Off-road/semi off-road vans with a TARE of around 2000kg

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I am researching off-road/semi off-road vans with a TARE of around 2000kg suitable for towing by a Prado which has a 2.5 tonne towing capacity. I don’t envisage doing serious off-road work but would like to be able to get off the beaten track from time-to-time and be equipped for free camping.

An example of the sort of van I am researching is the New Age 16ft Manta Ray Deluxe which I saw at a caravan display in Cairns recently. It has an island queen bed, a separate shower and toilet and a tare of around 2000kg:

http://www.newagecaravans.com.au/range/manta-ray-2/16ft-manta-ray-deluxe/

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.634034106615787.1073741837.191905284162007&type=3

Can forum members suggest other brands/models that may be worth investigating?
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Reply By: bruce d3 - Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 12:35

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 12:35
Scottee,

Have a look at the Lifestyle AT12 from Lifestyle Campers.
Speak to John the owner, who will build or modify within reason to suit your needs.
Also they are reasonably priced and well built.
I have an AT10 and very happy with it.

Cheers
Bruce
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 13:44

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 13:44
Can't help with useful input on the alternative vans (only ever had the one van) but I'm aware that builders like Sunland, Bushtracker and Trakmaster (among others I'm sure) seek to have a product that fits the Prado segment. Just on layouts - the full width bathroom is wonderful I'm sure but quite unusual I'd have thought in a 16' van - because useful day to day storage space is so critical in vans, corner-combo shower/toilet cubicles are much more common in those sizes.... some makers of vans in those sizes offer external showers too, to enhance interior storage space I'm sure.
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 13:57

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 13:57
You could have a look at the Woodland from Belarine Caravans in Geelong Vic.

About 1800kgs tare, independent Control Rider Suspension, full 6 inch chassis front to rear and 6 inch draw bar up to suspension. 16 inch off road wheels and tyres. Piano Hinge Cupboard doors etc. I have one, 2 years old, all good so far and I use it a bit like you plan to. Lets me get to some off road spots that a normal van won't.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 13:58

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 13:58
Forgot to mention full rear ensuite. I paid around $49,000.
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 14:22

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 14:22
Hi Scottee

You can also have a look at Australian Offroad - we have their Quantum, but the Eclipse is a pretty good unit too:

http://www.australianoffroad.com.au/models/Quantum/highlights_Quantum

Friends of ours have just bought a Lifestyle Campers unit...similar to the Quantum, and mentioned above.

Chris
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Reply By: dazza62 - Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 17:52

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 17:52
Have a look at the Kokoda Commander X-treme. 16 ft 6 inc tare 1940 kg island queen bed separate shower and toilet and under $50k. Very impressive.
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