Coromal caravan

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Hi, We are considering buying a 2004 Coromal caravan, in excellent condition (to the untrained eye). We have had comments made about the chassis & suspension being too light, and not having towed a van before, we do not want to make an expensive mistake. Has anyone out there had any experience with the Coromal van or know anything about the chassis & suspension, its durability and reliability on the highways? Any comments appreciated. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 13:22

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 13:22
Can you enlighten us a wee bit with info about the model of Coromal, they made quite a few different ones in 2004, and built for different duties and body/chassis styles.
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Follow Up By: PJA44 - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 13:29

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 13:29
Hi, It is a Capri 690.
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Reply By: PJA44 - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 13:39

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 13:39
Hi, it is a Capri 690.
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:30

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 14:30
We had an 04 Prinston, one of the early ones. Up until about November sometime the chassis was too light. Ours was a Late July build and friends of ours had a Late November one which is still OK and has a 150mm chassis. After 11 months our chassis had dropped 120mm at the front of the van (the A frame) and 100mm at the rear. Check very carefully that the door and all the windows do not bind. Also look for repainting on the A frame, any movement or repairs where the cupboards fix to the walls. Probably look inside cupboards. Ours was going to be patched (not the chassis) for resale by Coromal. Probably not possible to say more on an open forum.
They do have a very good internal design but I did not like the suspension as it was not load sharing.


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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:25

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 21:25
We have a new 754 Princeton and it has a 150mm chassis What does yours have.
They are still too light in my opinion and nowhere near as robust as our previous Roadstar.

In answer to the post the shorter one may be Ok but the longer vans are pretty light for their size

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Reply By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 02:15

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 02:15
G'day PJA44 ~ This is my 2006 Coromal Corvair Off Road capable van.Image Could Not Be Found The van has travelled around 27000 Kilometres, mostly on road but also a fair wack of off road too and it has not broken yet. The van is fitted with Coromals independant leaf spring suspension ~ again no problems what so ever.
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The van is more than comfortable for it's two person set up, it has ample cupboard space and under seat + under bed storage. It has a two panel solar set up, twin 60 litre water tanks and we also carry and use (when required) a Kipor 2.6 kva inverter generator, which easily runs the vans air conditioner.

I would have liked to "stand over" the lazy buggers that did the floor in the van when it was being built ~ as there is an unused pop rivet under the vinyl floor covering, attention to detail ~ Coromal 3 out of 10, otherwise is a good van
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Follow Up By: PJA44 - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 09:00

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 09:00
Thanks Joe,
Are you giving the Coromal van 3 out of 10? or their lack of attention to detail?
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 11:35

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 11:35
G'day PJA 44/ John

As I say, if only I could have stood over the "Lazy buggers" ~ this was said purely in the sense, should someone be able to be watching their caravan, car, boat, house or whatever being built for them, the builders attention to detail would be 100%. The factory attention to detail during building is questionable ~ pre delivery attention to detail is questionable ~ how do I know this to be so ~ I actually own a Coromal caravan, which was purchased new ~ brand spanking new @ $50000 +

As I also say, the van suits our requirements to a T, I actually love the van for its comfortable to live with lay out, easy towing and its overall physical size makes it very off roadable. Its just a shame ~ the human element (attention to detail) can spoil what is a very nice product.

There were a couple of other minor detail issuse, but they pale into insignificance compared to the live pop rivet under the vinyl flooring ~ luckily the rivet is fairly obscure, but it just bugs me that its there.

The van is great ~ We love it. The builders and people who had any input into the van during its build ~ no beers for them.
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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 09:40

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 09:40
We had a Coromal Seka 520 Pioneer Off Road van with Simplicity suspension and had no trouble with it at all. The only problem was we purchased it with out a shower and toilet and now we are a bit older some of those comforts are required, other wise we would still have the Coromal.
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

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