Caravan advice ( with bunks )



After a couple of years of dragging our pop up and out campervan around the place I think an upgrade is required.

Wanting off-road or semi off-road.

Needs Queen bed with the ability to sleep another two kids, either bunk or otherwise.

Jayco expander

Windsor Rapid

Goldstream with bunks are all possibilities but without really knowing much about Caravans I thought I'd throw it out there to you lot.

Has anyone had/seen a well built van that has the ability to fit 2 adults and the kids comfortably.

Don't want campervan, want to be able to walk into it without having to set it up.

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 We have a Jayco Expanda

Mon, 2020-06-29 11:50

 We have a Jayco Expanda Outback 14-44-4. Queen bed folds out at the front and has a bunk bead along the back wall for the kids. We love it & it suits our family of 4 perfectly. 


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 Yep we have friends with

Mon, 2020-06-29 13:43

 Yep we have friends with expanders, I just worry a little about the build quality.


We get fairly off-road into the rough stuff when possible.


I'm camped next to an off-road Jayco at the moment, looks pretty new but the front window has tape around all sides. I assume dust was an issue unless it was leaking?

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  Jayco have earnt thier

Tue, 2020-07-07 12:28

  Jayco have earnt thier nickname - Junco

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 Besides breaking a cupboard

Mon, 2020-06-29 15:01

 Besides breaking a cupboard drawer the first day we got the van we haven’t had any problems yet (touch wood!). That said and even though ours is the Outback model I wouldn’t take it to hard core off road. National Parks and gravel roads will be about the worst ours will see. 


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Watching with interest

Mon, 2020-06-29 20:59

 I've been looking for the same mate. Sunseeker Wild Child is at the top of my list ATM


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 Stevo are you going to buy

Mon, 2020-06-29 21:09

 Stevo are you going to buy two of them as well?

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 Have you heard good things

Mon, 2020-06-29 21:11

 Have you heard good things about them mate? I'd prefer to buy something in good condition a few years old if possible.

Hopefully owned by some handy bugger that has tricked it up a bit.

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Black series HQ17

Tue, 2020-06-30 04:38

looks good.

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Roadstar have had a good reputation

Tue, 2020-06-30 11:32

 Though like Coromal, their quality may have slipped in recent times. Good luck with the search Timboon . Lots of caravan makers out there these days that's for sure!

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 Cheers piston, Gadsy... Not

Tue, 2020-06-30 20:31

 Cheers piston, Gadsy...


Not in a real rush but want to upgrade...


The missus had a bit of a health scare recently and it's changed her thinking a little...


Time to get living!!!

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Tue, 2020-07-07 15:06

I dont know if you have had a look at Explorex vans. They are made here in WA and originally made as kitchens/offices/sleeping quarters for the mining industry. They are steel framed and look to be very well made.

Certainly the van i will be considering when the time is right.

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 ive got a retreat which is

Tue, 2020-07-07 15:10

 ive got a retreat which is pretty good but ours has only the queensize bed. people across from us have a retreat with bunks and they are happy with it. they have done a fair bit of traveling with theirs and mine has been around aussie 1.5 times.


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 Vans are selling like

Tue, 2020-07-07 23:50

 Vans are selling like hotcakes...


A bloke posted he wanted to buy a van 10-15k, my missus said we have one we're selling soon, next thing you know there is a heap of crew piping up how interested they are...


Poor fuckers, any bargain is loong gone I would say....