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    Importing trailers?

    Has anyone tried this? What costs are Involved?

    Currently have a bare single axle with a wooden surround (greedy boards) on it. Been thinking of building walls / roof kitchen awning etc and looking for plans.

    Came across these Conqueror Australia Off-Road Campers
    www.conqueroraustralia.com.au

    They seem the ducks nuts!!!! Probably ay more than I would need but worth a look into costs

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    Have you got 20k minimum to spend on the base model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    Have you got 20k minimum to spend on the base model?
    Thats what I'm afraid of..... Plus shipping and getting on the road here....
    I do but it would mean no new truck anytime soon to tow it

    Anyone gone down the build it yourself track? Not a welder or fabricator bt pretty handy with making up a 4x3 timber frame and ply exterior, it's the fitting it out that I can see me losing motivation! / Skill.

    There are some awesome idea around. Tear-drop shape doesn't do it for me but not to big and boat for wind resistance.... Perfect trailer is like the perfect rifle I guess....

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    Yeah gods... $60K+... Guess it's cheaper than a house but that one expensive trailer. Have to be spending a few months out of the year to justify that!!

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    It would probably cost about $1200-1500 for a basic single axle 1500kg trailer running gear kit, non braked. From there you are only limited by ability & funds to make what you want. Those Aussie Offroad trailers usually have independent coil suspension as opposed to leaf spring so there's a chuck of $ for a start.
    Elite Trailers in Chch imported some camper trailers awhile back that were a cancelled order for an Aussie customer, direct out of China. Not sure where they ended up but you could luck upon something secondhand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathias View Post
    It would probably cost about $1200-1500 for a basic single axle 1500kg trailer running gear kit, non braked. From there you are only limited by ability & funds to make what you want. Those Aussie Offroad trailers usually have independent coil suspension as opposed to leaf spring so there's a chuck of $ for a start.
    Elite Trailers in Chch imported some camper trailers awhile back that were a cancelled order for an Aussie customer, direct out of China. Not sure where they ended up but you could luck upon something secondhand.
    I can see me doing it myself, couple of K for pre made aluminium lockers tool boxes and a few trips to hardware store I should be able to come up with something....

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    thinking of doing a more basic version myself but with spring suspension on a parallelogram frame to lift it for off roading.something I can put a four wheeler inside then take it out when I arrive and have fold down bunks with rear and side awnings with a shower toilet room over drawbar frame to keep the missus happy.

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    I spotted these here in Chch at a place called save barn.

    The teardrop one has an optional rear awning to make a kitchen....

    https://www.savebarn.co.nz/caravan-n...scription=true

    https://www.savebarn.co.nz/camper-tr...scription=true

    https://www.savebarn.co.nz/camping-t...scription=true

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    Mate ,are you talking trailers or caravans,(the term used to be straight Fwd,)...Iíve shipped 4 (caravans)from the states,it used to be easy and inexpensive,not so now...the rules changes, regarding A/C and power sources plus other issues have made it very difficult to get a WOF.The first 3 were quite profitable as the restrictions were ďlooseĒ,the 4th one,now sits in the back yard as a visitor pad due to the unreasonable requests buy MOT,to comply with the new standards.Not sure of issues with importing from oz.If you are talking trailers as in trailers then flush this post

    There are sevral caravan builders in Kiwi,that Iíve looked at,not bad work at all,a little spendy,but at least once itís built it complies with all codes and requirements.There is something to be said about spending your $$$$$ locally.




    Quote Originally Posted by 223nut View Post
    Has anyone tried this? What costs are Involved?

    Currently have a bare single axle with a wooden surround (greedy boards) on it. Been thinking of building walls / roof kitchen awning etc and looking for plans.

    Came across these Conqueror Australia Off-Road Campers
    www.conqueroraustralia.com.au

    They seem the ducks nuts!!!! Probably ay more than I would need but worth a look into costs
    It's not the mountain we conquer,but ourselves.....Sir Edmund Hillary

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    @A330driver doing more research it's going to be way over the budget to bring one in and as you mention there are problems getting them on the road.

    Was aiming too use it more as a kitchen area with a single bed on board rather than heaps of awnings and folding out sections. Been looking at aluminium toolboxes which out work well, them a section of drawers similar to the load bed on a ute. One problem area I have identified is getting the roof watertight. Will probably need to go into chch and find someone to weld up a framework and some sheet steel over it. Wanting he side walls to be timber as then I can attach things easily myself.

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    Starting to sound like a Tiny House, tin roof & wood walls
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathias View Post
    Starting to sound like a Tiny House, tin roof & wood walls
    Starting to sound heavy.
    Poor little non turbo cruiser.

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    @Nibblet she might not go fast but she'll get there.... But no there is another vehicle in my near future (said hopefully)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D7V1ZdkKybI

    Like the look of this one, if I can work out a way to use my spare roofracks and a kayak / storage box. Need someway of gaining height for the shower....

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    You don't need height, just a pump and gas hot water califont. I picked mine up for $69 USD for califont and $79 USD for pump. Runs off a lpg bottle and two c cell batteries. Pump is 12v so off a car battery
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibblet View Post
    You don't need height, just a pump and gas hot water califont. I picked mine up for $69 USD for califont and $79 USD for pump. Runs off a lpg bottle and two c cell batteries. Pump is 12v so off a car battery
    Just seen an awesome set up with all electrics in a box on the front, 12v batteries / pv panels / inverters etc are all sitting in the shed... Water tank down low by axle.... Can't wait to get stuck into this project for winter.

 

 

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