Supreme getaway-offroader

I am looking at buying a used supreme and am wondering if there are any faults with these that I should know about when I go looking, any majors that "newbies" need to know.

First cab off the rank today is a 1994 model.

Thanks in advance,
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Reply By: philip t jones - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 07:51

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 07:51
Hi Mike

I have a 2002 and its a very good van, the older models can be very heavy but will last for ever, I have been all over the place with mine and never had a serious problem, just check that the suspension bushes are ok they can be a pain to replace

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Follow Up By: Member - onemore - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 08:03

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 08:03
Thanks for the tip, which is exactly the feedback I am after.
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Reply By: mike39 - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 08:22

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 08:22
We spent a few years looking for the model we wanted which was ~15' with a side door.

Most of what we had seen were rear door, but as we do a lot of rough road travel the thought of constantly cleaning the rear end (even if the door did not let dust in) was off putting.

I also wanted a rear mounted spare wheel (as well as the one under the front).
The right one eventually turned up on Trading Post, 1997, 15' x 6'6".
Yes, they are heavy (1450tare, 1900gvm) but very robust and off road capable.

No matter how much bulldust, none whatsoever gets in. The long travel coil suspension is very easy on the contents, nothing moves or falls apart.

Ours came with R/C aircon., (a feature we did not really require) gas/elec. hot water unit with outside shower which is very useful.

I cant think of anything I would call a fault, everything works as it should. In 4yrs. of ownership we have had no problems with the van.

I would add that the 3way fridge died, but that was my fault leaving it running on gas whilst the van was parked on a slope (nearly 2 days).
I replaced it with a 12/240v. Engel upright van fridge which is so much more efficient than a 3way they cant be compared.

Very happy with ours, it will probably see us out!
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Follow Up By: Member - John B2 (VIC) - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 19:59

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 19:59
Hi Mike,

How do you run your fridge when you are away from 240v, now you don't have

Have you upgraded to solar/generator?

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Follow Up By: mike39 - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 20:30

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 20:30
We tow our van with an hzj75 trayback. Two aux. batteries in the tray, van battery in the front boot.
Also a 12v. 60l. Trailblaza on the trayback, used as full freezer.

We maintain a good level of battery charge whilst travelling.
When stationary (always remote bush camp) use a Honda eu10 generator to run 2 battery chargers. One 20a. to top up the 2 batteries on the trayback, one 15a to charge the van battery, The batteries are all parallel connected.

This is done twice/day, 1hr. in the morning, 2-3 hours at night when we also use 240v. lighting etc. in the van.
Have done this when camped in the one spot for quite extended periods.

If we happen to be in a "no generator" spot I run the 2 chargers from an inverter connected to the truck battery whilst letting the truck engine run at moderate idle for 1/2 hr. or so.

No, we dont have solar, much prefer to camp in the shade.
This has been our system (except for last years addition of the comp. fridge) for 20 yrs.

What I have particularly noticed is that last year (nearly 5 mths.) we barely used 7kg. of gas in total.
The old 3way could use 9kg. in 20days. At $35/fill (in lots of places) that means 7 fills @ $35 = $245).

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Follow Up By: Member - John B2 (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 08:13

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 08:13
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Reply By: Priscilla G - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 10:03

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 10:03
We have a early 2007 model Territory ,semi off road,no troubles, exellent van.We have it for sale ,buying a diferent brand.We are hoping we are not going to regret selling!!!Don,t know about later models but you won,t go wrong with anything up to 2007.
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:57

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:57
Hi Mike

I am very happy with mine but have outgrown it as it is only a 3 berth.

They are great but a touch heavy compared to others but you won't break it.



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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 20:52

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 20:52
G`day Mike,
My Getaway is a 2001 model 15 ft 6 ins but only 2 meters ( 6 ft 8 ins ) wide,
2 berth with island double bed.
I looked for a long while for a van that suited my use, I have proven that it will go anywhere that my L/cruiser is capable of taking it.

Suspension Bushes replacement is the only repairs (read maintenance ) that it has needed.

I recommend this make and model van to anyone wanting a rugged,tough basic van without all the fancy stuff and without the expensive price tag.

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Reply By: TrevorMR (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 21:55

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 21:55
I have had a 2004 15.5 ft Getaway for 4 years. I think the chassis & suspension will handle just about anything but had to do some minor work to a couple of the cupboards after taking it across the Great Central Road last year. It is pretty well dustproof.

I have a 12 volt fridge with 2 solar panels on the roof. Carry a cheap genset for the odd occasion when I need to boost the 2 batteries.

I tow it with a 3litre Ranger diesel and can comfortably tow at 100kms/hr.
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