Giest Caravans - anyone have any experience?

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 16:47
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Maybe time to trade in the Gin Palace on a new Schnapps Palace.
Giest look very well finished, well made and maybe not totally suited to our conditions, they don't have flies in Europe...But they are much lighter over all and as I don't get off the macadam maybe would be good enough, certainly ripping along the freeway is not a problem for them.....
Anyway the coupling has me intrigued, has anyone got one of these with the friction pads in the coupling? how long do the pads last.....Any problems with service or spares?
Please don't try and blind me with emotional bias, just the facts Maam...
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Reply By: Member - Derek L (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 20:36

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 20:36
Mr Fawlty I have had nothing to do with Giest vans. But I think if you apply the simple rules of purchasing a high ticketed item. I ask myself these simple questions. How far from home is the dealership? How far from where I want to travel can I get it looked at if I have dramas? Go for a drive to find the van in action and ask the owners what they think. Even better to find one that is travelling with another brand van so you get the ol' Holden Ford battle. You can always guaranty that if you have had problems with anything ya mate is going to spill it out to stir the pot. Goodluck.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:29

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:29
Hi Mr Fawlty

There is a current, and now rather long, thread on the caravaners forum titled European Caravans. There is feedback from a Giest owner, as well as a lot of questions and comments. Worth a read as part of your research.

http://groups.msn.com/Caravanersforum/generalfrom2007.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message=114418&LastModified=4675656724450508124

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 06:54

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 06:54
Jeepers, Mutha, I must remember never to bother looking at that forum again! Is it normally like that?
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 21:18

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 21:18
Hi John - Like here, you get the odd fiery thread!

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 00:15

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I see what you mean, John - the thread has degraded in to a bun-fight without much thought to the original question. It happens sometimes - same as we sometimes see here in ExOz.

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:33

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:33
I overtook one behind a Defender the other day Mr Fawlty. that is about the extent of my experience with them. Can't imagine he was going to take it offroad. Why would he have a Defender?
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 01:40

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 01:40
John R,
In answer to your question "Why would he have a Defender?"

For the same reason that others have Cruiser or Nissan utes:-
To tow things and to cart things around on it

Disco..
Simple really!
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 05:36

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 05:36
Disco, chose a capable but uncomfortable offroader just to pull a notably onroad van. It was a Defender wagon thingie. Three bikes on the back so I guess they were to ride around the caravan park.
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