Submitted: Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 21:12
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Purchased a tvan recently and whilst really enjoying the benefit of being able to go anywhere our 4wd will go, can anybody tell us how the shade sail fits on the van. We know how the annex fits but the sail has got us stumped. Also is there a tvan club or association?
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Reply By: Member - keith P (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 21:33

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 21:33

congratulations on purchasing a Tvan. here is the Tvan group. and youl find lots of great info about the trailer here.

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Reply By: Krakka - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 05:22

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 05:22
Howdy Ross, we also purchased a T Van in the last 12 months, also haven't mastered the shade sail yet. The pictures in the manual are not very clear. Spoke to the Track Trailer sales person at the Adelaide Show and he said you remove the carribaneer off of the tent, attatch it to the shade sail and then attatch that to the black plastic thingy where the spreader bar attatches to the van when putting up the annexe. The spreader that comes out at 90deg to the van. Have not tried it yet.
Good luck Krakka
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Reply By: Member - John G- Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:06

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:06
G'day Ross

The yahoo group is the way to go. We have an older model Tvan with nylon toggle-type pins on the roof instead of the runner that is on the newer models. Fitting the sail is a breeze.

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Follow Up By: Lachie - Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 15:54

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 15:54
How do you go getting in and out of bed ? Tested one out at a show and hit my head.
How do you fined it when sleeping on a hot night
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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 20:44

Thursday, Jun 19, 2008 at 20:44
G'day Lachie

We sleep with our heads at the tent end.

You are right - some flexibility is required and it helps if you have the last beer before the evening meal. It is achievable tho'. We are in our mid 60s and reckon we can cope for another few years before we will need to change to something different. It's not an issue that has ever lead us to think we made a dud choice.

Re hot nights. We travelled W Qld in March / April 2007 with temps up to 33 in the day and probably 20-25 at night on some nights. We sleep with the roof vents open and both tent doors and rear window open. We were also out and about on Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas during SA's hot spell in March this year, with one day at 42 at Coffin Bay NP and a 39 day at Marion Bay. It was fine for sleeping altho' Tvan was not in the direct sun all day. The fibre glass hull does not seem to retain the heat.


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Follow Up By: Lachie - Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 09:56

Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 09:56
Thank you for your reply.
I have been checking the Tvans out and also the Australian Off Road camper trailers.
We have had a Trak Shak for about 8 yrs and as the kids have gone are looking for something smaller and easier to set up.
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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:26

Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:26
G'day again Lachie

We've had out Tvan for four years and have not had any trouble other than having to replace the nylon toggles used to attach the annex to the roof. It's a great unit.

The only minor negative - our annex is a pain in the bum to erect if we are only staying one night somewhere, but is well worth the effort (only about 35mins anyway) for longer stays. The current annex is 100% improvement on our's.

We wished we had got the on-board battery charger but we subsequently bought a CTEK charger, and we put a 100A AGM battery on the front to replace the standard battery. We've also been in a couple of spots where the Maco Mule ratchet jockey wheel that is now available would have saved a lot of strain.

We took three years to make up our minds about what trailer we wanted, and have a friend in Qld who kept talking Trak Shak to us. They are good. Given the cost of the current Tvan, and assuming that your Trak Shak is in good nick, there's a lot you could do with the probable $25K plus changeover dollars, particularly with the increasing cost of fuel.

Good luck with the decision-making

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