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Day tripping in Sunliner’s Holiday G53…

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GEORGE CLOONEY’S HAIRCUT…

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t’s said a change is as good as a holiday. I prefer a holiday, but every so often decide to make a change just for change’s sake. There is also the argument that, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Were that realistic we’d all still be driving Model T Fords. It’s in our nature to seek to improve and develop things. Usually. Some months back I was driving home from Sydney late on a Friday afternoon, listening to Richard Glover’s ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ program on ABC 702. Mrs iMotorhome describes AM stations as “Old mans’ radio” as I now regularly channel surf between the ABC’s Radio

which they will probably take to their graves.

Richard was talking about how he’d worn the same hair style since university and how one night his wife remarked he needed “A Clooney.” This he did, just a few days later, and he said he felt like a new man (insert usual joke here). It got me thinking about my hairstyle, which I’d worn since marrying nearly 15 years ago, and that maybe it was time again for a change. In that time two of my best mates have had the same hair style; styles they have worn since their teenage years and

It’s been a big change and has taken some time to adjust to, but I have to say I like it. Now. So what does this have to do with motorhoming?

So I got a Clooney.

Last week I was driving down the freeway, heading home on a Friday afternoon and listening to you-know-what. Some distance ahead I saw an old motorhome in the left lane, seemingly struggling along up the long, gradual incline as cars rounded it up in turn. I didn’t pay it much more attention until it was my turn to pass – and I saw it was

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an Avida Esperance. At most it could only have been about 10 months old, but from a distance behind it looked 20-plus years old. Why? because the design ain’t broke, apparently. A few days later I passed a mid-2000’s Trakka Sandpiper and thought how old fashioned it looked compared to the Company’s current Trakkaway range. Some companies

innovate, push boundaries and move this industry forward; others change the paint schemes on their Model Ts. There is comfort and security in the familiar. I understand that. But change – perhaps evolution is a better term – is what drives things forward. We grow old when we stop moving with the times. So do companies. If this industry is to attract new

customers from the wider RV marketplace and beyond it has to move with – even ahead of – the times. From model design to marketing a lot of this industry needs a Clooney. It would be better, however, if they could invent a whole new haircut…

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The iMotorhome Team

Almost fooled you!

Richard Robertson

Malcolm Street

Agnes Nielsen-Connolly

Publisher & Managing Editor

Consulting Editor

Design & Production Manager

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

Unquestionably Australia and New Zealand’s best known RV journalist, Malcolm is a fixture at CMCA rallies and RV shows and is now in his second decade as a specialist RV writer.

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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He has held senior editorial positions with some of the best know recreational vehicle magazines in Australia. Richard also has a passion for lifestyleenhancing technology, which is why he is the driving force behind the new iMotorhome eMagazine.

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If it’s available on either side of the Tasman, Malcolm has probably driven it, slept in it, reported on it, knows how it’s made and can tell you just how good it really is.

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INSIDE EDISNI

3 ON MY MIND 7 ON YOUR MIND 10 NEWS George Clooney’s haircut…

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

What’s happening in the RV world

14 TESTED

Roamin’ Holiday – Playing with Sunliner’s Holiday G53 for a day…

30 MAINTENANCE

Self Service – Part 1 of Malcolm’s look at DIY motorhome servicing

37 CLASSIFIEDS This week’s featured iMotorhome Classifieds

39 MOBILE TECH

Tablet Prescription – 12 tablets devices compared, just in time for Xmas!

59 ROADSIDE EATS Oh The Hokey Pokey! – Polly’s homemade ice cream …

64 COOK-UP

Yum Zinger! – A balsamic chicken recipe to surprise and delight

66 SHOW CALENDAR What’s coming up, plus our show calendar

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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

Hi Richard, there is some confusions about the front suspension of Fiat Ducatos. There are a lot of complaints that the front suspensions bottom when the tyre hits a pothole. I have made such remarks also, on Facebook.

pillars. On the driver’s side it shows 80 PSI in English and on the passenger’s side it shows 65 PSI for front and 72.5 PSI for rear tyres, in Italian and French. On the tyre itself it shows a maximum pressure of 76 PSI.

According to my knowledge, I bought my Fiat Ducato/ the tyre pressure should be Winnebago Campervan in April proportional to the weight it from Sydney RV, Penrith. carries. After reducing the front tyres pressure to 65 PSI  there I did not check the tyres’ pressure were less bottoming of the front until a few months later as the suspensions. A smoother ride! petrol stations do not cater for such high air pressure required I would appreciate it if you for the campervan. could investigate how much pressure the motorhome/ I believe that the campervan/ campervan industries are motorhome traders over inflated pumping into the tyres of the Fiat the tyres of Fiat Ducato owing to Ducato. confused information/ignorance.  After a few outings, with the Regards, Jacques via email bumpy front suspensions, I Hi Jacques, I forwarded your noticed that the centre of the question to two motorhome tyres’ tread was more worn out than the edges. This kind of wear manufacturers and Fiat themselves. is normally caused by overinflation. Manufacturer One said, There are two contradictory “It all depends if its a van stickers affixed to the two door or a cab/chassis. The van

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.

recommended is Front 65 psi and rear 73 psi. The singleaxle chassis is 80 psi all round. The same tyres are used on all models, which are the Michelin Agilis 225/75 16CP. These are designed to be inflated to 80 psi. If the tyres state 76 psi maximum, these mustn’t be original equipment.” Manufacturer Two replied, “On the vans we run 58 psi all round and advise that 75 psi is a maximum.” Fiat has said nothing (as expected). If you weigh your vehicle and work out the axle loads you’ll get a good starting point and can adjust the pressures accordingly. As you said, over-inflation wears out the tyres’ centre. Conversely, under-inflation wears the edges (first) and increases heat buildup that can even lead to catastrophic tyre failure. A $50 Caltex fuel card for your letter!


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Hi Richard, Re Colin last issue and his Fiat tyres, I would like to know what weight he has on his front and rear axles and what pressure he uses in his Mickey Thompson tyres. Bob via email. Hi Bob, Colin tells me he’s running 45 front and 50 rear and is planning to take his motorhome across his coal weigh bridge to see what the individual axle loads are. When I hear back I’ll let everyone know.

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Hi Richard, my wife and I really enjoy receiving the magazine – keep them coming. When we are on the road I always take 20 copies of your Promotional Flyer, which I found under the Resources section of the iMotorhome website.

handing out the flyers is a great way to start a conversation with other motorhomers, particularly when you tell them the mag is online and it is free! Its a real icebreaker.

Whether you are stopped for a cuppa or an overnight stay,

What a good man! Thanks Alan, that’s a great idea and

Hi Richard. Hope you enjoyed NZ as much as I did. I caught some massive snapper off the North Island’s Bay of Plenty. Can anyone tell me where I can buy a security screen door for a Winnebago Birdsville? I tried

Roamsafe and Winnebago but they want two arms and three legs for them.

Dear Richard, I know that seniors aren't always welcome, but the "Bendigo Caravan & Camping Show" beats everything. According to the ad on page 60 of the magazine, charges are as follows:

Does the seniors fee include a nurse?

• Adults: $10 • Seniors: $68

Cheers, Alan via email.

Eric via email. Thanks Eric, we had a great time in NZ and can’t wait to go

Cheers, Hans via email. Yes Hans, aged care is certainly expensive these days. Careless typist are cheap as chips, however, and I’ve sacked myself – and our proofreader – for the oops…

really appreciated. I’ve just redesigned the main menus at the top of our homepage, to help make the magazine easier to find, and I’m working on a refer-a-friend page to help everyone share the love. keep up the good work!

back. Excellent news on your snapper, too. Re the security door, let’s see if any readers can help. Any suggestions out there?


News

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ccording to a recent story in the Hobart Mercury, Tasmanian grey nomads are turning to Victoria to store and buy their motor homes and caravans because of stamp duty costs and the expense of travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania. The growing trend is hurting the local industry, Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia national consumer representative Ken Kipping says. It was giving the cost of getting to and from the state a bad name and was limiting the shorttrip opportunities for regional tourism operators, he said. But operators of the Spirit of Tasmania said work was being done to offer cheaper rates for grey nomads.

Mr Kipping said it was difficult to put an exact figure on the number of Tasmania's grey nomads leaving their vans on the mainland, but word was travelling fast and they were no longer doing short trips around the state during the year.

according to size.

"[Grey nomads] don't have the vehicle on-site to go away for short trips ... so that is another blow for Tasmania," Mr Kipping said.

A and K Caravans and Motorhomes owner Allan Gath said a further issue was the cost of stamp duty in Tasmania.

A Spirit of Tasmania spokesman said yesterday members of CMCA and the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia both received 5 per cent discounts. Ocean recliner fares had been slashed by 50 per cent for May to September. Fares for motor homes and caravans on the Spirit vary

A medium-sized 4WD towing a 7m caravan would cost about $464 to transport from Devonport to Melbourne in September, without accommodation.

"They purchase on the mainland where they can save money on the stamp duty and keep it registered in that state without losing their third-party insurance," he said. Mr Gath said he had met finance minister Scott Bacon to discuss the issue and would meet Opposition Leader Will Hodgman later this year.


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iscoverer Campers has moved into new premises at 12 Miall Way, Albion Park Rail, NSW. 2527. Discoverer makes a range of Toyota HiAce and VW T5-based campervans and also carries

a range of used campervans and motorhomes. To find out more visit discoverercampers.com.au or call Brenden Samuels on (02) 4256 8111.

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ould this lead to an allelectric motorhome? In California, a small fleet of these battery-powered SST-e buses have been created in a collaboration between school bus manufacturer Trans Tech Bus and Motiv Power Systems. The SST-e is built around the

existing Ford E450 truck chassis, utilising Motiv's electric Powertrain Control System. That system is said to be compatible with a wide variety of chassis and battery types, meaning that few modifications are required to the stock chassis, and that better-performing batteries can be swapped in as technology advances. Although little is available in the way of specs, the buses will have a range of 130 or 160 km, depending on whether they're equipped with four or five battery packs – any one of those packs can be replaced without having to

replace all the others. The batteries can be charged to 50 per cent capacity in less than an hour, while a full charge takes eight hours. They utilise a 3-phase fast charging system that "requires minimal building modifications and no expensive charging stations." The Type A bus can carry up to 32 students, or 24 students and one wheelchair. Given the technology is basically bolt-on and that it is being fitted to Ford’s popular (if outgoing) E-Series cab-chassis, perhaps an all-electric motorhome isn’t too far away – in America, at least.

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ust as we were finishing up this issue, Horizon Motorhomes’ CEO Clayton Kearney mentioned the following in an email: “We now have a Banksia +2. This is a Banksia with the double seat in the rear with belts. The kitchen is slightly smaller than the standard Banksia and incorporates a combo sink/stove.”

The Banksia is one of Horizon’s most popular models and has featured twice in iMotorhome, in Issues 7 and 20. There’s nothing on their website at present, so for further information contact via email info@horizonmotorhomes.com.au or call (02) 6681 1555.


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ree camping in Coffs Harbour for self-contained recreational vehicles, especially the vexed question of camping on the Jetty Foreshores was on the agenda for a Nov 14 meeting of Coffs Harbour City Council.

Council staff and State Government representatives have confirmed councillors have no authority to permit free camping by RVs on the Jetty Foreshores. Councillors must now choose from five alternative options to

deal with free camping for RVs in the Coffs Harbour LGA.The alternative favoured by staff is to enforce the existing regulation, which forbids free camping on council-controlled reserves and allows for moving people on or fining them.

Y LONG SIGHTED Z The Morpeth Business Association, in the NSW Hunter Valley, wants to utilise the old bowling club site on Edward Street as an eco tourism park complete with an interpretive centre to showcase the village’s colonial history.

“We know there’s a need for a tourist park not just in Maitland but for the Lower Hunter,” Morpeth tourist operator and association member Trevor Richards said. “Maitland City Council has identified the need on numerous occasions for at least the

past decade.” The Morpeth Business Association has approached the site’s owner Beresfield Bowling Club and will develop a business proposal for staged development over seven years.

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Y AUSSIE HELPERS WANTED Z was doing anything significant to help families suffering the full effects of the worst drought in living history. Brian, a veteran of the Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War in the 1960s and who lost his own farm in the 1990s from a combination of drought and personal depression, is no stranger to hard times.

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Day Test: Sunliner Holiday G53

Roamin' Holiday Sunliner’s snappy Holiday G53 is stylish C-Class motorhome ideal for roaming‌ Review and images by Richard Robertson.

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Day Test: Sunliner Holiday G53

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Sunliner’s Holiday G53 looks more like a B-class motorhome than a C-class, due to its streamlined over-cab bed area. Colour-matched bumpers and cab side-steps add a touch of style.

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n October last year Malcolm Street reviewed a Sunliner Holiday G53 on an Iveco chassis and came away a little underwhelmed. He summed up by saying, “In a way the Sunliner Holiday looks a little downmarket from the usual Sunliner products.”

offered – Classic and Modern – with the latter being the finish of Malcolm’s test vehicle. Modern equates to cool and minimalist and is aimed at a younger market, while Classic is warmer, more ‘traditional’ and suits most of us oldies better. But wait, there’s more! Both Classic and Modern Sunliner’s Holiday range finishes are offered with an comes in 11 base layouts optional First Class pack that and more than 100 floorplan adds a range of options like options. Lengths range from leather upholstery, designer 7.3 to 8.2 m and depending fabrics and much more. on your choice a range of base On top of that you can also vehicles are offered (although choose three equipment not every vehicle for every specification levels for each layout): Ford’s Transit, Fiat’s vehicle. Confused? You’re not Ducato, Iveco’s Daily and alone… Mercedes’ Sprinter. As near as I can make out Two finish levels are also the subject of this review is a

Classic-finished, specificationthree, Holiday G53 on Fiat’s popular Ducato cab-chassis. It’s 7.3 m long, 3.4 m tall and in may ways appears chalkand-cheese with Malcolm’s test vehicle. Apart from looking better from the outside (in my opinion), it looked and felt quite plush inside, with curved overhead cabinetry and warm timber tones. The Specification Three pack ads niceties like cabin floor carpet, an upgraded 56 cm (22 in) LED TV/DVD, a second 100-amp house battery, 135 watt solar panel, ceramic Thetford toilet, Truma gas/ electric hot water system, upgraded Air Command Ibis airconditioner, 1000 watt sine-


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wave inverter, diesel heater, electric awning (although not in this case), electric step, 9 kg gas bottles, external speakers and an illuminated entry door grab handle. Fiat Thoughts… he Ducato is purpose built as a motorhome base vehicle and is available as a complete Factory cab-chassis (as used here) or a cab-only, to which an aftermarket ALKO chassis is bolted on. Each has its advantages and the most noticeable difference is a lower floor and entry step height for the ALKO option, but it’s dearer (I believe). The Fiat Factory cab-chassis requires fitment of an under-body entry step but helps keep the price down, and both benefit from the Ducato’s wider track and significantly greater standard fuel capacity, compared to its rivals.

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The test G53 featured Fiat’s 180 Multijet engine, which is a 3.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 115 kW (180 hp) and 400 Nm. It drives the front wheels through 6-speed automated manual transmission (AMT), which is essentially a manual gearbox with an external computer control module that handles the clutch and gear changes for you. In Fiat speak it’s called “ComfortMatic” and is marketed by motorhome manufacturers as an automatic.

Front suspension is independent while at the rear conventional leaf springs and a simple beam axle take care of the load. Being front-wheel drive there is no long driveshaft or big/heavy rear differential, so this not only makes the vehicle lighter, it helps keep the Factory chassis height as low as possible and prides extra room for motorhome manufactures to fit water tanks and other under-floor items.

Inside, the Ducato is very much a drivers’ machine and the cab styling and ergonomics are a far cry from some of its competitors. Remote central locking, power steering, electric windows and side mirrors, a trip computer, cab airconditioning, cruise control and a sophisticated sound system with integrated Bluetooth are all standard – along with a removable TomTom satnav system. On the safety front dual front


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Swivelling cab seats are comfy and best for after hours reading. makes for easy long distance cruising, with the added ability of often being able to wait for better fuel prices in cities or larger towns.

airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and range of other electric aides are all on hand to look after you. Depending on your driving style and touring speeds you

could realistically expect to see 10-12 L/100 km (28-23 mpg) fuel consumption for the Holiday G53 – not bad for a motorhome with a gross weight of 4490 kg. With a standard 120 L fuel tank it

As expected the Ducato/ Holiday combination drives nicely, with plenty of power from the biggest engine in the Fiat range and easy, confident handling. Visibility is good, the vehicle rides well and interior noise levels are low, especially when cruising, thanks to the Ducato’s top gear that sees the engine turning about 2000 rpm at freeway speeds. Body Beautiful ather than reinvent the wheel I’ve mostly borrowed from

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Malcolm’s test for this section: For the body, Sunliner use one-piece walls and a roof that uses a bonded Duplo foam-core structure that is designed to give insulation and strength, whilst keeping weight in check. Those familiar with Sunliner motorhomes will immediately recognise the characteristic fibreglass mouldings at the rear, as well as the driver’s cab side-steps. Sunliner uses Seitz hopper windows to full advantage, whilst staying with the convenience of a Camec triple-lock security door. An item of interest here is the door and forward window. Given their proximity, it’s not possible to have both the door and window fully open at the same time, but what Sunliner has done is fitted a simple hook-and-eye, such that the door is held open at 90 degrees to the motorhome body. Now this might sound like the bleeding obvious, but it’s surprising the number of Recreational Vehicle manufacturers that don’t provide this simple arrangement!

Whichever way you look at it the Holiday G53 is a good looking motorhome.

External body fittings consist of the nearside-wall-fitted Dometic wind-out awning and external wall light above the door, whilst the roof features a few items like a windup TV antenna and airconditioner. External storage, apart from the Thetford toilet cassette compartment and the gas

Under-bed storage is also accessed via only external locker door.


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As expected the Ducato/Holiday combination drives nicely, with plenty of power from the biggest engine in the Fiat range.


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Dinette is generous and forward-facing seats are seatbelt equipped.

20 cylinder bin, consists of the under-bed area that can be accessed from both the offside door and from the inside, by lifting the bed. It’s certainly a convenient arrangement, but can be a problem in very dusty conditions. Hoses and the like should certainly be kept in drip-proof containers, while under the bed are the batteries, battery charger, inverter and hot water system, all of which are really only accessible from inside. Out of sight under the rear are corner stabilisers which are a standard Sunliner feature. Whilst most caravans have them, most motorhomes do not. They’re not essential, but it’s surprising how much rock n’ roll a heavy footed person going out the door can create, not to mention anything else! All that built into the Holiday gives it a tare weight of 3640 kg. Given the Holiday’s gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4490 kg, it certainly leaves a morethan-adequate payload capacity. Step Inside… he Holiday G53 is a four seat/four berth motorhome probably best suited to couples and maybe an occasional grandchild (or two). The entry door is about halfway along the kerb side of the vehicle and when you step inside the kitchen is immediately to your left, while opposite is the

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wall and a walk-around space at the foot that leads to the full-width rear bathroom.

especially the TV aerial winder. LED lighting seems to be the predominant lighting type.

All main switches and electrical controls are grouped above the entry door, along with the standard Radio/CD sound system (and TV aerial winder in the ceiling). Whilst this is certainly convenient it can be a stretch for shorter people,

What’s Cooking? edged between the entry door and front cab is the main part of the rather compact kitchen. Well equipped, it lacks any bench space other than glass lid over the cooker or the sink’s draining board. Fortunately, the dinette is immediately behind you when working in the kitchen and it would need to be used for any substantial food preparation. The fridge and microwave are also across the aisle, between the dinette and bedroom.

TV mount is best positioned for bedtime viewing

Above entry-door controls are neatly grouped, but again a stretch for some.

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Kitchen drawer space is good. Drinks and Dinner undowners for six is certainly doable, but with four people sitting at the cafe-style dinette and two in the swivelled cab seats, the arrangement would be a bit awkward. Still, the dinette has seat belts for two, and four people travelling together could spread themselves out a bit, especially as the cab seats make comfortable after-hours reading chairs.

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Cooks will need to use the dinette table for meal preparation. 175 L fridge/freezer and a microwave. There’s decent kitchen storage space, with three drawers beneath the sink and one below the cooker, plus the usual run of overhead cupboards.

Of particular interest to Mrs iMotorhome was the cooker’s large wok burner. Located by itself on the left side of the cooktop, it’s a nice inclusion for those fond of fast-andfurious Asian-style cooking.

The dinette itself is quite spacious and the table is a good size, while right beside it is a large picture window for making the most of the view. Indeed, the whole vehicle has a spacious and airy feel thanks largely to generous window sizing. Storage space


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23 is good too, with space under the seats as well as three overhead cupboards. Scrub-a-Dub! ne part of the Holiday G53’s open and airy feel is no doubt due to the unusual bathroom design. Situated full-width across the rear, the bathroom has a novel/unusual/interesting two-panel “moving wall” arrangement instead of a normal door. Let me explain (or just look at the photos)…

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The sizeable shower cubicle is in the driver’s side rear corner of the Holiday and between it and the bedroom is a fixed timber-finish panel. Beside it is a sliding door the same size and finish that can be left retracted for maximum ‘openness,’ which allows you to look out the window in the bathroom’s rear wall, or slid shut to close off two thirds of the bathroom. The final piece of the puzzle is a concertina fabric door that extends from a kerbside-wall recess and joins up with the sliding solid panel, to provide total privacy. The trouble is I’m not sure it’s all more than a rather complex gimmick. You see the toilet pedestal is in the opposite corner to the shower cubicle, and in full view when any of the doors are open. So to use the loo you need to close everything up. Which could get a bit tedious on a regular basis. On the other


Day Test: Sunliner Holiday G53 hand, it does open up the vehicle during the day and certainly ads to a feeing of spaciousness. Horses for courses, I guess. Otherwise, the bathroom is nicely appointed, with a small hand basin and cupboard unit beneath the bathroom window and a mirrored medicine cabinet above it. The shower cubicle has a threepanel sliding glass door, while inside is a height-adjustable domestic style chrome shower and tap unit. There is also a cup and toothbrush holder above the sink, between the window and shower door, and a large wall mirror above the toilet cistern.

Loo is in full view unless all bathroom doors are closed.

Bed Time… et me quote Malcolm again. “In the rear the east-west bed, with its head against the offside wall, takes up a fair bit of space. Featuring a posture slat bed-base with inner spring mattress, the bed measures 1.75 m x 1.37 m (5 ft 9 in x 4 ft 6 in) unextended and 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) extended. Although the longer length will be adequate for most people, it does cut down the walkway space considerably, while large windows on both sides ensure good cross flow ventilation.”

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“Up front ,the Luton bed, measuring 1.93 m x 0.97 m (6 ft 4 in x 3 ft 2 in) is certainly only for smaller couples or

With bed extended, getting past is a squeeze.

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bed reading lights (as well as dinette reading lights). Between the entry door and the foot of the main bed is a tall wardrobe unit that helps provide a modicum of privacy from guests prying eyes. The wardrobe has a swivel TV mount on it and television viewing appears best done from bed, although it could be seen from the dinette as well. Unfortunately, no TV was fitted to the test vehicle, so I couldn’t check it out.

Over-cab bed area is small and best suited to kids.

East-west main bed has reading lights and a bed-head shelf.

25 Our test vehicle had a bare mattress and we took our Duvalay’s along to show how it would look made up. The trouble was the mattress sat on a metal base, which it dutifully slide off at every corner and other opportunity. In Conclusion rs iMotorhome and I found the Sunliner Holiday G53 quite appealing. It’s a modern, good looking motorhome that provides decent living space,

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Day Test: Sunliner Holiday G53 and in Specification Level Three comes with most of the goodies you could ask for. The bed is best suited to shorter folks who could leave it unextended, but I’d just leave it fully made up and

squeeze past as required. The bathroom wall/door arrangement is a matter for personal taste, but overall this is a well appointed motorhome that could certainly keep a couple happily touring for years.

House batteries, inverter and hot water are all under the bed.

Bed lifts easily for internal access.

26 Finish aside, I think Fiat’s Ducato is a better choice than the Iveco for most people as it’s more car like, comfortable and just plain nicer to drive. Fancy a roamin’ Holiday? Best check it out…

Curved cupboard doors are Euro chic.

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The Sunliner Holiday G53 is an appealing, modern motorhome with decent living space and plenty of equipment.


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Specifications Manufacturer

Sunliner Motorhomes

Model

Holiday G53

Base Vehicle

Fiat Ducato X250

Engine

3.0-litre turbo-diesel

Power

115 kW @ 3500 rpm

Torque

400 Nm @ 1700 rpm

Gearbox

6-speed AMT

Brakes

ABS Disc

Tare Weight

3640 kg

Gross Vehicle Mass

4490 kg

Licence

Car

Approved Seating

4

External Length

7.30 m (23 ft 9 in)

External Width

2.47 m (8 ft 1 in)

External Height

3.4 m (11 ft 1 in)

Internal Height

2.13 m (7 ft)

Rear Bed Size

1.75 m x 1.37 m (5 ft 9 in x 4 ft 6 in)

Rear Bed extended

1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)

Luton Bed

1.93 m x 0.97m ( 6 ft 4 in x 3 ft 2 in)

Cooktop

Thetford Triplex

Fridge

Dometic RM 7851 175-litre

Microwave

Yes

Lighting

12 V LED

Batteries

2 x 100 amp hour

Gas

2 x 9.0 kg

Heater

Diesel

Solar Panels

1 x 135 W

Air Conditioner

Air Command Ibis

Hot Water Heater

Truma gas/electric 14-litre

Toilet

Thetford ceramic, cassette

Shower

Separate cubicle

Fresh Water Tank

120-litre

Grey Water Tank

55-litre

Price driveaway

$147,700 VIC

Pros • • • • • •

Easy driving Car licence Well equipped Nice finish Spacious feel Looks good

Cons • Small kitchen • Bed extension fiddly • Limited external storage

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Maintenance: Self Service – Part 1

self service Although maintenance and servicing is best left to the professionals, there are things you can still do yourself‌ By Malcolm Street

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There’s not a lot an owner can do under the bonnet these days, however fluid checks (oil, water, power steering and brakes) are easy but essential.

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t's a fact that technology has changed much about motorhome servicing requirements – on several counts actually. One is that service intervals are greatly extended over what they were even 20 years ago and the other is that RV servicing has become much more high tech. Indeed in some cases, for the base vehicle there are only a handful of specialised service centres. All motorhomes need regular maintenance, including ones that sit on the driveway for extended periods. Indeed brakes, wheel bearings, seals, electrical connections and tyres can all become a problem if rarely used. I know

someone who recently bought a motorhome that had sat still for the best part of two years and was then faced with a brake repair bill of nearly $5000! Age and use catches up with everything (and all of us!), however with some care and attention, getting years of stress free travel from your motorhome should not be a problem. Whilst servicing a motorhome probably daunts many people and in some cases should not be done by home mechanics, it is still helpful to have an understanding of what is required so you can have a knowledgeable discussion with the service person. If you are planning on doing things

yourself, then it’s always good to know exactly what you are doing and have the right tools for doing it. Like cars – compare say a 1964 EH Holden to a 2013 Commodore – RVs have moved the same way, particularly items like electrical systems, and a mistake could be expensive. Basic Maintenance on’t be scared off by the above, because there are plenty of things that can be done like simply keeping everything neat and clean; making sure all the lights (either globe or LED) are working and checking tyre pressures. For instance, giving your motorhome a regular wash also means a simple

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inspection can be done at the same time and it’s often these times when you notice something is wrong. The following items that should all be on your motorhome service list. Whilst some should certainly be carried out by professionals, many can be done with a few simple tools. 1: Wash and clean on a regular basis – a relatively simple job, but it does give your motorhome something of a general inspection at the same time. Don't forgot to have a look at all the rubber seals, mostly those around external bin doors, but also window rubbers and joints between body panels. 2: General service – including oil, brakes, wheels, tyres and other moving parts. Most of these items are safety features and don’t like neglect! Should be done on an annual basis (at least) or before any long trip. Don't forget to include things like the spare wheel: tyres degrade even when doing nothing, especially of exposed to sunlight. Speaking of tyres, be sure to know the recommended air pressures for them, from the vehicle manufacturer, and the maximum pressures allowed by the tyre manufacturer (printed on the sidewall).

Professional service is a worthwhile investment.

Keeping your engine bay clean is more than just good housekeeping.

When filling oil be sure to use a funnel to avoid spills. A clean one is even better.


Maintenance: Self Service – Part 1 3: Fix leaks (water and dust) – often a problem in older motorhomes and better if found sooner than later. Regular internal inspections with a torch, especially in places like the Luton peak, external bins and the back of overhead lockers are the clue and repairs should be done ASAP.

4: On-road electrical systems – including head, brake and clearance lights. These are safety features and should be checked before every trip. 5: House electrical systems – includes all 240 and 12volt fittings and appliances. Whilst non-functioning items

Roadside breakdowns are always inconvenient…

33 can simply be annoying, items like Residual Current Devices (RCDs) aka ‘Safety Switches’ are a personal safety item. Important: 240 V repairs must always be left to licensed electricians. Don't forget to ‘Tag and Test’ all power leads, too. 6: Power systems – on a more sophisticated level, batteries, inverters, generators and solar panels have their own maintenance requirements. Manufacturers’ instructions should be followed, especially in relation to batteries left standing for lengthy periods. Certainly, batteries should be charged-up on a weekly basis. Solar panels need cleaning regularly to work most efficiently.

Any electrical work can be daunting, but 240 V work requires a licensed professional.


Maintenance: Self Service – Part 1 7: Gas systems – except for changing gas cylinders and using soapy water for leak checking, repairs must always be left to licensed professionals. 8: Water systems – leaks are usually obvious but slow ones can cause problems if not dealt with. Be wary of any puddles that appear under your vehicle and also watch for leaks inside from behind panels, inside cupboards, etc.

10: Hot water service – this should be checked for leaks and manufacturer’s instructions followed regarding sacrificial anodes in certain brands. If your system is both gas and electric it’s especially important to have all wiring, connections and fittings checked annually. Look for signs of corrosion, too.

34 Undoubtedly there are other items that should be added to the above list but these should keep you busy enough! Next issue we’ll look at what you should carry in your toolbox. You do have a toolbox, don’t you?

9: Cassette toilet – there a few simple maintenance items that can be done to avoid any unpleasant problems. Check your owner’s manual. These should be done annually or before a lengthy trip.

Always carry at least basic tools. We’ll discuss them next issue.

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Mobile Tech: Tablet Comparison

TABLET PRESCRIPTION

A dozen tablets that could make your digital life easier‌ From Gizmag

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here are plenty of tablets out there to choose from, and with the Festive Season upon us it’s a good time to start dropping hints about which one might make the ideal Christmas gift. Tell them it’s medicinal! Agony of choice… We had to narrow our list down somehow, so we went with what we consider to be the highest profile tablets of the moment. If you stroll into your local electronics or retail

store, these are the models you're most likely to see.

in tablets' bodies, so we left them out of this round.

Are they also the best tablets? Many are, others maybe less so. But for the sake of simplicity, we had to cut it off somewhere, so "high-profile" it is.

We divided our picks into two groups. The large 22 cm (8.9 inch) and larger tablets:

We also left out hybrid tablet PCs that run full desktop operating systems, like the Surface Pro and Lenovo Yoga. Their software, internal guts, and prices basically make them laptops trapped

• Apple iPad Air • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch • Microsoft Surface 2 • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)


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Size

And the smaller 20 cm (8.0 inch) and below tablets:

• Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7inch)

• Apple iPad mini with Retina Display

• Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

For each category, you'll see • Apple iPad mini two visuals: one showing the (1st generation) five big boys, and another with the seven little guys. The • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX images sit smack dab on top of each other, so you can • Google/Asus Nexus 7 (2013) easily ogle all twelve at once. • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Got it? Good. Without further (8 inch) ado, we present to you our 2013 Tablet Comparison Guide.

Size Quite a variety here. We have everything ranging from Microsoft's honkin' big Surface 2 to Samsung's teeny Galaxy Tab 3 7". How big of a difference is it? Well, the Tab 3 only gives you 46 per cent as much surface area as the Surface. All the other tablets lie somewhere in between. We'll get to displays in a minute, but it's worth noting that the screens of the three iPads and the 8-inch Galaxy


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Weight

Tab take up the highest percentage of their front faces. Other tablets, like the Kindle Fires and the Surface 2, have much more space devoted to their bezels. Weight Among the big tablets, the

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the lightest, but remember that it also has a 27 per cent smaller screen than the feathery iPad Air. The Surface 2, despite being a hair lighter than the 1st-gen Surface RT, is by far the heaviest in this group.

The Nexus 7 is the lightest in this bunch, but the small tablets are all in the same general weight class. That's a win for the 8-in tablets, as they all give you significantly more screen real estate than the 7-in slates do (more on that in a minute).


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Build

Build Plastic shows up the most, but it's also generally going to give you the cheapest feel. Only the Surface and the iPads use metallic build materials.

The two Kindle Fires and the Nexus 7 all lack physical navigation buttons. So you'll sacrifice a portion of their screens, in exchange for virtual buttons.

Also worth noting: the Surface 2 is the only tablet in this group that gives you a kickstand. It helps to use it as a faux laptop, when paired with one of Microsoft's keyboard covers.


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Colours Colours Here are your colour options, with 8 of the 12 tablets giving you some choice in the matter. Display If you're wondering about those percentages above,

that's a quick reference to show you the relative size of each screen (with the biggest screen, the Surface 2, marking 100 per cent). These stats are based on screen area, not the misleading diagonal measurements that

manufacturers use. When is a 7.9-inch screen bigger than an 8-inch screen? When they have different aspect ratios, that's when. The iPad mini's 4:3 aspect ratio gives you 4 per cent


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Display more screen area than the Galaxy Note 8.0's 16:10 screen. Speaking of aspect ratios, the iPads' 4:3 is easily the best for portrait mode use, and is also good for landscape.

The 16:10 tablets can work decently for portrait mode, but are more oblong. The Surface's 16:9 screen is, more or less, strictly landscape. Use it in portrait, and you'll feel like you're reading a long scroll of parchment.

The majority of the tablets in this group have razor-sharp, high resolution displays (which you'd call "Retina" if you were Apple). The exceptions? Four Samsung tablets and the 1stgen iPad mini, which all have much lower resolution.


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Stylus Stylus Samsung's Galaxy Notes are the only slates in this group that are centred around stylus input. They also include some software features that take advantage of the S Pen, including quick note-jotting from anywhere,

screen annotating, and scrolling through web pages by hovering your pen over the screen. You can buy third-party styluses that are compatible with the other tablets, but they don't have the system-wide

software integration that the Notes' S Pens do. Software Each platform has its own fans, but when it comes to apps, the iPad still rules this roost. Apple's most recent stats (from October) boast


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Software of more than 475,000 total tablet-optimised apps in the App Store. A recent report estimated that Google Play's count of tablet apps is "in the low tens of thousands." Curiously, the Surface's Windows Store has over 120,000 apps. It must be

loaded with lots of useless filler apps, though, because our experience paints a very different picture. Despite those stats, we're confident in declaring its app selection the weakest in this group. Of course you can also run scaled-up smartphone apps

on all the Android tablets. You can get away with that on smaller tablets like the Nexus 7, but the bigger the screen gets, the more ridiculous those stretched-out apps will look. Expect lots of blank space and unattractive layouts.


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Office Apps Bundled office apps Apple is throwing in its iWork suite of office apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) with every new iPad purchase.

Microsoft also includes the RT version of Office, which looks and behaves almost exactly like the desktop version, with the Surface 2. Not to miss out

on the fun, Amazon is tacking on a third-party office app called OfficeSuite Pro 7 with Fire HDX purchases.


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Storage Storage

The two new iPads offer the most storage options, but everything else (apart from last

year's iPad mini) is available in multiple flash storage tiers.


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Wirelss

Wireless

The Surface 2 is the only tablet in this bunch that isn't sold in a cellular version, but

that will supposedly come sometime in 2014.


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Processor

Processorďżź

There shouldn't be too much concern about performance anywhere in this group, but expect the 7-in Galaxy Tab to be the most questionable. The

1st-gen iPad mini is no speed demon either, but the two new iPads are about as fast as it gets right now.


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RAM

RAM ranges from a mere 512 MB in the first iPad mini, all the way up to 3 GB in the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1.

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Battery

Batteryďżź

We haven't put all of these tablets through our standard battery test, so the above visuals show their capacities (at least where they're known).

From where we stand now, we'd say the iPad Air and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 are the ones to beat here.


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Cameras

Cameras

Who's up for some awkward tablet photography? Everything but the 7-in Kindle

Fire HDX includes a rear camera.


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On-Device Customer Service

On-device customer service We'll throw Amazon a bone here, and highlight the Kindle Fire HDX's "Mayday" button.

If you want help using your device, tap the button, and an Amazon rep will pop onto your screen to lend a hand. It's kinda like one-way video chat: you can see the Amazon rep,

but they can only hear you. They can, however, see your screen, draw on your screen, and even control your device, if you're into that kind of thing.


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Release Cycle Release cycle The original iPad mini is the only 2012 holdout on this list (Apple kept it around for a second year at a lower price). Most of the other tablets just launched within the last few months, so there isn't too much to worry about here.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 has been around since April, so it's possible we'll see its follow-up in around five months. The iPad mini with Retina Display hasn't yet released at the time of publication. But you should expect it around

the end of November, possibly in extremely short supply. Starting prices And it all leads up to this. All prices shown are in US$ for the US market, but show the relative pricing and probably what you can


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Price - in US Dollars find them for online and have shipped to Australia. Good deals are available in Australia from man of the major online discount electronics specialist, like JB HiFi, and eBay. As you can see, prices are

all over the place. Apple has never been known for budget pricing, and the iPads are no exception. That includes a US$70 hike for the 2ndgen iPad mini over what the original went for last year. In exchange, the 1st-gen model got a $30 price drop.

Apple's high margins leave room for Amazon and Google to price their tablets pretty aggressively. You could easily argue that the two Kindle Fires and the Nexus 7 give you the most hardware bang for your buck. They all have razor-sharp screens, fast


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performance, and modest price tags. Just remember that the base prices for Amazon's tablets include advertising on the lockscreen. You'll need to fork over an extra $15 to turn those ads off. Wrap-up o there you have it, your most high-profile tablets of the 2013 holiday shopping season. The iPad is still the most popular tablet, and we think the iPad Air is the best full-sized

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tablet you can buy today. But Samsung's tablets are growing in popularity, and Kindle Fire and Nexus tablets always provide that great value. The odd man out is the Surface 2: it's improved over its predecessor, but its app selection isn't great and its supposed productivity advantage is dampened by the fact that it doesn't run desktop apps (you'll need to check out the Surface Pro 2 for that). Plus you'll

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have to fork over an extra US$120 or so to get one of Microsoft's keyboard covers, an integral part of the Surface experience. We can say there aren't any tablets in this group that we'd avoid like the plague. The hardest sell might be the 7-in Galaxy Tab 3 – not because it's a terrible tablet, but because you can get a much better device, the Nexus 7, for very little more. Merry Christmas!


Road-Side Eats: Poppy's Ice Cream Van

Poppy’s home made ice creams are to diet for…

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Bruce, Poppy and Mrs iM beside Poppy’s portable seaside ice cream emporium.

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orget about doing a silly dance for no particular reason, Poppy’s ice cream van on the waterfront at Kaikoura, about 180 km north of Christchurch on State Highway 1, is worth doing a song and dance about all on its own. Mrs iMotorhome and I chanced upon Poppy’s last week, on the first day of our New Zealand motorhome relocation adventure. Several friends had told us to be sure to visit Kaikoura – a town renowned for its spectacular seaside setting, backed by towering snowcapped mountains – but none could

have known about Poppy’s: It had only been open three weeks. Poppy (named by her grandkids) and new husband Bruce set up the little roadside van following their recent marriage, to give her a little business of her own in her newly adopted home town. Poppy is ex-Christchurch and had lost her closest work colleague in the catastrophic earthquake of February 2011. A long-term single mum, ‘Poppy’ found love (Bruce) on the Internet following the ‘quake and has taken to her new life like, um, a kid to ice cream. With husband Bruce

standing nearby for support, Poppy mixes her own creations and serves them to, what I predict, will be a rapidly growing clientele. After agonising over the choices we settled on Poppy’s version of a New Zealand favourite: Hokey Pokey, made with crushed-up Crunchie chocolate bars. Oh, the Hokey Pokey! It a toss up though. Mrs iM was strongly leaning towards the passionfruit ice cream, made with Poppy's own passionfruit curd. Real fruit smoothies, plus milkshakes, are also on offer and although the menu list is relatively small


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Nothing like taking over the shop! you really can’t go wrong. Ice cream runs to about NZ$3.50, from memory, for a single serve in waffle cone. The setting helps, too, I’m sure. Just 10 metres from the water’s edge, Poppy provides a couple of small white tables

and chairs so you can sit back and admire the stunning scenery. Sitting in the warmth of the spring afternoon sunshine, eating probably the best ice cream ever and gazing across the bay at the snow capped Seaward

Kaikoura mountains, which almost rise from the water’s edge, is an experience I’ll long remember. Seaside Kaikoura – the name literally means ‘meal of crayfish’ – has a population around 2500, a year-round


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Views are to die for, ice cream is to diet for. What a combination!

average temperature of 15º C and is a popular centre for whale watching and all-things seafood and water sports. Poppy’s is at the southern end

of town, on the Esplanade as you head towards the peninsular and the site of the original whaling station. We visited on a postcard day

and it was perfect. If you’re passing by be sure to drop in and, if you can, stay a while. So many ice creams, so little time. Oh, the Hokey Pokey…


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Even George Clooney can’t resist Poppy’s homemade ice creams…

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Cook-up: Chicken Breast Balsamic

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Yum Zinger! Bringing the flavoursome zing of balsamic vinegar to the humble chicken breast‌


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Chicken Breast Balsamic You’ll need...

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In a small bowl, put vinegar, oil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until combined.

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste) 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste) • 2 x 200 grams boneless, skinless chicken breast halves • Cooking spray

Put chicken in a ziploc bag. Pour vinegar mixture in bag with chicken, seal bag and spread marinade over chicken. Refrigerate minimum of 30 minutes (overnight is best). Preheat your oven or Webber to about 200º C. Spray small baking dish with cooking spray. Put chicken in prepared baking dish and pour marinade over Cover and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Let sit for 5 minutes and then serve. Garnish to taste and serve with a fresh salad

Hints • I have also cooked this by pan frying it with the lid on. • While the cooked chicken is resting for 5 minutes make a glaze. With the marinade left in the pan you can add a knob of butter and make a glaze to put over the chicken! • Be sure to stop at roadside stalls for the best, freshest and often the cheapest fruit and vegetables.


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Bendigo Caravan & Camping Show

Newcastle Caravan, Camping & Holiday Expo

Adelaide Caravan & Camping Show

Bendigo Racecourse, Heinz St, Ascot. VIC. • Open 9:00-5:00 daily (4:00 Sunday) • Parking: Available • Adults: $10 • Seniors: $6 • Kids: Free U 15 with adult

Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground • Open 9:00-5:00 daily (4:00 Sunday) • Parking: Free • Adults: $10 • Seniors: $6 • Kids: Free U 16 with adult

Adelaide Showground. • Open 10:00-6:00 daily • Parking: Free • Adults: $13 • Seniors: $10 • Kids: Free U 15 with adult

http://newcastle.supershow.com.au/Default. aspx

http://www.caravanandcampingsa.com.au/page. asp?parentid=257

http://www.leisurefest.com.au/visitor.html

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iMotorhome eMagazine Issue 37 - 16 November 2013  

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

iMotorhome eMagazine Issue 37 - 16 November 2013  

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

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