Thanks for taking the time to list all the things you don't like about the camper, and why it doesn't suit you. It does however, suit us very well, and we are very happy with it.The big turn off for me is the sheer weight, nothing short of a 79 pick upis needed to go in real offroading & even that tow vehicle would most likely break pretty quick, cost a fortune, very limited in tray payload due to keeping the shock forces low.
On the other hand one advantage over a camper trailer is with CTs you have to sometimes store so much stuff on the drawbar so the TBM can approch 250kg easily. Which is my problem, some I have looked at would be nearly 250kg by the time I added what I wanted. So I have stayed with my overlanding wagon with small box trailer. No doubt hybrids are better for a big lap, as that doesn't entail as much hard offroading.
The other turn off for me is they have a very small kicthen area on the side of the rig, so you have to bend over to acess & just can't make good meals. The dead giveaway of a small sink is one where you keep banging the saucpan pot on the sides & tape while cleaning, absolutley drives me made. I carry a fullsize large sink w/ sides on folded legs that gives me a good meal prep area for those extended stays. Also dunno how you could keep dry under that small hatch? Thats where a 270quick freestand awning is greatly needed.
A well thought out offroad camper can be set up in 5mins, store 800watts of solar on roof, albiet RTT or boat loader. average 300L water all up, push it at times to 400L, carry all the chairs, fuel, food, big generator power etc.enough lithium to do 100% cooking w/ induction, hair dryers, etc without breaking a sweat. All for 4people staying put in one spot for up to a month no problems. Of course there is some processing with setup but that means more offroad ability. The way I have planned out the Trackabout extenda it's the most potent deadly efficient thing concievable, not even sheldon cooper & max born combined could have come up with what I have.
By the way that orange light is freaking crazy!!!!!!! Burn your retinas out crazy! I can't stand LED light, I use old scholl halogen 12V bulbs and they give a truley superior colour & look. LED gives a no name look lol.
You gotta be kidding me that much money & the wind effects cooking??yeah Sorry to say virtually all these makers are amateurs withectrical system, for that much money you should get what house boats have imo.
You seem to lack the ability to have a rational conversation, so no, unless that changes there won't be much of a chat. The moment you resort to personal attacks and silly jibes you've lost any credibility you had.Aaron inappropriate is in the eye of the beholder, you would know this if you had half a rational brain.
So I'm not allowed to touch on your review flaws & the bad design flaws aswell lacking features of your expensive Hybrid?
fair enough, back to genral pointless chit chat.
Hey mate,You haven’t had any issues with the suspension? I was camped next to 2 Victorian couples up at the bunyas 2 weeks ago. They both had lifestyle campers and both have had issues with the trailing arms falling out of alignment - to the extent that they have welded the adjuster nuts. Same old story, manufacturer blames suspension company and vice versa. Apart from that they were happy customers.
Thanks for that. I will get in touch with them.I have crusie master suspenion in my CC. I have found on mine that a wheel alignment or at least checked regular to prevent poor tire wear.
Good to hear. I thought they would be good to deal with, given what I've heard.Cruise master are excellent to deal with with very good customer relations , they need to be serviced every year or 10,000km with an wheel alignment included is the advice I have been given for our hybrid, which in a lot of peoples eyes over priced and under equipped but I love it and used my cash to pay for it so who gives a rats what other people think. I know after 100,000km of touring it will still be in one piece not falling apart like most trailer / vans on the market
One was an xt12, one was a hyper. They both mentioned the same conversations about being asked if they were torqued to 180 nm etc etc., but then were told that lifestyle mustn't have done the install properly. Since they tag welded the adjusters - nil further issue. Strange because, as stated above by others, cruisemaster is under everything serious these days and I haven't heard anything poor about them until these two guys. In general they gave glowing reports about the vans as well, so they were either genuine, or worked for a competition suspension mob (they were retirees).Hey mate,
Ironically, when we were up at Exmouth just recently a mate of mine pointed out some pretty weird tyre wear on the inside of both tyres. I'd never noticed it up until then, but its never had an alignment since we got it.
I've yet to speak to Cruisemaster about it, but I'll get a resolution.
Do you remember what models they were; imported or Aussie made?
Interesting. They would both be Aussie made too. It's sad when people pass the buck.One was an xt12, one was a hyper. They both mentioned the same conversations about being asked if they were torqued to 180 nm etc etc., but then were told that lifestyle mustn't have done the install properly. Since they tag welded the adjusters - nil further issue. Strange because, as stated above by others, cruisemaster is under everything serious these days and I haven't heard anything poor about them until these two guys. In general they gave glowing reports about the vans as well, so they were either genuine, or worked for a competition suspension mob (they were retirees).
Be careful of 'strange tyre wear' with trailing arms. A lot of us have found similar (scalloped edges, hit and miss knobs on the tyres worn) - for me, lifting the on road tyre pressure from 45 to 55 psi saw my wear issues disappear. Unless it is just the inside simply scrubbing off, which would indicate a similar problem to what to Vic guys had.
I will have something very similar to what you bought one day, but I am constrained by parking, living in the city, and the rear fold camper I have is as big as I can go without major mods or extensions to the house which I am just too lazy to do right now. One day...
Correct - AT12 - Freudian slip haha.@cam04 , you mentioned XT12 - that's an MDC brand?
I spoke to Cruisemaster, who said that it would be a wheel alignment issue, and backed the 10k service suggestion up. He also made some comments about mud terrains having regular scalloping issues, which is probably true. Given they don't drive, a set of all terrains is probably more suitable for next time.
They have two 'dealers' here in Perth that they recommend. 2 hours labour to do it, and they both wanted the van for a day or so. One said 1 - 2 weeks lead time and the other said 3 weeks. Things must be ticking along well in the van service industry.
I'll get it done soon, and spin the tyres around on the rim, and then stick to a 10k service regiment
Cheers for the help