Tent / Trailer / Caravan setups

Over the last 7 years we've had a 3 vehicles and 4 different camping set ups.

 

1. Oz tent.

Advantages:
We could leave the tent in place while going for a drive.
The Oz tent was easy to set up as it had integral poles.

Disadvantages:
Had to go on the roof rack as it was too large to fit inside the vehicle.
We sometimes found scorpions under the tent when we were packing it away.
We felt uneasy at night hearing lions roaring close by!

2. Howling Moon stargazer roof-top tent.

Advantages:
Easy to erect.
Excellent for travelling when you only stay a day or two aat a site.

Disadvantages:
Had to pack the tent away if you wanted to drive out. Even though this only took 10-15 minutes it still was a bit of a pain!
No shelter if it was cold or wet.

3. Jurgens 140 Trailer with a roof-top tent and a side awning.

Advantages:
We could leave the trailer parked up while we went out for a drive.
Plenty of room for packing things.
The side awning (which also had 3 side panels) was just big enough for us to sit. We had it made by Gan's Tents.

Disadvantages.
Longer to set up and pack away.
The side awning wasn't effective in very windy conditions or if it rained for several days.
You had to drive a bit more carefully on poor roads.

4. Jurgens Xcape Caravan.

In October 2012 we exchanged our trailer for a caravan as we wanted to be more comfortable when i'ts cold or raining.

Advantages:
We could sit inside if it was cold or wet.
With the side panels and skirt we could sit outside even in the very windy.conditions on the West Coast.
Outside kitchen area on the caravan.
Didn't have to pack away anything if we want to drive out.

Disadvantages.
Heavier fuel consumption.
Longer to set and and pack away.
The fridge is inside the 'van so I was constantly going in and out.
We were disappointed with the road holding compared to the Jurgens trailer.

5. Bush Lapa Vlooi Caravan

In 2013 we sold the Xcape and, a few months later, bought a Bush Lapa Vlooi off-road caravan.

Advantages:
Very quick and easy to set up and pack away - the awning is one of the best we've seen and covers the side and back of the 'van. 20 minutes max from unhitching to everything ready.
The kitchen area and sliding drawer with a fridge make preparing and cooking a joy.
Excellent suspension on gravel roads.
Excellent service from Bush Lapa.

Disadvantages:
Slightly heavier fuel consumption.

 

Our Hilux.

Buying a vehicle.

A comparison of the camping setups that we've used.

Solar power.

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