Trakmaster caravans

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Hi all
Just after your comments on "Trakmaster Tanami" caravans.
Their build quality for Offroad travels and how good is the fibreglass shell for Offroad .
They look a great van but your comments as always will help

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Laurie

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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 16:40

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 16:40
Hi Laurie. If you mean the Tvan. I took mine to Cape York with no worries. If you are looking at one make shore it has the long drawbar. Cheers.

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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:32

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:32
Trakmaster isn't a Tvan.
I'm pretty sure it is a different company.
I have a Tvan but not a Trakmaster.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:39

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:39
The trakmaster Tanami is a 16+ foot monster dual axle bit of kit. Nothing like what Tvan company make.
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Reply By: wendys - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:01

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:01
Have a Trakmaster Kimberley. We have found the build quality to be excellent - all that they promised it would be. But it is the ordinary dimpled metal caravan cladding, so can't comment on fibreglass finish.
The company is good to deal with - we have used them over the years, too, for servicing our van.
I regard it as a genuine offroad van.
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:22

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:22
Thanks Wendy

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Reply By: Ross M - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:35

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:35
Hello Laurie S
Where is the Trakmaster you are asking about made?

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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:42

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 17:42
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Follow Up By: lancie49 - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 19:05

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 19:05
Yep, just up the road from me in Bayswater.
Here's a link to the Tanami.

http://www.trakmaster.com.au/Off-Road-Caravan/Trakmaster-Tanami.aspx
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 20:09

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 20:09
Hi Laurie,

I cannot comment on Trakmaster specifically but I can comment on the fibreglass shell concept.
We have just recently ordered a new van and have specified (at extra cost) fibreglass sides (comes with a one piece fibreglass roof).
My view is that the fibreglass is a far superior sheeting prodct than the paper thin aluminium used (it always seemed bizarre to me that so called $100,000 off road vans had 600mm of checkerplate along the sides and then paper thin aluminium sheeting above that).
I have seem photos of vans with their aluminium sheeting sliced like a knife from overhanging branches when going along overgrown bush tracks. Also hail damage is almost eliminated with a fibreglass sheeting. Also there are no joins in fibreglass sheeting - to let in water or moisture.
To us it was a no brainer - go for fibreglass.
But you must be careful of the quality - I am not talking about the ultra thin fibreglass that Jayco use on some of their vans. Check the thickness - should be a minimum of 1.9mm thick sheets.
Just an additional comment - my recollection (from my research) was that Trakmaster use timber frames. People will have their opinions on timber vs aluminium but do your own research and make a judgement for youself. After owning an Evernew (a very high quality van) that developed a small unknown leak - and caused damage/rot to the timber frame - I personally would not ever own a timber framed van again (just for peace of mind). But that is just my opinion. My preference now is welded box section aluminium frame.
Good luck and safe travelling in whatever you buy.
Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie S - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 20:35

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 20:35
Hi
Thanks for your info on the fibreglass material and I agree with you on the aluminium cladding as a possible down fall with leaks , timber rot and also ants.
This Trekmaster van is moulded glass on both sides with insulation sandwiched between .
That's why i'm looking for feedback on how it will standup to Offroad work.
How long to your Sunland arrives?

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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 20:49

Monday, Apr 09, 2012 at 20:49
Just another 5 weeks - starting to get excited now...lol.
There is another company that specializes in the sandwich panel you refer to - its called Gemhunter Caravans

http://www.gemhunter.com.au/

I was very impressed with the sandwich panel concept - but I did not have confidence in the build technique as its relatively new in caravans. I think there is no frame - just the panels glued together --roof and sides etc.

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Glen
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