Converting from onroad to offroad campers

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 13:39
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I was just womdering if this can be done, I currently have an onroad campervan and was wondering if I can convert it to moderate off road with out to much messing around, I know I have to upgrade suspension and wheels/tyres but what about chasis and tow hitch etc., Has anyone done this and if so how hard. TIA for all responses

Andrew
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:04

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:04
Andrew

I suppose it is as hard as you want to make it.

Apart from the suspension and wheels you may need to strengthen the chassis and drawbar and that may require you to weld RHS cross-members and rails to the chassis. You would need to upgrade the drawbar and fit a Treg etc hitch.

It is not impossible to do, but will it be worth it in the end as the interior of the CT may also need strengthening.?

I would trade it in on an off-road whatever you need as all of the hard work has been put into the design and manufacture of such a unit.


Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Brenton W (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:22

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:22
Hi Andrew
Not a hard job to do but one of the bigest priblems is when you raise the camper with larger wheels and susspension the tent may not reach the ground, if you measure from the bottom of the trailer to the ground then add the height of new running gear and see if the tent will reach.
All the best

brenton
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Follow Up By: Moose - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:39

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 14:39
Hey Brenton - He said campervan, not camper trailer. So tent not an issue.
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 20:50

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 20:50
Maybe an issue if he has an annexe???
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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 15:05

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 15:05
Andrew
Why not go along to a yard that sells the offroad model and check out what the differences are. Find out what the changeover would cost. Then go away and do the maths on what it would cost you to upgrade the existing unit. Then you'll know what the best option is.
Perhaps you could mention what make you currently have - may get more specific responses.
Also what exactly does "moderate offroad" mean to you? The more info you provide the more likely you'll be to get the info you're after.
Cheers from the Moose
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 17:49

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 17:49
Andrew,

It is not just the suspension that would have to be changed. The interior fittings would also have to be looked at.

Wayne
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