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Talk about the current road conditions throughout the country

Roads in SA

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24 Jun 2016 @ 18:38:14 pm
Camel Man
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Just recently changed my off road trailer camper for a Gypsey Rascal as I couldn't be bothered with all the schlep and discomfort on cold wet windy weather. I have just returned home along the R72 which is currently being upgraded in parts. My comment is how long can these normal caravans last on these rapidly deteriorating roads in our country . The potholes and patches are horrendous !

Hope I made the right choice.....
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24 Jun 2016 @ 20:14:21 pm
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Hi Patrick, I would have made the same choice - My opinion is that the Gypsey, although small and compact is a good choice, it is well built, tows well, and is perfect for two people. if the weather gets really bad, just lower the roof when going to sleep, and it gets pretty cosy inside. If you arrive at a campside and it's raining or it's dark, then there is no need to put up tents or awnings - that can be done the next morning or when the weather clears. The Sprite Sport that I had, went virtually everywhere that my tow car could handle ( front wheel drive sedan, not a bakkie or suv ) and that van lasted pretty good. The van I have now is the Gypsey Rhapsody, and like the Rascal, it too has the chassis which is bolted together in sections which in my opinion is more flexible than the welded chassis which can crack at the welded joints. If you do have a section of the chassis that should fail for some reason, simply unbolt it and replace that section with the new one. Another excellent thing is that the chassis is also galvanized - very good for those coastal camping sites. The furniture is also much stronger ( the plywood used in these vans are much thicker than previous vans and thus much stronger ) and well put together. The worst roads to travel on are those that are badly corrugated, so if you are intending on using those roads, make sure that you tie the cupboard doors securely closed, lock the fridge door, and secure any drawers from opening as well. Apart from that, don't stress too  much and try to keep your speed at 100 kilometers an hour or less depending on road conditions ( on tar roads of course ) Don't worry about the Rascal - they are tough ! I would have bought one , but we needed a toilet on board. Hope that puts your mind at rest a bit. Enjoy the camping.

Cowen.
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24 Jun 2016 @ 20:30:53 pm
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I towed my expo through the no road conditions passed sterkfonteindam, there I learnt that the caravans are in this regard, very capable,


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25 Jun 2016 @ 12:37:46 pm
Tom Sainsbury
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We were on route to Pretoriuskop from Hazyview via Numbi Gate. I was following a friend who was towing his Jurgens Fleetline. He hit a wicked unmarked speed-bump at about 60km/h. First his Hilux & then his Fleetline took to the air. Both Caravan wheels were about 600mm off the ground. It all came down with a terrible crash. On inspection we found nothing to be damaged at all. I think they are stronger than we sometimes think.
I know that my redeemer lives.
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25 Jun 2016 @ 13:12:52 pm
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Thanks for all the replies to my post. Makes me feel a lot better.
Love 'the simplelife'
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26 Jun 2016 @ 13:33:16 pm
Chuck Norris
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Is self baie op die pad. Dis erg om van die paaie te ry en steeds word geen onderhoud gedoen nie.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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26 Jun 2016 @ 17:52:53 pm
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This is one of the reasons I decided to go for an off-roader.
The other was woodrot.
On The Road Again
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