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    Forward fold campers

    Hi all, didnt know whether its better etiquette to start a new thread or dredge an old one but here we are.

    After a brilliant long weekend away at the river me and the mrs have decided we're back in the market for a camper. I've had a reasonable think about it and like the look and pros of a forward fold camper trailer. Anyone had any experience with them? Ive had a soft floor camper in the past but sold it because it was never really what i wanted when I purchased it, so its gone.

    In the market between 10 - 15k. Preferably the lower side of that.

    Ive looked at the jayco poptop style van as well but looking at a bit of extra coin for the ones that appeal to me, so that might be for future upgrade plans.
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    I have a forward fold and love it.
    If we are stopping overnight only, we don't even unhook it.
    Stay for a few days and out comes the annex.

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    That looks like the business. I like that they normally have the little lounge area/second bed. I suppose the trade off is storage space? How do you find yours? Plenty of storage?
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    I had a soft floor and got rid of it. Best move ever. I now have an old 95 Off Road Jayco Swan and love it. Literally 5 minutes and its done. Longer if I want the full annex, but I have only used that once.

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    Storage can be an issue, depending how much you want to take with you.
    Some limited space under the bench seats in the trailer. Some space under the folded table and floor space.
    Some space in the front storage compartments.
    I have a 40 litre fridge in one side and either the annex or a couple of storage boxes.
    That leaves more room in the wagon for even more stuff.
    There is a folding rack on top of the wagon that you can attach stuff to as well.

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    Daughter and son in law had one. It worked well but was time consuming and a pain to set up and pull down. Lots of poles to connect and bits to zipper on - and some up fairly high so you need to carry a small step ladder. One of our Club members has an Opus and it is impressive. If I bought one it would be an Opus.

    Flick a switch and it sets itself up.

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    @BillsGU
    I agree there is a bit of setup required if you want the full annexe as well.
    The sleeping and dining part is up in less than 10 minutes as all the poles are inside the fold down.
    Extend them and you are done.
    You can lower the poles to attach the zip on bits then extend them again after.
    All up the full thing takes us approximately 30 minutes, longer if I listen to my wife's instructions
    As I lay there looking up, taking in the spectacular view that was the night sky and the multitude of stars I asked myself, where did my tent go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mc4by View Post
    @BillsGU
    I agree there is a bit of setup required if you want the full annexe as well.
    The sleeping and dining part is up in less than 10 minutes as all the poles are inside the fold down.
    Extend them and you are done.
    You can lower the poles to attach the zip on bits then extend them again after.
    All up the full thing takes us approximately 30 minutes, longer if I listen to my wife's instructions
    Yep sounds similar to the soft floor I had. I don't want to be finding poles for the initial setup, but I don't mind a bit extra for the annex.

    I think I'll be happy if there's enough storage inside for clothes and luggage and enough storage outside to get the fridge and cooking gear out of the car.
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    Well turns out the Adelaide caravan and camping show is on in the next couple of weeks. I feel like its going to be an expensive day trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0-TJ-0 View Post
    Well turns out the Adelaide caravan and camping show is on in the next couple of weeks. I feel like its going to be an expensive day trip.
    Don't do it mate! Or at least be extremely bloody picky. Until recently I worked in expos, and did the caravan and camping stand for Dometic. My personal experience is the van companies up their prices to accommodate them being there.

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