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    Default Offroad Trailer - QA

    Hello Everyone,


    I know this is a difficult question and different personal choices…


    If you had to choose between the Echo 5 and Conqueror comfort trailer and Bushlapa Kewer and Metalian Maxi
    what would you choose and why?


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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Budget available is the first step in deciding....which might lean heavily towards the Echo

    Not that I have checked prices recently......

    Investigate and give us some feedback.
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Do you want a caravan or a camping trailer? That entirely depends on your way of camping.

    Rent a couple of different trailers and caravans and see what features you like and what layout you prefer.
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Hi Hugo, We like both ways (had an Explore) for a long time.

    But we want a way to use when overlanding if that makes sense..
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    You can add Compass caravans to your list, very well priced and you can choose between 2/4 bed. There is a thread on them as well.
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Quote Originally Posted by ErichV View Post
    You can add Compass caravans to your list, very well priced and you can choose between 2/4 bed. There is a thread on them as well.
    Yes and more space inside.
    My 3 sleeper has more space in as my previous echo chobe

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Thx Erich & Fatbike, will definitely look at them
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    The BL is obviously the outlier in that group so hard to really compare it with the others. From the BL threads I dont think it would limit you in terms of where you travel, they seem like very tough well built caravans. The price is just quite high.

    The others all have their good and bad points. Having looked at all 3 recently when buying a trailer I would say the following.

    1) Metalian- excellent build quality and from what I see Heinz lives his brand. From his comments on the forum one can see that he is always tweaking this or that to make his trailers better.

    There are far less on the market than other brands and most of the ones near me didnt include the tent so that was kinda pointless for me.

    There isnt a dedicated tent for them so some tents need mods to fit properly.

    Those I have seen have also been more expensive.

    2) Echo - by all accounts a good trailer. Not anything special but quality components through out. The tent is specific to the Echo trailers so works off the bat.

    For me the layout was the best. Good kitchen space but the cavernous main trailer section is good for me as I can use it for moving carcasses when hunting as well as camping.

    They are also widely available and pretty cheap.

    Apparently Echo service is pathetic but thankfully I havent needed to deal with them having bought second hand.

    This is what I bought.

    3) Conqueror - from what I have seen they are well built. The kitchen layout just didnt work for me, too much space dedicated to kitchen storage that meant the trailer could never serve multiple purposes.

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Scalci

    I have just sold my Metalian which I had for around 10 years and purchased a Bush Lapa. The Trailer was fantastic and served me well through my late 40's to my late 50's. Climbing up and down into a roof top tent though does with age become an issue. Do you want to invest now in an off road caravan that will last you until you can no longer camp or do you want to buy a trailer now that will last you a few years and then sell and purchase an off road caravan. Not knowing your levels of fitness its a decision that you will have to make.

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Thx Everyone,

    Gavin, I must say, you have a good point. And this thread made us think about all points. It looks like we lean towards the BL… Even the smallest one will work for us.

    thank you everyone so far…
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    I'd go with the biggest I can get. Nothing wrong with the smaller stuff but backing a short trailer into a space after a long drive can be tedious. I'll also say this also depends on the size of your vehicle and its turning and suspension capabilities etc.

    For me it will have to be the BL. The set up time of the rig will have to be a factor in my opinion. Personally, the idea of spending 1 hr plus busy setting up after a 6 hr drive doesn't sit well with me.

    All in all the above points are all useless if SWAMBO doesn't approve

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Quote Originally Posted by Half-Pint View Post

    There isnt a dedicated tent for them (Metalian) so some tents need mods to fit properly.
    I've since established a canvas division and make an excellent tent - polycotton ripstop, reflective and grade separated flysheet, side annex, bed extension, multi-layered mattress 100mm thick for maximum comfort, detachable side walls and grounds sheets, massive 270 awning, "under awning" additional room complete with sidewalls and draft skirts.

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Quote Originally Posted by Scalci View Post
    Thx Everyone,

    Gavin, I must say, you have a good point. And this thread made us think about all points. It looks like we lean towards the BL… Even the smallest one will work for us.

    thank you everyone so far…
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Does anybody own a bushwakker caravan/trailer

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    I’ll take the Maxi any day.

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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    We have had a Bushwakka Sundowner for just over 4 years, very happy with it.
    Actually passing through your town on 5th of next month on our way to Waterberg Wilderness for 3 nights, you welcome to look if it works for you. (In fact there should be 2 Sundowners in our group of 4)
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    Default Re: Offroad Trailer - QA

    Quote Originally Posted by Heinz Modricky View Post
    I've since established a canvas division and make an excellent tent - polycotton ripstop, reflective and grade separated flysheet, side annex, bed extension, multi-layered mattress 100mm thick for maximum comfort, detachable side walls and grounds sheets, massive 270 awning, "under awning" additional room complete with sidewalls and draft skirts.
    Apologies for the "fake news" Heinz, I was looking at second hand trailers and those within my year model range were obviously prior to your own tent being available

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