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RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

These were the trucks I was referencing in my post. Travelling through Europe on a tour a US Couple said " Where are their Trucks?" Oblivious to the vast number of HDT's and the Van Cab Chassis's everywhere. Another young couple from Texas , commented quietly " they do not have Pickup Trucks here" Only if it is familiar, then people seem to click to what the situation is. Hey Robert, Here in the USA a van cab/cutaway chassis is just a pick-up truck without the normal utility bed. Suspension and drivelines are the essentially the same. And that was my point many posts ago in this thread....that 33' travel trailers with slide-out rooms are not likely to be pulled by little euro sedans like VW Passat's, etc. If the euro camping community buying public falls in love with slide outs like we here in the USA have, it's gonna take a prime mover that is adequate to yank it around. You will find Vans and Cab Chassis variants will be the prime movers http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpse6fl5t3d.jpeg This is a US Travel Trailer being transported by a European Company. GCVWR is 23,000lb roughly the same as a F250. GVWR, is as heavy as a F550 at 15,400lb http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsmfp7kdwz.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/08/16 03:18am Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

Interesting vehicles but you need market volume before we see them here. Provided they meet our safety standards have the steering wheel on the correct side. A person could always import one I suppose. They are both LHD and RHD. Vast numbers of them ,they do the jobs of US Pickups. Anything bigger is handled by "Lorries"as the English call them
RobertRyan 02/08/16 03:16am Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

These were the trucks I was referencing in my post. Travelling through Europe on a tour a US Couple said " Where are their Trucks?" Oblivious to the vast number of HDT's and the Van Cab Chassis's everywhere. Another young couple from Texas , commented quietly " they do not have Pickup Trucks here" Only if it is familiar, then people seem to click to what the situation is.
RobertRyan 02/07/16 01:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

Very few with slideouts have been built in Europe. The this is the Tabbert Cellini. Weighs 6,000lb GCVWR has a 900lb Payload. 900 lbs is awfully light, though I suppose most camping in Europe is in serviced campgrounds so you're not carrying water and whatnot. Not my cup of tea but with the density of people in Europe, or at least western Europe, I suppose that's what's available. Spot on. It would not work in Australia
RobertRyan 02/06/16 06:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

And that is my point, I suspect we'll see them using trucks like that, rather than small sedans they have been using for their tiny and lightweight TT's. Now then, if we could just get Nissan to bring that 3.0 V6 TD here to the US market. With the six speed manual. I'd be at the dealer tomorrow if they would. Europe is the land of the Van and it's Cab Chassis alternatives, like the IVECO Daily Towing a 36 ft 5 ver http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsvspyvea4.jpeg A Mazda Diesel Pickup, rare in Europe but used here a lot with a 29ft long 5ver http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsjurb5ope.jpeg Ford Transit Cab Chassis Truck Camper towing tiny boat http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsfi3c2wf7.jpeg An IVECO Cab Chassis 4x4 towing a 28ft " Australianized" US Caravan, Smallish US Company has done a lot to try and make it's products acceptable here http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpswc6fwjma.jpeg Cab Chassis variant of Van towing cars http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps0lba3qjd.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/06/16 03:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

They will not need to resort to the kind of behomoth trucks we have. Those Diesel Pickups are now 9/10ths the size of a F150. European Cab Chassis Vans / Vans are pretty big. One reason people here like a Dually to tow is it's compact size compared to the alternatives.I will qualify that by saying very few Dually's or US Pickups are sold here. When they were made here up to 1980 and then Ford tried again in 2003 selling Brazilian F250/350's, they could not support a business case.
RobertRyan 02/06/16 03:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

The sleek, functional compact design of the interior puts to shame the "Jungle Room" Shag carpet school of design that seems to prevail in the US. Most very expensive Class A's look more like a cheap Las Vegas CatHouse than something one would actually want to live in. But this kind of design doesnt come cheaply. But Good heavens what a breath of fresh air it would be to see this kind of interior in an American trailer! One reason US RV's are not popular here
RobertRyan 02/06/16 02:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: 33ft European Caravan with Slideout

Ans so a new era begins for Euro RV buyers. Once a few of them get the taste of having the added room and functionality of trailers with slide rooms, the market will shift that way, just as it has in the USA. Which will finally put to bed this idea that you can effectively and safely tow a big 'ol trailer with a passenger sedan. You will see these buyers moving to pickup trucks, just like we in the US have, many years ago. Pickup trucks rule for this type of work. ....flame suit on..... Not Pickup Trucks. This can easily be towed by a Van or a Diesel SUV. Diesel SUV problematic as you have the " crank effect" with the length
RobertRyan 02/06/16 02:48pm Travel Trailers
33ft European Caravan with Slideout

Very few with slideouts have been built in Europe. The this is the Tabbert Cellini. Weighs 6,000lb GCVWR has a 900lb Payload. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpscxeuiyld.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpscldjzmcd.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsuuzhqubx.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/06/16 03:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Low volume Class C manufacturers

It's also conceivable some other company might start making a heavier-duty van sort of chassis; I could possibly imagine Nissan being interested in that, for instance Someone using the new Cummins V8 on a new chassis? Current chassis suppliers could be interested. Toyota? The heavier F550, RAM etc could be obvious choices
RobertRyan 02/05/16 07:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Low volume Class C manufacturers

On a brand specific forum, a person with access to the data posted that in 2015, these brands had the following retail unit sales: Lazy Daze 9 units (22 in 2014) Born Free 16 Phoenix Cruiser 55 I had never thought about it enough to even guess the numbers. But I sure would not have guessed that low. Wow. Especially the first two. They are indeed tiny numbers. You do not stay long in Business, with numbers that low in Australia, they must have other commercial activities related to Motorhomes
RobertRyan 02/05/16 01:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smart Car

Smart easily carried on a trailer European Class C http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsr5gxi0oo.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/05/16 01:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Little Caravan Company

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsxurckac9.jpeg http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zpsbkq8lwut.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/03/16 03:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Little Caravan Company

Neat little rig. How much? :C No Prices given on their site
RobertRyan 02/03/16 03:28pm Travel Trailers
Little Caravan Company

A New Startup in Australia and their range,they are called " The Little Caravan Company" From 9-11ft The Little Caravan Company brings a new concept to caravanning Being so light it can be towed by a 4 cylinder car negating the need for a heavy, thirsty vehicle Easily stored at home. Can be manually pushed into position. Compact size allows access into tight,- on and off road situations. Offers all the mod cons of larger vans. (roll out kitchen, air con, stereo, etc). Can be optioned to any requirement, limited only by your imagination. Multi-Layouts available. Suspension options - On Road/Semi Off Road/Full Off Road. CHASSIS • SUPARGAL G & S CHASSIS • 3 & 4” CHASSIS • 3” SINGLE AXLE ( 1450KG ) • 4” SINGLE AXLE ( 1600KG ) • REAR WHEEL CARRIER • UNDERSLUNG WHEEL (BACK DOOR ) • POLISHED ALLOY WHEELS (15”) • DROP DOWN LEGS • OVERIDE BREAKING COUPLING • 2 X 4.5KG GAS BOTTLES • WATER TANK PROTECTOR BODY • FRONT AND SIDE CHECKER PLATE • RANGER SINGLE STEP • HUME TRIPLE LOCK SECURITY DOOR • RANGER WINDOWS • RANGER PICNIC TABLE (LIGHT ) • GRAB HANDLES (FRONT & REAR ) • LED AWNING LIGHTS • LED FRONT,BACK AND OPPOSITE LIGHTS • 12V POWER POINT • TV OUTLET • LED TRAILER LAMPS • LED SIDE MARKERS • REFLECTORS • COMPOSITE WALLS • THETFORD LOCK DOORS APPLIANCES • AIR COMMAND SPARROW R/C AIR CON (OPTIONAL) • RADIO/CD/MP3 PLAYER • INTERIOR/ EXTERIOR SPEAKERS • SLIDE OUT KITCHEN (2 BURNER, SINK) (OPTIONAL) • 3 WAY 120LTR DOMETIC FRIDGE • WEACO 90LTR COMPRESSOR FRIDGE (OPTIONAL) INTERIOR • UPHOLSTERED CLUB LOUNGE • DROP DOWN TABLE TO BED • POLYESTER GLOSS PLY WALLS • LAMINATED ROLLED BENCHTOPS • GERFLOOR COMFYTEX FLOORING • RECESSED FIRE EXTINGUISHER • DESIGNER LOCK HANDLES • BLUME HINGES • DRAWER RUNNERS • DOMETIC HATCH (NO AIR) • ACRYLIC CUPBOARDS ELECTRICAL • LED DOWNLIGHTS • 2 X LED READING LIGHTS • DOUBLE POWER POINT • SMOKE ALARM • WINEGUARD ANTENNA • BATTERY PACK • 7 OR 12 PIN PLUG • ANDERSON PLUG • PROSTAR 30 CONTROLLER (OPTIONAL) • 120W SOLAR PANEL (OPTIONAL) PLUMBING • WATER LEVEL INDICATOR • LOCKABLE WATER FILLER • 12V WATER PUMP • TAP AND WATER FILLER ON A FRAME • 90LTR WATER TANK • TRUMA HOT WATER SYSTEM (OPTIONAL) • EXTERIOR SHOWER (OPTIONAL) • GAS BAYONETE http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps2pwsxpky.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps1rsp0pyq.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/03/16 12:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle as daily driver?

All are Daily drivers here with the rare exception of Japanese MDT's http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsjurb5ope.jpeg
RobertRyan 02/02/16 12:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where I really envy a Class A

A fairly basic Class B+ built on a Ducato chassis, but even it has swivel seats. All Class C's should have swivel seats, otherwise defeats the purpose of the arrangement. http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/RobertRyan4/image_zps3albax2s.jpeg
RobertRyan 01/30/16 09:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Australian Camper for SEMA

To small for me. I guess if I wanted to see something that remote, I would fly in on a winged car. Fred. Would be impossible where they go. Suprised to see one of their campers at one of the US Overland Festivals
RobertRyan 01/25/16 02:47am Folding Trailers
Australian Camper for SEMA

Patriot for US hot rod show? It’s normally reserved for mega-powered V8 street machines, factory-sponsored hot rods and the odd, no-expense-spared fantasy motorhome. But now one of Australia’s most dynamic and fastest-growing camper trailer manufacturers is planning an assault on this year’s SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas. Fresh off a third-straight win in Australia’s biggest camper trailer of the year awards, the boss of Gold Coast-based Patriot Campers, Justin Montesalvo has told Caravancampingsales that the three-year-old premium off-road manufacturer is “investigating exhibiting at SEMA this year in Las Vegas”. While not elaborating any further, the high cost of exhibiting at one of the highest profile automotive events in the world could pay off for Patriot Campers for at least two reasons. The first is that the company already has a growing international market, with the company’s compact X1 volume-seller already attracting buyers in New Zealand, USA, England and Dubai. Patriot also has a short but proven history in producing the sort of show-stopping models likely to catch the eye of the SEMA crowd and media, including the unique TH560 toy hauler, chopped LandCruiser super-ute and trick, all-electric roof-top camper… Meanwhile, never a company to stand still, Patriot is set to release a new entry-level camper dubbed the X2, possibly at next month’s South Australian or Melbourne caravan shows. “I can’t give any specific details at the moment other than it will be an entry level Patriot under $30,000,” Montesalvo said. The move will follow the recent release of a special edition version of its lightweight X1 bush-basher, first released in 2013 but subject to countless tweaks and improvements since. Over 20 individual changes were made for the 2016 X1 Special Edition, many of which will also feature on the base X1 model. Chief among the upgrades is a new, integral soft-floor tent that folds out from the top of the camper and is an alternative to the usual, after-market roof-top tent (see video below for full details). To cope with an increase in monthly production from six in late-2014 to 15 campers currently, Patriot also recently moved into a newer, larger factory in Molendinar, Queensland – it’s third production facility in less than four years. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsqydzc0b8.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsdejevd8a.jpeg
RobertRyan 01/25/16 01:54am Folding Trailers
RE: Towing a small pop up with a CRV

While I'm sure the Baily will appeal to some here and the Jay Flight will appeal to some there, there's a reason why makers sell their design where they live, that because that's what is wanted. More have mentioned they like the European style in the US. US interiors are negative all round. Darker wood is not considered upscale,,here or in Europe. US Trailers have reputation for poor build quality,poor use of space, (Jay Flight certainly ticks those boxes.,)that only adds to the very negative appeal know I would not even consider the Baily at any price even though it's a rip off at ~$40K USA dollars, Even relatively cheaper prices, still makes ithe Jayflight unsaleable in Europe
RobertRyan 01/24/16 04:47pm Folding Trailers
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