camper trailer

Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:38
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Hi All

I started to look at camper trailers and have started to go mad with all the choices. All the choices from $5000.00 to $50,000.00. Are the Kimberley kampers and ultimate as good as they claim? I have seen others like Trek shak, Trekabout etc. Where do I start?

I want a trailer big enough for a family of 5, towed by a NM Pajero. want 4x4 capabiltiy and maybe some customer work to fit 5 push bikes. I'm in Sydney, will travel to get the right set up.

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Confused Mick
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Reply By: On Patrol (East Coast) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:53

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:53
MJS71
$50000 is a shyte load of hard earned cash, $5000 and you get what you pay for!!!! In between is a huge array of very good campers.

Do a list of what you want/need and "weed out" the brands that dont meet that requirment, this will narrow the field by half.

Then set a budget based on the knowledge of prices in the remainin filed, this will narrow the field again.

Check the pros & cons of the remaining trailers, talk to owners on forums etc. this will possibly narrow the field down to about 6 or so trailers.

Now you know what you want, how they compare, and how they look etc, let your heart do the rest secure in the knowledge that the final choice will be right for you.

Too big is fine for a large family but heavy to tow, too small will annoy you at some time down the track on a hot day in cramped conditions.

This subject could be best covered in a book.

Colin
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:29

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:29
Good respnse Colin and sensible advice. Just glad that you got your response in ahead of the "Buy the one I've got" crowd.

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY (VIC) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:30

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:30
Gday
Buy the one we use, it's called "the Hilton" wife loves it.
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Follow Up By: MJS71 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:40

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:40
Thanks Colin.

Some interesting points. Money is not a real issue, I want the best, but it must be practical, the point you made about cramped conditions is a good one.
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Follow Up By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:52

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:52
If you want the best it would have to be a choice between Ultimate, Odyssey or Tvan I would think in my opinion.

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Glen
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Reply By: Member - Ken R (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:53

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:53
Mick
Check out Adventure Camper Trailers NSW agent in Dubbo.
Might suit your requirements, we are happy with ours.

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Reply By: Bretterson - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:54

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:54
Gday Mick,

you may want to check these out as well, have been through them at shows, great bang for the buck

http://www.cubcampers.com.au
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Reply By: spot5 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:57

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 09:57
Mick,
I have one for sale. It has 2 bike racks plus lots more. Will seep 5.
You can view it on www.rv.com.au. (add 5997)

Cheers,
Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:35

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:35
seep 5, mmmmmmmmmmm, LOL
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:01

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:01
Know the feeling - suggest you need to concentrate on your "formula" first - look at manufacturers after that stage - ID your storage needs and how much room you need for 'living and cooking in' etc. while camped......plus the terrain you might want to cover ....... with that out of the way, I suggest you'll be able to eliminate a lot of types you see and home in on a smaller group.
The hardfloor / flip overs like the KK (quite a few others too) are fast to set up and knock down, but only offer the room you'll probably need with a lot of canvas zipping, poling and pegging. As I understand it, the Trakshak and the Adventure types have a lot more room for kids and the setup / knock down is ok.
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Follow Up By: MJS71 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:43

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:43
Thanks for the advice on the trak shak
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:15

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:15
Mick
From your comments you obvioulsy haven't done anywhere near enough research. Your comments indicate that your research has been shallow at best. Suggest you do a heap more and when you've seriously narrowed it down a bit then start asking about people's experiences with particular models. Have you had a look up top under Topics? Have you done a search on this site? -because there have been stacks of posts on CTs.
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Follow Up By: MJS71 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:22

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:22
Shollow, hey! Thanks for your words of support.
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Reply By: Coolup - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:25

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:25
Hi Mick
We have a camprite campertrailer and find it is great with family of 4. They are made in W.A. but if you look up there website I'm sure there is agents in the east.They do bike racks if needed .
At the moment we tow ours with a NJ pajero and it will happily go where ever the car will take it .
cheers Stuart.
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Reply By: Member - Mark H (VIC) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:00

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:00
Gday Mick,

When we were looking last year we basically wanted a tough camper, lots of load space and one where the kids sleep off the ground too.

If you have looked inside a Kimberley or other hard floor trailers you will notice they're not too big inside and if you put kids bunks on the floor, there's not much room left. Yes you can add rooms etc on. To me they're basically designed for 2 people and for this they are perfect. On our current trip we saw a family with a Kimberley and they had the kids in a dome tent so that's another option.

Most of the soft floor trailers only have one double bed off the ground so the kids are on bunks or on the floor. You can go as big as you like with the size of the tent with some of these.

For us it boiled down to the Track Shak and Camprite, both having beds off the ground for the whole family. We went for the Trak Shak because because it met our requirements above and there is heaps of space inside if you get crappy weather without having to add any rooms etc on. Important if you have bored kids! The Camprite may not have the space (without any add-ons) but there's no canvas/tent on the ground that gets wet. On our current trip (4+ months) we have had to wait for the floor to dry when packing up quite a few times. So pros and cons for both.

As mentioned above, write down what you need and for what price you realistically want to pay and start looking around. Going into big caravan parks is a start because you can talk to owners, not salespeople. After thinking a Trak Shak was for us, talking to a family in a park settled it for us.

Using the search function on this site will help too.

Good luck.

Mark.
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Follow Up By: MJS71 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:36

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:36
Thanks.

I did notice that about the KK and also the ultimate Camper. Good points about the weather and wet canvas, thanks Mark.
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Reply By: Willb - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:47

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:47
Hi MJS71,
3 years ago my family, 2A, 3C went from Sydney to Birdsville via Haddons Corner. '99 Jackaroo T/D
We hired a camper trailer from Challenge camper trailers at Rydalmere.
It might suite to hire a particular style of camper for a week or so to see if that styles suites you and your family before parting with the hard earned cash.
The one we hired did the job for us.
link here.
Challenge camper trailers

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Follow Up By: On Patrol (East Coast) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:10

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:10
I agree on the Challenge CT as I settled on that one too.
Colin
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Reply By: Member - John M (QLD) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:47

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:47
Mick, check out my camper 4 sale in trader section, lifestyle camper would suit you and your family........cheers john
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Reply By: Adrian Watt - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 13:17

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 13:17
Try this website. www.myswag.org
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Reply By: Member - Greg O (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 13:35

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 13:35
G'Day Mike,

Just did the same exercise and have a family of 5 (kids 7,4,2). Heading off for 5mths and bought a Camprite from WA. Got it three weeks ago and it is awesome.

We are in Sydney so if you want to check it out let me know.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:24

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:24
Hi Mick,

Another vote here for the Camprite. I used to have an offroad van but changed to the Camprite to get on the tighter offroad tracks.

You can get double bunks for the single beds in the Camprite (sleep 6) along with bike racks. I have had mine for ~16 months now and my BIL picked his up his own Camprite 4 months ago after seeing ours in action for a while.

All campers are a compromise but I have found the Camprite compromises suit us best.

Cheers

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:44

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:44
Here is a link to most manufacturers products:-

Campertrailers.Org

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Follow Up By: MJS71 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:19

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:19
good web site. Thanks for tip.
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Reply By: Elsewhere9 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 20:15

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 20:15
Hi Mick,

It really comes down to your own individual requirements and preferences. We started with a softfloor, and then after 3 years, really knew what we wanted and went to a hard floor. We have 2 children, and this influenced our decision.

We now have an Aussie Swag and have never looked back. It suits our needs, great quality, and has shown itself to be tough and go anywhere a campertrailer can go, and towed with an 2.8TD Pajero.

Check ours out at Our Aussie Swag. Do your research, then make your decision to meet YOUR requirements. The Campertrailer Group and Forum are a great resource.

Good Luck,
Greg
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Reply By: Outa Bounds - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 08:23

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 08:23
5 kids! I'd be getting a nice compact camper for Mum & Dad & the kids can go in a tent LOL!

We've got two (little) kids and didn't find the Adventure big enough (without setting up extra rooms etc, the awning hardly had enough room to shelter 3 people from the weather when one was cooking), but they may have changed and improved it since 2006. Nothing against Adventure of course, it's purely personal experience & preference.

Next we had (or still have but selling at the moment) an All Terrain Camper (chose it over the Complete Campsite - we thought the complete's roof was too high for our liking and it was a bit more pricey). For us it's the ideal camper, but again 5 kids would probably be too much a squeeze without setting up additional rooms (however 2 sets of bunks are easily doable in the 17ft tent).

Research Research & Research, there are certainly lots out there so bound to be something suitable. But certainly take advice on board more so from people who have a family size similar to yourself, I'm sure they will be wiser than the rest of us.
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Follow Up By: MJS71 - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 09:34

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 09:34
Thanks for the info. I should clarify that the family is 5 in total 3 kids, the boss and myself. I'm sorry of my description gave the impression of 5 kids, 3 drive me made, could not image 5.

The boss wants a hard floor camper, to ensure the are off the floor and a bit more "comfort".

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Follow Up By: Krakka - Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 13:12

Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 13:12
"The boss wants a hard floor camper"
Boss has just made life easier for you, and got rid of about 70% of the market. There are many hard floor campers to suit your needs. A couple of things to consider are:

Are the kids going to be camping with you for long? ie, are they younger or older, maybe wont be camping with mum and dad for much longer.

Are you going to camp in one spot for a period of time, or are you going to be on the move daily? Set up, pull down.

Some hard floors, eg Ultimate, which I like very much, you have to pack the bed up every time you move on, where as others eg Cub, T van, you can leave the bed made up each time you move.

Personally we have a T van and we are very happy, but it really is only for 2 people.

Someone suggested you buy a top camper for you and the BOSS, and buy a dome tent for the kids.
Thats the way I would go.

Cheers Krakka
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Reply By: MJS71 - Friday, May 30, 2008 at 19:27

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 19:27
Guys and Girls have looked at a few hard floor campers now. I like the Cub Drover. Any comments about this camper. I like it's size, and basic inclustions.
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 00:44

Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 00:44
Probably better to start a new post on this one.
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