Caravan or Camper

Submitted: Monday, Sep 08, 2014 at 22:34
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Was asked the question today and couldn't answer. Why is the AOR Qantum not a caravan? - can anyone advise what defines a camper from a caravan? Is it the pop top or inclusion of canvas or vinyl?

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Reply By: Member - Will 76 Series - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 00:20

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 00:20

Just taking a stab here but my guess is that the Quantum has all its cooking facilities outside. It is also a pop up, offroad and basic compared to some of these caravans that essentially have the mircorwaves, fridges, beautiful dacor and feel like a mini motel room etc?
I still feel like I am camping in the Quantum (soft I know).
Regards Will
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 06:59

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 06:59
FWIW, I think the delineation between a camper and a caravan was pretty clear cut in the past. However, since the advent of units like the Quantum, Topaz, Kimberley Caravan and a few others who's names don't come to mind, the lines are getting pretty blurred. I guess the demand for this type has been generated by those of us who would like the comforts and convenience that a caravan offers combined with the off road ability of the traditional canvas fold out camper.

Just my thoughts. I wouldn't mind one myself so that I could do away with having to leave our present van in a CP somewhere and transfer "stuff" to the camper on the ute to go to the places we like to visit.

One stumbling block, for me anyway, justifying the cost of any of them. ($-0)

Personally I would go with how Kimberley have classified their product and call them caravans

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 07:56

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 07:56
Because AOR are marketing to well off people who are moving up into more comfortable accommodation than a normal camper. Brand extension from their main product range.

If it was called a caravan it would be in an already crowded category.

I guess in simple terms because AOR want it to be.
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 20:36

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 20:36
Who knows?
Our Goldstream Storm is classed as a "campervan" but is a damned site longer than a 6 x 4 trailer with the camp gear attached (which is what most van parks assume when you mention campervan) and will not usually fit into what they want us to use.
We now talk about our unit as a "wind-up" caravan - which is more than a pop-top, and has the push out beds at each end.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 20:57

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 20:57
I have a Quantum & would describe it as an off road caravan, I also have a TVAN which I would describe as a camper!

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Reply By: Tony F8 - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 21:04

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 21:04
Imho I would say a camper is based on a trailer chassis, and a caravan has a dedicated chassis design, possibly that simple.
Tony F8.
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Follow Up By: Bosun Broome - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 23:17

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 23:17
I am thinking it might be the exterior kitchen. I was just wondering why the Quantum is allowed into the Bungles and also at Cape Leveque when caravans are not.
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:07

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:07
Here is a link to NSW Roads and Maritime Authority's guide to vehicle shapes.

NSW doesn't seem to have a specific code for a camper trailer, nor for the hybrids like the Quantum that are becoming commonplace, so I guess someone (dealer, inspector, RMS bureaucrat) will make some kind of guess. In NSW that will significantly affect you rego fees.


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Reply By: LJME & LMG - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 17:43

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 17:43
Off road caravans / campers (!) are allowed into the Bungles but they must have a single axle. I believe WA Parks are of the opinion that tandem axle vans damage the tracks too much. There were quite a few different vans there last year but the entrance road was in great condition.
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