Imported Campers

Submitted: Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 17:48
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Hi Guys
I already have a caravan, and the Mrs and I are looking at the imported campers (from Aussie companies) for a weekender and occasional off road trip to area's like say Karijini.
But more like Dwellingyup and Bruce road free camping area mostly.

We are not intending to do things like the Gibb river road etc at this stage so cant justify spending 20-30k on a camper.

I know there is plenty of hate around for these, I also know there is some love lol.

After info for WA shops to purchase from, I am in Bunbury so somewhere south would be great, just want to hear from people that have one and have been happy with it.

Yes I know I can buy a second hand cub or similar.. Thanks :)
Just not going to be doing the type of work that requires a pioneer or cub or KK.
Thanks all
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Reply By: Member - Chris S1 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 17:53

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 17:53
Sorry Hard floor style Campers
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:39

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:39
Chris

Sounds like you have enough information already on the pros and cons of cheaper campers
Now hang on and you will be flooded with fomites opinion's.
It is a favourite topic .
Good luck to whatever way you go .

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris S1 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:41

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 18:41
Yeah just looking for companies to avoid or that are ok lol.
Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 21:07

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 21:07
Hi,Chris, I looked at a few of the Chinese Campers here in Adelaide,and finally settled on an MDC voyager,hard floor at $15000,ticked all the boxes for us.Well built and finished ,all stainless steel kitchen and two pack paint,had a seal that was torn ,do not know how,but I asked if they had some sealing rubber I could buy ,and they said bring it in and they replaced it ,no questions asked. Check out the welding. on the body and if you are not in that side of things,get somebody who is familiar with steel and construction .
Best of luck
John
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 23:10

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 23:10
Good positive reply John :-)
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Reply By: 322 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 23:12

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 23:12
PMX on Willeton. My mate bought one a few years ago and its been good. Its certainly had issues but nothing of any major concerns.
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Follow Up By: 322 - Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 23:13

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 at 23:13
That should have been "in Willeton".
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 00:52

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 00:52
Hi Chris, you may want to check out another great Aussie website "myswag.org". Quite a few members there with plenty of experience on the cheaper type of hard floor camper.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 08:07

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 08:07
Hi Chris, beware of a few things like
length of draw bar and opening of rear doors especially barn doors.
water tank and piping protection
quality of zips

If possible see if you can rent the one you settle on before you buy.


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Follow Up By: Member - Chris S1 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 10:56

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 10:56
Hi Phil
Can you please elaborate on the drawbar?
Thanks :)
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 17:23

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 17:23
If the draw bar is too short you may not be able to open your rear doors properly or the camper may hit the back of the vehicle when turning.

Make sure the draw bar is the right length at time of purchase - aftermarket fixes are costly and potential may not be as strong.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris S1 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 18:04

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 18:04
Ahh yes I check these now anyway :) I bought a camper trailer once that the chains were to short on and the hitch hit my doors lol learnt the hard way :) although its not so bad with the ute
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Reply By: Member - Allan F (Gold Coast) - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 08:40

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 08:40
We also have an MDC Voyager. Great camper, well built, only problem was a porous wheel which was replaced no hassles.
Check the drawbars on some of the imports, they are only bolted not welded.
MDC are assembled in Australia using a combination of Chinese and Australian parts.
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Reply By: Member - Chris S1 - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 10:38

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 10:38
Thanks guys appreciate the comments
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Reply By: Dr Hook - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 15:56

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 at 15:56
Chris, I bought a new Ranger (from Leisurematters) a couple of years ago; under $12,000 with some free extras on top of their advertised offer. They are also in Perth but delivered free to me in Adelaide.
(Slightly) smaller & lighter than some others, but tough as hell and tows like a dream: been over many 100's of kms of very rough corrugations and many thousands of kms over dirt tracks (Gawler Ranges, NSW Station tracks and Darling River run, Vic High Country twice (etc) and so on, with no breakages (see my response to Odog on Mt Pinnibar (ThreadID: 116958 on 6 March).
Has double shocks on indep. coil suspension. Very tough body and the tent withstands heavy storms without leakage (unless you forget to flip the sidewalls around outside of trailer body: held in place with small magnets in the hems - a great touch!).
Faults: side door seals are barely adequate (but I haven't bothered changing them yet); no seal on front storage hatch (a must-fix). Cheap water hose needs replacing, so I used better end-fittings and also made up a spare as well- also added a detachable outside tap for quick use whilst on the road).
Easy setup (I leave annex roof attached and flipped over the roof when packed up - with a couple of cords to tie down to stop it flapping if not used on quick overnight camp. This halves the work of erecting it if needed.)
Dr Hook (no relationship to the supplier; no complaints).
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