Caravan for 3.

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 16:57
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My daughter and S-I-L are wanting to upgrade from their camper trailer to a mid sized caravan to accommodate three, as they also have a 5 year old son. The problem they are experiencing is that they are finding it difficult to find what they want in a mid size van. They want a queen size bed and a bunk or something similar for their son to use and also an ensuite and around the 16 foot length.

I realise everyone has different expectations and needs, but I would be interested to hear from anyone who has a van that they think would suit their needs. Preferences are probably to have a full height van and not a canvas push out bed enclosure. Brian DJ
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 17:23

Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 17:23
Tow vehicle?
New or secondhand?
And their budget is??
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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 17:35

Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 17:35
You can get one with a table that lowers to fill the gap between the cafe style seating and it can be made up as a small bed. You might have to order it or convert it if buying second hand.
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Reply By: David I1 - Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 18:52

Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 18:52
If you want a caravan of that size (16') it will be difficult to find one with a queen size bed and a bunk bed. Most vans nowadays have ensuites which have a separate shower and toilet, and most also have beds north/south which means precious little space in the middle for another bed. Even if the bed was east/west there still is generally not enough space to have another bed. To get the extra bed you will probably need to go to 18-19'. This of course will be bigger and heavier and will then be a tandam wheel set up.Older vans may combine a toilet in the shower to save some space. The only other alternative would be some of the hybrid vans/camper trailers which have an external shower, and porta poti. But 1st thing to establish is what you current Tug can tow and see if there is anything around within those specs. If not you might be up for more than just a new van.

I have a New Age Manta Ray deluxe which is 16' but there is no way an extra bed /bunk could fit in it.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 19:55

Sunday, Jul 08, 2018 at 19:55
MDC & Ezytrail both have an off-road van with a queen bed & single bunk over the dinette with full ensuite.

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Reply By: David I1 - Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 12:47

Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 12:47
I note that some people have advocated certain brands. Without naming them I suggest you do due dilligence and investigate thoroughly their quality of finish and fit for purpose. Some are imported chinese chassis and the quality is certainly questionable. And I am certainly not saying mine is the "best". I have spent considerable time to make mine off road durable.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 16:58

Monday, Jul 09, 2018 at 16:58
I currently have an Australian Off Road Quantum, I have recently been considering buying something with a different layout, I looked at a Golf Savannah & an Ezytrail Parkes 15, compared to the Parkes 15 the Golf seemed flimsy & lightly built.
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Reply By: arofs1 - Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 at 15:10

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 at 15:10
Thanks guys for your comments I will pass them on. Brian DJ
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Sunday, Jul 15, 2018 at 09:57

Sunday, Jul 15, 2018 at 09:57
Saw one of these the other day, pretty impressed and has a number of layouts for a small unit.https://www.lifestylecampertrailers.com.au/
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