Aluminium camper trailers - any experience

Submitted: Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:04
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I am looking at purchasing an aluminum camper trailer - has anyone had experience with an aluminum camper trailer inc aluminum chassis.

There are a lot of knockers who will say it will crack, however, properly constructed from structural alloy it should be OK look at how many heavy vehicles use it these days to reduce their TARE.

Any help would be appreciated
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Reply By: ferris - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:17

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:17
Rob,
Have a look at the Cape York Explorerer. It's one of the toughest on the market, and aluminium, although the chassis is steel. The manufacturer uses heaps of urethane as well as rivets to hold it together, and gaurantees it for Cape York conditions.

Keep the shiny side up
Ferris
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:31

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:31
Had one custom built by Pacific campertrailers at logan village in late 2003 ,, brilliant for the beach and any where in fact , no rust or stone chips to ruin the looks ,, light as and easy to tow ,any after thought modifications dont need paintig ect ,, we did however sell it last year to upgrade to a hardfloor Campomatic ,, if you do buy in ally you also have very good resale value ,, sold ours after 3yrs for $1500 MORE than we bought it for.
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Follow Up By: rob56 - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:34

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:34
Did yours have alloy or steel chassis, i know Pacific make both
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:45

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 16:45
Duragal ,, parabolic in shape ,much like the boat trailers u see with no welds from hitch to rear ,, you will find that to have the chassis in ally will increase the cost of the ct by 30-40%.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 18:35

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 18:35
Gday,
Ive got a Pacific but the chassis is steel.
Id be a bit weary of aluminium chassis.

Cheers
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Reply By: GerryP - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 21:37

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 21:37
I believe Challenge Campers in SA make a full alloy unit. Check out their web site - I think the Desert Seeker can be bought either steel or alloy. They are well made. I have a second hand steel unit and am very happy with it.

http://www.challengecampertrailers.com

Cheers
Gerry
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Reply By: MartyB - Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 21:56

Monday, Feb 04, 2008 at 21:56
I have an Aluminium camper with a steel galv chassis.
I am very happy with it and glad I did not get a steel camper, heaps lighter which you really appreciate when pushing around a camp site.
Sigaflex is required between the aluminium & steel to prevent corrosion from dissimilar metals.
I have mounted brackets to mount a roof rack, I made sure these brackets were mounted onto the chassis, I did not want any extra weight flexing the aluminium.
I have not been any serious 4wding with the camper so I can't say it it would have problems up the cape.

Marty.
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Reply By: rob56 - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 08:28

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 08:28
Thank you all for your helpful information.

I am already convinced that I will go for an aluminium body, it is the chassis that I am still undecided on.

I believe the manufacturer that done correctly it is OK, but would love to hear from someone who has the experience with alloy chassis.

The chassis does not finish much lighter as where they use 75 or 100 x 50mm x 3mm wall RHS for off road steel chassis for the alloy they use 100x50x6mm wall alloy RHS for the main chassis, however the overall package is considerably lighter.

I have 3 different manufacturers telling me will be fine, however, would love to hear from someone who has one, I just hate the idea of being a pioneer
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Reply By:- Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 21:31

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 21:31
did you know that telwater the company that makes quintrex and stacer aluminium boats have now started building camper trailers. they only build alloy trailers however they offer either a standard galvanised chassis or an alloy chassis. if anyone knows how to build out of alloy it is these guys and they have been around for a long time and will be for a long time to come. hey you may even be able to get a tinnie on top. there website is www.desertedgetrailers.com.au.
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