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Posted by: Wayne Lee4/12/2008 6:06 p.m.

Hi my wife and I are thinking of buying a Golf caravan and a BT50 turbo Mazda to tow it with. We have never owned a caravan before and would appreciate any suggestion. We are looking at hitting the road next year.

Thanks

Wayne

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Re: Golf Caravans  By Wazzer on 4/12/2008 10:57 p.m.
I love the Golf Caravans, they are an excellent choice in van - but why the Mazda?!!!

Re: Golf Caravans  By grumpy on 5/12/2008 11:00 a.m.
the Golf Caravans are good but I like Jayco better. Go for a Toyota better for towing.

caravans  By Nazia on 16/12/2008 2:57 a.m.
This caravans are very wonderful lovely.

Regard
www.justaboutcaravans.co.uk

Re: Golf Caravans  By RAP on 28/01/2009 4:52 p.m.
Jayco has innovative desigs and layouts - BUT - without a shred of quality or customer service awareness. For Jayco owners willing to talk, you get unending tales of woe - just like mine & too many to mention here.
Becoming a Golf owner solved all the problems. OK they're not perfect but they are quality and you get proper customer service.
Provided that your van's ATM is less than 2500 kg, why not tow with a diesel Prado. Adequate power & torque and a touring range of 1000 km - yes even with the van on.

Re: Golf Caravans  By RAP on 28/01/2009 5:00 p.m.
Jayco has innovative desigs and layouts - BUT - without a shred of quality or customer service awareness. For Jayco owners willing to talk, you get unending tales of woe - just like mine & too many to mention here.
Becoming a Golf owner solved all the problems. OK they're not perfect but they are quality and you get proper customer service.
Provided that your van's ATM is less than 2500 kg, why not tow with a diesel Prado. Adequate power & torque and a touring range of 1000 km - yes even with the van on.

Re: Golf Caravans  By Shazia on 8/02/2009 10:54 p.m.
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Regard
http://www.justaboutcaravans.co.uk

Re: Golf Caravans  By Nico on 8/03/2009 12:12 p.m.
Have both a Golf 20F and a Ford Ranger (same thing).Both are made for each other couldnt be happier

Re: Golf Caravans  By andrew w on 6/05/2009 10:22 p.m.
Totally agree, Golf = quality.
Even better, tow it with a diesel Prado..Rudolf Diesel would be proud!

Re: Golf Caravans  By Paul on 12/05/2009 11:43 p.m.
Nice vans - I have a Bloody Terrific BT50 dual cab - tow anything behind it with 3000kg towing capacity. 35,000 klm so far and only downside has been the poorly fitting T/cover. Value for money you cant go past a BT50!!!

Re: Golf Caravans  By David on 14/07/2009 12:12 a.m.
Looked at lots off vans, I like the golf. Own both a turbo 100 series and a BT-50 not much diff between the towing capacity but lots of diff in the fuel use, 100 series 17 LPH, BT-50 12 LPH

Re: Golf Caravans  By Ted Jenkins on 3/08/2009 11:59 p.m.
Since first reading of Golf Caravans in Overlander magazine's August 1990 issue, i have been hooked. Currently have 5.3 metre Golf Tourer towed around much of Aus., Nullabor several times, with 4.2 diesel Patrol. Great match. Little slow uphill is all.Seems to me that towing ups the fuel consumption by half. Any comments on this fuel useage?

Re: Golf Caravans  By Col on 16/08/2009 11:47 p.m.
Have just purchased 2004 Savannah on Outback Chassis. We will be towing with 2008 Prado D4D. Have always used hayman Reece load levelling bars system while towing our other vans. The Golf does not have these. Comments on whether they are needed or not would be appreciated.

Re: Golf Caravans  By Gail Dickin on 15/09/2009 10:12 p.m.
I have been looking at buying a Golf Challenger 94 model, 23 foot A/C, Queen bed, 150L 3 way fridge, 4 burner gas stove, oven grill, microwave, L shaped dining front lounge, full annexe, used once. It is in superb condition, absolutely immaculate. They are asking $33,000 neg for it, can anyone tell me if this is a reasonable price to pay. I have never owned a caravan before, and it is a difficult choice, there is so much to choose from on the market at the moment. Looking at this Caravan for temp accommadation for one person.

Re: Golf Caravans  By RAP on 9/10/2009 12:13 p.m.
Really checked out the Golf Outback (20 footer) recently. Travelled down the Strezlecki Track to Lake Eyre and returmed up the Oodnadatta Tack. Both tow vehicle (D4D Prado) and Golf performed admirably. Goes to show that if you drive carefully to the conditions, you don't break your gear. Total trip was just over 10,000 km with an average fuel burn of 15.44 l/100 km.
Question - why is the Domertc aircon unit designed NOT to start when the ambient temp is < 4 degrees C ??

Re: Golf Caravans  By Travelling Wombat on 11/11/2009 9:09 p.m.
94 Golf Challenger would sell at a dealer for about $1500 to $3000 less in average condition; privately around $4000 less. I don't want to see anybody pay too much for anything, so negotiate over this price. AC's won't start is less than 4 degrees as they frost up after starting...take care!!!

Re: Golf Caravans  By tom on 18/02/2010 5:16 p.m.
golf vans are great, the only problem u will have is if you need parts. because golf have gone broke it is very hard to get parts for the golf vans.

Re: Golf Caravans  By kristi on 20/04/2010 5:31 p.m.
wandering if anyone can tell me any details about the 83 model golf tourer.i have one from deceased estate that im wanting to sell but have no weights or anything on this van.It is dual axle ,roughly 22 feet long and used to have a roof a/c.Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Golf Caravans  By kristi on 20/04/2010 5:32 p.m.
wandering if anyone can tell me any details about the 83 model golf tourer.i have one from deceased estate that im wanting to sell but have no weights or anything on this van.It is dual axle ,roughly 22 feet long and used to have a roof a/c.Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Golf Caravans  By michael isermann on 5/05/2010 11:39 p.m.
we passed the company on after 31 years,any enquiries would be answered Michael Isermann .nichole.mugridge@bigpond.com I can help as I may have the answers

Re: Golf Caravans  By Trish Mac on 6/05/2010 11:20 p.m.
We have a Golf Linwood 23ft 2003 model. Absoluletly love it. Tow it with Landcruiser Sahara - what a delight.

Re: Golf Caravans  By lach bode on 16/08/2010 11:22 a.m.
I am interested in a 96 Golf Northwind 18 ft .Would a Ford Ranger tow it OK?. What is the GVM ?

Re: Golf Caravans  By michael isermann on 24/08/2010 9:16 p.m.
Northwind was designed for such cars please find the tow weight and nose weight of your car and discuss with hayman reese i dont believe you will have a problem

Re: Golf Caravans  By Kathy on 7/09/2010 12:35 a.m.
Hi Michael,
We came across your details on the downunder blogs and believe you are the guru for Golf Caravans. We have recently purchased a 2001 Golf Linwood 20ft model with the bunks at the back and the combined shower/toilet.
This van is built on a full 6” chassis and the independent coil spring suspension. The van currently has the 14” rims on it. We are wanting to increase the ground clearance of the van. We realise that the springs would have sagged over the years and need advice on the specifications of the springs and shock absorbers. We are contemplating replacing the springs with longer ones to raise the clearance. Later model Golf vans have airbag suspension, would this be an option for this van to replace the coil springs with airbags? We are also considering changing the rims from 14” to 15”. We are hoping you might be able to offer us some advice as we are extremely happy with the van, and although it is 9 years old, it is still in great condition and we are looking forward to many family holidays with it.

Looking forward to your reply

Kathy and Len

Re: Golf Caravans  By Michael Isermann on 2/11/2010 4:53 p.m.
Glad to see you want to look after your investment,,,My best advice would be contact AirBag man in Lawnton Brisbane ask for Brett Curtis 07 38896556. This I believe will resolve all problems,Airbag Man have worked with us from our conception with air suspension and know our running gear inside and out. You can forward any inquiries to me personally at nicknmick@hotmail.com

Re: Golf Caravans spares  By Hi Michael on 3/11/2010 11:17 p.m.
Would you happen to know where you can get the spares and incedentals for the Golf caravan? Have just purchased a 20 ft and has unfortunatly been knocked about.

Re: Golf Caravans  By Colin Martin on 2/12/2010 5:10 p.m.
We have a Golf Van approx 1990 Challenger and are looking to replace the rear (left & right) tail light lenses and would appreciate any help in where to get them We have tried locally in Adelaide No Luck. These lenses wrap around the corners of the van.

Re: Golf Caravans   By Graham on 3/12/2010 7:58 p.m.
Colin, we are currently renovating a 1993 21' Golf Tourer and have a set of rear light assemblies that we no longer need. If you are interested in purchasing them,let us know how we can contact you. If you want photos sent together with measurements, we'd be happy to oblige.
Regards
Graham and Noelle

Re: Golf Caravans  By Rob on 22/12/2010 6:56 p.m.
Kathy & Len Re Golf road clearances
Like you I was looking at the same problem.saw your response and spoke to Airbag man worked our to a bit prohibitive($5000) finished up having new springs made approx 650mm longer high tensile steel and more coils (not as hard a ride). Have just fitted them top of tyre now just under wheel arch Cost $105.00 each
Regards
Rob

Re: Golf Caravans  By Ron on 26/02/2011 4:23 p.m.
Are Golf Caravans still being manufactured ? contacted details would be appreciated

Re: Golf Caravans  By Kathy & Len on 9/03/2011 5:34 p.m.
Hi Rob, We also had longer springs made, but with slightly larger guage steel, it has raised van about 40mm but I think the ride is harder. I would be interested in further details of the springs you had made, I would go higher again in hindsight. Also installed new shocks at the same time which has helped smooth out ride.
Regards,
Len

Re: Golf Caravans  By Stuart Wragg on 16/03/2011 8:10 p.m.
I have a 2001 Golf Linwood, and have loved the van from day 1, unfortunately the Al-Ko corner jack's cast worm nut has broken and cannot find a spare (Barnes Caravans & Repairs or Camec) I broke one before and had one sent down from the factory, any suggestions where I could try.
Regards Stuart

Re: Golf Caravans  By Stuart Wragg on 16/03/2011 8:11 p.m.
I have a 2001 Golf Linwood, and have loved the van from day 1, unfortunately the Al-Ko corner jack's cast worm nut has broken and cannot find a spare (Barnes Caravans & Repairs or Camec) I broke one before and had one sent down from the factory, any suggestions where I could try.
Regards Stuart

Re: Golf Caravans  By Stuart Wragg on 20/03/2011 2:07 p.m.
I was reading the latest edtion of Caravan & Motorhome magazine and there was an ad for R'NT' Specialised Caravan Repairs, who are a specialised Golf repairer, I rang them with regards to the corner jacks and they are posting them down to me.
Their address is 22-24 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South NSW 2468 and Ph 1300 654 304 (07) 5524 3329
www.rntcaravanrepairs.info
Perseverance pays off. Stu

Re: Golf Caravan, Suspension, Tyres wearing on inside edge.  By Ian Herbert on 22/03/2011 11:56 a.m.
I own a 1995 Golf 205-76 ST with 4 wheel independant suspension. Recently we had suspension bushes and shock absorbers and bumper stops( same size as original ) replaced. The bumper stops are approx. 20 mm from chassis, how much clearance should there be? The springs possibly have settled what length should they be? Will this overcome the the tyre wear?
Many thanks
Ian

Re: Golf Caravans  By Rob on 19/05/2011 11:03 p.m.
Kathy & Len
If you wish email me at robert_wade1@bigpond this would be easier to discuss the height problem
Rob

Re: Golf Caravans  By Rob on 19/05/2011 11:06 p.m.
Kathy & Len
If you wish email me at robert_wade1@bigpond this would be easier to discuss the height problem
Rob

Re: Golf Caravans compaired to Nova Vans  By Raymond on 21/05/2011 1:46 p.m.
Hi to all you golf people i have to say that the golf is one of the best vans on the road and one of the best to tow i did 4years in one traveling around Australia with my famly just a shame they are no longer in business i did love my golf but if its qualty and after sales servive you are looking i must say you must have a look at the Nova brand I liked this van so much i have decided to come and work for them at Sydney RV centre and I would love to chat to anyone about the Nova and the golf to compare the two brands, ray@sydneyrvcentre.com.au
cheers and happy traveling
Raymond

Re: Golf Caravans  By Michael Isermann GOLF CARAVANs on 1/06/2011 11:59 p.m.
Hello Golf Caravan owners I may be able to answer some or most of yoour questions regarding your Golf Vans .Kindest regards Michael Isermann ..
You can get me on nicknmick@hotmail'com

Re: Golf Caravans  By kylie on 30/08/2011 1:12 a.m.
Hello, we are looking at purchasing a 22 ft 94 golf tourer, family van, db bed, 2 singles, nice layout. Caravan yard asking $29990.00. Have optional extras a full enclosed annexe and hose/s all for $31000.00. Is this a good price? Have been looking at caravans for around 3 months and have really nice feel to this one. We are a young family of 4 taking off in March to travel this wonderful country. Any guidance on Golf will be greatly appreciated. Thankyou

Re: Golf Caravans  By alan on 16/05/2012 7:53 p.m.
we are owners of our 3rd Golf van first was a tourer then an outback and now a linwood we love my Golfs, I am sure you will too.

Re: Golf Caravans  By james & Elly on 25/05/2012 12:57 a.m.
i am looking for a Golf van boot lid to replace the slightly damaged one I have where would i go to find this 2004 model se

Re: Golf Caravans  By Tony on 29/06/2012 9:35 p.m.
I have just purchased a single axel Savannah GTS and it looks very low and would like to know where to get new springs and shocks to increase the height, can anyone advise where they purchased theirs

Re: Golf Caravans  By Gibbo on 19/09/2012 3:49 p.m.
Does anyone know of a Linwood which may be for sale now or in near future? I have just missed out on a couple lately due to a late real estate settlement. Budget governs below 40K if possible. Cheers.

Re: Golf Caravans  By Greg on 7/10/2012 11:03 a.m.
I have purchased a 2005 - 18.5 ft Golf Outback.
The battery supply is something I would like to get some information on.
There is a Trojan 100 Amp Hour lead acid battery, which is original and I feel that its days could be numbered, however, it does charge quite well at the moment.
I have a relatively new 100 Amp Hour calcium battery which we use for camping purposes and I would like to add this battery to this van to double its capacity.
The battery is located at the front left hand corner in a hatch that has a slide out platform. There is room beside the battery, however, access is limited and securing the battery maybe difficult .
I have considered placing a second battery under the bed, however, as I understand, that means I would need to install a gell matt battery which would then have to be coupled with another gell matt battery, which means replacing both batteries.Something I would like to avoid at this stage.
Do you think that one battery would be sufficient.I realise this is dependant on power usage.
Do all Golf vans only have one battery as standard.
I have considered attaching solar panels, either directly to the van or free standing folding panels.
You can purchase 160 Watt and 240 Watt freestanding foldout panels relatively cheap these days.
I would appreciate some feedback in relation to this matter, and would like to know what others have done to provide adequate power supply when free camping.

Regards Greg

Re: Golf Caravans  By Ian Vaughan on 22/11/2012 1:22 p.m.
We have a 2006 GTS Golf Caravan and unfortunately the centre cap (150ml) with ST marked on it came off while travelling and we are having trouble trying to locate a new one has anyone any ideas

Re: Golf Caravans  By kelvin on 31/12/2012 11:12 a.m.
chasing information on replacing airbags on 2004 golf 4 wheel independent supension and where i can purchase new airbags for this van any help greatly appreceiated

Re: Golf Caravans  By kelvin on 31/12/2012 11:12 a.m.
chasing information on replacing airbags on 2004 golf 4 wheel independent supension and where i can purchase new airbags for this van any help greatly appreceiated

Re: Golf Caravans  By Mark M on 22/01/2013 4:49 p.m.
Would anybody have or know where i could get hold of a Handbook to suit a 1988 Golf Tourer 21 ft with shr/ toilet ? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Mark

Re: Golf Caravans  By By Grahame on 25.1.13 3.00 pm on 25/01/2013 5:10 p.m.
I have a 1991 20 ft golf tourer i am looking for a set of handels for the roof hatch any help would be great. Thanks

Re: Golf Caravans  By By Grahame on 25.1.13 3.00 pm on 25/01/2013 5:11 p.m.
I have a 1991 20 ft golf tourer i am looking for a set of handels for the roof hatch any help would be great. Thanks

Re: Golf Caravans  By nitu on 6/03/2013 1:37 a.m.
very informative article, i visit this site too http://tinyurl.com/cheapcaravans11

Re: Golf Caravans  By Peter on 12/03/2013 10:36 p.m.
I own a 2004 Linwood SE caravan with cabin type cupboard doors which just keep springing open. (even when empty) I am looking to replace present door handles which incorporate spring type locks. Any suggestions where to buy same or what to replace them with. Magnetic possibly?
Any help would be appreciated
Peter

Re: Golf Caravans  By kevin lamperd on 26/03/2013 10:34 a.m.
Can anyone report problems with coil spring Tandam axles on a 1999 Golf
Callanger Van

Re: Golf Caravans  By brian and christine on 7/04/2013 5:55 p.m.
we have purchased a 2004 outback 146-72 shower toilet van we tow with a 2008 diesel prado. the van is very unstable unless we load the front up to 170kg and use 4 stablier bars the van hasGolf independant suspension I would like to know if other owners have this problem and how to overcome ir

Re: Golf Caravans  By brian and christine on 7/04/2013 5:56 p.m.
we have purchased a 2004 outback 146-72 shower toilet van we tow with a 2008 diesel prado. the van is very unstable unless we load the front up to 170kg and use 4 stablier bars the van hasGolf independant suspension I would like to know if other owners have this problem and how to overcome ir

Re: Golf Caravans  By Errol on 22/4/2013 on 23/04/2013 2:07 a.m.
Just bought a nicely kept Golf Tourer1986 15 footer. It has an awning fitted and sadly the top leans to that side, cute but probably not good in the long term. Does anyone have an answer, I'm thinking new spring mechanisms but, even if available how hard are they to replace.

Re: Golf Caravans  By lyn and ken on 26/04/2013 5:15 a.m.
hi errol
do you mean a roll out awning we were considering having one fitted to our 1984 14ft but that dosnt sound good

Re: Golf Caravans  By Errol on 28/04/2013 12:41 p.m.
Hi Lyn and Ken
Yes it is a roll out . I am not sure if it was original or retrofitted but its condition seems in keeping with the rest of the van, except that, naturally the fabric is a little threadbare. A new awning may not be as heavy but check with your supplier. By the way, I have found the scissor mechanisms on line and they seem to fit a range of vans. PS. We have had 2 weeks away and we love it. It pulls like a dream.

Re: Golf Caravans  By Ken on 8/05/2013 1:25 p.m.
Hi fellow caravaners I am looking for some mag wheel centre caps to suit six spoke chome wheel which were fitted to linwood models can anyone out there help thanks Ken

Re: Golf Caravans  By Ken on 8/05/2013 1:26 p.m.
Hi fellow caravaners I am looking for some mag wheel centre caps to suit six spoke chome wheel which were fitted to linwood models can anyone out there help thanks Ken

Re: Golf Caravans  By kev ryan on 13/05/2013 11:31 a.m.
2002 golf changaller 18.6..van has 2 2002 tarana shocks an 2 2002 ford wagon shocks..it pays to shop around...but golf will put it all over other vans...

Re: Golf Caravans  By Don on 17/05/2013 6:05 p.m.
Have a 1990 Golf Tourer, Microwave has just died. Does anyone know how to remove it from the built in cabinet...Looks like we have to destroy the cabinet to get at the Microwave...Thanks

Re: Golf Caravans  By ros on 28/05/2013 3:11 p.m.
also looking for centre wheel hub covers for 2006 linwood caravan and can't find them anywhere

Re: Golf Caravans  By graham welsh on 14/10/2013 11:48 a.m.
you can remove microwave by pulling frame mouldings towards one another.

Re: Golf Caravans  By Bruce Andersen on 16/10/2013 5:26 p.m.
Hi
I'm trying to find out what the difference is between the Golf Linwood and Savanagh vans Also what is the difference between the Savanagh DL and GTX. I dont seem to be able to find any info on the net.
Appreciate any help
thanks

Bruce

Re: Golf Caravans  By kev ryan on 19/11/2013 6:21 p.m.
would like l/r tailight glass for 2002 chaangler golf .were can i get them

Re: Golf Caravans  By Grant Fortescue on 18/03/2014 3:25 p.m.
I have a 2008 golf savannah with air bag suspension. Am attempting to find out the load carrying capacity of the trailing arm suspension would appreciate any assistance.
Thanks, Grant

Re: Golf Caravans  By Chris on 17/04/2014 8:20 p.m.
Hi I have a 1990 golf van, tring to have a battery pack fitted, does any one know where the 12 volt wiring is?


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