The temptation too difficult to resist huh
We to just had our local Camping & 4wd expo and it is always interesting to see whats out there.
Interesting, was the way some people inspect a CT when the're all set up.
Whilst every inch of the canvas is insepected, the bed sat on, the kitchen played with, not all that many people looked at the actual trailer itself.
There were alot of 'off-road' campers being displayed that still only came with slipper springs, 50mm ball coupling and non-tubular chassis. Was only a select few (the ones with the bigger price tag) that only truely produced a trailer that I'd be comfortable in taking off the black top.
I just had a look at the range of CT's that Customline offer, seems pretty good value actually.
What type were you interested in, the basic on-road, delux on-road or the delux off-road ?
I looked at the delux off-road variant, and I was impressed in the standard line up. The only optional extra's I would suggest as being a good idea, and this is only my opinion based on my experience so far with CT's is;
1) Galvanising $650 - I had a trailer which wasn't galvanised that I purchased new. It sat outside under a tarp and only lasted 3 years before it completely rusted through the floor and structure. Well worth the money.
2) Stone guard $250 - towing behind a vehicle will throw rocks at the front of the CT continuously, won't be long before you will have chips in paintwork / gal coating and rust will begin. Will also reduce the effects of mud a little more too
3) Pole holder $130 - Some of the tents poles will stay attached to the CT when disassembled, but youo will still have plenty of poles to find a place for. If your anything like me and pack what you can fit for a trip, the extra space a pole holder will afford you is essential.
Most will be in the form of a 90mm PVC tube that's attached to the front of the CT. If your thionking about an optional annex, might pay to have thrown on a second tube, will always come in handy (I have three!).
4) A suitable off-road hitch such as a Hyland, Orac or a Tregg, in this case the Hyland $290 - The standard 50mm ball that usually is the standard coupling don't like being offset from the max 25 deg (not 100% on the actual figure). The end result can be the coupling popping off the ball
Never a good situation to be in. I personally preffer the Tregg as it used a block of polyeurethane to couple the two vehicles together resulting in good isolation of vibration etc coming from the CT.
5) Brakes $500-$600 - The law's state that any trailer over 750kg must have brakes fitted. I personally think brakes are a good idea regardless of the weight. The prices shown on the Customliner web site list electric as being $150 cheaper than the usual manual over-ride type, something I'd be checking oout prior to making a decision. Electric are usually much more $$$ than manual over-ride.
6) Spreader Bar $150 - Not essential until you find out how the canvas handles the wet. Some will pool water on the roof which is not a good thing. The pool will steadily grow larger and heavier !
There is other stuff that's a good idea but not what Id regard as essential.
If your not looking at the off-road model, then suggestions 2 and 4 would not be required.
The general price of the trailers seem pretty good and the pricing of the optional bits also seem pretty cheap too.
Another option is that now days, because there are soooo many CT manufacturers, the second hand market has really cheapened up. There are alot of second hand units out there now that are very cheap and of good quality, some that have only ever been used once or twice
. Might also be worth a look.
That's my 2c worth, hope it helps