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Old 18-07-19
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Hi all,

We are considering a fairly lengthy trip in the next 12 months and the little lady isn't happy living out of the RTT on a trailer I've just spent 6 months building. Thems the breaks

So ive started researching campers, it's my ADHD my lady wants a proper caravan (Lotus Offgrid or the like) and I'd prefer a hybrid camper as I want to get well off the blacktop (including beaches) and minimise towing weight/size.

I stumbled across the Rhinomax hybrid campers made in Qld and they look pretty impressive. I saw a photo online of one hooked up to a Pajero, so I was hoping the owner might be on here??

If anyone has one, could they provide an opinion on build quality, after sales support and whether they will handle the rough outback tracks.

Thanks in advance

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My wife doesn't like roughing it too much either but we're very happy in our Tvan. It's easy to set up, a breeze to tow and is warm and comfortable.

The problem with the full off road vans is the generally the extra weight due to the upgraded chassis and off road suspension. Check the ATM and ball weight carefully before taking the plunge. It doesn't take much to make a well loaded Paj illegal when you add a van on the back. And don't forget that the allowable ball weight decreases to 180kg if you are over 2500kg on the van. I'm not sure on the Rhino specs, it's just my thoughts.
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6 months building a trailer and the missus doesn,t like it....do a solo trip....
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Unless you are going serious off road then have a look at the Bowell Air and Edge range. The air is a semi off road A Van style fold out camper which has no canvas, separate sleeping and dining area so it would be easy to live in for extended periods.
I toured the factory 7 years ago when they were first released and I was impressed by the design and build quality.
https://www.bolwellrv.com.au

The Rhino Max 10ft Scorpion is the lightest model they do at 2000kg ATM, it is a similar concept to the RV Vista but better because you can leave the bed setup and use the dining area as the bed pivots up out of the way.
https://rhinomaxcampers.com.au/scorpion/


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My wife doesn't like roughing it too much either but we're very happy in our Tvan. It's easy to set up, a breeze to tow and is warm and comfortable.

The problem with the full off road vans is the generally the extra weight due to the upgraded chassis and off road suspension. Check the ATM and ball weight carefully before taking the plunge. It doesn't take much to make a well loaded Paj illegal when you add a van on the back. And don't forget that the allowable ball weight decreases to 180kg if you are over 2500kg on the van. I'm not sure on the Rhino specs, it's just my thoughts.
I have been researching the MDC XT12 HR, $40k, more features than Rhinomax and life time chasis warranty. Part made in China, pat in Qld, but remember it's not where it's made, it is how it is made. Even Pajeros are not mad in Aus. Reviews give the MDC a tick and after 5 vidits to the melb showroom we are nearly ready to buy a MDC. Tare 1780kg, Ball weigth with full tanks is 190kg(I checked this myself). I think all the Aussie made vans are over priced.
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I have been researching the MDC XT12 HR, $40k, more features than Rhinomax and life time chasis warranty. Part made in China, pat in Qld, but remember it's not where it's made, it is how it is made. Even Pajeros are not mad in Aus. Reviews give the MDC a tick and after 5 vidits to the melb showroom we are nearly ready to buy a MDC. Tare 1780kg, Ball weigth with full tanks is 190kg(I checked this myself). I think all the Aussie made vans are over priced.
I'm not suggesting you shouldn't proceed with purchasing a MDC product, but I think some of your logic is questionable.

You comment that "Even Pajeros are not made in Aus" - but they're not made in China, either. Mitsubishi manufacture their export vehicles in Japan and Thailand, and more recently Korea has become a powerhouse in global vehicle manufacturing. China have a long way to go to catch these countries (but I have no doubt they will).

China are currently a huge player in caravans and campers in Australia - but Japan, Thailand and Korea are not.

China are competitive because there is a significant portion of this market that places more value on price than quality - and no other country can compete. (Even China can't compete with China on price - but that's another topic). China is still climbing the quality curve (that Japan began climbing in the 70s, and completely redefined for the world), and most Chinese companies still have a long way to go.

Australian vans are not overpriced. They sit at a different point on the price - quality curve. Many companies have tried importing vans from China, and failed, where Australia is home to the world's oldest manufacturer of caravans - so some Australian van manufacturers are succeeding where Chinese manufacturers cannot.

Horses for courses. You're entitled to think Aussie made vans are overpriced, others can think Chinese made vans are cheap.
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The following all make hybrid campers, and the choices are growing every year-

Australian Off Road campers - https://australianoffroad.com.au
Lifestyle campers - https://www.lifestylecampertrailers.com.au
Complete Campsite - https://completecampsite.com.au
Kelly campers - http://www.kellycampers.com.au/
Vista RV - https://www.vistarv.com.au/
Trak - https://www.tracktrailer.com.au
North Coast Campers - https://www.northcoastcampers.com.au/
ask about their 12ft model not advertised.


I have looked at a Rhinomax a couple of times, was impressed, but not enough to fork out $65,000+.

Hybrid campers have not been around a long time, and there is not a lot of choice in the second hand market, and even if you find one, they are still exy. Which of the above is best - that all depends on what you want. Happy researching
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Talk to Judith on this FB page - she rents them out and can probably give you the scoop on quality, warranty support etc. (Yes I know her but haven't tried them out)

https://www.facebook.com/campmountaincampers/
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MDC gets very balanced reviews

almost half of those who rate it, think its crap - beware is what is yells at me (but you need to read the reviews to see why)

https://www.productreview.com.au/lis...-direct-camper
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I have been researching the MDC XT12 HR, $40k, more features than Rhinomax and life time chasis warranty. Part made in China, pat in Qld, but remember it's not where it's made, it is how it is made. Even Pajeros are not mad in Aus. Reviews give the MDC a tick and after 5 vidits to the melb showroom we are nearly ready to buy a MDC. Tare 1780kg, Ball weigth with full tanks is 190kg(I checked this myself). I think all the Aussie made vans are over priced.
You'd be far better off with a good second hand Tvan for $40K. Quality beats price every time and if it rains, the bed in the Tvan stays dry when you pack up.
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