Best family offload van?

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 19:49
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We are currently looking for an offroad family van with the following features:
Queen size bed
Bunks
Shower
Toilet
Outside slide out BBQ

We have been looking at the creative tanami van and this has all the features. Would love some new reviews on this van or any others that fit these criteria. We will be likely living in the van for 12 months or more with two young kids.
Thanks :)
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Reply By: Rebecca H - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 19:50

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 19:50
Oops that should say off ROAD
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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:18

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:18
Queensize bed???
we thought we had one of those but:
We were told by the manufacturer when we picked it up it is a queen size bed BUT a caravan queensize bed.
Be careful of these guys.

me thinks it would be best to have one built.
Where abouts are you Rebecca??

I have seen one similar with all the want list you have
Made by On The Move in Vic.

www.onthemovecaravans.com.au

really good value and build

Regards

Geoff
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:50

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:50
Thanks Geoff will check that out. We are in Tassie but out van will likely come from the mainland.
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 22:31

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 22:31
Very impressed with the look of the on the move vans and the very friendly staff at the end of the phone. Thanks!
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Follow Up By: aka - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:45

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:45
Have a look at designer vans in Wangarratta they have a web site
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:14

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:14
Hi Rebecca,

The AOR Quantum offroad camper could fit your list, though it has a full outside kitchen, not just a BBQ. After having had caravans and camper trailers for many years, the Qantum was my ideal cross-over.

If you prefer a full inside kitchen with just a slideout BBQ, then AOR make the Matrix which is a full height and slightly longer version of the Quantum. Anyway, check out the AOR website and see if they fit your bill Australian Off Road Campers.

The AOR range is fully off-road capable and while not cheap, are certainly capable of being able to go anywhere you can drag it.

Cheers

Captain
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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:20

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:20
Hi Captain

I am sure I read Rebecca was after a VAN not a camper

Regards

Geoff
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:23

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 11:23
Hi Geoff,

Umm... Rebecca also asked for something off-road, hence the recommendation not only to look at a Quantum (a cross-over) but also the Matrix, a full height van!

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:52

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:52
Thankyou I will have a look at the Matrix. We are certain we want a full size van this time. We did 9 weeks in a Jayco Flamingo and we have also camped a lot in Oztents however this trip we will be wanting as many home comforts as possible :)
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:58

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:58
The matrix doesn't seem to make a family van.
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Reply By: Barry 2 - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:11

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:11
Hi Rebecca After a long time researching "Off Road" caravans we decided that most are only Off Road by name and there are only 2 or 3 INMO that are capable of extended dirt road ( Off Road ) use.
We eventually ordered a Trakmaster in Bayswater Victoria (www.trakmaster.com.au ) they have a Caravan club which we contacted and spoke to a member who has a van the same as we were interested in and were kind enough to allow us to visit them and discuss everything about there van which I think they had owned for 10 yrs. It led to us ordering one which is due for delivery in Feb 2013. Trakmaster have been more than happy to sit down and discuss what kind of van we were after and advised us accordingly if certain things would work or not or suggested alternatives. We have never felt pressured in anyway. They are a custom built company not high turnover.
I have been more than happy with the process so far. They are more than happy for you to visit there factory during your build process which we have done a couple of times looking at vans being built before we even ordered ours. Looking forward to seeing ours during the build process. They are at the high end $$$$$$ "BUT" I believe that you get what you pay for.

Hopefully this helps and other than ordering a Trakmaster I have no other connection.
Just my experience with the company so far.

Happy Hunting

Barry - Southern Cross Dreaming
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 14:31

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 14:31
We did eighteen months of full-on reseach before ordering. Now after over 7 years of full time living on the road we love our 19' Bushtracker. Done the Gunbarrel and many of the other iconic tracks.

Had heaps of problems. (not)... ... a fridge thermostat, one door hinge, a water pump and a new shower hose.

Never buy another one - no need :-)

John
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