"Dirt road" vans

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 17:53
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Howdy,

I would like to hear from people that do extensive travel in "Dirt Road" vans. I know the big off road vans (Kedron, Bushtracker, etc) will handle almost anything but how well do the dirt road vans go doing a lot of travel on dirt roads?

I have seen dirt road vans and normal vans in places you can only get to on corrugated dirt roads - but at what price down the track?

I am not looking at serious off road in a van - I have a tent for that!!!

Cheers
Ev
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Reply By: Member - colin J (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 18:02

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 18:02
Hi Ev,
I have a Windsor Rapid off road van and have travelled extensively on dirt roads and corrugations and the van has been brilliant. I have taken it to places that the manufacturer would be amazed but it has handled it superbly.
I've had the van for 6 years now from new.
Regards from Big Col.
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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 18:11

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 18:11
Thanks for the feedback Col, exactly the info I was after

Cheers
Ev
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Reply By: D200Dug- Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 18:50

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 18:50
We are looking for the same kind of van, we have not bought one as yet but after 12 months research we are looking at the Lotus Trackvan and their variants or an Evernew.

There are a lot of vans out there and very little hard information about how they preform on dirt tracks.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 19:18

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 19:18
Hi Ev,
I have a Royal Flair Discovery off road pop-top van. It has done track such as Brisbane -Innamincka - Strzelecki - Flinders, Brisbane - Noccundra - Cameron Corner, the Morgan mail run, and the Darling run without any problems. It has independent coil suspension, Landcruiser wheels and a Hyland hitch. I feel it is capable of much more without any issues but I haven't yet had the time to test it fully.
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Reply By: lizard - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 19:19

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 19:19
We have a Coromal Pioneer XC 600 .... have had no problems with it, when on bad corrugations I slow down & let tyres down .... worst corrugations were off Tanami into Wolfe Creek crater ... that last 20 k's !!!!!
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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 20:52

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 20:52
I thought pretty much what you have all said that they are capable, maybe more capable than what they are promoted for as long as you drive to the conditions, which goes for any vehicle.

Thanks heaps
Ev
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Reply By: Graham & Ann - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:55

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 18:55
Ev we have a 2002 17ft Evernew single axle van, ours is fitted with suger glider coil/shocker suspension has travelled around 110,00km so far, much of it over many many dirt roads, including Tanami, Gibb River, Oodnadatta, Birsdville, Plenty, Great Central etc and is currently on the way to Cape York.2009 Cape York Trip. As already stated/noted, drive to conditions, lower tyre pressures & speeds are some of the main ways to ensure van survives ok, but I do think for rough roads on a single axle van coil/shocker suspension is the way to go, for tandem if going leaf spring Simplicity works well.

cya
Graham

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Follow Up By: Racey - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:29

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 19:29
Hi We have an Evernew 19ft with simplicity suspension and it is great on the dirt roads. You wouldn't be disappointed.

Cheers
Racey
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Follow Up By:- Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 06:49

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 06:49
Thanks Graham& Ann and Racey,

That is great info, I will suss out that suspension system. Thanks again for your response.

Happy travels
Ev
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