11: October 06 2012
because getting there is half the fun...
Is the Eyre the shape of
Winnebagos to come?
Motorhome Safety
The debate hots up...
Happy Holiday?
Malcolm tests the Sunliner Holiday...
On my mind...
ell at least one person
read my editorial
last issue, regarding
the potential need for roll-over
protection in motorhomes. That
person happened to be Dave
Berry, Managing Director of
Trakka and here’s what he had
to say:
“Why don’t we see Germany
pushing for roll-over protection
for motorhomes as they must
be one of the most safety
conscious manufacturers? Cars
are covered for front, side and
rear impacts but I don’t believe
there is any ADR for roll over, so
why on motorhomes?”
“Hi Richard, a few things to
think about regarding rollover protection in C-Class
Motorhomes as mentioned in
Issue 10 of iMotorhome.”
“If roll over was introduced
into motorhomes, no doubt
it could result in them being
less affordable, for maybe little
benefit. Cabs from most of
the vehicle manufacturers are
designed to cope with a rollover as long as they are not
tampered with (modifying the
cab can affect the strength
of the structure and seatbelt
anchorages). If the cab is
left intact, the driver and
“Yes, roll-over protection was
introduced into buses and
coaches because there was
little strength above the window
line, which could collapse
under the bus’s own weight, so
passengers were very exposed
in a roll-over situation.”
front passenger are very well
protected (as well as in any car
and in some cases better).”
“If there are additional ADR
certified seating positions in
the rear they are usually seated
immediately behind the front
cab which means they are quite
well protected in the case of a
roll-over, especially if the seating
height is similar to those at the
“Paradise might suggest they
have roll-over protection but
has it been tested or have
we seen any results? Do they
modify the cabs?”
“Currently, it’s more prudent
for manufacturers to build
vehicles to comply with what
they have been certified to do,
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any variation from this can be a
far greater safety issue. Some
manufacturers still modify the
front cabins (removing rear
walls and roofs) to reduce costs
instead of ordering it OEM.
Some add seating positions
over what they have been
certified for. Some add sleeping
positions over what they have
approval for. For example, it’s
an ADR requirement not to
have more sleeping positions
than seating.”
My thanks to Dave for his input
and without wishing to open a
can of worms on this matter,
it would be good to hear from
other manufacturers and/or
interested parties for a range of
On a different note, please
welcome Collyn Rivers to the
fold. Collyn is legendary in RV
circles for his research, books
and insights into all-thing RV
and the first of his regular
articles can be found on P42.
Read more about this on page 62.
The iMotorhome Team
Richard Robertson
Malcolm Street
Allan Whiting
Publisher & Managing Editor
Consulting Editor
Technical Editor
A long-time freelance RV,
motoring and travel writer,
Richard is a dedicated, longterm motorhome enthusiast.
Unquestionably Australia and
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An experienced motoring
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He has held senior editorial
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how good it really is.
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to B-doubles, Allan also runs
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The safety debate begins....
The latest happenings in the RV world
Malcolm reports on Auckland’s recent RV show
Breath of Fresh Eyre – Richard reviews the Winnebago Eyre
Italian Holiday – Malcolm checks out Sunliner’s Holiday
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“The current Talvor range is the
most exciting in the company’s
history, including the dynamic
Hayman slide-out 4-berth
motorhome. We build tough for
Australian conditions, but with
European styling and innovation.”
“As Australia’s largest motorhome
manufacturer, we’re confident
Talvor is set to become a market
leader, and we look forward to
building a long term relationship
with Sydney RV,” he said.
its way to Sydney RV Centre’s
showrooms at North Narrabeen
and Penrith over the next nine
Talvor CEO Luke Trouchet said
$15 million worth of motorhome
and caravan stock would make
“Sydney RV Group is an award
winning operation offering
excellent customer service from
initial enquiry to after-sales
care, and we’re proud they’ll be
showcasing our full range of
Talvor vehicles,” he said.
alvor has announced
Sydney RV Group,
which was recently given
the Award of Excellence – Best
Dealer/Retailer/Wholesaler in
Sydney at the 2012 CCI Awards of
Excellence, as its premier partner
in NSW.
Sydney RV Group owner Jeremy
Pearce said the popularity of
caravans and motorhomes was
on the rise amongst Australians
of all ages.
“We have experienced very rapid
growth over the past seven years
to become the largest RV dealer in
Sydney, with our team of 55 staff
selling around 750 motorhomes
and caravans each year.”
“Talvor has invested significantly
into understanding the needs and
dreams of Australian motorhome
and caravan enthusiasts, and I’m
sure our customers will welcome
the Talvor range,” he said.
The Talvor story began back in
1985 with the launch of the rental
company Apollo Motorhomes,
whose manufacturing arm
eventually evolved into an
independent retail operation.
where most of the better off-road
camper trailers will go. It’s good in
soft sand and the twin wheel set up
has little effect on its performance,
which makes it a pretty good
explorer for a lot of our desert treks
like Simpson or even the Canning
(Stock Route), set-up with the right
ast issue we reviewed the
Horizon Acacia, built on a
4X4 variant of the Mercedes
Benz Sprinter van. We said it was
better suited to dirt roads and
tracks than real off-road work,
but the good folks at Trakka have
taken us to task on that and believe
we have seriously underestimated
the off-road capabilities of
4X4 Sprinter van. Dave Berry
iMotorhome has seen a video of
Trakka’s Jabiru Sprint 4X4 amongst
the dunes at Stockton Beach, near
Newcastle, and it certainly seemed
to get around well. We do have
reservations about extracting a
4.5 tonne vehicle from deep sand,
should an owner be travelling
alone, and urge extreme caution
for anyone venturing into such a
“I think the Sprinter 4x4 is more of
an off road vehicle than you make
out. Of course its size restricts
things a little on where you can
go, but apart from that it’s very
good. It will go further than a 4x4
pulling an off-road caravan and go
We have also seen impressive
photos of Sally Berry’s off-road
adventures in her personal Jabiru
4X4 and are looking forward to
the chance to ‘get our hands dirty’,
helping her explore its limitations.
Watch these pages!
onfirming its reputation as
a leader in the Australian
RV industry, family-owned
Trakka was awarded the coveted
title of 2012 NSW Commercial
Vehicle Business of the Year at the
recent Motor Industry State Awards
for Excellence, on 22 September
The awards are staged by the Motor
Trader’s Association of NSW
(MTA) which currently has over
6,000 members across NSW. The
annual awards recognise motor
traders for business excellence and
in 2012 the awards attracted over
200 finalists.
Martin Poate, General Manager at
Trakka, says the award win can be
attributed to a focus on business
development and innovation, as
well as a passionate Trakka team.
Against solid competition from
the top 10% of all NSW motor
dealerships in the category, a panel
of independent industry judges
awarded Trakka the 2012 title.
Judges assessed entrants on
eight criteria including relevance
and commitment to the motor
industry, profile within the local
community, premises presentation,
continued business development,
commitment to training and staff
development, commitment to good
environmental practices, keeping
up to date with technology and new
“Our new campervan and
motorhome developments over
the years have differentiated Trakka
in the market and helped us to
become one of the leading players
in the Australian RV industry.
Trakka has been in business for
close to 40 years and we constantly
strive to find clever and unique
ways to integrate new technology
and build techniques into our
motorhomes. This commitment
is reflected in this exciting award,”
Martin explained.
“Our designers, engineers,
craftsmen, production and sales
team are the heart of the company
and can also take credit for our win.
The team present a professional
image and treat all Trakka customers
like a member of the family.”
Trakka also recently achieved Silver
Gumnut Award status as presented
by the Caravan and Camping
Industry Association of NSW for
their commitment to sustainable
business practices.
Trakka also aligns environmental
sustainability in motorhome design,
with the company designing a Rain
Water Retrieval (RWR) System
that collects, stores and distributes
rainwater from the roof for use
inside and outside the motorhome
to reduce the reliance on mains
water during extended trips.
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Feature: Covi Show, Auckland
A jet-setting Malcolm Street crossed the Tasman to bring you
this report from the Covi Supershow...
It looks like a Land Rover, has a
name that sounds like Trakka (Aussie
motorhome manufacturer) but is a fully
NZ built Trekka (circa mid 60's), in this
case converted into a camper with some
concepts that are still used today.
Feature: Covi Show, Auckland
Not for everyone, but Jucy Rentals are good for the budget traveller.
ne of the benefits
of air travel is that
it was possible to
leave Sydney very early
in the morning and arrive
in Auckland in time for
an afternoon at the Covi
Motorhome, Caravan &
Outdoor Supershow. This
was helped by a speedy
motorhome pickup from
United Campervans and I was
grateful for the understanding
customer service person who
processed me through in
double-quick time!
This is not a recommended
way to see the Covi
Supershow, by the way:
A full day is certainly
recommended. However,
Like most NZ shows, motorhome "camping" was available and
both old and new were to be seen.
I was still able to get around
and check out all the latest
in the NZ motorhome and
caravan scene. That included
Kea’s new Legend, Traillite’s
new slide-out model, several
new Burstners from Smart
Motorhomes as well as
British motorhomes from the
Auckland Motorhome Centre
and some very impressive
units from Wakerley. Several
Australian names were there
too – Winnebago, Talvor,
Jurgens (caravans) and Jayco.
Feature: Covi Show, Auckland
Just briefly to mention
Burstner, one of their B-Class
motorhomes had a very
clever rising bed above the
driver’s cab: no electrics or
mechanicals, just a simple
lever mechanism that was
demonstrated easily by a very
young (and short) salesgirl.
Of interest too were items
like the historic Trekka (yes
Trekka, not Trakka); an historic
NZ-built vehicle that looks a
bit like a Land Rover but with
a camper conversion on the
There was industry gossip
to be had, of course. Most
not to be revealed here, but
naturally the fallout from
the thl/Kea/United merger
was hot on the list, as was
At the Smart stand, the latest
and greatest from German
manufacturer Burstner drew
the crowd. (Top)
Something for everyone: This
semi-trailer sized 5th wheeler
certainly drew attention!
Feature: Covi Show, Auckland
RV compliance – an issue
I have long suspected has
to be addressed but maybe
not the way it appears to be
As always at a show it’s a
good opportunity to catch up
with industry people like Kea’s
Steve Lane, UCC’s Rob Floris,
Traillite’s Shaun Newman
and Explorer Motorhomes’
Richard Ninness.
The Covi Supershow
appeared a success, as
always, and a show like this
is always a good way for
anyone interested in the RV
scene to get along and have a
look at the latest and greatest
available. Even if you only
have a day to spare...
Kea's Inspiration certainly inspired a few buyers.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
Winnebago brings Euro style
to the streets
Review and images by Richard Robertson
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
The Eyre is a good looking motorhome and a departure from Winnebago’s usual US design influence.
ustralian motorhomes
have traditionally been
styled along American
lines because many early
design and engineering
influences emanated from US
shores. Both our countries
enjoy wide open spaces and
the emphasis has usually
been on vehicle ‘real estate’
and perceived bang-for-yourbuck.
European influence is a more
recent phenomenon, reflecting
increasingly sophisticated
consumer tastes and a
general downsizing of motor
vehicles as roads become
more crowded and the cost of
fuel soars.
In recent years Australian
motorhome manufacturers
have begun to embrace Euro-
influence in their designs and
the Winnebago Eyre is a good
example of a vehicle that
marks a watershed in design
for its maker.
Euro To Go...
he Eyre is a B-Class
motorhome that
rides on Fiat’s stylish
and popular Ducato cabchassis. Made specifically as
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
a motorhome base vehicle
by Fiat in Italy, the Ducato
has a low ride height, high
load carrying capacity (by
class standards) and one
of the most powerful turbodiesel engines available in an
Australian-made motorhome.
and mirrors, air-conditioning,
a leather-wrapped steering
wheel with audio controls,
cruise control, Bluetooth and
a trip computer are some of
the standard features fitted.
enjoyable motorhome to drive.
The engine is powerful and
smooth and the AMT shift
equally smoothly, although it
does take a little getting used
to, compared with a ‘normal’
full-automatic transmission.
Under the bonnet the Ducato
The driving position provides
has a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel
excellent visibility and the
Typically Italian in looks and
engine that is both powerful
combination of a long
performance the Ducato also
and fuel efficient. Rated at 115 wheelbase, wide track and
boasts a high degree of safety, kW and 400 Nm and mated
low ride-height provide secure
including dual front airbags
to a six-speed automated
and predictable handling.
and anti-lock disc brakes
manual transmission -– or
with integrated traction and
AMT (basically a manual
Stepping Inside...
electronic stability controls.
gearbox with a computer that
leek, long and low, the
These passive and active
changes gears for you) – it’s
Eyre is a good looking
safety features work behind
also capable of delivering
machine that attracts
the scenes, but in the cab
around 10-litre/100km fuel
attention as you travel.
this is no bread-and-butter
figures in regular touring
Stepping inside you find the
commercial vehicle.
dining table directly ahead
Remote central locking, power Facts and figures aside, the
and the lounge area to your
steering, electric windows
Ducato-based Eyre is an
left. The kitchen is to the right
Fiat’s Ducato is a good choice, with a low floor height that doesn’t require an entry step.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
You could easily forget the Fiat
Ducato is a light commercial
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
The dinette seats up to five, but table space is more limited. It also converts to a second bed.
and beyond it, the bathroom
and bedroom at the rear. In
layout terms this is pretty
conventional, but there’s a lot
about the Eyre that isn’t.
For starters, there’s an
enormous skylight directly
above the front cab seats
that floods the cab and
dinette with sunlight, but
can be shaded or closed off
as required. Also unusual in
this class and vehicle is an
extra seat behind the front
passenger seat that faces
inwards, towards the dinette.
The shower and toilet/powder
room are separate, which is
usually the province of larger
Outside, the Eyre has a large
boot that can be accessed
from both sides and through
a large rear door, as well as
a couple of extra storage
lockers that can even handle
things like fishing rods. And if
you’re into the great outdoors
you’ll certainly appreciate the
external hot-and-cold shower,
plus the wind-out awning.
swivelling front seats into
the lounge/dinette design.
Combined with a fixed,
forward-facing dinette seat
that is also seatbelt equipped
for two (and the aforementioned inwards-facing side
seat), up to five people can
sit around with a drink at the
end of the day. If all five want
to stay for dinner it is possible
thanks to a highly adjustable
dining table, but actual table
space would be in short
o maximise space the
designers at Winnebago
have incorporated
The Eyre has what is known
as a galley-style kitchen,
which means it straddles both
sides of the vehicle’s central
vehicles, while the bed is one
of the most unusual I’ve come
across, but more on that later.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
aisle. Because it’s aft of the
entry door, people coming or
going from the lounge area
won’t disturb the cook, unless
they want something from the
Compact but well equipped,
the kitchen’s main work area
is on the driver’s side, right
behind the dinette. Squeezed
into quite a small area is a
three-burner gas cooktop
and a deep bowl sink with
lift-up flick-mixer tap; both
with heavy-duty glass lids that
provide valuable additional
workspace when the units
aren’t in use. This is just as
well, because work bench
space is at an absolute
premium, although there
is also a recessed, circular
draining board between
the sink and cooker that
can also double as work
space. There’s also a small
rangehood above the cooker.
Bench space is limited
but every inch is used to
maximum efficiency.
The bathroom door swing open to provide privacy if required.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
An under-bench slideout pantry, a deep corner
cupboard and three drawers
(plus a single overhead
cupboard) provide reasonable
storage space; while across
the aisle are a tall 150-litre
fridge/freezer and a Sharp
convection microwave. The
Dometic fridge features
Automatic Energy Selection
(AES), which means it
switches itself between 12v
electric, LPG and mains
power depending on what’s
available. Having a convection
microwave is a great idea
as the Eyre has no oven or
grill and at least this allows
for more than just one-pot
wonders at meal times.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
The TV/DVD player tucks ingeniously away,
above the microwave, while the separate
shower is a great feature in a vehicle this size.
And just so you don’t miss
your favourite shows or
movies while travelling, in
the cupboard above the
microwave is a flat-screen
TV with inbuilt DVD player.
Mounted on an ingenious
slide-out-fold-down-and-twistaround arm, it can be easily
viewed from the lounge, but
only partially viewed from the
After Hours
aImmediately aft of the
kitchen, two cylindrical
towers guard the
entry to the Eyre’s bedroom:
The one to the left being the
shower and the one right
housing a ‘powder room’ and
loo. The shower is a decent
size and has an opaque door
to help it feel more spacious,
while the powder room is
nicely appointed with plenty of
lights and mirrors, plus decent
storage space. The toilet is a
Dometic swivel-head unit and
it’s defiantly a plus have the
loo separate from the shower.
However, it’s the Eyre’s
bedroom that is its eyepopping party trick.
Central to it – literally – is a
pedestal bed that seems
to float in the air, a metre or
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
The separate powder room/loo is nicely finished and better than the usual all-in-one bathroom.
more off the floor. Semi-spiral
stairs sweep up both sides,
providing good access, while
small bedside cupboards
form something of a recessed
bed-head, complete with
reading lights and plenty of
storage for books, iPods
and knickknacks. For easier
stair access the mattress
has rounded corners at the
foot-end. The shape probably
won’t suit taller people but
you could probably fit a more
conventional shaped mattress
if desired and still have
sufficient side access room.
However, it’s what’s beneath
the bed that is one of the
most innovative features I’ve
seen in any motorhome.
Lifting the bed-base on its
gas struts reveals, of all
things, a walk-in wardrobe
complete with hanging space,
drawers and shelves! Initially
I thought it more gimmick
than substance, but my wife
quickly dispelled my maleorientated disbelief (and to
be honest, what do I know
about wardrobes?). It makes
good use of available space,
provides more hanging space
than most and far easier
access than trying to reach
into the back of a deep
wardrobe cupboard. You
can also access it quite well
without lifting the bed.
I should note that Winnebago
offers an Eyre floorplan with
high-mounted single beds at
the rear and loads of storage
beneath, although it loses the
walk-in wardrobe in favour
of a more conventional setup between the beds. Also,
in both Eyre floorplans the
dinette can be converted to
a supplementary double bed,
so it can sleep four, but it’s
probably better suited to kids.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
Final Thoughts
here’s no doubt the
Winnebago Eyre’s
combination of eyecatching looks, drivability,
performance and fuel
economy make it a desirable
package. Couple that with
a well thought-out interior,
quality appointments and
some truly innovate design
features and you have a
package that many people will
find irresistible. You could call
it a breath of fresh Eyre…
The high-mounted bed is accessed by spiral stairs on both sides,
but the shape won’t suit taller people.
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
The bed lifts to reveal a walk-in wardrobe
that can also be accessed with the bed in
place. Clever!
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
Tested: Winnebago Eyre
Winnebago Industries
Eyre Lowline
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato X250
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel
115 kW @ 3500 rpm
400 Nm @ 1700 rpm
AMT – 6 speed
Disc ABS
Tare Weight
3432 kg
Gross Vehicle Mass
4490 kg
External Length
7.597 m
External Width
2.423 m
External Height
2.785 m
Internal Height
1.984 m
Rear Bed Size
1980 mm x 1540 mm
Dometic 3-burner gas
Dometic 3-way 150 litre
Sharp Convection
2 x 4.0 kg
12V Fluoro/halogen/LED
2 x 100 AH
Solar Panels
Air Conditioner
Hot Water Heater
Truma 14-litre
Dometic cassette 19-litres
Flexible hose, variable height
Fresh Water Tank
Grey Water Tank
$134,990 + ORC
• Excellent Fiat Ducato
• Fuel efficient
• Good looks
• Stylish interior
• Innovative design
• Bed short for tall people
• Limited kitchen bench space
• No reversing camera
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Tested: Sunliner Holiday
Testing Sunliner’s Holiday on Iveco’s
capable Daily cab-chassis...
Review and images by Malcolm Street
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
nyone vaguely familiar
with the Sunliner range
of motorhomes will
know they offer a wide range
of motorhomes, from the
van-based Vida to the luxury
Monte Carlo: Just about
something for every taste and
Fitting more into the budget
end of the market, but still a
coachbuilt motorhome, is the
Holiday. To be specific: The
G53 model. It’s a motorhome
designed mainly for two
people but does have both
travel seating and beds for
Unmistakably Sunliner, the
Holiday rides on Iveco’s
excellent Daily cab-chassis,
which is built in the same
factory as the Fiat Ducato.
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
The Daily is a non-nonsense workhorse with a touch of Italian style.
The Vehicle
unliner builds its
motorhomes on a
range of cab-chassis
and ours was on an Iveco
Daily 45C18. It comes with
a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel motor
that delivers 130 kW of power
and 400 Nm of torque. All
that drives through a sixspeed Agile gearbox, which is
Iveco speak for an automated
manual transmission (AMT).
A driver’s air bag is standard
on an Iveco Daily, but Sunliner
has taken the option of a
passenger air bag as well.
In some ways, the Iveco Daily
is a bit like its Italian stable
A simple latch holds
the door open to stop it
hitting the window.
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
The cab is functional if not lavish, but has good equipment levels and is comfortable.
mate the Fiat Ducato, which
isn’t surprising given they
come out of the same factory.
The major differences being
that whilst the Ducato is front
wheel drive, the Daily is rear
wheel drive and the Daily is
available with heavier load
capacities. In both cases
they have a fair chunk of the
motorhome market in Europe,
which makes them fairly
motorhome friendly from both
a manufacturer’s and user’s
point of view.
In converting the motorhome
Sunliner added a fully-welded
sub-chassis, which they call
Torquo™, to the main Iveco
chassis rails. According to
Sunliner this was done to
improve both the vehicle
handling and general weight
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.
Like many a motorhome
manufacturer, Sunliner use
Seitz hopper windows to full
advantage, whilst staying with
the convenience of a Camec
triple-locker 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
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
The bed lifts for storage, which can also
be accessed from outside. The single house
battery seems a cost-cutting measure and
looks difficult to reach.
Vehicle manufacturers that
don’t provide this simple
External body fittings consist
of the nearside-wall-fitted
Dometic awning and external
wall light above the door,
whilst the roof features a
few items like a windup TV
antenna and Air Command
Cormorant air conditioner.
External storage, apart from
the Thetford toilet cassette
compartment and the gas
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 is the
100 amp-hour battery and
associated charger that are
really only accessible from the
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!
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
The two 4.0 kg gas bottles are
easily reached, as it the toilet
All that built into the Holiday
gives it a tare weight of
3555 kg. Given the Daily’s
gross vehicle mass (GVM) of
4490kg, it certainly leaves a
more-than-adequate payload
On the Road
iven this 3.0-litre
turbo-diesel often
powers much larger
motorhomes; it certainly
didn’t have any trouble
handling the roughly 4000 kg
of the test Holiday. In many
ways no different from its
contemporaries, the AMT
gearbox is reasonably smooth
on most changes, but has
the usual sometimes-slow
kickdowns and hesitations
at slower speed. Again like
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
its contemporaries, although
it’s a light commercial vehicle
it’s more car-like than trucklike and as long as the usual
precautions are taken for
a slightly wider and longer
vehicle, it really isn’t a difficult
drive. A reversing camera
isn’t standard on this model,
but I reckon that for cautious
drivers or those who wish to
avoid marital disputes, one
might be a good buy.
Living Inside
his Holiday design
features a mid-side
entry door. Inside, the
nearside kitchen bench and
offside dinette are towards
the front and the bedroom
and bathroom are to the
rear. In a way the interior
of the motorhome looks
quite plain, doesn’t have the
usual Sunliner curves and
is not done with the usual
timber finish, but that is in
some ways to do with its
budget-driven theme. That
doesn’t mean it lacks for
anything important. Lighting
throughout the Holiday is
a mixture of halogen and
fluorescent fittings, mostly
ceiling mounted and the
12V switches are all located
conveniently above the
doorway. All windows have
standard integrated blinds and
insect screens and except for
the kitchen and bathroom, all
the rest have curtains.
Up front, the Holiday has a
swivelling passenger seat.
Iveco’s Daily can have both
cab seats swivel, but in
this case, with a café-style
dinette immediately behind
the driver’s seat, only the
passenger seat swivels. In
a way, this dinette set-up
The passenger seat swivels to provide
extra seating.
There’s plenty of
light and fresh air in
the Holiday’s rear
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
Functional but bland, the
Holiday’s interior lacks
Sunliner’s usual pizzazz.
negates using the driver’s
cab area to its fullest; i.e.
with both seats turned, but
it does mean the dinette can
be used comfortably by two
people and by four at a pinch.
Just a footnote here: I have
seen a similar layout in which
the owner cut out part of the
back of the front seat – an
interesting compromise that
meant the swivelled cab seat
could be used in tandem with
the dinette seat as a leg rest!
Time to Eat
itted in between the
entry door and the
passenger seat, the
kitchen bench looks quite
small, which is mainly
because it is. Taking up all
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
Kitchen bench space basically
nonexistent, so expect to
frequently use the dining table.
the bench top area are a
three burner Thetford cooktop
and grill/oven, leaving space
underneath for four good
sized drawers. As with the
dinette opposite, a couple of
overhead lockers supply the
upper storage areas. Slightly
offset from the kitchen bench
and fitting between the dinette
and bedroom is a good sized
175-litre Dometic fridge with
a Whirlpool microwave oven
above. Given the fridge is floor
mounted, the microwave oven
is set at a reasonable height
and allows for one more
overhead locker.
After Hours
n 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.
Like the dinette, the bed does
not have any reading lights,
neither does it have a close by
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
switch for the overhead light,
which does seem to me one
economy too many.
Fitting a swivel-arm mounted
TV in this layout was
always going to be a bit of
a challenge but it fits into
the corner created by the
wardrobe. That means it can
also be seen from the dinette,
but viewing angles and
seating comfort are certainly
In the space available there
isn’t going to be a great deal
of bedroom storage, but there
are three overhead lockers
above the bed and a small
full-height wardrobe beside
the entry door. It has both
hanging and shelf space, but
the lower area is entirely taken
by the hot water heater.
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
The full-width rear bathroom ads a
real feeling of space.
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
a single sleeper as it’s not
particularly wide, but does
offer a large general storage
area. To give easier internal
access to and from the front
seats, the Luton bed can be
lifted up out of the way if not
In many motorhomes the
bathroom takes up a fair
bit of space, both real and
perceived. Now the fullwidth rear one in this Holiday
certainly takes up space
but the perception bit has
been improved by having a
combination of a sliding door
and a concertina curtain to
close the bathroom off. Left
open, space perception and
access is improved, whilst
close up, they offer the usual
In the bathroom, filling all the
offside corner is the shower
cubicle, whilst the Thetford
cassette toilet takes up the
nearside area and the simply
vanity cabinet occupies centre
stage. Above the rear wall
window is a small shaving
cabinet and for those who
don’t like to bend their necks
too much, a larger wall mirror
sits above the loo.
What We Think
n a way the Sunliner
Holiday looks a little
downmarket from the usual
Sunliner products. However,
what should be kept firmly
in mind is the Holiday is very
much aimed at the budget
end of the market; maybe in
particular for a small family.
That said, it does come with
a few compromises, yet still
has just about everything
necessary for enjoying the
motorhome lifestyle.
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
Sunliner’s Holiday is small
enough to get into out-of-the
way places, but big enough for
extended touring.
Tested: Sunliner Holiday
Sunliner Motorhomes
Holiday G53
Base Vehicle
Iveco 45 C18
3.0-litre turbo-diesel
130 kW @ 3200-3500rpm
400 Nm @ 1250-3000rpm
5 speed AMT
Fuel Capacity
ABS Discs
Tare Weight
3555 kg
Gross Vehicle Mass
4495 kg
External Length
7.24 m (23 ft 9 in)
External Width
2.39 m (7 ft 10 in) Includes awning
External Height
2.67 m (8 ft 9 in)
Internal Height
2.13 m (7 ft)
Internal Height
2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) rear area
Rear bed size
1.75 m x 1.37 m (5 ft 9 in x 4 ft 6 in)
Luton bed size
1.93 m x 0.97m ( 3 ft 2 in)
Thetford Triplex
Dometic RM 7851 175-litre
2 x 4.0 kg
12V Fluro & halogen
1 x 100 AH
Air conditioner
Air Command Coromant
Hot water heater
Truma 14-litre
Thetford cassette
Separate cubicle
Fresh water tank
Grey water tank
$143,550* on-road NSW
*On-road prices vary by State.
• Good internal living length
• Can be used for family travel
• Open bathroom area at rear
• Good internal storage
• No bed reading lights
• No light switch near bed
• Extended bed difficult to
move around
• Small kitchen
• TV not really viewable from the dinette
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Vehicle Dynamics
How vehicles behave on road is rarely described. This two-part article by
engineer/writer Collyn Rivers explains what happens, in non-academic terms.
n 1686, Sir Isaac Newton
deduced that, unless
influenced otherwise by an
external force, things continue
in a state of rest, or continue to
move in a totally straight line.
Early farm wagons and
carriages demonstrated this
accidentally from time to
time. They had large diameter
wheels shod with iron or (and
later) solid rubber tyres with
front axles pivoted so they
could turn in the direction they
were pulled. But,as many a
Western shows, the wagons
would plough straight on, just
as Newton predicted, if the
horses lost their footing.
Tyres back then had primarily to
revolve, not sink in soft going,
and not fail under load. Surface
grip helped restrain sliding
sideways and, (by levering
against a tyre, (rudimentary)
braking. The forces required
for traction, steering and
control downhill were exerted
externally, via animal and
human power. Carriage
suspension however was
surprisingly advanced (right).
The best examples totally
shame many a trailer maker of
The advent of motive power
profoundly changed all this.
Horseless carriages too, were
subject to Newton’s findings,
but the forces required for
propulsion, braking and
steering, now had to be applied
and reacted solely through the
The issues were initially simple.
Engines developed little power,
so traction was rarely an issue.
Nor was speed, so little braking
was needed - or provided.
Their solid rubber tyres rolled
much where pointed, so
steering too was not a problem.
Pneumatic tyres, already used
for bicycles became available:
initially of oversized bicycle
proportions and behaving
much like softer but still solid
tyres. When they ran out of the
little grip they had, they slid in a
relatively gentle manner. (I have
experienced this frequently having owned many veteran
and vintage cars in my earlier
Early carriage suspension surprisingly advanced.
By 1930 or so, cars had
become far more powerful,
heavier and faster, yet retained
carriage-era underpinnings that
had ceased to cope a decade
before (it became said of the
then Rolls-Royce, ‘that it was a
triumph of workmanship over
Essentially, suspension that
was adequate for horsedrawn speeds had (with rare
exceptions - e.g. Lancia)
remained almost static,
excepting for wheels that
became progressively smaller
in diameter, but with balloonlike tyres.
Most cars of the era handled in
variously undesirable and often
only semi-predictable ways.
Problems included directional
instability, ‘tramping’ of the
entire front suspension despite
well balanced tyres, and a ride
that was still harsh.
Recreational (as opposed to Romany) caravans date back at least
to Dr Gordon Stables’ horsedrawn ‘Wanderer’ of the late 1800s.
Vehicle drawn caravans were common by the mid-1920s, but
from the very beginning, encountered handling problems. Little has
changed since. Apart from studies at Bath University (UK), a few
academics, and the military in the UK and USA, the trailer industry
awaits a latter-day Maurice Olley to fully explain why. The following
attempts to précis current thinking (and some views of my own
resulting from close to fifty years interest).
What was not realised was that
the increasingly larger crosssection tyres virtually dictated
on-road behaviour.
This necessitated a total rethink
of vehicle dynamics. And
that was superbly provided
by General Motors Research
Division (Special Projects)
engineer, Maurice Olley.
Between 1930 and 1936, Olley
studied every conceivable
aspect of vehicle behaviour
both theoretically and
Morgan three-wheeler 1931 - note sliding pillar independent front
suspension (the author used to own one just like this.)
e-wheeler 1931 - note sliding pillar independent
He established the basic
one to
just like this.
The New Era
rly dampedaurice
established that the
‘tramping’ effect (both
lly dangerous
front wheels smashing up and
meanwhile swinging
y by decreasing
theto lock) was
violently from lock
gyroscopic precessions.
sing due
This effect occurs when a
e extent
of occasional
steerable wheel
rose and fell in an arc, i.e. over
and particularly with
poorly damped and/or soft
by gyroscopic
prevented by
This was a potentially
ces. dangerous phenomenon in
down conserved
the energy
by decreasing
w steerable
to the
frequency but increasing the
never inof the
movement - to the
a tilting
of occasional
to be
realised this disturbing
nded.and dangerous effect,
by gyroscopic forces,
did not
could only be prevented by
(IFS): Dr
eliminating those forces.
round 1901.
In particular, he realised that
on his
original tricar
suspension geometry must
used by
wheels to rise
and fall vertically (i.e. never
in the arc forced upon them
ate 1920s)
by a tilting beam axle). This
n thatnecessitated
butwheels to
and imprive
But Maurice
Olley did not invent
the first
(IFS): Dr Lanchester did that
around 1901.
om 1931-1938,
the motor industry’s
hicle dynamics,
how that behaviour still virtually
dictates a road vehicle’s design,
and on-road behaviour.
Tyre Behaviour
substantially proportional to tyre
inflated tyre
Its action is more akin to a caterpillar
does not so much roll
the surface
track than a rotating wheel and,
aptly as lay
down a rectangular section
called ‘footprint’, grips theof surface
withof which
tread (footprint)
considerable tenacity. the length of that footprint is
to tyre
Steering action is akin tosubstantially
twisting proportional
inflated balloon. The steering mechanism
Its action
is more
applies torque, via the wheels’
theto a
caterpillar track than a rotating
precession. These flex,
tyres’ sidewalls.
and (primarily)
wheel and, that aptly called
Image courtesy Early Victorian twits.
via the air compressed within,
the surface
Morgan used
IFS on his
to distort
in the with
original tricar (and the much
But, because the footprintSteering
is deflected
via to
action is akin
same system is used by
an inflated
media, it never totally
up the
The steering mechanism
wheels attempt
applies torque, via the wheels’
Dubonnet (in the late 1920s)
to impose.built on that
rims, to the tyres’ sidewalls.
These flex, and (primarily) via
but more
to reduce
act similarly.
the air compressed within,
unsprung mass and imprive
attempts to
the ride, than as a fundamental cause the footprint to distort in
continue in a straight line,theand
generated thrust slip angles
upon them.
But, because the footprint is
Olley was almost certainly
causemedia, it
deflected via
a springy
to understand
full cambers
totally takes up the angle
to work,
be deflected
that the steered road wheels
from 1931-1938, completely
attempt to impose. Unsteered
changed the motor industry’s
tyres act similarly.
of difference
The angular
dynamics, particularly how the
wheels point and their footprints lead, is
tyres of that era (and still today) As a vehicle turns, it still
to continue
the ‘slip
the tyrein a
why andTheattempts
FIG 4.
The so-called
angle’ formed
- thewhilst
tyres does
not so much slip as distort.
straight line, and forces so
generated thrust slip angles
upon them. Side winds and/
or road cambers too, cause
sidewalls to be deflected
Slip Angles
he angular difference
between where wheels
point and their footprints
lead, is called the ‘slip angle’.
The greater the tyre width and
tread stability, the stiffer the
sidewalls, and the higher the
tyre pressure, the less the slip
angle. Conversely, it increases
with the applied forces, and
loads. Under normal conditions,
the footprint does not actually
slip as such, instead, it is
subjected, by torque applied by
the sidewalls, to a diagonal-like
stretching/distortion. (It’s a bit
like pulling a weight via a rubber
Having established the above,
Maurice Olley showed how the
way in which slip angles interact
substantially dictates how a
road vehicle behaves.
He showed that, if front/rear
slip angles remain identical, a
vehicle maintains a balanced
state. If driven in a circle
with the steering wheel held
constant, it will continue to
follow a curve that increases in
radius as speed increases.
This condition, known as
neutral steer, causes a car to
feel ‘responsive’, but results
also in wind gusts and changes
in road camber necessitating
constant albeit minor steering
A neutrally steering car thus
tends to be demanding and
tiring to drive, and less than
safe for semi- and unskilled
Further, maintaining that
neutral balance precluded any
substantial changing in load
front/rear - but less of an issue
until overhung rear luggage
boots replaced Jeeves carrying
the Roll’s owners luggage in the
following Bentley.
If the rear slip angle exceeds
that of the front (e.g. early
Porsches), if circled as above,
the car turns in a tightening
spiral, with slip angles
progressively increasing as it
If not corrected (by applying
opposite steering lock, or
reducing speed) slip angles
may increase until the rear
tyres’ footprints
lose control, and the vehicle
spins. This (unstable) condition
is called ‘oversteer’.
Pneumatically tyred vehicles of today follow
the upper (mild understeering) path.
Middle curve is that of a solid tyre. Lower:
that of an early VW if cornered too hard!
Tyre slip angles: cornering forces act such that the tyres footprint follows an arc that is wider than that
traced by the wheels’ rims. If cornering a little to fast, the slightly greater slip angle at the front causes
the vehicle to run wide slightly, thus increasing the radius of turn and decreasing the turning forces.
For most drivers and
conditions, optimum balance
requires front slip angles to
exceed rear slip angles by a
slight but totally maintained
The effect, called understeer,
causes vehicles to veer slightly
away from sidedisturbing forces
(as does a correctly trimmed
yacht and all aircraft). Thus, if
cornered too fast the vehicle
automatically runs slightly wide
thus reducing the slip angles
and hence forces.
Understeering vehicles (now
virtually all post 1950s vehicles)
are marginally less responsive
to steering input, but safer for
most drivers.
People in disciplines as
dissimilar as economics and
PA systems will recognise this
automatically-correcting action
as negative feedback.
Maintaining the Footprint
ajor problems may
arise when suppliers
and trailer builders
modify or build, without
understanding that dynamic
behaviour depends ultimately
on optimum tyre footprint and
slip angle behaviour being
And, whilst blindingly obvious,
but nevertheless only too often
overlooked, that footprint only
works if it is in firm contact with
the ground!
Some trailer markers (almost
incredibly) still claim, ‘trailer’s
don’t need shock absorbers
mate’. They argue that interleaf
friction provides sufficient
But it does so, crudely,
insufficiently and only and less
necessarily, on compression.
The problem-causing rebound
is totally unrestrained - the
spring leaves are not then in
held sliding contact and release
their energy like the sling shots
that they are.
Weight Transfer
ecause slip angles
increase with load,
and decrease with
tyre pressure, higher loads
require higher tyre pressures
to restore/ retain the required
Side loads too affect tyre
loading as more weight is
transferred, via the suspension,
to the outside tyres. If the tyre’s
weight balance is unchanged
front/rear, front and rear
slip angles simply increase
proportionally and the vehicle’s
balance is maintained.
But if the tyre loading is
substantially changed (front/
rear) the relative slip angles
change accordingly - to excess
understeer (where the vehicle
runs overly wide), or oversteer
(where the vehicle either spins
or hits something tail first).
The relative tyre loading front/
rear (and hence slip angles) is
not simply a function of weight
distribution. It depends on how
the suspension resists roll.
Stiffening the rear springs,
or adding rear airbags only,
transfers more of the roll
resistance to the rear. This
further loads up the outer
rear tyre whilst cornering thus
increasing its slip angle to
the point where the footprint
collapses, or slides, at a real
risk of jack-knifing the rig. This
is not theoretical conjecture: it
can and does happen.
by the outer front tyres, thus
increasing understeer.
The manufacturer’s intended
front/rear slip angle relationship
should not be changed.
roll a bit more about that axis.
This increases tyre slip angles
slightly, but generally equally.
Independent suspension
front and rear results in a roll
centre close to ground level.
If the rear suspension is
This geometry causes the
stiffened (or air bags fitted) so,
body to sway (like an inverted
and to the same degree, must
pendulum) about that ground
be the front (or a stiffer roll bar
level point resulting in sideways
added) to maintain the intended weight transference that
roll resistance balance.
increases slip angles, reducing
ultimate cornering ability. With
Not doing this may result in
independent front (but beam
a close to neutrally steering
axle rear) suspension, front\ rear
vehicle that is triggered into
balance (and hence slip angles)
sudden oversteer by a suddenly
will, if the suspension is raised,
swaying trailer. Such changes
inevitably be altered.
require serious engineering
It is, to put it mildly, difficult
sustain claimsrearthat
economics and PA systems willtorecognise
airbags only, transfers more
Raising Suspension
this automatically-correcting action
the rear. This furth
lifts resistance
do not to
up the outer rear tyre whilst cor
stability (withoutthus
increasing its slip angle to t
the Footprint
about an
axis about
the footprint collapses, o
Major problems may arise when suppliers
at a real risk of jack-knifing the r
builders modify or fundamental
build, without
not theoretical conjecture: it can
lower thanthat
thedynamic behaviour
Roll stiffness is also changeable ground - a bit understanding
depends ultimately on optimum tyre
of gravity.
Roll stiffness is also changeabl
by varying anti-roll bar stiffness. vehicle’s centrefootprint
and slip angle behaviour being
bar stiffness. Increasing
Increasing front roll bar stiffness, the suspension raises the
bar stiffness, for example, cause
And, whilst blindingly obvious,
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centre of gravity
relative to the
for example, causes more of
roll couple
to bewritten
resisted by
nevertheless only too often overlooked,
be reproduced for anythe
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The manufacturer’s intended f
contact with the ground!
Some trailer markers (almost incredibly)
Pix 8.
slip angle relationship should no
If the rear suspension is stiffen
bags fitted) so, and to the same
must be the front (or a stiffer ro
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A Message From CMCA...
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There are many ways to save while still enjoying life on the road...
By Michelle Hogan, CMCA - Communications and Marketing Team
A Message From CMCA...
With some smart tips you can save a bundle and still enjoy your travels.
ith a new year
around the corner
it’s the perfect time
to review your finances and
consider incorporating a
budget for the future. Financial
budgets make sure that you
maximise your spending,
without exceeding your
limitations. It is important that
we all enjoy every day to the
fullest, but it is also vital that
we consider tomorrow as well.
Budgeting ensures that your
money is distributed evenly,
according to your lifestyle.
The Campervan and
Motorhome Club of Australia
found, through the Balfour
Consulting, Rest Area
Research, 2010 Survey, that
the estimated average weekly
spend of RV tourists when
travelling is $572. Travelling
in an RV is an ideal way to
see Australia, but as many
travellers know, spending a
large amount of time on the
road can become quite costly
if you don’t have a regular
source of income. However,
with appropriate budgeting,
this figure can be reduced well
below $350 without affecting
the enjoyment of your trip.
The Australian Government
and the Australian Securities
and Investments Commission
(ASIC) released MoneySmart:
Simple guidance you can
trust. By visiting you get
access to a variety of tools
to not only help you plan for
your holiday, but continue
to budget while travelling.
MoneySmart will calculate
where your money is going, if
you are spending more than
you can afford, and whether
your money is going towards
your priorities. MoneySmart
is a free service and also
offers a range of other
budget calculators, such as
superannuation, retirement
planner, mortgage, savings
goals and more. MoneySmart
budget planners are not only
available online, but can be
used as an app on your iPod,
iPad, or iPhone. Using a
budget planner as an app will
ensure that you can not only
plan for the future, but keep
on track as your travel.
Once you have your budget
set, and you are ready to leave
the driveway, there are still a
multitude of ways you can ‘cut
costs’ without having to cut
back on your trip.
If you join CMCA you will not
only gain the invaluable benefit
of being a part of a Club that
A Message From CMCA...
is committed to enhancing
every RV travellers’ experience
while on and off the road, but
you will also gain a wide range
of resources and financial
benefits as a Member.
RV dream, join today and
consider incorporating the
following CMCA costing tips
into your new budget as well.
The Balfour Consulting, Rest
Area Research, 2010 Survey
Joining CMCA is cheaper than showed that when RV tourists
filling the tank of most vehicles. were travelling their average
weekly spend was:
The advantages of being a
member includes discounted
• Fuel – $255:
services and products, a
- No matter what, spending
customised insurance scheme,
money on fuel is inevitable.
GeoWiki – a constantly
However, if you plan ahead
updated database containing
you can take advantage of
vital points of interests
cheaper petrol prices in the
throughout Australia, and
larger urban cities.
more. If you would rather not
touch your nest egg, but still
- Tyre pressure is vital: If your
want to achieve the Australian
RV has under-inflated tyres
you will be burning much
more fuel than you planned
- Drive economically! It’s not
a race, so slow down and
enjoy ever kilometre!
• Food and beverages –
- When driving, always ensure
you have a bottle of water
and some pieces of fruit
readily available. Having a
sweet piece of fruit helps put
those chocolate bar cravings
at bay when you pull up
at the petrol station. Also,
keeping a thermos of boiled
water in the RV will eliminate
A Message From CMCA...
Shop at roadside stalls for the freshest food,
often at bargain prices.
the need to purchase an
afternoon cuppa.
- Shopping at roadside stalls
and farmers’ markets is a
great way to reduce the cost
of fresh produce, such as
fruit, vegetables, meat, milk,
eggs, etc. Buying direct from
the growers will not only save
you money, it gives you the
opportunity to meet locals
and learn about the region.
if you do want to eat out,
consider enjoying a decadent
lunch instead of dining at
night. While lunch and dinner
menus are often similar, the
price will usually increase for
the dinner rush.
selecting a CMCA Friendly
Caravan Park. A list of
these Parks can be found
in The Wanderer’s Mate
and on the CMCA website
• Tourist attractions – $75:
- If you enjoy reading, try to
avoid the large book stores
- Free camping is a great
and consider purchasing
way to save money and
your new novels from
experience the tranquil
second-hand stores, or
solitude of the land. However,
invest in an eBook. The
if you do wish to stay in
- Plan your meals for the week.
price of online books, in
a caravan park, being a
Making a dish such as pasta
comparison to hard copies
Member of CMCA gives
is perfect for freezing extra
is drastically different and the
you access to discounts
portions and will guarantee
eBook reader will eventually
for various caravan parks
there is always a healthy,
pay for itself. Don’t forget
throughout Australia. Be sure
home-cooked meal ready
that as a Member of CMCA
to book ahead and save
to be re-heated. However,
you will also be entitled to
yourself some money by
A Message From CMCA...
Taking photos
instead of buying
souvenirs will
save you a
The Wanderer, a monthly
magazine tailored to RV
- Although souvenirs make
nice keepsakes from each
town and are a great way
to remember your trip, they
can become quite costly.
Rather than spending a few
dollars every week, decide
on one place where you
would like to buy something,
and for everywhere else take
a camera with you. A photo
can certainly capture the
moment much better than a
fridge magnet.
• Vehicle repairs/
maintenance – $171:
- Investing in an efficient
electrical set-up with
solar panels, batteries,
and charging systems will
ensure air-conditioning,
hot water and a cold fridge
all year round. And, if one
of the systems requires
maintenance while travelling,
you will not be forced to
put your trip on hold. Why
not have a look at the
CMCA Marketplace for
a comprehensive list of
- There are plenty of free
community classes available
where you would be able
to develop some basic
RV knowledge. Learning
the ‘ins-and-outs’ of your
vehicle before you leave
may help you overcome
future mechanical problems
and avoid having to pay for
unexpected repairs.
- Ensuring your RV has had
a thorough service prior to
departing: This will reduce
the risk of having mechanical
problems when travelling.
Anyone’s wallet would
shudder at the idea of
breaking down in a rural town
where towing for hundreds of
kilometres is the only option.
A Message From CMCA...
Local fairs and charity events
always have plenty to offer.
• Other – $96:
- Pre-paid mobile phone plans
can be quite economical as
you only pay for what you
use and you will never risk
‘blowing out’ your budget
when you get carried away
talking to a loved one back
- Staying with the mobile
phone theme, many phones
can now be used with a
tethering capability. If you
organise a pre-paid mobile
phone option that offers a
substantial amount of data
you will be able to use this
for your broadband as well,
rather than paying for two
services. Simply connect
your phone to your computer
and you will have service
even when you are at an
unpowered site.
- Now that you have your
mobile phone and computer
system set-up, consider
staying in touch with loved
ones back home through
the internet. Data is cheaper
than call rates and with the
development of Skype, an
online video phone service,
not only can you call home
but you will also be able to
see them, while the cost is
kept at a minimum.
Roadside Eats...
The Long Track
Discover the pleasures of the Long Track Pantry...
By Richard Robertson
Roadside Eats...
ne of the delights of
RV travel is having no
pressing schedules.
So while the spread of
freeways is pushing small
towns into obscurity as they
become nothing more than
curious place names to timepoor travellers, those with time
to spare can find some true
delights when venturing off the
beaten track.
For example, take the
township of Jugiong –
Aboriginal for Valley of the
Crows – which sits in on the
banks of the Murrumbidgee
River some 40 kilometres north
of Gundagai. Bypassed by the
high-speed dual carriageway
of the Hume Highway in 1995,
Jugiong struggles to attract
visitors yet it’s steeped in
history and worth a detour.
The township sprang up
around the Sir George Tavern,
a coaching inn on the then
Great Southern Road, which
dates back to 1845. Jugiong’s
history is liberally sprinkled
with famous explorers and
infamous bushrangers but
today the sleepy village is
regaining notoriety for an
unassuming roadside eatery:
the Long Track Pantry.
Situated next door to the Sir
George Tavern – claimed to be
Australia’s oldest family-owned
inn and still in the hands of
Roadside Eats...
descendants of its builder,
Irishman John Philip Sheahan
– the Long Track Pantry blends
bucolic charm with culinary
excellence in a most unlikely
The Long Track Pantry opened
its doors in January 2006
and has reached something
approaching cult status with
Canberra residents, for whom
it’s the focal point of a pleasant
weekend day-trip. Fresh cakes,
coffee from Wagga’s awardwinning Premium Coffee
Roasters and homemade jams
and chutneys are ideal for those
in a hurry, but to pass this cafe
by without a planned stop for
lunch is to do yourself a distinct
Fully licensed and open daily
from 8 ‘til 4 (except Tuesdays),
the menu features locallysourced seasonal produce,
Roadside Eats...
while the rustic nature of the
building and quirky decor adds
to the experience. Thankfully,
this is no slick city restaurant
that rushes you in and out in a
desperate attempt to free-up
a table for a second sitting.
Instead, expect laid-back
country service that makes
the wait for lunch all the more
Run by Jules Lenehan and
Juliet Robb, their years of
experience and love of what
they do is evident. The dining
experience is excellent,
imaginative and backed by
Roadside Eats...
Long Track Pantry Menu
an eclectic wine list with a
strong emphasis on local and
near-country wineries. You
can also sign-up for a regular
newsletter, sign-on for smallgroup cooking classes and go
online to order jams, chutneys,
local olive oil, balsamic vinegar
and even cookbooks and
boxed gift hampers.
Hummus served with toasted flatbread
LTP Olive tapenade with toasted Turkish bread
LTP smoked trout pate served with toasted Turkish bread
Soup of the Day – Please see Main Blackboard
Oven roasted tomato, Meredith dairy goat’s cheese on sourdough
with eggplant jam
Sweet lentil salad with currants, goats cheese and fresh herbs
Long Track burger with pancetta, coleslaw and LTP relish
Slow cooked lamb curry
Long Track lunch plate with LTP smoked trout pate, marinated feta, chicken and
pistachio terrine, artichokes, LTP red onion relish and toasted Turkish bread
Homemade Pie of the Day - Please see main Blackboard
Apple & Walnut Cake
Tunisian Orange & Lemon Cake
Chocolate, Date & Almond Torte (gluten free)
Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins
Chocolate Brownies
Red Wine
Melbourne Bitter
08 Long Track Shiraz
Cascade Premium Light
10 Two Italian Boys Cabernet Sauvignon
The Apple Thief Pink Lady Cider
08 Silent Range Merlot
08 Sally’s Hill Cabernet Franc
09 Sally’s Paddock
White Wine
‘Sasha’ NV Brut
11 Two Italian Boys Pinot Grigio
5.0 / 20.0
08 Hundred Tree Hill Chardonnay
10 Gallagher Wines Riesling
10 Silent Range Sauvignon Blanc
Locally Roasted Espresso Coffee
Leaf Teas and Milkshakes
Gluten Free & Vegetarian options on request
LTP Products available here
It’s also great to know that
Jugiong welcomes RVers of
all persuasions and almost
straight across the road from
the Long Track Pantry is an
excellent and well patronised
free camping area (a donation
to Council in the honesty box
is most appreciated). There’s
also a fresh fruit and veg shop
right next door and a great
local wine tasting centre, in
case you get thirsty.
To find out more about the
Long Track Pantry, plus what
else to see and do in Jugiong,
visit www.longtrackpantry. or call (02) 6945 4144
Roadside Eats...
If you have a
favourite roadside
eatery please let
us know so we
can share it with
Mobile Tech...
Send short voice messages just like texts...
ending a text message
is a great way of
keeping in touch, but
let’s face it: writing them can
be a pain. Enter HeyTell, a free
app that sends short voice
messages to other HeyTell
users for free, over Wi-Fi or
your phone’s data service.
HeyTell is available for Apple,
Android and Windows Phone
users and is very simple
to use. In the words of the
Developers, “HeyTell is a
cross-platform voice message
that allows you to instantly
talk with friends and family. No
account needed – just start
the app, choose a contact
and push the button to start
In reality it’s not quite that
simple, mainly because the
other person has to have
HeyTell installed, too. That isn’t
a problem though, because
from within the app you can
send an email or text message
inviting them to join up.
Once installed, you’re both in
To use HeyTell all you do is
select a contact, hold down
the bright orange button and
talk. The other person then
receives notification of an
incoming message, which
they can play at their leisure,
and reply to yours in exactly
the same way. It’s sort of like
a telephone-based walkietalkie system and is particularly
useful for people with vision
problems, who hate typing or
otherwise have their hands full.
You can store messages
and also set the program to
Mobile Tech...
Just hold the button and
speak: HeyTell delivers
short voice messages
that are much easier
than texting!
show your location on Google
maps so family and friends
can keep track of your travels.
All-in-all, HeyTell is very useful
program and even when
running on your phone or
iPad’s inbuilt data allowance
uses such a small amount of
capacity as to be pretty-much
So hey, tell your friends
all about it and get voice
messaging. It makes text
messages look like something
from the Stone Age!
Stop Press...
Further to Dave Berry’s comments in this issue’s Editorial, Paradise Motor Homes’
Managing Director, Colin MacLean, has added the following to the conversation:
Hi Richard
Thanks so much for opening
up this discussion on the need
to improve motorhome safety.
It was media & public pressure
after those horrific bus
accidents on the north coast
of NSW that resulted in the
government introducing ADR
49/00 - Bus Rollover Strength
(and yes it did put some bus
manufacturers out of business
but it certainly improved public
Your readers may find it
unbelievable, but 1998
research sponsored by the
Federal Office of Road Safety
into Roof Crush Strength
concluded that between
13 - 16% of all fatalities
were primarily as a result of
rollovers, yet no ADR Standard
for Rollover in cars has ever
been introduced into Australia.
This highlights the problem
that manufacturers only legally
have to build to the minimum
statutory regulations.
Thankfully the majority of car
manufacturers understand
that consumers demand
vastly superior levels of safety
than the minimum standards
and now build vehicles that
are well above the minimum
ADR guidelines and provide
a myriad of safety features,
including rollover protection.
Unfortunately, the lack of
rollover protection is only
one of the many major
safety deficiencies with
the way the current ADRs
allow motorhomes to be
constructed. Because there
are no structural or strength
requirements for motorhome
bodies they are allowed
to be built with the same
construction processes
and materials (including
polystyrene foam and ply) as
those used to build caravans.
Anyone who has seen how
easily a caravan disintegrates
in an accident will understand
the ramifications of being in
an accident in a motorhome
built like a caravan. Because
the rear wall of the driver’s
compartment is almost
always removed, the driver
and passenger are exposed
to everything, including
the fridge, microwave, TV
and kitchen sink, when it
The SA Transport
Department’s “Information
Bulletin 28” dated March 2003
as well as its current “Caravan
and Motorhome Fact Sheet”
both specify that “All fittings
including such items as fold
away tables, fire extinguishers,
stoves, cupboards etc must
be capable of withstanding
a force of 20 times their
weight without becoming
detached.” This makes me
question why the ADRs don’t
already identify the need for
pull testing of appliances
and cupboards, etc, in
motorhomes to certify they are
adequately attached.
Sadly no RV is audited to this
standard, which could mean
that every RV registered in SA
could be non-compliant.
In an effort to improve
motorhome safety standards
Paradise Motor Homes
Stop Press...
has made a submission*
to the National Transport
Commission’s Review of the
ADRs, recommending major
changes to the standards and
the removal of the current
self-auditing process. Our
recommendations include:
• Minimum Construction
Standards to prevent
motorhomes disintegrating
like caravans in an accident
• Guidelines for the
attachment of the
motorhome body to the
vehicle chassis
• Slide-out construction
strength; adequate
attachment to vehicle
chassis; suitability for
seatbelts & occupant safety;
strength of locking system in
travel mode
• Mandatory Roll Over
• Structural strength of the
body after a slide-out has
been fitted
• Pull Testing on the
anchorage & attachment
of Appliances, Fittings &
• Seat swivel fitment and the
ability for the driver’s seat to
swivelled without having to
release the handbrake
• Adequate Underbody
Storage Capacity to prevent
heavy items like tool boxes,
golf bags, batteries etc
being carried inside the
• Weight allowance for
occupants & load needs to
be increased. Current 68kg
person & 60kg load including
food & clothes needs to be
increased to suit today’s
• Implement independent
government audits to
prevent manufacturers
from selling non-compliant
I understand we have upset
the other manufacturers by
trying to improve the safety
standards of motorhomes. But
the good news for consumers
is if the other manufacturers
want to compete with our
new price-competitive
Integrity Range, they will
have to absorb the cost of
safety improvements without
increasing their prices.”
* A copy of Paradise Motor
Homes' submission is
available for download from
the mindset of those behind
the wheel of these enormous
For the first time on television,
Outback Truckers jumps
into the cab with some men
and women behind the
wheel of road trains that
travel Australia’s vast and
remote Outback. The new
show should be of interest to
motorhomers and caravaners
alike, providing insight into
“When initially approached we
liked the concept, and with
the support of our dealers,
Cat Trucks agreed to support
Prospero Productions to help
this project come to fruition”,
Bill Fulton, Managing Director
for Cat Trucks said.
“The program is raw reality;
it shows these professional
truck drivers in their genuine
work environment operating
in challenging conditions to
deliver the goods for their
customers. There is no glitz,
no glamour, just the real
challenges faced day in and
day out with truck drivers all
over Australia.” Fulton added.
Outback Truckers first of
five episodes premiers on
7Mate, Thursday 18th October
9.30pm, followed by episode
two airing the following day,
on Friday 19th at 7.30pm.
Show Calendar...
2-4 26-28
Canberra Leisure,
Caravan, 4WD &
Camping Show
Exhibition Park,
Canberra. ACT.
• Open 10:00-5:00 daily
• Free parking
• Adults $15
• Seniors $12
• Website:
Click for
Google Maps
November 2-4
9-11 November
South Coast Caravan,
Camping & Holiday Expo
NZ Motorhome &
Caravan Show
Mackay Park,
Batemans Bay. NSW.
CBS Canterbury Arena,
Christchurch. NZ.
• Open 9:00-5:00 daily
(4:00 Sunday)
• Free parking
• Adults $12
• Kids U12 Free
• Open 9:00-5:00 daily
(4:00pm Sunday)
• Free parking
• Adults $10
• Seniors $6
• Accompanied kids free
• Website:
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Google Maps
• Website: www.
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Know of a local or regional show coming up that attracts and promotes
motorhomes, campervans and the great RV lifestyle in general?
Drop us a line at and we’ll happily promote
it in this calendar.
Next Issue..
n an iMotorhome exclusive,
next issue will come to you
‘live’ from the CMCA Rally
in Boonah, Queensland, from
the comfort of Trakka’s allnew Trakkaway 700 B-Class
motorhome. Built on a Fiat
Ducato cab-chassis the
‘little’ Trakkaway promises
to set new standards and
should also be a lot of fun.
It features, amongst other
things, Trakka’s first slide-out
(a rear bed extension) and a
rainwater harvesting system
from the roof!
The trip will also be an
experiment in mobile
technology and I’ll be posting
on Facebook during the rally
and looking for interesting
people to talk with and
unusual rigs to report on.
The plan is to be there from
Wednesday to Sunday, so
drop me a line if you’d like
to catch up.
Our big feature review for
Issue 12 will be the luxurious
and impressive Aquarius
A-Class motorhome that’s
Australian designed but
American built. Running
a Ford petrol V10 on
LPG makes it even more
Malcolm Street will also
bring us a review from his
recent adventures across
the Tasman, which will be of
particular interest to our many
keen readers in New Zealand.
Lots to look forward to; see
you on Saturday 20 October
– or in Boonah! Remember,
until then you can follow us on
Facebook (www.facebook.
Twitter (@iMotorhomeMag)
As always, please drive
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