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Issue 76: Jul 18 2015
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Fresh Eyre!
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Avida’s slide-out
Eyre features a
fresh new
floorplan…
Project Polly
First impressions of our new project motorhome…
Longtermer Update
How ‘our’ Horizon Casuarina is faring!
Travel!
Hobart to Sydney – the final instalment!
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On my mind | 5
Old Flames…
issues, and when a good, used carbon-fibre
Specialized Roubaix (Ruby, or course) came along,
Missy was relegated to second place. In the cycling
world carbon-fibre bikes rule due to their light weight,
but titanium is exclusive and has a mystique that sets
it apart, so I was never going to sell her.
“I met my old lover on the street last night. She
seemed so glad to see me I just smiled. And
we talked about some old times and we drank
ourselves some beers, still crazy after all these
years…”
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon penned these lyrics,
which came to mind this week when I also caught up
unexpectedly with an old flame. I’d seen her around
but largely ignored her because of my commitments
and the knowledge that getting involved again would
cause some angst. Still, she regularly popped into my
head and so when we finally couldn’t avoid each other
any longer it was something of a relief – and I have to
say she certainly made me smile again.
Yes there was pain – largely caused by my situational
ineptitude – but once that was cleared it was just
so good to be with her, and the angst was quickly
forgotten. We went out and spent a few hours
catching up, reminiscing over old times and although
we didn’t have ourselves any beers, there still seemed
to be a degree of craziness after all these years.
My titanium road bike – a Van Nicholas Mistral,
handmade in Holland – has sat rather forlornly at
the back of my bike collection in the garage. Missy
(as she’s known) had a flat rear tyre and I’d put off
repairing it for months; perhaps a year in fact. She’s
one of modest collection of bikes for all roads and
seasons, but was my first ‘good’ bike. I bought her
new about a year before starting iMotorhome, but
we’d had a rocky start due to some componentry
Ruby’s my every-day bike and needed a rear tyre
replacement. After only putting it off for a day or so I
got to work and the job was quickly done. So quickly
and easily in fact I thought I’d fix Missy while I was
on a roll. Ouch! Obviously not pleased with being
overlooked for so long Missy drew blood, but I’m sure
it was my fault. Anyway, with a new tube in place and
a break in the weather we headed out together and it
was like falling in love all over again.
Why am I sharing this? Because we all have neglected
items tucked away that need just a little TLC to bring
back to life. Missy is just a bike, but the principal
works with people too. A little bit of effort – some
kind words or an apology, perhaps – can bring a big
reward. If there’s something or someone you need
to ‘repair’ things with, get to it. There’s still time to be
crazy, even after all these years…
Farewell Keith
Our advertising manager Keith Smyth has hung up his
phone and decided to join wife Denise in retirement.
We wish them all the best, and with a grandchild
recently arrived I’m sure they’ll both keep busy! Think
you can fill his shoes? Call me!
Get Together
There’s still space at our inaugural iMotorhome get
together in mid September. Come and explore
the remarkable ruins at Joadja Creek, meet the
iMotorhome team and spend a relaxed weekend with
a small group of fellow motorhomers. See page 10
for details!
Richard
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About Us
9
Resources
Who we are, where and other legal stuff
Find back issues and more on
our website
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On my Mind
11
On your Mind
22
Marketplace
Old Flames…
Share your thoughts for the chance to
win $50!
14
News
24
Day Test: Avida Eyre 2663 SL
38
Project Polly
46
Longtermer: Horizon Casuarina
52
Travel: Reader Writes
62
Product Review
64
Mobile Tech
67
Advertisers' Index
What’s happening in the wider RV world and beyond
The latest Marketplace offers
Fresh Eyre – now there’s a slide-out in Avida’s Eyre range!
First Impressions – so far so good!
A report card on our longterm Horizon Casuarina
Relocation Road Trip – the final instalment of a Hobart-to-Sydney rental relocation
Camp Kitchen – for lovers of cooking in the great outdoors!
Food Apps For Thought – every food lover will appreciate these…
An A to Z of who’s in this issue!
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We’ve Booked Out The Valley!
cludes
Now in night
Friday sizzle!
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sausa
Date:11-13 September 2015
Location: Joadja Creek
Heritage Site, NSW.
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Google Maps
Cost:$59 per person
What’s Included?
• Entry fee
• 2-nights non-powered camping (Fri/Sat)
with basic facilities available
The inaugural iMotorhome get-together is being
held at of one of Australia’s most interesting
historical sites – Joadja Creek. Set deep in a
valley on the western fringe of the Southern
Highlands of NSW, this tranquil and picturesque
location was once a thriving industrial centre
and township, complete with its own railway.
• Guided historic site tour by the owner
• Tour of Joadja Whisky Distillery
• Spanish tapas dinner on Saturday night
Extras
Extra night (Sun): $6 per person
Come and meet the iMotorhome team,
enjoy a guided site tour, a tour of the recently
completed Joadja Whisky Distillery and delight
in an authentic Spanish tapas dinner, followed
by a few drinks by the camp fire!
Beer with dinner: $5 each
We’ve booked out the valley for the weekend,
but space limited to about 20 motorhomes,
so book early and secure your spot!
Email info@imotorhome.com.au with your
name and contact details and we’ll put you on
the list. Payment via EFT required to confirm
booking. Space is limited so contact us today!
Wine with dinner: $6 glass
Bookings
Fine Print (please read):
1: Due to licensing restrictions BYO is not available with the Saturday night dinner, but okay at other times (like around the camp fire!).
2: A
ccess is via several kilometres of dirt road. The final 2 km can be tricky after heavy rain and we reserve the right to reschedule or
cancel the event due to weather conditions. In either case a full refund would be offered.
3: Access isn’t recommended for coach-sized motorhomes, but anything up to about 9 m will be fine.
On your mind | 11
Win $50 for the best letter!
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 our readers. We’ll also reward
On The Fly…
Our little Class-C motorhome came with two
"privacy curtains" across the above-cabin bed,
which we didn't need or use. So we made one
long curtain from breathable mozzie net type
material that we can tuck under the mattress.
Now we are more or less guaranteed a good
night’s sleep in our mozzie free enclosure.
Cheers, Steve.
Looks like a good idea to me Steve, and so simple.
Please accept this issue’s $50 for sharing such a
simple concept with our readers. I’m sure others
will find it very useful!
Maiden Voyage!
Hi Richard, hope you are well. Attached are a
couple of pictures for you taken on the maiden
voyage in our new Swift Rio motorhome, in
Cornwall. I have been making notes and will
submit the owners report (warts and all) soon.
Best Regards, Ian.
Thanks Ian, I look forward to it. Enjoy summer
while it lasts, we’re in the depths of winter at
present and Cornwall looks most inviting!
the most interesting, useful or thoughtful letter
each issue with $50 to help you on your way.
12 | On your mind
Fiat Cup Holders
I downloaded my copy of edition 75 minutes
ago and have just ordered the Fiat Ducato cup
Holders.
Cheers, Chris
Good on you, Chris. They look like an excellent
solution to the Fiat cupholder issue, and at the
right price! Be sure to send us some photos
when installed.
Scam Alert?
Hi Richard. I am not sure if this is interesting to
you? It seems not to be to Scam Watch or the
website company Trovit. While browsing motor
homes on the internet and having my first coffee
for the day, about three weeks ago, I found that
someone is advertising the same motor home that
we purchased one year ago!
They’ve used the same photos, picture, rego
number and write up. The address in the same
area. I contacted the previous owner and he
agreed that it was definitely his photos and words
and rego. I was relieved when I tried to browse the
rego number and nothing came up (we changed
from NSW to SA registration thank goodness).
How can we warn others of scams that we find?
And is there any one we can report them to have
action taken? Love the Mag and look forward to
reading it when we are home.
Cheers, Dean
Good on you, Chris. They look like an excellent
solution to the Fiat cupholder issue, and at the
right price! Be sure to send us some photos
when installed. Dean, I can well imagine how
upsetting it would be to find someone advertising
your motorhome! You did the right thing by
contacting Scam Watch and the website
operator. I’ve contacted the website operator
twice on your behalf, but again with no response.
I also contacted the supposed seller; again with
no response. I’m surprised Scam Watch wasn’t
interested, so I suggest you contact the Australian
Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)
by clicking here. Hopefully you might get some
satisfaction there. Good luck and please let me
know if you hear anything. I’ll do the same.
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Congratulations Simon, we’re sure you’ll love the system once installed. If you missed your
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Showgrounds, from 31 July to 2 August. Ian will be demonstrating the remarkable Reverse Alert
system fitted to our very own Project Polly, and we’ll have a new competition running. Don’t
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Frontline $1200 Accessory Offer!
F
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includes side and rear flyscreens, plus an outdoor shower.
Vehicles are available in Sydney, Ballina and the Gold Coast/
Brisbane. To see exactly what’s on offer click HERE.
European and Canadian Relocations
T
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offering limited opportunities for rental relocations in Europe.
At the time of writing relocations available included London to
Munich and Rome to Amsterdam; both trips costing £5 per day and
allowing 4 days. Canada is also on offer now, with trips like Calgary
to Yellowknife and Halifax to Toronto (which our roadtest editor
Malcolm Street is currently experiencing) available at $25 per day.
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Apollo now WiFi Connected
Y
ou’ve come to expect WiFi in your hotel
and even on cruise ships. Now you can
use it on your Great Aussie Road trip,” says
Apollo Motorhome Holidays, who has introduced
portable WiFi routers for hire with campervans or
motorhomes in its Australian fleet.
According to CEO Luke Trouchet, “It’s rare to see
a traveller in Australia or New Zealand without a
smartphone at their fingertips – the humble travel
guidebook has all but been replaced by travel
websites and apps. We’ve responded to guest
requests for WiFi routers so they can easily use their
smart devices on the road and where their own
mobile phone data coverage may not extend,” he
said.
Usage plans ranging from 60 MB to 3 GB from
Australia’s largest carrier, Telstra. At $10 per day,
with a maximum charge of $50 per rental, plus data
usage, the deal compares favourably with many
hotel internet packages. International travellers will be
the biggest winners, gaining access to the internet
at a fraction of the cost of most international data
roaming charges.
“The units are removable with re-chargeable
batteries so they can be taken out of the rental
vehicle, allowing WiFi access down at the beach,
near the camp fire or on a rainforest walk, for
example,” Mr Trouchet said.
Also capitalising on the trend towards online tourism
information, Apollo’s New Zealand operations
recently launched a free App available to all guests
with an iPhone or Android device.
“The ‘Apollo NZ Travel Guide’ makes sure travellers
don’t miss a thing on their self-drive holiday, with
hundreds of points of interest, detailed maps, up
to date local information and prices and a ‘take me
there’ function to help plan driving routes. This is an
absolutely fantastic tool for a New Zealand driving
holiday,” said Trouchet, adding that the company is
now considering the large undertaking of creating a
similar application for Australia. To find out more or
book an Apollo holiday, click HERE.
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Fancy some scenic touring through the Flinders Ranges, or paddling
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Conversion Opportunity
L
ooking for a unique opportunity to create
your dream motorhome? The ex-mobile
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Library is for sale and will be auctioned on 5
August in Wagga Wagga. Reportedly in very
good condition, its details are:
• 2004 DAF 55.250 pantech truck
with 315,400 km
• Custom-built mobile library 10 m long x 2.5 m
wide x 3.8 m high
• 6 m x 2 m slide-out
• Fully electronic set-up operation (stabilisers,
slide-out, awning)
• 2 split-system air conditioners
• Disabled access
• Automatic electric sliding entry-door
• Awning over entry door
• Built-in shelving
• Kitchen area (sink, fridge, microwave oven)
• Two-bay IT desk
According to Robert Knight, Executive Director
– Riverina Regional Library, “This versatile
vehicle has many years of life left as a mobile
library, or could be converted into a fantastic
mobile home, mobile office, or anything else
that your imagination can conjure up! The
vehicle will be auctioned at the Rundles Truck
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Queensland Drivers Be Warned
F
rom 1 September 2015, double demerit
points will apply for second or subsequent
mobile phone offences that are committed
by drivers within one year of an earlier offence.
The first time you get an infringement notice
for using a mobile phone while driving you will
be allocated three demerit points. If you use
a mobile phone while driving again within 12
months of the first offence, you will be allocated
another 3 demerit points. At that point you will
also receive an additional three demerit points
for it being within one year of the first offence.
That means nine demerit points in total for two
infringements. The mobile phone offences that
could result in double demerit points being
allocated are:
•a
ny driver using a hand-held mobile phone
while driving (including when stopped in traffic
or at traffic lights)
• any use of mobile phones by learner and P1
provisional licence holders under 25 years of
age, and P1 probationary licence holders.
You do not necessarily have to commit the
same type of mobile phone offence a second or
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For example, the person could commit a first
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phone on loudspeaker and commit a second
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phone in their hand. Double demerit points are
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News | 21
Beware Bogus Police
A
traveller suffered cuts to his arms, hands
and head after knife-wielding bogus
police attempted to rob him in NSW.
The terrified 53-year-old man was attacked
when the men forced their way into his
campervan, parked in the Shellharbour suburb
of Barrack Heights, NSW. The men were
said to have identified themselves as police
officers and produced what appeared to be
police badges. But when the victim asked for
additional identification they forcibly put tape
over his eyes and around his arms and legs.
They demanded money but fled empty handed
when a relative of the man approached the RV.
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Fresh
Eyre!
Avida’s slide-out Eyre is a fresh
design from Australia’s largest
manufacturer…
by Malcolm Street.
Day Test | 25
An editorial mix-up explains the Avida Eyre in this review, not the Birdsville as promised last issue! Apologies, but the
Eyre is technically more interesting, while Avida claims it to be the “lowest profile motorhome in the market”.
I
n the Avida range of motorhomes the Eyre
is a bit different. Apart from being a sleek
looking motorhome, the original layout had a
very distinctive European look about it. By that I
mean it was a layout that generally used space
in a very effective way and didn't have a great
deal of empty space – if you understand the
distinction!
More recently Avida introduced an Eyre model
with an kerbside slide-out. It still uses much of
the design from the original layout but naturally
has more internal area when the slide-out is
open.
The Vehicle
G
iven the Eyre is rather a low-slung
looking motorhome it's no surprise it
comes with a Fiat Ducato X295 cab
bolted to an AL-KO chassis. The Ducato is
the Multijet 180 variant with the 3.0-litre 132
kW/400 Nm turbo diesel. Like most of the rest
of the Avida fleet, the Eyre is built using a fully
welded metal frame for the walls, floor and
roof. Moulded fibreglass is used for the front
and rear panels, while the walls are laminated
together with backing panels and an outer
fibreglass skin. Slightly differently, the one piece
floor has a ply timber sheet above and metal
sheeting below for underbody protection.
Earlier Eyre designs did have a bit of a problem
with external storage capacity, but a large rear
boot with doors on both sides and the rear
wall, plus two lockers on the kerb side, works
very well. The 2 x 4 kg gas cylinders live in a
locker on the other side, just aft of the driver’s
cab door. Just a small issue to keep in mind
is that if the side bin doors are open, then
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Right: The boot door/window conflict.
Below: The slide-out is kitchen-only and
doesn’t add much weight or complexity.
Note the large side doors at the rear for the
boot, plus a door in the rear wall.
the side windows cannot be opened or closed
properly – not a major drama.
The house batteries, charger and 12 V fuses are
in a compartment accessed via the rear boot,
just inside the kerb-side door. About the only
problem with this arrangement is it isn’t easy to
get to the fuses.
On The Road
G
iven the 3504 kg tare weight the Eyre
SL is quite a nimble performer; certainly
on the open road and most of the time
around town, except when the six-speed AMT
gearbox decides to dither around a bit in the
lower gears. Although the Ducato is the latest
one from Fiat, the review model still did not
come with cup holders instead of the hinged
compartment in the centre console.
A better class of radio/CD player does seem to
be fitted these days. One of the little features
I liked about driving the Eyre was the ability to
leave the Skyview hatch open when travelling. It
provides fresh air without the buffeting from open
driver/passenger windows.
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If more kitchen area is desirable the
slide-out model is definitely the winner.
Living Inside
C
ompared to the nonslide-out model Eyre
there isn't much
difference in the rear: That
means there is an island bed,
with a split bathroom ahead of
it. In the front though, things
are very different. In the earlier
(non-slide) model both the
driver and passenger seats
swivel and mesh in with a
sideways-facing seat behind
the passenger, and a forwardfacing two-person lounge, with
table, behind the driver. That
leaves space in the mid area,
opposite the entry door, for the
kitchen.
But the slide-out changes all
this. For a start the entry door
is moved slightly rearwards,
while most of the kitchen – the
cooker and two-door fridge
– are now located in the slideout. Both cab seats swivel
and there's an L-shaped
lounge behind the passenger
seat, but the driver's seat
is somewhat blocked by a
kitchen bench.
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Below: The kitchen design limits cab access, especially to the driver’s seat, and when the table is
in place. Bottom: With the slide-out retracted aisle space is adequate, if a bit of a squeeze.
All the electrics in the Eyre are controlled from
a touch panel found at the end of the overhead
lockers, by the entry door, which is quite
convenient. Also to be found there is the radio/
CD player.
Lounging Around
T
he cab seats and lounge are all on the
same level so there's no problem using
the Zwaardvis mounted table that sits
between them. For two people the most
accommodating arrangement is for one person
in the passenger seat and the other on the
lounge behind it.
A flat screen TV is mounted on the wall by the
entry door and, given the layout of the lounge/
cab seats, that's probably the best place for it.
Due to the kitchen bench extension behind the
driver's seat the front area does have a slightly
cramped feel about it, even with the big hatch
above the cab.
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The kitchen return has this
handy pantry unit, but using
it when the driver’s seat is
occupied would be difficult.
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With the slide-out extended there’s quite good living room, plus easy access through to the bathroom and bedroom.
Time To Eat
W
hat the slide-out does give with this
layout is more kitchen space and
more room to move in it. There's a
nominal amount of bench space, with some
extra to be found behind the cooktop. There is,
however, only one drawer due to the inverter
microwave being below the cooktop.
Additional storage is provided by the bench
extension, which also houses both a round sink
and separate drainer. Beneath, the cupboard is
split with a shelved area and a slightly awkward
to get at wire basket pantry. Extra shelves are
fitted in the space above the sink drainer.
After Hours
U
ndoubtedly the most European looking
area in this motorhome is the bedroom.
The island bed measures a full 1.95
m x 1.53 m (6 ft 5 in x 5 ft), but has a slightly
rounded shape and sits a fair height off the
floor. That's no problem because there are
quite wide steps on either side, all fitted with
LED strip lighting so you don't trip over in the
dark!
Instead of the usual bedhead array of cabinetry
there are just two side wardrobes with recessed
compartments at bed level, which replace bed
side cabinets. One additional feature is the
mirror behind the bed: good for motorhome
users, but awkward for photographers trying to
get a photo of the bed!
At first glance there does’t appear to be much
in the way of bedroom storage, but that is
because most is located under the bed. Lifting
the bed base gives access to an almost walkin wardrobe, with a shelved area, two drawers
and a hanging rack – although that can really
Day Test | 31
Below: The bathroom is split, with the main cubicle on
the kerb side complete with vanity, window and swivelhead cassette toilet. If left open, the door closes off the
bathroom/bed area, for privacy. Bottom: The shower
cubicle sits across the aisle and provides easy access
from the bedroom.
only be used with the bed raised. It’s a clever
arrangement and one that includes strip lights
that come on automatically when the bed
base is lifted.
Keeping Clean
T
he individual shower and toilet cubicles
are quite small, but that’s really just a
design compromise to accommodate
the layout of the rest of the motorhome. There
is just enough room in the shower to turn
around without banging elbows, while across
the way the toilet cubicle has both cassette
toilet and small wash basin vanity.
Fortunately the cassette toilet is the swivel
variety, so there are no elbow banging issues
either. It might sound like I’m being a bit
critical of the size, but since I am someone
who doesn't need oversized amenities in a
motorhome I reckon it's okay. For privacy in
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Above: The queen bed sits in a bright and airy bedroom. Note the recesses in the wardrobes, in lieu of bedside tables.
Below: The bed is raised, but has sweeping stairs on both sides, complete with LED strip lighting.
the bedroom/bathroom area, the curved door
of the toilet cubicle can be fully opened to close
off the aisle.
What I Think
I
am going to pontificate here for a bit. Having
seen both the Eyre without slide-out and this
model with the slide-out, I think the nonslide-out model is the better design. However,
for you it's certainly going to come down to
personal preference in the end.
I think that the non slide-out design was
cleverer in the way space was used. Sure it
was a bit tighter inside, especially around the
kitchen, but it could carry four people and
integrated the cab area into the rest of the
motorhome very well. The slide-out design
certainly adds more kitchen space and room
generally, but the way it's done closes off the
front seating area somewhat.
Day Test | 33
In the Avida
range of
motorhomes
the Eyre is a bit
different.
34 | Day Test
Above: The bed lifts easily to reveal this quite
remarkable walk-in wardrobe. There’s a wide hanging
rack plus a surprising amount of general storage
space. Left: The over-cab SkyView hatch is a great
inclusion and can be left partially open when driving.
Like so many motorhome designs it really comes
down to how you travel. If more kitchen area is
desirable then the slide-out model is definitely
the winner. However, if that is not such an issue
then the non slide-out model really doesn't have
any disadvantages and indeed carries some
advantages.
Whichever way, I reckon the Eyre layout as
a concept is quite clever thinking – building
European design into an Australian motorhome.
Day Test | 35
Specifications
Pros
• Good sized external bin
storage with easy access
• Stylish looking motorhome,
inside and out
• New Fiat Ducato cab-chassis
• AL-KO chassis
• Island bed with under-bed
wardrobe
• Spacious kitchen
• Front seats all on same level
Manufacturer
Avida
Model
Eyre B7663 SL
Class
B
Berths
2
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato Multijet 180 X295 Al-Ko
Engine
3.0 L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel
Power
132 kW @ 3500 rpm
Torque
400 Nm @ 1400 rpm
Gearbox
6 speed automated manual (AMT)
Brakes
ABS Disc
Tare Weight
3504 kg
Gross Vehicle Mass
4495 kg
Gross Combined Mass
5995 kg
Towing capacity
1500 kg
Licence
Car
Approved Seating
2
External Length
7.60 m (24 ft 11 in)
External Width
2.43 m (8 ft)
External Height
2.79 m (9 ft 2 in)
Internal Height
1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Main Bed Size
1.95 m x 1.53 m (6 ft 5 in x 5 ft)
Luton Bed Size
Not applicable
Dinette Bed Size
Not applicable
Cooktop
Dometic 4 burner and grill
Fridge
Dometic RMD 8555 190 L 3-way
Microwave
Panasonic Inverter
Lighting
12 V LED
Batteries
2 x 100 AH
Solar Panels
Optional
Air Conditioner
Dometic roof mount
31 Pacific Highway
Bennetts Green NSW 2290
T: (02) 4948 0433
Space Heater
Optional
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Hot Water
Truma 14 L
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Toilet
Dometic cassette
Shower
Separate cubicle
Gas Cylinders
2 x 4.0 kg
Water Tank
124 L
Grey Water Tank
124 L
Price (on road, NSW)
$152,490
Cons
•
•
•
•
•
Cab awkward to access
Swivelled driver's seat blocked
Only one drawer in kitchen
12 V fuses difficult to access
Slide out operation a bit
"creaky"
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I reckon the Eyre layout as a
concept is quite clever thinking.
38 | Project Polly
First Impressions
They say they count, and so far so good…
by Richard Robertson
I
t’s funny how time dims memories. Since
starting iMotorhome I’ve been testing new
vehicles built on the Fiat Ducato or Mercedes
Benz Sprinter. Early on there were a handful of
Ford Transits, but they’ve faded from popularity
largely due to Ford’s stubborn/foolish refusal to
provide an automatic transmission option. Note
to Ford: In the world of motorhomes, buyers
don’t want to change gears…
The Transit was also getting pretty long in
the tooth. Commercial vehicles run in roughly
10 years production cycles and the fourth
generation Transit, of which Polly is one, was
introduced in 2000. There was a facelift in 2006
– Polly is a 2010 model – but Ford stuck to its
manual gearbox-only guns, so it’s little wonder
the Transit essentially vanished from the face of
the RV world. There is a new Transit out now,
but amazingly it STILL only comes with a manual
transmission, so don’t expect to see any Transitbased motorhomes unless they’re a custom
build. Pity.
Transit Reprised
I
bought Polly sight unseen, relying on Apollo
Motorhomes’ word she’d be as-described.
Apollo sells something like 300 ex-rental
vehicles a year and tells me most are pre-sold
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Above: The Transit’s 2.4 L turbo-diesel still holds its own in terms of performance and economy. Below: Flying the
flag: Polly in her iMotorhome livery – for now at least.
from the website description before arriving at
their Brisbane depot for a service and pre-sale
makeover. Not all go to private buyers; some are
wholesaled to dealers around the country, who
get a mechanically sound vehicle at a knockdown price that’s ready to put on the sales lot.
In my time I’ve had an ex-police motorcycle
and car, and an ex-rental car, and both expolice vehicles proved to be pigs in a poke. We
still have the former police car and it is serving
us well now, but not without more than its fair
share of issues early on. If you’re ever tempted
to buy one – don’t! The ex-rental car – a Manga
– wasn’t with us long enough to reveal any
problems. It was bought by friends who seem to
have had a trouble free run, thank goodness!
So it’s not without some – okay, a lot – of
trepidation that I’ve plunged into ex-rental
motorhome ownership. My experiences so far
have been a fleeting. There was a first drive
when handing it over to the guys from Reverse
Alert Australia, to fit their system. Then I drove
40 | Project Polly
her home from Brisbane for the registration
changeover and sign writing, before once again
handing her over to Reverse Alert. As they say,
so far so good!
First Impressions
I
t’s always good when something exceeds
expectations. Polly has certainly ‘been around’
in her first five years. There are minor body
paint chips, bumps and bruises, but overall she’s
pretty straight. Inside, the dark timber colour
scheme is offset by bright and almost gaudy
cushions and curtains. I hope whoever chose
the decor originally has moved on to a new
career, for Apollo’s sake…
Apollo’s conversions are carried out by Talvor,
it’s wholly-owned in-house motorhome
manufacturing business. Talvor builds for the
motorhome rental market and it shows. After
5 years and 260,000 km, the cabinetry and
general interior are still solid and in good working
order. That’s the good news. On the other side of
the coin, she’s pretty basic. Not equipment wise,
but in design thoughtfulness/execution.
Speaking of equipment, Polly came quite well
kitted out. She has a bathroom with shower
and toilet, or course, but it’s absolutely basic.
The individual hot and cold taps are earmarked
for replacement by a flick mixer tap at an early
stage. The kitchen has a three-burner gas
cooker and a round sink, both with glass lids,
in a single unit set in the benchtop, close to the
sliding side door. There’s a small 80 L underbench Waeco 12/240 V compressor fridge, an
externally venting rangehood and a microwave,
but only a single drawer and two largely useless
cupboards. Oh yes, there’s a small slide-out
metal pantry that will be relocated to a much
better position, when we shelve the cupboards.
Interestingly, there’s a small hotel-style safe
bolted to the floor under the driver’s side bed,
but you almost need to lie on your stomach to
access it. I do sometimes wonder how often the
people who design motorhomes actually use
them – if ever.
Top to bottom: The old mattresses are thin, tired – and
going. Cooker/sink unit is neat and all we need. Flimsy
crockery rack will follow the mattresses!
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The Heron 2.2 kW air-conditioner has a 1.5 kW heating element, so as long as we have mains power we can stay
comfortable. When I cranked up the TV aerial it felt like it hadn’t been used since new. Quite likely, I’m thinking…
A Heron spilt-system airconditioner with heating
mode is mounted in an overhead cupboard next
to the full height wardrobe, facing the kitchen.
Its compressor unit lives in a cupboard below.
A 19-inch TV/DVD is fixed, rearwards facing, to
the wardrobe end panel, while lighting is limited
to one fixture just inside the sliding side door and
four reading lights over the beds/dinette. Two
of these have already been replaced with LEDs
and the others will soon follow suit. The house
battery is a single 100 AH item, while the hot
water system is a Suburban 22 litre gas-only unit,
connected to a smallish 4.5 kg cylinder that also
supplies the cooker. Fresh water capacity is a
reasonable 86 litres, while grey is 60. Because of
its rental market design there is no mains water
connector and no awning or outside light. The
lack of the former is a bugger, but the absence
of the awning pleases me no end as I personally
hate awnings with a passion (just ask Mrs iM and
Malcolm)! I’d like a light, though…
In The Cab
J
umping behind the wheel was like meeting
a good friend I had’t seen for a long time.
I was surprised by just how well equipped
and technologically advanced a five year old
Transit is, especially this one as an ex-rental. I
42 | Project Polly
I wasn’t expecting a leather-wrapped steering wheel or cruise control. Dual airbags are a valuable inclusion and I like
the stubby gear lever being dash-mounted, up out of the way.
wasn’t expecting the leather wrapped steering
wheel, cruise control, hill holder, electronic
traction control, electronic stability control, height
adjustable headlights, or a reversing camera
and rear parking sensors. Anti-lock brakes and
steering-wheel mounted audio controls were on
my list of expectations, as were remote central
locking, electric windows, a CD sound system
with auxiliary input, and cab airconditioning.
But perhaps the first thing to grab my attention
was the plethora of cup holders – they're
everywhere! After struggling for years with
Fiat Ducatos to find any place to safely and
conveniently hold a coffee or bottle of water,
the Transit’s four cup holders and two bottle
holders on the dash are heaven! Also highly
impressive are the deep, long sun visors that
fill the windscreen to the corners of the A-pillar
and cover the whole of the side window when
swung across. Imagine that! Fiat still has much to
learn…
I expected the seats to be a bit crushed and
uncomfortable after thousands of tourist bottoms
had holidayed in them, but that was not the
case. Sadly, they’re fixed, and swivelling the
passenger seat to provide an extra seating area
is a Project Polly priority. While a swivel base is
readily available, Talvor has located the house
battery beneath the passenger seat and it won’t
be a straightforward job. We might have to
relocate the battery.
Interestingly, the overall layout is almost identical
to the Horizon Motorhomes’ Casuarina we’ve
been using as our longterm test vehicle, with the
exception of Polly having through access via the
back doors because there’s no boot. There’s
no overhead cupboard across the back, above
the bed heads, either. It will be interesting to
compare them in the long run for practicality and
liveability.
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Two old dinosaurs? Why are people so unkind…
On The Road
P
olly is a long wheelbase XM-series Transit
Jumbo van that’s 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in) long,
1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) wide, excluding mirrors,
and 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in) tall, allowing for the roof
hatch and TV aerial. Gross weight (GVM) is 3550
kg, while the tare escapes me for the moment – I
was sure I had a photo – but is around the 2700
kg mark I think.
Power comes from a 2.4 L Duratorq TDCi engine
and drives through a 6-speed manual gearbox.
TD means Turbo Diesel and Ci is Ford-speak
for Common-rail Injection, which marks it as
a late model technology engine. Power is 103
kW @ 3500 rpm, while torque is 375 Nm @
2000 revs. Although outright power is down on
current engines the torque figure is surprisingly
competitive.
Compared to ‘our’ Horizon Casuarina, Polly is
also almost identical dimensionally. Where she
differs markedly is in the amount of rear overhang
(more), engine capacity (2.4 L v 3.0 L), drive
configuration (rear-wheel v front-wheel) and
gearbox (manual v auto). They really are apples
and oranges, but I have to say that for an old
‘apple’ Polly acquits herself quite well.
On the road the gearbox shifts smoothly and
the engine, which at around 260,000 km should
be about half-life, is also smooth and sweet.
The clutch takes up nicely and the dashboardmounted gear lever is conveniently out of the way
when you want to slip between the seats into the
living area. While the engine runs out of steam
quite quickly in the lower gears – a combination
of lowish overall gearing and the modest kilowatt
output – in the higher gears it pulls strongly. That’s
when the healthy toque output is put to good use
and at peak torque – 2000 rpm – she’s sitting
on 100 km/h in sixth gear, while 110 km/h is
about 2750 rpm. Those are indicated speeds and
like most vehicles, optimistic (by about 5 km/h
44 | Project Polly
according to the GPS). Unusually the odometer is
absolutely spot on!
The Long Drive Home
H
aving driven the Horizon Casuarina
from Ballina to home via the roadwork
nightmare they call the Pacific Highway
I was in no hurry to repeat the experience.
Instead, I opted for the New England Highway,
which although a little longer and with lots of hills,
is a far easier and more enjoyable drive. I also
think it’s a more scenic drive and I particularly like
the towns from the Queensland border down to
Muswellbrook.
Polly was empty, save for about 20 kg of
luggage, but there was a 225 kg box trailer
behind and I thought if I could average 80 km/h
I’d get about 800 km ‘down the track’ before
needing a rest, probably for the night. She had
other plans!
Heading out through suburban Brisbane and
Ipswich, then turning south west onto the
Cunningham Highway towards Warwick, I was
surprised – very surprised – by how well she
was running. Holding the 100 km/h speed limit
using cruise control was no problem and I didn’t
really notice the trailer, which sat rock steady
and right in the middle of the reversing camera’s
screen (the camera isn’t connected to reverse,
just activated by an on-off button). Cunningham’s
Gap proved an anti-climax as Polly whizzed up
without being pushed, and in no time – ish – I
was stopping for the first of the day’s coffees, at
Warwick.
Stanthorpe, Wallangarra,Tenterfield and
Deepwater slipped by, before a fuel and lunch
stop in Glenn Innes. After earlier fuelling up
near Ipswich and climbing up ranges towing a
trailer, Polly had averaged 12.45 L/100 km, or
22.7 mpg. She was running as well as any new
motorhome and just as comfortably, while the
direct drive of the manual gearbox meant there
was no delay between putting my foot down and
the vehicle accelerating. You might think sixth
gear would be a very tall overdrive, but that’s not
the case. On the open road I was surprised how
easily Polly pulled sixth up some considerable
inclines, even when using cruise and without
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putting my foot down to give her a head start.
Home and Hosed
Guyra, Armidale and Uralla rolled by before more
coffee in Tamworth, then on through Wallabadah,
Willow Tree and Murrundi as night fell. The first
signs of fatigue appeared, but the coffee must
have kicked in because they soon passed, as did
Scone, Muswellbrook and Singleton, my dinner
stop. I could smell home and I think Polly could
too. Soon we were on the M1 Freeway and after
more coffee at the awful Caltex service centre
at Wyong we hit Sydney, then followed the M7
around to the 24-hour Woolies service station at
Prestons for a big drink – of diesel. We’d covered
644 km since the top-up in Glen Innes and used
72.22 litres of diesel, for an average of 11.2
L/100 km (25.2 mpg). Despite the comparatively
small 80 L fuel tank there was still about 80
km range showing on the trip computer, which
would have been about right. The last time I
relied on a Transit’s trip computer for an accurate
range figure is left us stranded on the Hume
Highway, having lost the last 100 km indicated in
about 40 km actual! Needless to say I’m not very
trusting these days…
’d left Brisbane at 8:30 that morning and
pulled up at my front gate at 11:20 pm. Total
distance driven was 1099 km and total coffee
consumed was, well, never mind. Polly didn’t
miss a beat and my backside was neither sore
nor sorry. She had proven herself as capable and
comfortable as any new motorhome – albeit with
a few more interior rattles over the rough stuff –
and in the morning I hosed off the bugs; the only
sign of the previous day’s travels.
I
The journey had gone better than expected –
without a hitch in fact – and my fears of having
bought a lemon evaporate. For the moment,
at least. Next issue I’ll talk about the buying
process, what you get for your money and what
Apollo does to aid adopters of its retirees. Stay
tuned!
46 | Longtermer Update: Horizon Motorhomes Casuarina
Kerbside
Eats!
Heading to the city for a night on the town…
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T
he combination of winter and a hectic
work roster for Mrs iMotorhome has
once again limited our ability to get away.
The lack of a diesel-fired heater hasn’t helped
either, but we did manage an unusual night out
last Saturday, which highlighted yet another
use for a motorhome – especially a compact
one.
The GoodFood website recently ran a story
on the 10 best places for pizza in Sydney.
One place in particular caught my eye. It read:
One of Sydney's best pizzas is made on a
truck. Let that sink in for a bit. A long-term
labour of love project for three mates, two
of whom were once chefs at the great Gigi
Pizzeria in Newtown, Happy as Larry was
almost a restaurant in Darlinghurst before the
team decided to grow wheels instead. The
truck itself is a marvel, a heavy hauler decked
out with an enormous woodfired oven while
still allowing up to six staff to move around
inside.
The business – Happy As Larry – turns out to
be just four months old. I looked them up on
the Happy As Larry Facebook page, which
told me where they were going to be parked,
and messaged them saying we were going
to join them for dinner on Saturday. It seems
Saturday and Sunday nights they can be found
at one of the regular haunts – a carpark in
Bexley, not far from Sydney Airport.
Storms were rolling in from the west as we
headed up to Sydney; a half-bottle of red
tucked neatly away in a kitchen drawer. The
Bexley carpark turned out to be behind shops
and the Bexley Branch Library. We found
the big truck parked in a corner, making the
most of open space at the rear of the library
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Above: The huge wood-fire pizza oven bakes at 400ºC, and in just 60 seconds! Below: Having a motorhome
meant we could pull out real wine glasses when everyone else was drinking from plastic. Cheers!
buildings. There, they had set up outdoor gas
heaters and dozens of plastic milk crates with
plywood tops, which double as seats and
tables. Very clever! The place was a hive of
activity around 7 pm as I slid ‘our’ Horizon
Casuarina into a single spot alongside and
just slightly ahead of the truck.
Top: You can’t get much closer to the ocean than this.
Shellharbour’s main street is just a few minutes walk away,
too. Above: What tourist town would be complete without
gift shops?
Music was pumping and a crowd of 30 or
so people of all ages were making the most
of the crate seat/tables and heaters, and
either tucking into pizzas or waiting patiently
for them. Chris, aka Larry, quickly spotted
me taking photos (although I wasn’t the only
one) and we got chatting about the truck
and business. Interestingly, Chris’ greatest
excitement was over our longterm Horizon
Casuarina as he said his father always wanted
a motorhome and dreamed of travelling
Australia. We showed Chris through and he
was amazed, saying he couldn’t believe you
could get a shower and toilet into something
this size. Needless to say Dad is now a
subscriber. Welcome!
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Above: A team of up to six takes orders, creates,
cooks and serves the pizzas. Right: Chris (left) is the
main man – and as Happy as Larry! Bottom: Our
longterm Horizon Casuarina was dwarfed by the truck
and its shipping container body.
True Roadside Eats!
T
he truck’s body is a cleverly modified
20 ft shipping container, with the kerbside finished with large perspex windows
that allow an uninterrupted view of the staff
hard at work, while providing them with a
measure of ventilation. They’ll need it, because
pride of place is taken by a custom brick oven
from Naples fired by wood that creates baking
temperatures of 400º C. Pizzas are made from
largely Italian-sourced ingredients – the dough,
tomatoes and fior di latte (mozzarella) – while
the high temperature ‘blast cooks’ them in
about 60 seconds.
And what pizzas they are. We tried the two
Happy As Larry signatures: prawn and truffle,
followed by Nutella calzone.
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A Nutella-filled calzone for dessert? Yum!
Black truffle pate, fior di latte, prawns, cherry
tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, aromatised
olive oil, parsley, seat salt and cracked pepper
were our main course’s ingredients. The pizzas
aren’t big – maybe 12 inches – and we could
easily have scoffed one each of these $19
beauties. However, there was dessert…
Imagine a pizza smothered in rich, chocolatey
Nutella, then folded in half and wood fired,
dusted with icing sugar and served with a
dollop of vanilla ice cream. Bellissimo (for $14)!
Other pizzas on the menu were the Margherita,
Bianca, Marinara ($14 each), Mixed Mushroom
($15) and – believe it or not – Lasagne ($17)
It’s not an extensive menu but it does include
homemade lemonade ($5) and three shakes
for $7 each: Lychee & Mint, Watermelon &
Strawberry, and Nutella!
Rain, rain, go away…
W
e were the only people sitting under
one of the outdoor gas heaters to
have wine in proper glasses with our
pizza. And when the rains came, we were the
only ones with proper undercover seating – all
courtesy of the Casuarina. Being able to travel
with the comforts and conveniences of home
certainly has its advantages. As does the small
size of a van like this: had we been in anything
bigger we would probably have had to park out
on the street.
A fierce thunderstorm dispersed the crowd,
who up until that time had been having a
great time sitting under the stars and keeping
warm by the heaters as they ate, drank and
made merry. The storm dispersed us too and
followed us home for quite a while – what is
it with this motorhome and rain? – but well
before any carriages could turn to pumpkins
we were home and fast asleep.
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Above: Four slices of dessert heaven –
with ice cream! Right: Chris loved the Casuarina.
His father has always had aspirations of touring
Australia by motorhome. Maybe one day...
Although it was only a night out
‘Cassie’ proved her worth. Again.
We’ll miss her when she’s gone, which
won’t be long now. She’s quiet on the
freeway, comfortable, economical and
just plain fun/easy to live with. And she
takes us to all the best places – who
could ask for anything more?
52 | Travel: Reader Writes
Relocation
Road Trip!
The final instalment of a Hobart to
Sydney rental relocation adventure…
By Dave & Kathy Boxwell
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W
e headed back towards Maydena
and on to Derwent Bridge via
Hamilton, basically tracing the
winding route of the Derwent River to the
bottom end of Lake St Clair. This was our only
trip disaster: A genuine red cordial moment.
Kath had decided to put the cordial in the
fridge for safety, whereupon it fell over and
unclipped the cap unnoticed, until we arrived
in Derwent Bridge. It was all over the floor,
down the step and up the outside of the
motorhome. A couple of days before I had
commented that the floor was very slippery
and that carpet might be better. Kath had
kindly pointed out the error of my ways and
said something along the lines of, “Aren’t you
glad we didn’t have carpet!”
We took advantage of a powered site in the
National Park to refill the water tank (after
cleaning up the cordial) and to do some
laundry. An interesting aside was that the floor
was much less slippery after the red cordial
incident, so if you are looking for a handyman
fix for slippery floors in motorhomes, take my
advice wash the floor in red cordial and rinse
thoroughly. It does a great job!
We had a coffee in front of the fire at the local
café/visitors centre/National Park office and
then I went for a bit of a fish before dark,
again without success.
The Wall
T
hursday morning we went into Derwent
Bridge to refuel and visited ‘The Wall’:
A fantastic artistic tribute to Tasmania’s
history, carved in Huon Pine panels about
2.7 metres high and some 50 metres long. It
was created by Greg Duncan over a decade,
without any Government assistance, and the
wood carving is so intricate and detailed it’s
amazing. The figures are so lifelike you forget
you’re looking at timber panels, the details of
veins on the back of the men’s hands, boot
buckles and creases in shirts are so clearly
Below: Cradle Mountain with a dusting of snow!
Bottom: Tassie is full of places you can easily pull over,
be it for a cuppa or an overnight stay…
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Convict-era ruins, Sarah Island.
portrayed. It’s a work in progress and not yet
complete, and unfortunately you can’t take
photos due to copyright, but you can buy an
excellent photographic book as a keepsake. It
shows the work of the Hydroelectric Scheme
and the early timber getters with their horse
drays; wildlife and birds, and a particularly
poignant scene of a young wife receiving a
telegram of her husband’s death, visiting his
grave and packing up her belongings on the
horse drawn dray to move on. There are also
some static art displays around the perimeter
of the main feature that will have you looking
closely to see whether they are real or carved
out of timber. This is a must-see in Derwent
Bridge!
Heading West…
W
e headed to Strahan via
Queenstown, where we were able
to use a dump point as there are
no dump facilities in Derwent Bridge in the
National Park. Apparently there used to be, but
in light of environmental concerns this has now
been discontinued.
Queenstown is a fascinating place that is
slowly but surely recovering from the ravages
of mining smelters and bushfires. It’s an eerie
place without trees, but they do make pizza
in the main street, which was very welcome
on a cool, cloudy day. We sought out some
Tasmanian salmon and apple cider at the
local supermarket, keen to rekindle some
past memories, and headed to Strahan on
Macquarie Harbour.
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Top to bottom: History lesson, the easy way. Re-boarding our
river cruise. Magnificent sunset over the Gordon River.
We booked on a Gordon River cruise for the
next day (courtesy of FlyBuys) and found a
nice free camp overlooking Ocean Beach.
Again we parked with the nose pointing to
the way out, and were joined by another
motorhome we crossed paths with frequently.
Friday morning and we joined the river cruise
for a fascinating full day learning about the
early harbour and its entry through Hells
Gates, and the convict penal colony on Sarah
Island that pre-dates Port Arthur. The Round
Earth Theatre Company provided an excellent
and entertaining history of Sarah Island’s
convict and ship building history, with the last
ship built there used by convicts to escape to
South America!
On the way to Sarah Island we cruised past
numerous Atlantic salmon and sea trout
farms in the cool, clean waters of Macquarie
Harbour. This is a vital new industry for the
area and is environmentally supervised and
regulated. We then ventured up-river to the
Gordon below Franklin World Heritage area,
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Ticking all the boxes: Sunshine, Cradle Mountain with snow, and the lake and boat shed for effect!
with a full buffet lunch and a walk amongst the
rainforest area of Huon pine, celery top pine
and other magnificent rainforest vegetation.
Some of the trees predate the birth of Christ!
We finished up at an old working sawmill on
the harbour shores that shows a bit more local
history and the links with Huon pine, a fantastic
and aromatic timber used originally for boat
building.
We headed to the outskirts of Strahan and had
a bit of a fish off a small jetty, where I caught
an Australian salmon. We camped the night in
the area with a fantastic pink sunset over the
water. Life truly is good!
Mountain Bound
S
aturday we headed towards Cradle
Mountain via Zeehan and Rosebery,
which are old West Coast mining towns.
There is an interesting museum of metallurgy
and mining at Zeehan with outdoor displays
including an old blacksmiths shop, vehicle
museum and locomotive display in a massive
covered area. The town itself is interesting and
features well-preserved historic buildings.
By the time we got to Cradle Mountain the
rain was at a 45 degree angle and we caught
the shuttle bus to Dove Lake, but the rain was
such we couldn’t even see the lake, let alone
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania’s most iconic
mountain! We ventured back and booked
in to a powered site at the caravan park as
we needed to refill with water and do some
more washing, and with the weather closing
in we thought there might be others thinking
of staying overnight in the hope of seeing the
mountain the next day. This turned out to be a
very good move because the weather turned
very cold overnight, with snow forecast down
to 1100 metres, and we certainly gave the
blow heater a good work out.
But before settling in for the night we visited
Devils at Cradle Park. Arriving at 4:00 pm we
only had a short visit, but there was a nighttime
education tour happening later, so while we
waited we had a cuppa in the car park and
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Tassie Devils are highly endangered due to the spread of a so-far incurable mouth tumour.
feasted on Tassie Salmon on crackers, with
Camembert cheese. Did I mention I love
motorhomes and their convenience?
We toured the Tassie Devil park and received
some insightful information on this iconic
carnivorous mammal that is so threatened in
the wild by a terrible facial cancer. Apparently
the disease has been genetically traced to
one female devil and since 1995 some 85
per cent of the wild devil population has been
wiped out. It is now on the endangered list,
although there are some isolated pocket on
peninsulas where devils occur in the wild
and which are natural sanctuaries, and there
has been a sanctuary established in NSW
in order to protect and preserve this iconic
animal so it doesn’t go the way of the Tassie
tiger, or Thylacine. Quolls are also on display
and proved fascinating, as we observed their
nighttime feeding antics.
Sunday dawned clear and cold day and a light
dusting of snow had fallen on trees, cars and
also Cradle Mountain. Yippee – what a sight.
Cradle Mountain had turned it on again for
us just as it had 13 years ago. We caught the
shuttle bus back to Dove Lake and ventured
on a short walk to the boat shed for the
obligatory photos of the lake and shed, with
Cradle Mountain towering in the background.
As our knees were not up to it we decided
against the longer walk and headed back
to pick up the motorhome and continue our
adventure.
We drove to Sheffield – the town of murals – to
sample Tasmania’s famous scallop pies, then
continued to Railton, famous for its unusual
topiary throughout the town. From there it
was up to Latrobe to visit House of Anvers, a
Belgian chocolate and fudge maker. Yum! Did
we indulge? Of course…
Catching The Spirit
W
ith a few hours to go before catching
the Spirit of Tasmania to the mainland
we motored up to Penguin and found
a nice little grassy spot overlooking the beach
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Getting ready to board. Rental motorhomes are a regular sight on the Bass Strait crossing.
for some afternoon tea. Did I mention I love
motorhomes?
We drove back to Devonport and boarded
the ship. We found our ‘ocean recliners’ and
enjoyed dinner looking over the harbour before
departing in darkness and leaving this beautiful
and fascinating island State behind. Trying
to sleep semi-reclined in the rolling waves of
Bass Strait wasn’t that good; what between
old mate across the aisle snoring and some
chatterboxes who decided that because they
couldn’t sleep at 5 am no one else should
either. Note to self: Pay the extra next time and
grab a cabin upgrade!
departing the ship. We visited some of Kath’s
relatives in Melbourne for second breakfast
and mid-afternoon headed off to Lakes
Entrance and a nearby free camp.
Tuesday morning saw us on the way to Orbost
and Cann River, then Bombala and Cooma
through the Monaro Plains. We stopped
in Orbost on the Snowy River and found a
dump point not listed in our Camps 7 book.
We also supported the local community by
fuelling up and buying some groceries. This
was a very scenic route in autumn thanks
to the deciduous trees and we stopped just
out of Nimmitabel for some ham and cheese
toasties cooked in the frypan, for lunch. We
Monday morning we docked in Port Melbourne ventured on and headed through Cooma and
at daylight and had an early breakfast before
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Queanbeyan before stopping at Goulburn to
refuel. For some reason Kath wasn’t that keen
on stopping in Belanglo State Forest on a wet,
wild and windy night so we stopped at a free
camp just outside Mittagong.
Wednesday morning we made it home to the
Blue Mountains and dropped off our gear,
gave the motorhome a quick spruce-up and
delivered it to Taren Point in Sydney’s south.
Mission accomplished: one motorhome
relocated from Hobart to Sydney and we had
a fun trip to boot. Would we do it again? In a
heartbeat!!
Thoughts
W
e were quite impressed with the
number of free camps and dump
points available in Tasmania.
Obviously the Tasmanian’s understand the
value of the tourism dollar. They’re also a
friendly and fiercely independent bunch that’s
willing to cater for tourism needs. We are
certainly planning to visit again, but hopefully
next time in our own motorhome.
Postscript: Our original thought for holidays
was to go tent camping at Forster. We realised
when we got back this coincided with the
once-in-a-decade storms that hit the Hunter
region and we would have been packing up a
soggy tent! Have I mentioned that I really like
motorhomes?
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Fast Facts
Here’s a total of our actual travel costs, which were pretty close to our original
budget. We did the whole holiday for just a bit more than the cost of a normal
motorhome rental, which would have been $2700. Relocations – even if you buy
extra days – are certainly great value!
Tassie Relocation Holiday
Air fares – two adults
$557.20
Motorhome relocation – 7 days @ $50
$350.00
Motorhome extra days – 5 days @ $150
$750.00
Fuel – average $1.32 per litre
$500.00
Travel insurance
$107.04
Ferry Travel – extra ocean recliner seat
$126.00
Accommodation – mostly free camping but allow 3-4 nights
$114.00
Spending – attractions, occasional takeaway, coffee etc
$300.00
Food – rest of meals
$200.00
Total:
$3004.24
Relocation contact: Apollo Rentals
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Do
Don't
• Take out travel insurance – recommended
by the hirer
• Take the ocean recliner seat. It can be an
uncomfortable night if you are not used to it
• Book a cabin on the overnight ferry.
A bed is nicer than a recliner seat
• Fret about getting to places. You have your
accommodation and meals with you, so it
doesn’t matter
et a copy of Camps Australia Wide 7
•G
(version 8 is now available) to find the
free camping spots and dump points (the
WikiCamps Australia app is also a musthave – Ed)
• Be security conscious and park your vehicle
overnight with a way out – just in case
• Keep an eye out for interesting scenery and
stop and take photos
• Be aware of not creating a nuisance, but
there are places not listed where you can
overnight. E.g. roadwork stockpiles
• Keep a journal, it makes putting the photos
together easier and gives you some nice
memories
• Have a rough itinerary but be flexible and
change if you want
• Stay in park accommodation every couple
of days, do your laundry and top up water
& empty out etc
• Enjoy the freedom
• Try and travel too much. Allow about 250
km max a day. Stay an extra day in a place
if you get sick of driving
• Stress. Remember it is meant to enjoyable!
62 | Product Review
Camp Kitchen
Versatile and portable solutions for those who love to cook outdoors…
by Allan Whiting, outbacktravelaustralia.com.au
A
Coleman Powerhouse Dual-fuel stove
was our faithful servant for many years,
but eventually the time came time for a
replacement. After 15 years of hard bush work
it just plain wore out.
Then we spotted Coleman’s Eventemp AL-3
Instastart stove with full size griddle and grease
cup. The stove is a clever design, because
the two round burners are separated by a
rectangular burner and with all three alight and
the griddle on top there’s even heat over the
We then tried camping with a couple of butane- entire plate. Cooking a bacon and egg reviver
can, single-burner stoves we picked up in a
for six people is simple: The stove lid and a pair
hardware store for around twenty dollars each. of folding side plates form a wind break and
They were fine in mild weather, but butane boils we’ve cooked successfully without a flame-out
at zero degrees, so on frosty mornings in the
in 20 knots of breeze.
desert the butane stubbornly remained liquid
and the stoves didn’t want to light. Yes, we
The stove uses easily portable, disposable
know you can take a gas can to bed with you
LPG canisters that vary in price, but are usually
to keep it warm, but if you forget, there’s no
around $8-10 each. These have no external
morning coffee, unless you can prod some life
valves or projections and they’re cylindrical, so
out of last night’s camp fire.
they’re very easy to pack. The canister attaches
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to the stove by way of a rigid pipe connector
that incorporates a pressure valve. As backup,
the stove comes with a conventional, flexible
hose that can screw to a normal LPG bottle.
The canister needs to be rigidly attached to
the stove and doesn’t sit on the stove stand.
We were concerned the canister’s hanging
weight might cause a problem, but we’ve had
no difficulty to date. Canister life has been
excellent. We did a two-week trip on one
canister and a three-week trip using one and a
half, so we now know how many back ups we
need to carry. The stove, with full size griddle
and grease cup, retails for around $279.
Complementing the stove is a Coleman PackAway Kitchen, which disappears into a tiny
case. The sides of the case open out to form
the serving table top. The stove-stand opens
on one side of the table top and a slip-on
cooking-tool frame clicks in place to hold
tongs, spoons and the like.
A light pole, with a snap hook on the top, clicks
together and slides into a socket on the kitchen
frame. A woven string ‘shelf’ clips under the
table, to hold pans and plates. The folding
kitchen retails for around $99.
This Coleman camping stove and kitchen
combo has done three years of bush trips with
us and has proved to be the best arrangement
we’ve ever had. The kitchen is quick to erect,
functional and easy to clean and pack away. If
the new stove and folding kitchen work as well
as the liquid-fuel unit and folding stand we had
for years, we’ll get excellent bush service from
them. So far, they’ve proved to be very userfriendly.
64 | Mobile Tech
Food
Apps
For
Thought
By Emily Barker
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I
Meat Cuts
Size: 25.3 MB
Cost: Free
No matter what your tastes though one thing
is for certain – it’s never been easier to source
healthy wholesome foods in our supermarkets
and local stores. Australia is indeed a lucky
country. For those simply interested in good food,
with nothing too fancy in the name or preparation
and without the attached baggage of ideologies,
then these apps are ideal. Whether you are
equipped with a complete kitchen or a barbecue
I believe great food comes from great ingredients,
a little inspiration and a dash of adventure. It also
need not cost the earth. Enjoy!
Meat & Livestock Australia is
no novice when it comes to digital technology.
Meat Cuts is their third app released in Australia
and it certainly fits their brief of “Knocking
down purchasing barriers by increasing public
knowledge”. This app is simple, and fresh; pretty
much how you want most things. Unfortunately
meat today is expensive and while most of us
might like the idea of equating red meat with
seared rib fillet or filet mignon, truth is it can get
costly. What Meat & Livestock Australia is trying
to achieve is to educate the public about the
variety of cuts available and the most appropriate
cooking method for each. Chuck steak may be
classed as a ‘steak’ but throw one of those on
the grill and no one is a happy camper. Slow
cook it into beef, Guinness and mushroom pie,
however, and it’s everyones favourite!
t may be my inner grizzly bear coming out, but
there is something about winter that makes
me want to head for the kitchen – and stay
there! There has been a dramatic shift in the food
world recently and if you’re not a Master Chef in
the making or declaring the ruling status of your
kitchen you might be caught up in the paleo
rush, or even spending your days foraging for
everything organic, sustainable and bee friendly!
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Meat Cuts looks at the various cuts of beef, veal,
lamb and goat. It explains where on the animal
each cut originates; its individual characteristics,
the most suitable cooking methods and why.
It also recommends substitute cuts for various
dishes and boasts 107 delicious recipes, from
Osso Buco to the perfect ‘slip off the bone’
winter-warmer lamb stew. In terms of a kitchen
aid this app should give anyone the confidence
to shop, cook and serve some wonderfully hearty
meals, with a price tag a little easier to swallow!
For those who take their steak seriously (and
perfectly cooked) it’s also worthwhile checking
out Meat & Livestock Australia’s other app
SteakMate, guaranteed to revolutionise the
humble barbecue!
Leggo's Loves Italian
Size: 30.1 MB
Cost: Free
pasta timer specific for individual types including
fresh and dried, plus a shopping list. In terms
of an app produced by a brand to promote its
products Leggo’s has blown the competition out
of the water. And unlike many brand-associated
apps, this one is entirely free – no subscriptions or
expansion packs required!
Worth A Mention
W
hen it comes to shopping, cooking
and preparing meals there are many
valuable apps to choose from. You
can literally plan a meal, find a recipe, order the
ingredients and have them delivered straight
to your door if you wish. Finding the right
assortment of apps is simply a matter of figuring
out your requirements.
The Sustainable Seafood Guide is a wonderful
Australian app for those equally passionate about
their seafood and oceans. Love Food Hate Waste
Rich creamy soups, crisp crostini, pizza,
is a UK app designed to help people cook with the
calzones, pasta, Mediterranean vegetables every ingredients they already have on hand in an effort
which-way, delectable seafood and meat dishes
to reduce waste. It also has a handy meal planner,
to dream over; I may be getting a little carried
shopping list and access to hundreds of recipes.
away but that’s the effect this app has on me! I’m The POI Palm Oil Barcode Scanner, on the other
usually skeptical when an app remains untouched hand, is useful for those concerned with the ethical
for over a year, but it seems Leggo’s got it
status of the products they consume and there
right the first time. Incredibly enough, this app
is soon to be released a barcode scanner app to
when displayed on the iPad is atmospherically
finally solve country of origin labelling issues once
inspirational: Rich beautiful imagery, a clear
and for all. Then there are the apps designed to
crisp interface and recipes that are not only
take the leg work out of finding a place to eat.
easy to read and follow, but are also genuinely
Restaurateurs beware, the people have a voice,
authentically wholesome, oh and did I mention
but that’s a whole new story!
the music? It’s entirely optional but try it: Verdi,
Rossini, Mozart, Vivaldi, Puccini, Respighi – Italian
is a passionate food and with such fine company
what could possibly go wrong?!
The many health benefits of a Mediterranean
diet have been widely recognised by medical
professionals. It’s good food, made well and
enjoyed completely. The range of recipes in this
app is suited to many different situations, skill
levels and tastes. There is also a range of tools
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