Purchasing a camping trailer

Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:09
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We are looking to purchase a second hand 4WD camping trailer for approx $4000. We would like some advice on where to start, some feedback about the different sorts of trailers and their features please.
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Reply By: Elsewhere9 - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:14

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:14
Hi Nerylee,

Have a look at www.campertrailers.org

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:36

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:36

the associated forum/group is http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/campertrailers/

Click for camper Trailers


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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 19:34

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 19:34
have a look at this site in the TRADER sectionsure to be something there

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Reply By: RustyHelen - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:06

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:06
Hi Nerylee
As Elsewhere9 advised have a look at capertrailers.org. And if you are in Melb have a look at our Outback Sturt. A bit more than 4k but worth every cent. We have added lots of extras ourselves and are selling "reluctantly" after buying an Aussie Swag.
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Reply By: outback epicurean - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:36

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:36
Don't expect too much "4wd camper trailer" for $4000. Few but many won't really get you into 4wd places. Be very careful of weak or stressed suspension as this it what always breaks first. We had a trailer from Shepparton but sold it ($5.5k) and also bought an Aussie Swag.

good luck
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:47

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:47
Hi nerylee
we just went through the camper trailer hunt recently.... our plan was to hire one and try it out to see what features we liked. We did that last August, and started looking last January. Our budget was $6000, and we found our trailer for just under that. It's a '94 model Cavalier, with a 14 ft tent... plenty of room! It didn't come with a water tank or an on-board kitchen, but we actually prefer it the way we have it. It does have a Coleman Camp Kitchen, and 4 water cans, one on each corner. So 80 litres on board.

We found it in the Trading Post online I found about 6 to look at, all in the $6K bracket, and our Cavalier was amongst them.
If you are looking for an offroad trailer, make sure you have a good look underneath the trailer to see the effects of dirt road driving... it may need painting at best! Check that the suspension is up to the task, and shocks (if fitted) are ok.

Hope this helps!
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Reply By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:35

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:35
Have a look at the Tambo Campers

Although there is 8 months wait on them...
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 09:02

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 09:02
G'day Nerylee - forumites would have more to say if they knew what you travel plans were - how much gear to take - number of persons, AND most importantly the type of travel you have in mind - roads and regions etc. Such as: 1. Mainly sealed raods, with the odd excursion on smooth gravel. 2. Extended travel on smooth to rough gravel. 3. Extended travel on rough surfaces, sand and unmaintained tracks. Once you know what TYPE of camper you need, you could then see if you can find one in that construct, used, for the $4000 - you might get a simple, robust unit for that.
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