best camper in this price range $16000 in 2016.
I have towed my dominator from Melbourne to Robinvale to Echuca back to Melbourne to Mallacoota .then to Eildon back to Melbourne to Warrnambool, Bairnsdale. Shepparton.never had a issue .still on the same set off wheel bearings .all zippers still working poles ok ,had to add a extra mattress .storage is plenty ,good air flow through windows at night .It takes a few goes to get pat at setting up and packing up .I had one problem ,we stopped at cann river and some kids pulled my hand break on,2kms before I realised what was happening .put a locking pin in now .
We have a 2016 Dominator bought new and has been great no major problems apart from slight leaking around the windows and also where the poles go inside from the annex roof. Quite comfortable and great storage and easy to set up after few times. Steve and Lynette
Crap product, no warranty follow through, absolute crap
The campers are rubbish, they are made cheaply, even for the price you pay. We had so many faults within the first month that we have been fighting for the last year to get repairs even now it is out of warranty. Warranty people don't call back, don't read emails , Willa sk for phone number and address even thoughts in email they replied to, they don't send out replacement parts when they say they will. Eventually had to go through consumer affairs for some repairs and 6 months on we are still fighting to get that sorted. Their solar panels ar...e rubbish almost caused an electrical fire, fried our quality panels, they were going to replace, got another one of their rubbish ones after it was sent to the wrong address, even though new one had been given more then 10 times, and surprise it doesn't work, don't go offload in the campers the seals are rubbish camper will fill with dust, battery system is inaccurate and power supply is unreliable, water gauges unreliable, canvas stretches and goes mouldy ( yes it was seasoned, they just aren't suited for use in tropical humid climates, where it rains, because they are cheap,) stitching was failing within first month, zipper on cover was broken within 2 months, hinges snapped off everything, screws weren't even tightened when we left warehouse and were falling out. and soooooooo much more, happy to share all photos with anyone interested so you know what you are getting into before dealing with this company. Don't expect them to honour warranties or anything else they say and don't trust reviews on their fb etc, as they only allow positive reviews. Hands down the worst company / product EVER
Purchased in October 2018 for $8,000.00.
Excellent after sales service
Purchased our HQ12 in Sydney, 2018 and have taken it on a few trips from dry desert tracks to being winched out of a couple of muddy bogs. We brought our van to use it and over the past year have loved every bit of testing it out. From our last trip where we seen vehicles and vans/ trailers busted up and going nowhere, our HQ12 went well despite some issues with our suspension and 12v charging. Upon returning home we contacted the Warranty and Servicing team in Sydney and they were more than helpful from the onset. Their main aim was to get the...issues fixed so we could continue to enjoy the van in which they did. Thank you to John and his team who gave us 5 star service. Would highly recommend the HQ12 along with the after sales support. Thank you
Purchased in September 2018.
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Awesome Camper Dominator
Great Camper the Dominator , goes anywhere , easy setup after the first couple of times . Tough as , even in storm force winds . Great support from Alex at Campbellfield so much help . Cannot thank Alex enough for the help he gave us when we lost our annex poles on a recent trip . Barry & Rosslyne
Great unit and well priced
Easy to tow
Snack to set up
A jack should be included as essential equipment or at least part of the options pack.
I would recommend the dominator to anyone who wanted a well made quality camper
Purchased in February 2019 for $18,000.00.
Piece of crap
We purchased our dominator about 3 years ago. We only do short trips, only been off road once, but everytime we use it something else goes wrong. First it was the bearing and hub no grease at all in the bearing, this was just after pickup. Took 6 mths to get it fixed. Then the canvas doesn't line up. Then all the clips on the canvas broke. Then we get a split in the water tank. Then we get a leak from the wheel well and everything in the cupboard gets wet. Then the pump on the kitchen tap stops. Worse mistake we made. The after sale is crap. Sp...oke with [name removed] early in the peice he put the blame squarely on us. Not sure how that works as we didn't build it.Tried to do a trade in to get another camper with anothing company and they will not touch black series. Repairs were done by us, as because we had to wait for it to get fixed, with the bears and hubs it was out of warranty.So we are stuck with this heap of crap.
Parts and after sales service
I purchased the camper second hand from a friend and needed some replacement parts due to normal wear and tare. Mary and the team at 36 Orange Grove Road Warwick Farm NSW 2170 were great and parts were delivered super fast and they couldn't do enough to help.
Purchased in February 2019.
Keeping it real with a Black Series Dominator
To start off I rarely give full marks to a product or service. There is always room for improvement and increasing value.
We have had our Dominator for a couple of years now.
Multiple trips to the Vic high country, Fraser Island (west coast camping) and many weekends away with family and Scouts events. We tow with a 2016 Toyota Fortuner which has been lifted and rear airbags fitted.
The Dominator has seen a lot of sealed road work, as well as medium to occasionally heavy off road tracks. It tows very well and with a good electronic brake con...troller (we use the Redarc Tow-Pro elite) has no issues on downhill offroad sections. We bought the Dominator after running a soft floor camper for 6 or so years and well over 30,000km in trips all over the country. The reason for our change was to get a quicker / easier setup at camp. We have had two warranty claims, both of which were dealt with by Black Series after we had submitted the provided forms as per their process. These were for a cracked sink basket retainer and for two AGM batteries which were not holding charge. In both cases we were happy with the outcome and how it was handled.
Purchased in January 2017 for $17,000.00.
Looks good but thats about it
I made the mistake of purchasing my Dominator in Melbourne at a show, living in Adelaide means no warranty (well not without significant difficulty) . Have had so many problems, here's a list of the ones I can remember.
-Stove initially wouldn't work.
-An internal light doesn't work.
-Socket for fridge flakey.
-Exhaust fan for fridge compartment doesn't work. First time I opened that door found the plug crushed.
-Eyelets for awning poles, 1 missing and 1 doesn't line up with the hole in the canvas.
-regulator on gas bottle failed.
-Lots of surface rust.
-Canvas doesn't line up with other pieces.
-Cant seal the awning from weather or insects. ...
Great Camper but there are issues - my experience from using two Dominators
My wife and I initially borrowed a friends Dominator - to see if this was for us - and also to identify things we needed to be concerned about when buying a similar unit for ourselves. Initially I didn't need to be concerned about a tow vehicle - our friends Colorado was suitably set up - Electric brakes and light connection, Anderson Plug for charging camper batteries on the move, and connection for a rearview camera (definitely needed if only using standard mirrors on tow vehicle). Thus our focus was on towing behaviour, ease of use (erection..., living and packing away). We had dry weather and little wind on our trial runs, so no serious worried there. The gas connection point for the stove could be located in a more readily accessible position for us oldies. Lifting in full jerry cans and gas bottles at front is a challenge, due to the height, and yes, we got a ladder to help when putting up the awning. But in the main, we were so satisfied with the trial runs that we made a move and bought our own - but in our case, and unused second hand 2017 model - and though unused, no warranty could be carried over. If you aren't already setup for towing, be prepared to spend on the car - suspension, braking system, hitch (high clevis, not the regular ball), and if you want the camper to ride level, then the hitch point has to be set high. The camper doesn't have an adjustable hitch height, which would be useful. Not sure if the multiway hitch could be inverted and place under the trailer hitch frame, as this would reduce the need for highest setting of the hitch on the back of the car. After some initial short towing to get things done on the car and trailer, we then realised life would be much easier if we had some wide view tow mirrors on the car. We tried the el cheapo strap ons but these don't sit well with a diesel engine and bouncing on the road, so we bit the bullet and got some secondhad Clearviews - well worth the investment. We also fitted the camper with a mains power in, battery charger and 240V inverter, with associated power outlets. Our camper has the fold over 'boat' rack and this is definitely useful, and easy to lift when you need to setup the camper, even when we carry the solar panel, extra tables, step ladder and Kayak. Towing - with a Mitsubishi Challenger - handles like a dream on pretty well all sorts of track and no issues at speed limits on the highway. Luckily we had an oil cooler already fitted for the car transmission, and this is definitely recommended if doing long trips in hot weather.
Bad after sales and Warranty
I am still awaiting a call back from the warranty department of black series after i had to cancel my Christmas holiday due to the battery catching on fire. I bought an Alpha 2018 from the Brisbane camping show in June/July from [name removed]. The very first day I picked the trailer up, I drove 45 km home all on sealed roads and the dust caps came off. In which made my wife who took a bit of convincing that a camper trailer would be a great idea for our Family of three. I filled out the warranty request form online and numerous phone calls aft...er 3-4 weeks i finally got a hold of [name removed] in Brisbane who gave me replacements and was told just sounds like it wasn't done correctly in the manufacturing warehouse. After my wife saying this wasn't a good omen of things to come for a 'Off Road trailer', so [name removed] agreed to get the trailer inspected to make sure the trailer was in 100% being that it was only 4-5 weeks old by this stage in which no inspection was organised even after calls for [name removed] to call me back i had not heard a thing. I finally got around to working out how to open the camper to start the weathering process which i was not shown how to open of close the camper at all, and still don't know if i am doing it right. After awhile we decided to take the trailer out for the first time, we went on complete sealed roads and not far from home as we could not already trust the trailer. We stayed out for 2 nights, in which the battery failed, had been on the 240 v charger since we got the trailer, my vehicle as and Anderson connection. When we pulled up i checked the batteries they were sitting at 12.9 (100% from what i have been told) we had a small fridge running off the battery, which also had the solar panel supplied from Black series plugged in which the camper had been stationary and had been charging all day. Later on the very first day i checked the batteries and everything was fine, sitting at 12.8 by 8 pm, After falling to sleep and waking up to some animals around the camp site i decided to check the battery level because our food was in the fridge and found the batteries had dropped to 5 volts which is below the cut off for my fridge. so i plugged the fridge back into my vehicle to get us through the night. In the morning I later inspected the battery to see what had happened in which i was stumped the batteries would stayed charged which no draw coming from them. In which when we returned from our trip I filled out the warranty request form which only took 3 days to hear something back and a new battery was sent out, and i had to pay for the fitment of the battery as i was told black series don't have a workshop in QLD according to [name removed]. Now this is where things get interesting, camper has been on charge constantly as advise by [name removed] to keep the battery at full health. Due to health reasons we couldn't take the trailer out again straight away, so 3 months later we finally had the chance. Again all fully sealed roads and we still couldn't trust the trailer, 2 nights one and half hours from home because we didn't want to get stranded, as we found it very hard to get a hold of anyone in Black Series. Surprise surprise had found another issue with the new battery that had been installed, the 12 volt system stopped working, pump stopped working, and the one light in the trailer stopped working. So i ran everything off my vehicle to get us by for the 2 days. Once again followed the online process to black series warranty, i hear back from them saying could you please take photo's so we can inspect them about the battery system not working. In which i replied how do you show the battery not working as nothing happens when you turn the master switch one, i did not receive a reply at all about this matter. So we had Christmas holidays booked up in Bargarra, QLD in which we were hoping the camper trailer would be 100% by this stage. I tried calling [name removed] to ask him to chase this up for me in which i did not hear a reply. So my wife and i decided we will still go as i can atleast use my vehicle to run the power. So 5 days before we leave i checked the trailer as it had been on charge since we got back and the battery was actually holding charger, so i checked the pump which worked as well and same with the light i also thought i would check the inverter that had been installed by black series as it had been handy, i just plugged in my phone charger and a massive spark and the cable connecting the invert caught fire, i quickly rushed to the battery side and notice and the battery positive terminal was on fire aswell. After putting out the fire i removed the battery and found the positive terminal black and melted along with the gel of the battery all down the side. I took photo's of the battery and the damage and emailed through to the Warranty team, I also filled out the warranty form online and tried to call in which none of these had been successful. After having to cancel our family holiday and loosing our deposits i still had not heard anything for nearly 10 days. After being apart of the Black series Owners group seeing people getting issues fixed quickly as possible so they can still enjoy their holidays i attempted to call again and still nothing. I am now back at work and decided to call the QLD store as I could never get a hold of anyone in head office which regards to my camper. I spoke to a gentleman who i can not for the life of me remember who has been trying to help, he looked me up in the system and said someone has tried to call and asked if i had any missed calls in which i did not as i know most companies now call off Private of Block numbers. The gentleman also said he would contact the warranty manager to get this sorted as quickly as possible. I called later on that day as i am fed up with the treatment i am getting and the lack of communication i am getting from black series. I requested and still am requesting a full refund of the trailer and thing to be picked up and taking from my yard as i have lost all faith in the trailer, and could have seriously hurt my 3yr old daughter, my wife or even myself. I am still awaiting someone to get in contact with my regarding this matter.
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Not too bad for a single traveller
[name removed], from Sydney showroom is wonderful. There was some delay with me picking up the Dominator initially, which meant I had to cancel a trip away with friends. Did the 'trial run' from South Coast New South Wales up to Far North Queensland in January this year. To say that the annex is a proverbial pain in the head is an understatement! If you are a single traveller, and you're trying to put up the annex in the heat - forget it! They said it's easy enough for one person to erect the annex - it isn't! The annex weighs approx 42kgs! It ...was such a horror having to unload it every time I stopped, I ended up packing it up and sending it back via a parcel delivery service - which cost me over $200! An option for a 'summer' light material (like that of a fold out marquee) would be helpful. I've had no after sales contact. The main frame for the tent (in the camper) is warped, which meant it was difficult to get up, and I was never able to get the tent to be 'flush'. The internal lights have been dodgy. Every time I want to use the kitchen, I have to use a screwdriver to push one of the drawers in so that it slides out.
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problems early in black series dominator
After second use the sink tap started to leak, then on the 3rd trip couldn’t use it anymore, still trying to find a replacement. Rear stabiliser stand malfunctioned, could not raise the stand, as the cogs inside were not attached to each other, had to pull apart and place washer under turning cog, so both cogs join and operate the stand, lounge room light blew after 2nd trip, fridge keeps cutting out due to faulty 12v socket or battery system. Not bad for the money but frustrating as there were many small faults in a short time, some parts are cheaply made.On the plus side it is easy to set up and pack away, very capable offroad camper.
The 2018 Black Series Dominator is an exceptional camper trailer and at such a great price.
Our first trip away just last weekend and the dominator went so well, so very happy with it. Took it over some really rough dirt road, firetrails, mountains, and it towed extremely well. We had everything we needed and travelled comfortably. We have picked up a top quality mattress topper as I found the bed a little hard (I have a pretty crook back) so we're hoping this will sort that small issue out. The camper was an easy setup and tear down although haven't tried to setup the annexe as yet, next trip we'll have a go at that. I must say that ...the team at Black Series Warwick Farm, Thomas and Mark in service and parts have been absolutely fantastic. I have phoned a few times with some questions and they have answered the phone every time, replied and followed up on responses. I just called them last week to see if I could get a small piece of canvas for repairs if needed and Thomas spoke with me and arranged for Mark in parts to follow up on it for me. I received an email from Mark to advise me that he had sorted the canvas and had wrapped it ready for collection by a courier and then I received another email later that day to advise me that the parcel had been collected by the courier. He provided me with a consignment number and tracking information and my parcel arrived the very next morning. We could not be happier with the product and the after sales service from Thomas and Mark. Outstanding!
No after sales back up
Have done approx 28000 klms in our camper initially impressed, they do tow well. However last trip we encountered a few problems, split water tank, stabilizer jack has broken, fridge connection disintegrated, fridge main switch in switchboard malfunctioned, pivot pin on suspension either snapped or fell out causing suspension to collapse wrecking the tyre in remote area, sink waste broke off, dust egress into external compartments and switchboard causing electrical problems. l suppose the worst part is dealing with Black series to try and get r...eplacement parts -e-mails, phone calls all seem to fall on deaf ears, no response, one guy did ring me back from Brisbane dealer and informed me parts had to come out of Sydney office, still no response, obviously not interested in any service once the trailer is paid for and driven away. Very unprofessional.
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Questions & Answers
Will a 95 waeco fridge freezer fit in the fridge slide? Of a Dominator, as I’m looking at buying one.
We have purchased a 2nd hand 2016 Black Series Dominator and the ignition switch to the stove does not work, is there a battery affiliated with same? Also it did not have a manual, are we able to obtain one please? Thanks in advance P& J
The ignition switch on the stove doesn't come wired up. You will have to wire it up yourself.
If you send me an email 'email@example.com' I can get a manual sent out.
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