Well the debate re wood and ally sounds a good one.
I dare say I will have to keeps the eyes and mind open on that one. Lotus sounds promising for customer support. I am in WA so I dare say they would/could have someone act on their behalf. As yet I haven't discovered the Spinifex one you mentioned. I will do a search on that one.
I love the comment about the decision maker. Spot on there.
One thing I have noticed. ALL vans seem to be wood grain finish. Any reason for that????
Interested in comments on that.
The Trooper had a good review in one of the caravan mags, good idea to chase up? Re the wood finish, early vans had a light blue timber finish then changed to light wood, most now are timber, either dark or teak finish. Gives for a warm feel inside the van also easy to keep clean! Some new vans, New Age, are white, very clinical, like a hospital. Personal preference. I go with the comfort material, wood grain timber. Spinifex I think are built in Qld, again search caravan mags on line for a review, i think that they are also rather heaavy.
We are thinking of a van for the future and have been looking at a Goldstream Explorer ST. This is a pop top and has a shower/toilet. As we love tenting (but back problems enter the picture now so we are looking at other options) the pop top is the next best thing to letting the fresh air and outdoors in and because we like getting into any tracks to explore the 12foot inside van measurement makes it very compact and easier to tow anywhere - of course there are larger sizes too. The off road option gives extra ground clearance.
Yep, you heard it right. Pat needs to make room for some fresh fourby's in his driveway, so the opportunity has come up to purchase a little slice of 4X4 television history. The vehicle is a white 2010 Ti Patrol, which retails for around $75K these days. It's the luxury version with all of the features including full leather, electric seats, satnav, front and rear air-conditioning and improved sound insulation over the rest of the range.
A few newsletters ago we talked about some new ANCAP ratings for 4x4s. After that, it got us thinking about how ANCAP actually goes about compiling those results; results that can become a really important factor to purchasing a new car (whether it be a 4x4 or not).
With the first part of our Cape York episode about to start this weekend, let’s talk about water crossings. As scary as they may look, a few pointers will have you getting safely to the other side and on your way to the tip.
The main thing to remember is that any successful crossing is based on preparation and common sense.
It’s that time of the year when families start thinking about camping over the Christmas break; thinking about that idyllic campsite, with either the surf pounding on the beach, or the river gurgling over rapids as the evening lullaby. Steaks and seafood on the barbecue plate, sunscreen and salt spray…ah, that’s the life! Here are some tips to make sure the reality matches the dream ...
By Ian Glover: On the road, we’ve all be in the position where one of the party can read e-mails or make calls on his/her mobile phone while the rest of us are staring at a completely unresponsive, no-signal mobile. (Or hopefully, we are the one with the phone and email reception!). And unfortunately, the same thing can happen with Satphones ...