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RE: G'day from Downunder

Living in California we find that most of our trips out of the state are several thousand miles at a minimum. How do you handle the long distances to get around even parts of Australia? I can see where even finding fuel stops could be a challenge. Finding fuel stops generally is not a problem, but when you are driving in the actual Outback as against Country Australia , yes fuel stops are a problem Australian Country as against Outback road http://images.4bc.com.au/2012/11/19/3807549/CountryGardens.jpg
RobertRyan 08/19/14 04:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: MLB Strike Zone and Umpires......?

Some time ago pro tennis established electronic monitoring for the ball in or out on close line calls. All calls are still made by the line person but if challenged a quick check shows exactly where the ball was and the correct call made without any delay. The technology exists to monitor a 3 dimensional strike zone sized to each batter with an instant strike or ball tone emitted. They could dial in how much of the ball needs to be in or how much just touching the zone and eliminate the wasted time the batter takes walking out of the box when they silently object to a call. They could show the strike zone on the scoreboard for all to see and eliminate any argument. The ump still needs to be there for all other calls but it would remove the suspicion that the ump favors a veteran over some rookie on the mound or that some batters . Cricket has done this with not only two Umpires, but a third "electronic umpire" They use the same "is in or out" electronic monitoring as in Tennis, Baseball(which I have played) is much more defensive than the strategies used in Cricket Popular format is the Big Bash series Games last 3hours or shorter, great emphasis on attack Big Bash strikers slugging the Ball
RobertRyan 08/19/14 04:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: MLB Strike Zone and Umpires......?

It's funny that as I was only talking about that to my wife yesterday, as there was a game on when we had our lunch in the pub. I hadn't heard that about the umpires, but I was commenting that the 'strike zone' is a rather nebulous area that hovers above a plate on the ground. This is in contrast to the 'similar in some ways, but oh so different' game of cricket, where the 'strike zone' is three sticks (wickets) stuck in the ground, with two smaller sticks (bails) sitting on top. At least one of the bails must fall to the ground to be 'out'. ( One strike & you're out!) Maybe they could rig up something similar in baseball! As for only 20 minutes of action in a typical game, at last that's better than the NFL , where there is only 11 minutes! Oh so much agree about the lack of action in Baseball and the NFL. US makes it up over Motorsport
RobertRyan 08/18/14 01:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Off Road Aliner?

But to say the Trillium is better in the outback than an Aliner I never said that. I only asked for evidence that the Aliner in the threadstarter is "better". No evidence has been proffered so far that supports that contention. Next! Well 2lazy4U, has offered his experience on both, I think he has offered the last word on the subject.To try and compare RV's you have never seen, is pretty ridiculous . In my case I have seen a "egg camper" , a Scamp in the US.
RobertRyan 08/18/14 01:21am Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Another Campertrailer, you need reasonable speeds Off Road, otherwise fly Another campertrailer Much heavier Caravan over dunes etc
RobertRyan 08/17/14 05:18pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Trillum Off Road Noticed this on the web, basically you can do this with any small, well tiny fibreglass Caravan.Doing it at speed, another matter (smallest Caravan you can get here is roughly 14ft) . A Campertrailer is roughly the same size , Off Road versions as RoyB has noticed are built like tanks Thanks for making my point. And I'd love to see a vid of one of your Big Tough Aussie rigs- or any others- doing similar terrain "at speed", assuming that you mean at highway speed! A lot faster than moving at a snails pace in the video of the Trillium , get nowhere fast Campertrailer on dunes, reasonable speed
RobertRyan 08/17/14 05:08pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Having had a Burro, 3 Casitas, and an Aliner, I can attest that the Aliner would go places the others wouldn't/couldn't go and was much less prone to damage. Flexibility is good when off-roading and the molded fiberglass trailers are not particularly flexible, nor did they have the same clearance, even though one Casita had a high-lift axle. Yes the Aliner would be the best as it is basically a Campertrailer, not a tiny fibreglass Caravan
RobertRyan 08/17/14 04:04pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Having had a Burro, 3 Casitas, and an Aliner, I can attest that the Aliner would go places the others wouldn't/couldn't go and was much less prone to damage. Flexibility is good when off-roading and the molded fiberglass trailers are not particularly flexible, nor did they have the same clearance, even though one Casita had a high-lift axle. Those sort of tiny Caravans are not that practical here,agree with your comments about them. Campertrailers and Hybrid Caravans have replaced them for small groups. If going to be Off Road for a lengthy stay a reasonable Off Road Caravan, is much much better
RobertRyan 08/17/14 04:01pm Folding Trailers
RE: G'day from Downunder

Robert, My question had in mind Australian drycamping like what one would find at places like Finke Gorge - which would require complete self-containment: http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd1/tpgnsc/finke_gorge.jpg height=420 width=560 That is correct and it is included in the free camping category, which could be much closer to a town or City
RobertRyan 08/17/14 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Off Road Aliner?

That said the Aliner is a blacktop Campertrailer adapted for some dirt and minor Off Road use, the Trillum is a tiny Caravan, built for the blacktop. My experience proves otherwise, but no matter...you're entitled to your opinion, Robert, even when it's wrong! Francesca anyone can take a basically unsuitable blacktop Caravan down a dirt road slowly, does not make it an Off Road RV. As you have noticed your fibreglass unit is getting cracks, to be expected if not built for the use
RobertRyan 08/17/14 01:48pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Trillum Off Road Noticed this on the web, basically you can do this with any small, well tiny fibreglass Caravan.Doing it at speed, another matter (smallest Caravan you can get here is roughly 14ft) . A Campertrailer is roughly the same size , Off Road versions as RoyB has noticed are built like tanks
RobertRyan 08/17/14 01:39pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Correct, little Trailers like the Trillium would be useless here. Now yer gettin' carried away, Robert. You always make Australia sound like some third world country! There are PLENTY of small trailers giving perfectly good service on Australian back roads. I'm sure there's a contingent of folks that want to ford rivers and climb mountainfaces etc., just like here. But they're likely the minority, also just like here. As for my earlier question per the superiority of that Aussie Aliner for brutal off road use: even the mfr. makes no such claim, and the most adventurous thing its advids show it doing is trailin' down a dirt road behind a tug that looks much like my own. Link to page. I will say that the PRICE is "special"- $36,000.00 for a folding P.S. My Trillium has held up very well over many miles of rottenroad- nothin' like going slow on washboard/dry stream beds etc. Although I did develop a mysterious crack in the gelcoat somewhere along the line last year. Easy repair, especially since it didn't penetrate the shell. No Off Road Caravans(Avan Aliner is a Campertrailer) make a fairly sizeable proportion of the Caravan population. As I said and the Adventure pack on the Avan Aliner , makes it last longer on dirt roads and where you take your little Trillum, That said the Aliner is a blacktop Campertrailer adapted for some dirt and minor Off Road use, the Trillum is a tiny Caravan, built for the blacktop.
RobertRyan 08/17/14 01:16pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

I have always liked the concept of the A-Liner. I have a friend with one, and he replaced his older one with a more modern version, with a better floorplan. What I would like to see is a pickup camper, about 10 or 11' long (cab to tail) with a 5 or 6 foot long cabover section. The A-frame could be 15 - 17' long panels that open side to side, and go the whole length of the camper! This would give plenty of headroom above the cab, and tall standing room inside the main galley. It can be built lighter and stronger than current cabover campers, with a bath, refrigerator, and full options. The A-liner built down there should be great at fording rivers that sometimes share the roads into the outback. Many here do not imagine a roadway with 3' of water covering it for a mile or so! Or fording the rivers that can be 3' deep or more. In America, we got rid of city streets that also are water fording locations years ago, just after WW2. Well not quite as the US does have some poorly maintained ones , that is In America, we have great paved roads to almost any location that we might want to go. Plenty of funds to make those rural roads possible in every state! With bridges and properly engineered roadways that are not located in the creeks anymore. Happy camping! Fred. Well not quite the US does have some very poor roads, from my observation travelling around the US i. e Detroit. Australia has 23million for the size of the Continental US, so any places in the dead heart of the continent are dirt,
RobertRyan 08/16/14 10:28pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

Nova Off Road Caravan
RobertRyan 08/16/14 10:10pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

The Aussies do some serious off-roading, pulling their trailers down the middle of rivers and places I would never think of taking my Toyota FJ Cruiser and high-lift Aliner Expedition. And I grew up in Colorado, cut my teeth on places like Engineer and Black Bear Passes. The Aussies are, quite frankly, nuts. :) Correct, little Trailers like the Trillium would be useless here. It is a blacktop Trailer primarily,Aliners are blacktop trailers that have been modified for SOME a off road work Gall Boys Caravsn Testing Avan Adventurer series stiffened suspension Raised Avan with stifferned suspension
RobertRyan 08/16/14 09:47pm Folding Trailers
RE: Off Road Aliner?

They have basically beefed up the suspensions,, for a lot of Off Road work, not some dirt roads that you get towing your Trillium. :B My Trillium will go down "dirt roads" that your Australian Beefer-Uppers would quail at the sight of. There are rocks, not to mention streams, gullies, and Dead Animals on the roads I take my Trillium down. And back, I might add. Bring it on, Down-underer! ;) Do not get carried away, that Trillium would disintegrate on some "roads" I can think of. No they will go down roads that yout Trillium would not survive . The real military spec trailers are in a different league, designed to accompany military vehicles
RobertRyan 08/16/14 09:42pm Folding Trailers
RE: G'day from Downunder

Most Australian campers has only got cassette type toilets and no grey tanks but joust a hose going in to a bucket that then needs to be carried to a suitable disposal point. So no full hookups but only power and water. Frank. You can cart this chemically treated cassette by hand to dump point or use a Trolley http://www.around-oz.com/images_mh/innovations/sat_august_02/thetford_trolley.jpg
RobertRyan 08/16/14 06:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: G'day from Downunder

I'm curious about one aspect of Australian RV camping: Is most of it drycamping or most of it camping with electric, water, and sewer hookups? My visions of Australia are a lot of out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere remote camping with completely self-contained caravans, but I probably have it wrong. Plenty of Caravan Parks, but a lot of Free camping as well http://www.sunshinecoastholidayparks.com.au/resources/images/parks/heros/maroochydore/02.jpg
RobertRyan 08/16/14 06:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Off Road Aliner?

What about these trailers makes them "off road", presumably somehow separating them from their more "girly-and-on-pavement-only" counterparts? I ask because I myself have a 1978 Trillium trailer that I drag all over the place here in the Pacific Northwest, and it has not yet refused to follow my itty bitty 4wd Kia down the most belligerent of bad roads-? They have basically beefed up the suspensions,, for a lot of Off Road work, not some dirt roads that you get towing your Trillium. The Avan is pretty similar to the basic Aliner in the US This would not cut it on some of the roads, they would going down or crossing See modified suspension on Avan Adventurer. Still the AVAN adventurer is not a full bore Off Road Trailer, but it can take more punishment than the pavement only variety http://members.shaw.ca/nova1/Camping_New_Trailer%20005.jpg
RobertRyan 08/16/14 06:16pm Folding Trailers
Off Road Aliner?

AVAN who makes a variant of the Aliner under licence in Australia has produced an Off Road versionAvan Adventure plus Off Roader Meanwhile another company called Bolwell has produced its version of an Aliner Off Roader Called the Bolwell Air http://www.kratzmann.com.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Bolwell-AIR-Hero.png http://liveimages.editorial.carsales.com.au/caravancamping/general/editorial/ge5587127028308755295.jpg?width=298
RobertRyan 08/16/14 05:54pm Folding Trailers
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