Camper Trailer Tents

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:20
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Hi all,

I did a quick search but didn't come up with what I'm looking for.

I'm new to camper trailers, I have just purchased an offroad trailer that I am starting to kit out.

What I'm after is some advice on trailer tents, I see on ebay there are three different ones you can buy from Kulkyne Kampers, The 9' oztrail ones look good.

I wouldn't want to spend much more then $3000, but the cheaper the better within reason. Does anyone have any advice or other camper tent suppliers that are a neat product?

Trailer is 7x4.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:38

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:38
We just bought a CT, and most of the CT manufacturers offered a deal where if you supplied the trailer, they could supply a top and canvas.
In most cases, it is a ply base, hinged one side with catches the other side, and bolts onto the top of the trailer. I assume they will need to measure to height of the trailer for the floor work.

You need to check the usual:-
quality of canvas
the layout of the tent
the position of hoops
what type of floor do you want, i.e. material?
do you want extra pockets inside.
what sort of access do you want under the bed?
do you want to whole top to open? will need gas struts for this.

I am in Brisbane, and only checked out the local people.
Suggest you try a camping show for a start. See what types are supplied, and ask a few for a cost of supplying the canvas etc. This is how we narrowed our list down to about 6 preferred people. Then we got serious :-)
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Reply By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:44

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:44
Hi Dan,
Go to www.campertrailers.org
There are a few of us here that are members of that group. you can join the campertrailer list on Yahoo from there. There is a lot of info there specifically dealing with campertrailers.
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Reply By: dan@dbw - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:47

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:47
Hi thanks for that,

I'm kinda hoping I can just purchase a unit that will fit bolt on. With a new job I have just started I can't seem to find the time to ring around etc.

I'll easily modify anything to suit, fitter / electrician / now engineer so I shouldn't struggle too much!

Some good points though, I will aim for the top on gas struts to access all the gear underneath.

Ideally, I will build this unit and see how we like it. If it suits then I will look at investing some serious cash into one.

We have come from a roof top tent, which is great but your car is stuck and you can't explore which is what I'm trying to get away from.
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Follow Up By: dan@dbw - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:48

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 07:48
I'll go to this yahoo groups thing and check it out! Thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - uncle - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 08:10

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 08:10
Try central coast canvas at Wyong NSW ?
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Reply By: Nick R - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 08:35

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 08:35
Did something similar and we went to Tru Blu campers, we paid a little more than you want to but we also had an annexe, sides and a floor for the annexe, inner spring mattress, bunks and fitting to our trailer.
we wre happy with the result, would be happier if we could use it more!!!
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:04

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:04
G'day mate,

what about something like this?
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Follow Up By: dan@dbw - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:15

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:15
That's a pretty attractive price. Can anyone comment on the quality of these?
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:32

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:32
do a search on "primus" on this site
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 06:27

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 06:27
Just be sure to get one which suits an offroad trailer or the tent will not reach the ground.
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Follow Up By: macca77 - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:39

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:39
Gday Dan
If you are interested in looking for a quality canvas top for your camper at a good price dont even bother with a primas tent top they are a chinese import and they are not even made of canvas. Ok there may be people out there that like them and have been happy with one but IMO they will not live up to the test of time for an extra $1000 do your self a favour and get an australian made canvas pack.
Ill have been and done the exercise of a primas and ended up buying a ozzie campers top all 12 oz canvas For aroun $3000 you should get an awning with that price, and they will make it to suit your trailer
ill get you a number and talk to rob 0417880512 good luck
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Reply By: dan@dbw - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:42

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:42
The more I read, I'm leaning towards the Oztrail 9'.
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Follow Up By: Tony Shaw - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 19:47

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 19:47
Hey Dan,

I've sold both the Primus and the OzTrail and would highly recomend the OzTrail one for you. The primus one would probably be too low for your off road trailer.

Cheers, ToNy!
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Reply By: froomey - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 02:16

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 02:16
hi dan

i will get some info for you about imported tents for campers, my mate got one recently, bloody cheap , good quality too
will keep in touch
froomey
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Reply By: Willo61 - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:26

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 20:26
Recently at the Melbourne Caravan & Camping show the Oztrail Camper was on display.
I was not impressed with the quality of the canvas & zips (smallish type that break easily) the windows rollup from the outside? And the shape lacked tautness (would probably move a lot in the wind).
You will also need to ensure your existing trailer is the correct height from the ground to match the tent. The Oz trail has one of the highest beds I have seen (They were sold at the show with a 3 step ladder to acces the bed!)
As already stated in this thread most camper manufactures will do a deal and supply the camper pack on your own trailer.
If you live in Vic try the following for camp pack on your own trailer:
www.southerncrosscanvas.com.au
www.walkaboutcampers.com.au
www.qualitycampers.com.au
www.redrockcampers.com.au
Southern Cross do a pack on your own trailer (7x4) for $3900.
While $900 more than your budget, the tent quality is superior to the imported oztrail & primus options.

willo
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Follow Up By: macca77 - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 21:49
i bought a top from ozzie campers for what i had to spend they were the best value for money.
southern cross bloody damn good canvas work IMO i reakon they are the best camper tops in the industry from what i have seen read and also been told about they woulb be my no 1 choice but you will pay for it
Red rock i think they get there tops imported along with quality campers
walk about havent seen there stuff to rate
Cheer macca
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:56

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006 at 22:56
I reckon this is hard to beat for $2000.00 ......................

Primus tops details are as follows:

- The PolyCotton canvas roof and awning are 340g/m2 = 12oz (US) and the walls are 250g/m2 = 9oz (US) making them the easiest to put up due to the lessened weight
- Tent Size: 260 x 175cm
- Awning Size: 435 x 230cm
- Centre height: 230cm
- Wall height: 194cm (left) 175cm (right)
- Weight: 145kgs
- Poles are 19mm and 22mm Zinc plated
- PVC floor
- Windows feature strong PVC mesh with zippered awnings
- Zinc plated pegs
- Peg points feature nylon webbing abd chrome plated metal "D" rings
- 6 Windows and 1 Door
- Comfortable queen sized 10cm Viscoelastic foam mattress
- Plywood frame with internal hatch openings for inside trailer access
- Metal frame under plywood board (2000mm x 1450mm)
- Leather reinforced patches on high stress points
- Power inlet access portal
- Room divider in sleeping quarters for extra privacy
- Suits any 7' x 4' trailer with an overall height between 900mm and 1000mm (from top of trailer to road)
- Complete item comes with 12 month warranty from PRIMUS
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