Sundowner Delux Camper Trailer

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 12:38
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Hi all

My wife is very interested in purchasing a used version (2008) of the above CT.

We have already looked at it and are aware it has been used extensively and probably travelled around 40,000km. Overall condition appears quite reasonable besides the usual sandblasting and surface rust on the chassis. The canvas appears to be in very good condition.

It is well equipped with slide out kitchen, power system and fridge provision etc.

Does anyone have an informed opinion of these trailers as there seems to be very little info available. The owners seem to think that the manufacturer has ceased to operate, not sure if this would be an issue or not?

I think overall it is a well built unit however for a bit more brass a new Blue Tongue off road could be had who claim to be Australian made. Do however suspect the Sundowner is better built.

Thanks



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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 21:41

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 21:41
Hey Peter

No experience with the Sundowner - but most camper trailers have generic components supplied by 3rd parties. If you check who manufactured the components you could probably have some confidence in relation to the serviceability of the trailer. For example, check who made the suspension components, cooktops etc and you should get a fair idea of the quality.

Cheers

Chris
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Follow Up By: Peter T9 - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:20

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:20
Thanks Chris
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Reply By: guy007 - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 09:37

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 09:37
Hi Peter,
The Sundowner Camper trailer was manufactured in Mudgee NSW. We live near Mudgee and after much research purchased one in 2006. We had it for 4 years and travelled extensively throughout all states of Australia and completed many thousands of k's on dirt roads without issues.We upgraded to a off road caravan and continue to travel. The Sundowner owes no allegiance to any other manufacturer and all steel and canvas work was done on site in the one factory.The business closed when mining ramped up in the area and wages at the mine for experienced engineers proved too attractive. The boys still live in town and and you can still get repairs to trailer or canvas by the original constructors.
The trailers were very well built and if anything overengineered in their strength. A great trailer that was not promoted heavily and so a little out of mainstream. Would recommend Sundowner to anyone.
regards
Guy
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Follow Up By: Peter T9 - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:07

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:07
Thanks Guy

It is a shame to see local manufacturing close as a result of wage pressure. Unfortunately it is very common to many rural towns now.

Good to hear you had a trouble free experience with the Sundowner and I agree they probably are over engineered.

Do you recall how much you sold the trailer for?

Peter
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Follow Up By: guy007 - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 20:08

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 20:08
Hi Peter,
We originally paid approx $20000 in 2006.
Sold as trade in on caravan for $15000.in 2010
We were happy with the price.
There a lot more campers on the market now and the cheaper end is tempting. Sundowner was styled much like the Heaslip and remains a quality camper.
Good luck
Guy
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