Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby xmasbaby67 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:22 am

Yep I have friends that have an Oztrail 12 on a trailer that they bought from Rays Outdoors I think or some other generic camping store and the tents are Chinese and me personally I would not have bought what they have but that is my own personal opinion.

Go for Aussie made canvas as the tent is the part that will get the most battering with the putting up & down. Also try and take someone with you that knows a little about trailers so they can check out the welds, suspension etc for you.....

We have a Customline and love it but it was $12 which is over your budget I know but I agree with Gypsy about going in and talking to some of these guys like Ian at Customline & the Kerry at Modcon as they are two really reputable companies and nice guys to boot. Ian has the patience of a saint!!! hehehe.

Try looking out for second hand as this is the time of year people are upgrading and selling so look out for names like Customline, Modcon & Camel as they are all good CT's....

http://www.customline.com.au/

Good luck with your search
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby Titch » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:56 pm

We have a Oztrail 7 and are happy with it.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby sienna » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:08 pm

The first one is ripstop canvas. Another thing that gave it away was that it has two very big annexes which I remember seeing during my research last year.
Oztrail canvas is made in china but I'm told to aussie specs. I have seen it up close at the shows and it looks ok, better than ripstop but not quite as good as aussie canvas. I really liked the oztrail 9 cos it had a good sized tent and good ceiling height. I found the 7 to be a bit short for my liking but that's just me.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:54 am

Thanks!

So, it seems that the RipStop stuff is the imported, and possibly sub-standard. That's because it sags?

I'm thinking the OzTrail seems to sound like a nice compromise between price and quality. I can't afford more than $6K, but would like some space, as well as something that may last a few years... I'm guessing our camping trips would be maybe a couple in winter, the rest being between winter and the humid times of summer. So, just a guess, I'm thinking maybe 10 trips a year? Does that sound around average for usage?

I've got quotes to get a towbar attached to my Captiva... Seems like $644 is the winnetr for a 'Hayman Reese' 2000kg rated towbar.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby donnao » Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:10 am

Our camper trailer came from ModCons (same as GypsyLady's). We bought their 'cheap' model! It is an aluminium trailer with oztrail12 tent. We love it!! Have no complaints. The canvas is great and the window screens are fine enough to keep sandflies and midgies out.
We first saw Modcons at the camping show at the RNA and then went out to see them at their place in capalaba. There was no pressure to decide at the show as their deal continued for a couple of weeks AFTER the show. This we really liked so that we do some research and decide in our own time.
They are a lovely company to deal with and we are extremely happy.



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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:12 pm

Ah, heart break! :cry:

We saw, online, a OzTrail 12 that really looked nice. And nearby! spoke to the seller, and they said we must pop buy and see it. We organised a time for the weekend, but today, someone went, saw, offered LESS than we were going to offer, and have put down a deposit. :(

Darn...

Trying to look at all the options though: Is it OK to buy the campter trailer TOP from one seller, and the trailer from another? And then get the trailer maker fit the top to the trailer? Because I see you can get an OzTrail 12 top for around $3400... just wondering what the cost would be to get it married to a trailer?
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby Titch » Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:51 pm

How handy are you with tools?
Ours is bolted with 6 bolts, plus the clips to hold the elastic.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:13 am

I can tighten nuts and bolts. :) but if there is drilling and cutting involved, I will need help.

Are 'camel' camper trailers ok? I gave seen a camel nomad 2004.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby sienna » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:46 am

Camel is really good. I have a secondhand one and am really happy with it. Good aussie canvas. Definitely go check it out quickly.

You can buy the tent part separately and get it installed on a trailer but bear in mind the tent part is REALLY heavy and unless yo have muscles around to help, it will be difficult to do it by yourself at home. I looked at this option too. In the end I found my secondhand one.

I think I spoke at length with modcon at a show last year. They were lovely and didn't pressure me at all. And bonus that the deals continued after the show. Gives you a chance to take it all in and make a good decision.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby xmasbaby67 » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:09 pm

We also had Camel on our shortlist before we went with our Customline.

The main thing to check when adding a tent top to a trailer is to make sure the tent is long enough. By that I mean make sure you measure how high the trailer sits from the ground to top(where you will be attaching the tent to) as sometimes they(the tents) are not long enough and dont touch the ground.

I would try getting the whole package if you can if you are not handy with tools. We are not handy AT ALL so that is why we got the tent/trailer together.

Let us know how you get on......ask heaps of questions and keep looking something will eventually pop up as this is the peak selling time for second hand CT's.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:06 am

Going to try see the Camel today.

Notice a lot of nice looking CTs on Ebay, but the vast majority of the ones in my search (200km from my address, and between 2k and 6k) are marked as 'Ripstop'. So, just to confirm, Ripstop is not good? Becaue it sags? (I assume it doesn't rip - due to it's name? :roll: )

The option to marry a tent with a trailer is still appealing to me. I really like this tent (http://www.kampers.com.au/sale.php?p=Camper_12). It's a brand new OzTRail 12. $3295. It looks like box trailers, 7x4, can be found for around $1,500/2,000.

This doesn't seem a bad option, but I'd like the tent to be fitted to the trailer by the trailer maker or someone who knows what they're doing... This seems like quite a good option?
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby sienna » Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:07 am

Ripstop is no good cos it's chinese imported, probably sags (I have seen some do this but won't make a blanket statement) and according one website I went to, it isn't as waterproof as aussie canvas. It doe rip as I have seen one with a small rip. I'm guessing that maybe the rip isn't sposed to rip as far as it might if it was other canvas. But I don't know enough about that sort of thing. That would be a question for a canvas specialist.

When putting a tent top to your own trailer, I think I was quoted about $200 to get it fitted by the tent supplier. You'd have to check if they do that.

You can get a brand new camel for just under $6k (this is a base model). That doesn't include rego and transport but if you saw one at a show then they wouuld have deals on their display models as would other companies. Just a thought.

Let us know how you go with the secondhand camel if you get to see it. You'll probably find that secondhand ones have extra fit ons like pole carriers, tool box, water tank etc. These are things to look out for as they will cost dollars when retro fitting them. That's what I am in the process of doing - adding extra bits. It's not cheap.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:32 pm

It's such a pity about RipStop, as they seem to be flooding the market right now... I came across this ebay sale:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/road-camper-trai ... 4aa5395f86

No mention of the tent make/type, and the trailer is 'Nathan', which seems OK. Called 'John' up, and he confirmed it's Ripstop. Argh. :(

$4,800 would have been nice...

At the moment, an OzTrail 12 (Which, am I right in saying, isn't a bad tent, and won't suffer the same suggaing as RipStop?) Tent bought from the seller mentioned a few posts up (which is brand new), and then a trailer from a local retailer, and then hopefully, the retailer can attach the tent to the trailer. That's the plan at the moment, unless something else comes up.

I'm still hurting that we missed out on that OzTrail earlier this week! And the thing is, we told the lady (Who was selling) that we would offer the ASKING price... but she went and accepted an offer UNDER the asking price. :| And they're around a 10 minute drive from me. Darn...
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby Rosco1 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:15 pm

MacLister....We bought a CIG Camper Trailer....mainly because the quality of welding and presentation over the ''crap'' thats out there....(including some of the more expensive models / brands.)
Sienna is quite correct when she mentioned about the roof sagging (pooling)....we have bought 2 more spacers which I believe should have been with it in the 1st place.....The only other problem is the water tank being only 60ltrs (we are working on that).....The price you are suggesting is the basic model...after you have added on the kitchen,tool box,water tank...etc etc....the price will be quite abit more...
At this point ...I 'd rate them about 7 out a 10......but will end up 10--outta 10 when We use the extra struts/spacers and change the water tank to 100lts next time

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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:31 pm

Thanks Rosco!

You tend to forget about all the extras...

Can anyone comment on a Marlin Camper Oztrail 12 Camper Trailer? I assume the 'Marlin' would be the trailer, and the OzTrail 12 is the tent, right?
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