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    To highlight some differences I have noticed during my research.
    The roof is a pop up one so ventilation will be more efficient compared to those that only slant- also will give a more roomy airy feel inside the van. The back door swings to the side- I am quite tall and bump my head on the door that opens upward. The front bed is huge, both wide and long, again a good fit for me. The entrance to the front bed seems bigger and I did not bump my head getting into bed.
    There are 2 steps to get into the van- easy to get in for the little ones.
    The stabilises simply drop down and work straight away- they do not have to be fitted.
    The van comes standard with hot water geyser a tap at the wash up area- a connection on the other side for a shower etc.
    Is it perfect- no. Is it good/great- I think so. Am I running any other brands down - NO

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  2. #142
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    Looks like a very nice caravan indeed! From the few pics some of the points that I thought the Bushlapas lacked is better here. Please give use some more feedback as you get more experience with it - might be a very good option to go for.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vet View Post
    To highlight some differences I have noticed during my research.
    The roof is a pop up one so ventilation will be more efficient compared to those that only slant- also will give a more roomy airy feel inside the van. The back door swings to the side- I am quite tall and bump my head on the door that opens upward. The front bed is huge, both wide and long, again a good fit for me. The entrance to the front bed seems bigger and I did not bump my head getting into bed.
    There are 2 steps to get into the van- easy to get in for the little ones.
    The stabilises simply drop down and work straight away- they do not have to be fitted.
    The van comes standard with hot water geyser a tap at the wash up area- a connection on the other side for a shower etc.
    Is it perfect- no. Is it good/great- I think so. Am I running any other brands down - NO

    Cheers
    Amazing how similar (read exactly the same design bar the roof) it is to the Companion

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    My eerlike opinie is almal kyk maar af bymekaar.


    So, moenie jou blindkyk teen 'n naam nie, gaan loer self na elkeen en besluit dan self!
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    100% reg Elize. Mens kan deesdae nie meer se een verskaffer is die beste nie. Jy moet maar self almal gaan kyk en jou eie oordeel gebruik. Een ou se 'n Bushlapa is tops en die ander een se 'n Bushlapa is nie goed nie. Niemand is reg of verkeerd nie. Elkeen het sy behoeftes waarvoor hy uitkyk.
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    We're also on the look out for a camper. As we're from Durban, rust is a big issue for us. Are there any coastal people who can comment on their experiences with rust and Trailvan, Oryx, Bush Lapa, Afrispoor etc.


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    Col, wherever you have something other than stainless steel or aluminium, you will have problems along the coast. Even galvanizing has its limits. I have been doing 3 weeks trips at Storms River over Dec / Jan for the last 15 years. My stand of choice has sea "rain" blowing over it when the sea is rough....which is most of the time.... The last 2 I did in my Bush Lapa. The 4 years before that in my Conqueror Commander. On the Bush Lapa you only need to keep your hand on some non-Bush Lapa items like the jockey wheel and rims. On most other vans you not only have those exact items to keep you hand on, the list of items that can rust actually gets considerably longer.
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    Had my Afrispoor trailer for 5 years. Must say the service that i received from Dave so top notch. We live 500m from the beach and had no rust problems on our trailer during the time we had it. Sold for an offroad van, last year.

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    Thanks for your comments. There seem to be so many positive comments about so many of the different types. Still have my eyes on a Trailvan but want to have a look at them all.


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    Good looking van! I wonder when is Afrispoor planning to open in Gauteng?

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    Anyone have any comments on the Namib. Heard good reports from a friend but would like more opinions.

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    Bush Lapa is opening a branch in PTA on 1 Feb...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buti View Post
    Good looking van! I wonder when is Afrispoor planning to open in Gauteng?

    Afrispoor do have representation in Gauteng. Speak to Dave at the factory and he will put you in touch!
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    Default Re: Gecko Xtreme

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudie View Post
    AS the previous thread on the Gecko was in 2009 I would like comments from anyone who owns/owned one. Is it as good as it looks? I am interested in the Gecko Extreme. Rudie van Zyl

    Hi Rudi
    did you ever get more info on gecko? We’re very interested and looking at buying one. Only concern us we travel very rough terrain- some with deep gulleys, can’t take them at a slant - just worrying about that. They do say it’s bern tested on rough terrain but iur experience has shown that what one considers rough to some is “normal” to others😀 Thanks Kathy

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