serious just loose fittings ect.
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Reply By: Member - daz (SA) - Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 14:31

Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 14:31
We have an On the Move "Infinity" purchased in December 2011, 21'6" with full ensuite & Control rider suspension. Tows like a dream. On the Move are relatively new in the industry, Melbourne based, family business, The owner is Lennie Mifsud & wife Jennifer who are very approachable & happily take calls after purchase. They treat you as a client for life, & want you to be happy with your van

No affiliation but a happy looked after camper
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Reply By: Member - gertie - Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 17:35

Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 17:35
Wow thanks gr8 to get all your help...glad there are so many gr8 vans out there...have spent hours looking through all recomendations.
Has anyone out there got a Vacationer off road van..went & had a look at one today & itt looked good.
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