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  1. #101
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    Default Off Road Caravans

    I have a Commander for three years now-bought second hand but registered as new as the previous owner did not even had it registered in his name and sold it
    Must admit had a few issues but Conqueror Head Office sorted it out in no time.
    Must add you take a while to get used to it when towing due to the independent suspension.
    But Off Road is where it true colors comes out.
    I recently took it to Conqueror in Heidelberg for a complete servive and I was very surprised at the service level I recieved.
    I decided to change all whell bearings as well as the two coils. I already have the Camel coils over shocks.
    What they did was to remove the shock mountings and installed new ones as well the straps was replaced with double straps and NO CHARGE
    All Shcok bolts as well as HUB bolts were changed to 10.2 Grade Bolts for free again.
    She tows like a dream.
    Be carefull these are not high speed towing caravans though.
    I would have bought a Imagine Comfort Van had I had the money as I paid for my Commander 150 000 full house including a 70 l Nat Luna fridge freezer and at that price I could not resist.
    My only extra cost was installing a geyser and if you realy want to keep SWAMBO happy get the geyser8)
    Must admit the shower tent is not much to write home about but also heard they made changes to it. So when I get around to Heidelberg again will look at it.
    Good Luck with your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ou Bees View Post
    I decided on the Kavango after looking at all the mjor ones available. Decision based on teh following:

    1. Fibreglas, no woodrot (had major issues with late model caravan)
    2. Setup time
    3. Liked the conquerer but did not like all teh sharp steel edges / corners
    4. Towed all three and Kavango felt most stable, including stretch of bad dirt road
    5. Space inside for those rainy days, U-Shape seeting with space

    Things I did not like:
    1. Awning, replaced
    2. Latches on roof, replaced
    3. The gap to get into teh front fold-out bed can be an issue for larger / older people.

    In the end it is personal choice, but to date not one days issue with the Kavango.
    Hi Bees

    See you replaced the awing on the Kavango. What did you do?

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    Our Miskruiers took all the beatings Kaokoland dished out over the last 3 weeks. Only evidence remaining is the stone chips and “pin stripes” we picked up from Epupa Falls to Marble Mine. Tuff little buggers. Easy 10 min set up and also great for quick roadside stops to eat something.
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    Michael Louw (Kooskop) My naam is NIE Koos nie..
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    Quite ironic the Jurgens frame (normal caravan I presume) lying there in the one pic. Anyone know its story?
    Disclaimer - All my posts on this forum is without prejudice, is based on my fair assumptions or perceptions, might not be factually correct, is in no way intended to cause harm to anyone and is acted upon at your own discretion.

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    Number 7 is an awesome camping shot.
    Stay Safe
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    Making today a great day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Quite ironic the Jurgens frame (normal caravan I presume) lying there in the one pic. Anyone know its story?
    It's an Explorer, which is a very capable offroad caravan. There were pics posted on an earlier thread where the caravan was still almost complete. Wonder who ransucked it?
    "If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost"

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    Oeg Micheal nou verlang ek vreeeeeeslik. Dis my wereld daardie - bly maar pragtig. I am still waiting for BL147. It is apparently at the depot in Cape Town! Ai tog!!!
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    It was a Jurgens Xcape on route to Marble Mine. Deon, that camping picture was just out of the river bed at AmsPoort. Lots of elephants, giraffs etc. Ja Rika, daai wereld het lank terug al my hart gesteel....




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    I must say that bush lapa looks like a great van......the only problem i have is that the bed is too small/short, the awning which is able to get a branch caught under it in heavy bush and you are still sleeping in a tent....... everything else that I have seen in pictures on this site, I like.
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    I've just read all the comments on this topic as I am also looking around for an offroad caravan. Having used a trailer before, the only non-negotiable is that it must be a 4 berth. have always considered the xplorer to be the way to go (could be because they have been around for a while), but there are now certainly strong contenders around. The miskruier is probably top of the list at this stage but my budget will only allow second hand. So my options at this stage is the explorer, kavango or commander. Of these three the xplorer, due to it being around much longer, is more available 2nd hand than the others.

    I would however like some comments on the Sprite tourer, which is marketed as a gravel roader. Has anybody got one of these and what type of terrain can they handle?

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    Default sprite tourer

    I've just read all the comments on this topic as I am also looking around for an offroad caravan. Having used a trailer before, the only non-negotiable is that it must be a 4 berth. have always considered the xplorer to be the way to go (could be because they have been around for a while), but there are now certainly strong contenders around. The miskruier is probably top of the list at this stage but my budget will only allow second hand. So my options at this stage is the explorer, kavango or commander. Of these three the xplorer, due to it being around much longer, is more available 2nd hand than the others.

    I would however like some comments on the Sprite tourer, which is marketed as a gravel roader. Has anybody got one of these and what type of terrain can they handle?

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    Default Luigi

    Hi Guys I am new to the forum but my suggestion is to wait for the Getaway show at the end of August 2013. there you will have most of all the big boys showing you their best and latest. but good luck any way as it is really a big decision. Luigi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    It was a Jurgens Xcape on route to Marble Mine. Deon, that camping picture was just out of the river bed at AmsPoort. Lots of elephants, giraffs etc. Ja Rika, daai wereld het lank terug al my hart gesteel....




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    Ek huil my dood as daai my wa was.....dis baie hartseer....


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    Die Jurgens lyk soos 'n Xcape, nie Explorer.

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    Hi Gnosis
    You really should look at Afrispoor- Dave Coombs is local, building a variety of trailer designs out of stainless steel, is local thus support is not an issue. His latest rendition is very similar to the Companion etc type mini caravan. Go see him- you will be impressed

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    Quote Originally Posted by vet View Post
    latest rendition is very similar to the Companion etc type mini caravan.
    Any pictures? Nothing avialable on their website....
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    No not yet- phone him and he will mail you. I am lending one to try out next week. He also had a stand at the Getaway show and will be at Bella Bella. Afrispoor has been making quality products since 1998 so he has lots of experience. He is also willing to listen to you- a rareity these days

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    I love my Kavango 2010 model

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    Quote Originally Posted by vet View Post
    I am lending one to try out next week

    Cool.....take some pics then and post. Better to see it in action while being used....
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    Default Jurgens Explore 2011

    The best for this caravan is towing it and it is quite comfortable staying in.


    But I have to say it is very badly build / quality control. Every trip on or off-road something will broke. Axel on the way to Komatipoort, 12volt charger and battery had to buy C-Tek and battery during camping holiday, front door forever leak and storage front one always vibrate loose, extra.
    I cannot recommend this one unfortunately.

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