Supreme & Roadstar Caravans

Submitted: Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 13:20
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I am looking at the Supreme Territory and Roadstar Dreamtime Cruiser or Daintree model vans. I have a specific layout that I am looking at (Queen bed at one end, and Ensuite and double bunks at the other) - the idea is to remove the bunks and build an office at that end of the van. The van will be my home hopefully for the next 10 years at least (health permitting).

I am looking at the Territory as an off road type van, and the Safari package on the Roadstars for the same reason. For serious off road stuff, we will park the van and tent it.

My question is, does anyone have experience with recently built examples of these vans? I believe the quality of manufacture is probably not as good as it was a few years ago. All comments welcome.

Thank you
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Reply By: xtragrouse - Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 13:22

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 13:22
Sorry for the duplication of thread people - was trying to get it into the caravan area - guess it all comes out in the wash....
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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 14:11

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 14:11
I have a 2008 Supreme Territory and prior to purchase I had similar
concerns but contacted Supreme in Melbourne and they were only to happy to show my wife and I over their manufacturing factory and address any queries we raised. Suggest you may also like to do this particularly when your spending a large amount of money the cost of a a trip to Melbourne is nothing. I am unaware where Roadstar are situated or if they offer the same service. Roadstar .
Brgds
Gary
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 19:52

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 19:52
Roadstar are also in Melbourne

Specifically here

Roadstar Industries Pty Ltd
Address: 260 Hume Highway
Somerton
Melbourne VIC 3062
AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 3 9305 5633
Fax: +61 3 9305 5737
email: sales@roadstar.com.au
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 19:53

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 19:53
Read up on it here

http://www.roadstar.com.au/dreamtime.asp
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Follow Up By: xtragrouse - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 12:07

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 12:07
Hi Sprint

When did you take delivery of your van, and what are your impressions now that you have had it for a little while - or is it too early to tell?

Cheers
Laurie
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Follow Up By: xtragrouse - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 12:14

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 12:14
G'day Graham H

Thanks for the link, but am specifically looking for owners, who can give an after market opinion, not a sales pitch.

We have looked at the vans closely, but it's how they stack up 12-18 months later when they have been "tested" and loosened up a bit that I am interested in. They are all good straight off the showroom floor.

cheers
Laurie
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 17:37

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 17:37
Was just posting links as the previous poster didnt know they were in Melbourne.
I have a 4 yr old Voyager 4000 21ft and havent had any problems with it.
Apart from building rather heavy vans Roadstars seem to be Ok. Have recently had the ATM recertified from 2564 to 2800kg without problems.
From what I have seen at a local caravan repairer I wouldnt say that they are ALL good off the floor at all.
Especially after seeing an almost new van with the whole thing having to be resealed and have a new rear put into it due to water getting in right from day one and rotting the cardboard, yes cardboard honeycombing in the rear wall
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Follow Up By: xtragrouse - Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 01:13

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 01:13
Hi Graham

Yes, that was a general comment re "good off the floor" :-)

The caravan repairer is the guy to have a chat with obviously - I have spoken to mechanics to find outabout certain vehicles weaknesses before purchasing in the past, so who better than the guy who has to fix them - thanks for the tip.

Do you use your van on a regular basis, or on a per trip basis? I intend to live in mine for at least 10 years if my health stays good, and I can win an oil well in Lotto :-)

Please tell me about ATM certification - what does it entail and entitle me to do?

thanks
Laurie
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 17:59

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 17:59
I upped the ATM to the maximum allowable because the van had added to it afterwards 2 batteries and 2 solar panels

When I weighed it when I bought it the Tare was 140kg more than the plate. This then only gave me 264kg for my allowable load.
By getting it recertified I can now have 500kg load in it and still be legal. Cost me $475 well spent.
I wont be living in mine for 10years. Will be lucky to last that long and we have only used it for a week or so at a time but are setting off hopefully shortly on the trip around the big block.
Not my idea of a permanent home Im afraid
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Follow Up By: xtragrouse - Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 23:50

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 23:50
Thanks for your thoughts Graham

Hope to meet you on the road someday

cheers
Laurie
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Reply By: Member - Tom V (WA) - Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 15:57

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 15:57
don't jayco make something similar, think it's called, basestation ??
not sure if they have an offroad version. ???
cheers Tom
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Follow Up By: xtragrouse - Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 23:52

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 23:52
Thanks Tom

Will have a look at it

Cheers
Laurie
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