A0R Eclipse vs Track Topaz vs North Coast Campers XLT

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 21:07
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Hi folks

Planning our move from camper trailer to off-road caravan next year, and have narrowed the choice down to a selection of three - the Australian Offroad Campers Eclipse or Quantum (Caloundra), the Track Trailer Topaz (Melbourne) and the North Coast Campers XLT (Caloundra).

There are always variations in design and options, but all are within the general range of price and dimensions and we are struggling with the decision. Not helped of course by the fact that all the magazine reviews are really not much better than marketing "puff pieces" and don't really offer a genuine critique.

Would be particularly interested in any feedback from owners of the above three in relation to:
>>Build quality and durability
>>Genuine off road capability/towability with a mid-sized ute
>>After sales service
>>Strength, credentials and financial viability of the companies concerned.

Would greatly appreciate any feedback.

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Reply By: Rova - Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 23:03

Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 23:03
Was in a similar position last year after realising we were over canvas, even after owning a Tvan !
Looked at all 3 of these but went the Eclipse. AOR are great to deal with , nothing is a problem and build quality is excellent.
We have had ours since May and are currently on a 3 month trip over in WA and are more than happy with it.
Whilst Track make an excellent product, we wanted north south bed arrangement and something slighter lighter than the Topaz. did look at the Northcoast models but thought the build quality was lacking and also backup service given the company are fairly small.
Current Campertrailer magazine has a feature on AOR and all their models. Definately worth a look.

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Reply By: Stewy1 - Friday, Sep 05, 2014 at 16:26

Friday, Sep 05, 2014 at 16:26
I purchased a North Coast Camper XLT 18 months ago. We have done a number of trips in it including 6 months around Oz. We did the Savanah Way from Lawn Hill to Mataranka including Lorella Springs, Gibb River Road, The Bungles, Mitchell Falls, Cape Leveque.
The van towed really well and I had no problems with departure angles through creeks dragging the back end. When we went into the Bungles, we were the only van in there, and at Mitchell Falls there was a Quantum in there as well, otherwise no other vans.
We did have some issues with the van with minor things such as electrical terminals not being tightened enough and working loose, and we had the scissor lift on the pop top break the pop rivets.(at least we could open ours due to the electric lift system) The owner of NCC sent us a new scissor to Broome just in case we needed it (which we didn't) We had NO dust into the van at all!
I talked to a few guys with Quantums who had a few problems also, such as the pop top not being able to open (scissor lifts) another guy had electrical problems, and another didn't like the toilet munching system and was going to change it to a casette.
We spent about a year trying to make a decision on which one to buy, but the layout and extra features sold us on the NCC. My tow vehicle is a Prado D4D so you should be OK with the ute.

Good luck decision making
Mark
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Reply By: LJME & LMG - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 00:29

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 00:29
We also narrowed the choice to the Track Topaz or the AOR Quantum or Eclipse. We finally went with the Quantum, as we prefer to cook outside (well most of the time!)and decided the internal shower/toilet would be useful.

So far, we have taken it through the high country, SW Queensland and corner country and all through the Kimberley including the GRR, Bungles, Cape Leveque etc. and have had no problem.

In our opinion the build quality is excellent and we have every confidence that AOR will deal with any issues. There was an issue last year with scissor lifts breaking. The company supplying the lifts had apparently changed (reduced) the size of the bolt without notice. They were replaced asap and AOR now modifies the component to their own standard.

The after sales service is second to none - we find them great to deal with and they listen to their owners.

Not sure about North Coast, but Track and AOR have forums where you can ask questions of the owners. That would be the best place to pick up information re tow vehicles etc. AOR will give you temporary access. We found it really interesting to visit the factory and check out the build in person, but of course that depends on your location.

Good luck with the decision!
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