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hen iMotorhome Magazine kicked off back in 2012 I did the design and layout for the magazine as

well as much of the writing. I’m no graphic artist or designer, so if you want to see how far the magazine has come click here to download issue one and see what I mean! Looking back I can’t believe our first issue was just 30 pages, but at the time it was daunting. Fortunately we managed to find more content and from issue three, our now long-serving designer, Agnes. Because we’re a small outfit, Agnes moonlights as design studio manager for a fast-paced Sydney advertising agency between issues. Okay, it’s the other way ‘round, and Agnes manages to fit iMotorhome into her increasingly busy schedule, but time is always tight and there is plenty of midnight oil burned to bring you each issue. When I decided to launch iMotorhome Magazine Lite, poor Agnes was momentarily apoplectic at the prospect of fitting in another magazine. So, guess who’s at it again? Yup… Given the fast paced world of software development it’s been an interesting exercise brushing-up my limited skills, but needs must when the Devil vomits on your eiderdown (as Edmund Blackadder once commented). iMotorhome Lite is essentially a compilation of pages from the current and recent issues of iMotorhome Magazine, and it’s really a jigsaw puzzle to put together. It’s a challenge, but also enjoyable. That’s because there’s a element of creativity with it and plenty of little extra ‘bits and pieces’ to learn to bring the whole thing together.

Whereas Agnes works with Adobe InDesign to put iMotorhome Magazine together, I’m using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to ‘stitch’ iMotorhome Lite together, plus add extra pages as required. The reason I’m sharing this is because in coming almost full circle to my design and layout roots, I’ve ‘rediscovered’ some lost fun, plus a sense of achievement. It got me wondering how many of you have skills learned in your working lives that you could tap into again to do something you enjoyed, even if there’s no income involved (just like iMotorhome!)? Our grey matter matters and as we regularly hear, we need to use it or lose it. Were you a mechanic, truck or bus driver, or an office worker with skills that could be valuable to community groups, friends or family? I won’t say doing iMotorhome Lite is easy, but there’s satisfaction in seeing the finished magazine. Also, starting with the current issue and for a few more months at least, I’ve picked up the job of designer for our American publication, #RV Magazine. It’s the ‘full design monty’ and not just rearranging pages, and it’s a challenge and daunting and frustrating and means even longer hours – but it’s somehow, strangely fun. So, if you’ve retired and wondering what to do, don’t think you need to reinvent yourself: The skills you already possess are still useful to you and probably valuable to others. You might even find a whole new purpose and get a new lease on life – or you might just have a bit of fun. Either way give it a go: Think of it as finding a work lite balance – and you might just be surprised how good it feels...



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Motorhome continues to evolve and what an interesting process it is. I’m genuinely heartened by the number of you who have chosen to come across and become paying customers. Thank you. However, it’s a real tightrope walk between the requirement to increase revenue, the ongoing costs associated with our iOS and Android apps, plus the need to retain our loyal advertisers and keep their message in front of as many reader as possible.

Juggling those needs is an evolutionary learning process and part of it is the new mid month iMotorhome Lite, which debuted a couple of weeks back. As we get more issues of this ‘full strength’ version of the magazine under our belt we’ll have more content to pick and choose from to keep iMotorhome Lite interesting and relevant. The plan is also to introduce some unique content each issue, when and where possible, as an extra reward for our most loyal readers. This evolutionary journey is the biggest change the magazine has been through since inception and while there have been (and probably will be more) teething troubles, hopefully we’ll emerge from it a leaner, meaner motorhome reporting machine. Well, fingers crossed. I have to apologise for being rather preoccupied this past 12 months with our American magazine, #RV. As a start-up in a foreign market it has being a bold and adventurous move, and certainly far from plain sailing. They say things cost twice as much and take twice as long as you plan,

and it’s certainly holding true in this case. We’ve just published issue seven and are hunkering down to the long run, but it’s a challenge. I once heard somebody say, “When you bite off more than you can chew, chew like hell!”. Best I leave it there for now as it’s not polite to talk with my mouth full… Speaking of America (burp), Mrs iMotorhome and I were supposed to be heading there this Sunday (7 Oct), but instead we’ll be heading north-by-northwest for the CMCA’s National Rally in Gunnedah. Polly needs a run and we need to reconnect with “ya’ll”, plus Malcolm needs company. We’ll be there Sunday night to Thursday morning and I’m hoping we’ll be parked next to him and his loaned Trakka. If you see us please come and say g’day. We don’t bite (and in fact couldn’t eat another thing). Our pre-departure preparations uncovered a major water leak in Polly, so I’ll be reporting on that next issue as fixing it has lead to another problem, and I’ll be seeking some help at the rally. Ah, the joys of motorhome ownership Watch for iMotorhome Lite on Saturday 20 October and see you up the highway, at the rally or down the track. Safe travels!


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Haera Mai! Just the other day in the Western Island, I was out on a photo shoot and whilst parked in a popular stopping off place for RVers on the move, noticed a very unusual motorhome entering the car park. It was indeed a Bürstner Ixeo Time IT 585, a smaller motorhome with a drop down bed directly behind the cab and a kitchen and bathroom in the rear. Kiwis might wonder why this was a memorable sighting, given the strong Bürstner presence in NZ, but it’s only the second one I have seen in Australia (and I don’t think there are too many more). There are slightly more Hymer motorhomes, but again, not in multiple numbers. My little point here is that our Kiwi readers can be very smug about this. That’s because of the number of quality European-built motorhomes currently rolling around New Zealand, whereas in Australia there are very few of any manufacturer, not just Bürstner or Hymer. There are just four official importers in Australia – Auto Trail, Swift, Concord and Adria – and all have a common theme: the entry door is on the passenger/kerb side. Anyone who wishes to get a private Euro import into Australia has to jump through any number of compliance hoops, not helped by the fact that the States have different regulations on top of the Federal ones (go figure - Ed). Keeping in mind the Bürstner Ixeo I729 A class motorhome reviewed in this issue, there’s one other area NZ RVers have the edge. In Australia and apart from coach conversions, there are no locally built A-class motorhomes, just the German built Concord range and a very few U.S. imports. Whereas, in NZ there

are Bürstner, Hymer, Dethleffs, Morelo, Frankia, Niesmann & Bischoff, Roller Team, McLouis, Pilote and Carthago. It’s a great selection and some are quite moderately priced! Looking at a totally different motorhome category and slightly differently, I was talking to an Australian motorhome manufacturer recently about large van conversions; that is, those motorhomes based on Fiat Ducato or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans rather than cabchassis. Australia has quite a few motorhome manufacturers who either specialise in van conversions or have them as part of their range. I realised after thinking about it that apart from the likes of Britz/Maui, who have them in their rental fleets, there are very few readily available new van conversions in the retail NZ market sector. I suspect the person I was talking to was keen to check out market niches and I wonder whether there might just be one? In the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is with us and for those who have been hibernating for the cooler winter months it’s time to get the motorhome out, give it a bit of a spring clean inside and out, check the mechanicals and tyres, restock the fridge and cupboards and head out for the many destinations, both big and small, that NZ has to offer. Enjoy your travels (especially if it’s in also Euro A-class – Ed).

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It’s only fitting that since Ed has his say in On My Mind, you should be able to have yours too. and we’ll If you have anything to say – or ask – just drop a line to share it with our readers. We’ll also reward the most interesting, useful or thoughtful letter each issue with $50 to help you on your way.

We of the Never Never The wife and I are looking around to find our ‘dream’ motorhome for our looming retirement. Apart from the ‘dream’ regularly changing, I’m also looking at ways to pay for it. It seems selling the family home or cashing in a big chunk of super are our only real options, as finance seems largely unknown. We’re not looking at long term ownership, just a few years will probably be enough, and so a finance option would be good. We were in the USA last year and in a magazine I picked up I saw lots of finance packages, with terms to 240 months at 2 or 3% per annum!! Can you tell me why finance is so hard to find here or are we missing something? Thanks, Jon. Hi Jon, you’re not alone in wondering why finance isn’t more common, but I guess RVing in general here is a retirement thing and most people do sell up, downsize, use superannuation or savings. I know from talking

with one factory-direct manufacturer here some years back about finance that they only had two customers use in more than 20 years. From observations in America it seems RVs are treated much more like commodities, but can you imagining financing one for 20 years (240 months)? Most motorhomes over there are getting dodgy after 10 years and by 20 are relics, if still going. At least build quality here is better and there’s a chance a two decade old motorhome would still be viable! Perhaps readers and/or dealers can shed some light on their experiences? It’s an interesting topic and anything that can start a discussion and encourage industry growth has to be a good thing. For getting it going please accept this issue’s $50 towards your dream motorhome – whatever it might turn out to be!

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S.A. Fiat Service Something the South Australian readers (and others who are visiting here) who own Fiat motorhomes may wish to know. Recently, when we were having our VW Polo serviced by Solitaire Motors (who are also an authorised VW commercial service dealer), we were advised they are now also an authorised Fiat Car & Commercial service centre, so happy to now service our Ducato.

for years, so adding Fiat to their range should fit well with their knowledge and have all the necessary heavy lift equipment needed. Our Fiat is due for a service later this year, so will let you know how that goes in coming months. Regards, Eric

Thanks for that Eric, sounds like a good setBeing a large service centre based just west of up. I’ll share it next issue as I’m sure it will help the city, at Mile End, they are centrally located. some people out. They have been servicing VW motorhomes

Frustrations! It must be totally frustrating to have the delays that you have experienced over the last few days – I feel for you! I have just read your lead article about the German show and imports in general. I feel like a traitor in some respects as I have recently bought an import – an English Swift. Your comments regarding adjusting to foreign competition are very relevant and I will keep you up to date on my imported experiences as they develop. Cheers, Ross. Thanks for your email and yes, frustration levels these last few months have reached fever pitch. Ongoing problems with the App Store’s haphazard approval process is just another along the way. I’ve contacted them with a simple and logical solution to enable deadline driven publishing, with the expected, dismissive reply. It seems power, arrogance and intractability are common bedfellows.

Good on you for buying an import, please let us know how it goes; the total ownership experience including dealer support, which will really interest readers. Let us know all about the vehicle itself (build quality, warranty and general suitability for Australia) as your time with it progresses. Re my comments on competition, there is a genuine case to be made for opening up the market so that everyone benefits. I’m far from anti-local manufacturing, but I am against closed markets and stifled competition. Customers are the only reason any business exists and survives, and creatively meeting their needs is the key to success and longevity. Doing a ‘Trump’ for example and hiding behind tariffs and trade barriers is both foolish and a true lose-lose scenario.

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Penny For Them What are your thoughts on the latest Transit, Crafter and Sprinter, and is the Ducato getting a bit old now? I’m not sure about the reliability of all these European vehicles in Australia. Cheers, Fred. Well Fred, how long have you got? I was really impressed by the petrol-engined Transit automatic I drove across America. It felt modern, was comfortable and performed flawlessly, even with 15,000 miles (24,000 km) rental use on it. Can’t comment on it in Down Under spec, but think it’s probably a good thing. If our Project Polly is any indication of form it should handle our conditions easily. I also can’t comment on driving the new Crafter and have only had the briefest of test drives of the new Sprinter (in Dusseldorf), but it was truly impressive. It’s more modern in the cab compared to the new Crafter, which although carrying over the current VW car interior design appears less ‘on trend’ and involving. If the Transit can be serviced by any Ford dealer then it should be a serious contender for a big lap of

Australia. However, both VW and MercedesBenz are reasonably well represented, dealer and service wise, with the latter perhaps better if you add in its truck servicing centres (ditto Iveco, which you didn’t mention). Regarding the Fiat Ducato, as Malcolm actually comments in this issue, its six-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) is “Getting a bit long in the tooth”. A seven, eight or even nine speed full automatic is required to bring it back to a level playing field with the new Crafter and Sprinter, plus the eight-speed Iveco Daily. Transit’s new auto is a six-speed unit and already behind in the numbers game, but it’s still a smooth and capable unit. There’s nothing actually wrong with the Ducato’s self-shifter once used to it, it’s just there is a learning curve involved to get the best from it. Fiat’s service network is also probably the smallest of them all, but with long service intervals and the general reliability of all new vehicles these days (plus 24/7 roadside assistance), help is never too far away – for any brand. Hope this helps!



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TRAKKA’S NEXT GENERATION JABIRU are still officially under wraps, but what they can say is they’re sticking with two and four seater layouts, in what will be “an incredible evolution” of its predecessor. For more information you’re requested to check back with their website for updates over the next couple of weeks.


rakka says it’s very close to finalising specifications and pricing on its popular Jabiru, based on the all new MercedesBenz Sprinter. The company says details

iMotorhome is also wondering if we might see a all new van-conversion motorhome built around the equally all-new Volkswagen Crafter? Previously, there was a Crafter-based version of the Jabiru, but the launch of the totally new Volkswagen raises the tantalising possibility of an all new model in the Trakka lineup.

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.S. RV giant Thor Industries and the shareholders of Erwin Hymer Group announced on 18 September that they had entered into a definitive agreement for Thor to acquire Erwin Hymer Group, a privately held international company, for a value of approximately US$2.45 billion (A$3.45 billion), with the purchase price to be funded with cash and equity. According to a press release, equity consideration will consist of approximately 2.3 million shares of Thor.

in the industry and the combination creates the world’s largest RV manufacturer, with the leading position in both North America and Europe, and establishes a global sales and production footprint for the company. Erwin Hymer Group CEO Martin Brandt will continue to lead the business post-closing, reporting directly to Thor President and CEO Bob Martin. No changes in production facilities or employee levels are anticipated within EHG or Thor as a direct result of this transaction.

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oondiwindi Regional Council has decided to abandon a free-camping trial in the town on the NSW and

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that some of the caravan parks have now decided to offer a low-cost camping option,” he said. He said the Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy had notified the council that its preliminary view was that the trial should not be extended. “We were presented with just two options: either discontinue the town free camping trial or inject further resources into the management of the site in order to

demonstrate a suitable level of compliance to extend the trial,” he said. “Compliance was by far the biggest issue as the trial was highly unregulated.” Councillor Scheu said the council was fortunate enough to benefit from Works for Queensland funding in upgrading locations such as Rainbow, Yellow Bank, Lees and Bengalla reserves. The council will negotiate with DNRME to arrange a transitional period for the closure of the town trial.

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pollo Tourism and Leisure has told shareholders it is pleased with its performance during the last financial year. It makes the comment in its annual report to investors, which came as the

Brisbane-based global company’s shares took a pounding on the stock market to reach their lowest level for a year. Since humble beginnings in 1985 renting out just one pop-top caravan from a shed in the city’s north, Apollo has grown into a multinational company focused on manufacturing, renting, selling and distributing a range of RVs including motorhomes, campervans and caravans. The report said Apollo’s revenue for the year ending June 30 was $355 million, representing a 122 percent rise on the previous year and returning an aftertax net profit of $19 million. Shareholders were assured the outlook was positive, with increased rental bookings for the year ending June 2019.



he annual Elvis Festival in Parkes, NSW, a popular event on the Grey Nomads’ calendar, will receive financial support from the State Government for another three years. Caravan parks in the area, which

are generally packed to overflowing for the annual five-day tribute to the King of Rock ‘N Roll, are already reporting bookings for the iconic event, Announcing continued financial backing, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said visitor numbers to the festival – claimed to be one of the world’s largest Elvis Presley tribute celebrations – had soared by 32 percent. “The Parkes Elvis Festival has become a must-see, must-do event for tourists from around Australia and the world,” he added. Next year’s event will open on January 9 with the theme ‘All Shook Up”.

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aravanning Queensland and Top Parks have been officially recognised as holders of a new Guinness World Records title for the largest ever LEGO caravan. Guinness World Records adjudicator Brian Sobel announced the news after inspecting the caravan at the Brisbane Holiday Village. It beat the record set up in the UK by 73,472 bricks. Built to celebrate the 50th annual Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow, it took a team of up to 20 adult fans of LEGO from across Queensland and interstate to accomplish. The project took 10 weeks to plan, over 20 weeks to build, more than 530man hours and features 288,630 LEGO bricks held together by 70 litres of glue. The life-size replica is of an iconic 1973 Viscount Royal – Australia’s largest caravan manufacturer in the 70s – and sits atop an original and functioning Viscount chassis. Head of Top Parks, David Smith, said as

Australia’s largest network of independent parks, the company had thrown its support behind the project. It was also hoped the caravan would hit the road, visiting key destinations in his company’s park network, “It’s fair to say it will turn some heads, and we hope it will also inspire people to make their own dream holidays a reality – no matter how ambitious they may be.” Avid caravanner and LEGO builder Ben Craig said the project was not without its difficulties, with the capabilities of LEGO bricks being pushed with its large open interior. “Overall, I’m really happy with the result. Let’s go camping,” he quipped. The caravan is fully equipped with a double bed, wardrobe, sink with running water, stove, refrigerator, dinette, cupboards with sliding drawers and operating tail-lights.

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eople living in caravan parks in Queensland will now be able to buy their energy directly from an authorised retailer. Queensland Energy Minister, Anthony Lynham, said changes to energy legislation now brought greater choice for park tenants who were previously only able to buy their electricity from the owner of the embedded energy network. Meanwhile, thousands of caravan park dwellers in NSW have signed a petition calling for action to stamp out overcharging.

Australian Residential Parks Association vice-president for Tweed Ken Cummins, who lives in a caravan park, claimed some tenants were being charged three times the normal cost of power. “These park managers are driving around in their Mercedes Benzes and BMWs and ripping pensioners off left right and centre,� he told media.





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Suncamper’s compact Sherwood 4x4 is capable and still on the money… by Malcolm Street

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Apart from exploring densely overgrown terrain the Sherwood 4x4 is well suited to off-road adventures. It’s compact with minimal overhang, while the HiLux is capable and reliable. Suncamper has been building Sherwoods for years and the design is proven and well sorted.


our wheel drive motorhomes are a bit of unique category in the Australian RV industry: The choice being either something based on a Toyota HiLux 4x4 or Ford Ranger 4x4 cab-chassis, a MercedesBenz Sprinter van 4x4 conversion or for the most part, something considerably more expensive!

However, a solution is at hand in the form of a GVM increase via a suspension upgrade. This is what Suncamper has done with the latest generation of its Sherwood 4x4 range – the S Series – offering the option of the HiLux’s GVM being increased from 3000 kg to 3450 kg.

Since most potential owner’s budgets aren’t unlimited, the choice often comes down to either the HiLux or Ranger as a base vehicle. A weighty issue with these vehicles is the standard gross vehicle mass (GVM), which can lead to a nominal amount of payload capacity. It’s a problem manufacturers like Suncamper Motorhomes has with its HiLux conversions, particularly the 4x4 models.

oyota’s HiLux is certainly a popular vehicle in this genre of motorhome, especially with its four-wheel drive capability. In this case the SR model is the base vehicle, which comes with a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel that delivers a maximum power of 130 kW and a healthy 450 Nm of torque. For those who like to cruise along, there’s a six speed full auto gearbox, but for the drivers a manual shifter is also available. Our review vehicle came with a few extras like

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Clearview mirrors, tow bar, Diesel alloy wheels and Falken tyres.

windows are quite large and are the familiar double-glazed acrylic awning style.


Helpfully, the door comes with its own security screen and electric steps, which are handy given the height of the door off the ground. A weakness often with this style of motorhome is the lack of external storage, but this one scores well with a tunnel boot at the rear. Unusually, the doors are different sizes but I don’t see that being a problem. Although only a single four-point-five kilogram gas cylinder is supplied there is room and a spare mounting bracket for a second. In my book, two gas cylinders, unless you are forgetful, always means not running out of gas at inappropriate moments.


ariations of Suncamper’s popular and proven Sherwood have been available for years. However, the new S Series has a couple of differences to the usual layout, which I will get to in a moment. Externally there are no surprises in the body construction. Suncamper uses fibreglass composite panels with corner mouldings on the rear wall, to take away the square look. To add to the off-road look, the obligatory strip of alloy chequer plate has been added to the lower body walls. All

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36 | Tested: Bürstner Ixeo I 729

Integrated & Affordable

Meet Bürstner’s new, more affordable A-class Ixeo I 729… By Malcolm Street

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There’s something about an A-class, especially when finished in metallic champagne! Bürstner’s new Ixeo I 729 blends size, specs, quality and price into a desirable and more affordable package that is sure to find favour with buyers in NZ.


p until a few months ago, the only A-class (‘Integrated’ in their speak) Bürstners available in NZ were the Elegance and Grand Panorama, both well over the NZ$200K mark in some cases. However, when wandering through the Christchurch premises of Smart RV back in July, I happened to notice a very new addition to the Ixeo range. It was indeed an A-class unit – the Ixeo I 729 – and looked stunning in its champagne colour scheme. What Bürstner has done is use the best features of its mid range Lyseo models and combined them with the premium Ixeo range to create a series of A-class models under magic the $200K mark. At ‘just’ $189,990, the Ixeo I 729 comes in well under that figure, too…

designs, the front and rear body mouldings add a touch of class. And like all the Bürstner range, the I 729 has Fiat Ducato underpinnings, in this the case the Multijet 150.

More Grunt


ne of the benefits of buying this more upmarket motorhome is that you get the mid-range Fiat Ducato engine, the 2.3-litre 110 kW/350 Nm turbo-diesel. Designed for easy cruising, the I 729 does indeed roll down the road very smoothly. Well most of the time. It will be nice when Fiat does something about its automated manual gearbox, which is getting a little long in the tooth.

Motorhome with Style

Weighty Matters

ertainly, the Ixeo I 729 is a very stylish motorhome and in the early morning sunlight when I took it out for a run, it positively glowed. Like quite a few A-class

ith a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 3850 kg and a tare mass of 3205 kg, the motorhome’s payload of 645 kg is certainly good. Garage-style rear storage



38 | Tested

areas are de rigueur in A-class motorhomes these days and although this one is slightly smaller than some I have seen in recent times, it still provides plenty of space for all the usual camping items. Along the passenger side are both a gas cylinder locker and a smaller one for access to the water tank fillers. As is usual on Euro A-class motorhomes, the I 729 has two doors: a conventional habitation door on the driver’s side and the passenger seat cab door. It’s a handy feature and one I appreciate if on my own and getting in and out of the driver’s seat quite often during photo sessions.

Interior Look


Apart from providing panoramic views an A-class blends the cab into the living area, making the most of available floorspace.

ndoubtedly the most obvious feature of the I 729 is that it is a single bed layout, with the two beds at the rear of the motorhome. The rest is fairly conventional, with a split bathroom butted-up against the bedroom and further forward, the kitchen, with To read the rest of this review subscribe to iMotorhome Magazine here

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40 | Tested: Latitude Motorhomes Element 27

In Their Element Latitude Motorhomes’ luxurious new Element 27 brings Ben and Michael MacLean full circle‌ by Malcolm Street

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The Element is the first foray into coachbuilt motorhomes for Latitude founders Ben and Michael MacLean. However, it’s familiar territory for the former Paradise duo, who are now free to bring fresh ideas into the luxury segment.


n Australia, the motorhome market share when compared to the caravan market, is very small: a situation quite unique when compared to the likes of New Zealand, America, Canada, Britain and just about all of Europe. There are various reasons for it, but one of the problems is that if just one manufacturer drops out of a particular sector, it leaves a gap. For instance we have no local manufacturers of A-class motorhomes, while the luxury end of the market is relatively thin.

something fresh out of the factory – like their brand new Element 27.

Base Vehicle


or good reason, like load capacity, Latitude has opted for an Iveco Daily 70C17 cab-chassis for its 8.5 m (27’ 11”) Element. Quite a few manufacturers try to get under the 4500 kg gross vehicle mass (GVM) limit for driving on a car licence, but that often introduces design compromises. I reckon Latitude has been smart not doing that, instead taking full advantage of the Iveco Daily’s 7200 kg GVM and minimising the engineering compromises.

Ben and Michael MacLean – the crew at Latitude Motorhomes – having had some considerable success with their Titanium Mercedes-Benz Sprinter conversion, have obviously seen the need and decided there is a On weighty matters, mathematicians might gap in the luxury segment that can be filled with note the advised payload of a very generous

42 | Tested 1550 kg does not agree with the subtraction of the tare weight (5150 kg) from the GVM (7200 kg). However, that’s because the payload is calculated with all the water tanks and gas cylinders filled: A slightly unusual (for the RV industry) but probably more realistic method of figuring out the available payload. Included in Latitude’s Iveco Daily specification is self-levelling rear air bag suspension. It’s a great idea in a vehicle this size, because the conventional steel suspension is designed for much heavier loads and in a normal commercial vehicle situation, ride quality isn’t a priority.

Body Building


ike many motorhomes these days the Element 27 uses a composite body structure, with the roof measuring 80 mm thick and the walls 30 mm. A syncropulse welded aluminium frame gives the motorhome body the necessary strength, something essential since much of the driver’s-side wall area is taken up by a slideout. Despite a length of 4.5 m (14’ 9”), the slide-out is a very smoothly operating piece of machinery and although the extension of 0.6m (2’) might not sound much, it offers a considerable amount of interior space.

A near-full-length driver’s-side slide-out houses the head of the east-west queen bed, plus the cafe style dinette. Storage lockers are built into the slide-out and are high enough to avoid stooping while being accessed.

Tested | 43 Given the length of the Element 27 it’s not surprising it has a considerable amount of exterior locker space. A great feature is that all the storage lockers have electronic locking, including the lockers built into the lower wall of the slide-out. The latter item is an interesting and welcome development because quite a few motorhomes have lockers built into the motorhome body, below the extended slideout. They are therefore awkward to get, but building them into the actual slide-out solves that problem nicely. Another couple of items that are often difficult to lift in and out are the gas cylinders. In this case, their kerb-side locker has a slide-out tray

on which both 4.5 kg cylinders are mounted, making things easy. Also easy, in the adjoining locker where triple 120 AH deep-cycle batteries and assorted electrics are fitted, is the fuse panel, which is actually labelled. This is rather a novel approach in the RV industry and certainly a welcome one! Built into the body work of the Element 27 are quite a few extras, like the satellite dish, rear wall folding ladder and a Fiamma bike rack. There is also a mounting for the spare wheel. That might sound a slightly odd place, but it’s certainly easier to get at than some I have seen.

Gas cylinders are mounted on a handy slide-out tray in their own sealed locker. In the adjoining sealed locker are 3 x 120 AH deep-cycle house batteries. Backed by 600 W of solar panels and an on-board generator, electrical capacity will never be an issue in this motorhome!

44 | Tested Welcome Aboard


tepping onto the Element 27 reveals a layout that looks a bit familiar (from the Latitude team’s previous experience), but also has a few differences. Filling the slide-out is a traverse queen bed at the rear, a café style dinette in the middle and the fridge up front. Across the rear wall is a full width bathroom, while a kitchen bench fills the kerb-side side wall area. Both cab seats swivel, but having the fridge behind the driver’s seat and a full height cabinet behind the passenger’s seat does seem to detract from the potential full lounge/ dining area. However the reason for that is the

Above: Cab seats swivel but don’t ‘mesh’ in with the dinette, although this really only becomes an issue if you have a group of people over for drinks. Top: The unusual fridge location, between the cab and dinette, is in response to customer input that a compressor fridge by the bed is too noisy at night.

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Above: Open plan living is the order of the day, but it would be good to have some kind of partition or curtain to provide bedroom privacy when desired. The angled white door at the end of the aisle is for the shower, and also swings across to close off the full-width rear bathroom. Below: Kitchen bench space is generous and it’s good to have a full cooker on board. The TV is also well-positioned for viewing from bed or the dinette. alternative position for the fridge is beside the bed and apparently user feedback suggests the compressor is too noisy during the night. All cabinetry is interlocked, bonded and screwed together. To ensure everything stays where it should when travelling, Blum Legrabox drawer and hinge systems, and minimal-butstrong stainless steel door handles are used. The matt finish high pressure laminate on all cupboards and drawers is the type that doesn’t leave finger prints, which is often a problem with some finishes.



here’s a bit of the conventional and unconventional in the kitchen. Certainly quite usual is the three-burner cooker with grill/oven alongside the stainless sink/ drainer. The microwave, oft found in the overhead locker area, is fitted below bench level, between the main kitchen bench and the

46 | Tested rear wardrobe. The has the double effect of reducing OH&S issues and increasing bench space. It’s not kitchen use, but where the microwave might be in the overhead locker space, there’s a flat screen TV instead that can easily be seen from the bed, and with a little bit of effort, from most of the seats at the front. Overall there is a generous amount of overhead locker space and drawer capacity – something further enhanced by the half-width cabinet on the other side of the entry door, behind the passenger seat. Beside drawer and cupboard space there is also a slide-out shelf that comes with a coffee maker and all the necessary components for drinking it!



his motorhome is a customer order and has a café style dinette complete with four seat belts because the owner wants to have passenger carrying capability. It doesn’t really detract from the seating comfort, which is very good for just two people. Alternatively, an L-shaped lounge/dinette is available and it might work better with the swivelled cab seats, which at present don’t really ‘mesh’ with the dinette.



benefit of having an east-west bed in a slide-out is that there are less restriction on the length. In this case the bed measures 1.92 m (6’ 4”) by 1.52 m (5’). There is, of course, storage space under the bed and it can be accessed when the slideout is retracted. If requested, the bed can be made to lift to get to the bathroom in the rear, although a different kitchen shelf has to be fitted (I’d be ordering that - Ed). Occupying the wall space at the base of the bed is a good sized wardrobe with hanging space and decent sized drawers.

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The shower is generous and even has a moulded seat in the corner, while the bathroom is nicely appointed and has plenty of storage.



ost of kerb-side rear corner of the bathroom is taken up by the shower cubicle. It’s not square – the door being set at an angle – but it’s part space saver and the door can also be used to close off the bathroom from the bedroom. In the main bathroom a vanity cabinet occupies the rear wall, leaving space in the driver’s-side corner for a Thetford cassette toilet, complete with an SOG fume extractor on the tank. Naturally, the bathroom is fully kitted out with towel rail, wall mirror and handy shelf space.

Off Grid


eep-cycle house battery capacity is an impressive 360 amp-hours, backed by a whopping 600 watts of solar panels, ensuring the ability to live sans mains power for a considerable period of time. For mains power requirements a 1600-watt inverter can power

the essentials, like the hair dryer and laptop computer chargers (not forgetting the coffee machine, of course – Ed). That’s with noise restrictions of course, otherwise the Dometic Tec29 generator could be fired up! The only real limitation to long-term off-grid living would be the 310 litre water tank, although it’s not that limiting!

What I Think


he Element 27 has a remarkable list of standard features, many more than mentioned here, making it an impressive motorhome to say the least. It seems to be very well put together and combines high end materials and inclusions with Ben and Michael’s previous years of luxury motorhome manufacturing experience. It’s a breath of fresh air at the premium end of the market and one that will doubtless find a ready market. You could say the pair are now in their element. Soon, it’s likely many customers will be too…

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Specs GENERAL Make



Element 27





Approved Seating

2 (option for 4 extra in rear)


Light Rigid

VEHICLE Make/Model

Iveco Daily 70C210


3.0 L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel


150 kW @ 3100 - 3500 rpm


470 Nm @ 1400 - 3000 rpm


8 speed automatic


ABS, ESP, EBD, Hill Hold, dual air bags


100 L

WEIGHTS Tare Weight

5150 kg

Gross Vehicle Mass

7200 kg

Max Payload (with full water and gas)

1550 kg

Braked Towing Capacity

3500 kg

DIMENSIONS Overall Length

8.50 m (27' 11")

Overall Width

2.47 m (8' 1")

Overall Height

3.25 m (10' 8")

Internal Height

2.02 m (6' 7")


1.92 m x 1.52 m (6 ' 4" x 5')

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Specs EQUIPMENT Slide-Out

4.5 m (14' 9") long and 0.6 m (2') wide



Entry Steps



3 burner Thetford Triplexz, grill & oven




Stainless steel with drainer


216 L Dometic RUC 8408X 240V/12V compressor




12 V LED

12 V Sockets/USB Outlets


Air Conditioner

Air Command Ibis 3

Space Heater

Eberspacher diesel

Hot Water System

Aqua Go instantaneous


Thetford cassette


Separate cubicle


3 x 120 AH AGM


600 W


2 x 4.5kg

Fresh Water

310 L

Grey Water

95 L

Hot Water



19 L (cassette)

Pros… • Quality • Standard equipment • Off-grid power capability • Iveco Daily load capacity • Air bag suspension • External lockers in slide-out • All round electrical capacity

CONs… • Requires LR licence • Cab seats don’t mesh with dinette • Batteries awkward if needing removal



Warranty - Vehicle

3 years/200,000 km

Warranty - Motorhome

3 years/200,000 km

Warranty - Appliances

As per manufacturers

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50 | Wanda

24 Hours in Western Australia It seems W.A. is full of 24-hour rest stops and they’re taking their toll‌

By Sharon Hollamby

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ife on the road is not always as easy as some might think, especially when you’re travelling alone and have to do everything by yourself. It can also be disappointing when you arrive at a campsite and find that others have ruined it for you.

visited in 2010. He not only remembered me, but the car I had been driving and that I had been in a tent. What an amazing memory! He had been so helpful the last time I was there, that I wrote a letter to Council commending him and the work that he does.

Such was the case at Lake Indoon when I was looking forward to having a nice hot shower, only to find that because someone had stolen all the solar equipment there were only cold showers. However, the Shire now offers camping on the oval at Eneabba for $5.00 a night and hot showers are available there, so I decided to make the move.

We had a great time catching up and when he told me about the all-you-can-eat meals at the Miners’ Mess, for $12.50, I decided to treat myself. They had soup, a hot/cold mains buffet, a hot/cold dessert buffet, plus hot/cold drinks and cakes. I was so full, but everything was so yummy and fresh. As my mum used to say, “My eyes were bigger than my belly”, and I left there feeling like I could roll back down the hill. It was definitely worth the money, while not having to cook or clean was a bonus!

I’m so glad I did, because the ranger (Rob) who came to collect the money was the same young man who was there when I

I am finding that 24-hour stops are just not long enough for me. By the time I pack up, drive, then unpack and cook tea, I am exhausted.

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The local supermarket is a hidden gem tucked away in the back streets of town, but it is only a short walk from the oval. It is a one-stop shop with a post office, hardware and liquor store, as well as all the usual grocery items and some giftware. Like any small-town supermarket it can be a little expensive, but the owners are so nice that it’s a pleasure to support them.

Heading On


cramped, but there were lovely views and it’s only a short walk to the shops and a laundry. A lady from the local bakery even came around that night with cakes and rolls to give away! I managed to get everything done except my washing, but planned to stop at Oakabella Homestead because the Camps app told me it had washing machines. Unfortunately it doesn’t, but it was still a pleasant place to stop for a couple of nights and it did have hot showers.

anda and I got to Geraldton early and parked up at the free overnight It was only a short drive then into rest stop right on the pier. The bays are close together so it does feel a little Northampton, where we stayed at the

Wanda | 53 golf course. This was a free camp with no facilities, but it gave me the opportunity to catch up with another Facebook friend, Allen Morris. Unfortunately, his wife was working so I didn’t get to meet her. Northampton was having its, Meet the Ewe’s Festival the next day, so I went for a look on our way out of town. It was perfect weather and a huge array of stalls and displays dominated the parks on both sides of the main street. I had to laugh at the St. Johns stall, because it had a skeleton as part of the display and I figured he was beyond the help of even the most dedicated medical professional! The sheep were colourful and it was a pleasure to meet them, but it was time for us to move on. I am finding that 24-hour stops are just not long enough for me. By the time I pack up, drive, then unpack and cook tea, I am exhausted. So, just doing 24-hour stops can be a little overwhelming. There has also been an air of despondency at these stops and I’m not sure whether it is because most of the travellers I have met are heading home to the cold weather, or if everyone is feeling as tired as I am and connecting with others is not a priority.

Ticking Bomb?


anda had been going really well, but I know all of her creaks and groans now, so when I heard a strange ticking noise I knew something was wrong. We pulled up and I checked everything out, but couldn’t spot the problem and so we continued on, but the ticking persisted. We pulled up again at a little stop about two kilometres from the Billabong Roadhouse. There were no facilities, but we could get back off the road

54 | Wanda into some bushland and it was then I discovered a split in the front tyre. Changing it was tough as the nuts were hard to crack, but I got there in the end and headed into Carnarvon for another new tyre. The guys at Beaurepairs were great. We got straight in and Wanda had her new tyre in no time, but I was beat. At $25 a night the Carnarvon caravan park looked like a great option. It would have been great to just park, plug in and rest, but it just isn’t that easy. I put some washing on while I unpacked, filled up with water and changed the gas bottle over. After hanging the washing out I was able to have a well-earned shower, cook some tea and finally relax. All too soon it was morning and the thought of packing up filled me with dread. The fact that my washing wasn’t dry gave me the excuse I needed to stay for another night and chill out for the day. Carnarvon has a nice feel about it and with wide, straightforward roads, getting around was effortless. There is a great RV parking area near the main street, so the next day I did some shopping and went for a quick look around before heading off. It is a pretty place and with friendly locals saying hello I felt very welcome there.

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Refreshed At Last!


eeling refreshed, we drove just over 200 km to Minilaya, which has a nice rest area by a very dry river. It is a large area with facilities and it’s just a short walk to the roadhouse. Alas, it is only a 24-hour stop, but there were other Coaster owners there and we enjoyed a pleasant chat before resting up for the night. We are currently at Barradale, which is a spacious 24hour area with facilities. It is on the river, but once again the river is dry. It certainly gives you some idea of the hardships the locals face when you see those long, dry riverbeds and it has put my problems in perspective. Sure, there are some pitfalls to this lifestyle and it’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Safe Travels!

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RV Friendly Towns


he RV Friendly program is a Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Limited (CMCA) initiative aimed at assisting RV travellers as they journey throughout this wonderful country. An RV Friendly Town™ (RVFT) is one that provides a certain number of amenities and a certain level of services for these travellers. When

RV tourists enter a town displaying the RVFT sign they know they will be welcome. Certain services will be provided for them that may not be available in other centres, and they will have access to a safe place to stay overnight and possibly for a longer period. This month’s featured RV Friendly Towns are:

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Kerang, Victoria


he town of Kerang is 25 kilometres inland from the Murray River and just south of the New South Wales border, between historic Swan Hill and the agricultural community of Cohuna. The area around Kerang is dotted with lagoons and lakes and is believed to have the most populous ibis rookeries in the world, with an estimated 200,000 birds using the area for breeding each year. The town has a number

Tourist/Visitor Information Centre

of specialty shops, two supermarkets and a variety of eateries, giving visitors plenty to see and do. Kerang Turf Club on Park Rd offers short-term parking to RV tourists at no cost. Parking is available for up to 72 hours for self-contained vehicles only, and pets on leads are permitted. The dump point and potable water are both located at Kerang Saleyards on Markets Rd.

Dump Point

Sir John Gorton Library & Information Centre Corner Murray Valley Highway & Shadforth Street, Kerang Phone: 03 5452 1546 Atkinson Park & Kerang Memorial Hall/RSL rest area on Murray Valley Highway, Kerang Kerang Turf Club, Park Road 72 hours, nil charge, self-contained vehicles only, pets on lead, mobile coverage, water Kerang Saleyards, Markets Road Lat: -35.7372 Long: 143.9277

Potable Water

Kerang Saleyards, Markets Road and at the Turf Club, Park Road

Casual Parking (near retail centre) Short Term Parking

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Port Victoria, South Australia


ort Victoria is a small town on the western coast of the Yorke Peninsula, some 200 kilometres from Adelaide. Like many other coastal towns it used to be a thriving port for the export of grain to England. However, population today is just 345 and it is now primarily a fishing town. Port Victoria is a wonderful place to visit, offering pristine waters, white sandy swimming beaches and a relaxed laid-back holiday

experience. Some of the other major attractions in town include the Barley Stacks Winery, several art galleries and walking trails. Short and long-term parking is available at Port Victoria Oval on Kuhn Terrace. Parking is available for up to 96 hours for a rate of just $7 per vehicle per night. A dump point and potable water are also located at the oval, along with toilets and bins. Pets on a lead are also permitted at this site.

Tourist/Visitor Information Centre

Port Victoria Kiosk/Post Office Foreshore, Port Victoria Phone: 08 8834 2098

Casual Parking (near retail centre)

Dump Point

Carpark opposite Port Victoria Hotel, Victoria Terrace and the town oval off Kuhn Terrace. Port Victoria Oval, Kuhn Terrace 96hrs, $7 per vehicle per night payable to PV Kiosk/PO, pets on lead, mobile coverage, bins, toilets, water Port Victoria Oval, Kuhn Terrace Lat: -34.4940, Long: 137.4889

Potable Water

Port Victoria Oval, Kuhn Terrace

Short & Long Term Parking

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Narembeen, Western Australia


arembeen is 286 kilometres east of Perth, in the heart of the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. In 1968 the town was declared as Narembeen, meaning ‘place of female emus’ in the Aboriginal language. The major industries of the area are cereal and wheat crops, plus cattle and sheep farming. Today, Narembeen still provides a true rural experience and is the perfect base to explore Tourist/Visitor Information Centre

Casual Parking (near retail centre) Short & Long Term Parking

Dump Point

Potable Water

the surround Wheatbelt region. It’s prime location allows for easy day trips to unique and iconic sights, including Wave Rock. Short and long-term parking is available at Narembeen Caravan Park & Cabins for up to 72 hours at no charge. Parking is only available for self-contained vehicles and pets on leads are permitted at this site. Potable water, a dump point, toilets and barbecue facilities are also available for use at the park. Narembeen Community Resource Centre Unit 2, 19 Churchill Street, Narembeen Phone: 08 9064 7055 Adjacent to Apex Park on Currall Street Narembeen Caravan Park & Cabins 11 Currall Street, Narembeen 72 hours, self-contained vehicles only, bins, toilets, covered seating, barbecue, water, pets on lead, mobile coverage, nil charge Narembeen Caravan Park & Cabins 11 Currall Street, Narembeen Lat: 32.0636, Long: 118.3959 Narembeen Caravan Park & Cabins 11 Currall Street, Narembeen

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From across the Tasman, Malcolm brings us his thoughts on the compact Jucy rental’s camping car he and Mrs Malcolm used for day travel on their re-cent South Island skiing holiday. Polly makes a return with tales of a pre-CMCA Rally departure water leak, plus we’ll have a report from the Rally, in beautiful downtown Gunnedah.

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iMotorhome Magazine Lite – October 2018  

Our new, free mid-month magazine featuring your favourite regular columns plus highlights from the current and recent Premium issues of iMot...

iMotorhome Magazine Lite – October 2018  

Our new, free mid-month magazine featuring your favourite regular columns plus highlights from the current and recent Premium issues of iMot...