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Roadstar Caravans

Postby Craigandvanessa » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:18 pm

Hi All,
Can anyone give me some comments good or bad on the Roadstar Caravans, in particular we are looking at the New Safari Tamer......
Thanks in advance
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Re: Roadstar Caravans

Postby Almost_A_Nomad » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:50 pm

We have a23'6" 2006 Roadstar Trackvan. Initially we had some minor problems with a small water leak from the Everpure filter and some crap stapling where the staples actually missed the timber altogether. All were fixed by the dealer no problems. We've taken it over a lot of dirt roads and had no problems. Build quality is very good. Good ventilation and plenty of lights for night time (although I've just upgraded all the lights to LED). We have the seperate shower/toilet and bunks. We're happy with the layout. The van is very solid and we need the 4.2 Patrol to tow it, but it follows the car beautifully and never had any sway etc
We would certainly buy another Roadstar. Before buying ours we spoke to a number of owners and they were all happy
Good luck with it
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Re: Roadstar Caravans

Postby grandog » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:53 pm

Craigandvanessa wrote:Hi All,
Can anyone give me some comments good or bad on the Roadstar Caravans, in particular we are looking at the New Safari Tamer......
Thanks in advance

Hi Craigandvanessa
The cook and I looked at the Safari Tamer at the same time as the Lotus we are now buying. It was available from the same dealer, so we were able to look at them pretty much side by side. Very similar designs, but the biggest factors were pricing and weight.

Weight also came into it. A fully worked ST with Simplicity suspension goes about 2500kg tare. The Control Rider suspension will add a further 50-100kg, so it's really starting to get up there.

It's always a personal choice, but in the end (from our point of view) the Lotus won out. That said, we don't get the free Trail-a-Mate jack Roadstar is giving away with the ST. :cry:
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Re: Roadstar Caravans

Postby Alan 41 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:36 pm

I'm amazed our resident Roadstar man Macka hasn't replied.
Must be having an early night. :D :D
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Re: Roadstar Caravans

Postby ozjohn » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:05 am

The Roadstars that macca and Almost_A_Nomad have were built before the demise of the original Roadstar/Compass brand.
The brands were resurrected by the old Roadstar chassis builder and are being marketed under the original names, Roadstar & Compass.
While not impressed with the interior finish the first few models they displaced at caravan shows a couple of years ago, that have steadily improved. I my personal opinion thay can stand beside many of the other well known middle price range vans.
They have also introduced a thinner section Hi -tensile chassis that they claim has less weight with improved strength.
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Re: Roadstar Caravans

Postby macka17 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:11 am

Hmmm.

I did do a reply around 3 30\40 this morn.

Off with the fairies somewhere it looks like.

Yep. I reckon they a good van.
Providing they up to the quality of previous build.
One of the better made vans in mid range pricing.

Traveller. Evernew. them. and a coupla others, I'd pick from.

I'm on my fourth (One Compass Pop Top).
Couldn't fault any of them.
and would buy again. No Problems.

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Re: Roadstar Caravans

Postby bellaboo » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:59 pm

Hi Craig and Vanessa,

We have a 2011 Roadstar Limited Edition, which we purchased to replace our 2004 Compass Limited Edition, main reason we wanted full ensuite and an oven. Having said that, we were more than happy with our Compass and are equally impressed with our Roadstar. Build quality is excellent and finish looks superb.

When we were looking to replace the Compass we did look at other vans, but the build quality and value for money with the Roadstar came out on top.

Would happily buy another one.

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