GIC camper trailer

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 21:21
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We are looking at buying a new GIC off road camper trailer with 12ft tent, it seems to be good value.We will not be going extreme off road just me the wife and the 2 kids on some camping trips, maybe a trip to Fraser island. Are these trailers any good ??? We only want to spend around $5000 or $6000, any advice would be a big help Thanks Dave..
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Reply By: Drawer Slide - Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 22:13

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 22:13
I would strongly advise against based on what I have heard. First and foremost the units do not support australian mfring. Beyond this I have heard many reports of problems that could ruin your holiday (i.e. leaking tent, faulty hardware).

As I dont have one I can only comment on what I have heard.

Jimboomba campers I believe offer a competitive base line unit and you would be helping Australian mfring.
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Follow Up By: X_PAC6969 - Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 11:02

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 11:02
GIC campers don't support oz manufacturing???????????????they have a huge factory in Sydney at Condell Park.
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Follow Up By: X_PAC6969 - Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 11:09

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 11:09
sorry that should be Revesby in Sydney
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Follow Up By: Drawer Slide - Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:48

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:48
I would refer you to items such as:

- Canvas
- Locks / Other hardware.

By the way just because something is put together in Australia, doesn't always mean its Austrlian made.
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Reply By: Brian H4 - Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 23:07

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 23:07
Hi DaveM2.

Check out the ads on pages 118 & 119 of the September 2011 edition of Overlander 4WD magazine, also the article on page 100. You might already know that most 4WD magazines do very good articles on camper trailers. They even have one especially for camper trailers. Good luck with it all.
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Reply By: prado-wolf - Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 23:12

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 23:12
Hi Dave,

there are hundreds of articles and comments about GIC , good , bad and outright ugly.

In short , ifyour budget is small , dont expect top of the range.

Now my two cents of wisdom , one year ago i looked around and wanted something for the occasional camping trip , not Sipson Desert or the like so i also looked at GIC but in the end i decided to go with someone called Mario Trailers , an ex supplier to GIC.

I bought the extreme Off-Road for under 6K but had to put a bit of time and about 1K into it to fix up the wiring to the electric brakes , some silicne here and there , mostly minor things and then i used it once.

So good luck with whatever you decide.

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Reply By: sweetnam - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 07:36

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 07:36
Kangaroo Tent City have theirs marked down dramatically. Not a top of the range product, but I would rate it a lot more than GIC.

Two in our club have the Kangaroo 12 and they are a decent set up

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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 09:10

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 09:10
Your money will go much further if you buy a secondhand well respected brand.
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Reply By: Whitewulf - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 09:46

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 09:46
GIC I think are not bad, but they depend on the hype. After a bit of searching and weeding out some, the wife and I were looking at either the GIC or the one form customline campers.

We chose Customline campers (brisbane based). They were a bit more $ than GIC but we felt the quality was a bit better. Just thought to mention as an option.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:25

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:25
G'day Dave, after reading the views of those that have had no first hand experience
with a GIC, I thought you might appreciate a word from someone who has. I towed,
& lived in the mates off road model for a month. During that time we travelled through
Ivanhoe, Tibooburra, Diamiantina NP & up to the gulf & return to Sthn NSW. Around
9000k in all, more than half on dirt roads. During that time we had no issues at all with the camper, except the bloody zipper on the cover, & a can of silicone spray soon
cured that. Ok, so it's an entry level unit & you dont get all the toys, but it is functional
& does the job. You may find a used one that suits for similar dough with more features, there are thousands on the market, & likewise there maybe other good new ones as well in the $$ range. IMHO you are on the right track with a budget camper,
for occasional holiday the dough for fuel & tucker.cheers.......oldbaz.
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Reply By: mattd - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:27

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:27
Hi there,

A friend has one and loves it. It does take a while to set up, two guys took us about 1 hour all up. The thing is bloody HUGE. They are good for the "stop and prop" style of camping. He tried to move around a fare bit and got sick of setting it up. Minimum stay 3 days!!

The tent seems O.K (3 out of 5) and the trailer is O.K (2 1/2 out of five).

If you are going to use it occasionally its good. If you what it to last and move with you, (new 4wd), go for something else.

We have a Tambo, new with options about $10,000. You can find them maybe for 7-8,000 second hand. Try Outback Campers(Victoria) or Trublu second hand. Better options.

Hope that helps..

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Reply By: Member - Neville D (VIC) - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 21:05

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 21:05
Hello Dave m2,
You might want to have a look at the 4WD Action site forum, they have devoted a hole thread on the GIC campers.

cheers Neville
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Reply By: edwin - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 18:53

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 18:53
aussie jays camper do a really good camper,family business and helpfull base model is $5200 for semi off road which compared with some so called full off road ,a heap better ,it has a 9 ft austrack tent which is big enough for a small family and very quick to put up, i would have bought one but they are in adelaide and dont deliver to nth qld, but freight to other southern capitals is very reasonable,,definatley worth a look
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