Family size camper trailer ... for first timer

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Family size camper trailer ... for first timer

Postby dwinter » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:34 pm


We are just starting to look at camper trailer options and could do with some pointers.

Family of 6 (children of 8, 5, 3, 8months) so obviously space will be important!!

Not expecting to off-road, not got a big 4x4 to tow it with.

Any thoughts on where to start?

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Postby Jok » Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:35 pm

A trakshak might be big enough maybe?

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Family size camper trailer ... for first timer

Postby dwinter » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:25 pm

The Trak Shak certainly is big enough ... although I do not own a 4 wheel drive, so was not anticipating getting an off road trailer.

Anyone got any suggestions for an on-road camper trailer for a family of 6?
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Postby Scolers » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:17 am

What about something from the Jayco range?

ie. Jayco Swan, Hawke, etc.

Got to the 'camper railer' section. Any Commodore or even a Camry will pull them and they are well fitted out.

Good Luck!

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Postby Derek Bullock » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:00 am

Hi Derek

What type of camper are you looking at. A pop top caravan type like a Jayco or more a camper trailer. Have a look at my Camel Camper at viewtopic.php?t=1180.

I camped for years with three kids from when they were babes util late teens in a cabin type tent so know where you are coming from. If you are looking at a camper trailer I know that mine would be big enough for a family that size and there is the added comfort of a queen bed for you and your wife.

Trouble is there are so many options on the market these days.

Might be worth while checking out a caravan camping show. Not sure where you are located but here are a few coming up.

Gold Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD & Boat show
16-18 March 2007

Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow
Caulfield Racecourse
28 March 2007 – 3 April 2007

National 4x4 Show & Outdoors Expo
30 March 2007 – 1 April 2007



PS. Good name you got there :+
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Postby jollyroger » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:31 am

Are you willing to pay for a new one first up?
Have you thought about secondhand - then if you like it you can buy a new one and make all the modifications needed to that.
Or go to a place that hires them out. Look at all the sizes...try this link.

I found it very helpful strarting out.
We have a medium size CT with family of four. We need a bigger tent area now. But we bought secondhand so no real loss. We will uograde next year to a bigger newer CT.
I don't want to go to the Simpson Desert (done that) so I don't need a huge Off Roader.
Good luck!
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Postby Blue Bravo » Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:27 pm

The camping and caravan shows are a good way to find out what's on the market. Careful though you can end up confused by the choice. Important to get the things that are important right the rest is a compomise. Crawling baby probably look at a small Jayco or hard floor camper eg cub. Older kids then youn might be looking for floor space so the the soft floor's offer space limited only by how much canvas you want to put up.
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