Caravan Models - Goulburn Off-Roader
Putting the Goulburn Off Roader through it's pacesEnthusiastic Goulburn owners Bruce and Margaret took some time out to give us a review of how the van handled their debut trip...
Bruce and Margaret dropped into the Campbellfield office this week (October 2012) and told us about the trip.
The Rogers' travelled over 18,000km on their debut Goulburn Off Roader trip. Mostly dirt roads, in fact Bruce mentioned that prior to this trip he was always frustrated by not having the freedom to duck off the main roads to really see some of Australia's great camping destinations.
Their journey took them along the Gibb River road, (just before it was graded!) as well as parts of the Oodnatta Track which where good tests for the caravan, but as they describe these weren't the worst roads taken. Their drive along the Leopards Downs Road to Tunnel Creek National Park (seen below, which looks more like a dry creek bed then a road) shook the car like a joy ride at a carnival, "we couldn't breathe our chests where shaking so much" Bruce colorfully told the story.
Expecting to pick up the pieces at the end of the bumpy ride, Bruce talked about how the 2.6 Tonne suspension gave it a softer (and better) ride then I expected. "In fact the tools I took where only used to fix up others vans."
In the words of Margaret "The van held up beautifully".
“What amused us was the admiration for the van, the women where jealous of our en suite...and there were several occasions when campers said \“Ahh I saw you you at ...... (like Gibb River Road) or there as if we stood out in these remote locations..\”
\“Our van often became the magnet for a meeting place. The fact that the door folded back to the ensuite (end of the Goulburn) meant that you can seat more people under the awning". It’s those little things that you don’t think about that makes the van special and the trip so much more memorable.
We thank Bruce and Margaret for sharing their thoughts, photos and experience!
How does it handle?New Goulburn owners Frank and Lee took some time out to give us a review of how the van handled the famous Gibb River Road on their virgin journey...
The Cruisemaster suspension is brilliant taking all the corrugations in its stride. It really gives you peace of mind knowing that after travelling for 800kms on some of the worst corrugations in Australia you can open your caravan door and find everything still intact and everything still turning off and on. On top of all this we then traveled up the Cape Leveque Road to Middle Lagoon. There were parts on this road that were bone-jarring. Again the Goulburn handled it with no problems.
Having our own bathroom ensuite was a real treat. Some of the roadside campsite drop toilets were terrible, or non-existent, so having our own facilities was great. We also chose an outside BBQ on our model. In one word, BRILLIANT. Not just for barbecuing but we cooked roast pork and lamb with all the vegies in it. It was ace - just like home. We had two LPG gas tanks, two water tanks and solar on the roof, so it didn't matter if we were on powered sites or not we were very well prepared and could have stayed virtually anywhere for weeks on end.
If you would like any more information on how the van performed on our trip please feel free to send me an email. One last point, the service we received from Elite Caravans was very professional. Any issues or questions we had were handled very promptly and thoroughly. "
Frank and Lee.