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y 2.2 Litre Turbo Diesel y Automatic transmission y LCD Screen & DVD player y Shower & Toilet y Fully self-contained y Fixed pull-down bed

2016 Mercedes Sprinter 6 Berth

Near new Low Mileage

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y 2.2 Litre Turbo Diesel y Automatic transmission y Only 6.70 metres long y Shower & Toilet y Fully self-contained y LCD screen & DVD player

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2 VW Crafter 2011 6 Berth

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y Two living areas y Fully self-contained y 4 burner gas hob & grill

2011 Mercedes Sprinter 2 Berth

y 2.2 or 2.5 Litre Turbo Diesel y Automatic transmission y LCD screen and DVD player

Priced under

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$70,000*

y Shower and toilet y Fully self-contained y Slide-out external BBQ

2011 Mercedes Sprinter 4 Berth

y 2.2 Litre Turbo Diesel y Automatic transmission y Leather couches

$70,000*

y Leather couches y Fully self-contained y Shower and toilet

2017 Mercedes Sprinter 2+1 Berth

y 2.2 Litre Turbo Diesel y Automatic transmission y Low Kilometres

Priced under

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$110,000*

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KB CAMPERS

Easy walk through layout with front passenger and driver swivel seats to a three person dinette, front single fold out bed plus 2 x singles or a large queen in the back, solar power, dual batteries, LED lighting, out side slide out BBQ, inside 3 burner cook top, microwave, reverse cycle air con, shower/toilet, gas hot water system and more! C2686

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Features and reviews

14 Review: Ezytrail Airlie GT ‘EzyHab’ A six-berth hybrid with serious off-road cred

40 Review: Wild Boar Tuff Grunt

Strong, sturdy and easily adaptable to the harshest conditions

48 Review: Paradise Independence Deluxe Five star luxury on wheels

56 Feature: Option RV Rally Spirits were high at Option RV’s inaugral owners club rally

62 Feature: Coastal Camping

Protecting the WA coastline for future generations

70 Review: Lifestyle Reconn R2 Tough and imposing out on the tracks

76 DIY: Onboard air compressor installation Upgrade your air compressor system with ease

79 DIY: Safety and Standards

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Ezytrail has ventured into pioneering territory with its six-berth, offroad caravan prototype – the Airlie GT ‘EzyHab’. WORDS peter quilty PICS AARON FLANAGAN

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Tested Ezytrail Airlie GT ‘EzyHab’ Presented by Caravan World

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uoyed by its hybrid caravan Parkes fleet juggernaut, Ezytrail is ‘testing the waters’ with what it justifiably terms a “cabin on wheels” – the Airlie GT ‘EzyHab’. “The Airlie GT or ‘EzyHab’ will introduce new and different camping possibilities based on customers’ feedback, combined with the typical Ezytrail offroad abilities,” says Ezytrail marketing manager, Sagrys Aelbregt.

STAR STABLE Ezytrail is renowned for its stable of hardfloor and softfloor camper trailers that arrive from China in a container, before heading for fabrication and modification at its headquarters in Kilsyth, Victoria. The Airlie GT is along similar lines, and once again Ezytrail’s considerable Australian design influence and R&D expertise comes to the fore in this preliminary version. “The ‘EzyHab’ comes in at an assembled stage. All parts that need to comply with Australian standards and regulations are then added, such as air-conditioner, fridge, gas and water plumbing and certification, bearings, brakes and suspension,” Aelbregt says. We recently reviewed the test model and were more than impressed with its serious offroad credibility, complemented by a decent whack of internal luxury. Okay, the 5.15m (16ft 11in) Airlie GT is a bulky brute for its dimensions, weighing in with a tare weight of 2780kg – and that’s before you factor in a 720kg payload! I’m uncertain how it would stack up over corrugations out in the sticks, so I would have liked to have given it plenty of ‘curry’ over more hostile terrain (considering I had access to a Toyota LC200 Altitude press vehicle) but had to contend with some gentle slopes within the Warburton

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Tested Ezytrail Airlie GT ‘EzyHab’ Presented by Caravan World

“The Airlie GT’s weight is very well balanced and the aerodynamic design makes it a dream to tow”

Valley, around 70km east of Melbourne. However, Aelbregt quickly jumped to its defence: “The Airlie GT’s weight is very well balanced and the aerodynamic design makes it a dream to tow, with twin water tanks of 160L each, nicely divided and with plenty of storage room and all main parts centred, the ball weight is very manageable. As the width of the trailer is only 2.1m, the ‘EzyHab’ sits nicely behind your car without the need for extension mirrors or the risk of damaging the van while going offroad. R&D trips have shown that the Airlie GT is ready for Australia’s off-grid travelling.” And I have no doubt the Airlie GT has the arsenal to survive remote off-grid expeditions for extended periods. It comprises a battle-ready aluminium composite and high checkerplate armour assisted by a sturdy powdercoatfinished 100x50x4mm Q345 (with 5mm-thick steel tube applied) RHS hot-dipped galvanised chassis and a robust fully-adjustable independent coil spring suspension, with twin shock absorbers on each wheel. And it rides on 265/75 R16 A/T offroad tyres with 16in six-stud alloy rims, and has 12in electric brakes. Aelbregt says, “solid coil springs will bring the van offroad without hurdles. Our suspension system has been tried and tested for the last seven years and perfected since.” I’m also a big fan of the Airlie GT’s battery (3x100Ah deep-cycle AGM) and water (2x160L) capacities – the batteries and stainless steel water tanks (with separate

Clockwise from top left: With a trailer width of only 21m, the Airlie GT sits nicely behind your car; you’ll sleep soundly in the double bed; the alfresco area has a contemporary home feel; releasing the over-centre latch on the side wall; the ‘back to nature’ Warburton Holiday Park is also petfriendly.

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Ezytrail Airlie GT External length 5.15m (16ft 11in) External width 2.1m (6ft 11in) Tare 2780kg ATM 3500kg PRICE $65,190, plus on-road costs

electric pumps) all have 2mm-thick checkerplate guards. Obviously both arrangements are ideal for lengthy stays off the bitumen. However, on the negative, it’s sans solar power and grey water. The Airlie GT also boasts a dual kitchen, with the external configuration being a slide-out Swift threeway hooded barbecue that’s ideal for the outdoor epicurean.

deploying the winches by the simple flick of a switch inside the van. (The electric opening will halt when the panels are levelled.) The marine-carpeted al fresco area enclosure (living room) is akin to what you’d see from a contemporary home designer. It’s a plush – and eye-catching – living room complemented by oodles of space. In fact, it’s like a private balcony! And it’s a versatile section of the van, doubling as a CANVAS CAPERS two-berth sleeping quarters after the dining table is But what really makes you sit up and take notice are dropped down and an easy to clean, easy to maintain the two fold-out compartments – a master bedroom leatherette cafe-style lounge is rearranged. When this (nearside) and a living room (offside) – swathed in canvas. compartment is closed, a wind-out awning can be The canvas is made from high quality 420gsm polycotton utilised if you want to relax outside with the benefit of fine weave canvas and all stress points are double some shade. stitched throughout for durability. And both fold-outs Meanwhile, the master bedroom (with a queenhave stable and sturdy platforms (a specific designed size bed) is equally spacious, but I thought the front skirt keeps the critters out) that sit above ground level bedroom (with a double bed) might test the nerves of courtesy of stabiliser bars with adjustable feet. claustrophobics. Two winches (connected with the 300Ah deep-cycle AGM battery setup) assist in opening and closing these GASTRONOMICAL GOURMET fold-outs, but it’s a two-person operation to set up and The internal kitchen has all the requisites you’d expect pack up. However, a lightweight alloy pole construction, in any caravan, including a Swift 500 Series four-burner with quick-lock pole clamps, does make the entire cooktop and grill, 12V rangehood, 20L NiceSea Electric procedure much more effortless. The fold-out sections microwave, sink and tap. And topping it all off is a are opened by first releasing a couple of over-centre sizeable 190L Dometic fridge/freezer. I also appreciated clamps and large latches on each side, and then the storage space in the galley, but I reckon more room

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Clockwise from top left: The internal kitchen ticks all the right boxes; the two fold-out sections make you sit up and take notice; an external kitchen for the outdoor chef; quality stainless steel appliances; the Airlie GT has a tried and tested suspension.


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elsewhere in the van could have been devoted for packing away clothing and linen etc. There is sufficient light and ventilation in the van, and climatic control is provided by a roof-mounted Dometic CALR242 reverse-cycle air-conditioner (an updated version of the CAL242), with 2.3kW cooling and 2.1kW heating capacities and an improved modern air distribution box with a digital display that can be controlled via a remote control. Meanwhile, hot water is delivered by a 28L Swift gas/electric unit. The Airlie GT’s bathroom is a relatively compact shower/toilet combo, with virtual lip service paid to the vanity; and I thought it could have been better finished, particularly in relation to the silicone sealing. And a washing machine wouldn’t go astray while out woop woop.

THE BOTTOM LINE The Airlie GT ‘EzyHab’ is an unusual, but highly effective, design – almost a ‘hybrid’ in certain ways. Yes, the ‘tale of the tape’ reveals it’s a beefedup beast; in fact it’s built like the proverbial brick outhouse! But paradoxically it’s the brawny chassis and suspension that increases this prototype’s genuine offroad credentials … I’m sure it wouldn’t break up under topographical duress in the outback.

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2010, Available in Manual/Auto, Dual Airbags, 3 Berth compact camper that has the convenience of a kitchen and a comfortable night's sleep with storage. MM0635. TA790124.

2002, Jayco Heritage Flag-Ship, 23' Tandem. Excellent Condition. Cook Top, Grill & Oven, 3-Way Fridge, Microwave, Shower & Toilet, 6 Person Lounge, Front Kitchen, Awning, Hot Water Service, Island Bed. MM0773. TA837187.

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2011, AUTOMATIC TURBO DIESEL LUXURY MOTORHOME This generous sized plush & comfortable vehicle includes 2 very spacious living areas with a rear club lounge, ample storage room and 3 comfortable double beds.. Very easy to drive & park yet powerful with it's fuel efficient TURBO DIESEL ENGINE. FEATURES: Sleeps up to 6 people (3 doubles), Shower, Toilet & Hand Basin, Fridge with Freezer Compartment, 50W Solar Panel, TV/DVD, CD stereo Entertainment, Microwave, Gas & Electric Hob Stove & Grill, Rangehood, Slide out BBQ, Exterior light & Power Point, Electric Exterior Awning. GERMAN PRECISION, QUALITY, LUXURY & SAFETY ALL IN ONE GREAT PACKAGE. Ready for that All Aussie Adventure or even just a long weekend away from it all. MM0810. TA832861.

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2004, AUTOMATIC LUXURY MOTORHOME. This generous sized plush & comfortable vehicle includes a very spacious living area with ample storage room and a comfortable bed for 2. Very easy to drive & park yet powerful & fuel efficient with it's TURBO DIESEL ENGINE. FEATURES: Sleeps 2 People, Fridge with Freezer Compartment, TV/DVD, Solar Panel, Power Inverter, UHF, GPS, Reverse Camers, Rear Airconditioner, CD Stereo Entertainment, Microwave Oven, 3 Burner Gas Stove, Range-Hood Extractor Fan, Exterior Light & Power Point, Exterior Awning. GERMAN PRECISION, QUALITY, LUXURY & SAFETY ALL IN ONE GREAT PACKAGE. Ready for that All Aussie Adventure or even just a long weekend away from it all. MM0802. TA843073.

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MERCEDES-BENZ CUSTOM COACH 210 HP 1999, rear mount Merc 6 cyl turbo low k diesel, 6 speed synchro, 57 pass cloth seats in good order, 39' 6" or 12 mtr. Flat floor no wheel arches with 6' 5.25" interior height. Large bins with locks. Airbag suspension. Air brakes, maxi brake, exhaust brake, power steer, tilt and telescopic steer, steering lock, easy clutch, long range tank, tinted bonded windows with lockable hoppers, flat tinted screens, Isri drivers seat, electric delay wipers, heaters, ceiling hatches, air lockable coach door, CD radio, 295/80R 22.5 radials, wind up spare (front), brand new radiator. Emergency lights and decals etc. Centre emergency door could be used as the main entry door for motorhome use. Nice paint, vinyl sticker removable. Country one owner coach. Cruise 110 k's. Suite any application. More photo's go to tradervsbus. SNO208. TA768416. $46,000

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HINO RG STARLINER COACH 1997, rear mount Hino 6 cyl turbo low k diesel, 6 speed synchro, 57 passenger,12.2 mtr or 40 foot. Flat floor no wheel arches. Full through bins, full air S-Cam brakes, maxi brake, exhaust brake, power steer, tilt and telescopic steer, long range tank, tinted bonded windows with lockable top sliders, flat tinted screens, Isri drivers seat, electric delay wipers, heaters, rear start, two ceiling hatches, air lockable coach door, fibreglass roof, wind up spare (front), 11R22.5 radials. Emergency lights and decals etc. Excellent paint, no signage. Finished in white stretch panel with a very straight clean body, very original. Drives like new, as new condition. Country one owner. Garaged. Excellent service history. Cruise 110 k's plus. Suit any application. More photos go to tradervsbus. SNO 202. TA713832. $38,500

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HINO RG COACH 1992, rear mount Hino 6cyl t/diesel, 6spd synchro g/box, easy clutch, Denso air con unit, 49 pass, 38ft or 11.5 mtr Flat floor with 6' 5.5" interior height. Full through bins with bin door locks, full air brakes, maxi brake, exhaust brake, power steer, tilt steer, long range tank, tinted bonded windows, roof-line exhaust, Isri driver's seat, electric delay wipers, rear start, two ceiling hatches, set up for TV, air coach lockable door, PMC body, fibreglass roof, 11R22.5 radials, wind up spare wheel (front). Drives like new. Country owner. Cruise 110 k's. More photos go to tradervsbus. SNO-203. TA745908. $28,500

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DENNING ELWOOD COACH 1988, rear mount GM 8.2 ltr 4 stroke quiet diesel, as new low k motor, 5 speed synchro , new easy clutch kit, rear main seal etc, very economical and quiet coach, 38' 3" in length, 53 pass cloth seats, flat floor with 6' 4.25" ceiling height, large bins, two aluminium bin doors each side, long range tank, full air brakes, maxi brake, power steering, ceiling hatches, air lockable coach door, tinted glass all round, electric wipers, tacho, gauges for everything, excellent motor access, 9-00-20 tyres, wind up spare ( front ), fibreglass roof, PMC body, nice paint, no signage, cruise 100 k's. Cleanest latest and longest Elwood coach I have ever seen. Service history, one owner, just serviced. More photos go to tradervsbus. SNO-176. TA612152. $21,000

MERCEDES-BENZ COACH ALUMINIUM BODY 1991, rear mount Merc 6 cyl turbo low k diesel, 5 speed synchro, easy clutch, 36' 10" or 11.2 mtr, flat floor no wheel arches with 6' 4" interior height, large bins, bin door locks. Air brakes, maxi brake, exhaust brake, power steer, long range tank, tinted top slider windows, flat screens, coach air door, electric wipers, two ceiling hatches, Isri driver's seat, 11R 22.5 radials, wind up spare (front), radio etc. Full access panels all around the coach that hinge up, even the wheel arches. Finished in stretch panel with Volgren's top aluminium body, nice body and paint with no signage. More photos go to tradervsbus. SNO 212. TA770660. $23,500

WH AS N TOYOTA HIACE, WHEELCHAIR, 49000 K'S EE LC EW 4 AUTOMATIC HIGH ROOF MINI BUS HA 9,0 IR, 00 2001, Commuter, auto. Genuine 49,000 kms. AU K' Ex aged care vehicle, well cared for with 12 TO S MA monthly inspections and regular services TIC from new. High roof model with 350 KG Tieman wheelchair hoist. Seating for 6 passengers plus driver with room for more. Dual air cond, power mirrors, power and tilt steering, steering lock, central locking, lockable sliding windows, rear window de fogger, rear camera, tinted glass, wheelchair accessories, log books, excellent tyres etc. Non smoking vehicle. Very clean, original as new and mechanically perfect. More photos go to tradervsbus. RGW-734. TA823444. $21,500

MERCEDES-BENZ COACH 1991, rear mount Merc 6 cyl turbo diesel, 5 speed synchro, easy clutch, 36' 6" or 11.1 mtr, flat floor, 6' 5.5" interior height, large bins with bin door locks. Air brakes, maxi brake, exhaust brake, power steer, long range tank, tinted bonded top slider lockable windows, coach air lockable door, electric delay wipers, two ceiling hatches, fibreglass roof, LED'S, wind up spare (front), rear hatch alarm, CD-radio, PMC body, nice paint no signage. Finished in stretch panel. Cruise 100 k's plus. Service history. One owner. More photos go to tradervsbus. SNO-192.

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MAN STARLINER COACH 240 HP 1995, rear mount MAN 240 HP 6 cyl diesel, 6 speed synchro, easy clutch, 57 pass, 41' or 12.5 mtr. Flat floor no wheel arches. Full airbag suspension with kneeling device, enormous full through bins with locks. Full air brakes, maxi brake, exhaust brake, power steer, tilt and telescopic steer, steering lock, long range tank fill either side, ceiling hatches, tinted bonded glass with lockable hopper windows, flat tinted screens, fibreglass roof, air lockable coach door, electric delay wipers, alloy bull bar, stone guard, emergency lights, rear hatch alarm, sat phone, radio CB etc. 11R22.5 radials, wind up spare (front), emergency exit door. Excellent paint no signage, vinyl sticker removable. Finished in stretch panel. This coach has heaps of horsepower. Cruise 110 k's. More photos go to tradervsbus. SN0-207. TA764441. $42,000

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HINO COACH 1988, Rear mount Hino diesel ( fully reco motor only 12000 k's ), 6sp synchro, easy clutch, 11mtr or 36' in length, flat floor, 6' 3.5'' ceiling height, large bin storage, rear fuel tank, maxi brake, 'S exhaust brake, power and tilt steer, ceiling hatches, air coach lockable door, top slide lockable alum windows, electric wipers, flat tinted screens, heaters, radio, wind up spare area (front). LEDs, rear safety hatch, rear start up facility. Service history includes clutch kit, brake reline with new drums, king pins, alternator etc. Cruise 110 k's, very economical coach, no signage with a very nice body and paint, mechanically excellent. Drives like new. Others in stock go to tradervsbus. SN 220. TA599715. $18,500

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2010, Motorhome. One of a kind professionally built RV. Sleeps up to 6. Rev camera. Whether you are into cars, karts, horses, boats, bikes, etc, this RV with lengthened chassis allowing for a massive aluminium storage box behind cab will house all your sporting accessories 533VRD. QLD. DIY841832.

1997, New rear tyres. Gas/elec HWS. 4 burner stove/oven, m/wave. Diesel heater. 2 x Air conditioners (cabin & roof) Rev camera, UHF radio, extra water tank, 3 solar panels, generator. Service history YEU 181. VIC. DIY651777.

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MITSUBISHI FUSO MOTORHOME

30' Fuso. 6 cyl turbo intercooled engine. Full fitout of sep shower & toilet, Q/island bed, 3 captain chairs, 1 small seat. Large kitchen bench with drawers under, 4 burner stove, 1 large 2 dr fridge/freezer, pullout pantry, large cupboard (linen cupboard). M/wave, convention oven. Small auto w/machine. His & her large wardrobes. Satellite T.V. 1.5 HP A/C. 6 solar panels, 3 12V 660 AMP hr batteries. 2 x 12V 280 AMP hrs for running supply. No texts or emails as cannot reply Re Ph: 0427 789 173, .. NSW. DIY652203.

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TOYOTA HIACE CAMPERVAN

2006, Inside shower/toilet. New awning. New tyres & mags. Tinted windows, sat nav, dash camera. Great buy. Spent way more on the van. Too numerous to mention. Bonus pack included. Too many options to list over $42,000 spent, receipts & warranties many extras. Unnecessary project. Reg till 12/2018 1LZ4FH7. VIC. DIY796245.

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HINO RAINBOW

1989, HU Truck Based Motorhome. VGC. RWC, Diesel 6 cyl, Tare 6830, GVM 9415, 145,669kms, Registered to October 2018 & comes complete with Shower, Lift up D/Bed, Fridge, Oven, Cooktop, Microwave, DVD player, Surround Sound System & more. $80,000. Matching 2008 Aspinall Box Trailer VGC - Model ATM OVER 1.02T - Tare 1100 ATM 2500 - $15,000 Registered to July, 2018, .. QLD.

ISUZU NPS300

2007, 4x4 & as new Palomino SS-1251 slide on plus Yamaha Quad 4WD and many extras. Ultimate 4X4 motorhome built to be fully self-sufficient. Turbo Diesel with on 75,000 km. Call for full details of this go anywhere package 708 XNQ. QLD. DIY840178.

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IVECO DAILY CUSTOM EXPEDITION 4X4

2013, This is not a CAMPER. 'FREE CHANGE' is a purpose designed off roader for permanent living. First regestered as a motorhome in April 2014. 3 Litre, Twin turbo, 6 speed, 4 ranges, 3 diff locks, suspension seat, cruise control. Fuel 90+55+55, Water 5X55, Grey 128L, 4 Burner stove & grill, 150L refrig, 2700 total bench space. Office, lounge/dining. Multi Media theatre system, a/cond. Sep toilet, vanity shower. Floor to ceiling robe & slide out pantry. Latex elevating bed. 14L hot water, space heater, 3 X 125W solar, 3 X 100AGM, Victron 3000/120 Inverter/charger/power assist, Redarc BCDC1240 converter/solar regulator, 2 KVA generator. ARB Dual air comp, 2 X Eelectric steps. Certified self contained. 98K.klms CURRENT NEW COST $300K+, 117SHS. QLD. DIY801899.

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HINO RAINBOW RHWI60 WIDEBODY 1992, Great shell, ready for fit out & compliance. Tinted sliding windows. New batteries. 7m long & great width. Perfect for motorhome & great for towing. 3.8 turbo diesel & airbags. Easy to drive, RHWI4028. QLD. DIY839364. 0403 335 008. $28,500

DENNING MONO COACH 1976, 40FT Motorhome with fully enclosed trailer. 8V71 Detroit Diesel engine, 5 speed Eaton fuller transmission, 450L diesel tank, b/bar, t/bar with pintle hook. Bus has been fully rewired. Rear d/bed. Shower/toilet. 180L fridge/freezer, full size gas stove, m/wave. Rev a/c. W/machine & dryer. R/out awning, BH76TV. NSW. DIY827953. 0438 773 795. $100,000

WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES EXPLORER LIMITED EDITION #12 2004, 6.5L GM Turbo auto. 5kva gen. 3 x solar panels. Hydraulic levelling. Single beds. Microwave, oven, 12v fridge/freezer. Bike rack. Ph Owen, 0C8888. VIC. DIY842194. 0427 440 095. $125,000

HINO RG BUS 40'. Rear engine 6cyl turbo diesel. PMC Adelaide school bus. Flat floor. 6'4" headroom. Large bins. 6spd synchro. Power steering. Conversion already begun. Seats out, windows covered, .. NSW. DIY843207. 0432 794 119. POA Offers around $16,000

MAZDA MOTORHOME Factory built, ready to travel. 5 berth. 2 double beds. Dual fuel. Reco'd motor. All new tyres. A/c, p/steer. Auto, o/drive. Fridge, microwave, 2 burner stove. 2 way radio. Many more extras. Long Reg, .. NSW. DIY842285. 02 5591 8036. $12,000

SUNLINER POP TOP FORD FALCON 2004. 67,000kms. Bathroom, shower & toilet. D/bed over cab. HW system. CD. Awning. Dinette bed. Fridge, gas stove & grill. Sink. CB radio. Step. Towbar. Electric lifter for top. In top condition, RVJ666. NSW. DIY709958. 02 4421 2218. 0428 603 450. $49,000 ONO

FORD TRANSIT 2.4L TURBO 1999, Campervan. Low mileage diesel auto. 4 berth. 3way fridge, 2 burner/grill. Recon motor 2013. Rear view camera, 227XNE. QLD. DIY838701. 0407 126 750. $37,750 ONO

CUSTOM BUILT DOMINO 1979, 40ft. 3 axle converted coach. Q/island bed, dinette & divan both convert to double beds. Split system a/c. Domestic HWS. Full hip bath & shower. Macerator toilet. Self-contained living for 2 for a month. Solar panels, Victron eEnergy inverter, house batteries. Domestic fridge/freezer, 4 burner gas stove & oven. Full air suspension. Absolute comfort & utterly reliable, 733KTX. QLD. DIY734538. 0402 244 098. $110,000 NEG

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MAN 00BUS 1991, 5 seater MAN diesel motorhome. 12 months rego. New tyres. 5000W inverter, 380AH house battery. A/c. Separate shower/toilet. 2 single beds. Stove, fridge, microwave. 240W power. Awnings, CN32SO. NSW. DIY835589. 0428 674 321. $59,000

MITSUBISHI FUSO MOTORHOME

Popular MK595J wide body 9m coach. With air suspension. 183,403 kms. 6cyl, 6.9L turbo engine. 6spd manual. Cruise at 100kph. Luxury inclusion and extras. Sat dish, 2 decoders. 2 x TV/DVD. Diesel air heater. 248L 2dr fridge/freezer. 500w solar. 500amp AGM batteries etc. Also Suzuki Jimny 2011 with extras. 23,621kms. Car trailer, 1999kg. Electric brakes & extras, .. WA. DIY833505.

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COUNTRY COACH MH360PD 1991, Top of the range rear engine motor home located Los Angeles. Unit fully equipped with linen, crockery etc. Registered, fully maintained ready to travel. Extremely reliable. Contact Laurie, .. OV. DIY843191. 0409 548 611. $25,000

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1998, Alpine 160,000 kms. New fridge, springs & shocks, tyres belts, hoses, new clutch. Full ensuite, cassette toilet, sep shower. As new reverse cycle air con. Built in generator + solar panel. Lockup box trailer with water tanks, solar panel, fridge/freezer + battery Ph: 02 4821 2421 .. NSW. DIY843485.

1997, Mechanically perfect in every way. 6spd Allison. Sleeps 4. Huge slideout. Large dining/entertainment area. Separate shower & toilet. Large kitchen. 2 x TV. Reverse cycle a/c in front & rear 6 solar panels on roof Large roll out awning, roll out awnings on all windows. Reversing camera AW33NE. NSW. DIY835554.

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MAZDA T4600 WINNEBAGO ALPINE 2003, 4cyl diesel, 5spd. P/steer. 106,000kms. Q/bed over cab, d/bed at rear. Rev a/c. 3 way fridge/freezer, gas stove, microwave. Flush toilet/shower. 2 x 9kg gas bottles. 2 x 160w solar panels. TV/DVD. Service history. WA Reg to Feb 2018, 1CCJo44. QLD. DIY838968. 0411 098 575. $69,000

WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES ALPINE T4000 Mothorhome. Very low 73,000kms. Non turbo. Deep cycel batteries are near new. Shower & toilet. Sleeps 5, Hrt215. NSW. DIY837393. 0439 066 662. $57,500

DENNING DENAIR MOTORHOME 1984, Denning motorhome sleeps & seats 5. Comes with 3 TV, fridge/freezers. Too much to write. Comes with a Grand Vitara 2004 manual with 140,000km & comes with a boat with a 50hp motor with 125hrs. Comes with lots stuff & a tri axle trailer, Onthago. NSW. DIY841601. 0428 962 483. $140,000

FORD RANGER 2017, Wildtrak 4x4. Diesel, auto. 4 door. Extras include factory bonnet & window protectors, colour coded TJM bull bar with LED driving lights, full suspension upgrade, 140L long range fuel tank, Anderson plug & Redark brake controller, tow mirrors, 223WZX. QLD. DIY839180. 0417 711 064. $66,500

MITSUBISHI FUSO 9M 1986, Motorhome. Rear 6.9Lt pusher engine. Sep bedroom, d/island bed. Full size shower/toilet. 2 x a/c. 248L fridge, electric oven/top plates. 48" LCD TV/DVD. Rev camera. Flamingo awning & fly screens. Set up for free camping, GMW86. QLD. DIY842477. 0415 042 231. $59,990 NEG - Make an offer!

HINO RB160H Rainbow Motorhome. 5spd manual. Airbag susp, cabin a/c, rear view camera. Gas/elec cooker, rangehood, m/wave, 190L fridge/freezer. W/machine. Sep shower/toilet. R/out awning, VIC. DIY841501. 0433 888 105. $75,000

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SCOOTER CARRIER RACK N ROLL Rack N Roll scooter carrier. Made especially for low clearance bikes. Supplied with alloy loading ramp, 12v LED kit, front & rear tie down points to secure bike, .. QLD. DIY842756. 0402 669 686. $1,095

2005 Australian made. Gas stove oven & grill. Washing machine, microwave, satellite dish. Tow vehicle; 2015 Colarado extra cab ute. 56,520kms bull bar, D/lights, snorkel, side steps. VIC. DIY840162. Ph: 0427 840 201

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CUSTOM BUILT DOMINO 1979, 40ft. 3 axle converted coach. Q/island bed, dinette & divan both convert to double beds. Split system a/c. Domestic HWS. Full hip bath & shower. Macerator toilet. Self-contained living for 2 for a month. Solar panels, Victron eEnergy inverter, house batteries. Domestic fridge/freezer, 4 burner gas stove & oven. Full air suspension. Absolute comfort & utterly reliable, 733KTX. QLD. DIY734538. 0402 244 098. $110,000 NEG

EDEN CARAVANS SEVEN WONDERS 2012, Quality van, well kept under cover. One owner. Low mileage, log book showing places visited distance travelled. Reluctant sale. Has all the bells and whistles, x99637. NSW. DIY841976. 0458 159 543. $42,500

WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES EXPLORER LIMITED EDITION #12 2004, 6.5L GM Turbo auto. 5kva gen. 3 x solar panels. Hydraulic levelling. Single beds. Microwave, oven, 12v fridge/freezer. Bike rack. Ph Owen, 0C8888. VIC. DIY842194. 0427 440 095. $125,000

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JAYCO STERLING 2010, SOLAR . Shower/Toilet. Full Annex. Herron 3 a/c. Dual axle. n02. TA839466. $28,900

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ROMA SOV'REIGN 2005, 20'8. Ensuite. Full Annex. Island bed. Electric brakes. axz1. TA842804. $27,900

CRUSADER X COUNTRY OFF ROAD 2012, Independent off road suspension. Shower/Toilet sept8. TA830801. $44,900

JAYCO STARCRAFT 2012, One Owner. Full Ensuite. Washing Machine. Air condition. ax4. TA842809. $39,900

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BLUE SKY CARAVAN 2012, Full Ensuite. Island bed. Washing machine. A/C. EC. juy6. TA816590. $42,900

KINGDOM KENSINGTON MK1 2011, Full Ensuite. Washing machine. Queen bed. Ibis a/c. ax2. TA842807. $35,900

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JAYCO DOVE OUTBACK 2005, OUTBACK. Campertrailer.Full annex.Bed fly's Wired for battery. ax6. TA842811. $13,500

EASTWOOD 655 TOURER 2007, Single beds. Shower. Air conditioning. VGC. juy5. TA816586. $22,900

GOLF LINWOOD 2001, Solar. Separate Shower/ Toilet. Island bed. VGC. Full Annex. may03. TA798908. $24,900

GOLDEN EAGLE OFF ROAD 2005, Poptop. Air condition. Full Annex. n01. TA839456. $19,900

ARGONAUT CARAVAN 2013, SOLAR. Ensuite. Washing Machine. Captain chairs. Summer annex. Sept22. TA830130. $38,900

COROMAL COMPAC 402 2005, 13' Rear Door. Single beds Ducted air cond. o2. TA837041. $11,900

WINDSOR RAPID 2006, Double each end. Herron air condition. Battery pack. Electric brakes. ax5. TA842810. $19,900

GOLF PHANTOM 1999, Single beds. Full annex. One Owner van. Excellent Condition. ax7. TA842812. $9,900

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COACHMEN WANDERER ULTRA-LITE CARAVAN

2017, Tare: 2,224kg, Payload cap. 932kg, Dual slides, Elec. awning, Elec. stabilisers, 32" swivel-around TV, Ensuite with sep. Shower, Toilet & Vanity. Full Queen bed, Ducted aircon, Fresh water: 185L Grey & Black water: 113.6L each. Gas & electric cooktop with Grill & Oven, Microwave oven, 3-way fridge/freezer. 12 months warranty. 12 months NSW rego. Exceptional value! 5ZT2FEMB8FA018974. NSW. DIY807219.

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FOREST RIVER 27RL

2006, Single slide out. Has a 2002 Ford F-250 Supacab 7.3lt auto tow vehicle. 2 x single beds. Sep shower/toilet. 3way fridge/freezer, 4 burner stove, m/wave. Gas/elec HWS. 32" TV. F-250 has a large fuel carrying capacity. New auto gearbox, 531UEW. QLD. DIY837055.

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AIRSTREAM LAND YACHT CARAVAN

2013, Custom built 20.6ft (internal) off road caravan in excellent condition. One owner from new. Fully equipped for free camping. Raised Q/bed. 3 way fridge/freezer, m/wave. Full ensuite. W/machine. Ibis a/c V53720. VIC. DIY831808.

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1969, Originally from Kansas (US) before importation to Australia. New sub-floor & timber floating floor. A/c. The exterior cosmetically was effectively left untouched other than removal of several US external plugs & waste piping, to keep the authenticity of the Airstreams age. Chassis has also been strengthened & further upgraded along with new axles, wheels & tyres, electronic brakes & a power jack .. VIC. DIY839711.

0417 469 077.

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CONCEPT ASCOT II

2011, Never used. Never used Concept. Leather and fabric cafe style seats with tri-drop table. Full ensuite with separate toilet & washing machine. Queen size bed.186 L fridge/freezer and many extras, X94790. NSW. DIY836025.

0408 502 123.

$57,000

TRAKMASTER NULLABOR OFF ROAD VAN

2009, Immaculate 18ft off-road van. Shower/toilet. Double bed. Spacious dining. Air con. Microwave. Rear camera. 2 x spare wheels. R/out awning. Solar. 2 x 90L water tanks. Recently fully serviced. Meticulously maintained, S299-TAF. SA. DIY839708.

0428 333 393.

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RETREAT CARAVANS DAYDREAM 2007, Family van with 2 bunks and a Queen bed. Separate rooms. Separate shower, separate toilet. Plenty of storage cupboards. Good condition, 466 QNN. QLD. DIY831811. 0400 662 546. $35,500

SOUTHERN CROSS EXPEDITION 7700 2008, 5th-wheeler with Mazda BT-50 tug for urgent sale. Q/island bed. Full ensuite. 190L fridge/freezer, m/wave, gas stove, grill & oven. TV & radio/CD/DVD unit. A/c and diesel heater, S907TDZ. NSW. DIY836503. 0422 110 050. $98,000 ONO

PIONEER CAMPER TRAILERS ARGYLE 4X4 2008, Camper Trailer with many included extras. Very good condition. Extra water tank (2x60L), full canvas annex and 40L Engel included, cv83312. QLD. DIY839178. 0409 890 875. $13,990 ONO

EDEN CARAVANS SEVEN WONDERS 2012, Quality van, well kept under cover. One owner. Low mileage, log book showing places visited distance travelled. Reluctant sale. Has all the bells and whistles, x99637. NSW. DIY841976. 0458 159 543. $42,500

RETREAT CARAVANS MACQUARIE 2011, 2 berth semi off road dual wheels. Suit new buyer. Shower/toilet. W/machine. Cafe seating. A/c. Cooktop, microwave. 150w solar, 2 x batteries. S/s BBQ., 416 UBQ. QLD. DIY840370. 0408 450 478. $47,500

MAJESTIC KNIGHT SERIES 3 2011, 17ft. Single axle caravan. As new interior. Rev a/c. Queen bed. 4 burner stove, 3 way fridge, m/wave. TV/DVD & stereo. Anderson battery system plus more, X40537. NSW. DIY839058. 02 9836 1502. $29,950

JB CARAVANS DREAMLINE 19' 2015, Caravan. Q/bed. Cafe seating. Full ensuite. Rev a/c. Gas/elec HWS. 190L 3 way fridge, full oven. W/machine, 1TQZ 987. VIC. DIY841500. 0411 967 676. $52,000

WINDSOR STATESMAN SEAVIEW 2004, Immaculate van easy to tow, 80w solar panel & battery pack setup. New awning, anti flap kit, near new annex. Front i/bed. Heron a/c. 4 burner hot plates & grill, adjustable table, 3-way 90L fridge, m/wave, 12v sink pump, rear kitchen, centre dinette & lounge. Ind suspension, electric brakes, twin gas bottles, external power point & external tap. Has been serviced, P85938. VIC. DIY840164. 03 5725 1383. $25,500

JURGENS SKYGAZER 2012, J2204 (18ft). Compact, lightweight yet robust caravan with luxury feel. Excellent condition with many extras. Full ensuite. Twin beds. Rev a/c. 3 way fridge/freezer, m/wave. Gas/elec HWS. Regularly serviced, Z69989. NSW. DIY837979. 0428 737 701. $36,000

PARAMOUNT DELTA 2004, Setup for free-camping with heaps of extras, nice clean 18' single axle van that is easy to tow. Plenty of cupboards & storage, air-con. Combo shower/toilet, 120lt frig, microwave, pull-out pantry. 3 x solar panels, 2 x batteries. Tare 1550kg, 717QJL. QLD. DIY843420. 0418 735 488. $27,500

SCOOTER CARRIER RACK N ROLL Rack N Roll scooter carrier. Made especially for low clearance bikes. Supplied with alloy loading ramp, 12v LED kit, front & rear tie down points to secure bike, .. QLD. DIY842756. 0402 669 686. $1,095

JAYCO DISCOVERY OUTBACK 2008, Pop-Top 17ft. 3burner gas stove. Rev a/c. TV/DVD. 3 way fridge. Brand new tyres, YIJ 420. QLD. DIY843419. 0497 085 667. $28,000

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CRUISER CROSSROAD CR31RE 2011, 5th Wheel in excellent condition with 3 slide outs. Ducted heating & cooling. Q/bed. Full ensuite. Gas oven, cooktop, microwave, full size fridge. TV/DVD x 2. Rev camera. Electronic levelling system, U38212. VIC. DIY841303. 0400 680 539. $70,000 NEG

JAYCO SILVERLINE 2014, 25ft of arguably the best layout for 2 available. With spacious walkways & large windows giving a light airy feel, & full ensuite. Superb condition with all the Silverline features, S612TDG. SA. DIY842584. 0413 316 691. $65,000

WINDSOR GENESIS 2007, First to see will buy, ideal for 2 people. Reluctant sale due to changed family circumstances. Excellent condition. Aways kept in shed and cleaned regularly. Minimal use, .. QLD. DIY839698. 0400 700 467. $24,750

ROADSTAR DAINTREE 22' 2011, With annex & side walls. TV, DVD player, radio. A/C. Toilet, shower, flooring. 12v battery power. No leaks, Good towing. Call for more details, NSW. DIY828804. 02 6842 3090. $48,000

COACHMEN WANDERER ULTRA-LITE CARAVAN

2015, Unique. In EXCELLENT condition only travelled 6000 km This Caravan is fully equipped for FREE CAMPING 2 x 200 watt solar panels, 2 x deep cell batteries 2 x electric superslides, Electric row hitch lifter Electric extra large awning 4.90 m Electric front & rear stabilising jacks Snipe satellite dish Flushing toilet with large 113.6L holding tank Loads of storage space TR48DM. NSW. DIY812597.

0428 538 187.

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1978, Single axle. Dual brake system. A/c. Heater. Annexe. HWS. 100L water tank. 4 burner gas stove & oven, 3 way fridge. Large island bed. Drop down dinette. Concealed Porta Potti (never used). 2 spare wheels. This may be an oldie, but it's certainly a goodie. Throw in your clothes & fishing gear and you're ready for Christmas touring .. VIC. DIY843506.

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ild Boar feels equally at home in thick scrub as it does tearing up the red dust, climbing a rocky incline or stampeding down a sandy beach. The population of these wild beasties is growing quickly in Australia and its brains trust is formulating stronger bloodlines every day. Wild Boar starts with an imported base and adds some good old Aussie ingenuity and technique, plus it snorts at cheap componentry, only fitting premium electronics, suspension, couplings and seals all wrapped up in a visually appealing but thick hide to weather the test of long hard Aussie seasons. “I like shiny!” says Wild Boar's Paul Burton when I commented on the highly polished stainless steel trim and fittings adorning the Limited Edition model. It's this sort of detail that separates this beastie from the mob. Wild boars are renowned for being able adapt easily to harsh environments. The Wild Boar Tough Grunt LE is made of the same rugged DNA as its gristly namesake, yet has a high level of comfort for your touring pleasure. This Wild Boar is exceptional strong and sturdy on its feet with a terrific balance that makes long miles easy. Wild Boar manufactures its own independent trailing arm suspension complete with greaseable joints, fully-welded stub axles and premium 2.6 tonne coil springs with locally sourced Dobinson’s shock absorbers. The chassis is fully galvanised box section leading to a 100x50x4mm A-frame drawbar on the demonstration, however, this will be upgraded to 120x50x3mm for the full production model. I was pleased to see the main chassis rails being full-length and folded to the A-frame, which eliminated added stress on butt welds that can be a downfall in many competitive units. Wild Boar is so confident of its strength and durability, it provides a three year warranty on the suspension and five years on chassis. It rolls sturdily on 16in 10 ply All-Terrain tyres with attractive alloy mags ( six stud Nissan pattern) rated to 1150kg each plus 12in electric brakes. Out in front is an ARK 50mm offroad ball coupling and the ARK removable jockey wheel is a sign of commitment to quality and practicality over traditional swinging or removable accessories. Paul calls the ARK jockey wheel “a Godsend”, and I agree.

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“There’ll be plenty of little piggies with their noses in the Wild Boar trough when word of this gets out!” The fully galvanised tub (whoa!) is big and deep, providing plenty of volume inside the camper plus room for versatile compartments and accessories. I must comment on the quality of premium finish both inside and out, but particularly the high gloss-baked enamel coatings, showing off Paul’s years of professional spray painting experience. The unit is available in every paint scheme imaginable, and can even be matched to your towing vehicle. The stainless steel edge trimming defines the shape and the shiny hinges, compression locks and assorted fittings give a bright accent to the aesthetics. On arrival to your campsite it’s only a matter of minutes to set up for an overnighter. The tail gate tilts down easily despite its twin spare wheels, LED tail lights and reversing light. You can order any combination of tool box, spare wheel or jerry can holders you like — all for the same price.


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Above: Malcolm Street (far right) enjoys a beverage under the awning with motorhome owner Ray Muster and Adventures Group’s El Rattray.

Clockwise from top left: With a protected water tank and independent suspension, the underside is looking good; conquer even the most extreme conditions with a Wild Boar; plenty of storage, window awnings and a bike rack are part of the tidy exterior; those are some tough looking spares.

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The rear slides back and the lid folds over easily, assisted by gas struts with the internal steel bows taking immediate shape and needing little adjustment. There is a selferecting tropical roof and it would have to be the tautest version I have witnessed in comparative campers. Step easily into the camper via a slide-out stairwell to a most inviting interior. The door has removable hinges for added ease and there is a footlight for night time safety. The switch panel is immediately to the RHS complete with USB outlets, 12V socket, Bluetooth stereo with twin enclosed speakers in the cabinetry, a new touch pad for lighting and power options and a digital voltage indicator. The front bulkhead is a fine example of the level of quality in this offering. Most competitors have some sort of storage in this area, some with timber doors, some with basic sheet alloy frontage , yet Wild Boar has fitted a series of S/S roller bearing sliding drawers with flush fit doors, compression locks, sensor lighting and internal trim. The internal layout is quite the same as most forward folds with a U-shaped dinette, however the back wall folds down to create a full double bed at the rear and the portable table drops down to form yet another double bed in the middle of the unit. Again the level of finished quality through the folded steel-painted cabinetry, marine grade vinyl upholstery, carpet-lined walls and laminate flooring is inspiring. There’s a pair of 100amp AGM batteries under the seats, as well as compartment storage throughout, and overhead is a series of LED strip lights complete with dimmers. Outside we assembled the wide 2.7m full length annexe roof that can stay attached when packing for the road. It comes complete with three side walls as well as a PVC floor and draft skirt plus a further 2m day annexe and

Clockwise from bove: A mesh stone guard and offroad coupling make for handy additions to the front; a privacy screen in the main bedroom will help keep the bugs out; fully galvanised and welded box section; the large dining area converts to a third bed; front row seats for dinner.

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completely separate toilet/shower tent. Up front of the living or kerb side is a large fridge compartment with full stainless steal roller slides capable of housing a 110L fridge/freezer, but supplied as standard with a 75L dual zone Eva-Kool. All compartments feature full lining, sensor lighting, quality Australian automotive seals and the forward section has twin ventilation fans. Beside this is a convenient pull-out pantry with an innovative three-drawer design that will keep even the messiest of us organised, and above is a full width pole/ fishing rod locker. Further back is the lockable water filler and then a very well set up stainless steel kitchen complete with matching Smev sink and three-burner stove complete with flush-fitting covers and wind deflectors. There are three utensils/utility drawers and a full length bench folds out for preparation, plus the new model will feature a dish rack as standard. Underneath is a set of adjustable legs to keep the food and drinks in the pot plus a flexible mount LED light to see what’s cookin'. All in all the exceptionally low package price of only $24,900 (inc fridge) actually shocked me especially when you consider the long list of premium features, additions and accessories on a beautifully manufactured camper. There’ll be plenty of little piggies with their noses in the Wild Boar trough when word of this gets out!

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QUICK SPECS Wild Boar

External length 5.15m (16ft 11in) Tare 1490kg ATM 2000kg PRICE $24,900

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LUXE LIVING

ON THE

There’s a lot to celebrate with the Paradise Independence Motorhome WORDS MALCOLM STREET PICS JACK MURPHY

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“The articulate professional design allows for loads of room, highlighted by the dual slide-outs and ample storage option�

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am very familiar with the Paradise Motor Homes range, but I was particularly interested in this motorhome because it is the top-of-the-line model, built to order, and so presented a rare opportunity to review Paradise’s flagship motorhome. Myself, Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) CEO Richard Barwick, and Adventures Group editor Kirstie Bedford, had an excellent opportunity to inspect the Independence Deluxe at the inaugural Motorhome Legends event in Shoalhaven Heads, front panels, and a one-piece fibreglass roof. It’s not NSW recently. We road-tested three motorhomes, and obvious, but a feature of the lower panel work is that it’s this one was the cream-of-the-crop in terms of luxury easily detachable from the upper panels in the event of an appointments and features. accident. GENETIC ENGINEERING Weight distribution is important to Paradise, and it At the top of the Paradise range with a price tag of more ensures that both the front and rear axle loading is correct than half a million dollars, the Independence Deluxe is and that the motorhome is level from side-to-side. This not a new motorhome design, but a continuation of an is certainly a consideration when slide-outs are used, existing model range and built with the same genetic especially when the offside one is almost as long as the structure. wall. It has a high tensile alloy frame, and a composite Aiding that are the four optional hydraulic corner fibreglass body structure that uses mouldings for the levelling jacks – they make it very easy to set up the

Clockwise from top left: Hearing and massage controls for the cabin seats; the large television above the double bed boasts surround sound; enjoying a brew in the spacious living area; the plush cab seats swivel to maximise space at camp

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QUICK SPECS

Wirraway 260SL

External length 8.6m (26ft) External width 2.49m (7ft 5in) Tare 5920kg GVM 7200kg PRICE $525,808, plus on-road costs

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motorhome on non-level sites.

NOOKS AND CRANNIES All the external bins, of which there are plenty along both sides of the motorhome, are fully sealed and have strut-assisted doors for easy opening. Those fitted under the slide-outs are, of course, more difficult to get at when it’s fully open. Some of the bins already have a function, like those built into the nearside slide-out that contain a BBQ, flatscreen TV that has a Paradise-manufactured mounting, as well as a fridge. In addition, one of the lower bins contains


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the electrics and charger controls. Richard Barwick was particularly impressed by the external storage options and features. “The articulate professional design allows for loads of room, highlighted by the dual slide-outs and ample storage option. The external additions just add value including foldaway BBQ and television along with additional fridge accessed outside and streamlined automatic awning.”

A LUXURY PAD Richard felt the attention to detail demonstrated in the interior of this luxury unit was a real credit to the Paradise team. “The finer touches are appealing including the leather lounges and swivel chairs, large queen-size bed, full-face mirrors, and technology improvements, and the use of space in the en-suite where the washer/dryer is very desirable,” he says. “I do like a couple of simple, but effective improvements, in particular the light block-out blinds and the magnetic locks on all the drawers and cupboards.” Kirstie Bedford was equally impressed, noting the surround sound, soft closing cabinetry and heated massage seats in the front cab. “It’s literally a home away from home, in fact, I’d go so far as to say many hotel apartments aren’t to the quality, luxurious standard as the interior of this motorhome.”

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HOURS OF POWER Powering the Independence is an Iveco Daily cab chassis. Its GVM of 7200kg, which will require the drivers to have an LR truck licence, comes with a generous 1300kg payload capacity, and the process of getting a licence is made easy by using someone like TDT Training, (see: www.transportdrivertraining.com.au, who assist you through both your theory, and practical, driving training). It is good that Paradise has opted to use the twin turbodiesel engine which delivers up to 150kW of power and a very healthy 470Nm of torque – something all diesel drivers appreciate. Even though it’s 8.6m (28ft, 3in) long, the Independence is a very easy driving vehicle, especially with Iveco’s smooth eight-speed gearbox. For the electrical system, there’s no shortage of power with the 300A Lithium battery being charged up by to 600W of solar panel capacity or the 2.6KVA pure sine wave generator. For quiet camping applications, the 3000W inverter/charger will deliver the 240V load.

THE BOTTOM LINE There’s no doubt that the Paradise’s Independence Deluxe is an expensive motorhome. However, it does come fully kitted out with just about every motorhome comfort and safety feature in the known RV universe. Staying with the tried and true seems to be the new Paradise owners formula for the moment, and that would seem to be very wise for what is a very luxurious

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Clockwise from above: The Paradise hits the road; the spacious layout adds to the sense of luxury; kitchen finishes are top quality; the heated massage seats make long drives a breeze.


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“If you’re looking for five star luxury on wheels, you’ve found it – Paradise really does reflect its namesake.” motorhome. Richard believes Paradise would be at the top of everyone’s wish list, “with a price tag that is applicable to the quality”. “The attention to detail is a real credit to the manufacturer’s ability to deliver a fantastic motorhome. You could want for no more than what is provided in the Paradise Independence Series. Paradise should be congratulated on a very aesthetically pleasing, practical and luxurious motorhome.” Adventures Group editor Kirstie Bedford agrees, “if you’re looking for five star luxury on wheels, you’ve found it – Paradise really does reflect its namesake.”

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Taking thE right

OPTION

If attending the Option RV Rally taught David Gilchrist anything, it’s that the generosity and hard-working spirit embodied by Option RV resonates throughout the entire owners club. WORDS David Gilchrist

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vans Head, a gem on the far North Coast of NSW, is known for sun, surf and beautiful beaches. However, on a weekend in October when the Option RV Owners Club met for its inaugural rally, celebrating Options’ 10th anniversary, the sun and sand gave way to rain. It seemed as though it wouldn’t stop. The rain played the blues, flooding portions of the North Coast Holiday Parks Evans Head, washing out the barefoot bowls, causing a couple of lengthy blackouts and putting a damper on the sausage sizzle. But for the more than 100 caravanners who attended it didn’t matter – at least not too much. That’s because they gathered from across eastern Australia, from Melbourne to Townsville, and despite the rain, it was clear they belonged to an extended family rather than just another caravan club..

THE LOCATION Named after a marine surveyor, Lt Evans, RN, who carried out the first marine survey of the coastline in the area, Evans Head is a wonderful destination when the weather is good and the fish are jumping. Great beaches include Shark Bay for novice surfers, and Airforce Beach for 4WD enthusiasts. When we arrived, we were in time to join the conversation around a sausage sizzle and were keen to discover and enjoy Evans Head’s natural beauty. And then the rain started to fall. That didn’t matter; it was just an opportunity to retire to some Option RV caravans and yarn to the owners.

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Clockwise from left: The crowds gather for game time at the rally; Phil, Mia, Michael and Lench enjoying their Option RV; some happy club members; wild weather at Evans Head.

“Our customers become more like friends and family”

NOT A HARD OPTION The Dumaloski family own an unusual Option RV van. Unlike the normally swift construction turnaround, the Dumaloski family waited ten years for theirs. It’s not that it’s remarkably different. It has quality suspension and is well appointed. In fact, other than a rather heavy looking bench top, it’s on par with the typical quality product associated with Option RV. In a break in the rain, the family sat below their awning and explained why owning Option RV has meant waiting a decade to enjoy their own caravan. Phil Dumaloski takes up a story that dated back to 2007 when his father Chris started the business, and then shortly afterwards encouraged his sons Phil, Steve and Damien to pitch in to get things moving. ‘We thought, there’s something in this, and we actually fell in love with building vans. We started building 35 units a year and then got involved with Caravan World Dealership on the Sunshine Coast and things escalated from there on,’ Phil explained. Phil said that for the last decade the family business has been busy building ‘everyone else’s

dreams,’ and they’ve been so busy that it took this long for them to find the time to build a van that the Dumaloski family could share. Now Phil reckons they’ve got the time to get out and about and enjoy their own Option RV caravan – capable of housing his parents Chris and Mary, or perhaps Phil, his wife Lench and their bubbly children Mia and Michael. Sitting beside daughter-in-law Lench, Mary Dumaloski grew teary glancing down the rows of Option RV vans that had assembled for the inaugural club rally. She says, ‘our customers become more like friends and family,’ and the idea that so many owners had thought so much about their vans and the family overwhelmed her. It was a sentiment that Lench echoed later that evening when we met the entire group of club members for dinner at the Evans Head Bowls Club, saying their customers ‘were family.’ While munching on mouth-watering Chinese tucker, Option RV patriarch Chris underscored the idea, saying business ‘grew not just from work, but on memories.’

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CHANGING VANS

MATES IN VANS

Among all the Option RV owners, Dennis and Alice Smith are some of Option RV’s earliest clients. They bought their RV within the first 12 months of the company’s formation. It happened when a friend’s caravan kept blowing 12 volt lights. After the friend had used up any spares he had, and then all of Dennis’ spare lights, they wandered over to a caravan dealership to see if they could buy some new ones. Instead of buying the lights the two men ended up buying new vans. Dennis purchased Option RV’s 47th van produced and his mate picked up number 48. So keen to see their new van, Dennis and Alice left their home at Port Stephens on the NSW central coast and drove for 1000km to Melbourne’s northern outskirts. They then moved into the caravan park near the Option RV factory so they could visit daily and watch their van being built. The couple reckon they decided upon the Option RV because it would enable them to ‘free camp’, and it had the host of fixtures and fittings - including satellite television - that they didn’t have in their old caravan. Moreover, the couple thought the van was ‘value for money.’ A decade later while camping at Woodford on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland, the couple bumped into other Option owners who told them about the club and its first rally. “We thought,” Alice says, “what a great thing to be able to be part of.” Thinking about the Dumaloski family he added with a smile, “none of us could hold them in higher esteem than what they are”.

Walking around the Option RV club members, one theme dominated the conversation. It was simply the generosity and kind spirit of the Dumaloskis. For example, so taken by the family and the quality of their product, one member has joined the rally despite having just ordered her van and having to camp in another brand caravan while she waited for hers to be built. Then there was the story of a pair of long-term customers, Allan and Zelma Shipton. The ever-witty Zelma reckons their names are easy to remember because ‘Allan starts the alphabet and I have always finished it.’ Explaining how they ended up with an Option RV, Zelma says, “they got us in straight away because we had an accident in our previous van. We were trying to think of a name for our new van when Phil said he’d been to the Caribbean for his honeymoon. So, we called it the Caribbean and it’s been a honeymoon ever since.” Adventurers at heart, every winter they pack up, leave their NSW Central Coast home, and head to the Gulf of Carpentaria - returning home every September or October. For them, their caravan design meant things like the simplicity of two 12 volt fridges, drawers rather than a slide out pantry, and a generous mid-van en-suite. They arrived at the Option RV rally expecting that Option owners would be as nice as the Dumaloski family, and Allan says the group hasn’t disappointed them, and they’ve already meet many new mates.

Clockwise from above: The quality finishes of Option RV are obvious; the Option RV Owners Club assembles; dinner and speeches were a highlight; Option RV for as far as the eye can see.

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“Walking around the Option RV club members, one theme dominated the conversation. It was simply the generosity and kind spirit of the Dumaloskis.

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CONSERVING THE COASTAL DREAM

How four WA shires banded together to preserve the great Aussie RV coastal dream WORDS Gwen o’toole photos sarah henderson

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hile more and more coastal caravan parks are being turned into commercial developments, four shires in Western Australia have gone to great lengths to preserve a chunk of the WA coastline for future generations to enjoy coastal camping. The stretch of coast, along the Coral Coast in the Mid West of Western Australia, is a three hour drive north of Perth, an area which sees many RVs pass through via the Brand Highway (particularly during wildflower season) or along the Indian Ocean Drive, meandering through Nambung National Park to see the famous Pinnacles desert. There’s plenty of walking and cycling trails and local residents day trip to the area for 4WD adventures, fishing, bird watching, snorkelling, surfing on giant white sand dunes and swimming in Ellendale Pool, a natural watering hole along the Greenough River. If this 340kms of pristine coastline existed anywhere

else in Australia, the area might be prime real estate for coastal condos and high rises, but the local towns here have made it a priority to retain the coast specifically for the self-drive leisure tourism market, and preserve freedom camping, right on the beach at popular spots such as Cliff Head, or low cost camping at Sandy Cape.

Clockwise from above: Enjoying the coastal views; a walkway along Sandy Cape; a quiet moment in Cliff Head; aerial view of Cliff Head.

A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT Spearheaded by Nicole Nelson, Acting Director Planning, Community and Infrastructure, at the Shire of Irwin, the $2.5 million Coastal Nodes Project included short stay campsites, which are among 200 campsites in the Mid West, including those at Sandy Cape in the Shire of Dandaragan, Milligan Island in the Shire of Coorow, Cliff Head in the Shire of Irwin and Lucky Bay in the Shire of Northampton. When the shires first teamed up with support from the Mid West Development Commission, and Tourism Western Australia, seeking funding from ‘Royalties for

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Regions’ (a government initiative enhancing regional development), the goal was to simply put a serious refresh on the area’s much-loved coastal campsites. This was in order to attract both the self-drive tourism market and fishing and aquatic day-trippers, and open up the region from as far south as the Indian Ocean Drive to the north at Lucky Bay, south of Kalbarri. The local governments, which share the region’s boundaries, then decided to join forces to make the area a self-drive drawcard with a shared commitment to refreshing camping and campground infrastructure.The project was extended to include not only refreshing the sites and facilities, and planting native species of vegetation, but also included the rehabilitation of old access tracks and entry points off the main road to ‘open up’ the Mid West coast and increase access. Now complete, the ‘Coastal Nodes Project’ is expected to attract an additional 4,700 people annually bringing an additional $585,000 into the region. But like any new project, it brought with it its own set of challenges, says Nicole Nelson. “Some local governments received enquiries from residents who were concerned about opening up their favourite fishing and camping spots to the nation, but

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each site is well separated from the next, so there’s lots of privacy and lots of sites on offer.” She says, “this project is also quite rare in that four local governments in two development boundaries have worked together in one development”. “It did mean regular meetings were not always possible in person, so there were constant emails, and regular phone conferences being sent to the team to ensure everyone was on track.” Nelson also adds that the locations proved to be tricky to redevelop, as they were without both water or power, and had limited accessibility, meaning everything needed to be carted in, “products were specifically designed to ensure protection from the elements to ensure they were low maintenance, because the infrastructure needed to be able to stand up to the harsh coastal conditions of wind, salt and rust, and withstand the test of time.”

THE BIGGER PROJECT The project is one of six priorities identified within the Mid West Tourism Development Strategy 2015-2025, which focuses on increasing accommodation capacity from camping through to resorts, and opening up day use sites places previously overlooked or under developed.

Clockwise from main: Enjoying a beverage in Cliff Head; Nicole Nelson, Shire of Irwin; aerial view of Port Denison and marina; sand surfing.


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She says other priorities include opening up the Abrolhos Islands to visitors and the Kalbarri National Park iconic skywalk, which is currently underway.

THE RESULT So far, Nicole says, they have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. “The response has been extremely positive with users doing all our marketing for us on social media, including drone footage of the locations placed on YouTube. “All sites are being well utilised and users are supporting the participating local governments by purchasing their supplies from the nearby towns of Kalbarri, Northampton, Dongara, Port Denison, Leeman, Green Head and Jurien Bay.” She says the collaboration allowed the local governments to develop great working relationships, so they can look for ways in which they can include the whole Mid West region, working alongside the Mid West Development Commission and Tourism WA in attracting visitors as well as creating economic benefit to the region. As the Project Manager, the Shire of Irwin has also spoken at several tourism and local government conferences to inspire other regions to work together to achieve similar great results. “Following our start up, Tourism WA took the idea to local governments in the South West of the state who also developed 11 campsites across six local governments,” she says.

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Clockwise from main: Cruising the coastline; relaxing at Sandy Cape; sunset at Seven Mile Beach; Picnic area at Sandy Cape.

“We are proud to have lead this project, it’s great to identify a need, but to successfully see the project to completion is another thing. It has taken us several years of careful planning, talking to the right people and collaboration, and we’re now seeing the benefits through visitors’ positive feedback. “To make a difference we needed the entire region to be RV friendly, not just one town, and are confident the RV market will travel from the other side of Australia to support the region and travel the beautiful coastline.”

THE FUTURE The concept is one Tourism Western Australia was quick to support. “Western Australian beaches are regularly

voted among the best in the world, and with good reason,” says Tourism Western Australia’s CEO Steve Wood. “Along its 12,500 kilometres of coastline, you’ll find some of the most stunning World Heritage scenery, once-in-alifetime wildlife encounters, and endless opportunities for beach holiday memories. “Camping in WA is a great way to immerse yourself in the world-renowned natural wonders and diversity of Western Australia’s coast.” For the Shire of Irwin, the campaign has shown how with a bit of collaboration, and a lot of hard work, coastal parks needn’t be resigned to redevelopment, and how big thinking from small towns is opening up entire new areas to the RV market.

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BACK IN The Lifestyle Reconn is reinvented as a new Hypercamper WORDS & PICS david cook

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Tested Lifestyle Recon Presented by Camper

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ifestyle Campers sees the definition of the Reconn as “a small, strong hypercamper prepared for anything, designed and manufactured by highly trained personnel in Australia, and capable of conquering any landscape” and I would say that most certainly applies to its new Reconn R2 model. The Reconn R2 follows the very successful Reconn, which has been a part of the extensive Lifestyle range for three years. However, the newcomer isn’t simply offered in the calming blue and white colour scheme which has become a major feature of the Lifestyle image, and now comes in an ominous matt dark grey and black, with a whole new persona. And wow, does it ever have a presence. The Reconn is really aimed at couples with a taste for adventure. “We want people who, when everyone else says, ‘let’s turn right,’ will say, ‘we’re going left,’“ says Lifestyle CEO John Swinglehurst. And that about sums up what the Reconn R2 offers. Basically the Reconn R2 is a big camper with lots of storage room, a limited internal living area plus a big, comfortable bed and one of Lifestyle’s roomy, well laid out side kitchens. It isn’t a small camper, and at 5725mm long (standard drawbar), 1880mm wide and 2100mm high and with a Tare weight of 1700kg, as tested (1600kg standard and well up on the original Reconn’s 1400kg), it may have some limitations in tight scrub (though we couldn’t find any)—but it has a go-anywhere capacity that will give you confidence to branch out on your own, well off the grid.

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We took it through some pretty rough and tight situations, down steep slopes, over boulders, over loose gravel, along dirt and over corrugations and quite frankly it never put a foot wrong. It was comfortable to sleep in and that kitchen is fantastic.

SO, WHAT’S IT MADE UP OF? The R2 rolls on a sturdy 150x50x3mm hot-dip galvanised chassis. The suspension is Cruisemaster trailing arm independent with dual shocks, rated at 2600kg to match the camper’s ATM. When we had it out, it had 270L of water on board, plus two gas bottles and the awning and poles—so was well short of fully-loaded. We thought that it might have resulted in a ride that was too stiff, but it seemed to move freely and without any sign of being anything other than well adapted to the job. Our camper rolled on attractive optional 16x7in rims with 285/75R16 mud-terrains, wider than the standard 265/75R16 rubber. These are attached to 12in drums. The basic set-up includes a single spare mounted on the rear, though our test unit had dual spares. Unlike so many Lifestyle campers the R2 doesn’t come with an internal ensuite— although that’s coming as an option—but it did have an optional toilet installed beneath one of the internal seats, accessed by lifting off the seat cushion. This was to be standard, but some customer enquiries were along the lines of leaving it out, so several original features have been converted to options and the base price has dropped from $56,950 to $53,950. There is comfortable seating on sumptuous internal upholstery for three adults around an extendable table


Tested Lifestyle Recon Presented by Camper

“The ‘Reconn’ is really aimed at couples with a taste for adventure.”

Clockwise from top left: Easy living is the name of the game; the dark and broody R2; plenty of room for all your gear; heavy duty Ark jockey wheel; storage is awesome, inside and out.

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QUICK SPECS Reconn R2

External length 5.72m (18ft8in) Tare 1600kg ATM 2600kg PRICE $59,950

immediately inside the door. Overhead were three touchdimmable LED lights, and an optional swing-down fan. The floor is vinyl. The bed is a queen-sized inner-spring pillow-top mattress that is 1107mm above the floor. That puts it at about the level of an adult’s lower rib cage, so it requires some kind of step to access it and may be a bit difficult for older knees. The primary access is via the bench seat along the driver’s side with a secondary option of a fold-down step near the entry door. The latter is a bit problematical as it is right inside the doorway and access through the door is prohibited when it’s in place. There are three large screened windows around the bed and three smaller windows at the front, above the table. All have internally zipped covers. These can all be left open when lowering the roof. For the occasions when the weather is inclement and all the windows must be closed there are four shielded vents just below the roofline to allow air to circulate. The roof is a pop-top, which on our test camper was equipped with an automatic lift system. Simply undo the four corner over-centre latches – don’t forget them or the low-geared auto system will buckle the roof – and press the button inside the door. In a minute the roof is up and locked in place. In the event of a failure with the electronic system, the

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roof can be manually lifted into place if the system is disconnected. The body itself is made from aluminium composite panelling over a sturdy galvanised frame. There is foam insulation in the aluminium roof and all the walls other than that at the front. In front of the doorway is a fridge locker with an excellent carpeted slide. At 990x190x580mm the space is big enough to take up to an 82L Evakool and still have room for an optional pantry drawer above. It was good to see sturdy anchor points provided. Above the door and at the back of the space were two handy LED lights. The camper is attached via a Vehicle Components DO35 hitch and sustained at the level when free-standing with a heavy duty Ark XO dual jockey wheel. With the high ATM a break-away unit is fixed to the front of the drawbar. The ball weight is an estimated 160kg when empty.

SUMMARY The Lifestyle Reconn R2 is a heck of a trailer. As a brand new model, our test camper suffered from a few minor

Clockwise from top left: No track is too tough for the Reconn; seek adventure with this rig; the interior is sleek and stylish; the roof pops with automatic ease; step up to bed.


Tested Lifestyle Recon Presented by Camper

design glitches, but most of what we pointed out the crew were aware of and had fixes in hand. As an adventurous tourer we can’t see how you’d want anything more. Yes, it’s a big camper, and when fully loaded it would be a heavy package, but our test unit, which must have been close to two tonnes in weight as we headed west along the motorway out of Brisbane was recording 12.4L/100km on the fuel consumption gauge of our Pajero, and it handled all that we threw at it with style. For what you get, the price is pretty good, there is a huge options list and I, for one, would be perfectly happy to set out on my next adventure in one.

COMPARE SPECS

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DIY Installing an air compressor

ONBOARD AIR COMPRESSOR WORDS TONY RABITT

Onboard compressed air when you need it at the push of the button

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INSTALLATION W

hether you’re into hard-core four wheel driving or weekend camping with the family, there is one thing every four wheel drive should carry as standard equipment and that’s the ability to compress air. Adjusting tyre-pressures to suit driving conditions, operating diff locks and inflating air-bed mattresses are among the most common uses of these must-have devices. Compressors suitable for four wheel driving fall into two categories: portable and onboard. The portable varieties are popular as they can be cost-effective and are readily available at just about any automotive parts and accessories outlet but, seriously, you can’t beat a good quality onboard system. It’s a common misconception that onboard systems are complicated to install yourself or expensive to have professionally fitted. Well I can tell ya folks, after

this DIY, you’ll have the confidence to fit-up your own onboard air compressor with ease. I recently upgraded my system to the ARB High Output CKMA12 onboard air kit—and it was dead easy. The kit comes with a comprehensive installation guide, a complete wiring harness and all the hardware to complete the job. The tools required are minimal and readily available. The main compressor unit is designed to accommodate flexibility in installation as the base and main body can be manoeuvred into a variety of positions in order to fit into obscure places, if required. The unit can be used as a stand-alone air compressor for tyre inflation but can also be used to power ARB’s Air Locker systems. In fact, the CKMA12 comes pre-wired to plug straight into ARB’s Air Locker systems. Righto, let’s get into it!


Tech talk

Presented by Camper

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Decide on a suitable location for the unit Most people seem to mount their compressors in the engine compartment, and that’s fine, however I chose to mount mine in the cargo area just in front of my fridge. When I bought my old GQ, the compressor was located inside the rear quarter cavity behind the trim. It was a very handy place to have an onboard compressor, but unfortunately the CKMA12 has different dimensions so will not fit.

Mount the compressor unit

When choosing your location, make sure it’s going to be easily accessible with an air

The CKMA12 comes with a pre-drilled backing plate which can be used as a template

hose attached. There’s nothing more frustrating than battling to reach gear when you

to accurately drill four mounting holes. The base of the compressor has four curved

need it. Make sure it’s well away from excess dust, mud and moisture and mount it

slots for easy alignment. Make sure you get the base plate the right way around, it’s a

high enough so that it won’t get swamped every time you cross a river.

bit of an optical illusion.

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4

Fit the T-piece, hose coupling, pressure switch and air filter The T-piece and hose coupling are supplied as part of the ARB pump-up kit sold separately. Apply plumber’s tape to the thread of the T-piece and screw it into the outlet port on the compressor manifold. Apply plumbers tape to the thread on the

Fit the isolation switch

hose coupling thread and screw it into one of the two outlets in the T piece.

A lot of four wheel drives have blanks to take rocker switches. Your easiest

Apply plumber’s tape to the thread on the pressure switch and screw it into the

approach is to utilise one of these if you have them. Choose one that’s easy to

remaining outlet.

get to.

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Hook up the wiring

Finding the accessories circuit wires with a test light

This can be the most intimidating part for many people, but ARB have made it

Using a test light, locate the accessory outlet in your vehicle, then splice the red/

easy by providing a plug and play wiring harness along with an easy to read wiring

yellow wire on the smallest loom to the positive wire of the accessory outlet. Now

diagram.

locate the active dash light supply wire and splice the blue/white wire to it..

Firstly, feed the five wires on the short loom labelled “isolation switch” through the

Now feed the four loose wires with spade connectors on the long loom through

switch opening in the dash and using the wiring diagram supplied connect them

the firewall, or other panels if necessary, and assemble them into the plug as per

to the back of the switch.

the wiring diagram.

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DIY Installing an air compressor

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Crimping the electrical terminals Feed the remainder of the loom to where the compressor has been mounted and plug the small female plugs into the pressure switch terminals. Then press the two compressor motor plugs together.

Connecting the main positive wire to the batter

Crimp a yellow eye terminal (supplied) to the heavy red wire and the other

Next, connect the red and black wires to the positive and negative battery

yellow eye terminal to both the heavy and lighter gauge black wires

terminals, respectively.

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Installing the relay

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Check all your connections then ick the switch to test— and that’s pretty much all there is to it This is not a complicated installation and well-suited for a DIY enthusiast. As

Plug the relay in and secure with a self-tapping screw to a suitable spot on

long as you take your time and follow the step-by-step instructions supplied

the vehicle, then cable-tie all wiring and use corrugated split tubing for extra

with the kit, you should have it installed easily within a day. Have fun with it.

protection.

See you on the tracks.

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Tech talk

DIY Safety and Standards

Presented by Caravan World

KNOW YOUR

LIMITS WORDS malcolm street

When it comes to maintenance there are plenty of DIY jobs you can do, but sometimes it’s necessary to leave the bigger, more difficult ones to the professionals

I

think the popularity of doing DIY maintenance on our vans and vehicles is declining. This is due, in part, to the fact that these vans and vehicles have become more sophisticated in recent years. Take a car for instance. Back in the day, I knew how to set spark plugs, check the battery acid levels, change the oil and roughly tune the carburettors – my first car, a VW Half Back, had two! But times have changed and we’re now faced with fuel-injected engines, hefty emission requirements and sealed batteries. These days, engines are often simply too complicated to work on without a diagnostic computer to plug into. And caravans can be much the same. Back in the day, it was a matter of checking the towball grease, re-packing the wheel bearings, de-rusting the chassis (none of that fancy hot-dipped galvanised stuff back then!), and fitting extra shelves and lighting because both were usually in short supply. But, despite technological advances, there are still plenty of maintenance and DIY jobs you can do yourself – if you have the knowledge and the experience. However, there are others that you should not attempt without due care or the right assistance from a professional. Just about anyone with basic mechanical/handyman skills can build, repair or maintain a caravan or camper trailer without falling foul of the law. The Federal Government’s Vehicle Standards Bulletins outline what you can and can’t do, and the one of major interest here is VSB 1 (small trailers under 4.5t). If you build a caravan without any gas appliances or 240V power supply, for instance, by installing diesel or methylated spirits-fired cookers, water and space heaters, then all you have to comply with to get your caravan/ camper trailer registered are the relevant essentials in VSB 1. Motorhomes are a little different and there are a few more regulations to comply with, including the

need for Second Stage Compliance on the original cab chassis.

GAS MATTERS

Top: There are no applicable standards to fitting 12V systems such as LED lighting Above: knowing what you are doing at all times is important.

But most modern RVs do have an LP gas system and, consequently, the entire gas system has to comply with Australian/New Zealand Standard 5601. That means any work done on the gas system needs to be performed or signed off by a licensed professional. I recently read on a forum about someone wanting to add an external LP gas outlet to their van for a barbecue. In many ways it’s a simple job but, legally, it has to be done by a licensed gas fitter.

ELECTRICAL AND SOLAR Like an LP gas system, most RVs also have a 240V mains electrical system and you are required by law to have that installed and maintained by a licensed electrician to the requirements of AS/NZS 3000 and 3001 – both electrical standards. And there’s another, lesser-known

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DIY Safety and Standards complex but, strangely enough, there are no applicable standards to adhere to, so anyone who knows what they are doing can work on them. That’s the caveat here, though – it’s very important that you know what you’re doing. Many 12V devices are quite complicated and, consequently, quite expensive. And while a mistake might hurt your bank balance and your pride, it could also start a fire!

DRILLING HOLES There is nothing illegal about drilling holes in caravan walls and cabinetry to mount shelves or fittings, but you have to be aware of what might be behind or in the wall. Caravan manufacturers often run mains 240V cables through the walls and across the roof. So a mistake here could be very expensive and you may end up having to remove the wall cladding! Personally, I don’t think it’s a great idea to drill holes in the roof of your RV, either – it’s just one more place for water to leak through! You also need to consider the strength of the external walls of your van. Quite a few modern caravans don’t have frames and, while they may be strong enough in their original guise, adding something like a weighty shelf or awning that the manufacturer didn’t account for might be a bridge too far. Even the professionals get it wrong here, though – I’ve seen many sagging roofs caused by retrofitted air-conditioners!

CHASSIS ADDITIONS Adding anything to a chassis, like a storage box or bumper bar, should be done with care. Apart from the original chassis structure, which is welded together, many accessories are bolted on rather than welded by the manufacturers themselves. You don’t see it much on caravan chassis, but I have DON’T BE TEMPTED seen many truck chassis with ‘no weld’ signs, to avoid It can be tempting to do a little bit of work on the electrics chassis distortion and weakening. yourself – things you might deem simple jobs – but things Then there is also the issue of adding things like extra can and do go wrong. water tanks or storage boxes that might affect the balance For example, the powerpoints in caravan bathrooms are or towing dynamics.. often in odd places but it’s usually to do with the location of the sink. You might think your powerpoint could be better relocated by drilling a hole in the bathroom or kitchen wall and tapping into the back of the kitchen powerpoint. All you’d need is a quick trip to Bunnings to buy a cheap powerpoint. But there are at least two potential problems that may occur here. One is that the powerpoint may be in a prohibited location near the sink. The other is that all Clockwise from above: Solar panel systems require signing off caravan powerpoints should be double pole (switched by a licensed person; caravan on both active and neutral). Double pole powerpoints manufacturers sometimes run 240V cables through the walls; are more expensive than the single pole models and not motorhomes also need a Second always readily available from your favourite hardware Stage compliance on the original store. cab chassis: a length of gas standard, AS/NZS 5033, which applies to the installation of solar panel systems. All mains electrical work must be signed off by a licensed person.

copper tubing running along the inside of a chassis could cause issues if you try to make additions.

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TradeRvs - Issue 218  

Take The Ezy Road, heading off on a family adventure has never looked so good

TradeRvs - Issue 218  

Take The Ezy Road, heading off on a family adventure has never looked so good