Happy medium camper trailer

Submitted: Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 15:10
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Hi guys,
So my husband wants an off-road camper trailer for myself and our 2 young children. He would like a cub camper or something similar.
However I would like a Jayco pop up camper trailer. Ultimately I'd like a proper full on caravan or an on site van. However I'd be very happy with a Jayco off road camper trailer as they remind me very much of a caravan with all of the creature comforts.
He got told by a Jayco salesman that the Jayco off road camper trailers cannot do river crossings as they are not 100% water proof so he has now settled on a full on off road camper trailer and won't budge with the idea.
Does anyone know a camper trailer that is more off road than a Jayco but similar in comfort and price?
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 17:03

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 17:03
Have a look for a second hand Ultimate, not sure of the price of the Jayco but I would expect a 8-10 year old Ultimate would be around the same money.

One person can set them up in about 15 minutes and about 20 minutes to close up, they have a lounge, draws, sink, stove and fridge.

I don't think I would be taking a Jayco too far off road.
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 17:13

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 17:13
Hi Taggy

I don't know too many "off road" campers at that price point that are waterproof enough to withstand river crossings either (depending on the depth). There are some pretty good hard floor camper trailers out there that are pretty well water proof, like the Kimberley Kampers, AOR Odyssey, Aussie Swag etc...but I wouldn't like to submerge any of them if I had the chance not to! Then again - those don't won't have the same comfort levels as the Jayco...most have external kitchens etc.

Chris
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 18:04

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 18:04
We looked at the Cub as well. I like them but like you, wifey wanted the pop up camper with all the creature comforts.

The "off road" campers like the Jaycos and the Coromal (I have a Coromal F400) arent really "off road" inasmuch as a 4x4 is to an SUV. They are "rough road" capable like unsealed roads but anything rougher than that and things might break. As I said I liken them to a soft-roader SUV which suits me fine because that is what I tow mine with!

With the Jayco/Coromal campers water could get in through the side door, I don't think its a perfect seal, mine isn't anyway and the bottom fridge vent well I can imagine water would come flooding in there if you crossed a river with it. That said there would be ways around both of those.
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Follow Up By: Taggy - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 19:06

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 19:06
When you put it like that I can understand a bit better why mu husband wants the tough off road.
Thank you!
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 18:24

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 18:24
Hi Taggy,

Your post sounds a if you are just getting into travelling and camping? In which case maybe asking yourselves a few questions about the type of travelling and camping you want to do might help you come to a better decision. eg How long, how far do you plan to travel, do you plan to drive most days, or stop-and-prop and so on. You have quite a gap to bridge between an on-site van and a full off-road camper - and there is a big range of rigs to suit many different travel and camping styles!

How many river crossings to you plan on doing? Apart from in the Cape and Kimberley where water depth will vary according to the season/time of year, there aren't that many tracks or places where river crossings are an essential part of a trip. And as others have said, occasional crossings may be possible with careful sealing.

I suggest that the ability to do river crossings is one of the more minor considerations in making your choice of camper. Issues like weight, ease of towing, space, ease of set-up, your preferred cooking and sleeping arrangements etc might have higher priority. Most seasoned travellers/campers will say that just about every rig involves a compromise to some extent, and usually you take a while to work out what type of rig is right for you. Have you thought of hiring a Jayco and a camper trailer for a short trip to see how each type suits?

Cheers,

Val
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Follow Up By: Taggy - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 19:05

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 19:05
Hi Val.
That's a good idea about hiring one.
Yes we are reasonably new to the travelling. We have camped in a tent for many years but mainly in Caravan parks.
We do want to get out a little more and want to do the cape in the next couple of years. The victorian high country is also on the cards.
Your comment on how many river crossings is exactly my point. Do we have to buy something we don't really want just so we can cross one or two rivers?
We definitely need to do more research.
Thank you!
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