Question: Buying a Camper Trailer

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Hi we have been looking for a camper trailer for some time and have come across leisure matters campers. Has anyone brought one these campers or heard anything about them. They assure us that they are built in Sydney with US aluminium. They sound too good to be true for a budget camper. We live some distance from Sydney (11 hour drive one way) and don't want to be wasting our time. We have also sent them a few emails with questions about there trailers but are yet to receive a reply
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Reply By: escapesilv - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 06:03

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 06:03
Hi Mick B4

I heard of them before, but if as you say" they sound to good to be true", then they probably are.

If I was you I would stick to a known brand, and be safe!!

I have a Tambo camper for almost 7 years and never realy had a big problem, and when contacting them sum small issue, they will solve it very fast.

Just my 5c.

Cheers Rob.
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Follow Up By: Mick B4 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:59

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:59
Thanks for the advice and 5c Rob, I will take it on board.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:32

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:32
As has been said, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is in many cases.

A quick google search reveals that they "may" be made in China as reflective of the product cost. The questions that I would asking include:

- Where is the canvas sourced from and what is the warranty on this material.
- Which country is the trailer sourced from
- What arrangements are in place for defects/ poor workmanship to be repaired/replaced


This is not saying that the product is no good, rather that an honest answering of these questions will establish some trust in the provider prior to your purchase.

Good luck with your purchasing decision.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Mick B4 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 01:03

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 01:03
Thanks for your advice Andrew, a couple of good questions I will be sure to ask them. They say they have a 2 year warranty, but on what exactly ?
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:49

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:49
Mick

We have a Trak Shak, one of many goos campers on the market, but there are little quirks with ours, that I wish we either did have or didn't have.

Do yourself a favour mate
Go hire different ones for a weekend at a time to see exactly what you will be lookning for. No doubt other campers will wander in for looks, and a good old fashioned "YAK", and do some comparisons.

That is when you find oout the good and bad pointe of a camper.
Cheers
Bucky

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:50

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 07:50
One other thing ......$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

HOW MANY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

And how much are you prepared to spend.
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Reply By: Bill BD - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:27

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:27
Basic camper trailers are really simple things. Workmanship and material quality are evident. It only when you add slide in kitchens, water tanks and the like that it get harder to assess how good it is. How is the one you are thinking about for bells and whistles?
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Follow Up By: Mick B4 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:40

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:40
Yeah its got lots of bells and whistles, that's what worries me
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Reply By: Bernie C - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 19:09

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 19:09
Mick B4,

I find it strange that they would quote that they use US made aluminium when Australia make it or are the really Australian made at all, like a lot of other stuff out there
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Follow Up By: Member - Grant- Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:50

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 21:50
Hello Mick B4.

I haven't heard of that type of camper but hope the following info will help you decide on the right trailer for you.

What's your budget?
Where do you want to take it?
How many people will it need to accommodate?
Will you be doing big trips with 1 night stops?

I lived in a Black Wolf tent with my wife and kids for 3 months travelling the Cape.
Kept the tent and bought a Kimberley. Kids are in the tent and the wife and I enjoy the luxury of the Kimberley. Paid $20 000 for the trailer (second hand) and can take it anywhere. The hard top campers are great for a quick set up....but cost a bit more.

Either way, i'd go with a named brand. When you're in the middle of no where and the camper's bleep itself, the misses is going off her trolley, it's a bit late to wish you had bought something else.
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Reply By: Swaggy1963 - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:52

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:52
Like the other post say if it sounds to good it probably is but I had a look at there site and the specs for the trailer look pretty good its got eye to eye military spec springs it also comes with a off road coupling with electric brakes the only thing that i would change on it would be replace the 45 mm round axle with a 50 mm square axle also it would be worth finding out if it is fully welded
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Follow Up By: Mick B4 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:56

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:56
Thanks for the advice, I too thought the specs don't look too bad, hence the confusion as to why its so cheap, and why no one seems to no anything about them. I will let you know if its fully welded.
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Reply By: Mick B4 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:51

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 00:51
Thanks for all of your helpful advice I've decided to take a drive to Sydney to check them out for myself. I have a bit more to look for and what to ask now talking to you guys. We are interested in a camper mainly for the wife and I to be able to travel around all of Australia, the popular and the remote places up to 4 weeks at a time. We have also discovered a couple of local camper places and are quite impressed with their quality. The $ are certainly a bit more but at least now we know what to compare a cheaper version too.
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