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    Wink Armadillo Shack Review

    March 2020 in Nossob, short before lockdown, we saw an Armadillo trailer and I was immediately hooked.
    During lockdown, I did research and later we visited the factory, prepared to order a brand new one.

    But it wouldn't be ready before the beginning of October and we had a Kgalagadi booking from the beginning of September.
    Luckily they gave us the address of a second-hand owner that wanted to sell it because he already had ordered a newer and bigger one.

    And so we bought our first-ever Offroad Caravan, the Armadillo Shack.

    It came with a 90 l NL fridge freezer, full awning, a steel table and a washbasin
    , a 110 W solar panel,
    two deep cycle batteries, spare wheel, a jerry can, two gas bottles, an 80 l water tank with electric pump,
    gas geyser and shower tent. The stove is a two plate CADC stove.


    It was 2 years old and looked as new.


    One thing I didn't like was the big awning, we tend to travel light, so we took it off and instead installed a light Leisure World awning.

    First picture isn't mine, but shows exactly how it came.

    Next pictures show the area where you can put up the table and sit and the part in front where the fridge stays.

    The original mattresses were too thin for us. We also never put up the table so we decided to use a foam mattress in one piece.
    The space underneath the table now takes our two chairs and the enviro-loo (10l fits exactly underneath).

    The bed is fantastic, it measures 1.90 x 1.50 m.

    The storage is absolutely generous, even on our last 9 weeks trip including CKGR we never got to use every compartment.
    We even had two 25 l plastic jerry cans in the middle-lower compartment for CKGR.

    The last pic shows a bit of the gas stove behind hubby, I like the way it is mounted and you can always work around the fold-down door.

    The pic with the blue light was taken at the Doornkraal campsite in Ithala (tnx to the forum members that suggested the place)
    The blue light is mounted underneath the steps, more of a fancy gadget, but it makes great pics at night.

    The caravan is set up in under 5 minutes. Just pop up the roof, take struts and front support leg down,
    plug 220 V in or pull out the solar panel to place it in the sun and it's all done.

    I didn't like the big awning (still in our garage) and also not the name Shack so I carefully removed it from the trailer.
    We removed the original spring blades as they were flat at one stage and added 10 blade springs.
    I learned that one should always use the front support thing when storing the caravan to avoid such a scenario,
    but we also had Echo 4 trailers before that had 10 blade springs installed.
    New Armadillo caravans come with 10 blade springs, I heard.

    I absolutely love the easy setup, no need to pop out any windows, just one push up and two rods that's it.

    There are ample 12 V and 220 V plugs, and plenty of 12 V lights built-in.
    The gas bottles connect directly to the gas stove and geyser. Plug and play.
    We can take the solar panel off to place it in the sun, it is permanently connected and charges also while we drive.
    The extension has about 7 m and was more than long enough to give us a good charge in Richtersfeld and CKGR.

    We met many people that had a look at it in the last 8 months. One couple we met at Kgalagadi even told us,
    that they were on their way to order an offroad caravan from another brand when they came about the Armadillo
    and in the end, they saved R 65.000 and it ticked more boxes than the one from the competitor.

    Some more details in the next post.

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    Default Re: Armadillo Shack Review

    1. Side window
    2. 3. Gas geyser compartment with one of the two deep cycle batteries
    4. 5. Steel table stores between body and nose cone - Front part support stabiliser (don't know how to call it).
    previous owner had installed the holder for the support stabiliser and we installed the holder for the jockey wheel as we take it even off driving in town.
    7. - 9. We installed an extra Thule caravan lock for enhanced security.
    10. 11. Middle compartment
    12. - 14. Gas stove compartment
    15. This small compartment usually stores the shower curtain, the shower frame just clips into the two black clips above:
    We normally don't use the shower and we use this compartment to store the electric leads and plugs.
    Shower curtain is stored underneath the bed.
    16. - 18. Gas bottles, jerry can holder, 220 V and solar plugs and spare wheel

    Its very windy today but if you want I can add some details from inside tomorrow.
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    Default Re: Armadillo Shack Review

    Very nice set up!

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    Default Re: Armadillo Shack Review

    Thx , we are getting our xtr 302 on the 19th of April, can't wait to go camping with it

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    Default Re: Armadillo Shack Review

    Quote Originally Posted by SP1971 View Post
    Very nice set up!
    Thank you. We love our Armadillo And big Pajero fans anyway, no matter what camping trailer or Caravan we have
    Last edited by Southerndreams; 2021/04/18 at 11:52 AM.

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    Default Re: Armadillo Shack Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Thole View Post
    Thx , we are getting our xtr 302 on the 19th of April, can't wait to go camping with it
    Great. Would love to see how their new opening mechanism works

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    Default Re: Armadillo Shack Review

    Wil post some pics .at our first camp

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