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26 Oct 2020 @ 17:01:19 pm
Rodrigo
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Hi guys as a camping enthusiastic I always wanted to go camping in a caravan. So my journey started earlier this year when I had to upgrade my license from B to EB, which I did just before the lockdown. After that I started looking at caravan rentals companies so I could try it out to see if it was “my thing”, which it was. So if you are looking for renting a caravan, this is for you. As I live in Randburg Gauteng, I found these rental companies:

https://www.campguru.co.za/

https://www.renta4x4trailer.co.za/

https://bye-the-way.co.za/

https://www.gerbers4wd.co.za/

https://tarberlo.co.za/imagine-comfortvan/

Renting a caravan was harder than I thought. First that you need the caravan a little longer than your intended staying as you need to collect the caravan, pack your stuff in there, do your trip, then unpack the stuff and return it. In the meantime we had the lock down so my bookings had to be either postponed or cancelled. So in general you have to pay deposit which varies from R3000 to R5000 depending on the company and caravan year/model. Insurance is generally included.

So in this process, based on location, prices and availability, I ended up renting twice from Bye The Way Caravans, a 1995 Penta and 2008 Gypsey Regal Gold. Although there caravan was very well equipped with all the toaster, kettle etc, I had problems in both occasions.

With the Penta there was a problem with the internal lights not working (which I had to adapt with some desks lamps), gas burner poorly operating and the kitchen water tap not working. There was also a problem with that lifting wheel on the A frame that I was charged for (which I may have done something wrong and ended up damaging it).

With the Gypsey Regal, both water taps were not working (which I was informed upon collection only). During my staying, my 16months baby broke ONE coffee mug which was an accident. When I returned the caravan, I informed Pieter about it and told me to charge for that. Well, when he paid me back the deposit, he deducted R1058 from it, specifying a clause on the contract that states that “If one item is broken or lost, a whole new set will be charged for”. I honestly cannot understand that, specially because in this case the caravan was not 100% working.

So if you are in the market to rent a caravan, I strongly suggest you to not rent from Bye The Way Caravan. Even though they have attractive prices, there will be always something wrong with the caravans and they will charge you something else extra, making money out of you. I’m taking the time here to contribute to the community and help other people to avoid what I went through with them. It was really a bad expiring from the way I was treated as a customer.

Now I can proudly say that I don’t need to rent a caravan anymore as I have recently purchased one. I’m busy equipping it for my first trip in November.

 

Cheers!

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27 Oct 2020 @ 08:34:54 am
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During an away cycle race in 2018, we wanted to camp during the weekend of the race.

Considering the distance, towing the caravan there and back, fuel consumption, time to set up and break down camp, time to "warm up" for the race, etc. etc. etc., I decided to rather make use of one of the "Already set up, convenient, luxury" caravans at the caravan site (their wording, by the way) In this way, the cost involved would even be lower than my expenses, so, I cancelled my booking for a stand, and opted for this "Luxury" set up instead.

My            yellyellyell

Magtag!    yellyellyell

To put this mildly, we managed only one night in this ...... caravan, booked out the next day, did the race, went to a B&B (which took my expend to nearly DOUBLE I would have spent taking "Pophuis" down) and returned the next day. 

My wife and I promised each other faithfully that this will NEVER EVER happen again.

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27 Oct 2020 @ 08:41:26 am
Rodrigo
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During an away cycle race in 2018, we wanted to camp during the weekend of the race.

Considering the distance, towing the caravan there and back, fuel consumption, time to set up and break down camp, time to "warm up" for the race, etc. etc. etc., I decided to rather make use of one of the "Already set up, convenient, luxury" caravans at the caravan site (their wording, by the way) In this way, the cost involved would even be lower than my expenses, so, I cancelled my booking for a stand, and opted for this "Luxury" set up instead.

My            yellyellyell

Magtag!    yellyellyell

To put this mildly, we managed only one night in this ...... caravan, booked out the next day, did the race, went to a B&B (which took my expend to nearly DOUBLE I would have spent taking "Pophuis" down) and returned the next day. 

My wife and I promised each other faithfully that this will NEVER EVER happen again.

Yeah look, there are a few benefits when renting, but you never know what is waiting for you. I'm interested to hear how you was planning to carry the bikes. I also do mtb and road cycling and kind of struggling to find the best way to carry the bike and tow a caravan. The roof rack may be the option for me: although I already have the bars, the bike rack itself is quite expensive.

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27 Oct 2020 @ 09:13:35 am
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"Pophuis" is an OffRoad Sprite SC. I had a towbar designed and mounted on the back of the 'van, despite what everybody recommended I am NOT to do. (Wife may be right in saying I am a hard ass!!laughing)

I normally fit a "Bike Caddy" on the towbar  if I travel with my "Camp bike" only. (Bike hangs on this) When two bikes, or with my grandiose Scott Full susser, I carry a Buzzrack ( similar to Thule) 3 Bike carrier at the back, although with maximum 2 bikes on. Can't hang a Carbon bike so I prefer to have it standing on this carrier. Works a charm, and with quite a number kilometres travelled in this way, never had any problems.

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27 Oct 2020 @ 09:18:21 am
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"Pophuis" is an OffRoad Sprite SC. I had a towbar designed and mounted on the back of the 'van, despite what everybody recommended I am NOT to do. (Wife may be right in saying I am a hard ass!!laughing)

I normally fit a "Bike Caddy" on the towbar  if I travel with my "Camp bike" only. (Bike hangs on this) When two bikes, or with my grandiose Scott Full susser, I carry a Buzzrack ( similar to Thule) 3 Bike carrier at the back, although with maximum 2 bikes on. Can't hang a Carbon bike so I prefer to have it standing on this carrier. Works a charm, and with quite a number kilometres travelled in this way, never had any problems.

ok interesting. I'm tempted to fit a towbar at the back of my Sprite Splash but I'm afraid of the sway. So I'll keep looking at alternatives.

Cheers

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27 Oct 2020 @ 10:20:36 am
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ok interesting. I'm tempted to fit a towbar at the back of my Sprite Splash but I'm afraid of the sway. So I'll keep looking at alternatives.

Cheers

I will reframe from that as the new Sprites have a modular chassis. Consisting of 3 sections a side plus drawbar section.
This type of design is not designed for towing or uneven load spared

 

Use the law of leverage to calculate the forces

Kom ons gaan kamp
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27 Oct 2020 @ 10:24:44 am
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Calculate

Kom ons gaan kamp
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27 Oct 2020 @ 13:04:14 pm
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Rodrigo ..... yes, I am not that au fait with the undercarriage of your caravan, but will admit that my SC is quite hefty in that department. On my towbar, we have even included a little platform where I have, in addition to the (single) bike on the Bike Caddy, carried up to 4 (x15kg?) bags of firewood. So, it obviously may vary from 'Van to 'Van.

We should meet up one day and go for a ride. I sold 5 of my bikes, so only have a full suspension Scott (27.5) and a hybrid bike (my "camp bike") left. Stopped competition cycling and now only do it for the love of it (and to impress my wife!cool)

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28 Oct 2020 @ 08:26:52 am
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Darm het jy nou jou eie wa wat jy kan geniet.

So leer ons.

Geluk.

 

Al weer oppad iewers heen.
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28 Oct 2020 @ 11:40:55 am
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Geniet jou Sprite awesome karavan

Haak daai wa kamp bly koning
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28 Oct 2020 @ 11:48:53 am
Rodrigo
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Rodrigo ..... yes, I am not that au fait with the undercarriage of your caravan, but will admit that my SC is quite hefty in that department. On my towbar, we have even included a little platform where I have, in addition to the (single) bike on the Bike Caddy, carried up to 4 (x15kg?) bags of firewood. So, it obviously may vary from 'Van to 'Van.

We should meet up one day and go for a ride. I sold 5 of my bikes, so only have a full suspension Scott (27.5) and a hybrid bike (my "camp bike") left. Stopped competition cycling and now only do it for the love of it (and to impress my wife!cool)

Sure Nico we can go ride some time. I have a hardtail Ghost and a road bike too. I have 2 kids so I'll be looking at 3 bikes to carry. As I have just bought my caravan I'm spending a lot to equip it, service, etc etc so when these basics are settled I'll look to adding the bike racks, maybe the spare wheel underneath the caravan etc (I've not an AC at the nose).

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31 Oct 2020 @ 14:31:34 pm
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A like your compination. Enjoy your van.

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