Which Van to get and how much to pay

I need some pointers from the Caravan experts please.

On our trips we use a Utility Slide on Camper on our F250. Very happy with it and I accept the advantages and compromises.

However we are considering building a new home elsewhere on our property in the Mission Beach FNQ hinterland. So we want to check out 3 to 4 of the potential sites by living at each one for a few weeks or a month or two . Hopefully that way we we'll find out the good points and any problems with each of the locations

Which got me thinking about a van, comforts of home etc, etc The idea being that we use it for this exercise and then re-sell it later.

There are just my wife and I however we do work from home as well as running the farm here so we do need a bit of space. Reticulated Water will be at each location but not mains power. I have a 5kva Dunlite genset but would only run this as a backup/recharge as it it noisy as hell We are in the wet tropics here (over 4 meters of rain PA) so need to keep this in mind also, pop tops and similar are out.

The actual purchase budget (would like to keep it under 25K if possible) is not so much the issue more important is not loosing too much on resale.

So the question is what do I look at. What size, What make. What are the must haves. What can I do without. What will I get for my money?

Guess the other question is: Is there another option other than a van?

I'm grateful for any and all advice.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 18:36

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 18:36
Hi Chris

Sounds like you need solar power, a good bathroom and enough room for you comfort in a standard full height on road type of van (like 19'-20' internal). If in good order, resale shouldn't be a problem for a well equipped van like that. In that climate and when staying for a few weeks a full annex would be nice (you can collect fresh rainwater from it too).

Other than that, all you need is what you take in your present camper.

Check out advertisements for a while to get an idea of prices: Caravan Sales.



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Reply By: didiaust - Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 08:13

Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 08:13

I would consider contacting any parks with static sites where there might be large onsite vans for sale with solid annexes.

Might have to truck it to the site but might be worth it to get a larger van and alluminum annex

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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:03

Friday, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:03
The same thought canm to my mind.
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