We bought a 2007 Tiny in 2009 and sold it this year for much what we paid for R49000. That is exellent for any vehicle, and a good investment if you can consider any vehicle an investment.We added sides to the awning and a chest frige we paid R1500 for but that is it. The interesting thing is what has happened with inflation. In 2009 the Sherpa was R65000 (Got the quote) new and now they are R176000, so they have almost increased 3 times in price. Can't see any other van retaining its value that way as they rot if not kept under cover and resealed.
Your Skipper will definately retain its value.
Hopefully it will serve our purposes until we are no longer able to drive and walk. Canvas roof will not last as long as fibreglass but lets see. April is a long time to wait for the new tent trailer.
The Skipper is low enough to be housed in a garage. Once inside the garage, we open our roof. If you do that, it is sure to last as long as you envisage- including the canvas. With 14" wheels, you need just over 2.5 meter of headroom but if you have less, you can always place a piece of sponge rubber between the upper part of the roof and the ceiling. Our previous Sprite served us well for almost thirty years, including the canvas on the pop up roof because it was housed in a garage when not on the road. Although the hard walls' constuction is similiar to that of conventional caravans, there is almost nowhere that water can leak in to rot the wooden frame, which is a major failing on conventional caravans. Just make sure you do not store the Skipper with the roof down if it is not completely dry inside and ouside and you should not have any problems. April is still far in the future if you are waiting for your Skipper, but time will pass and you will enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours, I am sure.
Thanks Fred, we will be storing the Skipper under an awning which is good enough. My wife is no ways going to leave her Huyndai Accent under the awning but my Forester sits under the awning. Just have a canvas cover we will put over the Sherpa too.
Fred, when we stayed at ATKV Drakensville about 3 weeks ago there was a couple there with an Oyster who did not want to be bothered with setting up the main tent and they were using a pop up Gazebo with an Add a room instead, but i did not like the look of it, too many gaps between the tent and Gazebo if it rained. They said it was too time consuming putting up the tent. That is one of the main features of the Skipper is their superb tent. When we get it experience will tell if it is a big effort, but do not think it will take me 2.5 hrs to set up like our Sherpa awning and sides took.
Paul, The Oyster tent certainly does not take 2.5 hours to erect. I haven't times us recently, but I remember we startet out at about one hour and I am sure we are way below that now, probably about 40 minutes or so. Putting up a main tent with any caravan is not the most pleasant og jobs and this include the Oyster's. It is a fact that the Oyster's main tent is probably one of the most stable in the wind of any South African caravan- we have experience with this. What is supplied as standard with the Oyster, what they call the rally tent, is basically the full main tent minus the three walls- two sides and the front. To zip these on is easy. The time consuming part is putting up the so called rally tent and if you then add the walls, knocking in the great number of pegs into the ground. But once it is up, you can handle near anything. We camp mostly in the Southern Cape and we can attest to this.
We are easy campers who do not like to take too much time to become functional and we therefore often do not erect any tent if we stay only for a day of two or have adequate shade. We have used a gazebo, which is fine but not completely satisfactorily, inter alia because of the reasons you mention. Also a gazebo is not designed to be used in anything but a light breeze. We once used it at Witsand on the Southern Cape coast and experienced heavy rain and wind. I used two "stormbande" (can't remember the English word right now) which kept the tent from blowing away, but with wind plus rain, you cannot use it anyway.
Yes Fred, we chose not to get the extra rally awning that gets added to the front of the standard awning with sides. We are having the zip added in case we want to add the rally awning after we have tested the set up(costs an extra R4000). We have also asked them to reverse the zip for the standard window wall on the front so we can fold it back like the plain front wall that is half folded for a door. In that way we can have most of the front of the tent open with the sides in place.These are the measures i am taking to try keep things quick and simple.
What's the saying?................................. Many ways to kill a cat. By just changing a few simple things you got the skipper sorted for your needs with not much cost.
When is the delivery date again..................?
Mid April, can't wait. Wish we were taking it to Baviaans kloof in may for the 4 weeks holiday there but will just have to be patient. Got the rest of our retired whilest still fìt lives to enjoy it.