NEW Luxury Caravan on ABC Inventors

Submitted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:19
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The 'Avant Garde' was featured on ABC TV tonight. At $159,000 I can just see all the orders rushing in ;-)

Following this link and select Avant Garde

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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:33

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:33
Maybe they havent read that there are 10 fewer Australians on BRW Rich List this year.
Or perhaps they think that GFC is a fast food outlet ?
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:42

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:42
Their website:

http://avantgarderv.com/


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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:45

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:45
Manual Jockey Wheel operation !!!

I told them they must be joking at that price, and not to call me back until they have its operation fully computerised !
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:57

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:57
I shouldn't bag something that I havent even seen I suppose. But even if it's the bees knees in things that one tows, it's still a lousy time to advertise it at that price.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 23:10

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 23:10
So what is supposed to be the 'new invention' about it?
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 02:09

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 02:09
The price of course :D
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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 23:59

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 23:59
Well in the ABC show he did tow it with a Range Rover so it probably speaks of his target audience.
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Reply By: Member - OzGazza - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 08:33

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 08:33
Cynics.

The under body frame is injection moulded - stronger and lighter.

I thought it was an improvement in design.

yes expensive. But new technology usually is. We actually want people to strive to make improvements thats how things get better.

The market will take care of the price issue over time.

Lets cheer this guy on.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:41

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:41
might be stronger and lighter but a jayco equivalent has a lighter tare weight
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Follow Up By: Russ n Sue - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:45

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:45
MN1,

you should never compare a Joko with anything. They are in a league of their own.....and I'm not being complimentary here.

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:52

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:52
that maybe so, but i was refering to the supposed lightness of such NEW technology...( only googled Jayco to check.....wonder how it goes against other similar types for weight comparison?)
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Follow Up By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 15:23

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 15:23
I agree with Ozgazza - people who invest their money in new technology should be applauded. Some of these features will in time filter down to the more common vans that us mere mortals can afford.
Searching RVPOINT there are currently 132 RVs for sale second hand over $150,000 (ranging up to $615,990 for a winnebago motor home). The point is there will always be a market for luxury and expensive means of holiday travel.
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Follow Up By: jomahk - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 20:31

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 20:31
So sad to see someone using this thread to knock Jaycos; especially when they drive a Disco he he.
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Follow Up By: Russ n Sue - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 00:34

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 00:34
Ha ha. Left myself open for that. However, people putting down Disco's is like water off a duck's back to me. I'll be the first to let you know if it ever gives me any trouble. (Ask me about Pajero's if you've got a couple of years to listen.)

Just so you know where I'm coming from, my wife and I travel around Oz and work in caravan parks. When we aren't working at them, we are often as not living in them. I have seen, first hand, what owning a Joko can be like. Many times.

And in my opinion, and I don't keep actual records, I believe that Joko have more problems as a proportion of the number of vans that they build than any other make that I've come across. Like I said, my opinion. I wouldn't talk anyone out of buying one. That's their decision. I'm just glad we didn't buy one.

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Follow Up By: farouk - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:58

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:58
Russ, There is one thing I have learnt in 77 years of life it that is "if you cant find anything nice to say don't say anything". I am a very happy owner of a 5 year old Jayco Heritage 21' and has it ever occurred to you that the reason why there appears to be more complaints about Jayco's than other makes is because they have approx 47% of new caravan sales in Australia and the only problems we ever had was with components SUPPLIED to Jayco but were replaced immediately upon contacting Jayco, their service is exemplary so think about it before ridiculing peoples possesions, there are thousands of happy Jayco owners out there who saved themselves $10 to $15000 dollars comparing other similar caravans.
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Follow Up By: Russ n Sue - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:34

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:34
G'day Old Greasy,

I think you may have overlooked some key words in my post and I quote "I believe that Joko have more problems as a proportion of the number of vans that they build" .....AS A PROPORTION OF THE NUMBER OF VANS THAT THEY BUILD.....

I'm fully aware of their market share. I'm also aware of how many I have seen that are broken. And....I wasn't going to bring this up but now I will......the number of owners who are satisfied with the Jayco response to their warranty issues has been almost nil in my experience.

Mate, I'm happy for you that you have had a good experience with yours, but giving the buying public info that may help in their buying decision is not a crime. And that's all I've done. No different to criticising this Government or that Government for whatever reason.

I suppose I could have made an essay of it and listed all of the things I have seen that have gone wrong with them, in order to support my criticism, and I'd be happy to if anyone wants to PM me, but the post was simply a reflection of what I have experienced. Readers have the right to ignore it, heed it or comment on it as you have done. Good luck to ya.


Cheers

Russ
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Follow Up By: farouk - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 14:46

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 14:46
Hi Russ,
My only recourse to your reply Russ is that there is a site called Jayco.com.au and there is a section called Jayco Owners travel diary where owners write in with there problems and solutions and whilst there are a number of complaints with a few relating to service the vast majority are very happy customers. I have heard of complaints of unhappy end results but there are some people who are never happy regardless of what is done to solve a problem.

I have 4 friends with Jayco's, 2 are repeat buyers and I personally would not hesitate to buy another.As I said in previous post they are at least $10000 cheaper than any similar van and I don't know what you own but I would be very surprised if it is worth the extra money.

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Follow Up By: jomahk - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:51

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:51
Yeah; got ya there Russ. Could not resist. Personally I dont worry what people drive or what they tow with it; but when you stuck your chin out like that I just had to have a swipe. A bit of Anthony Mundine rubbing off. Like you, my wife & I have been working our way around Oz for the past three years. She (the boss) as a nurse & myself as anything goes. I think its all a matter of attitude. I cant recall one place that we have been that we have not enjoyed our stay. Off hand I cant recall any one person we have met that we did not find Ok; & there would not be a place in this country that the company could send us that we would refuse to go if we could physically get there. Life is what you make it. Dont grab it by the throat & strangle the fun out of it. Instead; take it by the hand & dance the time away. A million dollars may buy you a mansion' but a smile could win you a friend for life. happy travels to you both & keep smiling.
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Jon & V
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 08:07

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 08:07
Quote "Disco's is like water off a duck's back to me".Unquote

So does that make you a disco duck Russ, you old swinger you:D
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Reply By: j100 - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:06

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 09:06
This caravan was at the brisbane caravan and camping show last year

"Put down a deposit and you can come inside" said the salesman

Not B----y likely
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Reply By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10:03

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10:03
Actually it looks exactly like the Caravan I saw when I visited Kratsmans in Brisbane oh maybe 3-4 years ago.

Back then I saw it advertised as $120,000 and by the time I checked it out it had risen to $145,000 or there abouts.

I liked the Retro look of the thing and it would make a very nice cabin on wheels. The bullet shape was appealing too. As was the layout.

The one I saw had some damage to it and I thought the materials looked kind of crappy. Kind of novel but 'would I really pay that much' was my attitude.

Let's face it if I paid $160,000 for the caravan, I wouldn't be able to afford to go on holidays.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 17:17

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 17:17
160k could give some wonderfull holidays...paris, canada, NZ and even tassy...cant do all that with that caravan
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