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  1. I live in Melbourne, Vic, Australia. We have just emerged from a very strict lockdown that started in early July. All cafe's, retail, pubs, etc have just reopend, but with strict limitations re distancing and numbers. Hopefully, we have learnt to avoid the mistakes that caused the 2nd wave (miniscule compared to your part of the world but large compared to the other states and NZ). We are still limited to travel within 25K of home, but this will be lifted on the 8th/11 hopefully. We still cannot travel to other states, let alone OS. We all wear masks, no argument. Community discipline certain
  2. There are dozens of caravan manufactures here that cater for all sorts of roads. The largest caravan builder, Jayco, build dozens of different models, from offroad outback types to blacktop only models, big and small (they are expensive though compared to the UK). They even build motorhomes. Jayco would certainly have a presence across the ditch in NZ. I haven't been to NZ since 1976, but I remember the caravans, as there must have been some sort of law that required the driver to be able to see right through the caravan using the normal review mirror attached to the car windscreen. The
  3. Hi, Have a look at this forum. https://www.caravanersforum.com/ It is mostly Australian, with a smattering of kiwi chucked into the mix, Maybe be able to give you a bit of advice.
  4. in 2017, we were in a convoy of 5 tug+caravans travelling from Finke to Alice Springs(~220km's) in the NT, Australia. The road at that time was more corrugated than usual , as it was just after the Finke-Alice Springs mads person race(can't remember proper name). On these trips there is a leader-for-the-day and a tec (tail end charlie). The tec calls out over the radio that he was pulling over for a bit, so, as is the norm in these trips, we all pull over and wait. We travel about 500metres to 1 k apart to keep out of the dust. After about 1/2 an hour, I call him up to see what's going on. Hi
  5. That's not a motorhome! This is a motorhome. Main street, Murgon, QLD
  6. Back in October, 2018, my wife and I returned from a 3.5 month trip in the UK and Ireland in a motorhome. We have a 4wd and caravan at home, so the motorhomes (one in Ireland and a different one in the UK) were a new experience for us. We did Ireland for 18 days, then we had 3 months in the UK. As far as the bars over the carparks go, we found Ireland to be worse than the UK. We passed through quite a few villages simply because we couldn't find a park anywhere. Early in our trip, I turned into one carpark, only to be confronted by one of these things (which I had never seen before, we
  7. 8 ft wide vans in the UK? Arhhh!! We are back home in Australia with our wonderful wide roads,. We have just returned from a 10 week trip around the UK in a motorhome, and the narrow roads were a bit of a shock to us, especially my wife (mind the mirror, mind the mirror!). It was nerve wracking, especially when trying to find a park in some towns. We also had a motorhome in Ireland, which was even worse, as most car parks had a bar across the entrance, supposedly to keep out travellers, but it also prevented us from from parking, so we just continued on. I wouldn't swap our car/van combo
  8. We would be classified as grey nomads. We have just returned home from a 7 month trip up north, covering 30,000 k's. We travelled with 4 other couples from the very east most point (Byron Bay in NSW) to the very west most point in WA (Split point). The leader of the trip chose every dirt road imaginable. It took 3 months. We then all went our own ways once we got to Split point. I peruse this forum with the idea of going over to the UK and tryng to rent a caravan/tg combination like we have here. I prefer that to the motorhome option, but it seems that mh option is more readily available
  9. I don't know about boat trailers, never bothered to have a look. A large proportion of caravaners use a WDH of some description. Whether they are really required is debatable I reckon. I secretly think there is a bit of the Lemming principle involved with their use, ie he uses one, so I better too. I use to use one when I first got the van, but I think they put a lot of stress on the towbar connection, especially on undulateing dirt roads. The intructions say to not use them on dirt roads, but most do. Even going in and out of servos would be a problem, because there is quite a dip. The
  10. All caravans (except maybe very small ones) in Australia have electric brakes. The signal is analog (ie, the harder you brake, the greater the voltage applied to the brakes). It is a pendulum type thing, some versions are electronic, older ones are mechanical. The breakaway cable only operates if the chains somehow become disconnected from the tow vehicle. All vans with electric brakes must have a battery to operate the brakes if it comes adrift from the tow vehicle. All vans must have a hand brake as well. If a wobble occurrs, you can operate the van rakes to try and pull out of the wobb
  11. ddcman

    Scary Video

    This very same video has prompted lots of relpys on the Aust. caravaners forum. http://www. caravanersforum. com/viewtopic. php?f=2&t=46510. Some are more like essays. Lot of knowalls. I keep out of most of those type of threads. Graham
  12. I have a look every few days or so. My main reason for joining was to get a few ideas re travelling around the UK, either with a van or motorhome. I was contemplating buying a van, using it for 12 months, then selling it before returning home. But reading some of the threads re wintering in a caravan in the UK has put me off that idea! Also, the hassle of address, and rego of the van and car are possibly not worth the effort. I'm now thinking of hiring a m/h for 3 months during your summer, then coming home for ours in our van. Strangely, there is a fair bit of difference in the subjects/
  13. On our last rip, we went up through the middle of NSW to Broken Hill, and then further afield. The number of emu's and kangaroos was amazing. It's been a good year for them since the drought broke. We never travel at dawn or dusk, but even during the day there were many. I nearly collected a string of emu's that did, what I can only describe as doing a 'Beatles Abbey Rd' right in front of me. Four of them. A fifth nearly ran into the car once I stopped to let them cross, but a blast of the horn, and it veered away. I was only going pretty slow, because you can see them out in the scru
  14. We tow our ~2300kg van with a auto 2011 P/F. I get about 14L/100K towing and around 9L/100K around town, etc(sorry, mpg is a distant memory here!). Just about to leave on a 5 week trip that should see us clock up about 6000~7000K's, maybe more. I find that leaving it in 4th is best. The economy doesn't seem to be affected. On flat country, overdrive seems to be OK, but any hills and I manually switch to 4th, and then down to 3rd when I encounter a reasonable hill. A while a go, with the van on, I had to change down to 2nd on a really long climb, but I think that is acceptable. I find it
  15. Hi, we have 3 tanks. We only travel with water in one tank. There is a protocol here regarding water, especailly in the more remote parts. You can fill them in a van park no problems, where you are paying a fee, but if you pull up at a fuel stop, and also want to fill your water tanks, things can get a little difficult, especially if the stop relies on rain water only (I've only heard this, not experienced it). A lot of places have bore water, but it can be poor quality, so you don't really want to put it in your tanks. Some people reserve a tank for this purpose, and use it for washing on
  16. I think nearly all vans down here have electric brakes. I have mine adjusted so that if I have to apply the brakes at highway speeds, I can't really feel anything different. When cruiseing through a town (50~60 Kph) and I apply the brakes, it grabs slightly. I prefer this, as I am then confident that at highway speeds, it pulls up smartly. I've unfortuately had to test this out a few months ago when we had a tyre blow out (rear passenger, car). Pulled up dead straight, and quickly (after checking the mirror of course).
  17. Dunno, but very interesting. I got my van via ebay, but didn't pay a cent until we picked it up.
  18. Most vanners here install a reversing camera on the back of their van. Most have them wired in as part of the van-tug cable. I installed a removable one that fits onto a clip that allows me to view down the side of the van so that I can line up on the site slab. It's a wireless one I got off Ebay. I made a simple clip for the monitor to temporarily fit over the rear view mirror. It's better than trying to understand my wifes flapping bird impersonations.
  19. I had blowout while towing a little while ago. Certainly shakes you up! Could have been quite messy if it had been a front tyre. Link to post. http://www. caravanersforum. com/viewtopic. php?f=9&t=25983&p=388745&hilit=super+tyre+blowout#p388745
  20. Familiar story no matter where you are. We bought our tent in 1983 before we were married. We still used it until we bought our van about 6 months ago. As the years progress, the ground seems to gets harder and harder to hammer the pegs into! A van is so much more mobile. With the tent, we tended to stay at least two days because of the effort in setting it all up. We haven't been too unlucky re the wet and miserable experience, although once, up on the mid north coast of NSW at Forster, it rained nearly all the two weeks we were there. In the end, we packed up, and scuttled off to Sydne
  21. No, It's horses for courses, no need to go down corregated dirt roads or tracks in your neck of the woods. I have seen some Bailey vans and Adria vans at a caravan/camping show a while ago. I didn't take much notice at the time, as this idea hadn't gelled. I have been looking at the used vans on some web sites (in Norwich, just to pick a not-too-big, and not-to-little city example of prices and what's available). Have to say, prices are pretty reasonable compared to here.
  22. We only have water in the middle one between the wheels. The front and back tanks are only needed when doing off the beaten track travel. We bought the van secondhand. The previous owners went all over the place, and never used caravan parks, so had them filled all the time. It has a mains connection, and some sort of pressure reducer that cuts out the tank when connected. The majority of vans here are also towable by the family sedan, unlike ours, which is too heavy (about 2300~2400kg) for a standard car, but even the smallest van has at least one tank. All the newer parks these days h
  23. Interesting thread. Down here, we just have 'powered sites' or 'unpowered sites" Unpowered are just an area of grass, usually for a tent, and a powered site will generally have a tap, and may, or maynot have a grey water waste drain hole. I just googled "aquaroll"; wierd, don't your vans have water tanks? regards Graham
  24. "Apart from CS and CL's what is the average High Season cost for one night. More commercial than CC and C&CC. ............." I wonder if you could decode some of your terms for me. I think CL is similar to our CP (Caravan Park) but not sure about the others. Thanks. Graham
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