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Intro and van v Xtrail


Hi all, new member whos stumbled upon the forum from multiple sites and searches. 

Im about to get a new car initially for weekends away to dip a toe in the water. The current dilemma is do I get a van (likely hyundai iload or imax) or a Nissan x trail. 

X trail i can take on the beach and the 2008-2013 shape seats go flat so can take a mattress in the back and maybe a platform to slide boards under, but not much else space wise. Its also better to drive/smaller around town. 

Alternatively a van, value for money and available parts I think the imax are more available but also looking at Iload. Would need to remove seats from imax too. Ive seen it done once on here and think I could get that done. If anyone has any thoughts on those options (or other vans that are good/which way to go 4wd v van, anything else) would love to hear them. 



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i had an x-trail (manual)an thought that gearing was to high for any serious off road or slow driving. an auto may be better

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Hi, welcome to the forum.

Can you hire the vehicles you are considering and test them out that way? If you were to hire an X-trail and take it somewhere, you could assess whether you could be comfortable sleeping in the back of it or not. Also, you need to consider what else you'd want to take and how much room you have to pack it. Before I got my caravan, I went away with a tent. All of the "stuff" (bed, bedding, chair, esky, kitchen things, small gas bottle, portable stove, water containers) filled up the (IMO huge) rear of my Kluger without any of it being big or bulky. Whether you are someone who can live out of a backpack may affect your decision, as will what you want to do. eg, if you'll buy takeaways, you won't need cooking things, but you'll spend more on food.

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Thanks both for the thoughts. In terms of what I need I guess a bit dictated by what space I have too, but for shorter trips could get away with takeaway/basic gas setup and boiling water I think, just need to store it while driving and overnight if I sleep in the back. I will look at the hire idea, that's not a bad one and something I hadn't considered. I have gone to a car yard and lay down in the back of an x trail, I fit but not much in terms of extra length. The guy there actually told me forester's are better to go on beach in as they have non slip diff (I think that's what it was, something diff related that the x trail doesn't have). Moot point if I end up with a van though.



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We have a Freelander, basically the same size as an X-Trail. We usually sleep inside but it is 20 minutes twice a day to rearrange the car & you need to have compact quality equipment, but once organised it works well.

I traveled from Sydney to Perth over two weeks to pick other half up from the airport. So I could leave the rear ready to sleep. Also a month in Tassie by myself.

If you have crap weather a car can get tiresome quickly. A van you will be able to sit & stand simply to stretch!

Three months is our limit in a car & we are glad to get home.

4wd you can get to more places vs a van where you have more creature comforts.



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Vansam, link to modifications to iLoad by another member

https://thegreynomads.activeboard.com/t66459481/newbie-with-hyundai-imax-iload-starex/

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