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Post Info TOPIC: on the search for a van


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on the search for a van

Hi everyone,

We are new to the forum, just in the process of looking for a van, researching and interested in different opinions of nomads.

Such a lot of vans out there, its confusing but still fun looking around.


Margaret and Bill


MJ Rose

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Welcome to the gang Margaret and Bill, enjoy here and out in the playground.

Vans and tugs are a personal choice thing so will not confuse you any further However, that said, make sure you check weights listed on compliance plate/s and they are within your tugs limits, combined weights are very important as well. Don't forget to include both of you and any fur babies in the calculations. Don't believe everything the salesmen tell you as they are there to sell only.

I thought I had it all sorted when ordering my aluminium teepee build but found out too late that the teepee was 100kg over the ATM listed. Took a lot of sorting out and culling to now be under the ATM. So do it now as it is much easier now than later. In my case the builder of the teepee AND the dealer were gone so was on my own. All good now though and I am enjoying my aluminium teepee in the playground full time.

Keep Safe on the roads and out there.


Live Life On Your Terms

DOUG  Chief One Feather  (Losing feathers with age)

TUG.......2014 Holden LT Colorado Twin Cab Ute with Canopy

DEN....... "Chief" Arrow CV  (with some changes)



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G'day Margaret and Bill and welcome to the forum.  Don't forget to try the two ongoing games here - 'Who is This' in the 'I Digress' section and 'Pick this Place' in the 'General' Section - a great source to find new places to visit.

The choice of vans is bewildering, especially with the decision of new or second hand.  Like Dougwe I don't like to make suggestions as they are such a personal item.  Make yourselves a list of where you'd like to go with the van, is off road essential or just 'nice'.  Sometimes it can be easier to park-up the van and then day trip in the rougher terrain.  Weights are essential to be correct so worthwhile checking everything in that area - and insist on a weighbridge ticket to 'prove' the weights.  Aim for 300kg+spare weight to allow for clothes, food and water and all the other essential gear.

Pete and Marion 


I'm just a CAD at heart


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Get good advice and free downloads of check-list at Caravan Council of Australia;

Hope to see you out there


AKA; Ali El-Aziz Mohamed Gundawiathan

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And its welcome from us two 2 Margaret and Bill
Yes as said a very personal choice .
Once you narrow it down a bit Im sure the good people on here will be able to offer advice on the finer points to look.



 When the power of Love becomes greater than the love of power the World will see peace !  24ft Trailblazer 5th wheeler n 05 Patrol ute and Black Series Dominator camper trailer ( for the rough stuff) 

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