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ultimate camper or tvan?

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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 13:57

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 13:57
Your choice!
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 19:13

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 19:13
I think your one eyed with an answer like that Richard !!! LOL

Think both are well made Kelvin, but are both different in there style.
Have friends with both and are all happy with what they bought.

Cheers Pesty
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 10:18

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 10:18
Yeah I know Pesty if I said the Ultimate I would be one eyed and Pete and Lez would not talk to me so I thought I would sit on the fence.

I think our Ultimate is fantastic but I also think the Tvan is fantastic....

We have done some extrerme stuff with our Ultimate but I konw of Tvans that have done the same.

Both have more good points then bad points.

Kevin is the only one how can decide.
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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 15:06

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 15:06
2 different types of camper......do you want to cook in or outside ??
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 19:21

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 19:21
As said.
Mates have been pretty happy with the TVan.
Can't comment on the Ultimate.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:46

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:46
For the dough either of those cost, one could purchase a very comfortable Caravan for the majority of trips and an Off Road Camper for the hard core stuff.

Those you have mentioned are a compromise, and a very expensive one.

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:13

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:13
Thats why I have a KK, a very comfortable camper for all occasions !!
And because a van won't fit down the side of the house !!!!
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Follow Up By: gqturbo - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:48

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:48
You are allowed to tow tvans and ultimates on the bitumen too and they are great for making caravan owners jealous. I had a caravan too and it clogged up my driveway.
Brian H
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 10:28

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 10:28
Might be the same argument why poeple have Landcruisers and some have a Mazda B2600, both 4x4's and can go much the same places....but at the end of the day I know what I would sooner have!

We have a TrakShak (for sale) thats a brillant camper but there is no comparing with our Ultimate Camper, they are like chalk and cheese and yes we do have better trips in our Ultimate.

Why did we get an Ultimate...because we can.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 16:37

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 16:37
Much the same as to why I got a KK...cause it suited me...

But some times I think an Ultimate woukd suit us better.....but ahh ...such is life !!
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Reply By: gqturbo - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:54

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:54
Make a list of pro's and cons eg tvan has probobly less headroom in the bed area but then you dont have to make it every stop ultimate has seats and i think fridge and kitchen inside, tvan outside fridge in car. Both are good , I have a tvan and love it.
Brian H
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Reply By: Bob - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:10

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:10
Kelvin,
We have owned a Tvan since 2003 and are very happy with its different options when camping.
We (2 adults). rarely use the annex and quite often only open up the back, fit the fly screen and that's it. for longer stays the tent area only takes minutes to erect.
Been to Cape York twice,The Gulf,Tasmania and Kangaroo Island to name a few and Tuesday we are heading for the Kimberly's via Lake Eyre,Mount Dare and Binns Track to Timber Creek then the Gibb River Road ie mostly dirt roads
Taking new shocks and spare bearings just in case but have every confidence in the Tvan.
If you have any questions better make it quick as only 3 sleeps to go.
Most Ultimate owners are just as passionate and either way you can't go wrong.

Cheers Bob
Wagga Wagga

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Follow Up By: ctaplin - Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 22:03

Saturday, Jun 27, 2009 at 22:03
Hi Bob,

Can you email me at ctaplin@chariot.net.au sometime soon as we are heading of on Monday from Gove to Katherine, Gregory NP, Bungles, then El Questro etc. Unlikely that we will meet given your plans but we enjoyed your company in 2006 up Cape York and it would be good to meet up again...

Cheers,

Chris
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Reply By: png62 - Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 15:05

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 15:05
Both are excellent "compromises" (really Jim-BOR?). I enjoy the Ultimate because it is the best of both camper trailer/caravan worlds. Indoor lounge and cooking or choose to do it all out side, I have added an external bbq, plus it has lots of storage. I chose not to go for Tvan because you don't have the option to choose out of the weather accomodation, very quick for an overnight stop though. But it is pretty limited to a climb into bed/cook outside situation.
Think about how you spend time around the camp, cooking/eating/dishes time and whether or not you camp in inclement weather. That should give you a direction.

All the power, water, dust sealing issues are pretty much the same. The quality on both is terrific. Suspension systems are proven tough and reliable.

Both are good investments, 2nd hand ones of each are still holding their value really well.

The option to do it all indoors comfortably swayed me to the Ulti.

Enjoy
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