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We are in the market for a reliable off road campervan for a family of 5. We have had a look at quite a few new campervans in 4WD mags, ExplorOz and trade shows. The choices are mind boggling! Could anyone out there recommend a product which is rugged, reliable, efficient and cost effective?
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Reply By: flappa - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 16:36

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 16:36
Are you talking about a Campervan , as in , Motorhome , or a campervan , is in a trailer ?
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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 17:49

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 17:49
Hi Davo - your question is a good one, but it depends...
As you probably know, there are two basic styles -
The original CT - Bed on trailer with canvas roof. Economical (new off-road starts at $5,000). Light weight - low fuel consumption. Has only basic facilities.
Then there is the wind-up style - half way between a CT and a van.
We have owned the wind-up style for over 15 years.
Our current unit is a Coromal Magnum Off-road. Cost $17,000 second hand.
Two double beds slide out the ends, so it can sleep 6 (with table folded down).
Traditional campers would say our unit is not 'camping', as everything is up off the ground. It includes a battery, 12V water pump, gas hot water sytem etc.
Definately turned SWMBO into a keen camper. (and don't under estimate the importance of that little aspect.)
Our holidays have often been in Central OZ - off the beaten track, plus some beach camping and Forestry. We try to avoid the black top, so need a truely rugged CT.
The key part in your post is ' Family'. We found the wind-up style offers the safety and comfort for the kids. If it rains - not a problem - they are up off the ground.
Dingoes, snakes, spiders etc - have to climb the stairs & open a door.
For a hundred opinions - go to this dedicated CT forum.
To help you decide, why not hire one first ? Many CT dealers have units for hire, and as they say - experience is the best teacher. Better to spend a few hundred, rather than several thousand dollars then find it doesn't suit.
Also be aware that the term 'Off-Road' is often used in a marketing sense - eg you can take their unit down a well graded forestry track.

A friend bought a traditional style CT from a local manufacturer- serious off road - brand new $7000. They have ex rentals for $3,500. (If that style of camper is what you want.)
Good luck with your research. If you want and extra info on the wind-up style, just ask....regards...............
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Reply By: lloyd1977 - Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 15:35

Saturday, Jul 30, 2005 at 15:35
try casuarina campers there in melb 0397869113
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