TVAN 2nd hand price and any bad points???

Submitted: Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 15:04
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Hi all again
What is a good buying price for a 2nd hand TVAN???
Any bad points apart from cost?
Regards
GN
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Reply By: Krakka - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 15:20

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 15:20
What model, what options, prices start at about $34000 to $44000 plus options new.
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 15:28

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 15:28
Hi Krakka
I obviously havnt done enough home work. I didnt realise the prices nbew varied so much.
Is the main unit itself the same though with just add on that can be added as / if required?
I saw a 2nd hand one recently advertised @26K but it has sold.
Who is the best point of contact to get all the info on the options / pricings?
Regards GN
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:29

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:29
Aaaah..the people that make them.
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:47

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:47
Hmmmmmmmmmmm, fair call.
I had done a google search and seemed to come up with a heap of sellers but not the maker.
GN
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Reply By: hazo - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:27

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:27
Gn

Cannot comment on pricing but met a guy last year with one parked opposite us and he said he was getting rid of it asap as it had so many leaks it was a joke! It had spent more time in warranty than on the road.

BJ
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:34

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:34
Yeah , I heard from a mates cousin who knew a bloke who's wife's uncle met a bloke who's Tvan had the same problem ,,realy truly ,LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:39

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:39
Thats a first, never heard of a leaking issue with them before.
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Follow Up By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:40

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:40
You sure you got the right ct......spent the last 2 seasons living in the desert in a Tvan.......Toughest little ba#$%d ever.
How can they leak? solid fiberglass capsule.

Cheers...........BIGDOG
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Follow Up By: hazo - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:52

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:52
I have never owned a Tvan and never would! Only passing on what the guy camped opposite us said. Maybe he had a grudge with the manufacturer?Not my personal experience.
I believe the leak was around the roof window?
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:16

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:16
Could be right, they have rectified that problem now with a newroof window set up.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:32

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:32
BigDog, just out of curiosity how squeezy was the TVan ? How did you keep cool ?
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Reply By: wafarmer - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:34

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:34
Hi GN

Also look at Pacific Aluminum Campers Logan Village Qld more room and cheaper new I think.

wafarmer
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:51

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:51
"What is a good buying price for a 2nd hand TVAN???"

A good friend of mine is currently looking for a second hand TVan.

IMO, they sell for too much second hand.
Depending on the model (there are many), but for instance the Canning model sells for $36,500 new and people are asking $32k+ second hand. IMO you are better off getting a new one, which has 3 year warranty etc. If it were under $30k, it may be worth considering.
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Reply By: Muddie - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:21

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:21
I have had a Tvan for 4 years other than the price there is very few issues with it and all have been dealt with by a Track, as Phil G said you may as well get a new one I have been offered as much as I paid for it by Track as a trade on a new one, but the build time is out till September, they can’t supply the demand with new or second hand quick enough.
The Tvan is an excellent unit that will go anywhere, your tow vehicle can pull it. With a friend we have towed our Tvans across some of the worsts tracks in Australia at a fairly quick pace behind our 100 series and had no serious problems at all
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Reply By: Member - David T (SA) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:32

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:32
Hi
I think you have to compare apples with apples. Sure a new Canning is $36,500 but with various extra in canvas, 2nd water tanks etc the price quickly goes up to $39,000 +. If you get all that for low $30,000's and the van is in good nick then the value is there. Also is reassuring if you buy one that the resale will be good.
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Reply By: marcus - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:44

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 20:44
G N,
I see there is an '05 Canning model T van in the trader section for $32,000 so this may be an indication of the market.
Cheers Mark
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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:59

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:59
There is no better chassis & suspension than the Track MC2, closest to equalling it would be under the Vista RV.
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Reply By: Travellers - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 09:41

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 09:41
We bought a second hand 2001 TVan in 06 for 26K with nearly all options- and apart from one very small leak around the tailgate (simply fixed by Track) and a fractured water tank (again replaced at our cost by Track) we have not had any problems. Yes they are expensive, but after two 6000 km trips into the outback, and several other shorter trips, we have no regrets.

Like others, we bought second hand to get into the market, and observed that they hold their value, unlike many others.

(We have found the srvice from Track to be exemplary - and this is not a paid commercial!)
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Reply By: meandet - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:11

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:11
G,day GN
We bought a new Tvan in 2003 and have done 4 extensive trips with it so far. They will literally go anywhere your 4WD will go. We did however have trouble with it on our first big trip in 2004 where lots of dust got into it on the Tanami and it did leak when we were at Esperance on the way home, in fact we had to hightail it to the drier Flinders Ranges or go home. It took Track Trailer ages (months) to attempt to fix it. It appeared to us that we weren't believed that it was happening. When it came back 3 months later, the Track rep asked me to test it so I put a sprinkler on low on the roof and guess what, it was still leaking so back it went for another month. It turned out to be a couple of pop rivets that hadn't pulled in tight enough. Since then no leaks. Track were very good to us apart from the time taken to fix it. We love it and wouldn't swap it for quids.

While they had it, Track retro-fitted the carpet ceiling liner for us. Strongly suggest that you opt for this as condensation is no longer a problem.

The dust problem we fixed, its easy when you find where its coming in.

If your budget will run to it, get a new one and set it up how you want.

Cheers
Peter
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