searching the caravan minefield

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 13:46
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Hi guys this has probably been asked a million times before ,but i gotta do the the homework,other wise youll get stung.
out of the vans listed below can you folk shed some light on them please ,much appreciated .
(we have come up with what we are looking for but which brand is the big question)also customer service is a big issue .
17 ft - 18ft 6"/semi off road van/independant suspension/shower and toilet are our main requests. $50k - $65k or if there are good 2nd hand vans thats great .
OLYMPIC MARATHON/JAYCO JOURNEY OUTBACK/AVAN ASPIRE ADVENT PACK
SUNRISE CARAVANS/AVIDA CARAVANS/GOLDSTAR CARAVANS/
NEW AGE CARAVANS/
or any others vans that are worth mentioning , many thanks.
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 14:22

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 14:22
Nev, you don't state where abouts you are, but if in Victoria, Wallaroo Caravans in Droiun are a very good custom van, custom as built to your requirements. Maybe worth a look. Good luck.
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Reply By: Nev K - Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 14:33

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 14:33
Hi John im in WA, and whilst your in vic im assuming u can get vans from Aust wide ,albeit most manufacturers are under the pump.
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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 at 11:39

Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 at 11:39
If you're in WA, have a look at ELROSS.

ELROSS CARAVANS

At least then you can deal with a local.

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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 16:06

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 16:06
Hi Nev,
There is a Facebook group, Lemon Caravans & RVs in Aus. They have produced a list of the good, the bad and the ugly. Might be worth checking it out.
Best of luck! It is somewhat of a minefield out there.
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 16:12

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 16:12
Caravans, and dealers, can be a real minefield. You can do some valuable research on the Lemon Caravans and RVs in Aus Facebook page. They do not make recommendations but do document real problems buyers have had with either a brand or a dealership. If you are in WA I certainly wouldn't buy anything sight unseen from another state. A comprehensive pre-purchase inspection and weighbridge certificate are good places to start.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 17:24

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 17:24
Hi Nev,
Had a long talk with this guy (Mark Perkins) and had good deal going with either trading and/or building a van for me. Price was reasonable.

I have an Elite which was ordered and built in 2016 and has been pretty good to me since. This Mark has a few of them in stock. Didn't go ahead with any purchase as I am trapped in NSW!!

His website is - http://www.nextgencaravans.com.au/

Phone: (03) 9357 7776

Mobile: 0411573581

Site: www.nextgencaravans.com.au

Address: 47 Merola Way Campbellfield VIC 3061

Worth a look. He is in Campbellfield, so accessible to most people (if you lot are allowed to travel further than your front gate!)

Good research takes time and travelling but necessary in the long run. You don't want to be buying and selling to get a good one.

Good luck

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Reply By: Gerard S - Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 17:30

Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 at 17:30
The hardest thing will be finding a brand of caravan not mentioned on the Lemon site. I found it a classic case of misery loves company.
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Reply By: Nev K - Monday, Sep 28, 2020 at 07:38

Monday, Sep 28, 2020 at 07:38
I see what you mean about the lemon caravan site ,jeez it looks to be a dodgy industry for a newcomer ,they'd be better off doing a list of the caravans you can trust
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Sep 28, 2020 at 08:04

Monday, Sep 28, 2020 at 08:04
They probably are not game to produce that list. There is a possibility a good portion of that list just have not been featured on the site yet.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Sep 28, 2020 at 09:24

Monday, Sep 28, 2020 at 09:24
I would not take too much notice of the Lemon Caravans Facebook site. Full of unsubstantiated rumours and innuendo. The owner/admin has been taken to court by a caravan manufacturer and sued for false claims and lost, also lost her appeal against the damages claim.

Check out Goldstream RV, located in Pakenham. They build quality Off Road, Semi Off Road and Highway vans. Go to their website and check out the various models.

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Reply By: Kazza055 - Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 at 08:47

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 at 08:47
As I posted in the other caravan thread, I suggest that you have a look on the Caravaners Forum - https://www.caravanersforum.com/viewforum.php?f=106
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