Coast Resorts Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: 5th Wheelers in Australia slowly getting accepted
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > 5th Wheelers in Australia slowly getting accepted

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 9  
Prev  |  Next
laknox

Arizona

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 10/30/13 11:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RobertRyan wrote:

milestuff that was the point of my last post you can get to all towns using paved roads in Australia, but to get to " the real"back country" you go by dirt .


Hell, there are plenty of towns all across the U.S. that only have dirt road access. Then there's Canada and Alaska. :-)

Lyle


2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab 4x4 6.5' Bed
Banks Bullet Tuner and Monster Exhaust
B&W Turnover Ball with 5th Wheel Companion
2004 Komfort 25FSG Fifth Wheel
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 59 Year Member

laknox

Arizona

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 10/30/13 11:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RobertRyan wrote:

laknox wrote:

I know when we bought our Komfort in '04, they had a dedicated "off road" 19' travel trailer. Extra ground clearance, BFG All Terrain TA tires (overkill, IMO), outside kitchen, diamond plate all around the lower 1/3 of the box, and other "rough country" items.

Jayco in Australia has been getting enquirers in the US about a low cost Off Road suspension they are developing. Do not know which companies though.


Cool! Keep us posted if you find anything out.

Lyle

RobertRyan

Australia

Senior Member

Joined: 03/16/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 10/31/13 01:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

laknox wrote:

Hell, there are plenty of towns all across the U.S. that only have dirt road access. Then there's Canada and Alaska. :-)

Lyle

I know that but did want to muddy the argument excuse the pun.

2112

Texas

Senior Member

Joined: 07/16/2011

View Profile



Posted: 10/31/13 05:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The main quality problem with US built caravans is they build junk and we buy it, period. The majority of US RV owners are not willing or able to purchase a high end, well built unit so corners are cut everywhere to bring down the price point for the masses.

I like the techno-euro d├ęcor of the examples you provided. I also like that not a stitch of cheap carpet flooring to be found. Most here desire there home on wheels look and feel like there stick and brick so that is what they build.


2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost SuperCab Max Tow, 2084# Payload, 11,300# Tow,
Timbrens, PullRite SuperGlide 2700 15K
2013 KZ Durango 2857


RobertRyan

Australia

Senior Member

Joined: 03/16/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 10/31/13 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2112 wrote:

The main quality problem with US built caravans is they build junk and we buy it, period. The majority of US RV owners are not willing or able to purchase a high end, well built unit so corners are cut everywhere to bring down the price point for the masses.

Agreed we have moved as far as interiors go and our Caravans(not just 5th Wheelers) have to be built more ruggedly than what you get in the US
AVIDA who make Motorhomes has just ventured into making Caravans. They are not by our standards expensive units.
[image]
[image].
Interior of Lotus Off Road Caravan. Not a studio shot
[image]

RobertRyan

Australia

Senior Member

Joined: 03/16/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/03/13 01:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a pavement only beefed up US 5ver with a Japanese Truck TV.
[image]
Another pavement only 5ver.
[image]

* This post was edited 11/03/13 01:37am by RobertRyan *

elkhorn98

Santa Rosa, California

Senior Member

Joined: 07/31/2001

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 11/03/13 08:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How are the suspensions beefed up? Are they still leaf springs?


Elkhorn98
2010 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4x4 Duramax/Allison w/45 gal Transfer Flow Tank
RBW X16 Slider, Yamaha EF 2400iS
2007 Springdale 245 5th Wheel - E-Z Flex HD Suspension & Mobile Outfitters Shock Kit Upgrades
with Firestone Transforce Ht Lt 2357515 C tires


stsmark

Northern CA

Senior Member

Joined: 09/09/2009

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/03/13 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

elkhorn98 wrote:

How are the suspensions beefed up? Are they still leaf springs?


My question as well, torsion axles? Air bag with a trailing link? How about basic wall and box construction?


Mark, Cathy and Zoey (aka The Golden Missle)
2011 F350 CCSB 6.7 (aka Frosty)
1993 Ski Nautique Closed Bow (aka Cal)
Lasher Sport ATH
Lasher Sport BTX

DodgeVoltage

MD

Full Member

Joined: 12/08/2011

View Profile



Posted: 11/03/13 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

These interiors remind me of a hospital room- cold and sterile. I definitely prefer the warm, inviting, less contemporary darker woods we use in the states even if they are cheaply built. Now if we could just get the best of both worlds- quality and warm.


2010 Dodge 3500 Mega Cab Cummins Diesel DRW
2009 GMC 2500HD D/A Crew Cab
2012 Dutchmen 3795 Voltage Epic Package
2012 Smart Fortwo Passion
2017 Smart Fortwo Proxy
AD USAF 1996-2011 1700+ hrs E-3B/C AWACS
NYANG 2011-Present


K-State Wildcats!


RobertRyan

Australia

Senior Member

Joined: 03/16/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 11/04/13 12:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

elkhorn68 wrote:

How are the suspensions beefed up? Are they still leaf springs?

Extra bracing and heavier springs. Early US 5vers had a lot of problems with suspensions collapsing No specialized suspensions like the Australian Caravans and 5vers.. These are primarily pavement only with very little Off Road stuff.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 9  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > 5th Wheelers in Australia slowly getting accepted
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2017 CWI, Inc. © 2017 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS