Millard caravans

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 at 18:39
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Hi All,
We are new to the forum and thinking of upgrading from camper trailer to caravan. We are interested in a new Millard Horizon 17ft. with 'Outback Pack'.
Any comments, good or bad, would be appreciated.
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Reply By: thomo - Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 at 20:40

Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 at 20:40
Hi jonty
Are you set on buying a millard, have a look at a royal flair if you can.
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 08:48

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 08:48
Hi Jonty,
This is maybe a little biased... I found that my local Millard dealer behaved much like Arthur Daly...I bought a Jayco.. technically a better suspension than the Millard and an aluminum frame which wont rot if a bit of water does get in.
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Reply By: Greg - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 10:49

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 10:49
Hi Jonty

I have recently purchased a 17' millard horizon. I bought on price and it suited my needs but I recognise its limitations. I suggest that you get a tandem axle unit once around 17'. As far as the outback pack goes we have done alot of outback travelling over many years and deliberately made a decision not to get the offroad suspension and chassis. If you can afford it it is probably worth getting but my opinion is that caravans should never be taken on corrugated outback roads. You are asking for trouble no matter how good they are. As far as serious offroad stuff they should be banned. I also don't support taking even the best offroad trailers in the real serious stuff.

My opinion of the Millard and its dealer is that the van is ok for the price (24k less $700 of throwins). You get what you pay for, and the dealer, well he was just plain sneaky so watch out wherever you go.

Depending on your requirements, age etc think seriously about a van if you are going to want to travel a lot of gravel roads. Get a good offroad camper trailer if this is a major requirement.
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Reply By: Nav 80 - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 12:45

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 12:45
I support Gregs opinion 100%, we have a Gazal same as Milard I think,had my share of trouble with it,,yes you get what you pay for.
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Reply By: David N. - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 14:49

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 14:49
Have an 18 month old Millard Horizon.
Can't fault it, apart from a fault with the axle which was causing uneven tyre wear (axle manufacturer was at fault). Cost $115 to fix as I didn't discover it till well out of warranty.
That is my ONLY gripe with the van... in all other respects very happy indeed.
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Follow Up By: David N. - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 08:22

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 08:22
PS.. its a 17 foot poptop- I WOULD go for single axle again.....
The dealer is still fighting the axle manufacturer for me (a well known German company....) re the axle problem. ... it only cost me $115 so I'm not really that concerned either way!
I really couldn't be happier with the van- it does do some (good) dirt road miles and has no water or dust leaks at all.
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Reply By: Jonty - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 16:16

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 16:16
Thanks to all who replied. Some interesting thoughts.
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Reply By: PAULL - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 15:40

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 15:40
I have a 17ft single axle Millard, standard on road set up which has actually done a fair share of dirt roading, corrugations. I am really happy with it, the build quality of the frame is excellent, tyres and axles have been flawless, interior finishings are robust and stylish. It tows like a gem. Its a pop top and has been in all sorts of storms , gales etc with no problems!
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Reply By: Flash - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 08:34

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 08:34
I don't have a Millard but know two couples with them -both very happy with their purchase.
You get what you pay for..... or do you??
I also know two other couples with far more expensive vans ($70,000 plus)- different manufacturer- both of whom have heaps of major problems including water leaks into the wooden frame. - Give me aluminium frame anyday!
If I were buying new I would very seriously consider the Millard from what I've seen and heard. Have crawled all over my friends Millard vans and am quite impressed to say the least. One has been around Australia once so far - no problems at all other than a blown tyre after running over a rock.
Most impressive IMHO
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