Buying New Family Van

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:30
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We are looking at Buying a NEW 3 Bunk Shower/Toilet Family Van I've looked at a lot at Caulfield Show and now need to sift through We liked the Coromal, Crusader and Roma Could any one offer feedback
Much Appreciated Danny
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:34

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:34
What sort of roads are you going on , ie offroad / dirt roads / only black top???.....silverback....ps which state?
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Follow Up By: DanKat - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:43

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:43
Sorry... Bit more info..
We are looking at going around Aus for at least 12 mths (See how money goes).
Mainly looking at bituam use but might be some dirt road no 4wd use. (Will maybe use tent and 4wd if needed.)
Thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:56

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:56
How many persons?....12 months in a tent!!?? ..which state are you from?(a common prob)....silverback
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:13

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:13
I would look at the new Track Trailer caravan if you can wait. I would think you could sell it second hand in a flash when the time comes. Just my opinion....silverback
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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:28

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:28
Is there an on-suite model in development?
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:50

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:50
Check thread 56942....silverback
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:41

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:41
As a general rule, you will get what you pay for. The three you have mentioned are good solid vans. There are plenty of other choices (as you no doubt discovered!).

You gotta price range in mind?



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Follow Up By: DanKat - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:44

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 15:44
Thanks
50,000 -60,000k
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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:01

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:01
O/K, I think your final decision will come down to personal choice on layout and features. All the mid-range vans in that price range offer much the same stuff & options underneath (chassis, suspension etc).

As DavidP mentioned/asked, the type of roads you are planning on traveling will determine the undercarriage options you may need.
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:20

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:20
HI Danny,

You didn't say if you had a budget in mind but if you can afford the $'s consider Future Systems, Evernew or Baroma. These are smaller manufacturers of high quality and may not be at the shows. IMHO they are in the top end of the range of vans available (built) in Australia. I have an Evernew on road van and its an excellent van. But these will cost you more - or you could find a good second hand one (some retirees buy new, do one lap around Aus then sell)
Good luck with what ever you buy - and enjoy
Cheers,
Glen
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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:13

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:13
Glen/Dannny,
After seeing first hand a new Boroma (Delivered new Nov 07) and the number of faults (some major) it as had and is still having IMHO I would not touch one with a bar of soap. Quality control is no existant.

Also be aware of any manufacturer that is a member of the RVMAA. They are an old boys club that cover each others ass.

Regards,
Camwill69
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Reply By: Racey - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:22

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:22
Would have a Coramal as a gift. A friend had 2, the 2nd being a buy back deal to get over the faults in the first. After the cupboards stated to come off the wall and the A/C mounting started to press on the roof, he sold it in less than 2 years. We have a 19ft Evernew, which are custom made vans. You deal direct with the factory and you may be surprised what you can get in the price range . Evernew are in Bell street Heidelburg.

Cheers

Racey
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Reply By: Member - len W SWANSEA (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:28

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:28
ill put in a vote for Evernew as well mine is 25 years old and still going strong (built like a brick $#@! house ) and i built viscounts for 16 years a 100 years ago .................. len
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:30

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:30
Totally agree with the evernew and baroma comments but unfortunately they are WAY out of his price range.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:42

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:42
Danny, my thoughts are always - why buy new?

Like a car that once out of the car lot it has depreciated to second hand price - same thing happens with caravans. For your dollars, you may get better value on the second hand market. Also any problems (and this does happen) would have been ironed out by the previous owners. All is well if they fix the fault to your satisfaction - but not much comfort if you are in Central Australia when something goes wrong. Also, if the design does not suit you (as you can't try-before-you-buy), you can sell a second hand one for similar, but will have lost a lot with a new one. These days many people get a caravan to do the big lap for one or two years, then sell as soon as they get home and back to work. We have bought pre-loved vans twice, and would definitely do so again if up-sizing.

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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:14

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:14
Howdy, I agree with your comments. My wife & I are new to the caravanning world, having bought our first van three years ago, a 98 model 16 foot pop top which we paid $18000.00 for. We thought it was the "ants Pants" & would suit our needs forever. But a bit of exposure to the caravanning world soon changed our minds!!
We have just updated to a 2004 model which has a number of features ( thunder box, shower, Hot water system & an air conditioner etc.)
We traded our first van & got $16500.00 for it, so the "loss" of $500 per year is insignificant when we take into account the great times we & our family got out of it.

Had we have bought new three years ago, the financial difference would have been much more & maybe would have deterred us from changing over. I think the same principle applies if you are a first timer, regardless of whether you are looking at a $20K or a $70K van. Just my opinion.
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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 20:18

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 20:18
hi Dunkat
I have a 1990 COROMAL Pop top low line and it is just terrific. I spent some $ on the brakes and wheels and the coupling we have replaced the Fridge with a later model and replaced the foam in the cushions , replaced the bed base with a later model gas trut storage \model . it Tracks behind the vehicle with its Independent Suspension very well but I did replace the springs with up graded springs.we found the caravan in Port Lincoln which we liked it straight away we have spent $5000.00 ON IT to bring it up to today. My Wife made new curtains and bed spread and it is just like a new one. It is well under the Price of a new one. we will be taking it on Out back roads with Corrugated Roads but we will be not travelling at 120 ks
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Reply By: aka - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 08:36

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 08:36
If you live in MELBOURNE I would only buy a van built there if you have any problems it is a lot easier to get them fixed before you start your journey
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Reply By: gmac - Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 14:07

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 at 14:07
Have a look at a Nova. Just been down the track and looked at all types of vans up to 60k.Found these where best quality build.Just done trip W.A. to N.S.W. Very happy with van.Went for semi off road pack.They are a bit heavier than the norm however this equates to solider build.
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