Pop Top Caravan Advice

Hi there, I'm new at the trekking game, and want to do offroad trekking without going to a campervan, rather a pop top caravan, can anyone advise which is the better (offroad that is) a Jayco or Coromal?
thanks very much
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:30

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:30
Coromal .......... Jayco is mainly " Friday afternoon models " Only my opinion.Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: TD100 - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:48

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:48
that 200 was at the van and camping show.as for the jayco/coromal question---the coromal is probably a better van,i have only looked briefly at them,i hav a 9 month old jayco pop top,they are definitely slapped together but with a bit of TLC on my behalf it is now a really good van.lots and lots cheaper than the others but thats the trade off.each to there own.cheers Paul
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Reply By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:54

Monday, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:54
We had a Coromal - bought new in 2000 and just sold. Family members have had Coromal's and Jayco's also. I think Jayco design (especially chassis and layout) is superior. Build quality of our Coromal was very disappointing in some respects but we had 22000km / 160 nights of trouble free use (on road). Jayco's have been well criticised for quality issues but my family experience is that they rectify issues without argument. Search this and other caravan sites - you will find some telling experiences (e.g. Coromal vs off road use, on this site during this last year). Personally though, I wouldn't touch either of these now - I had a really careful look at lots of brands at this years caravan & camping show and I think many brands out there are doing a much better job. Just my opinion. JD
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Reply By: balko - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 07:56

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 07:56
Have a look at supreme getaways ive got the older steel model. Its not light for a poptop. But is unbreakable so far. Its a 16ft with a shower and toillet and a fold away bunk bed that i built for our 4yo it suits us fine. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 08:01

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 08:01
I repaired caravans for over twenty years and found Jayco and Coromal build very sadly. I wouldn't take any of them off road.
In the last Caravan show I had a closer look at the Juergens vans from South Africa and feel they are more suitable to go bush.
It all depends to on what you call off road. I have seen campers doing 100 plus on bad roads towing caravans and wonder why they fall apart. A camper trailer has a greater chance to survive bad roads than a Caravan.

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Reply By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:21

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:21
How could you even consider a caravan when the manufacturer will only warrant the sealant he uses on the roof for 12 months. Mr Jayco put a complete NEW roof on my poptop 2 and a half years ago after a hailstorm. We had to wait about 4 months for the roof to come from the factory. When it leaked during the rain in January this year he informed me that it was my responsibility to check the roof regularly for deterioration in the sealant and it was only warranted for 12 months.

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Reply By: Nomad 34 - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:56

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:56
When we were looking for a windup caravan we hired a Jayco to see what they were like. In the caravan park where we were staying was a Coromal windup. When compairing the two, the Coromal was much better built. We have now owned a Coromal offroad 422 since Christmas 2007 and found it's very good for us. We have only taken it on graded gravel roads which it handles fine, only a small amount of dust entered. Next time I take it on gravel, I will cover up the fridge vents. I feel it would hold up to a small amount of rough terrain at slow speeds, but it's only early days.

Regards Nomad34
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