Buying a troopy

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 20:45
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Hey guys,

Would love some advice on buying troopys for camping around oz. have just begun on this journey and need all the help I can get. Our budget is around 15k max. My questions are...
1. Hard top or pop top?
2. Buy a normal troopy and pend the $$$ converting it to a camper, or spend a bit extra for one that's already set up?

Appreciate any advice I can get, or any personal experiences of doing your own conversion. Basically I welcome any troopy love stories :) can't wait to get one, and just want to make the right decision.

Thank you all!
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 21:01

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 21:01
Hi Bonniee,

You wont regret getting a Troopy, they are terrific vehicles for camping. We have had ours for over 20 years, and have written a blog that you can access by clicking here about how we have set it (him) up for camping.


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Follow Up By: Bonniee - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 09:07

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 09:07
Hey John and Val,

Thanks for sharing your blog, will read it tonight :) 20 years! amazing! yeah we're pretty excited to get one...
Thank you!
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 21:01

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 21:01
At a max spend of $15k you are going to have to buy one already converted as the conversion alone would cost more than that. At this pricepoint you will be at the lower end of the market.
Buy the youngest one with the lowest mileage you can find in your price range.
Pay attention to body condition/cracks especially in the A pillar region and around the turret edge and rust as mechanicals can be fixed but body problems are usually fatal.
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Follow Up By: Bonniee - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 09:10

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 09:10
Wow thanks Peter, that's really helpful. One we are checking out at the moment has a bit of rust.... Maybe we'll keep looking.
Thanks for your advice!
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Reply By: MarkLH69 - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:11

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:11
You'll probably be looking at an ex-rental one.
We bought ours (my sons actually) for $12k, but then spent a few k more on new tyres, batteries, exhaust, full services and getting the inj fuel pump rebuilt.

Its done 455,000km and has been 100% reliable for the 15,000Km we've added (1HZ diesel, no turbo).

Ours is a hightop "bushcamper" (fibreglass top), which is good for the camping (solid in rain and wind), but not so good for the fuel consumption (drinks about 20l/100Km @ 100Km/h). Also need to remember how tall it is when parking !

If its just for the trip I would lean towards a hightop, but if its going to be a general vehicle too then a pop-top would be worth considering.

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Follow Up By: Bonniee - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 17:24

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 17:24
Hi MarkLH69,

Hmmm yes I'm a bit worried about the fuel consumption. The one we are looking at is a high top bushcamper like your sons. Thanks for your advice! So appreciate it :)
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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 17:32

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 17:32
We have a 1995 HZJ75 troopy in which we have done some great trips including overseas in remote areas. Leaf springs, no turbo, no electronics, runs on truck diesel with no qualms and travels happily at ~80km/hr averaging 11.5 L/100km sometimes better.

I bought it far from new, rebuilt all the suspension etc replaced anything that looked dodgy, fitted out the inside ourselves very simply with a bed on top of the storage. Cooking gear and fridge at the rear. Did not bother with raising the roof as we only got in the back to sleep.

Great vehicle.

Keep it simple and don't load up with heaps of unnecessary gear. Wait until you find you really need something and then buy it.

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Follow Up By: Bonniee - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 17:38

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 17:38
Hey thanks Alastair! Definitely given us something to think about... :)
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Reply By: Mike F7 - Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 13:54

Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 at 13:54
Hi, I have had two Troopy's now and will never sell this one (The second) your 15 grand will only allow you to buy a 75 series, a 90's model and most Troopy's of that age will have some rust, so don't discount some rust (Get some quotes) don't worry too much about big km's as they go forever. Good luck
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