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Skipper Navigator owners, HELP . !

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18 Oct, 2011 @ 06:04:10 am
Duncan
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As a potential new owner of the LT, can owners please give me a few tips and do's and donts ? What would you have done differently ? What to make sure of during delivery? What would you of asked the factory to change? What bugs you ? How would you of designed things differently.

Please list a few plusses and a few minusses to help a new owner decide. Extras to buy or not to buy? Little things that drive you mad? [opening the fridge with the door closed....] Which little widget breaks the moment you look at it ? What should have been installed 5mm to the left?

Sadly, up here in the Transvaal, we have been unable to find any Skippers at any of our regular campsites ? In fact we have never seen any on the road either ?

I would be towing with a Tuscon diesel.

Thanks in advance,

Duncan

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19 Oct, 2011 @ 09:20:24 am
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Not a single Skipper owner out there ?

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20 Oct, 2011 @ 06:46:58 am
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 So, that's a no ? Not a single Skipper owner on this forum? Well I never.........

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20 Oct, 2011 @ 07:59:18 am
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SORRY OURS IS AN OLD LADY, A 1979 SPRITE SPORT AND STILL GOING WELL. STILL ORIGINAL BUT IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING A FEW THINGS. GOT RID OF THE GAS FRIDGE AND GAS STOVE AND FITTED A NEW FULL HEIGHT  220V FRIDGE FREEEZER. HAVE ALSO FITTED  OUTSIDE AND INSIDE 12V LIGHTS NEXT SOME ELECTRIC PLUGS OUTSIDE AND ONE OR TWO INSIDE. (THE EXTENTION CORDS DRIVING US MAD) THOUGHT WE MUST  KEEP IT ORIGINAL BUT HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE UP THAT IDEA AND GO FOR A LITTLE MORE COMFORT INSTEAD. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PURCHASE AND HAPPY CAMPING.

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20 Oct, 2011 @ 11:04:38 am
Duncan
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Thanks Marg, could not believe the entire forum had gone camping without a dongle !

I'll keep hoping an owner responds soon.

Regards,

Duncan

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29 Oct, 2011 @ 12:40:39 pm
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Hi Dunca,

 

that just might answer your questions about the Skipper Navigator.

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29 Oct, 2011 @ 13:09:49 pm
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Hi, Me again. We were away again last weekend and there was a couple with a skipper navigator. It was a trailer that opened up as a  tent come shelter with all the bits and pieces. These two people took 4 hours to set up camp and app the same time to pack up. I dont know if this was the first time the had camped or not but it looked liike too much P.T. for us. It took us 18Mons to take down our rally awning with sides, two tables and two chairs, a ground sheet and a few odds and ends.  If this is the same thing you are thinking of buying I would try finding out from a dealer who owns one and ask them how long it takes to set up etc, and any problems they have. In my opinion to much work setting up and packing up. I would eventually give up and never use it again. But then I like to camp easy. Give me my little old caravan anyday. That my two penny's worth.

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30 Oct, 2011 @ 11:22:44 am
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Duncan,

What you need is a nice little compact caravan that you can handle with ease at home and at the camping site which can be set up within 30 minutes and park in your garage at your new townhouse out of site when you get back home. Also you don't have to sleep in a tent. Agree?

Regards

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05 Nov, 2011 @ 12:21:45 pm
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Hi Duncan,

My dad just bought a secondhand Skipper Model-T and tried it out for the first time last weekend.

The people who Marg mentioned, must be really slow or clueless taking so long.

I was setting up the full tent on my Swing and Dad was done & dusted on the Skipper by the time I had my poles scattered over the stand.

The Navigator will even be quicker I think, since your bed stays intact and you have a solid roof.

I can't talk of the extras, since it's probably different between the Model-T and Navigator.

Think it's a great concept and you won't be sorry. It's light to tow and maneuvre. Also a breeze to store.

 

Cheers,

Jacques

 

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05 Nov, 2011 @ 22:47:52 pm
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Hi Jacques, I like the photo. the one we saw was different, it had an extra room on it. Yes I agree the people that had the skipper navigator were clueless or never camped before. we still have a giggle about it. They did not know how the poles went and kept changing things. We did not know what they were doing and nor did they. Eventually another camper came and helped them. I am sure they will also giggle about their first time camping after a few camps. First of all we thought maybe they had been drinking, but they had not. We also joked and asked where are the cameras and wondered if they were on candid camera. I am please to hear that this was not a norm and hope your had has many hours of happy camping.

Regards Marg

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06 Nov, 2011 @ 11:10:03 am
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Hope your DAD has many hours of happy camping.

(my keyboard giving me trouble)

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07 Nov, 2011 @ 13:48:22 pm
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Thanks Marg - I'll convey the kind wishes!

Cool

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07 Nov, 2011 @ 15:13:05 pm
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Can some please place a photo of the Skipper Navigator. I have no clue what this van looks like.

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08 Nov, 2011 @ 06:32:22 am
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OK not to worry! Got a pic on the net.  Navigator also featured in a Afrikaans magazine a while ago. Great looking van and from the looks of it should take less than 30min to pitch the tent.

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08 Nov, 2011 @ 08:23:28 am
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Hi, I also just looked up on the internet. I see the skipper I saw was not a Navigator but a Skipper Tornador. That is why it had all the extra tents etc. 

Regards Marg

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24 Nov, 2011 @ 19:19:53 pm
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Hi Guys.

Willie here! Let me put you all out of your misery!

On our CaravanParks.com site click on “Products” on the navigation above – when the page has opened – click on Camper Trailer Manufacturers and WALLAH!

Skipper Trailers website will be revealed to you in all its glory - Skipper Navigator and all!

Read all about it there – the factory is in Park Reynie on the Natal South Coast – talk to Robbie Kerkhoff – great guy.  I’ve looked at his Skipper Trailers – excellent quality and finish!

Regards

Willie

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25 Nov, 2011 @ 06:19:04 am
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Thanks all, had the pleasure of meeting Robbie and Jenny this last weekend at a park near Howick, Eagles View. There was a Skipper weekend and Robbie kindly took us to see all the makes. Great to see the different real setups and the folks were most helpful letting us poke our noses into their tents and even look into some fridges ! Very easy setups and should only take 20 minutes at most. One sweet old dear was 80, I think, and she does it all herself! Now all we have to sort out is parking? We sadly have 2 cars and only one garage at our new townhouse and I wont park anything outside in the Transvaal sun.

Regards,

Duncan

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18 Aug, 2021 @ 06:45:55 am
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Op die Skipper Navigator. Hoe maak julle met die tent wat aan die deur vaskom? Moet mens hom elke keer deur reig as mens gaan slaap en alles toe wil hou....of is daar makliker uitweg?

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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19 Aug, 2021 @ 18:11:24 pm
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Jy trek hom terug tot die deur kan oopgaan maar trek hom nie uit sy kanaal uit nie, behalwe natuurlik as jy verkies om dit te doen.  In die geval is daar lissies wat hom netjies vashou.  Ek praat van die Oyster maar ek meen dit geld ook vir ander modelle.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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19 Aug, 2021 @ 20:59:59 pm
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Jy trek hom terug tot die deur kan oopgaan maar trek hom nie uit sy kanaal uit nie, behalwe natuurlik as jy verkies om dit te doen.  In die geval is daar lissies wat hom netjies vashou.  Ek praat van die Oyster maar ek meen dit geld ook vir ander modelle.

Dankie....dit werk

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Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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01 Oct, 2021 @ 00:21:27 am
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Ek het Navigator gekoop n ruk terug met die doel om vinnig weg te breek, maar my Expo slaan vinniger op. Dis egter n plesier om die Skipper te sleep.....

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Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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22 Feb, 2022 @ 10:56:43 am
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Ek het Navigator gekoop n ruk terug met die doel om vinnig weg te breek, maar my Expo slaan vinniger op. Dis egter n plesier om die Skipper te sleep.....

Ek het hom maar weer verkoop. Hy sleep baie lekker, maar daar is 2 nadele.....die tent is nie n plesier om op te slaan nie en dan die werking van die tent en die deur was n vir my baie onprakties ontwerp. Ek dink as ek in die aand met n groot nood moes opstaan, sou ek nie ablusies gemaak het met die sukkel met oopmaak van deur nie.....die tent wat in hom ingeryg is. 

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Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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