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    Hi guys. I'm in the market for a camping trailer with rtt. So far I've seen an Echo4 and the Wildebeest and Metalian via website. What other makes should i consider?
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    I've seen a few 2nd hand Echo4 on Gumtree etc but I could get a new Wildebeest for the same price. Not sure of the Metalian pricing for the maxi.
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    Echo4 is volumetric the same as the Metalian mini which starts at R52k, the Maxi is R 74k and is roughly the equivalent of the Echo 6,

    To compare the Metalian with most of the other trailers is.........I am biased but............The Metalian is 100% stainless steel with a monocoque chassis so not only rustproof and more durable but much lighter than most trailers out there. The Mini weighs in at 360kg and the maxi draws the scale at 440 kg, hardly a heavyweight.

    The Metalians are designed to be ammo box free and have dedicated kitchen and bedroom areas that function like the ones at home, open a cupboard and your clothes are there or open a door and your kitchen is in front of you, no sukkel.

    A 1.6t braked axle with shocks are standard and with the 15" wheels these trailers tow like a dream, my mini has more miles behind my 1400 Corsa than the Pajero
    Below my signature there is a link to my facebook page, pop in there and have a look see what can be done to the metalian.
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    I went through the same process as you are contemplating, in 2012. I still have my metalian mini - I have been offered R70K for my setup, which is modest compared to others, and there is no chance I'd accept. It is truly the trailer of the ''engineers engineer'' - you have to see it to really believe it.


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    My Metalian Maxi is almost fully loaded with 150liters water, two Jerry cans, 90liter fridge with 42 beers inside, massive awning, spare Tentco gazebo, camping chairs, two bags of wood, tables, odds and sods and the weight was 1140kg at the weighbridge last Saturday. So the weight is very low and genuine. Go look at one, we love ours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hbannink View Post
    Echo4 is volumetric the same as the Metalian mini which starts at R52k, the Maxi is R 74k and is roughly the equivalent of the Echo 6,

    To compare the Metalian with most of the other trailers is.........I am biased but............The Metalian is 100% stainless steel with a monocoque chassis so not only rustproof and more durable but much lighter than most trailers out there. The Mini weighs in at 360kg and the maxi draws the scale at 440 kg, hardly a heavyweight.

    The Metalians are designed to be ammo box free and have dedicated kitchen and bedroom areas that function like the ones at home, open a cupboard and your clothes are there or open a door and your kitchen is in front of you, no sukkel.

    A 1.6t braked axle with shocks are standard and with the 15" wheels these trailers tow like a dream, my mini has more miles behind my 1400 Corsa than the Pajero
    Below my signature there is a link to my facebook page, pop in there and have a look see what can be done to the metalian.

    Ahem.

    It's a 2.6 ton axle .

    The paperwork shows 1.6 tons because it makes more sense for most owners .

    Heinz doesn't skimp on components. The heavier duty one is far superior and only costs a few kg...

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    2.6 tons is damn heavy for an axle. What's it made out of?

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    Buy a Metalian. I've met the man who makes them, he is as solid as the trailers he produces.

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    The Metalian is VERY nice.

    Also look at Conqueror Conquest.

    XT140 is similar to those two.



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    I went through the same process... started researching about 2.5 years ago and went to look at every trailer I possibly could, read up and compared all relevant specs to each other - both for trailer and trailer/tent combo. I rented a few trailers and even some off-road caravans. For most it's very subjective and it's important that you follow your heart. Fortunately for me, the Metalian Maxi took the lead very early in my search and only succeeded in extending that lead the more I looked. I was lucky enough to stumble upon an extraordinary deal from Heinz (persistence definitely paid off) - it's still pretty much "bare bones" but has all the necessities (i.e. water, power, fridge, tent) but I get the opportunity to kit it out the way I want it done and I can do it over time.


    You need to do the research in my opinion. The list is long so whittle it down with a few non-negotiables first - decide on your budget and use that as your initial filter. For me there were a few more "filters" I could use eg.:
    - I have a family of four so it needs to accomodate four people comfortably
    - I wanted the "kitchen" on the left for those times when to stop for coffee or brekkie en route - I didn't want to be standing on the "traffic" side but rather the off side.
    - Similiarly, I wanted the fridge to slide out on the left and not in the back or the nose cone.
    - I went through a very much the same exercise w.r.t. tents so I wanted to be able to choose my own tent.
    - I wanted to be able to configure to my own requirements i.t.o racks, shelves, drawers, sliders, etc and not be stuck having to use expensive, prescriptive, proprietary equipment.

    I then compared the "vital stats" of the trailers that passed the budget and functional filters. Typically:
    - Weight (more important than you think... translates directly to fuel consumption)
    - Carrying Capacity (both weight and volumetric)
    - Construction materials and quality of build
    - Water tank size
    - Aesthetics
    - before and after sales service (Reputation)
    - Manufacturers ability and willingness to accommodate personal requirements
    - etc., etc., etc.

    Decide what is important to you an take it from there. Go and look at them and touch them where ever possible. It won't be too long and one will start leading the pack from your perspective - ultimately it's your decision though.
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    Love my Wildebeest Executive!

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    Thanks guys for the reply's. I need to try and find some of these to look at living in East London.
    2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6 Overland
    Metalian Maxi
    2014 Jeep Cherokee 3,2 Limited AWD A/T (swambo)

    2011 Fortuner 3 D4D 4x4 (sold)

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    Metalian Maxi. I would not regard an XT140 in the same league. My 2cw.
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    Also look at the offtrax trailer (www.offtrax.co.za).
    I like the Metalian trailers, if I had the budget it would have been my first choice, but they are a bit out of my budget and this is where offtrax comes in , I wont use it for heavy offroading and camping so the offtrax will work perfectly for me.

    Enjoy the trailer hunting...its an interesting journey

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    Metalian Maxi by FAR...VERY FAR !
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    Ditto !
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    Metalian Maxi - any Metalian really😊
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