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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Advice from experienced travelers/pensioners

    My 2 cents......
    After me and my wife became a Oom and Tannie and many years of camping/overlanding, we decided that personal comfort must be high on our agenda. We find little pleasure in cramped spaces. Ek het genoeg van die dak van my voertuig af gepie en vroulief het genoeg gesukkel om snags met die daktent se trappies af te klim.
    For the past 20 years, we use our DC and Jurgens Explorer. We travelled far and wide. When using common sense and basic recovery equipment, there are few places we cannot reach. Sometimes we use the Explorer as a base and visit the very difficult places on day trips. It is nice to come back to the Explorer in the evenings, have a warm shower, cold wine and nice food. Then just climb in the bed and ...... Life is easy and great!
    This is our ideal set-up. The Explorer is a great caravan for our purpose. Easy to use and very comfortable for two persons.
    We however pay a price for our comfort.
    The Explorer weight 1.5 tons and you cannot be hasty. The fuel bill is also a thing to take into account.
    My advice; get yourself a bush caravan. Lots of good ones on the market and you may even get your money back when you sell it.

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    We had to make a decision last year so go a small offroad caravan, the Bush Lapa Kewer.

    Tents and the Echo 4 just did not do it any more.

    Well this August we are mixing tent and BL Kewer again as we are not allowed to tow on one stretch.
    Danie & Marinda - die wiele is rond, dus moet hulle hardloop - afgetree nou leef ons net.
    2017 BL - Kewer B1115 RUS WA GP - bos en kamp tyd
    2016 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost - daaglikse ryding
    2013 Ford Ranger 3.2 DC XLT - nuwe rondloop ry ding, nou sleep ons! (2017)
    2011 Echo 4, die RUSWA-ZN - (verkoop 44 000 km)
    2010 Ford Ranger 2.5 DT DC XLT - rondloop ry ding met "bietjie ekstra" krag (Verkoop 177 000 km)
    2005 Chev Aveo - Afgeskryf (2016 130 000)
    2005 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 180 000)
    2003 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 150 00)
    2000 Nissan Hardbody - Geruil (pyne by die duisended 52 000 km)
    1998 Opel Kadett - Dogter se wiele geword in 2003 (baie warm enjin 116 000 km)
    1990 Datsun 1800 short wheelbase - Pa se ou plaas bakkie, na die Nissan die pad gevat het met sy probleme in 2003 (117 00km)
    1990 Hilux 2.4D - en hy kon loop, pomp en top gewerk aan.
    1984 Opel Commondore - het gehardloop
    1983 Safary 3 karavaan - verkoop en begin tent in 2000 (51 000 km)
    1980 Ford Granada 3.0 - warm enjin afgeskryf
    1969 VW 1600 TL - geen einde nie, warm enjin en geruil
    1968 VW 1600 L - geen einde en baie warm enjin, verkoop in 1998 (328 000 myl/525 000 km)

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  5. #43
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    Default Re: Advice from experienced travelers/pensioners

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    Eish Tony!!!
    And I thought our old Suuz was a little long in the tooth!
    There are a few folk (most not on this forum) who think WE are crazy doing these overland trips with "such an old vehicle", especially when doing it alone. (Yes, I know.)
    Pete,
    I had a lot trust in my old 2.5 Ranger as it could be fixed any where and it went well.
    The 3.2 Ranger has 122 000 on the clock now, not that old yet but getting worried sometimes.
    Will see in 3-4 years from now, problem is what do I get then.
    Danie & Marinda - die wiele is rond, dus moet hulle hardloop - afgetree nou leef ons net.
    2017 BL - Kewer B1115 RUS WA GP - bos en kamp tyd
    2016 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost - daaglikse ryding
    2013 Ford Ranger 3.2 DC XLT - nuwe rondloop ry ding, nou sleep ons! (2017)
    2011 Echo 4, die RUSWA-ZN - (verkoop 44 000 km)
    2010 Ford Ranger 2.5 DT DC XLT - rondloop ry ding met "bietjie ekstra" krag (Verkoop 177 000 km)
    2005 Chev Aveo - Afgeskryf (2016 130 000)
    2005 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 180 000)
    2003 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 150 00)
    2000 Nissan Hardbody - Geruil (pyne by die duisended 52 000 km)
    1998 Opel Kadett - Dogter se wiele geword in 2003 (baie warm enjin 116 000 km)
    1990 Datsun 1800 short wheelbase - Pa se ou plaas bakkie, na die Nissan die pad gevat het met sy probleme in 2003 (117 00km)
    1990 Hilux 2.4D - en hy kon loop, pomp en top gewerk aan.
    1984 Opel Commondore - het gehardloop
    1983 Safary 3 karavaan - verkoop en begin tent in 2000 (51 000 km)
    1980 Ford Granada 3.0 - warm enjin afgeskryf
    1969 VW 1600 TL - geen einde nie, warm enjin en geruil
    1968 VW 1600 L - geen einde en baie warm enjin, verkoop in 1998 (328 000 myl/525 000 km)

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    Jan and I bought a Bushlapa Rooimier two sleeper caravan about 8 years ago.

    Brilliant - weight is 680kg unladen, and gets close to a ton with the 100 liter water tank filled, fridge etc.

    I had been waiting for a caravan like this for years, as we live in EL and rust is a problem. The Rooimier has SS and aluminium bodywork and is very well made - no dust ingress, or broken parts except one shock which was replaced under guarentee.

    The problem with towing is always a debate, but we love being able to unhitch the van and go on a game drive, also the Rooimier is so quick to set up with the Bushwing - 10 min max.

    It has a short length and tracks the vehicle very closely - in the Richertersveld the sharp rocks can rip the sidewalls very easily when navigating some tracks with sharp turns. I watched closely in my side mirrors, and the van hardly deviated from the Disco's track.

    Towed it to Mabua, Marakele, Mpangubwe, Kruger, Richertsveld, Kgalagadi and the West Coast. Not a days trouble, and Jan and I normally travel on our own. Some of the areas really have difficult terrain, deep sand being a real problem if you get stuck with a trailer or van.

    I have fitted dual batteries with charging from the Disco 3, or via the solar panel or 220. Also fitted a gas geyser.

    We are on our way back from a month trip into Bots, Caprivi, Namibia and Kgalagadi without the caravan, as we had two US friends with us so we booked accommodation. The Disco clocked over 250,000 Klms without a hitch - even pulled a Cruiser out of Khama Rhino Sanctury as his waterpump or radiator had blown!

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