What should i be peying for an off road trailer and tent

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I am new to this site and new to the camping game. i am looking at getting a cmper trailer and tent or a camper van like the jayco out back. can any body tell me what is better or what the diierence is decause when you get to the top end prices the camper traile seems very expencive for what you get. thanks and high to every one
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 17:45

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 17:45
A very wide ranging question, but I’ll kick it off by saying that I think what is best to do is to put down on paper what type of travel you expect to do over the next 12/24 months, were you intend to go, and how much comfort you want to do it in, and then there is the budget. This gives you some basis for formulating what you need to look at.

As to differences between the various offerings within camper trailers, vans etc, I guess quality/reputation will be one of the determinants here...

Good luck...
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 17:47

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 17:47
G'day Rik, as you have said you can pay big bucks for the top end C/ts, but you wont
get into a Jayco type too cheap either. I put together my C/t for under $5k by
buying a new offroad trailer & adding an Oztrail top. It is basic but has served us well
over 40k of outback touring. The cost difference is in how many toys you want
attached to your C/t. If you want water tanks,pumps, battery setup, inbuilt kitchen,
fridge etc etc you will pay plenty..if you want heavy Aust. canvas on a Aussie built
tent..you pay plenty as well. Nothing wrong with any of it, & if cost isnt an issue,the
sky is the limit. Many folk have some or all of the ancillary camping gear they need
already & dont need to duplicate again. The point I make is that camping can be as
exy as you want to make it, from a basic C/t from $5k to $40k plus for an Ultimate.
The setup time for a C/t as opposed to a Jayco windup is very similar, A c/t has much
more storage than a wind up. An offroad c/t will take you places you would be brave
to take a windup. While $5k will get you into an entry level C/t, another $10k will be
needed to get into a reasonable windup. Decisions..decisions...any amount of used
c/ts around too. good luck with it.......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Rik C - Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 18:46

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 18:46
Thanks very much both comments are great, i think it might be back to the drwing board and do some more home work
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Reply By: Ray - Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 08:42

Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 08:42
When I first started camping I had four kids, a Mrs, two dogs, a 6x4 box trailer, a two roomed Canadian tent with annex a portable cooking stove and utensils for cooking and eating and all necessary bedding. Water was carried in 20lt containers and a Finch fridge.
After finding a site, the kids would have the tent erected in just over five minuets and by this time SHMBO had the tea made.
The cost of all this barley came to $2k. This set up was towed by a 1500cc Toyota Hilux van.
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Follow Up By: Rik C - Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 20:20

Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 20:20
Hi Ray
i don't think i would even think of doing what you done if i had 4 kids dogs and the misses, good on ya your a better man than me thanks for the reply
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Follow Up By: Ray - Friday, Sep 02, 2011 at 08:50

Friday, Sep 02, 2011 at 08:50
I was in my 20s then. I am now 75 the kids have flown the coop and SWMBO and I have a L'Cruiser and a 18'6" self contained caravan. WE also have a loud generator so usually have a site all to ourselves.
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 13:02

Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 13:02
Rik, forget how much you should spend just for a moment & consider where you would like to go, what comfort level you (& your partner) will be happy with, how much space you'd like & what style of camping you intend to do. eg: Base camping in one location, remote touring or somewhere in between.
Once you've established that then check out the offerings at a caravan show & you'll soon get an idea on cost. Generally the cheapy's won't be suitable for venturing too far off the beaten track where as the top end trailers can be towed almost anywhere, for extended periods often in great comfort & return a good resale as well.
Many advise for those like yourself completely new to the game that you either spend time with friends camping in a similar unit to what you want or go out & hire one to see if it will do the job.
Once you narrow down the type of Camper (Soft floor/flipover/poptop/etc) then ask again for some recomendations on specific brands.
Good luck. Craig............
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Follow Up By: Rik C - Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 20:26

Thursday, Sep 01, 2011 at 20:26
Sounds good adivice i think i will take you up on that
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