Travelander slide on campers

Submitted: Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 11:40
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Anyone own a Travelander and if so do you have any negative feedback on them ?
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 13:56

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 13:56
Having previously owned a slide-on for some 12 years, my advice would be to be VERY careful with the weight and particularly the weight distribution when considering any slide-on.
I reckon the vast majority are on overloaded vehicles.
The other issue is that the water tanks, batteries etc are all above the tray level rather than below it, so the combination CofG may be uncomfortably high.

I would never choose another slide-on. Too many compromises.

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Follow Up By: Roz C2 - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:48

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:48
To tow a 5.2 mtr boat with a new ford ranger what would be your suggestions for camping options?
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 14:14

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 14:14
Roz,

There was a thread on the Travelanders recently, or within the past couple of months. They are quite heavy, 550-600plus, as Peter indicated, so you'll need a ute that's had a GVM upgrade, or perhaps one of the American tanks. I doubt that any of the medium utes, Hilux, Ranger, BT-50 etc could legally carry one, with full fuel, water, rations etc.

Check out thread 90405, from Dec, 2011 and 131498 from this year. Also found 3 or 4 other Travelander threads by doing a search.

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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 14:28

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 14:28
Hi Roz
You are probably aware there are several other slide ons on the market that are significantly lighter than the Travelander including the Australian made Trayon that is a better package (IMO). Do your research and be very cautious about weight and what your vehicle can handle (GWM).
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 17:39

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 at 17:39
Hi Geoff those Trayons been around for awhike made in Sunshine Coast I believe? Always wanted to get one as seen out bush and owners said best thing since slice bread.But silly me bought a tub dual cab Hilux.Hassle to change over and more cost.The fit on tray utes without mods except maybe suspension.Best suited woukd be Toyota 4 door chasis Workmate.I wanted one of them too but not cheap.Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Noah273 - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:43

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:43
We did a lot of research on slide on campers and decided on the Trayon. It's lighter in weight than other slide on campers. Our truck is a 200 series which has been converted to a dual cab. We pick the Trayon up in August.

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Follow Up By: Roz C2 - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:54

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 10:54
Was there a particular reason you did not chose the travelander ? Was it weight and if so what is the difference between what you have chosen and travelander, also was cost a deciding factor as I am aware that the travelanders are not cheap?
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Follow Up By: Member - Noah273 - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 12:30

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 12:30
The Trayon we ordered, made for a dual cab weighs 370kg. It's been a long time since we looked at all the other slide on campers so I no longer know the difference in weight between ours and the Travelander but I'm sure it's all on their website. The cost didn't come in to it. Also Trayon is 100% Australian made. We are wanting to do desert & outback tracks and the Trayon suits our purpose.
Hope this helps.

Just another point on why we went with Trayon. A lot of emphasis has been put on weight distribution with most of the weight in the forward 30% of the unit i.e over or in front of the rear axel.

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Reply By: Roz C2 - Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 11:22

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 at 11:22
Thanks for the feedback people, I would also now like any feedback from Tavelander owners or previous owners either good or bad !
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 09:46

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 09:46
For what it's worth, good friends of ours have had one for a few years now. We've been to the Cape with them with theirs on the back of a Patrol ute. They were fairly happy except it had serious leaks which the makers couldn't fix. I think the comments on weight issues are quite valid.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 10:24

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 10:24
Friends of ours have one and are generally happy with it. But, even with the Lovells upgrade to their Series 79, they can not fill the fuel tank without going over the modified GVM of 3920kg (?).
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Follow Up By: Roz C2 - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 11:19

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 11:19
Hi thanks for feedback, do you know which one they have and what year it is as I believe they have taken a lot of extra weight out of them in 2015-2016?
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 18:08

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 18:08
My guess would be either 2013 or 4
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 19:14

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016 at 19:14
I'd say around 2010.
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Reply By: GG7777 - Monday, Mar 28, 2016 at 20:21

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 at 20:21
We have Piggy Back Camper and are very happy but I am sure that we are over GVM regularly. These are all alluminium construction but not made any more.Yes they have a higher centre of gravity and are heavy but horses for courses
Bro in law has a Carry Me Camper & is extremely happy having travelled in every state but due to older age and design of access to bed he is about to update to a new Carry Me with walk in rear entry but made in alluminium to keep weight down
Friend of sister has Travelander and finds it suits them as they tow a boat for fishing BUT had major problem in wind on 80Mile beach camp
Good site to help with research is
http://www.campertrailers.org/slide_ons.htm

Good luck with your decision we find the slide-on is a great choice for a thousand and one reasons
Murray
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Monday, Mar 28, 2016 at 21:31

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 at 21:31
I have just put a Gecko Slideon Camper on a Isuzu D-Max Spacecab Chassis and could not be happier. Weight is a definite issue, particularly with a twin cab. Gecko also built my tray with strength and better weight distribution in mind. Having just come back from its first trip over Easter through Wyperfeld NP and the Boarder track this rig handled everything I threw at it with relative ease.
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