Recommend me an Off Road Camper

Submitted: Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 08:39
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Hi guys.

I'm new here so please go easy ha ha.
I'm currently living in Weipa and have done a few trips around the place now and am really looking to kick my camping time up a notch or two. Both me and my mrs are keen as and now my daughter is getting to an age where we can get out and about a bit more, i really want to make the most of living up on the Cape.
So, i've decided that the time has come to invest in a reasonably priced camper trailer, as the whole tent, car fridge and ubute in the back of the car is getting old. So here's my current setup, requirements and expected price range, so hopefully some of the regulars can help me out with a few ideas.

My current drive is a GU2 Patrol fitted with a 6.5 Ltr Turbo Intercooled Brunswick Chev so towing isn't a drama. It's got a 3 inch lift so goes most places no problems and usually without breaking a sweat.
I'm going to have to get rid of some of my toys before i can get a camper, so my 2006 Quinny Hornet has to go. Should get around 16k for that.
My plan is to do plenty of trips around, up, down, sideways, all over the Cape, so i need a camper that won't mind the rough roads, bull dust and a creek crossing or too.
I'm going to really miss my Hornet, it's a brilliant barra rig, so i really want to be able to afford a car topper with any change i have left over from selling it and i will want to throw that on top of my camper.
As i live in Weipa, i would prefer to source a camper from QLD as Freight costs will add on at least 3k really quickly, so if there were any good ones manufactured in Carins or Brissy that would be ideal. I would still freight one up if i had to, it's just the extra cost of it that i could use on something else thats all, but if it's gotta be done, it's gotta be done.

So based on that info, in your opinion what camper would be suitable for my requirements and my budget?
Thanks you in advance for your help with this. I can't wait for the wet season to clear off so i can get into it!!
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Reply By: olcoolone - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 08:57

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 08:57
would look at the Ultimate campers.

http://www.ultimatecampers.com.au/

Very well made and extremely strong, heaps of storage and plenty of room inside.

They have good ground clearance and and you can set it up in wet or rough terrain unlike most others.

No budget????? you mentioned 16 grand... an Ultimate will set you back a bit more then that........ you will pay over $20,000 for a late 90's model.

Can't comment on the others out there as there are so many on the market theses days and it seems every fish shop owner , florist and dentist are making camper trailers...... there must be hundreds of different brands and models out there.

All you can do is search the net and find something you like and that suits your family and then ask questions about that specific brand/model.





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Follow Up By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:04

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:04
Yes agree with olcoolone's advice - we have an Ultimate, cost plenty, but know we can go anywhere and everywhere, have had no problems.

Unfortunately there are a lot of supposedly off road camper trailers on the market very cheap that just are not off road and in some cases not even on road! You do pay for what you get, so our advice, if you can afford it, go for the best. Whatever you buy, must have good independent suspension. Good luck and happy travelling.

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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:07

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:07
Have a look at this used camper for sale, not too far from you, relatively speaking.
It is at the higher end of camper price range but they are a very good camper.
We have a Modcon camper, fully off road, and it has been fantastic, made at Capalaba, Brisbane.
Kevin

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Reply By: Marlinblade - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:11

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:11
Thanks for the info guys.
Both of those look like good campers, however my budget will be what ever i get for my Hornet. So hopefully be around 16k, but i would also like to be able to afford a car topper with that coinage as well. Sorry if i didn't make that side of things clear, but yeah this is a toy exchange ha ha, where the boat goes and the camper comes up for adoption.

So yeah i'll be looking at the budget side of camper trailers by the looks... any suggestions?
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:56

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:56
What about this one?

johnonnos camper trailer destination model
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Follow Up By: Marlinblade - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:00

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:00
Thanks for that mate, looks pretty damn good hey. Will give them a call and see what the goss is...
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Reply By: Kelvin R - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:59

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 09:59
www.lifestylecampertrailers.com.au
Hi have attached web address to life style camper trailers in Brisbane we have not long purchased one and find the build quality to be better than most check out the site

Kelvin
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:04

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:04
Hi,

Have a look at Cape York campers. They were made in Cairns by Ahern Metal Industries but not sure if they still make them.
But there could be a few of them around north Qld.
They have a good reputation for a robust off road construction - I think with independent suspension.
Worth a look anyway IMO.

Here is one for sale about your price range but it is in Brisbane.

http://caravancampingsales.com.au/buy/details.aspx?R=12284482&__Ntt=cape%20york&__Qpb=1&Cr=1&__Ns=p_StockRankSort_Int32%7c1%7c%7cp_Make_String%7c0%7c%7cp_Model_String%7c0%7c%7cp_Year_Int32%7c1%7c%7cp_StockPrice_Decimal%7c1&keywords=cape%20york&__N=1549%201552%201600%201601%201602&silo=1701&seot=1&Dx=&__Ntk=StockAll&Ntx=&__Nne=15&trecs=7&__D=cape%20york&__sid=1361AF17D30D

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Chanel B - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 17:07

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 17:07
Cape york campers start at around 55,000 without extras. A bit expensive for a bed and a kitchen.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 17:37

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 17:37
Maybe so but he is not looking for a new camper - and if you do a search on caravansales and trading post there are a number of cape yorks for under $20,000.
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Follow Up By: Chanel B - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 18:18

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 18:18
Yep, we have bought a Jayco Eagle and are doin the Gibb traveling from Innisfail to Broome in May! Can't wait, haven't got it yet, it is being made. We to have looked into camper vans, its so hard there are so many to choose from,
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Follow Up By: kieranu - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 18:58

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 18:58
Channel B, would love to hear how you go with the Jayco Eagle on the Gibb, particularly with creek crossings etc. The price is good but I'm not sure how much abuse it can really take and would love to find how how much it does. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Chanel B - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 21:14

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 21:14
We will, we have done a lot of research before buying this. Just have to take it easy!
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:57

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:57
Another vote for lifestyle campers, solid build
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 15:31

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 15:31
I have a Trackabout for sale. Comes with a tradesman style boat rack.
Plenty of info regarding the quality floating around. We get about 10 days use out of the batteries with two engel's plugged in.
Cheers
Sharon
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Reply By: Member - Keith Berg - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 16:08

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 16:08
Hi Martin,

This link gives a list of almost all the camper trailer manufacturers in Australia. It's easy to pick the ones that are closest to you.
Manufacturers list

Good luck with your search
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 21:37

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 21:37
For where you will be using it I think the aluminium Jimboomba Explorer would fit the bill well, they start at around $12K.
Here is ours was around $30K with all the fruit, but as I said you start with a great alloy trailer and build it up with the money you have left.
Jimboomba C/T
Cheers Bruce
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