I can understand some of the comments about exhibition day frustrations. These days can be hectic and a strain on both the Potential Buyers and the Exhibitors. I think it was around 40 degrees at the Newcastle Exhibition days and everyone was getting hot and bothered. All I can say is that after "struggling" through a number of these days I was able to narrow the choice of campertrailers (around $10k) down to a final 3 and the Ranger was one of them.
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Excellent Value Camper
I'm really surprised by the other reviews, though two are opinions of people who don't own one. I bought a Skamper Kamper Ranger at the 2013 Canberra Home Show. I'd done my research and this was to be my first camper trailer (upgrading from tent camping). I didn't want to spend more than $10,000 on one with all the bells and whistles, figuring if I enjoyed the experience of a soft floor then I could upgrade to a more expensive hard floor/top in the future. I had two friends with Skampers and both were extremely happy.
I looked at the other b...rands in this price bracket (Oz Trail, MDC and GIC) but was most impressed by the Skamper Kamper. The canvas was much heavier and better stitched than the others and I liked how all the extras were included instead of being optional extras. Very, very easy to set up. I got the smaller tent because it's just me and one child - I think I would have struggled with the bigger one. The annex was easy to erect too, but I kept the roof attached because I found it a pain (I'm height challenged!). Arriving in caravan parks was always fun timing myself from arriving to having the tent up. Six minutes was my best effort - that included unzipping the cover, putting the legs down, and opening the tent up. Annex took me around 40 minutes by myself, but I have a great system in place (poles colour coded). I'm really surprised by the comments about customer service. Skamper Kampers have been fabulous to me. In between setting up and camping for the first time I'd forgotten how to do a few things and Dion talked me through it. Next time I couldn't remember how to put part of the annex up and [name removed] came to the rescue. [name removed] is a cranky [word removed] and patience is not one of his virtues, but Dion is a star. Third time camping I opened up and realised all my poles were rusted - they'd sweated in the bag because I didn't read the instructions and open the trailer cover after excessive rain (trailer was outside without a cover). I was quite upset because they looked pretty ugly. I rang and wanted to buy replacement poles and you know what Skamper did? Sent me a whole pole set at no cost. None. The rust was 100% user error, but they still helped me out.
Shocking Sales Service
I was considering purchasing a Skamper Kamper Trailer and spoke to a sales man at one of the big shows in Sydney. He was rude and patronising in his responses to my questions about their trailer winches.
I will be avoiding this brand based on that experience. Other manufacturers have provided me with a much better initial service.
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