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TREASURE THE GEMS...

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ohn Denver wrote, “Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.” We all have them and recently I had cause to think about them as I was riding my bike. Cycling is my escape: It’s my stress relief, my ‘other’ passion and I find it enormously satisfying. But not all the time. Some rides are diamonds, some rides are stone...

baking hot days of summer. I also ride in the rain and I used to regularly ride on frosty predawn winter mornings, to fit my cycling ‘fix’ in with a regular office job 80 km away.

I try to ride three or four days a week when I’m home and on the Southern Highlands of NSW that’s a challenge. I also ride year ‘round, which takes in everything from the bone chilling winter cold to spring’s relentless westerlies and the

A week or two back I was riding ‘my regular’ one afternoon and it was a ride of pure diamond. The day was rare for spring: not a breath of wind, warm and the sky was cloudless and the brightest of blues. Cattle grazed

I’m not telling you any of this to boast, it’s my choice and I do it willingly – well, most days – rather, I’m setting the scene for the days of diamond and days of stone.

contentedly in fields of emerald green, newborn lambs frolicked and I wouldn’t have been at all surprised if an orchestra had struck up and I’d found myself in the middle of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Oklahoma would have been most appropriate, I believe. The ride also reminded me how rare gems are and how much stone you have to go through to find them. Yesterday, the wind here gusted in excess of 100 km/h. A huge fire raged though the bush to the northeast, closing the Hume Highway, and I watched its ominous pall of smoke from the comfort Continued...

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and safety of my home office window. But many others weren’t so fortunate. Across NSW, hundreds of homes burned and peoples’ lives and many communities were devastated, while at least one man died. A stone day, indeed.

Hopefully, most of us have more gems tucked away in our minds than stone. I’ve also found that with a little bit of polishing – using the grit of time – some of the stone can also become gems worth treasuring.

As I age I have come to realise we really only have two things: the moment we’re in and our memories.

All of which got me wondering how you collect your gems? Riding isn’t my only source, but it got me thinking about

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the subject. What do you do to ‘get away?’ Do you have a hobby, activity or special place that takes your mind to another place? Perhaps you’d like to share it with your fellow readers? Perhaps it will inspire and perhaps it will help others appreciate and treasure those gems that now might seem just a little dull.

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A long-time freelance RV, motoring and travel writer, Richard is a dedicated, longterm motorhome enthusiast.

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Agnes is an experienced and talented graphic designer with extensive experience across a wide range of disciplines, including travel and advertising.

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Have your say for a chance to win a $50 Caltex fuel card!

What’s happening in the RV world

14 TESTED 25 CLASSIFIEDS 27 FEATURE 34 TRAVEL

Adventure Calling – Richard tests a used Talvor Adventure Camper

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Show Ponies – Mercedes factory campers

Plains Sailing – Set a course for a great zoo adventure

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On your mind

7 It’s only fitting that since Ed has his say in On My Mind, you should be able to have yours too. If you have anything to say – or ask – just drop a line to letters@imotorhome. com.au and we’ll share it with

Although, I can't afford to buy one myself, I still like to look at the flash new motorhomes that we see at the CMCA Rallies. But I always come away with the feeling that, whoever has designed them, they have not lived in a motorhome for very long and have not thought too much about who their potential customer base is. Here is just one example – picture this! Here is a brand new motorhome, it costs anywhere from $125,000 to $250,000. It looks beautiful from the outside and on the inside it features every modern convenience, including a comfortable, made to order, double inner spring bed over the vehicle roof. BUT – what has the manufacturer provided as a means to getting into this bed? For our MANY thousands of dollars we would get a flimsy, $20, lightweight aluminium vertical ladder! Was the motorhome designer a nimble teenager or even a

more mature 35 year old? It seems that he/she was certainly not typical of a person who would be more than likely a potential owner, i.e. a more elderly person of say 60-65 years. You know – like the ones we see on the roads all the time, the ones who have just retired with a big swag of money burning a hole in their pocket. I would love to hear more from our motorhome designers regarding their design criteria and their design decisions, and also more from the manufacturers as to who they see as their customer base. Are there any ladder designers out there reading this who could also contribute to the discussion? Regards, Barry via email

our readers. We’ll also reward the most interesting, useful or thoughtful letter each issue with a $50 Caltex fuel card to help you on your way.

Thanks for your email and thoughts on ladders, Barry, it's a very valid point. I'll put it to everyone next issue and see what sort of response we get! I have to say that of all the motorhome manufacturers I know personally, few regularly travel and stay in their vehicles. For most it is just a business and they rely on customer feedback and "what everyone else is doing" to a very large extent. Let's see what sort of feedback we get. Until then, for raising this point I’m sending you this Issue’s $50 Caltex fuel card. Even if you can’t afford a shiny new motorhome it might buy you a more sturdy ladder!


On your mind

Hi Richard (Mr iMotorhome), Firstly let me tell you how much I look forward to fortnightly emails advising of the latest edition of iMotorhome magazine, which I devour from cover to cover. What a great and informative publication. Now I need your help. My wife and I are on the eve of retirement and like many Australians are planning to buy a motorhome and join the grey nomad brigade. Our choice has been narrowed down to the Jayco Optimum range and there are only 2 models to chose from, the 27 foot and the 28 foot, the difference between the 2 models apart from the small difference in length is the front end, Fiat or Iveco. We prefer the 27 footer (model 26.2) but our concern is the Fiat, it has some good points over the Iveco but it does have a drawback. We like the Fiat for the following reasons: Tandem

Hi Richard, it’s about time I told the story of John’s glasses. We left home with not one pair of reading glasses, not two, but three pairs. He meant to bring just one pair and was also supposed to bring a spare set of distance glasses. So John was well provided for if he wanted to read the paper or

8 rear wheels and wider wheel base for stability, but don't like the fact that it is front wheel drive and I have heard some horror stories with people unable to get out their parking area due to wet and slippery ground. On the other hand the Iveco is rear wheel drive, but as a drawback has dual rear wheels and a narrower wheel base. As for any other differences in these 2 models it boils down to nothing too significant.

also curious if you could request feedback both negative and positive from your broad reader / subscription base by way of a 'personal experience feedback' section, this may help other readers in making purchasing decisions, and also help other readers that maybe having issues with their motorhomes understand that they may not be alone when it comes to certain problems. I hope you can help with my request! Cheers from a loyal and devoted reader, keep up the great work.

It appears that the Fiat is a purpose built power unit for motorhomes as most motorhome manufacturers both Cheers, Doug via email. here & in Europe are using them. Thanks for your kind words Doug, glad you’re so happy This is where you come in, I with what we’re doing! As you was hoping that you may be able to give me some feedback know I have already answered your questions in detail, but look on your experiences with both of the Jayco models mentioned forward to hearing comments from our readers, particularly as far as finish and features those with first hand experience and in particular your take on of the models in question. the Fiat versus the Iveco, I was

be on the computer, but for the rest of the day he needed his long distance glasses. Over the years his glasses have been left behind many times. On our cruise to Alaska we had used an internet café to send emails and were back at the ship when John realised his

glasses were left in the town. Back he goes on the bus and returns, glasses safe and intact. In fact many a time we have had to retrace our steps to look for glasses that have been left in cafes! On our latest trip we were about two days out when Continued...


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we were again looking for the elusive set of frames. We discovered them in the cabin of the truck, hidden under a shelf on the floor. A few days later we had returned to the caravan park after buying some groceries and fuel, plugged into power, connected up the water, set up the television and took out the kettle and computer, etc. About an hour later John couldn’t find his glasses. We spent a good half hour searching and then thought maybe he had left them back at the garage. It was too far to walk so we unhooked everything and packed up, drove in to town, but no luck. It was dark by this time, so back we go to the park, hook up to the power and water again, etc, and the search continued.

Lo and behold, we found then in an overhead cupboard, safe and sound, right where John had left them! Another couple of times they went missing they were just hiding from us for a short time, so no real drama. We stopped for a photo shoot at a beach and walked along a path down around some rocks. The path was wet, with small waves breaking over them and when we got back in the car, well, what do you know? Those glasses were missing again. I checked a photo of John I had taken, there were the glasses in his hand. Out of the car once more and the search began on the path down to the sea. There they were, waiting patiently for us.

Two weeks from home; after a four months on the road, he lost his glasses at the Twelve Apostles lookout, never to be seen again. I hope the spare pair of glasses tucked up in their case at home are regretting not coming on the trip, they would have had so much fun! Pam via email. Thanks Pam, what an adventure. The moral of the story? I’m not sure, but maybe a neck chain or a designated ‘safe place’ for John’s elusive glasses. If any readers have had similar experiences and have devised a cunning plan to overcome the problem, we’d love to hear from you!

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thereby ensuring the lamps make it to their target market. The lights are made of highly weather resistant plastic and are 12 cm in diameter, 3.2 cm thick and weigh 120 grams. A 60 x 60 mm solar panel charges 3 AAA batteries (life span 3 years) and 5 hours of sunlight exposure is reportedly good for an evening’s illumination.

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ooking for a portable solar powered light and want to help make the world a ‘brighter’ place? Then the Little Sun lamp might be just the ticket. Developed as a means to bring low cost lighting to millions of people who live ‘off-grid’ in Third World countries, the Little Sun project was launched in 2012 and now has global distribution.

The project was launched at London’s Tate Modern art gallery and the distinctive shape of the lamps – like hand-sized little suns – was the result of design work by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. A social business produces the lamps and it has established sustainable trade routes that provide profit for distributors,

In Australia you can buy them, fittingly, from the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, in Brisbane, or the MCA Australia in Sydney. Residents of the EU and US can buy them online. To find out more and perhaps help more disadvantaged people around the World ‘see the light,’ visit www.littlesun.com


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Y DUNGOG DOES GOOD! Z “In terms of our camping ‘competitors’ in the local area, Lostock Dam Caravan Park in the Paterson Valley offers unpowered sites from $20 per night and the price for unpowered sites at Ferndale Park, near Chichester Dam, is $11 per adult per night. The Gresford Showground Trust charges $12 per night for unpowered sites at the campground at East Gresford.

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amping fees at Wharf Reserve, Clarence Town, NSW, have been reduced from $20 to $15 per night. This follows feedback from Hunter Coastal Wanderers, which is also associated with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, about the fees charged at Wharf and Bridge reserves (both under council’s control) at $20 per night. Dungog Shire Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator Ivan Skaines said in his report to Council both these reserves were Crown land. However, the day-to-day management of the areas was vested with Dungog Shire Council and council paid for toilet cleaning, road maintenance, garbage collection and other maintenance. “Prices charged at council-run facilities are usually reviewed

annually and the $20 fee for unpowered sites for 2013-14 at these two locations were set by Dungog Shire Council in June this year,” Mr Skaines said. “Previously, the fees charged for those two camping areas had remained unchanged for at least two years at $15 per night for unpowered sites. To date we have made no distinction between the cost of camping at these two places, although there are only basic facilities at Wharf Reserve (toilets and a boat ramp), whereas additional facilities such as showers, a coin-operated laundry and after hours security gate are available at Bridge Reserve. Also, discounts have been offered for larger groups staying at Bridge Reserve in the past, but these have not been consistent over time and have never been formally approved by council,” he said.

“The amount of income collected from Wharf Reserve each year is relatively minor, so a reduction in fees charged at this area will have limited impact on council funds. Since the incentive for larger groups to the formalisation of an existing arrangement, this will not result in any decrease in revenue but will provide consistency and transparency in charging.” “However, by publicising the discount online and via other promotional channels, it is likely that more large groups will be attracted to stay, especially at Bridge Reserve,” he said. In determining the reduction of fees at its recent public meeting, council also set a discount fee of $3 per night for groups with more than 10 caravans or tents.


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rom the Free Choice Camping Facebook page. I bet you are wondering what this headline has to do with Freedom Of Choice?

vehicles and 28 000 less passengers than the previous year were carried. The profit came mainly from carrying containers and it is good to see the Spirit running at a profit.

Well, nothing really, but at the same time, everything. Tasmania took a big hit when they introduced "competitive neutrality" into their freedom camping and in the first twelve months 16,000 less vehicle crossed the straight and now we see in this article that 9000 less

But this beggars the obvious question; how much does each one of these containers spend in Tassie once they get there? How much are the 25,000 vehicles and occupants NOT spending. Just four caravan parks complained on this "competitive neutrality" basis and

One would think that any smart politician with two years of proof in the figures would take action to regain Tasmania's credibility as a destination of desire. Oh well, Tassie’s loss is somebody else's gain and with NSW and Qld both conducting inquiries into drive tourism I guess we will see where the dollars are spent in the future, presuming of course that the politicians in those states are smart enough to want to provide what the RV tourist wants to attract them. To read the full article click on this link.

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heating as well as a bathroom, microwave and all the expected mod cons. Priced around A$70,000 in India, it’s aimed at well heeled locals and is also available for rent. PCP also offers a wide range of interior customisation options. The Terra Home Car is an intriguing glimpse of what might be. To find out more click here to visit PCP’s website.

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Adventure

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If you’ve got a ringing in your ears it might be adventure calling. Here’s how to answer... Review and images by Richard Robertson.


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As its name implies the Adventure Camper is a campervan rather than a motorhome, but a spacious one at that.

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or a lot of people, especially those at the lower end of the age spectrum, getting away for months on end simply isn’t an option. Yet. But weekend, mid-week and annual holiday escapes are, as is a growing desire to get away from the crowds. Talvor’s Adventure Camper is a basic, no-frills vehicle designed primarily for the fleet of its rental arm, Apollo. It is, however, available new to private buyers and as a Talvor dealer, Albury Wodonga RV World made available a nearnew, low kilometre unit for us to play with – I mean, review.

Back to Basics he Adventure Camper is built on a Toyota HiLux 4X4 single cab-chassis, which makes a lot of sense given the HiLux’s ‘unbreakable’ reputation and Toyota’s vast service and support network. Love ‘em or loath ‘em, there’s no better Make to be heading bush in than a Toyota...

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Powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel producing 126 kW and 343 Nm and driving through a 5-speed manual gearbox with part-time 4WD and a 2-speed transfer case, this HiLux is as traditional as 4WDs come. It’s completely in keeping with the Adventure Camper’s basic, non-nonsense personality and when combined with simple-

but-rugged independent front suspension and a live rear axle with hefty leaf springs, it’s likely to get you where you want to go – and home again – with minimum fuss. The no-nonsense approach extends to the HiLux’s cab, where a single driver’s seat and two (small) person passenger bench seat take up most of the room. Dual airbags, cab airconditioning, power steering, remote central locking, electric windows and sound system with Bluetooth ‘phone integration are all included, as are audio controls on the steering wheel. There is, however, no through-cab access.


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Like all HiLux’s the Adventure Camper is an ergonomic and comfortable drive. The narrowish camper body, with it’s low-profile pop-top roof, makes for easy threading through tight spots and helps keep the centre of gravity low; all of which are invaluable when exploring off-road. On road, the reduced frontal height and width also make for easy open road cruising without a substantial fuel consumption penalty, although cruise control would be a worthwhile addition. This particular vehicle is a 2010 model, although I don’t think it was registered until 2011. It only has about 3000 km on the clock and is basically brand new, and although a part of the AWRV World rental fleet it has seen very little work. Outside the Box ffectively a big fibreglass box, the Adventure Camper’s body is narrower than a normal motorhome, which helps when nosing down bush tracks, and shorter in height too, thanks to its pop-top roof.

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Outside, the no-nonsense theme continues with a white gelcoat finish and a number of external storage compartments, some of which have dedicated functions. On the kerb side are two compartments: one for a pair of 20 L plastic water

Side-mounted aircon is unusual, as is the storage locker for 2 x 20 L fuel containers. Hatch to the left accesses the single house battery. containers (in lieu of a fixed under-vehicle tank) and another that houses a pair of tiny 2 kg (I think) gas bottles while also having a bit of extra storage space. Also on the kerb side is a drop-down table/bench that has a small Companion-brand two-burner gas cooker attached and a cutout where a plastic bowl fits that also has a hinged lid above. On the driver’s side are two

lower storage bins plus a small compartment for the single house battery and a larger locker that houses a pair of 20 L plastic fuel containers. Given the Toyota’s 76 L fuel tank, being able to safely and easily carry an extra 40 L provides significant extra range. Finally, there is an extra storage locker in the body, at the rear. All in all the amount of external storage on this small vehicle puts many larger ones to shame!


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HiLux dash is well laid out and easy to use, but cruise control would be a worthwhile add-on. the slightly raised body height, but before you enter you need to release the four corner roof latches so that when you step inside you can raise the roof. Inside the Box aising the roof is simple and doesn’t require much effort, thankfully, as it’s quite a decent size. You can still move around inside with the roof lowered, but most times you stop you’ll need to raise the roof.

R Returning to the kerb side, the little fold-down kitchen unit is a clever thing, even though you need to remove one of the small gas bottles from its compartment to attach its hose to the cooker. A small yet functional, pull-out/push-in awning provides just enough

cover to keep the sun or light rain off the outdoor kitchen, but if the weather gets too inclement there is always the indoor kitchen! The entry door is in the rear corner on the kerb side and has a pull-out step to help with

The Adventure Camper’s internal layout is simple and quite spacious, but it’s spoiled somewhat by the rough, unfinished surface on all the internal fibreglass sections. Up front is a large partly over-


Used Test: Talvor Adventure Camper cab bed, there’s a kerb side kitchen, a driver’s side dinette and a removable, automotivestyle Engel chest fridge/freezer sitting on its own in the driver’s side rear corner, opposite the door as you enter. There is no bathroom or potty, which means this really is a camping vehicle, nor is there a water heater or water system of any sort for an outside shower. In fact the Adventure Camper doesn’t even have a grey water tank, so sink water drains directly onto the ground (use a bucket!), yet it does have a airconditioner... There is only one openable window inside, above the fridge, but plenty of fresh air and light can be introduced by unzipping any or all of the five fly screened panels in the roof gusset. Strangely, there isn’t an opening panel in the gusset above the rear window. Come the night, lighting is limited to a single fitting above the kitchen bench, while swapping between mains power and the house battery is done via a switch on the front of the main dinette base unit, where you’ll also find the battery condition meter. Cooking espite its rough and rugged pretensions, the Adventure Camper’s interior furniture is of the same high quality and appearance as ‘normal’ Talvor motorhomes. The small kitchen unit, which sits

Narrow sides and a low roof are good for off-road exploring.

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Under-sink water container is matched to a sink hand pump. It’s simple but effective.

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The outdoor kitchen is novel but practical. Gas barbecue is fixed to the drop-down shelf and retracts with it into the wall.


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between the entry door and bed, has a spirit stove with a benchtop lid above it for space efficiency. The sink with a hand pump, which draws from a 40 L plastic container in the cupboard below, and which you fill either by taking outside or bringing in a hose or the exterior water containers.

The simple two-burner outdoor barbecue is gas operated...

There are two cupboards beneath the kitchen benchtop. The one on the left, beneath the cooker, is a general pantrycum-storage area, while the one on the right, beneath the sink, houses the water container and has a small shelf above for cutlery and cooking implements. As previously mentioned, the fridge is an Engel unit, of the type usually found in the backs of ‘serious’ four-wheel drives. Top loading, it can also be used a freezer and it is removable, should you wish to use it in another vehicle or even at home. Dining he Adventure Camper has a slightly oddshaped dinette, with the main seating being inwardsfacing down the driver’s side wall and an L-shaped return across the centre of the vehicle, facing aft. In the corner where these two meet is a box that houses a small Teco airconditioner and this has a handy piece of bench top above it that makes a convenient place for your wine cooler, condiments and other essentials while dining.

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A removable swivel table is provided and we found the best and easiest way for two people to dine was to position the table so one person sat on the main section and the other sat on the centre section.

The Engel fridge can also work as a chest freezer and is removable.

Cooker lid provides valuable extra kitchen bench space.

Sleeping massive bed (1960 mm x 1915 mm) is cunningly provided by using a sliding base that comes out over the centre dinette seat, airconditioner and part of the kitchen work bench. It’s the full width of the vehicle and when deployed provides what is essentially a king sized bed. I spoke with one of the AWRV World staff who said he’d gone bush in the vehicle with his two boys and all three of them had slept comfortably in the giant bed. You just need to use the

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The over-cab bed extends on a simple slide and covers the sink and half the dinette.

When extended, the bed is essentially king sized. Our Duvalay singles, made into a double, were somewhat lost in the middle! dinette seat as a step up, or be tall to easily get into bed.

It’s compact enough to easily double as a daily driver; could fit into most shopping centre car parks and single car spaces and yet would easily be at home camping on a remote beach, tackling rocky fire trails or just parking on someone’s driveway after a big night out.

New, a Talvor Adventure Camper retails at $80,883 driveaway, according to Final Thoughts Talvor’s website. This one his is an interesting can be yours for just $67,626 vehicle with a lot of driveway (in Victoria) and with potential. Think of it just a couple of thousand as a campervan with livable kilometres on the clock it’s inside space rather than a real bargain. If you’ve got a motorhome without a a taste for adventure and bathroom and you’re on the a hankering for the great The lack of through-cab right track. Compared to a VW outdoors call Dave Murray at access is a bit of bummer, but or HiAce campervan it’s got Albury Wodonga RV World no real problem, and if you oodles of interior room and is a on (02) 6024 4222, email could add a grey water tank vehicle you could easily sit-out david@awrvworld.com.au then it would be sufficiently self nasty weather without driving or go check it out at 5 Melrose contained to allow you to free each other crazy. It’s also far Drive, Wodonga. camp and leave no trace. more capable off road than a van-based camper.

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The Talvor Adventure Camper is an interesting vehicle and this one, near new, is an excellent second hand buy.


Used Test: Talvor Adventure Camper

Specifications Manufacturer

Talvor

Model

Adventure Camper 4X4

Base Vehicle

Toyota HiLux 4X4

Engine

3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel

Power

126 kW @ 3600 rpm

Torque

343 Nm @ 1400 rpm

Gearbox

5-Speed manual

Brakes

ABS Disc

Tare Weight

2360 kg

Gross Vehicle Mass

2800 kg

Licence

Car

Approved Seating

3

External Length

5.290 m (17 ft 4 in)

External Width

2.330 m (7 ft 7in)

External Height

2.410 m (7 ft 11 in)

Internal Height

n/a

Bed Size

1.960 m x 1.915 m (6 ft 5 in x 6 ft 3 in)

Cooktop

2-burner gas / 2-burner spirit

Fridge

Engel chest 12/240 V

Microwave

Not equipped

Lighting

12 V

Batteries

1

Gas

2 x 2.0 kg

Heater

n/a

Solar Panels

n/a

Air Conditioner

Teco 240 V

Hot Water Heater

n/a

Toilet

Not equipped

Shower

Not equipped

Fresh Water Tank

80-litres

Grey Water Tank

Not equipped

Price

$67,626 driveaway VIC

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Pros • • • • • • •

Capable 4X4 Economical Extra fuel capacity External storage Rugged body Good interior space Huge bed

Cons

• No through-cab access • No bathroom • No grey water tank

Contact Albury Wodonga RV World 5 Melrose Drive, Wodonga. VIC. 3690. Ph: 02 6024 4222 E: david@awrvworld.com.au W: www.awrvworld.com.au

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Feature: Mercedes

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Will Mercedes’ factory conversions ever arrive Down Under? Time will tell...

Show Ponies A collection of highly desirable Mercedes-based campervans from Europe and North America...


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Short wheelbase campers are the go in Europe, but would probably struggle in Australia and NZ.

A

collection of highly desirable Mercedesbased campervans from Europe and North America...

of its siding from the middle of the front passenger door to the rear axle as its main showpiece.

camper the feel of a yacht. The interior also has Alcantara trim, LED lighting and a combination bathroom/wardrobe in the rear.

At the recent Dßsseldorf Caravan Salon in Germany, Mercedes Benz exhibited a number of camper conversions; both of it’s own design and from third party converters.

By cutting away the van's side, Mercedes was able to place focus entirely on the clean, white interior. The open-air cabin includes a bench seat that transforms into a double bed and a kitchen area on the other side. The front driver and passenger seats swivel around to serve as living and dining seating. The materials selection of white leather seating, high gloss white furniture finish, and gray laminate flooring was made to give the Sprinter

Mercedes apparently revealed the revised 2014 Sprinter van earlier this year, at least to European customers. The new model receives updated exterior styling, a new 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, 7-speed automatic transmission, upgraded interior and new available driver assistance systems such as Crosswind Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

Showcasing the 2014 Sprinter van and its roomy, highroofed potential for camper conversions, seemed to be the Company’s primary goal. It used a sort of half-van in the form of a Sprinter stripped


Feature: Mercedes

The Viano Marco Polo was built with the help of Westfalia and comes in two models.

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30 For conversion companies Mercedes is apparently offering the Sprinter with a camper van package that includes a passenger airbag and a folding handbrake lever designed to prevent collision with the swivel seats when the handbrake is deployed. Smaller Fry... he Viano Marco Polo, which Mercedes showed in two versions, was built with the help of Westfalia Van Conversions, which had a third model on display at its own booth. Based on the middlesized Viano model (the people mover version of the Vito van), the Marco Polo comes

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The Marco Polo’s rear seat is actually two electrically adjustable seats with inflatable side bolsters. Clever...

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The Viano-based campers are an interesting VW alternative. position. The seats also include an electro-pneumatic side bolster system that provides better lateral support and shaping, a comfort aimed at long road trips. That would be good to see on locally produced campervans!

More basic Marco Polo model has removable table on sliding side door. standard with a pop-top roof. The driver's side includes a fully stocked kitchenette with a cooker, sink, water system, fridge and cupboards. There's additional storage space,

too, including a wardrobe. Interestingly, the Marco Polo's rear bench seat is actually two individual electrically adjusted seats that can recline and flatten down into the horizontal

More Fun and Freedom... he Mercedes’ Viano Fun comes in both five- and seven-seat varieties. Like a number of the other van campers we saw in Dßsseldorf, the Viano Fun features a rail-mounted seating system that makes the interior layout super flexible. The seats can quickly slide into different positions and be removed completely. In camper format, they're arranged around a

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fold-out table. The rear seats fold flat to create a sleeping platform, and an optional pop-up roof can serve to hold additional sleepers. Mercedes Benz claims its vans are in big demand around the world by conversion outfitters, stating that it sends around 4000 vans a year to converters in North America alone (around 4 times the total production of all new types of motorhomes in Australia). Another camper with a Mercedes badge was the HRZ Freedom, similar to the HRZ Sahara shown on page 54 of iMotorhome Issue 33 (21 Sep). It is the result of camperizing a high-roofed Sprinter, and it includes all-wheel drive

and mud tires. The Freedom offers seating for three or four, a fixed rear bed, a generous amount of rear storage, a washroom with sink and toilet,

The off-road HRZ Freedom’s interior is compact but fully featured.

and a kitchen with 90-liter compressor fridge, doubleburner stove and sink.


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In a market always looking for an edge the small Mercedes’ vans are an attractive alternative to current offerings.


Travel: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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Plains Sailings Set a course for Dubbo and discover a whole new world at the fabulous Taronga Western Plains Zoo... Story and images by Richard Robertson


Travel: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Say, “Argh.” Keeper files teeth of patient hippo...

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’m not a lover of city zoos. Cramped animal enclosures, bustling crowds and screeching (human) children is a combination guaranteed to put me off. Taronga Western Plains Zoo, on the other hand, is far removed from that scenario. It’s also far removed from the Big City and is, in

fact, located about 4 km west of the smaller and far more appealing Central Western NSW rural city of Dubbo. Planned in the late 1960s and built on a 300 ha (740 acre) site occupied by the Army during World War II, Western Plains Zoo opened to the public in late February

35 1977. Not only was it the first new zoo built in Australia for more than 60 years, it was also unique in primarily being a breeding centre for endangered African animals. When it opened it had just 35 different animals from 6 countries. Today, Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to more than 700 animals, including many from continents like Asia and North and South America, as well as Australia. Because of its location, the zoo provides ideal habitat for animals native to Africa’s open savanna grasslands. Also, because of its size the designers were able to incorporate an open structure

A pair of bronzed Aussies? Rhino breeding is an essential part of the Zoo’s global conservation contribution.


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This male white rhino calf was born on May 14 to first-time Mum, Mopani. Zzzz... – that is, most fences are replaced by deep ditches and water features – which provides the illusion of being in the same space as the animals. African elephants and black rhinoceros were some of the Zoo’s earliest occupants and remains some of its most popular stars. Today, creatures as diverse as otters, cheetahs, bison, meerkats, hippos, Przewalski’s horses and ring-tailed lemurs have been made right at home and the Zoo has established an international reputation for its research and breeding programs. Something for Nothing! e last visited the Zoo two or three years ago and

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They otter let me out of here...

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What’s in the tub? Ring-tailed lemurs are a crowd favourite and can be enjoyed without buying full Zoo entry. Don’t miss the afternoon feeding! were surprised by how much work has been done to the entry area and main public buildings. Previously, you had to pay at what looked like toll booths at the entry gate before you could access any of the Zoo’s facilities. But that’s all changed... Now you drive into a car park at the rear of the muchexpanded and renamed Savannah Visitors Centre and you’re free to enjoy some of the Zoo’s sights and activities without cost. These include taking coffee or a meal whilst enjoying the antics of the spider monkeys and lemurs on their little islands in the Savannah Lake; letting kids ‘go wild’ in the Safari Park Playground and, of course, picking up a few ‘zoovenirs‘ in the gift shop – but be sure to pay for them! This area is open daily (inc Xmas) from 9-4 and well worth stopping by, even if you don’t have time for a full Zoo tour.


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On Safari... ue to its size the Taronga Western Plains Zoo requires quite a bit of getting around. Central to it is a meandering six kilometre one-way drive that starts and finishes at the Savannah Visitor Plaza and takes in all the animal display areas.

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There is much to see and do, including a whole list of daily feedings and talks. In addition you can book in for a whole range of activities, like the Early Morning Walks, Wild Africa Encounter, Giraffes In Focus and even the big Cat Encounter – where you get to hand feed an African lion or Sumatran tiger! Although there is no inzoo camping you can

Though I’d just drop by for a snack.

stay overnight in either the upmarket Zoofari Lodge or more affordable Billabong Camp. And If you’re travelling with pets they even provide accommodation for them too! Special tours and accommodation aside, standard admission provides a two-day pass and you can drive around the Zoo as many times as you like. The best way to see it is to work

out which feedings and talks you want to attend and then schedule them in over the two days. Leave your vehicle parked somewhere shady and take your bike (or hire one, or even an electric buggy) to explore the various areas, returning for coffee/lunch/a nap as the mood takes you. There are excellent picnic ares (and loos) scattered throughout the Zoo, as well as


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a kiosk for drinks, coffee and snacks about halfway around. I have to say that watching a Sumatran tiger effortlessly scale a 20 ft high pole to grab a half-goat-to-go is a sight that will stay with me for ever. Ditto watching a hippo having its teeth filed and a baby white rhino suckling from its mum, then falling asleep at her feet from the effort. Priceless! Facts and Figures hich brings me to price. You need to remember that this is a working breeding and research zoo and not just a money making tourist attraction. Big animals have appetites to match, while their medical expenses can be significant, too, since Medicare doesn’t cover them. At the time of writing adult admission was $46 per person for the two day pass. Seniors pay $32.50 and there are deals available for families of various sizes.

Giraffes are a real favourite and the morning feeding is a highlight.

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo is a remarkable attraction well worth taking the time to explore. Plan to get the most from your two day pass and you’ll not only have a great time, you’ll learn about the animals and help support the Zoo’s excellent work that’s helping to make an (animal) world of difference.

Bison are also part of the breeding program.

What: Taronga Western Plains Zoo Where: Obley Rd, Dubbo, NSW. 2830. When: Open daily 9am - 4pm (including Christmas Day). Cost: Adult 2-day pass: $46. Seniors 2-day pass: $32.50 P: (02) 6881 1400 E: wpz@zoo.nsw.gov.au W: taronga.org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo Dubbo Information: dubbotourism.com.au


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This Sumatran tiger made short work of the 20 ft climb to claim a half-goat for morning tea. Impressive...


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Cuddles is an African elephant who arrived when the Zoo opened in 1977. Now the last of her type at the Zoo (African elephants aren’t endangered), Cuddles has a single tusk and is one of the most loved and visited residents.


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Travel: Travelling Newbies!

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Newbies!

Friends of Mr and Mrs iMotorhome try motorhoming for the first time, via a rental relocation from Sydney to Adelaide... By Dooley and Ana


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Hooley Dooley it’s big! Despite concern’s over the vehicle’s size Dooley quickly got the hang of the motorhoming life...

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thought some readers might be interested in the misadventures of a pair of first time motorhomers!

driving was involved. It was a very flash Mercedes!

We learnt a lot very quickly! Like check the height of the We were told about a website vehicle BEFORE you get to called www.imoova.com. the entrance of the M5 tunnel, Basically, they need people to as the traffic flow does not relocate motorhomes to where appreciate it when an RV pulls they are needed. They charge up on the side of the road. a nominal rate of $1 a day and After searching all of the books sometimes even throw in a bit and manuals supplied to no of money for fuel. We decided avail, we happened to look to take a two berth motorhome up at the top right side of the from Sydney to Adelaide and front window and voila – a little they allowed us four days sticker saying 3.2 m height! to get it there, so a fair bit of

The next lesson also came without warning. As we had just entered the M5 tunnel the accelerator simply would not respond. Nothing. Thoughts of being on the radio as blocking a major tunnel went through our minds and then I saw a little amber light on one of the control sticks: A speed limiter. I must have pushed it at some stage when trying to reset the odometer. Turned it off and then we were back in control. Phew...


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Home on the range (well, beside it), Ana prepares her first dinner in a motorhome. There was a bad smell coming from the vehicle somewhere so we deposited one of those anti-smelly things into the toilet, flushed it then tried to work out how to open the valve to let the waste water into the holding tank. After again reading all the manuals about everything from DVD players to airconditioners we gave up. Serious consideration was given to giving Mr iMotorhome a call for advice, but the embarrassment would be everlasting, so we called the RV people and after a short wait they informed us of the little valve at the back of the toilet and another major embarrassment avoided. Don't forget to close it though! We also found that many of the small town petrol stations

are no longer open, so make sure to keep the fuel tank full. It also stops the whining from the adjacent seat! Passing West Wyalong the engine oil light illuminated. Oh

what fun. Pull over at the servo just in front of us and check the manuals again. It seems there is a difference to a flashing light and a steady oil light. I was very glad I had listened when the lady was showing us about


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My husband and I are not emused. Oh yes we are... the Motorhome – so I new how to open the bonnet! Oil level full, if a little dirty. Restart the car – light extinguished. I called Ana over, inflated my chest and told her I had just fixed the RV. “My hero!” At least I think that’s what she said... We were very glad we bought sleeping bags as we free camped the first night and it got very cold. Boiling the kettle in the morning warmed up the whole area. I had been informed by a very knowledgable motorhome person to always park the vehicle ready for a quick exit, when free camping. Not sure why but we did as advised. Up at 05:30 on day 2 for a 06:30 departure and defrosted the windscreen and ourselves

with the vehicle’s heater. Something else we learned: Be very careful if you stop on the side of the road to take photos of emus, that you ensure the shoulder is solid enough to hold the weight of the motorhome (say no more!). When we eventually got back on the road we found a little light on the dash saying ASR with an exclamation mark. Didn’t panic, it was something to do with traction according

to our previous perusal of the manuals. We just stopped and restarted the engine. Problem solved. Beware crossing into South Australia, it’s like crossing the border from Mexico to the US. Every vehicle is stopped. We also had an entourage of police casually surrounding the vehicle. Quarantine boarded in search of illicit fruit and vegetables. Yes, vegetables. I always thought it was just fruit.

When stopping for photographs be sure the roadside can support the vehicle. Whoops.


Travel: Travelling Newbies! After being relieved of half the contents of the fridge we were allowed to enter the state of South Australia. The last night we stayed at the show grounds in Burra and tried to sneak out quietly, early the next morning, to explore this beautiful little town. Much to our surprise, if you leave the brakes on even just a little, this vehicle doesn't give you a quite buzzing noise or a flashing light, it honks the external horn full blast. Morning everyone! Despite the small dramas we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Now we’ve had a small taste of living the motorhome life we'll be sure to be motorhoming again very soon. See you out there perhaps? We’ll be the ones by the side of the road with the lights flashing, horn going and our heads buried in the manuals. Just wave!

Spot the classic.

First night and free camping.

The historic mining town of Burra in SA was hosting a classic car weekend.

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Ed's Note

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his story was scheduled to be run some months ago but somehow or other disappeared with the odd socks from the dryer (honest). Since this first adventure

Dooley and Ana have become old hands at rental relocations and have delivered an additional three vehicles to various points across Australia. If you’ve never motorhomed, or

Now let me see if I remember some of my phonetic alphabet: A for ‘orses, F for vessence – and P for relief...

would just like to try a different size or style of vehicle, check out www.imoova.com and see what’s going.


Feature: Bush Trakkas

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TRAKKAS

Trakka puts its 4WDs through some offroad adventures... Story and images by Malcolm Street


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Larger Sprinter-based Jabiru is more at home on open tracks, but handles dirt surfaces with ease.

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otorhomes and off-road driving aren’t necessarily two things that go together in many people’s minds. Not that it isn’t desirable, mind you, but the cost of a purpose built offroad 4WD is often prohibitive. However, there are some off-the-shelf price/size/ ability compromises in the market, mostly in the form of VW’s T5 4Motion AWD and the larger Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4WD vans. We’ve looked at both in the pages of iMotorhome in recent months but I have to say that I have often wondered just

how capable these vehicles are both in their original form and when converted to a motorhome. Although they are called All-Wheel Drives/ Four-Wheel Drives, they are not going to be in the same category as something like a Toyota LandCruiser. Factors like length, ground clearance and departure angle all have to be considered, as does passenger comfort. Trakka has obviously been giving this some serious consideration because they manufacture both the Trakkadu All-Wheel Drive campervans and the Jabiru

4x4 motorhome and like to give their customers good advice on the abilities of each. To this end the Trakka team arranged a couple of days at the Braidwood, NSW, property of Vic Widman. Vic runs Great Divide Tours and has established a purpose built 4WD training facility that proved to be ideal. It was easy to see how a few tricks of the trade in hard core fourwheel driving were just as applicable to campervans and motorhomes. For this off-road experience Trakka took along its Trakkadu ORP (Off Road


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The VW-based Trakkadu scoots easily up a steeper-than-it-looks hill and is a great size for easy off-road exploring. Pak) campervan and Jabiru 4x4 motorhome, plus a Fiat Ducato-based Trakkaway 700. I’ll get to the latter shortly. Also along for the ride was dualcab Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4WD with a tray back. Down to Business iven the assorted offroad conditions that have been designed into Vic Widman’s property, it was actually quite revealing to see just how well both the VW-based Trakkadu and Benz-based Jabiru performed. Both vehicles, when driven within their limits, performed exceptionally well. Both also demonstrated their individual benefits – the Trakkadu being the shorter and lower vehicle could obviously get to a few more places, but the Jabiru

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offered the twin benefits of having a greater ground clearance and a much more comfortable living space inside. I mention being driven within the vehicle limits because that’s an important feature to be well understood. For much of this time I was standing trackside taking photos and there were a few occasions when it felt like the vehicles, particularly the Sprinter, might come toppling over. It didn’t happen, of course, but it was obvious the benefits the drivers were getting of experiencing the vehicle's handling in more extreme situations. So how about the Fiat Ducato powered Trakkaway? Well, it

wasn’t just along for the ride, it was supplying moi with the level of accommodation to which I have become accustomed. It was also put through its paces along some of the smoother tracks and, I suspect, will be the subject of some further testing to overcome some of the myths of the much maligned frontwheel drive. In passing, I happened to mention that to another manufacturer and they showed immediate interest, so obviously it’s a relevant topic. Watch this space! Apart from being a fun day on the 4WD training ground it was also an extremely interesting experience to see the capabilities of the respective vehicles in action.


Feature: Bush Trakkas

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Trakka’s Jabiru and Trakkadu models boast a high degree of off-road ability, but whereas the Trakkadu is made for camping the Jabiru is a fully equipped motorhome.


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The limitations of the big Sprinter’s ground clearance, compromised by its very long wheelbase, are evident here. • Four-Wheel Drive: As above, with the specialised low-range gearing.

The shorter Trakkadu is quite at home in the rough stuff. Ed's Thoughts ike any specialised activity, off-road driving has it’s own language. Here are a few terminologies and what they mean – in English!

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• All-Wheel Drive: A vehicle that can drive all its wheels – either full time or part time – but that lacks specialised low-range gearing for slow and steep off-road driving.

• Diff Lock: Powered axles need a differential so the wheels can turn at different speeds when cornering. Unfortunately, when you lift one powered wheel off the ground (or it encounters slippery conditions like mud) all the power for that axle is sent to the freely spinning wheel – and you stop. A differential lock – or Diff Lock as they are known – locks the differential and splits the power 50/50 between both wheels, regardless of which, if any, is spinning.


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Illustrating approach, departure and ramp-over angles.

This is great in sand and mud, or on steep, lose climbs, but only at very low speed as it makes turning corners difficult and can even damage the mechanicals. You can also have a diff lock on a drive shaft, between the front and rear axles, so that if one axle loses traction completely the other axle will keep turning. • Ground Clearance: Obviously, the distance between the ground and the lowest part of a vehicle. However, beware of factory quoted ground clearance figures versus add-ons like steps and water tanks

fitted to a campervan or motorhome. • Approach Angle: The angle between the ground and an imaginary line drawn from where the front tyres touch the ground and the lowest part of the front of the vehicle (ahead of the front wheels). In reality it’s a guide to how steep an incline you can approach without digging the nose in (also the same as when descending a hill and reaching the bottom) • Ramp-Over Angle: Find the midpoint of a vehicle (between the front and rear axles) and draw

two imaginary lines; one between it and where the front wheels meet the ground and the other between the midpoint and where the rear wheels meet the ground. It’s like an upside down V and gives an indication of how big a mound or log you can drive over without getting beached like a whale. It also comes into play, for instance, when climbing up a steep creek bank, where the ground suddenly levels off (or vise versa ). • Departure Angle: The opposite of Approach Angle, it basically measures overhang aft of the rear


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Wading depth (also known as fording depth) is mostly related to engine air-intake position, not the size of the vehicle. wheels and is important to consider so you don’t scrape or hang-up the back end of the vehicle. Most 4WDs have a better approach angle than departure angle, so while they might be able to ‘attack’ a steep slope without digging the nose in, they will often scrape or even get stuck when the rear end tries to follow. Bugger... • Wading Depth: Engines breathe air, not water. When an engine breathes water it can case what’s known as hydraulic lock, which means the cylinders fill with water and when the piston tries to compress it the engine locks-up. This bends connecting rods, can shatter pistons and even bend/break

A snorkel is handy for water crossings. This one is a tad excessive... the crankshaft. VERY expensive. Wading depth is determined by various factors; primarily how high up the air cleaner entry opening is and other essential components. A vehicle's wading depth is often no higher than the top of the front tyre, and sometimes even below this. Forget driving

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Cook-up: Chicken Wings BBQ

Wings Of Desire!

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Looking for a delicious and easy snack for nibbles for sundowners or a summer afternoon get together? Resident cooking expert Jess Ciampa has just the thing... You’ll need... • 2 kg chicken wings (about 24) • 1 medium to large lemon • Marinade (your favourite homemade or bought) • 1/2 cup cider vinegar • 1/2 cup water • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce • 3 tablespoons Chopped chilli with seeds removed • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly cracked • 2 chopped garlic cloves • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


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Preparation • Combine marinade ingredients together and mix in a small blender or a Bullet. • Place chicken wings in a large glass bowl (do not use metal) and pour marinade over the top. Turn to coat and refrigerate minimum 3 hours (up to 6 hours) covered with Glad Wrap. • Preheat BBQ on high for 10 minutes and get it very hot, then put it on the lowest setting. • Remove wings from marinade and reserve marinade. • Place wings on hot grill (first placement will leave char grill marks on the chicken) and leave the heat on lowest setting. • Grill until done (about 20-30 minutes), brushing with reserved marinade halfway through the cooking time. • Get yourself some fresh thyme sprigs and tie about 6-8 together with some twine. • Use this as your brush and that way as the thyme breaks off as you are brushing on the marinade you get a slight thyme flavour on you chicken! Fresh oregano works the same. • When they are all cooked and still hot put on a serving platter and squeeze the lemon over the top.

Yum Little tip on the side: You can mix everything up in a large freezer bag instead of a glass bowl. Perfect for when you are on the move.


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SUNCAMPER FEST... built on an older Mitsubishi Triton 4X4 cab-chassis. They make an interesting comparison, not only in terms of internal body layout, but also how far base vehicles have come in just a few years.

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e’re bringing you a double Suncamper Sherwood 4X4 fest next issue! The Sherwood is a small C-class motorhome and

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Sunshine Coast Home & Caravan Show

SA Boat, Fishing & 4WD Adventure Show

Stockland Park, Kawana, Sunshine Coast, QLD. • Open 9:00-5:00 daily (4:00 Sunday) • Parking: $5 • Adults: $10 • Seniors: $8 • Kids: Free with Adult

Adelaide Showground, SA. • Open 9:00-6:00 daily (5:00 Sunday) • Parking free • Adults: $15 • Seniors: $12 • Kids: U16 free with adult

http://www.australianevents.com.au/index. php/sunshine-coast-home-show-and-caravancamping-and-boating-expo Click for Google Maps

http://www.saboatshow.com.au/visitors/info. phtml Click for Google Maps

There will be more, of course, but until then why not follow and us on Facebook Twitter for breaking news, comments and a laugh or three? See you on Saturday November 2nd!

OCT

18-20October

31 to November 3

OCT/NOV

31-3

Pre-Christmas Caravan & Camping Sale RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. Brisbane. QLD • Open 10:00-5:00 daily • Parking: $12 • Adults: Free • Seniors: Free • Kids: Free

http://www.caravanqld.com.au/showsevents/prechristmas-caravan-and-camping-sale.aspx Click for Google Maps

Know of a local or regional show coming up that attracts and promotes motorhomes, campervans and the great RV lifestyle in general? Drop us a line at info@imotorhome.com.au and we’ll happily promote it in this calendar.

OCT

25-27

iMotorhome eMagazine Issue 35 - 19 Oct 2013  

Australia & New Zealand's only dedicated motorhome magazine – published twice monthly and available by free subscription from www.imotorhome...

iMotorhome eMagazine Issue 35 - 19 Oct 2013  

Australia & New Zealand's only dedicated motorhome magazine – published twice monthly and available by free subscription from www.imotorhome...