buying second-hand 4WD & camper trailer

Submitted: Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 09:34
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Hi all!
We´re soon emigrating to OZ from Germany and want to start by exploring the country a bit with our kids (two under threes).

Can anyone suggest the best place (in terms of choice/ price) for getting set up before the start of the trip in May? We´ll be looking for a suitable 4WD vehicle and offroad camper trailer to do a (partial?)
circumnavigation trip in 6-12 mths.

Is it true that Brisbane is a good second-hand marketplace for cars?

Also read on this site somewhere that the price difference between new and second hand is often not much - is this still the current case?

Any recommendations for camper models suitable for young family on tour?
Any other advice or tips welcome! Watch this forum for more regular postings from us - we´ll have plenty of questions before we start!
Jo & Jo
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Reply By: cruiser - Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 09:48

Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 09:48
Whilst it is true that Brisbane prices are cheaper than say New South Wales, you have to be very carefull with your choice because a lot (not all) of the 4x4 in that part of Qld are used on either Nth and Sth Stradbroke, Morton and Frazer Islands which are all sand islands.

As for camper trailers, take your pick. There are so many variations on the same concept and so many manufacturers that it is almost a minefield. If you are arriving in time for the National 4x4 Show at Darling Harbour in March, that would be a good place to get some ideas on whats available, but that would only be for new campers. I would suggest that you look at the Trading Post ( and key in camper trailers under the search area of that site, otherwise some of the magazines such as Caravan Trader.

Good luck and enjoy our country.
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Reply By: Troopie - Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 12:55

Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 12:55
If you buy secondhand, (and aren't too mechanically minded) what ever you buy, where ever you buy it - get it inspected by a reputable specialist 4wd service centre. They will give you more detailed feedback on the quality and past history of the vehicle than your average motoring association.

Another tip from past experience, if you buy from a dealer, it may be worth doing some homework on the dealer itself. I once made a purchase, ran into difficulty with the dealer, only to discover they were already the subject of a significant Department of Fair Trading investigation.

Welcome, have a good time, and don't rush around trying to see everything, spend time just soaking up your surroundings.
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Reply By: Brian - Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 14:45

Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 14:45
Try for info on the campertrailer!

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 17:28

Friday, Feb 07, 2003 at 17:28
Make sure that you read the Camper Trailer Feature release by us the other day.

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