I own a 2008 441, single axle, no ensuite and no A/C. The van has so far been half way around Aus in comfort. Spring hanger nuts nearly fell off, brake wiring finally broke after falling out of the mounts twice and the roof leaked when the silicone lifted. Tows level and straight at all speeds. Easy to park, even by hand. Serviceable interior needs double door access to front 'boot'. Beds suit us shorties in all weather. Large living area in a small package. All models need the independent suspension and an upgrade for older vans should be offe...red. The large internal room and the small external size. Cupboard space, cork floor extends into the cupboards, comfortable beds, easy setup, strong construction so far. Poor brake wiring, noisy water pump, chassis paint thin, wobbly table, roof sealing poor, spring hanger nuts came loose, dust ingress on rear, too low to ground
My overall opinion is one of satisfaction. I have the van with one fold out bed and two bunk beds in the front which is great for the two grand kids. It tows extremely well behind an X-Trail (the ATM etc is why I bought it).We upgraded from a Jayco Hawk because of our age and the difficulties of setting it up. The Windsor has no problems in this regard but I am thinking of fitting air assist to the pop top for the wife.
Like the size, great for wife & I and 2 Grand kids.
Chassis paint job is abysmal. Cupbards are just at the right height to bash your noggin on.
Our friends are all buying larger vans 21" + but we are happy with the spacious room we have in our Rapid Could definately recommend it
WE have a 2006 RA501 and love it. Bought it new and had a few teething problems but now have it how we want it. bigger fridge is great. Hubby and I have a bed each and love the space to small for both in one bed.very easy to tow and manouvre Husband fitted hot water system and outside shower works very well
First off the hanging rail fell down before we even took it off the driveway My husband is a good fixit p...
A fantastic van perfect for a family of four
Just returned from our first weekend in our second hand Windsor Rapid RA381. This is an off road van but haven't done that yet! Compared to camping it was a dream, no stress and has every mod con! It has two double beds with canvas sides and a hard top, unlock two locks either side and the beds fold out.Four unclicks around the van later and the roof can be popped up from the inside (no husband needed). The fridge was running whilst we drove so all our food was crisp and cold. When parked it can run on battery, electricity or gas. The awning...could be a one person job but easier with two people. Four stabilisers later and water hose and electricity point plugged in and the van is set up and safe for the kids. Done with a winder and very easy. All in all took us 10 minutes! All jobs I could manage on my own. It has enough storage for the four of us for the weekend (may be a push for a longer time) but our vehicle boot was empty so plenty of space for storage in there. Being able to make a cup of tea, eat a piece of toast, sit inside the van when it got too cold outside with electric lighting and reverse cycle heating (optional) has felt like a dream to us. No looking back to the tent. Ever. Chose the Windsor van due to the poor reviews the Jayco's were getting. Made lots of enquiries and the windsor seemed to win over the Jaycos (all personal opinion I suppose but a few dealers also 'privately' recommended the windsor. Our van is 5 years old, has few rusty screws and the water tank is going to need a proper cleanse (black mould - yuk!). The water hoses will need to be replaced. Everything else in working order except on plug that needs rewiring and one screw that holds the curtains back needs tightening. No mould, no damp. No major work undertaken on it since new so far. It was a dream to tow - it has been towed with our Pajero but it also towed okay with our Xtrail. It is one of the smallest vans they make but it was absolutely perfect for us. May be an issue if you are very tall! Took us 20 minutes to pack everything up. Got home after 1 hour on the road and everything was in place! Can't wait to use it again. The previous owners had absolutely no issues with this van. Actually managed to spend our time relaxing instead of packing and unpacking. Couldnt care if it rains from now on! A dream to tow. Quick to set up. Every convenience in a little package. If you are tall or have a bigger family you will need a bigger van.
Having travelled long distances around Australia and having spoken to many Windsor owners, it was no surprise to hear Windsor owners telling only positive stories about their lives on the road with their vans. it was also no surprise to hear the horror stories of Jayco owners who's vans were falling apart from poor craftsmanship. What do expect from mass production build. I surpose it's a case of you get what you pay for.
Our Windsor Rapid 472s has been fantastic and vindicated all the research we did before we purchased our first van. We lo...
Rapid 472s - 2009. At first glance looks great. Nicely finished inside. The carpentry, curtains, seat covers, canvas, and mattress covers have been put together by people who cared about their job. Truly exceptional!
Considerable thought has gone into the layout. Plenty power points and lights in the right places. Pleased with this.
Roof seems to be very well insulated. Roof skin very thin though, and someone has gone mad with silicone in a very dusty environment. Messy. Good it's out of sight.
Our Rapid has independent suspension. Tow...ing with Disco II above 80km becomes dangerous without friction sway control (load leveller not required). Still trying to find out the reason for this. Draining the tanks makes little difference and my previous similar size van didn't have this problem. The paint on the chassis peels of easily. Bad preparation?
We sold our 2004 Jayco swan and purchased a 2007 windsor rapid 501. Compared to the Jayco, the windsor has alot better quality fixtures and fittings and has been well built. With the jayco we had to wind it up and pull the beds out to pack and unpack or try and crawl under the beds if something was forgotten. We like the fold out beds as it gives the family alot more space inside if there is wet weather. We purchased the van with the outside shower option and while the shower is great, the ensuite tent was a waste of money. Towing with the ford...territory is easy, towing with the toyota hilux is a bit dangerous on a concrete road over 100kph although is ok on bitumen over 100kph. Our next additions to the van are sway bars, water tank and battery level indicators. alot of benchspace, alot of storage space, easy to set up, can pack up when wet would like more windows, water tanks hard to fill
we purchased our 08 windsor rapid 441 to upgrade from our 05 jayco hawke the jayco was a great entry level van but the rapid is the perfect next step.
We had to watch the ATM(total weight of loaded van)because our mitsubishi 380 has a ATM of 1600kg the rapid 441 came in at 1560kg with the big fridge so we are right on the limit.
The weight isnt an issue,now rember the 380 is front wheel drive you say this thing must tow like a dog but not so the car has plenty of power and with a light set of stabilisers and 45psi in the rear tyres this thing...
I love my rapid!! Our decor is gorgeous. The kids can snuggle in comfortably to watch a movie WITH friends and there is plenty of room for all. Just fold down the table and you have extra room for kids to sprawl. The awning is huge and gives us a brilliant outdoor room.
Travels beautifully on dual axle. We have 19 foot rapid that is about 26 or so with beds folded out. So much space! For a family of 5 we all fit so well. Beautifully made with quality products. Couldn't be happier. Sold our Jayco camper to buy one of these and the ease of packing up to go is fantastic. Shower works well - good pressure.
That I can't live in it all the time!
All the same I do like the van it tows well, stays dry when on the road, packed away, and all set up.I also beleive there re sale value is quite high compared to similar vans.
I like the large fridge, A/C even so it's a bit noisy, and the interior design, compact for towing, and roomy when extended. So far water tight, and my 3 kids love it.
The Alko drop down legs are 50mm too long so they slide along the ground rather than hold the corners of the van up. The clearance lights are of poor quality just a snap on fitting for the cover and they we...
The quality of finish on the van is good, it is relatively light (Tare 1475 kg with Ball weight of 109 kg) for it's size (15'4" internal) and tows exceptionally well. Our Nissan X-Trail handles this van with ease.
Windsor Rapid RA501 with RV Upgrade (off road pack) is well built and well finished. The independent suspension and larger tyres of the RV pack makes this van a dream to tow. Since the beds fold out on each end there is loads of living space in the van.
For us, we do not like the fold out beds as you have to climb over one another if you get up during the night. Otherwise a great van.
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Questions & Answers
Hi there, have bought a 2006 Windsor Rapid14 foot. Do I need a hitch and sway bars. I have a 4 WD Pajero. Thanks
HI MARK its a matter of safety for me,. You will find the van will be more stable & predictable . The hitch is an option as well. For a 14 ft van I would just stick with a tow ball set up unless your doing a lot of off road, then a better hitch is a good way to go. , but I do recommend sway bars but thats me Hope this helps you.
Where can I get a weatherproof cover for the fold out bed on my Windsor 452 off road caravan,as there is a gap both sides when the lid of the bed is in the up position?
David Hogg.(mobile #0407876905).If you can help.
I got a length of sail track , [I used the double sided type to get a stronger hold & seal]. I salastic & screwed it down as high as I could on the front of the van. I then bought a grey tarp , [ not sure of size but about 3mtrs x 4 mtrs] . Then got a length of sail track rope sewn into the middle of both ends the width of the van . If you then slide it into the sail track you will have about half a mtr on either side & about 1 mtr out the front. This allows me to either leave it hang down or pole it out for more air flow. I then put a screw in both ends of the sail track to stop the tarp from moving. Then had eyes put in the corners to pole it out. I got another tent pole the width of the van & screwed another sail track on it & fed the tarp into it. What you are left with is sail track on van & pole & track on the bottom with an over lap on the sides. You dont have to go this far but I did, I put 3 of those knobs on the side of a ute to hold the tarp down & put them on both sides of the van, Now what this allows me to do.
I get shack cord & pull the outer edges together under the tarp making it the width of the van, I then role the tarp up on the tent pole till it is just over the handles on the bed door. this keeps the van clean in travel as well as weather proof. I then het shock cord from the knobs on the side to the handles etc to hold the tarp still during travel. you can also use the handle on the front to connect shock cord to. If you don;t want to do this you can roll it up completely & tie it down but you would have to put tie down points on the sail track when you put it on. Mine is a full van but if yours is a pop top you will have a lower roof. To over come the fall you want in the rain I slide an up turned bucket in on top of the door to give me enough fall for rain. Hope this makes seens & helps you BILL
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