Types of Pop Top/Expanda Cavanans - Advise please

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:16
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I am considering buying a pop top expanda for my family of 5. We have never done caravaning and am hoping for some advise. The four types of vans we are looking at are the Jayco Expanda, Paramount duet, Windsor Rapid and the Concept Icon. Can anyone please provide me with their knowledge and recommendations on these types of vans. Or can you recommend l look at something else before making a decision. We are only looking at the vans that expand both ends and have bunks.
Please any advise would be great!
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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 21:36

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 21:36
Hi Robyn
i cant coment on any of the vans except the jayco expanda
we bought a 16-49-3 shower/toilet 6 months ago and we love it
it has a great layout easy and quick to set up
we have had a few minnor issues that jayco have fixed no questions asked.
just little thiings like door locks sticking leaking hose(external)
we looked at a winsor but couldnt justify the extra $( lots of them)
just got back today from 2 weeks away nothing to complain about.
good luck with your choice
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 22:23

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 22:23
What exactly is a cavanan?
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Follow Up By: P2D2 - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 06:45

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 06:45
Obviously you didn't go to a good school where they taught the Queen's English, or didn't go past grade 2.

A 'cavanan' is a spacious caravan suited to a family
Cavanan derived from the Latin 'caev' meaning space, and 'nan' something to be able to be pulled along or trailed

cavity ['kæv?t?]
n pl -ties
1. a hollow space; hole

cavanan ['kæv??næn]
a. a large enclosed vehicle capable of being pulled by a car or lorry and equipped to be lived in
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Follow Up By: Robyn R1 - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 09:24

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 09:24
Not sure why you have to be so rude! Was just asking for advise.
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Reply By: P2D2 - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 06:53

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 06:53
Jayco Expanda. If anything needs repairing you can rely on Jayco for warranty backup. Jayco do not practice warranty avoidance like most other RV manufacturers. The last thing you want is pain and drama with such an expensive purchase.
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Reply By: scoots68 - Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 23:49

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 23:49
Hi Robyn, we have a Jayco 16-49-2 for our family of 6. It is great & we have travelled alot with ours & are about to embark on a 14 week trip with all the kids. With only 3 kids you can use the top bunk for storage & just have someone sleeping on the bottom or vice versa. The only problem with the bunk model is that the kitchen is quite small but you get used to that & there's not too much you can do about it if you need the extra beds. We briefly looked at the Paramount Duet & Windsor Rapid but could not justify the extra cost. Don't know anything about the Concept Icon, sorry.
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Follow Up By: Robyn R1 - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:03

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:03
Thanks for your reply,

Is it fair to say that when looking at all the others it does come down to cost?? The concept seems to be built really well. The others seem to have really poor quality fittings. Is that just vans in general?? There is a huge difference in price from the Jayco to the others.
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Follow Up By: scoots68 - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:58

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 10:58
People bag the Jayco's and usually say that their build quality is lower than the other brands but we have never had a problem. We bought a Swan new & sold it 2 1/2 yrs later for what we paid. We bought our Expanda 2nd hand & that too has been great. I wouldn't take it on any really rough roads but then I wouldn't take a Windsor or a Paramount either, none of them are really built sturdy enough for off road work. If you want to do that sort of travel then you need a serious off road van. If you just want to see the country side & travel mainly on the bitumen I think you can't go past the Jayco for value for money.
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Reply By: Frances - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 16:53

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 16:53
Hi Robyn, we bought an expanda - the bunk model when we took our 5 kids around Australia 5 years ago. It was an excellent choice and suited us perfectly. You just have to make sure you do a test run and iron out any problems with it warranty wise before you leave on your big trip. The other brands just didn't stack up against the expanda either for room or price. When we got home we sold it for $500 less than what we paid for it brand new.
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