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    Default GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    So we are stuck with the same question that has been asked over and over again, which off-road trailer/caravan to buy?

    Our intended use is as follows:
    1. 4-sleeper trailer/caravan (for dad, mom, and 2 relatively young daughters),
    2. Easiest setup possible,
    3. Not too heavy to tow. Rather small and agile to go anywhere, than the bigger caravan options (will sacrifice luxury for basic practicality),
    4. We are nature lovers, not hard core off-roaders, but will certainly do trips through Botswana, Namibia, etc., but then also a quick pitch for hunting/fishing trips, Kruger, etc.,
    5. Climbing in and out of rooftop tents/trailer top tents with ladders is not our idea of fun..
    6. Budget is an issue, but lets say for the purpose of this exercise it is not..

    We are seriously considering the GT Libra with an added kids room (as it fits all of our criteria above), a 4-sleeper Imagine Trailvan (it just seems to have more space inside than e.g. the Bushlapa Miskruier), and the Invader Quattro (which looks like a good option, but I do not have a lot of info on this one..).

    Any comments welcome on the 3 trailers/caravans, or any options that I have missed. Thank you!

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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Also have a look at the Summit Everest



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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    Also have a look at the Summit Everest
    Not a 4 sleeper.
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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Quote Originally Posted by A Fourie View Post
    So we are stuck with the same question that has been asked over and over again, which off-road trailer/caravan to buy?

    Our intended use is as follows:
    1. 4-sleeper trailer/caravan (for dad, mom, and 2 relatively young daughters),
    2. Easiest setup possible,
    3. Not too heavy to tow. Rather small and agile to go anywhere, than the bigger caravan options (will sacrifice luxury for basic practicality),
    4. We are nature lovers, not hard core off-roaders, but will certainly do trips through Botswana, Namibia, etc., but then also a quick pitch for hunting/fishing trips, Kruger, etc.,
    5. Climbing in and out of rooftop tents/trailer top tents with ladders is not our idea of fun..
    6. Budget is an issue, but lets say for the purpose of this exercise it is not..

    We are seriously considering the GT Libra with an added kids room (as it fits all of our criteria above), a 4-sleeper Imagine Trailvan (it just seems to have more space inside than e.g. the Bushlapa Miskruier), and the Invader Quattro (which looks like a good option, but I do not have a lot of info on this one..).

    Any comments welcome on the 3 trailers/caravans, or any options that I have missed. Thank you!
    Also look at the Tuffcats Shumba. There is a 2016 one advertised on FB marketplace for R179k.
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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    I took delivery of my GT Libra last Friday and will take it out to Almega next week and will be able to give more information then. At this early stage I am impressed with the build quality and the excellent service I have received from GT Camper in Pretoria. I opted for the big tent option and it is large enough for housing two kids and even the hardfloor area will be large enough for 2 young kids to sleep. You are welcome to pm me for more details on the Libra.

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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Petzer View Post
    Not a 4 sleeper.

    Strictly speaking, nor is the LIBRA.
    In the same way that a 3x3 dome tent is not a really 4 sleeper.
    And I know you speak from experience with your ex-Everest - but there may be ways to get around it?



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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    Strictly speaking, nor is the LIBRA.
    In the same way that a 3x3 dome tent is not a really 4 sleeper.
    And I know you speak from experience with your ex-Everest - but there may be ways to get around it?
    Well yes if one is prepared to put up the add a room, which we had, but takes quite some time to erect. In that case he could also look at the Camptech Bosvelder with the room underneath the bed or a Skipper with the add on room.
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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    My Father in law has a GT camper, he loves it. I unfortunately haven't had the chance to use it myself, but I have joined him on a weekend trip where they used it. I had my RTT on the bakkie and tentco canvas ground tent. His setup time( without the extra room and awning) was about 5min more than my RTT setup, and way faster than the ground tent setup.

    They have taken it twice up to torra Bay for new years where they stayed for 5-6 nights. No hassles and camped super comfy.

    *edit forgot to mention it's the Libre.
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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Have a look at the Armidillo caravan range we have just picked up our 302, and luv it

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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    I have the 4 sleeper Imagine Trailvan and use it with two daughters aged 11 and 8. Very happy with it. I cannot give an opinion on the others as I have no experience with those.

    The Imagine tows very well, is well laid out and light weight in it's class of trailers. It is quite nose heavy, but I believe all these trailers are configured this way.

    Setup is simple enough, we rarely put up the tent/awning unless we camp in one spot for an extended period. Without the tent/awning it's about 15 to 30 minutes comfortably very dependent on how much stuff has been packed and how helpful your family is in the process or if they are just bystanders.

    The unit is reasonably weatherproof. In very severe storms, as in gale force winds with driving rain, you would need to put the top down and secure the fly sheets over the fold out beds with storm straps to avoid them blowing off and water ingress.

    Kitchen is brilliant, very practical with ample space for food provisions, a 90l NL fridge, cooking utensils, two burner gas stove and small basin with running cold water.

    Interior space is very good compared to other vans I've seen, packing space is reasonable, but limited to a shelf per family member for clothes and a few cubby holes at the top. There is space under the bench for additional bedding and/or more food items for extended trips.

    Water is via a built in 80 liter tank. Two 20l jerry cans can be transported on the back for fuel or more water.

    The nosecone has a good storage area for all the ground sheet, tent, chair and additional camping equipment.

    I can recommend it, I think like all of them, you will need to customize a few things to your liking. Not sure where you are based, but welcome to have a look. Ours is a 2012, was a rental previously, so had a hard life but has held out well.
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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    A mate of mine recently got a CHOBE TEC caravan......new model in their range....might
    be worth looking at.
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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Thank you all for the comments so far!
    Will try to get a rental option for the GT Libra and the Imagine Trailvan before we make the final decision..

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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Please tell if you find a hiring option for the Libra
    Quote Originally Posted by A Fourie View Post
    Thank you all for the comments so far!
    Will try to get a rental option for the GT Libra and the Imagine Trailvan before we make the final decision..



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    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    Please tell if you find a hiring option for the Libra
    I seem to recall seeing that they have rentals available directly from GT.

    I like the look of those trailers.

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    Default Re: GT Libra vs. Imagine Trailvan vs. Invader Quattro

    Ons het die Invader Quattro, 2016 model. Geniet hom baie!

    Laat weet as jy vrae het.

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