pop top caravan?

Submitted: Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 21:19
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I know this is gonna open up a can of worms, but i can't be bothered doing the research. We just want a about 14ft pop top caravan which we won't probably use a real lot , but we don't want to buy crap either. Would it be a fair comment to say that if we bought anything Jayco we would be ok? We just want to do weekends away. We don't want to hear from the hard core big 4x4 outback tourists, just ya average that like to get away for a break at times, thanks.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 21:41

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 21:41
You cant be bothered so maybe we cant either.

There is good and bad in every make especially second hand depending on how they have been used or abused.
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 22:57

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 22:57
If you can't be bothered Tom , just don't reply, i ve just hung onto your reply , its so deep and informative, i don't need any more help now, thanks everyone for your help but Tom has nailed it.
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Reply By: 1952 - Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 22:31

Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 22:31
Certainly worth a look at second hand Goldstream.
We pull a Wing III ST with our Colorado 7, but that is a rugged Camper-trailer, rather than a pop top. Never - the - less nothing breaks even on real rough stuff, so a second - hand pop top one, in the size you desire, could well be a reliable purchase.
Keep us informed.
P.s we did tow a Jayco, tandem axle pop top, 11000 km around Australia a few years ago. We stuck to the bitumen and had no problems. It was 1500 kgm laden, (carefully weighed,) right on the limit for the Mazda Tribute we had at the time. It was great, and only sold, [at a good price], because we shifted to a town house.
Let us know what you end up doing.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 01:03

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 01:03
Do you want to buy new or used Cliff?
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:44

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:44
I usually like to buy things new these days but due to the fact that we won't get to use it a lot i will be only looking at used. I only get 2 weekends off out of every 7 also i work a 6 on 2 off roster and being night shift, the first day off is wasted.Just reading that back i don't know why I'm even looking HA HA.Such is life.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:50

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:50
There's heaps of used Jayco pop-tops in excellent as new condition out there, you'll save a penny or two and you'll also get the benefit of others setting up efforts, like dual batteries etc etc etc. We had a Jayco Swan and loved it, but the awning was a PITA, and we opted for a wind out awning, soooo much better if you don't need an annexe.
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:10

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:10
Yeah I've had a quick look at the caravan sales but didn't really know what brand to target, thats why i got on here, you guys have the experience. I thought Jayco because they seem to be the most popular out on the road. Yes i will be doing the wind out awning as well as my stays won't be long enough to muck around to much. Thanks Bonz and guys i now know i can pretty much go after a Jayco, now for the search. Thanks
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:36

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:36
There's a few about, Jayco are built for the masses mate, and have a good support network. I suggest you hire one for the weekend or go camping for the weekend in a caravan park and walk around and talk to people, they'll be only too happy to share teir experiences and to show you their setups.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 13:03

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 13:03
Bonz gives the very best advice above.

"I suggest you hire one for the weekend or go camping for the weekend in a caravan park and walk around and talk to people, they'll be only too happy to share their experiences and to show you their setups."

If you are buying a second hand unit, look for one that the layout and features that suits you without get concerned about brands. Inspect thoroughly for structural and chassis soundness, and no evidence of moisture caused wood rot (although this can be impossible to see).

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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 03:31

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 03:31
Sister had the flamingo jayco and loved it.
then uptated to a bigger jayco expanda tandem axle setup.
flamingo was bought second hand 22k

the jayco expander bought new 50k or soo
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Reply By: Member - Witi Repartee - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:19

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:19
I'm sure whatever you buy will be suitable
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Reply By: Pradobob - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:36

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:36
You should get something pretty good for well under $20000. Below is a link to a dealership trying to sell my Coromal that I traded in there over 2 years ago.
http://www.northlandcaravans.com.au/vandetail.asp?vanid=635&from=used
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Reply By: Marty D2 - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 15:23

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 15:23
Hi Cliff,
Rest assured the more research you do the more makes n models you will stumble upon that will all probably be a fit for you. I myself bought a new Goldstream which I am very happy with and even got to see it being made as their factory is close by and I did buy from the manufacturer so I easily specced it out how I wanted to support stays off the grid.
Friends have bought a mixture of new and old / Jayco / Goldstream / Windsor.
They are all happy.
You just need to pin down your must haves: # beds / electric tap / awning / storage box / seating / microwave / bike rack etc. If you can hold off and buy at a major caravan show you will get a good deal and perhaps buy one of the show vans or order one with the colors you like.
Good luck
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 15:55

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 15:55
Thanks Marty thats good advice, will do
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Reply By: Malcom M - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 08:00

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 08:00
Curious to know what your going to do with all this info when you 'can't be bothered'.
How are you intending to make any sort of decision without doing some research?
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:35

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:35
Hi Mal , don't lose any sleep mate, i will be ok. I think you and Tom H should get off the bitter lemon and have a beer, loosen up a bit guys. thanks to everyone else, your help been positive.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 15:39

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 15:39
No bitter lemon here but is a bit ripe admitting you are lazy and expecting others to do the work for you.

Self help is a worthwhile way of finding things out and Google opens a big wide world if you have the energy to be bothered.

A better way to say it is "Ive looked around but need a bit more advice" and you wouldnt get an answer like you got.

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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 16:19

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 16:19
Sounds like its you that won't be losing any sleep whilst everyone else does your work for you.
Can I help you buy a harbour Bridge? got a few of those I can recommend.
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 16:25

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 16:25
Ha dads army by the sounds of it, good onya guys, you don't have to thank me for giving you some amusement in your life, and there isn't any charge, pensioner rates apply.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 17:47

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 17:47
Wonder at no kids ever replying
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 13:18

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 13:18
Cliff, just buy the first van you see, mate.

If you can't be bothered doing any research - then I guess you won't be bothered when the POS you buy, falls apart!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 13:37

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 13:37
Ronny settle down mate, stress is a terrible thing. Seems my question has upset some of you guys, i tell you what, if it makes you feel better Ronny i will go to the camping show in Feb, do my research so i don't by a POS, actually i don't think I've seen that brand before but i will ask for it. Now Ronny i want you to take a deep breathe, in , out, in, out. Feel better?
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 14:37

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 14:37
Ok, so your a jerk.
You've made that abundantly clear to all, but what do you hope to achieve by this?
People would like to help you but with your attitude you are driving away most help making it a pointless exercise, unless of course you just want to make sure we all know what you are.
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Follow Up By: ModSquad - Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 15:34

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 15:34
Thanks Gents. Enough is enough. If you can't play or contribute positively, don't bother.

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Reply By: axle - Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 16:56

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 16:56
G/Day Cliff, I've had Millard, Jayco, Windsor, and would not have any of them again!,Especially Windsor they are your pos.
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Saturday, Feb 06, 2016 at 02:08

Saturday, Feb 06, 2016 at 02:08
Look at all you trainspotters getting all huffy.
He hasn't been rude or called anyone a jerk.
Just asked a simple question. If his shopping style don't suit you
Don't answer, simple.
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