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RobertRyan

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Posted: 10/29/13 02:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After some very negative impressions with imported US 5vers by Australians ,casting a shadow over the 5th wheeler concept., locally built 5th Wheelers are tentatively getting a foothold.
Jayco has set aside a section in their factory to build their new 5th Wheelers.Sunliner has released two 5th Wheelers and someone has taken over a 5th Wheeler import Company to release his own"Australian " design.There are several other small manufacturers of 5th Wheelers here
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Trulux is another small custom producer, who has customers helping out in the Sales and Reception area!
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Not crazy about the shiny ceilings and the tacked on look of the rear trim ,I do like the large swing out windows.


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Hone Eagle wrote:

Not crazy about the shiny ceilings and the tacked on look of the rear trim ,I do like the large swing out windows.

Sunliner is primarily a Class C motorhome builder. That is what their Motorhomes also look like.

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Interesting concept under the pin of the Pacific rv. Not sure about all the white in the interiors, wouldn't stay that way around here for very long.


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camp-n-family wrote:

Not sure about all the white in the interiors, wouldn't stay that way around here for very long.

These are mainly bought by couples not families. One general complaint of US 5vers cabins is that they are too dark. That is why the white interiors with easy to clean surfaces.

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So, other than being cheaply built boxes on wheels (no offense to any owners intended), what led to the negative impressions of US built among Aussies?


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Tin Pusher wrote:

So, other than being cheaply built boxes on wheels (no offense to any owners intended), what led to the negative impressions of US built among Aussies?

Where do I start, very long list. Yes the very poor build quality in many units(not high end models not so much) was not a good look. US 5vers had suspensions that failed in Australian conditions, they all needed reinforcing. Unacceptable interior appintments, appliances, wiring and doors needed modification. Another problem was hitches cracking.Unlike a lot of Caravans could not do too much dirt road towing.

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I look forward, some day, to a healthy US market in pre-owned Aussie imports [emoticon]

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In the USA I very often see 5ths traveling down dirt roads into remote destinations. I myself have done this many times. However, most of the trailers in these locations are either older units or somewhat lower end. Nobody wants to take a high end trailer down wash board dirt roads, through mud etc. I've never once had any trouble caused by dirt roads with a US made trailer.


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mileshuff. We tend to have a lot more dirt roads and some really rough Off Road terrain... Not uncommon for people to do 15000 kilometres a lot of that Off Road. That is why some companies have developed Off Road 5vers. Normal 5vers would disintegrate.

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