Eco tourer

Submitted: Thursday, Dec 06, 2018 at 09:28
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Has anyone had problems with Eco Tourer Off Road actually going off road? concerned about the folding towing draw bar and going over corrugated roads, creek beds etc.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Dec 06, 2018 at 09:54

Thursday, Dec 06, 2018 at 09:54
Do you have an 'Off Highway' model? When we had our 2008 Off Highway we had no trouble with the folding draw bar or the rest of the Eco. Having said that we broke a few leaf springs. They were the original 'short' springs, which were very hard to source. Caravan Court had to get some specially made. Depending on your model I would check out your type of suspension and decide if you need to carry spares.
FYI our biggest 'off highway' trip was from Cape Byron to Steep Point via Birdsville, Alice Springs Marble Bar etc. Quite a number of shorter off the seal as well.
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Follow Up By: Nick T10 - Thursday, Dec 06, 2018 at 11:27

Thursday, Dec 06, 2018 at 11:27
Hi Rod, we don't own one yet, (hence the question), but we have been doing dirt road travel currently with our Aussie swag. I want to ensure the Eco tourer will go the same places. I think the newer models have cruise-master suspension now. Thanks for replying.
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Reply By: KevinE - Friday, Dec 07, 2018 at 17:58

Friday, Dec 07, 2018 at 17:58
Before you pull the trigger on buying an Eco Tourer, have a real world look at the ball weight on them.

They were on our shortlist, but the ball weight was a deal breaker for us.

Not many people seem to realise that ball weight is probably more important that the total weight that you're towing. Too much ball weight will stuff you up real quick.

Re the drawbar; we saw one at Birdsville a few years ago, so they seem to cope with dirt roads just fine.
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Reply By: Member - abqaiq - Monday, Dec 10, 2018 at 13:21

Monday, Dec 10, 2018 at 13:21
We looked at the ET but decided it was very heavy and not really for serious off roading. As with most of the off road versions", it seems they are meant for well graded gravel roads, not say the Plenty Highway. We found Ellis Recreational Vehicles to be built to go where the Troopy can. Paul and Cass Ellis are up just north of Brisbane and he will build whatever you want.
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