Trak Shak

Submitted: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 15:17
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Who here own's a new Trak Shak, I have been back through a ll the old threads but wan't to hear from people who actually own a china made camper.

I love the Concept and happy to fork out the money but am a little concerned about the durability being a chinese made camper.

Cheers Ricky
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 15:22

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 15:22
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talk to Richo7. I bet he's a member here anyway with another Nom de Net.

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Follow Up By: Richo (SA) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:49

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:49
Hey Rookie et al,

We just picked up our new "Chinese Made" - read the welder had different shaped eyes to an Aussie welder - Trak Shak and are extremely happy with it and the build quality!

They have a very thorough QC procedure which I was personally involved with and can't recommend the high level of service enough.

I think some people need to get over the "Chinese Made" thing. Companies have a reputation and are keen to maintain this in a positive light.

The Trak Shak are really good value for money when you get a good deal and the big size suits our purposes perfectly.

We got a really good deal and had the solar system included which works beautifully.

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Follow Up By: Richo (SA) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:52

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:52
Hey Gone Bush - no good posting a link to LCOOL unless the viewer is a member.

Some pics and write up here on my blog of my 200 and the Trak Shak
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (QLD) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:56

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:56
Richo, if "They have a very thorough QC procedure which I was personally involved with ", then what is your affiliation with the company?

Just curious.

Geoff
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Follow Up By: Richo (SA) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 19:03

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 19:03
No affiliation whatsoever.

By 'personal' I meant that I was in the factory as they checked over the camper. They thoroughly went through all the operational items with me and checked over all the nuts/bolts/welds etc.

Read my blog and you'll understand why I was there doing this.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 22:51

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 22:51
Had a look at your blog Richo.

That's one cute little baby you've got.

Obviously takes after her Mum.

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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:07

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:07
Good to hear Richo, glad your happy with your purchase mate! I had heard a lot of negatives about the new one's but never anything from an owner.

Cheers Ricky
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:23

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:23
Hey Richo I have a few questions about the Trak Shak I would rather email, if thats OK can you shoot me an email on rouge5@bigpond.com

cheers
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:44

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:44
Richo also how do you find the Solar set up, does it keep up with the 2 fridges??
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Follow Up By: Richo (SA) - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 16:53

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 16:53
Solar set up is great. 3 x 84Watt panels easily keep both fridges running, charge the battery in the camper, run the Engel in the car and charge the aux battery in the car.
So....no probs at all.
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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 16:34

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 16:34
We have an Aussie made Trak Shak but I'm not to sure about the Chinese made ones.

Trak Shak got taken overs about 3 years ago and the new owner...well you get my drift.

Very hard to deal with now and I think there product is OVER PRICED.

The were originally made and based in Adelaide but about 6 months ago they moved there head office to somewhere in NSW.

I think for $30,000 there is better and Aussie made.

Try Trak Trailers.



Regards Richard
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:07

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:07
You mean Trak Trailer as in the comapany that makes T-van?
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:26

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:26
Rookie,

We are not talking about Trak trailers. They I think are made in Victoria. The Trak Shak is a camper trailer made in Adelaide.

Yours is a common mistake.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:45

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:45
I know we were talking about trak shak, Richard has advised me to try trak trailers. The only trak trailers I can find is the maker of T-van???
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 17:52

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 17:52
No I was talking about Trak Trailers who make the T Van.
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 08:03

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 08:03
Trak trailers don't really make anything like the trak shak???
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Reply By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 17:33

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 17:33
G'day Ricky,

Today I checked out a camper trailer made by a company in Clare, South Australia.

They are just getting started and if they can keep up the good work, I believe will make a dent in the camper trailer market.

Google 'Discover Campers' and have a look.

The website is still under construction but at least you can email them for additional information.

Quality appears to be very good and a lot of attention to detail.

--no affiliation/association etc etc, just call it as I see it.


Cheers
Michael
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:10

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:10
They look good, the design of the trailer actually looks better than the Trak Shak, I have emailed them for some more info. The only down fall for me is they are in Adelaide and I'm in Hervey Bay, Trak Shak will be in Brisbane next month for the Caravans and Camping Show so I can sus them out there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:18

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:18
Just for info,

The owners brother was parked in front of our business, in fact the family came in to do some shopping, and being the nosy type
I asked about the camper.

Jason was obliging enough to give me a fairly good look at the camper. They are touring for the next few weeks so it was packed to the hilt, who knows you might even spot them in Hervey Bay.

Failing that I might be able to arrange a delivery.....for a small fee..lol lol

If the remainder of his campers keep up to the 'apparent' good quality of this one it would/should do well..

Cheers
Michael
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:29

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:29
It's not the delivery, I would be more than happy to make the trip to pick it up but it's looong way to go just to have a look before making a decision to buy one.
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:03

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 18:03
We have a Aussie made one. I had a look at a Chinese version at Wilsons Prom over Xmas. Paint was peeling on the metalwork and there were big patches of rust. Looked very poor for $25k. However, if you go to the campertrailers.org website and join the Yahoo group there are a few people with Chinese ones that have either had no problems or had early issues fixed. Functionally they are almost identical to the Aussie versions so you could save many thousands by buying one that's pre-2005 and be absolutely confident that it will have just as much life in it as a new one (most TSs seem to have very caring owners!). Problem is finding a used one.

Adrian
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 13:03

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 13:03
Your spot on finding one is the problem, there a few about for $18k + without fridges and generators, so by the time you add those options you are in the low to mid $20's. I think I would preffer to spend the little ectra for a new one.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:25

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:25
Do it man Do it.

Matt
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Reply By: Member - Matthew C - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:04

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:04
Yeah ive got a 04/2008 TRAK SHAK just come back from eight days camping at warroora station in north WA, it is BLOODY fantastic for our family of four and two dogs.

Not sure about durability but they are well built,fairly well finished off.Just remember they are serious offroad trailers and if you want to treat it like a palace then this is probably not the trailer for you.

I haven't fouind any faults with ours yet , but its only new and they may come.I am off again in 5 weeks for another 8 day fishing trip to the same place but with just the boys going this time and we plan to sleep 6 inside comforatbly.

Anyway not sure what state youre oin but if youre in WA come and have a look if you want.

Matt
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:13

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:13
Thanks for the offer Matt but I am in Hervey Bay, anyone in SE QLD would be great to hear from. I am after a heavy duty trailer thats why I questioned the durability. We are planning on doing Tassie next year, the Cape and Gulf 2010, Kimberlys 2011. So my concern is will it hold up to the task.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:49

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:49
I know it doesn't help you with the chinese question but I have a 1996 model which needs a little cosmetic cleanup but other than that is still in great condition.

It has done lots of miles and been lots of places that many people reckon you can't take a trailer but you can if you have the right trailer.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:53

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 21:53
Well said these trailers look like (still to test mine) they will travel to most places my fourby will.

Matt
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:31

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:31
The best thing is they share the same wheel track as my GU Patrol, a good thing for beach camping and most of our long weekends are spent at the beach.
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Reply By: Musictomyeyes - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 23:27

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 23:27
Hi Ricky,

I have a Chinese made trak shak - Made in Oct 2006.

I've replied to a couple of these Made in China Trak Shak threads now......and been following these threads for ages.

My reading of the situation is this.

Some of the made in China Trak shaks have had early problems......which seems to be fixed now. I have read of rust being a problem, but someone posted that a different grade of steel is now being used.....someone else reported holes in canvas which was fixed by manufacturer.


I bought my camper 2nd hand, 10 months old, and 'as new.'
Was used 4 times only. I'm not having problems with rust and the canvas is great. I have been through some torrential downpours without leaks (once the canvas was seasoned).


The trak shak design has been around now for quite a long time, and has been refined and improved over the years. There are lots of positive testimonials, most of which will read something like this:

*Love the interior space, especially on rainy days, when everyone can be inside together without living on top of each other and feeling cramped.
*Tows well, handles rough roads with ease.
*Huge storage area for gear
*Boat rack/roof rack very handy for hauling extra gear or tinny.
*Kitchen unit, while looking basic, is very functional and flexible.
*People can't help but watch the thing being set up and are amazed at how spacious it is, and then how small it packs away.
*Lightweight compared to some trailers - About 800kg unladen, and around 1100-1200 kg fully laden.
*high level of standard extras - including annex flyscreen, windbreak, independant suspension, electric brakes,12v system, boat rack, 2 fridges, kitchen, stone deflector, storage tubs, 2 queen size beds.

My personal belief is that they are a bit over priced when new (as are a lot of campers) - but there are very few alternatives when looking for campers with this range of features. (That's why I bought second hand.) So you either pay up for the features you like, buy second hand, or shop for something else.

For the money, I would have liked to have seen a good interior lighting system and powdercoating (instead of paint) and charging system.

In my opinion, the quality of a Chinese made model is not an issue.

I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a camper with a lot of interior living space and storage space. It's comfortable, reliable, spacious and has made going away camping a lot more fun. My wife and my kids love it. Can't see myself going back to a tent again.

If you are in Melbourne, you're welcome to come and have a look.

Eugene
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 00:11

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 00:11
Eugene

Very good write up there and the points you referred to about lighting and charging system is spot on.

I am in the process of fitting a charging system with 240v inlet and GPO's at the rear (inside) to reduce the need for power boards etc when 240v is required inside.

We went through a very stormy torrential rain night at warra a few weeks ago and there was absolutely no leaks even for the first time out with the canvas.

Quick pic of it all setup.

MattImage Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:16

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:16
Thanks guy's this is the positive kind of feed back I was hoping to hear. The Shak looks like it will suit my needs the best, is it true they also come with a Honda generator too now, I am sure I read it somewhere but can't seem to recall where.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:05

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:05
Yes mine came with a brand new in the box Honda EU 2.0i.

Matt
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:10

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:10
Tahts another $2k of value, makes them look pretty hard to beat
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:58

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:58
Well look if your happy to pay the price for what you get then yes i think the price is OK.

I paid $28,500 and im happy.There was no other option that gave my kids there own space for sleeping ,clothes etc so they dont bloody fight.

Matt
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Follow Up By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:24

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:24
Matt did you get the Solar in that price??

I agree with the space thing I only have one kid now and we are planning on having another, so long term I think this will be the best option for me.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matthew C - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:02

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:02
Nah mate just the Honda gennie.

I wanted to use the space as a rack instead ,which is what you get if you dont get the solar panel.

Matt
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 06:48

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 06:48
Have an Oz made one and wanted some new struts, so I rang them up, in S.A.,,,,( why not ? I thought )


" we do not carry parts " was the answer,, I was bewildered, but managed to source the bits from elsewhere,,,,

What will happen if need some serious stuff like suspension bits and pieces ?

Not sure of that one ..
Cheers
Bucky
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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 09:19

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 09:19
should be re-badged "The Taj"......

will trying ringing ya one of these days bicky.....been uni busy!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:24

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:24
I have replaced shockie bushes on their own once and complete shockie replacement all parts were available from the local auto accessories shop.

Bushes cost about $15 and the pair of shockies about $90.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:32

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:32
Bicky ???

hey Lowra ! git ya speilling write !


Bye bye for now


Cheers

Bucky
BUCKY
Bucky

hehehehehehee

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:36

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:36
Been thru a few big storms,,
No wuckers with the Trak Shak, there are plenty of extra tie down points, to ensure you are still in one place in the morning

Gotta love that !

Cheers
Bucky
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Reply By: R00KIE - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:24

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 08:24
Thanks for all you reply's guys has answerd a lot of questions.

Cheers Ricky
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Reply By: Member - Mark H (VIC) - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 18:18

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 18:18
Hi Rookie,

I'm one of those guys who have questioned the new Trak Shaks, only because an owner of a new one dragged me over to have a look at holes in his canvas and rust on the boat rack - he wanted to know if this was normal. I have an Aussie made 2002 model.

The latest 4wd Action magazine has a write up on them and an owners point of view. They are happy with it but mentioned they have a warranty claim with TrakShak with rust on the stainless steel boat rack. Trak Shak have told him he may have to wait 12 months before they find a new supplier of better quality steel.

They're a great design, we love ours and have spent 4 and a bit months on the road with it and 2 more to go. I have no doubt the Chinese ones will continually get better, it's all trial and error when someone new takes over hey?

Cheers,

Mark.
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