Campertrailer sales Melbourne

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 16:42
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Hello,

I have recently arrived in Melbourne and I need to set up for a year long drive round Oz. I have two questions:-

1) campertrailer or campervan?
2) Where in Melbourne (within easy reach of public transport) can I see campertrailers and campervans to help me make my decision?

Any feed back appreciated - I have just spent ages searching through the recent posts but none seem to quite answer my 2nd question in particular. My budget is upto $20000.

Many thanks

Cora
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 18:23

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 18:23
cola /cora
have you tried the trading post either online or buy it at newsagents safeway etc what area of melb are you staying as there are places all over melb to buy you transport

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Follow Up By: cola - Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 23:18

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 23:18
Steve,

Thanks for your reply have already looked in trading post and we will probably go for a provate sale but I need to do some serious research before I know what prices to expect to pay and what cars are good (all the names are different!). We're in St Kilda so any ideas close by would be great.

Thanks

Cola
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Reply By: marcus - Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 18:57

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 18:57
Hi Cola,
Sounds like you have arrived in Melbourne without a vehicle or camper and want some level of comfort for touring the next twelve months.To tow a camper over long distances you will need a big strong motor for comfortable touring and for economy diesel is the preferred option.There are pro's and cons for both campervans and campertrailers but all things considered for your situation i would recommend spend $2 for the melbourne trading post at any corner shop.Go to motorised vans and homes around page 114 and there are many vehicles with photo's which are your best option e.g Toyota Landcruiser 1996 troop carrier 4wd poptop campervan,4.2 litre diesel engine,full service history,runs faultlessly.rwc supplied ,233,000klms and very clean unit $19000 negotiable.
This is just one example of many which may suit you.
If you want to check out campertrailers there are many new and used on display at A.J Thomas campers 4-6 Queens ave,Carnegie next to Caulfield racecourse .
cheers mark
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Follow Up By: cola - Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 23:24

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 23:24
Mark,

You're right, I have just arrived from a year in Hong Kong where public transport is great and very cheap. Thanks for your good advice. My main problem with a campervan is that what so you do when you want to go out for the day or go to work but to go back to the same campsite? You have to pack everything up! So not convinced this is the best option but I like your thinking about diesel. Is LPG any good/available in places other than the cities?

I will check out A.J Thomas asap and re-read the trading post.

Thanks,

Cola
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Follow Up By: marcus - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 19:20

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 19:20
Hi Cola,
As i run petrol,lpg and diesel on my cars i will try to explain the good and bad points for each fuel in this country.Petrol runs well but is expensive outside major cities (can be towards $1 per litre)in country areas and vehicle will get more thirsty when towing.
L.P.G is plentiful around major cities but can push towards 60 cents per litre in country areas and economy drops by around 30 per cent over petrol and even more if towing.
Diesel is everywhere,preferred fuel in remote areas ,does not lose too much economy when towing has better range per tank and turbo diesel is even better with close to petrol like performance.
Fuel is marginally cheaper in Queensland due to lower taxes up there.
Enjoy your travels mark
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Reply By: jules - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 11:49

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 11:49
Hi - looks to me like what you are looking for is a campervan - as opposed to a camper trailer - ie - a thing like a VW Kombi Van camper - is this right? Look up under cars in Trading Post or car sales in phone book (yellow pages - new and used cars) - or sometimes the Trading Post have them under caravans etc - buy a Melways or a good map of Melbourne - there a lots of places that specialise in this type of thing - but wqith $20000 to get a good vehicle (4wd) and a camper trailer - could be at the bottom end of the car market - yo u can pick up camper trailers for under $10,000 2nd hand - which leaves you with only 10 - 14 for vehicle - pity you missed the 4wd and camper shows - ring some of the places up and find out how easy it is to get to.
Good luck - enjoy Oz
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Reply By: roblin - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:19

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:19
Cora,
regarding your 2nd question, there is a dedicated camper trailer outlet in Queens Avenue Caulfield. It is just behind Caulfield raceway. They stock both Goldstar camper vans, campomatic and one other cam[per trailer.
I was there on the weekend and it will give you some insiight into both options.
I am not Melbourne literate. I suspect that eitehr a tram, bus or train will getyou very close to the outlet. I remember having to pass under a railway line to get to Queens Avenue.

We're in the same boat and are looking at our options

Rob
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Reply By: roblin - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:20

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:20
Cora,
regarding your 2nd question, there is a dedicated camper trailer outlet in Queens Avenue Caulfield. It is just behind Caulfield raceway. They stock both Goldstar camper vans, campomatic and one other camper trailer brand.
I was there on the weekend and it will give you some insiight into both options.
I am not Melbourne literate. I suspect that eitehr a tram, bus or train will getyou very close to the outlet. I remember having to pass under a railway line to get to Queens Avenue.

We're in the same boat and are looking at our options

Rob
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Reply By: Big Trev - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 14:14

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 14:14
You can view camper trailers at Southern Cross Canvas in Bayswater, they are in the phone book and are open Saturday mornings
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