3 axle Caravan

Submitted: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 15:48
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Hi Gals and Guys,

want to hear from people with a 3 axle (independent suspension) caravans.
What I am interested in is what did you make decide for the company you had it built and what was your main aim when considering a 3 axle ...
I am looking at a 25-26 foot, which would usually go on 2 axle but I want
more load capacity and better road and track behaviour .. It should be an
off road capable version. I was looking at various manufacturers and there
are some options out there for 3 axle .. a few manufacturers have done some
like Jayco, Bushtrecker and a couple of others. I require some 700-800Kg
additional load where most caravans are around 300 or so.
The towing vehicle is no problem .. heaps of towing capacity and power ... thats
not the problem ... also the tire size ... prefer 16s but have seen mostly 15s on
off road caravans .. the towing vehicle has 20s so its a mute point to match tires..
no caravan manufacturer will go through the trouble and licence that sort of rubber on a chassis...
anyone out there ? I know there are probably not many .. but maybe some ?

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 17:00

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 17:00
One of the Bushtrackers is a big tri-axle, but Conrad is out travelling at present. He is probably on line when in range.

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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 21:37

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 21:37
thanks I know that one .. as I said it's not about size ...
just about stability and load.. I am not too keen in
Buschtrecker although their reputation is quite ok
I find the vans rather old fashioned in their designs
.. a bit like their advertising .. it's kinda last decade
but thats just a current impression and not necessarily
will spoil the party ... most caravan manufacturers
have poor advertising material and websites ... mostly
floorplans and not much image material .... and the
larger mainstream manufacturers not always pay attention
to detail like waterproofing etc ...
will be interesting .. over the last 6 months we went through
a decision process of what we wanted and have settled for the
vehicle now. The next step is the van and I probably need
another year to finish the concept. We have a good idea whats
important to us and now put all in a detailed concept and plan
to have it quoted ... so I just look for some more arguments
pro and con 3 axle ...
thanks for your reply

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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (VIC) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:40

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:40
A 3 axle off road capable van with a 800 kg capacity??? yeah right - dream on man!!!
Love to see the 26 foot coping with some of the tracks!!! Get real.
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 01:37

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 01:37
this is the kind of answer which is uncalled for.
Of course you dont go with a 26foot where you go with a camper trailer.
With your limited imagination your surely not qualified to engage in such
discussions ! ... my specs are not "unreal" and I am not talking about
a standard van either ...
so just stay out of it ...
have a nice evening
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:59

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:59
>>> I require some 700-800Kg additional load

What are you carrying?
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 23:07

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 23:07
Diesel for the Kenworth I reckon..............
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 01:56

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 01:56
when you take a van with a dry weight excluding all accessories and calculate the weight of all the things you put in even under "normal" circumstances you will
be amazed how much weight you actually add. I guess many people are easy over their spec limits without really thinking about it .... you make weight specs not
to go to the limits all the time but to have a safety zone.

My camera equipment alone is around 100kilo and my computers with screens
are another 70-80 kilo .. Generator, Petrol, Tires, Grids, Clothing, Linen, Microwave, Batteries, Fridge .. etc etc ... I made my list .... I calculate around 100kg for fresh/gray water and another 100 - 150kg simply for safety ... the insurance companies will eventually enforce weight limits .... Now .. some manufacturers include water tanks within their calculation/ some don't .. when people think in purely luggage as in clothing and the wifes cosmetic bag (that might be 30Kg for some) 700-800 is a lot but when you are really seriously calculating every bit which is not screwed on you will be quite amazed how things add up and you are easy above the normal limits ... people make life style choices ... do you add two air condition units to the dry weight of the van or not ? I don't .. so .. just be serious for a moment and think what you have really "loaded" .... and by the way ... we are going to travel in that rig for at least 5 years, not just a few weeks ....
have fun
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY VIC) - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 09:32

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 09:32
Gday GMD
Sounds like a good set up engineering wise. I put a lot of thaught into it over the weekend but won't offer any unless asked.
What i do have is a son that would like to cook,buttle, clean and generally look after you and yourselves.He has a good sense of humour and is an engineer(civil) he is also toilet trained.The biggest problem with him is that he is still lives at home .Any help will be appreciated.
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:23

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:23
I feel soooo sorry for you ...
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Reply By: Member - Vincent A M (NSW) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:51

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 10:51
check your licence & state requirments years ago a three axle required a class 5 even if it had mini wheels a weighed 250kgs. Many & old trailers (tri axle) had a axle removed to make it legal
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 11:04

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 11:04
I have the required licence.
I got the truck licenses when I was in the military (you have to where I come from)
and we took 12t and 20t trucks with 4t generators into the field. I have a little bit of an idea how a heavy vehicle works in the sand .. :))
thanks for your constructive contribution.
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