Roadstar caravans

Gday all,

How good are they? The salesmen talk them up as the ants pants and the "grey nomads" i have spoken to tend to talk along the same lines. I have looked at them, and sure, they are a nice van but cant see the difference between them and a few others. They, along with coromal have offered us the best trade in price so i am considering a purchase. Is there some hidden factors that make these vans appealling?

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 15:36

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 15:36
David, I've taken an interest in them also. We are looking to move up from our off road CT in under two years, but still want to be able to get off the beaten track.

In toughness and off road durability, I see them as being in a class somewhat below the Bushtracker etc, but well above most 'on road' vans.

I think the Simplicity independant suspension is a big part of it and they seem to go a lot further with their 'off road pack' than many others.

I've seen them in some faily remote places and all the owners I've spoken to say they are great.

If you don't want the cost and weight of the 'real' off roaders like Bushtracker, they seem a pretty good option.
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Follow Up By: dave_c - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:49

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:49
Hi Norm,

We wont be going offroad. We will be tenting any rough stuff.(12 month + trip) I would hope the simplicity suspension on the onroad model would hold itself and the van together on the corrugations if the need occur. If Roadstar is only a couple of bars below bushtracker in its offroad model, i think any gravel road should not be a problem with same suspension in the onroad model. ??.

It certainly looks alot more solid than the coromal. Their independent suspension looks a little light on. Flimsy if you like but van is cheaper.

Is the Roadstar worth the extra dollars??

Thanks for your views.

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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:09

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:09
I went from a Coromal to Roadstar van when the Coromal fell to bits after 11 months. There is no comparison. The Roadstar is a bit heavier and probably not as many gimmicks inside but it tows much better and have not had to replace screws, rivets, lights etc that fell off the Coromal. Had the Roadstar 2 1/2 years now.

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:59

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:59
Well I have a Voyager 4000 and am very happy with it It is the model with the lounge across the back. Is a 21.6in and weighs all up at 2.6 tonne Seems solid or heavy depending on your definition I guess but all around a nice van We bought it for the layout and it appears to be more "substantial" than the Coromal.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al - Al & Lyn, Romsey - Monday, Jan 21, 2008 at 08:46

Monday, Jan 21, 2008 at 08:46

we bought a 17ft Roadstar about 5 years ago - it was neglected and had been in a CP for some years. The ad we read about it said "interior - down, exterior good", the interior was missing and the exterior was rough but we bought it after Al got underneath and checked out the chassis.

We then refurbished and it took to places where it probably shouldn't have gone - Woods Point on a wet weekend was interesting, along the Oodnadatta Track and then up to Darwin and back - it served us well.

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