t van

Submitted: Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 21:03
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anyone out there own a t van camper trailer....would love to know if you love it, or hate it....in the process of deciding what to buy.

Going from a 18 ft caravan ....want to go to some out of the way places.

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Reply By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 21:46

Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 21:46
go see Russell Guest in Vic and hire one for a week or so, friends just did that sfor the second time and shelled out close to 31000 to get one for their own self, suffice to say they are impressed.

All the bestSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Reply By: mickeymoto - Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 21:50

Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 21:50
thanks for your reply....live in qld ...closest hire is in Newcastle.

regards mick
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Follow Up By: kiwikruiser - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 14:20

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 14:20
We have a T/van. had it for 18 months now and have virtually been right around Australia with it . 40,000 kms we have slept in it for over 9 months. All outback travel Birdsville- oodnadatta-Tanami- Bungles- Gibb river- Roper to Normanton, Flinders, Kalgoolie - Meekatharra Perth and everything inbetween, still a lot to see. We live in New Zealand and travel to Aust for four - six week trips at a time then fly back to N.Z. for a few weeks then back to Aust again. T/van excellent, we dont take many good clothes with us. Two suitcases under bed, Travel with two lidded plastic bins strapped on the bed and two more on the floor with portipottie 4 more bins and fridge in back of cruiser with food and recovery gear and vehicle spares so only have the front seat usable.
Only problem so far is we did one shocker, tows unbelievably well. Very expensive for what they are BUT very good
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Follow Up By: mickeymoto - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 15:10

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 15:10
Thanks Kiwikruiser for your helpful information..much appreciated.

Wonder if they have the same good resale value the ultimate seems to have.

Mick Qld
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 23:02

Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 23:02
The TVan is tops. Picked mine up last February and apart from local overnights have enjoyed a 2 week holiday down to Kangaroo Island (Wagga Wagga's home).
Towing with 2.8 Patrol is a breeze and dirt roads, corrigations not a worry. Actually got better suspension than the Patrol. Camping is easy and quick though the annex would be a bother just for overnight, only set it up once to try it. Also have a sail for shade if required.
Leaving Robe entered Little Dip National Park and followed the coast with sand dunes and beach driving. At 16psi no problems.
Plenty of storage for 2. Cooktop a bit slow especially if windy, have purchased a gas ring for serious cooking/hot plate.
Wet canvas is not a problem as the tent stores away from sleeping area.
If theres anything specific you would like to know just ask.
Bob L
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 23:09

Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 23:09
No image ? - see Members Rigs
Bob L.
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Follow Up By: mickeymoto - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 15:15

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 15:15
Thanks for your reply Bob, my wife and I have been thinking about one for the last two years.

What is it like sleeping in....nice and quiet. Is there room at the end of
the bed (Queens size) for a porta potti and engel.

How do you think we would get on going away for 3 or 4 mths travelling
around Australia. We would have a twine shower fitted to our cruiser.

What do you do with your clothes as far as hanging up shirts etc. Do you store your food in the Patrol or is there enough room under the bed of the Tvan.

Michael and Carol Ward
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 17:26

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 17:26
Questions noted,but about to go out. Will reply in the morning.
Bob L.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 11:24

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 11:24
Michael & Carol
Mattress is 5'x6'2 with an 8" extension which is easy to remove. Space between bed and rear door is 2' less the extension.
Storage under bed is 4'x3' which we use with 2 underbed roller style storage boxes for clothes and have left enough space above for a small folding table. This leaves enough room under the bed for 3 crates (tinned food beer etc).
I like to keep the Patrol self sufficient with its own cuttlery and basic cooking gear and of course the Engel. This means the Tvan battery only has to proved lighting.
Yes the beds very comfortable,we just use a fitted bottom sheet plus a doona. Have experienced some condensation but no more than with canvas, infact the 2 hatches provide very good ventilation.
3-4 months no problems.
You could use hangers in the van for travelling but as the Patrol rear seat are kept clear except for laptop/digital camera etc etc I used the door hangers to keep the "good" clothes uncreased.
Enough rambling. I can take a few photos and email them to you if you like. Also check www.mrt.com.au and Gary Kratzman's site in Qld.
Cheers Bob
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