I have been reading the article regarding losing your wheel. This was happening on UK roads and it was determined that dealers were not torquing the wheels correctly and that they were not being re-torqued after about 80k. Plus the fact that due to perhaps over tightening the bolt had become "stretched" causing the problem. This issue has been overcome by a caravan manufacturer called Bailey however you can buy a safety bolt made by WSL http://www.wheel-solutions.co.uk/ecommerce/ecommerce.html
i hope everyone here is aware that if you enquire to an advert on the classifieds section, DO NOT SEND MONEY VIA THE INTERNET. only do so in person, and when you have physically hold the goods there and then.
i got a great deal on some new offroad tyres here! so thanks caravan guys! just a pity that so few spoil it for so many.
send money via ebay or western unuion!!! hahaha what a joke you scamming thieves - firstname.lastname@example.org
i think the best person to speak to would be Dometic. ive seen them at a few shows and their stock seems to be the best quality and price around. i believe they have large contracts with Jurgens to install air conditioning, fridges, stoves and assorted other bits. i got this number off the internet. ask for willem 27 11 450 4978. and tell him you got this post on caravan. ive sent one or two others there before.
We went from caravan to off-road trailer when we started doing more and more bush trips. As age set in the ladder became an issue for us. We have now bought an off-road caravan. Must admit for bush trips with one night stops its a much better option. But a bigger more powerful vehicle is needed to tow this rig as its 400kg heavier than our trailer was
Have camped at KNP for many years and the only problem with theft is from our friends in the trees. Day visitors are not allowed into the camping area, as there are designated day visitor areas. being dec it is extreemly hot, and a fan is needed unless you have an air cond that is. If you have children you may wish to travel from gate open till approx 10am then go out again in the afternoon after 3pm
Something you might want to consider to fit within your budget are repairs to an old van. Within this price range you are obviously looking at an older Van. I don't think it's a bad thing, in fact i think the older Vans feel like they have more space inside.
We bought a 1984 Gypsey 4. The first thing we checked was for any signs of wood rot, that can be an expensive fix. Once we were sure we'd found a van that didn't have wood rot we then started to decide if it would work for our family of 5.
We changed things like bearings and brakes, tyres etc. We put a whole new hitch on, the old was rusty and the handbrake broken. We decided rather to be safe than sorry, after all that hitch is what is holding our new investment on our vehicle.
One thing we hadn't checked and added into our budget was broken windows. Once we had got the van home we realized it had 3x cracked windows. so we set about looking for cost of replacing these plastic windows..... we were shocked to find out the big windows cost R2500 each! so currently we haven't fixed those yet, i just sealed them up for now so that the rain doesn't come through.
we spruced the van up inside and out and now she looks as good as new. Our 3 small boys loved the whole caravan experience.
We spent 7 months refurbishing our van before taking our first trip in August and we can't wait for our next trip this coming weekend!
Happy hunting, but if you're on a budget just work out what it will cost to repair or replace certain parts.
We booked for that long weekend at Hartebeeshoek Nature Reserve and we were so pleasently surprised that they did not stipulate a minimum stay nor did they put their rates up just because it's a long weekend. We had a lovely weekend away.