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Post Spaceland Caravans
Hello Fellows Caravanes and motorhomes owners

Just looking at a caravans for sale on the web and liked the look of the spaceland 25ft with cloub lounge in the front of the van.
Any body own one or owned and how did they performed and what is the internal material like is it hard wearing any other problems with this vans.
Love to hear your thoughts on this one.


Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:47 am
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Post Re: Spaceland Caravans
Hi, They are the van of choice for all the gypsies touring the country ripping off people. I would not believe the weights on the plate. I enquired about one a while ago, 26' with the works, washer, dryer, dishwasher!![gypsie van] and it was plated at 2280kg, I would have guessed it to go at 2700kg. I rang Spaceland and they told me that it would be around that, give or take 100kg and they work out the weight by a "formula". I have seen others for sale that size and they all are the same weight. Other than that they are about as good as the rest, they build a lot of other brand vans as well.
Cheers Doug


Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:59 pm
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mugndug wrote:
Hi, They are the van of choice for all the gypsies touring the country ripping off people. I would not believe the weights on the plate. I enquired about one a while ago, 26' with the works, washer, dryer, dishwasher!![gypsie van] and it was plated at 2280kg, I would have guessed it to go at 2700kg. I rang Spaceland and they told me that it would be around that, give or take 100kg and they work out the weight by a "formula". I have seen others for sale that size and they all are the same weight. Other than that they are about as good as the rest, they build a lot of other brand vans as well.
Cheers Doug


Hello Doug,

Thanks for the info its nothing better than getting info from some one that have some contact with the vans in mention that fany how many of them dont tell the trouth about the weight they carry and what is included in the complaiance plates. I just rang one of the person that is selling the van and i was told that is has 600kg carring capasity I wonder what is the trouth and the real figure.

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Mark


Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:36 am
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Post Re: Spaceland Caravans
Spaceland have built some very good vans over many years.
Like other manufactures they don't always get it 100%, but they certainly build them better than a lot of better known brands.
Currently Spaceland have two dealers, Noels in Adelaide (Island Star) and Scenic Caravans in Melbourne.
Cheers, Ozjohn.

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Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:32 am
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We are on our second Spaceland. We changed from the first as the ball weight was too high on the first. The second was 200 kg heavier than the plated weight (18' body single axle.) I fixed the weight problem by replacing the 1,600 kg axle with a 2,000 kg one. It is too good a van to swap again just to get a better load capacity.

The van is 6 years old. We have lived in it for around 5 months of each year. It has travelled over 110,000 km. It is still in very good condition. We would consider another if we lost this one. I am confident we will get another 100,000 km out of it and that will probably see me out.

Before you accept the one you are looking at, put it over the weighbridge. Check both the tare weight and the unladen ball weight. Add at least 400 kg plus the weight of water (1 kg per litre) in the tanks to the tare weight. Compare this total to the maximum towing weight of your tug to keep yourself legal.

If it is a good van at a good price, don't let the fact it is heavier than the compliance plate weight put you off. As a final check, there should be a chassis makers plate on the cross member in front of the jockey wheel. Check that there is enough carrying capacity in the chassis to increase the vans ATM and GTM. If there is enough capacity, you can go to an certificated engineering person and get the capacity increased. That could not exceed a few hundred dollars. I went through this exercise as we carry nearly 500 kg load (including 80 litres of water.) With any other van, we would have had to do the same sort of upgrade or take half our contents out of the van as most single axle vans only allow for 300 kg load. When you start long distance travelling you will probably find you can not live within the 300 or 400 kg weight allowance.

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Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:37 pm
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Hi

I have a 24 ft Spaceland with the following data on compliance plate:
Tare: 2004kg (weigh bridge says 2260kg)
GTM: 2418kg
ATM: 2606kg

Have not weighed it since loading it up!! Sure it will be close to the GTM.

On the chassis plate on the cross member in front of the jockey wheel, it says GTM 2750kg.

As per the above answer, what are the chances that a registered engineer be able to change the data??

Thanks heaps.

Cheers Eddie

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Eddie, What things have been added since manufacture? Examples like solar/battery systems, awnings (Spaceland do not fit them) and external storage containers. Any of that would account for some of the empty weight difference. The rest would be from Spacelands guestimation.

Any engineer would take that 2750 kg into account when reassessing an upgrade. You may easily get another 300 kg load allowance.

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Post Re: Spaceland Caravans
luka
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we have a 2006 21ft6 tare weight 1990kg and yes ihave had it weighed with aball weight of 190 kg .we baught it in 2008 second hand ,we absoluty love it .in 2011 went and did 16thousand ks and no problems. in april this year 2012 we are on the road for 6 months to w a and nt back to gold coast home.i would have no hesotation to buy another if i wanted to update the only mods ar 60 ltr tank plus extra battery,from my experience we would recomend a spaceland any time.


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Hi All
New member from Queensland here and own a 2015 Spaceland Scenic Deluxe just under 30' in length triaxle.
These caravans are built by Spaceland Caravans Australia Pty Ltd
My experience with this company is that they appear totally unprofessional, poor workmanship and no after sales customer service at all.
The caravan when I bought it privately in January'16 had some faults and was told would be covered under transferable 12 month warranty.
Kitchen bench top & dining table top laminate bubbling and lifting, kitchen cabinets not straight so won’t close, water leaks around radio aerial, and poor silicone sealing for water proofing, through to pencil marks all over the caravan still from manufacturing.
I phoned Paul "Spaceland Caravans Company Owner" in January'16 and at that stage he said he would repair but I have to bring the caravan to Melbourne. This was not a cost effective option. I got 2 local quotes here on the Sunshine Coast to get repairs undertaken and emailed and posted to Spaceland for them to agree to pay for local repairs.
After more than 8 emails I have sent, numerous phone messages left for Spaceland to return my calls and a sent a registered letter, to date after more than 6 months still no response from Spaceland.
Spaceland don't even have a professional website or a professional email provider, and in my case so far, won’t stand behind their product or warranty obligations, let alone having the balls to simply return phone calls and messages to sort an issue out.
Simply if you want quality, great communication, professional business people, and excellent customer service and after sale back up support, my experience is that I cannot recommend Spaceland Caravans !!!!!

Spaceland Caravans Australia Pty Ltd
Address:23 Adrian Road, Campbellfield, VIC, 3061
Website: No Website


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Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:42 pm
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Hi ghcoolum,
a sad welcome to you.
When you say "was told would be covered under transferable 12 month warranty." who told you that, and was it in writing? My experience, not written not true.

I ask as this is a rare thing in caravans to carry on a warranty, and appears as though you bought second hand. Also it is common to have the repairs done prior to rolling it out the yard.

I bought mine new and still have it. I found many obvious faults and did not pay till fixed.

According to car dealers the three most quoted words from customers are "The salesman Said" :roll:

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