888 Caravans have a certified commonwealth weight bridge. Each caravan build is unique, based on customers desired options as an example. The VIN Plate on your caravan is accurate at the time of manufacture, excluding the weight of water and gas. The weight excludes any after-market options fitted after manufacture.
All 888 Caravans are semi-imported. The chassis, external shell and furniture are constructed using the latest technology by our parent company in China, to an average completion of 80-90%. The testing of appliances, all plumbing and electrical appliances are assembled in advance in our local facility.The caravans are put through a rigorous inspection process maintained through our own Quality Management System, to ensure our customers have a high quality, compliant to Australian Standard products and can withstand Australian conditions.
At 888 Caravans, we strive to build our products to a drive-away specification, which means you don't need to purchase a vast array of options just to get on the road. Every one of our customers is unique, and as such our products can to be customised around their individual needs. During the sales process, our dealers will suggest certain options based on your requirements. As a guide our most popular options tend to be additional solar and battery requirements, grey water tanks, internal fans, bike racks, external BBQ and generator storage solutions.
Considerable research and expertise have been invested into the design and in-house production of 888’s lightweight but immensely durable floor and body panels. The floor is a critical element to the construction of any recreational vehicle. The floor not only supports the walls, but all of the internal elements of the vehicle. Strength is paramount to ensure rigidity, long life and durability.Our floors are constructed by means of single piece of a 32mm thick sandwich panel. A durable layer of vinyl is bonded to a 3mm thick fiberglass skin, followed by 26 mm thick PET high density foam, which is eco- friendly and recyclable. Lastly the bottom layer is another 2mm fiberglass chequer plate finish to provide protection against road debris. The walls and roof form the remaining components of the external structure, providing a lightweight, fully insulated and aesthetically pleasing vehicle. Our walls and roof are constructed by means of single piece 32mm thick sandwich panel, ensuring no gaps for potential water ingress. A fully welded aluminum frame provides the backbone of the structure. The internal layer is 2mm thick fiberglass skin offering a bright interior which is easily cleaned, followed by 25mm thick XPS high density foam,and 3mm fiberglass material to insulate. Lastly the external layer is another 2 mm fiberglass which provides a smooth easily washable great looking exterior with the added protection against hail.
Timber constructed vans, often known as stick and tin are manufactured largely from meranti timber frame with various types of external cladding glued to the frame. This is the general method of caravan construction for the around the last 40 years. The largest problem facing the stick and tin design is that they are prone to leak water; especially after years of movement and slight gaps forming between the cladding. This leaking leads to water damage of the timber and, in turn, frame rotting, which often occurs outside of a warranty period causing expensive repair costs. A far more modern approach to caravan construction is sandwich panels. The sandwich panel is often around 20-40mm thick and will have a fibreglass outer layer, polystyrene middle (think ‘expander foam’), and a thin inner layer made from aluminium or fibreglass again to sandwich it on the inside. Sandwich panels are lightweight and incredible at insulating the inside of the van from the ambient temperature outside. The timber frame of the stick and tin style van is gone, replaced with an aluminium frame of higher strength and rot free. The simplest way of thinking about a sandwich panel is to imagine a wall, with the outer cladding, middle insulation, and inner walls, with framing throughout. The panel is then pressed at a high pressure along with glue to bond the inner and outer together (with XPS foam in the middle), and now you have the entire wall of the van in one piece. Adding windows is simple, as you just cut the window frame out of the side, and glue it in; no timber to worry about.
All 888 caravan chassis are put in hot dip galvanized pool ,which ensures the whole chassis is galvanized and can last for a long time.
Ultimately, your intended destinations, coupled with your type of tow vehicle will determine if you need an off road, semi-off road or touring caravan. Touring caravans are designed to be both lightweight and strong for easy towing and stability. These vans are best suited for travelling on bitumen roads and well-kept unsealed roads, which makes them ideal for people sticking to major highways and caravan parks. A touring caravan is usually fitted with an onboard battery, solar panel, water pump and ensuite, which provides for an overnight stay and limited free camping. They are compact, with low ground clearance, making them a great choice for travellers with mobility issues. Semi Off-Road caravans are the perfect option for travellers seeking independence and extended free camping. These caravans are designed with a strengthened chassis, independent suspension, and larger tyres for additional ground clearance. This makes Semi Off-Road caravans great for travelling to remote camping spots on rougher dirt roads. Semi Off-Road caravans are typically equipped with solar and battery systems, freshwater tanks, and a grey water tank for the ultimate self-sufficient holiday. Off-Road caravans are made to ‘Go Bush’ and can withstand rough unsealed roads and extended outback camping. These caravans are purpose built with a heavy-duty chassis, tow recovery points, long travel trailing-arm independent suspensions with shock absorbers, heavy duty brakes, and quality off-road tyres. They also come with an articulating coupling hitch for secure towing in a range of on and off-road conditions. Off-Road caravans are equipped with multiple solar panels and lithium batteries, freshwater tanks, and a grey water tank for lengthy free camping in remote locations. Protection is provided through stone guards, strengthened interior cabinetry, and covers for pipes, tanks, and electrical components. These caravans tend to be heavy and as such require appropriate tow vehicles to drive and operate safely.
As standard equipment on all 888 caravans, we fit ALKO Independent Rubber Suspension (IRS), otherwise known as torsion suspension. The ALKO IRS has been proven in tough Australian conditions – from dirt tracks to bitumen freeways, from desert highways to off the path tracks. The AL-KO IRS axle uses simple and effective engineering to provide a smooth, stable and safe towing experience. Unique to the AL-KO IRS axle is the hexagonal outer axle tube, which houses three rubber elements held in place by a triple-fluted inner tube axle. Road shocks are dampened through compression of these rubber elements via suspension movement between full bump and rebound. The unique self-dampening characteristics of the rubber element slow down the suspension rebound, which ensures a smooth ride over all types of road surfaces.
Being prepared for any situation is ideal, and it is impossible to predict how many flat tyres or punctures you may encounter on your adventures. If your plans are generally well sealed and maintained roads, a single spare is generally enough to get you safely to where you need to go. If your plans are off the beaten track, a second spare is a sound choice.
Corner stabilisers are designed so that they stop the caravan from tipping towards one end as you walk inside the van. They should be lowered to the point where they touch the ground in a firm manner without taking any weight of the van. Remember THEY ARE NOT JACKS and should never be used to take even partial weight of the van. As you move inside the van from end to end you cause more weight to be applied to the stabiliser. You should therefore never use force on the stabiliser handle to push the stabiliser to the ground thereby taking the weight of the van. Stabilisers that are bent or damaged due to excess weight being applied to them unfortunately will not be covered under warranty. Please note that there are two different stabilisers, one that stand straight and one that stands on an angle.