Small off road vans. The Little Caravan Co.

Submitted: Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 08:59
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Can anyone give me opinions on the strength of these small vans please?
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Reply By: Member - Journey into Unknown - Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 09:54

Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 09:54
Would be making enquiries around suspension particularly?
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 11:00

Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 11:00
Well, they look cute! G and S make a good chassis. They also make a good independent suspension called "Control Rider". Built like a truck. I've done some terrible things in my van with G and S Chassis and Control Rider Suspension and it has served me well.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 13:05

Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 13:05
You might want to also look at the "Desert Sky" range, eg the Warrior
Made in SA by a guy who travels extensively in his 4WD and up until now, made (and used) CTs
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Reply By: Member - TonyV - Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 15:22

Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 15:22
There is little information on the web site except
" • Suspension options - On Road/Semi Off Road/Full Off Road."
I believe that I am on the right site The Little Caravan Company (click here)
Apart from that they look ok but may be a little tall for the rougher tracks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 21:51

Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 21:51
I just had a look at the floor plan page of the site and noticed the difference in the position of the wheel on the left side to the wheel on the right side of the "Discovery" model.

S`pose I am being just a bit picky. LOL


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Reply By: Twinkles - Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 21:06

Monday, Nov 02, 2015 at 21:06
Thanks everyone. I'm satisfied with the chassis and suspension, independent coil. Its the construction of the cabin/box I'm interested in. I went to the factory. Merante stapled together at butt joints. Insulation slabs stuck in gaps. Aluminium combination sheeting glued inside and out to frame. all very glossy.
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Reply By: 989 - Sunday, Jan 03, 2016 at 08:59

Sunday, Jan 03, 2016 at 08:59
Although the chassis is important from a strength point of view, check the compliance plates for weight capacity. The suspension is probably most important, PARTICULARLY FOR OFF-ROAD. You get what you pay for and The Little Caravan Company has 3 levels of suspension as an option, namely leaf springs, torflex and G&S Cross-Rider TS. The strength of any caravan really comes from the gluing and screwing of all the cupboards etc to the inside of the actual caravan walls. Most caravan manufacturers side walls are framed with meranti with 2/3rds of the total frame being only '1 by 1' to keep the weight down overall. I know with the The Little Caravan Company that they ony use '2 by 1' for added strength as they do not have a weight problem. Their vans come in at 1100-1200 ATM. They can easily be towed with a small RV 4 cylinder as well.Hope this helps!
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