9 questions from our users
We have a 11/2011 Elite Atlantic Diamond series caravan frame number EL127. The tare weight is 2776kg, ATM is 3176kg. The payload therefore is 400kg. We struggle to conform to that 400kg loading. I have done a lot of homework to see if I can do an upgrade. The ball weight at the moment is 200kg. The van has a cruisemaster independent suspension with an ATM of 3700kg and the axle group rating is 3700kg. My towing vehicle is a 2003 F250 with an ATM of 4219kg.
I am aware that Elite Caravans has since shut their operation and I need to upgrade the compliance plate. Can anyone steer me in the right direction to do this. Thank you.
I am looking at purchasing a 2016 Elite Goulbourn Off Road 1810. Anyone had or got any info might help with our decisions. Are they true off road, as I see so many adds with "Semi Off Road" and not sure about the difference. The van in question hasn't done a lot of miles and owned by an elderly person and appears in very good condition.
Chris, Elites website says its off road and no doubt it will travel down any unsealed roads without any real drama. with its little use it may still be suffering with the poor workmanship from when it was built so be prepared to have a close look at everything. The biggest issue will be masses as the compliance plate will be inherently understated with the tare weight and ball weight. Consideration to payload is paramount as it will determine what you can legally carry and with off road more the inadequate allowance of 400kg is far too low. Also being a front door the ball weight will be heavier which impacts on your vehicle and the necessity of an LDH requirement.
I hope this helps.
Thank you Micko, he’s been up the centre a couple of times and across the Kimberlys once. So I’m sort of thinking that in that time and klms he should have the bugs out of it. My goodness we’ve only just started looking for a van and seriously the choices seem to be endless, but when you narrow it to Off Road it certainly helps.
Hi Elite Owners,
Has anyone purchased a Silk Road 1810 recently?
I would be interested in your experiences, good and bad?
If you are near Sydney where did you purchase it?
Hi, has anyone had a 100 series turbo diesel towing these vans please?
Looking at the Ranger off road made by elite. Anyone have any thoughts on them? Cheers
Adrian C.Elite Caravans
We don't make a RANGER model. Visit our website www.elitecaravans.com.au for all our models.
After many hours of research & 3 separate days at the recent Sydney show we have placed a order for a new 22foot off road van also with quite a few modifications. Yes I agree that Michael was very persistent and would be someone you would love to have working for you if you had a sales based company. We are very nervous and hope that all that was promised is delivered.
We are not expecting delivery until Feb. We will keep this site updated of the whole process.
Hi, we have an Elite Atlantic 24ft caravan, I was wondering if you know what the ball weight is on your elite caravan & is this why you did the gmv up grade as we are looking at the same. We also love our van. Cheers
We are considering the purchase of an Elite off road van. Besides the somewhat mixed reviews about service & warranty issues we gather their vans DO stand up 'on the road?'
Hi, we have an Elite Hume Series 2 Off Road (triple bunk). It is awesome! Had a few minor warranty issues (screens in windows, shower rose, electric step), but all fixed. Biggest drama was the repairer we used to do the work. Had no problems with dealing with warranty staff and when we took van in for first service (whilst warranty work was being completed) I asked staff at Elite what things to look for to make sure the service was completed correctly (as I had little faith in the repairer). One of their staff called me and talked me through everything. Our van is now out of warranty for about 12 months and whenever I have had an issue (ie sticker on side had cracked and cupboard handle broke), I called elite and offered to pay for these things given we were out of warranty. They simply sent everything to me I requested. On the black top, no problems at all. We tow the van with a 200 series (which we also had a gvm upgrade). The van is about 24ft. This van is so much easier to tow than the last Expander we had. Only drama we ever had towing was when we picked it up from the 'then' Brisbane dealer. Worked out when we got home that perhaps either in the sale years or travel from Melbourne the DO35 had taken a knock and there had a very slight bend (only picked up with measurements and a spirit level). A new hitch was couriered to us and we received it the next day.
Thanks Rk5 & Sally,
We have, after 3 trips from Adelaide to Melbourne for conversation & carefull decision making , ordered a 25 foot off road van, with various modifications. Michael & Karen (particularly) provided us with excellent assistance...after a fairly hard sell @ the Adelaide Camping & Caravan Show. It seems that's the way of things these days. We look forwards to taking delivery. Will let you know when we do!
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