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Barry 22nd August 2009 03:51 AM

Trailer touring pros and cons
This thread started life as my search for a link on the site to the 'Pod Trailer'.

Thanks to Kevin I found the link, and assessed the pros and cons of what it offered.

In the process it occurred to me that what I (and possibly other noobs) needed was a thread to assess pros and cons of family touring with / without trailers, so I suggested to Kevin that the thread be moved to the camping area.

I'll keep putting up my thoughts as they progress towards what we (me and 2 teenage kids) take on our 'Cameron Corner' trip in October.

Kevin 22nd August 2009 04:04 AM

This one?

Barry 22nd August 2009 04:16 AM

Thanks Kevin!:ebiggrin:

Barry 22nd August 2009 05:13 AM

Kevin, is it you who is part owner in one of these?
If so, what do you think of them?
What would you think of towing with a 05MY OB (4 cyl.) on a trip to Cameron's Corner and back?
Comments from others also appreciated.
The whole 'kaboodle' would run to between $10,000 - $12,000.
Am wondering at opportunity cost compared with just lightweight car camping - i.e. limited to 2 person tents, rear load space and roof pod, and maybe a roof mounted awning.
A trailer would limit access to some places, so the car-only rig would be more versatile, just a bit more cramped.
Nothing new in that trade off, but would be interested in what others think.

Kevin 22nd August 2009 08:26 PM

Nope not me; and I prefer to not tow anything but the OB would handle the pod trailer without any problems. I think these trailers are very expensive for a bunch of recycled soft drink bottles :iconwink:

Before I got my Columbus roof camper, I used a Thule rooftop pod (900L I think) and a touring tent. The combination worked well. I carried bedding (self inflating matresses) and my 2nd spare wheel in the pod.

Barry 22nd August 2009 10:42 PM

I agree re cost Kevin, could fund front and rear bull bars and probably an Engell fridge as well for that!

I have a Rola 360 roof pod, and wouldn't want to put much more than that on the roof rails. (Speaking of which I definitely wouldn't want the 10MY OB with the integral 'pop out' roof racks, look worse than useless!) Anyway, the roof camper option would be out for the OB, as it has no roof gutters.

Hiking tents are also more versatile than roof / trailer campers, as they give better private space - especially for teenage girls with younger brothers!

To provide some space with headroom I'm looking at a roof mounted awning with side walls / a rear 'screen' to go around the rear door when open. Either will allow space to set up seats and roll-up tables.
This link, provided by Eastie, looks promising for an affordable roof awning.
Picture of Easties example here:-
Should get this 'headroom' set up for under $200, tents are then just for sleeping.

Barry 25th August 2009 07:49 AM

Have now established that Autosafe ('Tradesman' brand) rear cargo barrier will fit my Sunroof 'Safety' (curtain airbag) OB. Will fit the 'half barrier' version. Not only will this allow me to carry long objects with the seat backs lowered, it will also let me 'bandicoot' (burrow into) the load while on tour, by lowering the seat back.

apsilon 25th August 2009 08:17 AM

IMO one thing that the Subaru doesn't do well is roof top awnings. The car just isn't tall enough. You can sit under them and move around under them but you can't stand under them so if you're looking for "headroom", you might want to take that into consideration.

FWIW I have a rear awning from Very impressed with the product and the service.

Barry 25th August 2009 09:42 PM

Your right apsilon, I sure miss the height of the old split screen kombis (the ones on stilts with reduction boxes on the drive wheels).

Being able to sit in a chair in the shade to cook, eat drink ;)etc is still a big improvement on just having the hike tents.

Maybe this is a 'reason' to think about a lift kit!:lildevil:

Thanks for the link to Danbricanvas. I'll have a look at their site.

Barry 6th July 2010 11:07 AM

My 'GoGo' camper, made by 'Weekender'.
Following the 'Cameron Corner' camping trip I 'weakened' and purchased a small camper trailer.
My chief criteria were relatively small and light - so I can still get up 'back tracks'. Hope to get up into the Victorian High Country.
As a stroke of luck, it also has a track width pretty close to that of the Outback, which should also make it feasible to tow on sand. :biggrin:

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