Off-road camper options for the Gladiator

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    ...and looks badass...
     
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    these Aussie off-roaders are spectacular, but how do they justify the cost? Do people there make that much more than we do in the USA?
     
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    I think a big part of the cost here is the boat ride, then secondary dealer mark up.
     
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    ah yeah that makes sense. I remember looking at a campervan that costs 40k more in the USA just because that is what the market is here.
     
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    "What the market will bear"
     
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    Australian campers aren't that bad of a deal now if you consider what you get. When you see the price you need to make note if it is in AUS dollar or US dollar. Right now the exchange rate is very favorable for US buyers on Australian made goods. Black Series is a camper that I am very seriously considering. They keep their costs down by shipping the components from AUS and assembling them here in the US. By doing this you can package each unit in a much smaller space and you're not paying for shipping air from AUS to US. As an example you can buy a camper that costs $50k in AUS for about $34k.

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    Well, I bought my last trailer over a decade ago. It was one of the new ultralite with alot of bells and whistles. Got a hell of a deal on it brand new at 20k for a 30 footer. Sold it a few years later.

    When we stopped by the rv lot these were the first thing we saw. As I walked in the first one the price was written in paint marker on the side window. The inside was super nice. It was small for 2 kids and dogs, but I thought it was a good deal. Figured it was end of season and they had it priced at 15,999. Didn't know about the suspension etc so didn't think twice. Then my wife pointed out it was 51,999... I grabbed my chest with instant pains.
     
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    One thing that I have noticed when buying an RV, or even an automobile for that matter, is the salesman will focus on what payment you can afford. You should always focus on the overall cost of the rig and then let the payment, if needed, fall where it may. By "payment shopping" you could really screw yourself.
     
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    I am actually planning to go see a Black Series Camper this Saturday . I hop that they will be receptive to letting me hook up and pull it around for a few miles. This camper weighs 5500 dry so loaded up it will be right at the maximum that a Gladiator wants. It is actually rated at 10k GVWR so it is capable of exceeding what Gladiator can do by a large margin. My angle on this is telling my wife that she cannot bring any of her stuff and hoping that after a few trips she’ll concede that the Gladiator is a novelty meant to decorate the garage and for work and camping we need an F250 with a Godzilla 7.3.
     
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    Idk, maybe I am not seeing what you guys are seeing... I just find that the black series campers are visually hideous and looks like a food truck.... Nothing really exciting...

    For 2 ppl camping, I would prefer the Terra Drop Alpha from Oregon Trailr. https://www.oregontrailer.net/terradrop-alpha.html

    I think designs matter and it needs to be visually appealing a bit for me, besides being functional of course...
     
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    #101 Sep 12, 2019 at 6:44 AM
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    To each his own I rather like the aesthetic of Black Series. Plus I’m not two people camping I am 4, 5 or sometimes 6. My kids and wife all really like the look too. Good thing we’re not related, you’d be way outnumbered in my family. I saw in your profile that you own a Mini Cooper so we obviously have a very wide gap in what each of us finds pleasing.
     
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    I like the tear drops, but many of them are not tall enough to stand up in. I think you know why thats important.
     
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    Hehe I will cross my fingers for you on the upgrade. I love the idea of the off grid/off trail/off campsite camping but I can't avoid the wife and 2 kids and 2 dogs like you said. But I got the JT for commuting and stuff. For the family I have a camper the wife will go in. And I can almost put the gladiator in it.

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    Wow, that thing is massive. Do you live in it?
     
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    For what they cost I try to about 4-6 weeks a year !!
     
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