What camper trailer is a good buy for family of four

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 23:20
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We are a family of four and are looking to move up from tents to a camper trailer. There are just so many out there and it is confusing as to what is a good buy, a reputable brand and value for money and what size is best. We have been looking at a Kookaburra from Castaway Campers or a Lifestyle 360 from Lifestyle Camper Trailers. Has anyone any experience with either of these trailers or could anyone suggest a great camper trailer for a young family who doesn't want to spend a fortune?
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 23:31

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 23:31
we just did the same thing...got a cavalier c/t for $6500....heaps of extras ....... heaps of room....got a pic in my profile thingy....14ft tent area...side wall for awning, water tank.....etc etc etc...

heaps out there so just keep looking...its taken us 3 yrs to finally buy one!

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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 23:41

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2008 at 23:41
The best way is to hire a couple CT, hard or softfloor, it doesn't matter this way you'll find one that suits your requirements, have a look at the Cub Drover 07 or thr Cub Space Van.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 00:28

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 00:28
Hi Rin,

We have a Camprite camper trailer and reckon it is great for a family of four. You can set up for a quick overnight stop in minutes and all beds are left made up.

There are no pegs or guy ropes (unless you use the awning) and all sleep off the ground - no worries about wet, sloping or hard ground. There are some pics of it in my profile below.

Only problem is that is not the cheapest CT on the market :(


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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 06:17

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 06:17
Your budget will narrow down the search a lot.
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Reply By: oz doc - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 08:00

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 08:00
If you are on a budget - see if you can buy an ex hire ct. I believe some companys will sell them reasonably priced after 1-2 years service. It doesn't have to be brand new. That way you also see how they hold up with usage and what sort of life you are going to get from them.
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Reply By: cackles - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 09:49

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 09:49
friends have a castaway and seem pretty happy with it, I havn't had a good look at it myself though.
we have a trackabout and love it so they are worth a look too, look at their specials page here,trackabout specials

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Reply By: guzzi - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 11:39

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 11:39
I have a Lifestyle Explorer + and I'm very happy with it.
The Explorer 360 is a level up from mine.
I looked at the castaways and wasn't impressed, others think they're great. I went Lifestyle for the quality of his canvas work, the many small good ideas they employ, grommets on wiring, grease fittings on all moveable doors and suspension, reinforced frame corners that hold up the tent, height of the tent for hot weather, trailer powder coated etc etc etc.
Take a trip to the factory and talk to John they'll take you through the entire build and show you what they do, then go and see some of the others and make your mind up from there.
They are on of the better mid priced trailers IMO you wont be sorry if you buy one. It took me 3 years to make up my mind between Lifestyle and the 4 others I was looking at.
Have a look at this site for a few more manufactures and camper trailer info http://www.campertrailers.org/
Happy hunting.
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Follow Up By: guzzi - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 11:42

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 11:42
Should have also mentioned we have 2 kids and the 12ft tent and annex. Lots of room when its all setup.
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Follow Up By: Moose - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 14:41

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 14:41
Second the Lifestyle.
Sturdy, well made, good price (or was when I bought - not sure on current pricing).
Perhaps a tad on the heavy side (consequence of real off-road capabilities).
Didn't like the stiff springing and amended myself. I think they now offer a new type of suspension which may be softer. I like the wheels to move up and down, not the whole trailer.
Has been through plenty of 4WD stuff and survived unscathed.
Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenagers). Standard size tent (9ft I think) - plenty of room for 2 stretchers for the kids but luckily both aren't 6ft tall or else their stretchers would be a problem.
Easy to erect and fold up - so long as you're not using the awning because that takes a bit longer sue to more poles.
We've permanently attached the awning and it just folds over the roof when we don't need it. Just use a couple of occky straps to keep it in place. Folds up easily with rest of canvas.
Cheers from the Moose
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 13:04

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 13:04
I would be leaning towards a second hand soft floor camper. The soft floor have a lot more room than hard floor. There are many around but the main two that i am familiar with are cameron and cavalier.

The only thing to do really is keep looking around. Make sure the trailer is good, the bed is big enough for the adults and there is enough room for the kids mattresses on the floor.

Other extras like kitchens, gas bottles etc etc can always be made and added on after. If you are handy with a drill then you will save a lot doing it yourself. As long as the basic set up is good you will be alright. Good quality canvas work is a must.

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Reply By: lc_120man - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 17:11

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 17:11
It depends on your budget and your requirements... There are
plenty of camper trailers out there...

http://www.campertrailers.org/ all camper trailer manufactures...

I got Tambo Cooper and happy with it -Tambo Cooper

You might want to rent some camper trailers out first to see what
you like/dislike etc..

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Reply By: Member - Bushpig - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 18:21

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 18:21
Go here www.capertrailers.org Everything you ever wanted to know can be answered by these knowledgeable people.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bushpig - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 18:22

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 18:22
Camper trailer website.
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Reply By: Hadleys - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 19:49

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008 at 19:49
We have two girls 8 & 11 and purchased a Tambo Cooper 2 years ago , plenty of room , can't fault it ! Kimberly trip this June / July.
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