The Mighty Trak Shak

Buxter

Well-Known Member
A tribute to our Trak Shak, the mighty "Taj Mahal", as many a fellow traveller, has called it.

It's hard to admit that the "magic" Trak Shak, is a bit outdated, these days, it's still good, just a "little outdated".
Not worn out, but lacking the "easy put up styles" that ppl now expect, and get from modern Camper Trailers.

Also recently these weary "old bones" sometimes struggle to get the CT erected in under 20 minutes, on a good day., as compared to the past, it was just 10 minutes and sitting down having a beer. Packing up was even down to 7 minutes at best.
MMMMMMMmmmmmmm 65 years young is starting to get old I guess !.

In saying that I would like to qualify that the mighty Trak Shak, has done the Kimberly twice, Cape York twice, the Simpson, the Canning, Anne Beadell, Connie Sue, The Gary, the Sandy Blight Road, and countless hunting trips up into the Victorian High Country. and a number of times she has ventured along the Oodnadatta Track.
Some easy runs, and some shocking runs, it all depends where, and if the Graders have been thru.
And heaps more trips, to "god only knows where", and never ever let us down.
The tent section is amazing, and still in very good condition, considering some savage storms, and weather conditions, that have hit us, in our travels, its refusal to rip, or even leak, simple leaves me speechless.

Eventually it will be handed down to my Son in Law, Daughter, and their 4 kids, but you never know, we might just keep it a little longer, as there are still some deserts, and places we have yet to see.
Cheers
Buxter
 

Aaron Schubert

Moderator
I've been looking at these quite closely now for quite some time; impressed with the design, simplicity etc. Just waiting for a good one to pop up.

That said, I looked at a couple of models - the 2000 model can only carry 400kg, the 06 only 560kg and the newer ones almost a tonne.

I was disappointed, as the 2000 one I was happy with, and it was priced right. Not much point having the capacity to carry 9 jerry cans, an outboard motor and a boat if you can't take anything else with you.

What year is yours?

Aaron
 

Buxter

Well-Known Member
Aaron
Ours is a 2001 model.
10 Jerry Cans and 1x9kg gas bottle
Not too sure just how much it weight all up, but in 2009 when we die the Canning and the Kimberly, we were loaded up "to the hilt", and had 3 months supply.
Storage space is phenomenal, so we basically had nothing else to buy on the trip, except our rations of bottles of Bourbon, and the odd slab of Coke.
 
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Aaron Schubert

Moderator
Aaron
Ours is a 2001 model.
10 Jerry Cans and 1x9kg gas bottle
Not too sure just how much it weight all up, but in 2009 when we die the Canning and the Kimberly, we were loaded up "to the hilt", and had 3 months supply.
Storage space is phenomenal, so we basically had nothing else to buy on the trip, except our rations of bottles of Bourbon, and the odd slab of Coke.
They are an awesome camper. I just wish you could legally carry a bit more weight!

Aaron
 
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Buxter

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Is that the South Aussie made one ?
Your sand flag is the incorrect colour :):eek:
Absolutely, definately S.A. Made
And we chatter to Peter, the owner, at Caufield Caravan and Camping Liesurefest, a couple of times.
Since then the Company has been sold a couple of times, and they were brought in from China, with some Quality Issues.
I believe all issues have been sorted, but those on board Solar Panels, are just crap

The Sand Flag was designed to attract attention, in the Dunes, and it certainly did, both at St Vinnies, and out on the Canning.
 
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cam04

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A few shots of our old '96 model. It wore out a few 4wd's and did a few laps. It was pensioned off last year after 20 years of hard graft.
We added the cabinet on the front right - it contained a battery, water pump (added a water tank underneath), electric brake controller (added electric brakes), and switchboard for the onboard power.
Outboard holder was made to fit in the jockey wheel mount and carried the 15 hp Honda all over the place. If I could have worked out a way of sliding the kitchen out the side and keeping it undercover I'd probably still have it.

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80lover96gxl

Moderator
It was one of these campers that convinced my wife and i to get a campertrailer some 15 yrs ago.

We had been tent camping for about 8 yrs and decided to hire one of these campers to see how we'ed go with a camper before making the decision to purchase one, we loved it .
While we didn't have the money to afford a trak shak we were convinced we needed a camper so shelled out 8k for a soft floor Chinese camper, 15 yrs later, and after many trips the trailer is still going strong and used as a trailer, i sold the tent section late last year as our camping needs have changed as our kids have grown up and we dont need a big soft floor any longer.

Been eyeing of, with much interest the new forward fold campers as i do like the idea of easy setup / pack up and having the table and chair section inside the main tent section itself. Maybe later this year we will look into purchasing one of these if i can get my wifes snoring under control and we can sleep together again:p;).
 

cam04

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It was one of these campers that convinced my wife and i to get a campertrailer some 15 yrs ago.

We had been tent camping for about 8 yrs and decided to hire one of these campers to see how we'ed go with a camper before making the decision to purchase one, we loved it .
While we didn't have the money to afford a trak shak we were convinced we needed a camper so shelled out 8k for a soft floor Chinese camper, 15 yrs later, and after many trips the trailer is still going strong and used as a trailer, i sold the tent section late last year as our camping needs have changed as our kids have grown up and we dont need a big soft floor any longer.

Been eyeing of, with much interest the new forward fold campers as i do like the idea of easy setup / pack up and having the table and chair section inside the main tent section itself. Maybe later this year we will look into purchasing one of these if i can get my wifes snoring under control and we can sleep together again:p;).
We got the MDC Cape York rear fold. A little bigger footprint and more storage than a forward folder. I still have 2 ferrets who camp with us otherwise I think a forward fold might have been on the cards for us too. We've modified a few things and given it a fair hiding and are very happy with our decision so far. Out through Cameron Corner, down the Strez into the Flinders and then the Darling run back to QLD this coming winter should be the final part of the bedding in process.
 

PeteyG

New Member
Wife and I brought a Trak Shak (2001) without the boat loader from a work colleague a couple years back. Awesome camper with plenty of sleeping room, handy with three young children.
Just need to refine the gear we take and how we pack it!! Otherwise thumbs up!!
 

cam04

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Negative mate. It is the sum of its various parts. I have no doubt you could make it happen with some re-engineering though.
 
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