solid wall expanda vans

Submitted: Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 23:27
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I am looking for as many brands of expanda vans as possible so I can do some research on them. I am thinking of buying one. Any feedback would be great. I am particularly interested in the sold wall versions. Will also be looking at ones with shower and toilet.
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Reply By: BMKal - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 01:44

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 01:44
Hi Denise.

The two I've looked at so far are Jayco Expanda and Windsor Rapid. My preference out of these is the Jayco "off road" version. Can get in a number of layouts, including onboard shower, toilet and air conditioned. From only a fairly brief look over of the two, the Jayco looks a bit more robust than the Windsor. Also, the Jayco has a step to get into it - the Windsors that I have looked at all required a plastic step to be placed on the ground outside the door.

I've recently had someone on another forum refer me to the Paramount Duet Expanda. Haven't seen one of these yet, but at least on their web site, they look good.

Cheers ............... BM
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Follow Up By: BMKal - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 02:32

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 02:32
Just another thought Denise -

The Jayco has the expanded ends uncovered when set up. The end walls fold DOWN and are the base of the bed. This means that there is no solid roof over the canvas extensions. However, they do come with bag awnings which provide a pretty good cover.

The Windsor and the Paramount work the opposite way - the end walls lift UP when sliding out the extensions, meaning that you have a solid roof above the canvas extensions.

Worth considering ................
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Reply By: Ray - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 07:47

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 07:47
Remember? The more moving parts the more to go wrong
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 08:39

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 08:39
Having had the flip over hard floor campers since 1979 we made the mistake in the late 80's of buying a windsor pop up (jayco swan size).
We took it on one trip to Camerons Corner and back from Sydney.
By the end of the 3 week trip we couldn't sell it quick enough, the movement between the top and bottom on gravel roads was terrible so how do these vans with all the moving bits go on dirt roads or even for that matter the normal bitumen roads that are usually rougher? Too many moving bits for my liking, tend to think they would wear out pretty quickly unless travelling on expressways or parked most of the time.
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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 09:55

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 09:55
I bought an Expanda in 2005. Been on many trips with it, bitumen, dirt roads and some tracks, and so far have broken one drawer slide. Looked at the Rapid and liked the solid roof but at the time the expanda floor plan suited my application. I threw the bag awnings over the bed ends away and went for the simpler standard flys but only use these if staying in the one spot for long or if it looks like serious rain.
Mine does not have a shower and toilet as I am not old enough for me to want these in the van yet. Set up time without vehicle disconnection (quick overnight stop) is about 90 seconds including rolling the awning out! Full on set up is about 4-5 minutes which includes wind down jacks, awning, flys etc. Roadside stops for lunch etc is about 5 seconds as you have access to everything in travelling mode and the five seconds involves unlocking the door!
Generally I am happy with it.
Caravaning/camping is a bit of a balancing act as everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes we don't take it (the expanda) at all and just take the touring tent. Sometimes we wish we had a van with the works but would need a truck to transport it.
Some vans break but a lot of the cause is towing technique (people do stupid things) and not so much the construction methods used by the manufacturers.
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Follow Up By: mike2ronnie - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:53

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:53
Hi go and check out a jayco expanda thats a few years old! Check out the seams and stitching.............. no need to say anymore.
If you hit a roo or dent the panel you have to replace the whole panel. Insurance covers it but the inconvenience is a problem, where as the other models you can remove just the section and be on your way.
cheers Mike
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