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    Hi everyone
    I recently got a 2006 Sprite Scout caravan in perfect condition. I am new to towing but not camping and want to be able to do most gravel roads and generally a bit rougher roads. I know it is probably crazy to try and convert the little scout to a full on off roader but would love to know what is possible given the constraints. I want to be able to reach far off places with my caravan still behind me. What would anybody out there suggest is practical and effective to do?

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    Kempton Caravans (?) had a Scout Nomad model on the market which was converted as a gravel roader.
    [B]Johan Prinsloo

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    Ramcom Trucks in George has just done a lift and strengthen up on the chassis of a Sprite, I think it was a Sport. Looks far better and tows beautifully on gravel roads. If you want details drop me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JP View Post
    Kempton Caravans (?) had a Scout Nomad model on the market which was converted as a gravel roader.
    • Axle raised 50mm with spacers and uprated to 1500kg #
    • 15 inch wheels plus spare #
    • Ali side panels overlayed with chequered plate
    • All canvas replaced with rip stop olive
    • Side hatch tent fitted with extra ventilation panels
    • Windows and entrance door fitted with insect gauze #
    • Water tank and pump
    • Where possible screws replaced with nuts and bolts #
    • All furniture bolted to floor #
    • Caravan sidewalls secured to floor with heavy duty ali angle #
    • 220v only electrics replaced with 12/220v system including 20a/h charger and 100 a/h deep cycle battery #
    • All interior/ exterior lighting national luna 12 volt #
    • Vanity basin and tap fitted to interior kitchen worktop
    • Brad harris plug fitted to charge system whilst towing #
    • A frame boxed and reinforced #
    • Hella plugs fitted internally and externally
    • Fibreglass a frame fairing replaced with ali chequered plate
    • 220v 3 way waterproof multi plug fitted to exterior
    • Patio awning in olive ripstop
    • 2x jerry cans supplied and fitted to rear of caravan
    • Tie down securing hooks bolted to floor
    • Bull bar fitted up front
    • Heavy duty locks fitted to main door and sleeping hatch #
    • Ali side table permanently mounted to side of caravan
    • Kitchen table and wash up permantly mounted to rear of caravan
    • Rear stoep awning fitted over kitchen area at back
    • Nosecone fibreglass floor reinforced to house 1 gas bottle supplied #
    • 1 x free standing side tables supplied and stored on offside of caravan
    • Standard 220 V fridge freezer
    • Standard dual 220V and 12V lights
    • Spare wheel bracket mounted to a-frame which allows for more packing space in nose cone #

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    Thank you very much guys. I spoke to the guys from Kempton caravans, it gave me lots of ideas. I am in Cape Town so I would need some local advice. Dave, it could be great to get the info on Ramcon

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    Did you ever go ahead with any conversion - I own a 1994 and am considering something similar.
    cheers
    Trevor

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    Hi Trevor

    I have not done it yet. I still cannot make up my mind. Kempton caravans make up what they call a Nomad and for this they will charge you in the vicinity of R40 000 depending on the extras. I live in the Cape Town area so that is a bit far. Also I am not convinced that I need to spend that much. Your ideas?

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    Hi Trevor

    Also when I broke down the concept, in my view, the main concerns are a) Wheels and suspension and b) whether the body work of a ordinary caravan can in fact withstand "sinkplaat" gravel for long distances. "a" is easier to solve but "b" seems to involve almost an complete build over.

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    Willie
    Last edited by Willie Ward; 2014/04/02 at 03:15 PM. Reason: spelling

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    moved this post to new thread:

    Sprite Scout converted to Off-roader
    Last edited by Le fut; 2014/05/18 at 03:26 PM.

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