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11 Dec 2013 @ 20:33:47 pm
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Good day all Campers

My wife and I have been camping for a few years now, mostly with my inlaws. Up to now we've been camping in tents, there was no need to upgrade to anything better because of my inlaws having the caravan and all the necessary luxuries a tent lacks. But I think it is time to upgrade to a camping trailer.

Resons for trailer and not caravan:
- I just have a code B license.
- I want something I can store in my Garage because,
- I get chills when I hear the word wood rot!
- I like to go camping at the coast and I am not comfortable at all driving to the coast towing a caravan.

I am really concidering buying the Skipper Oyster. I've been browsing the web and camping shops for n few years (on/off) and could not see anything that comes close to the Oyster that will forfull our needs.

Reasons why I prefere the Oyster:
- Its light
- Its got a solid roof (Which is perfect for a nap in the warm 'bosveld')
- Its got the caravan feel (Thats more a feature my wife wants)
- Addition to what I've just mentioned, all the reasons choosing the trailer over the caravan is a positive regarding the Oyster.

Keeping what I've mentioned above in mind does anyone know of a similar trailer that I can compare the Oyster with and, is there anyone who's got the Oyster that can tell me if it will be the trailer for me?
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12 Dec 2013 @ 04:35:58 am
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Hi Chops Welcome to the forum. Sorry don't know the Oyster, but I too used to camp with a trailer and all the camping gear. The reason for my choice of trailer at that time was mainly for very low maintaince , roof rack, front compartment, back flap, well sealed from dust and water, it's very light weight and it's made from fiberglass, it's an Eagle.
Regards ELNOR (Else & Norbury)

Happy camping
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12 Dec 2013 @ 06:18:04 am
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Hey welcome chops. Hope you solve your dilemma.
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12 Dec 2013 @ 08:46:34 am
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Hi Chops. I have the Skipper Navigator, which is the previous model to the Oyster and very similar, just a bit smaller. I have had it for nearly a year now and have used it a lot. I have not regreted buying it.

Like you, I camped in tents for many years and as I got older it got more of a hassle to set up and pack up again. I then started looking at different options and wanted a caravan but there were several negatives to this for my circumstances. I have a Nissan 1.6 NP200 bakkie which I bought new in August last year and did not want to upgrade to a larger vehicle for towing a caravan, thus losing a lot of money in the process. Next was a storage problem. I have a driveway with a sliding gate but it is only 4.5 meters between the gate and my garage door. I was also concerned about the extra fuel consumption that towing a caravan would cause.  I came across Skipper's website and thought this would be a viable solution.

When I bought my Navigator in January, it was 2nd hand from a seller in Sedgefield, some 500km from me and when I went to fetch it I worked out my fuel comsuption on the way there (without towing) and then again when I got home with the trailer in tow. There was no significant difference. I was over the moon about this. It also tows like a dream behind my bakkie and you do not feel it at all except having to change down more on uphills. I also fits nicely in my garage.

In my opinion, it is extremely well built, comfortable and cleverly designed. The pop open roof is very well insulated and it is cool inside in summer and warm in winter. The setup of the tent attached is a bit of work but packing up is very easy and quick.

I know an elderly couple that have just recently bought an Oyster after seeing ours a few months ago and sold their Gypsey Rascal as it was too cumbersome for them. I saw them the other day and they said it took them 3 hours to erect their tent on the Oyster the first time! Do not be put off by this. It gets much easier and quicker with practice. It now takes me 45 minutes after arriving at a campsite to have everthing done.

If you want to ask any more questions, you are welcome to email me at bondsmith.alex@gmail.com.

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12 Dec 2013 @ 10:55:39 am
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Thank you Alex

I did respond to you via e-mail. Like I said I am very impressed with the Oyster. It is a bit shocking to hear that it can take up to 4 hours to erect the tent though. But as you say, once you get used to it, it gets easier and faster.

What is nice about Skipper is that because they are at the coast and you are for arguments sake in Gauteng they give you a weekend at a nearby campsite. So I can leave here on Friday and have my first little business holiday when I buy it, try it out and Iron out all the flaws before I come back on the Sunday.

I just hope that no one from this forum will be there the same weekend to time me erecting the tent for the first time:-)

Regards.
Chops
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12 Dec 2013 @ 10:59:11 am
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Hi Chops Welcome to the forum. Sorry don't know the Oyster, but I too used to camp with a trailer and all the camping gear. The reason for my choice of trailer at that time was mainly for very low maintaince , roof rack, front compartment, back flap, well sealed from dust and water, it's very light weight and it's made from fiberglass, it's an Eagle.


Hi Elnor.

Thank you for the response. I do have a trailer for all my camping gear. That is part of my problem because I have so much camping gear and everything has got is specific place in the trailer else I won't be able to close it. A lot of my time goes to packing and repacking my trailer:-)

I thought about modifying my trailer by adding a rooftop tent to it which would be the cheaper alternative. I liked the Oz Trail trailer tent the most. I would however just save time with the tent though?
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12 Dec 2013 @ 11:00:41 am
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Hey welcome chops. Hope you solve your dilemma.


Thank you Cabs.

It is not a easy decision. Thats why I am here. To get the feedback from different campers.
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12 Dec 2013 @ 11:32:27 am
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Hi Chops

Welcome to the club..and don't forget to enjoy the camping (to me enjoyment is very little work.....)

Here comes a curved ball:

I am not fond of camping trailers-and if I would be , I would go for a 4x4 combination (bush and wilderrness etc.) but I camp alone and am getting older as well....

A camper is also out if you wwish to stay longer than 3 or 4  at one place because you always have to drive around in this big thing.

I also am not fond of anything which takes more than 20 Minutes to set up...Imagine you arrive in heavy rain, freezing snow storm  or 38 degrees heat or, or,or...............

What I finally arrived at was a very small caravan of 500kg (GVM 620 kg) which sleeps 2 in conmfort and takes basically 15 minutes to park and is ready for a snooze or a drink or relaxation.

I am towing the Gypsey Caravette 2 with a Mercedes Benz A-Class 160 manual and sofar I manage very nicely and driving between 80 and 100km/h on your holiday is really balsam.

I am using a caravan mover and from arrival to first coffee or beer it takes about 20 minutes(levelling, roll out awning, open van , connect 240 Volts, take out chair and table and cold drink from fridge, sit down and enjoy. If I use the ralley tent it will take me another 20-30 minutes.

I guess everyone must make his/her choice and what is good for one, moght be not so good for another one.

Whatever you go for, just enjoy it......................

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12 Dec 2013 @ 15:00:52 pm
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A few other finalists that did not make the cut were the Jurgens Oryx and the Sherpa Tiny. Unfortunately the Oryx requires a code EB license and there were a number of campers not very keen on the Oryx because of the weight that is on the ball of your tow bar because of the shape of the Caravan. Another reason was the price. The price of the Oyster is almost half the price of the Tiny and Oryx.
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12 Dec 2013 @ 15:14:28 pm
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Hi Gerd.

Thank you for the alternative option and for welcoming to the forum.

My father in-law had a side line business/hobby where he bought caravans, fixing them up and selling them again and one of the caravans he had was a Gypsey Caravette 2 and he actually bought it with me in mind. We were very keen on the buying it from him but it could not fit in my garage. Unfortunately the layout of my driveway is not the best. I have space for 4 cars in my garage but only 2 cars in the driveway (In front of each garage door) and I do not want to block the one door with a caravan. The Caravette 2 was on my short list but was eliminated when it came to storage though.
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12 Dec 2013 @ 15:50:52 pm
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Hi Chops

It is a great pity because I think it is a great little "thing", especially for one or two persons.

Damn....... Can't you remove the ground in front of your garages and create-so to speak-a mezzanine garage underground ?????!!!!!!!

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12 Dec 2013 @ 20:37:40 pm
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Hi Chops welcome to the forum 

Good luck with what ever your choice will be, enjoy the outdoors is what its about.

What you use,is what suits you.

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12 Dec 2013 @ 22:14:04 pm
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Hey Chops, I googled the oyster and it actually looks cool! Think it's a great option. Obviously depends on price too.
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13 Dec 2013 @ 08:01:26 am
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Hey Chops, I googled the oyster and it actually looks cool! Think it's a great option. Obviously depends on price too.


Hi Cabs.

Yes it is a quite neat little thing. The team from Skipper did a very good job.

The price of the Oyster is not bad at all if you compare it to the Oryx (R160000) and the Tiny (R108000). The one that I am looking at is the Oyster LT thatís got the 14" rim without a break. That goes for R61300. Like all new caravans and trailers you get a list of optional extras that can run up the price but I just need to practice restraint from my side.
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13 Dec 2013 @ 08:18:23 am
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Hi Chops,

As I mentioned in my mail to you, the slide out kitchen unit is probably the nicest and most useful optional extra.

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13 Dec 2013 @ 22:11:47 pm
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Photoman, I think the spare wheel is also on the top 5 list :-)
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14 Dec 2013 @ 05:53:43 am
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Photoman, I think the spare wheel is also on the top 5 list :-)

Very true!

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15 Dec 2013 @ 15:27:57 pm
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Hi Photoman

I just joined to  commend on your Oyster. I own a 2011 Torpedo. We used it  at campsites from Kruger to the Cape. We are very happy  with the Torpedo it handles like a dream, easy to park and handle by hand,easy to tow,not heavy on the fuel bill and enough space inside and outside .The build is solid .I travelled very bad roads without any problems.Robbie and his team is excellent and you can phone them anytime if needed.Add all the extras you will need them sometime.You can e-mail me if you need more info.

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15 Dec 2013 @ 19:13:47 pm
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Hi

Seems like it is Chops that is looking at the Oyster.Sorry Photoman but enjoy your Navigator.

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18 Dec 2013 @ 08:35:51 am
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Hi Chops. My friend's sister took delivery of their Skipper Oyster sbout 3 weeks ago and they are more then happy. The tent setup took them only 30 mins and that was the first time they set up the tent. My friend joint hem with is Echo Kevango van and he was ver very impressed with the Skipper Oyster. I am sure you will enjoy it. Hope you will be able to camp soon in your new Skipper.
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19 Dec 2013 @ 15:28:48 pm
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Hi Photoman

I just joined to  commend on your Oyster. I own a 2011 Torpedo. We used it  at campsites from Kruger to the Cape. We are very happy  with the Torpedo it handles like a dream, easy to park and handle by hand,easy to tow,not heavy on the fuel bill and enough space inside and outside .The build is solid .I travelled very bad roads without any problems.Robbie and his team is excellent and you can phone them anytime if needed.Add all the extras you will need them sometime.You can e-mail me if you need more info.



Thank you for the post CJV.

It is nice to hear that the trailer can handle a bumpy road now and again. If I can I would add all the extras but for the time being I would just get the sides for the Awning with an additional Rally Awning. Iíve got a spare wheel and the kitchen/crockery unit Iíve been using with my tent.

Thanks.
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19 Dec 2013 @ 15:30:56 pm
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Hi

Seems like it is Chops that is looking at the Oyster.Sorry Photoman but enjoy your Navigator.



And welcome to the Forum CJV.
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19 Dec 2013 @ 15:31:54 pm
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Hi Chops. My friend's sister took delivery of their Skipper Oyster sbout 3 weeks ago and they are more then happy. The tent setup took them only 30 mins and that was the first time they set up the tent. My friend joint hem with is Echo Kevango van and he was ver very impressed with the Skipper Oyster. I am sure you will enjoy it. Hope you will be able to camp soon in your new Skipper.


Hi Leon.

Thank you for your post. Itís great to hear that someone has a Skipper Oyster:-) And that they are happy with the trailer. I was hoping to get one before the end of the year but unfortunately Skipper has closed for Christmas and they will only receive their new stock in March so I would have to wait it out for a few more months. But at the end I think it will be worth the wait.
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19 Dec 2013 @ 15:32:33 pm
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Good day all.

Thank you for all your positive feedback on the Oyster and the Skipper products. Because they are based at the coast and it is not just a drive away for me to view the quality, itís difficult to buy something blindly. I had great feedback and was able to ask a few additional questions over an e-mail to ďPhotomanĒ. Thank you to everyone that owns a Skipper product that was willing to tell me first-hand about the quality, handling ect. I am sure the Oyster will live up to its expectations.

My mind is made up so it is now easier to convince my wife. Thatís the easy part:-)
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08 May 2014 @ 12:31:59 pm
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Hi Chops,
Did you buy the Oyster? I am most interested to hear how comfortable it is, and if the awning is big enough. Does the R61000 cost include a rally awning with sides or is that a big extra?
We have a Sherpa Tiny and unfortunately the bed is about a 3/4 double size, so we have to top and tail to fit (6'2"and 6'). I could get it altered by Sherpa or mabe even a boatbuilder here in Amanzimtoti or the alternative is to sell the Sherpa and buy a Skipper Oyster, but that may have to wait a bit as I recentley bought a new Harley Sportster. Priorities, priorities!
I do not like the standard tent of the Sherpa as it does not hang very straight, and have had my awning made into an L shape with 2 sides fitted (not fully enclosed). This works quite well, but I would like an enclosed awning like the Torpedo although it looks like it may be small.
Any feedback from people with Oysters or knowledge of tent size etc would be much appreciated. Is Skipper open on weekends as it is a nice bike ride to Park Rynie from Toti?
My desire is the simplest and Driest camping possible, the Sherpa is almost there but perhaps the Skipper is better
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09 May 2014 @ 06:26:32 am
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Hi. While you are waiting for Chops to reply, let me chip in. A couple we know got their Oyster a few months ago and we camped  with them in January, so I had a good chance to check it out as they arrived at the campsite after us and I helped them set up.

The tent has an extra panel that makes it about 35cm longer than mine on the Navigator. It does not sound like much but it makes a big difference in size inside. Very nice. They had almost every extra that one can opt for including the extra rally awning with sides for this as well, making the tent area huge. This all did add to the setup time as well though. I would just go for the standard awning that comes with it plus sides (That are an extra). I have a couple of gazebo's for extra shade and use whichever one is suitable for the location or length of stay.

I am usually cracking open my first setup reward beer in under an hour after I arrive. This does take practice and I have worked out quite a few shortcuts.  You can see the extra upright grey panel in the photo below as well as the extra room on the left of the pic.

Extra up right greay panel makes big difference

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09 May 2014 @ 08:10:06 am
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Must say the setup of the Oyster looks very nice.

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05 Nov 2014 @ 15:40:04 pm
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Good day all.

I am so sorry for the late response guys. That was bad form from my side! I apologize.

It's been almost a year now since I first posted about the Oyster and I am pleased to announce that I took delivery on my oyster this past weekend (Like paddyandpaul mentioned - Priorities) and WOW am I impressed! The only downfall I've got over my Oyster is that I did not take all the trimmings! I bought over the internet and like everyone I was sceptic about the quality. This is not the case at all, the quality and finishing of the trailer is flawless. I did not take the fold out kitchen and crockery cupboard (I've got similar from my camping gear) and also not the guarding in front which I should have. So, if you are interested in buying a oyster and you do not know what extras to take: Take them all, you will be glad you did.

paddyandpaul: If you are still in the market and want to know the prices of the different add-ons you are more than welcome to e-mail me. I'll be glad to be of assistance. Unfortunately itís a lot to type out over an e-mail because there are so many variations for different set-ups.

The trailer tows like a dream, it feels solid and especially for me with not much towing experience yet I did not feel nervous at all towing it home to JHB from DBN. The design is perfect and you will not get a better trailer for the price. I did a lot of research and I had a few constraints and this fits perfectly into my criteria. Rob & Jenny from Skipper are very friendly and they stand behind their product. Rob took me through everything in detail from start to finish and made sure I understood. He showed me tips and tricks he learned over the years which cam in handy already. Excellent service!

We only stayed for one night though. The weather was terrible for camping at the coast this weekend, but still I couldn't stop smiling. I can't wait to go camping for a few night at least.

Feel free if you have any questions, I'll be glad to asset and again sorry for the late response.

I am loading a few photos for you to see.

Cheers for now
Chops
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06 Nov 2014 @ 07:26:53 am
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Hi Chops, thanks for the feedback. We are supposed to go Friday afternoon to have a look see at Park Renie. My wife has concerns about the headroom being so low. Is it a problem to you making the bed? I think packing wise there will be a lot less space than the Sherpa but the good tent should compensate as the tent arangement of the Sherpa is not as good and outdoors is where most time is spent. If I sell the Sherpa I should have enough saved to buy the Oyster cash so there is a bit of a hole burning the pocket, but at the end of the day mummy has to be convinced.
How long does it take to erect the tent with all its sides?
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06 Nov 2014 @ 09:05:37 am
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Hi Paul

Regarding the head clearance when lying on the bed: Unfortunately you canít sit up straight and drink you morning coffee in bed. But you wonít hit your head on the roof when you turn around at night either. I will go measure the exact height for you tonight when Iím home but you will not hit your head changing from a lying position to a seated position. (Without pulling yourself up towards the pillow.)

When making the bed: My wife just pulls the mattress away from the side to make the bed. The mattress is as light as a feather but it doesnít move around when you sleep. The semi-Island layout does help though.

When it comes to the erection of the tent and its sides: I did not erect the full tent yet. Because it was raining and we only spend the one night there we just erected the rally. Keep in mind that it was completely new for me and Iím used to camping with tents I had to figure everything out for the first time. Although Rob form Skipper did go through everything in detail which helped a lot. When I laid everything down on the ground and was ready to start it didnít take more than 20-25min to get the rally awning up. My plan is to do everything on Saturday when Iím home so that I can familiarize myself with the different poles and sides. I will have a better idea then and will let you know. Is not that different from a caravan tent so it would take a similar time I suppose. Maybe even quicker because the tent is smaller and therefor easier to handle.

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07 Nov 2014 @ 15:57:29 pm
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Hi Chops, did you manage to measure the height of the roof from the bed at the 'head' area ?

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10 Nov 2014 @ 07:36:16 am
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Well, we had a look at the Oyster and I was impressed by the build quality and Reinhart was most helpful showing the features. The quality of the awnings impressed me the most, and they were a fairly thick cotton canvass which should hold off the rain. What was also a good feature was being able to add on a room or awning in the front of the standard front awning room.
We want to keep it simple so would not initially go for the added room (we may buy it but not use it initially) but this would be useful if our daughter has kids shortly and the family comes camping.
My wife Paddy wanted more cupboard space as we have been spoilt with this in the Sherpa, but there is packing space under the beds and a cupboard on the right as you walk through the door, plus packing space for awnings and gas bottles in a compartment outside by the A frame. We would probably go for the 2 single beds as getting up in the night to go pee is my hugest problem in the 3/4 bed of the Sherpa as I have to try climbing over the wife without waking her. Reinhart tells me this is much more popular than the double bed so must be a common concern.
Not being fibreglass there will be the concern of wood rot but Reinhart tells me they Guarantee their product and will fix it free of charge so that is a plus. Wheel wells are fibreglass so that should help prevent rot. The trailers are built one at a time so there is individual attention and there is about a 4 month waiting list.
I would buy tomorrow but Paddy wants to look around first, but as we have to buy a trailer because no caravans allowed in the body corporate, I do think there is no other tent trailer I want. A reconfigured Sherpa would cost R118000 with awning (excludes full tent) and the Oyster with awning/tent about R68000 but with extras mummy would want R80000
Head room if you want to sit upright is a problem but from lying down you can sit up without bashing your head on the roof. Overall an interesting trailer and quick and easy to set up with rally awning only.
Try and keep it simple
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10 Nov 2014 @ 14:32:10 pm
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Hi Chops, did you manage to measure the height of the roof from the bed at the 'head' area ?



Good day Barkingmad.

Yes, I did measure the head clearance. It measured 650mm which is not bad. And I confirmed that you will be able to go from a lying position to seated position without bumping your head, there is in fact room to spare. I am 1.82m tall for additional reference.

 

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10 Nov 2014 @ 15:51:01 pm
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Thanks so much Chops! With a bit of luck I might just be able to sit up and drink coffee - I am short :) Its only relelvant to me - my hubby never drinks coffee in bed anyway :)))). I can't wait for March ..... its still soooo long to wait lol. How long did you have to wait for yours?

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10 Nov 2014 @ 17:31:37 pm
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My wife sits up in bed every morning in ours and drinks her coffee.

All this "talk"  has now got me going and I am seriously thinking of upgrading to the Oyster.

I got a price list from Skipper this morning.

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10 Nov 2014 @ 18:12:51 pm
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Hi Alex :) Remember that the Navigator has more headroom for sitting up than the Oyster [well at least I think so - it looks like that] I take it that you got  the new price-list [Jan - June 2015]

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10 Nov 2014 @ 20:04:55 pm
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Chops, glad you got sorted, enjoy.

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10 Nov 2014 @ 20:09:34 pm
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Thanks so much Chops! With a bit of luck I might just be able to sit up and drink coffee - I am short :) Its only relelvant to me - my hubby never drinks coffee in bed anyway :)))). I can't wait for March ..... its still soooo long to wait lol. How long did you have to wait for yours?



You will not regret it. The waiting period is a bit long but its worth it. I waited from the middel of June. I can't recall for sure but I waited a bit longer because of the steelworkers that stricked. I did not have much camping plans during the year so I didn't mind:)
Tough times never last. Tough men do.
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10 Nov 2014 @ 20:10:50 pm
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Chops, glad you got sorted, enjoy.



Dankie Johan.
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10 Nov 2014 @ 20:18:33 pm
Chops
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My wife sits up in bed every morning in ours and drinks her coffee.

All this "talk"  has now got me going and I am seriously thinking of upgrading to the Oyster.

I got a price list from Skipper this morning.



All the best with your decision making Alex. Whether its to replace the navigator with the oyster or the keep your navigator. It think both will be a good choice. I must add though if you are interested in getting yourself a new trailer, the team at skipper are struggling with there internet so I would rather phone them than to correspond via email.
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10 Nov 2014 @ 20:35:31 pm
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Hi Paul.

The multi room is the most expensive add-on. We are only starting now with a family so that is something we will need in the near future.

When i was deciding on the oyster the finalist was the Tiny and the Jurgens Oryx. But both of them where more than what I was prepared to spend and the Oryx would have been a overkill for my needs.

All the best with your decision making. Mine took more that a year and a half to make up my mind.

Good luck!
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13 Nov 2014 @ 07:45:10 am
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Cannot convince my wife to swap the Sherpa for the Skipper. She likes her cupboard space, does not like the thin gauze on the Skipper windows,the fact that the view is blocked by the window awnings, the suitcase storage under the bed is a problem to her as she wants the bags to be easily available to slide out from under the bed. She also wants to be able to sit up to read which she cannot in the Skipper and wants electric lights which Skipper does not have, and she likes the Sherpas fibreglass construction for no woodrot.She also says we can swap places so I do not have to climb over her to go pee.

How do you argue against that reasoning guys, I really like the Skipper.
Try and keep it simple
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13 Nov 2014 @ 14:53:14 pm
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Shame Paul, but at the end of the day you both have to be happy. Seeing as your main complaint was the climbing over, have you considered changing your layout in the Sherpa to 2 singles? - I saw somewhere that they do have the option of 2 single beds.

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13 Nov 2014 @ 15:39:27 pm
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Shame Paul, but at the end of the day you both have to be happy. Seeing as your main complaint was the climbing over, have you considered changing your layout in the Sherpa to 2 singles? - I saw somewhere that they do have the option of 2 single beds.


Have thought of changing to 2 single beds but that means we would have to use the back door all the time, unless I can make it so that a lift up bed base is fitted by the side door. Also we have a cupboard in the way.If I was in JHB I would go to Sherpa and see what they can do. For the mean time my wife and I will swap positions, she does not need to pee as much.
Try and keep it simple
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19 Nov 2014 @ 14:57:55 pm
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Cannot convince my wife to swap the Sherpa for the Skipper. She likes her cupboard space, does not like the thin gauze on the Skipper windows,the fact that the view is blocked by the window awnings, the suitcase storage under the bed is a problem to her as she wants the bags to be easily available to slide out from under the bed. She also wants to be able to sit up to read which she cannot in the Skipper and wants electric lights which Skipper does not have, and she likes the Sherpas fibreglass construction for no woodrot.She also says we can swap places so I do not have to climb over her to go pee.

How do you argue against that reasoning guys, I really like the Skipper.


Hi Paul. A happy wife = A happy life

I hope you will be able to get your Tiny modified to suit your needs.

All the best with that.
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23 Dec 2014 @ 20:16:56 pm
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...and who's selling a Model T ?

Chops, your FIL got any projects going , a Slipstream maybe?

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01 Apr 2015 @ 09:15:34 am
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we purchased an OYSTER last year around June and in September we traveled to Namibia with the Honda CRV and the Oyster. it towed immaculately. we also were first time campers with the skipper and after the instructions given by Robbie we practiced a couple of times at home before we left and we managed fine. I am of the opinion that the skipper is more in line with what the older campers need as it weighs 420 kg's empty but about 750 when loaded. the weight on the jockey wheel is not seriously high. in turn it does not transmit to the vehicle an abnormal load. Packing space is really more than adequate for what any camper would need this is my view, however we did see when you arrive at the campsites the volume of gear brought by some of the campers is huge but we have more than sufficient.
Our trip in Namibia was about three weeks and we went through Botswana to Etosha then to Swakop and then down to Sesriem and the canyon we finished off with a visit to the flowers of the West coast.
To date we have never been sorry we purchased the OYSTEr recently we also visited the Game reserve and Sondela at seperate occasions. the tow vehicle we have since the Namibian trip changed to a fortuner for no other reason than we wanted more space as we have two grown ladies that have taken to touring with us and their luggage for three weeks cannot be accommodated in our OYSTER like my wife an mine is.
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01 Apr 2015 @ 09:19:31 am
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Welcome to the forum Peter

"Nou gaan ons braai!!!! Kamp met oorgawe!!!!"
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01 Apr 2015 @ 09:22:49 am
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Hi Peter and welcome to the forum.

I am glad you are happy with your Oyster.

After much deliberation I decided to keep my Navigator as it is sufficient for my needs and would cost me quite a bit to upgrade for a little bit more space but basically the same thing.

I am one of those that takes a lot of stuff with me but fortunately I have quite a lot of space in the back of my bakkie.

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01 Apr 2015 @ 10:15:42 am
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A tip for Skipper owners..............

The handles of the corner steadies are very hard to grip being thin metal rods. I did this with a wooden file handle. Drilled the hole bigger and deeper , 9 x 65 , a lick of paint and now for some glue. R10 each.Skipper handle

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01 Apr 2015 @ 17:05:29 pm
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Peter, welcome to the forum. Enjoy.....

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