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RE: RVing in Europe

Absolutely. Although we walked through a couple campgrounds at night and it was reminiscent of most evening scenes in our campground. There is so much to see in Europe even for Europeans as the sites, culture, food and language can change every couple hundred kilometers. I highly recommend seeing Europe to those with an open mind and inquisitive nature. We are going to Europe next year, doing Scandinavia and other countries we have missed, Did a lot of Scandinavia, but did miss Norway. Have done the Rhine on a Avalon Cruise. Europeans are like us in that they travel around a fair bit. You might stay in a camp ground for a week in Australia, but then you start moving on.
RobertRyan 09/18/14 03:22pm RV Lifestyle
RE: RVing in Europe

DW and I just got back from 11 days on a river cruise in Europe. We hit 5 countries and saw lots of RVs. As a matter of fact, there are so many RVs that we saw this sign at the parking lot near the dock in Breisach, Germany. Very Common sight going down the Rhine. Seem to many more motorised units than towables on European highways We enjoyed Barcelona. Cool city. Without a doubt they have their own culturer. We spoke primarily Castellano but took a shot at Catelan. Tried to prepare a bit while we were in San Sebastián but kinda crashed and burned in conversation. It's kind of a mixture of French and Spanish but really can't be approached that way. It was easier to just switch back to Castellano but they appreciated the effort. . That part of Spain is similar to Scotland as it wants to breakaway from Spain. Speak Catalan, as different as Portuguese
RobertRyan 09/18/14 04:34am RV Lifestyle
RE: England, Wales, Scotland

When I was out testing Norton motorcycles in the mid 1960s, there was a 70 limit on the motorways, but it was widely ignored. I don't remember any of the graduated limits as you left towns. Most of my testing was done on the smaller roads anyway, as motorways are boring on a motorcycle! Had a fellow with a caravan towed by a van , pass us like were standing still. My sister was driving a Pug 308 with myself next too her in the front passengers seat. I noticed her speed was 70mph
RobertRyan 09/15/14 12:11am General RVing Issues
RE: England, Wales, Scotland

I drove my parents around the British Isles one summer. They were both over 70, and couldn't rent a car, so I got a free vacation. Driving an English Ford on the wrong side of the road from the wrong side of the car (to me). Their expressways were excellent, but many of the back roads were built only wide enough for two ox carts to pass. So it doesn't surprise me that English caravans are narrow. Places like Wales they were very narrow. You cannot see around the corners and many of the sides of the roads are covered by slate walls
RobertRyan 09/14/14 02:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: England, Wales, Scotland

Many UK friends and family were/are TT users. Most of the TTs are 18 to 20' and most are towed (slowly!) with the family car, a 1.6 to 2.0 liter sedan Slowness come from the max 60mph speed limited roads , slower in other places. Most of the engines used for towing a fairly torquey diesel units
RobertRyan 09/14/14 02:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: England, Wales, Scotland

They do it by putting far less weight on the tongue than we do. It means that a small car can tow a bigger trailer but it gets squirrelly at higher speeds. I'll take how we tow over here in NA every time. Not nessarily so. It depends on the weight distribution. Big downside is the small payloads.Caravans in Europe tend to do shortish trips, Longest trip would be going from Scandinavia to Spain
RobertRyan 09/14/14 02:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: England, Wales, Scotland

Where did you get the notion people are smaller in Europe? My Canadian family and my European family are various sizes. Quite a few at well over 6' The Dutch are the tallest people in the world. A lot of very tall people in Europe
RobertRyan 09/14/14 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

The bun fight over who's road is rougher could go on all day! I have driven in both countries. on and off road. It's normal for a DownUnder excursion on a "highway" to be hundred's of miles of washboard eyeball rattling gravel and river crossings because there are no bridges.. So, your outside kitchen has waterproof gaskets on the door! Then there are the ocean beaches and 150+ mile sand islands that are part of the highway system. Think Dempster Highway... Those examples in no way compare to the potholes or missing expansion joints on I5! Not really a Highway, but things you encounter Off Road in Australia. You can travel around Australia on fairly nice paved roads, but to see the "real bush" means you go over what you mentioned
RobertRyan 09/13/14 07:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

If they can't export them physically, what's wrong with licensing production here or, if they've got the funds, actually set up shop? Frankly, it's still beyond me why =some= manufacturer hasn't stepped up with "offroad" or "rough road" suspensions as an option. In my mind, "offroad" would include greater frame and axle clearance and suspension travel whereas "rough road" would be more on the lines of the current MorRyde IS or a torsion suspension; anything to soften the ride on our paved roads. About the time we got our Komfort, they were building a 19' "back country" TT, with BFM All Terrain TA tires and some hefty ground clearance. They were discontinued about '06, or so. I know several hunters who would kill for something like that, but make do with buying older, beat-to-hell small trailers, jacking them up with lift kits. Good question. I know costs ,getting a distributor and the lack of name identity are definite problems . How much of a market is another question. They do have an Overland Exposition in the US, but I noticed they sold mainly low price items ,Tents, Truck Campers etc, very few big ticket items, ones which were there were mainly for show All Terrain Warriors had a lightweight FUSO based vehicle at the Exposition, how it sells is another matter. Compare this with about 5-6 such builders in Australia for 23 million, too the maybe 2-3 builders of similar vehicles for 300 million All Terrain Warriors Expedition Vehicle http://allterrainwarriors.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/all-terrain-warriors-alpha-expeditionary-vehicle-front-view-636x422.jpg Southern Cross Caravans Off Road 5th Wheeler http://www.caravanworld.com.au/media/8731717/southern-cross-barcoo-river-expedition-caravan_500x333.jpg
RobertRyan 09/12/14 01:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

Maybe they should start thinking export! :-) Most are small family owned companies, who seem to treat the customers as part of the family. In some cases I.e Trulux the customers help out in the Office
RobertRyan 09/11/14 03:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

Robert forget the roads in Australia is worse than in America, it is rubbish, joust yesterday we traveled on the worst road we have ever experienced in Virginia. Many roads in the states are in weary bad shape due to lack of maintenance. Frank. Frank really they have a Tamani Track,?not not at all. I have also been around the US , agree paved roads are worse than you get here ,but Outback roads that are dirt and rocks , corrugations for several thousand miles? No That is what the discussion was about Off Road use age not paved road use age in Australia of US 5vers
RobertRyan 09/11/14 03:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airstream Trailers

They are popular in Europe. However, they are about six inches narrower so they are not the exact same product sold in the US. They are not for everybody, but for those that like them they are the pinnacle of TT ownership. Do not sell many in Europe, but same Art Deco niche appeal. Harley Davidson a niche manufacturer does the same , trades on style uniqueness.
RobertRyan 09/10/14 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

Robert, why do you post here? Looks like you can get all the abuse you want back home? :-) Seriously, though, I like the fact that Australia is regulating at least =some= of the RV industry, but IMO, it's looking for issues where there aren't really to be found. If a manufacturer sells a product in the U.S. (or elsewhere), and can point to literally decades of safe use here, why isn't is just a formality to be able to have it "certified" over there and forego a bunch of "testing". Or is it more a case of gov't drones needing something to justify their existence/jobs? Lyle More different uses, different country, Real problems appeared with US 5 vers When people dragged them over terrain that people would wince at in the US, but thought of as normal here You had suspensions collapsing etc. Now a few local builders have made 5vers, that can take that sort of abuse
RobertRyan 09/09/14 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

And there have been how many problems caused by these issues? Dumb that they were sold that way, but, I agree, protectionism seems to be more the case than anything. Lyle Nothing to with protectionism, I found out after making the post an Expatriate English PIA who has been making complaints to the Government Authorities about US 5vers. On the Caravanners Forum, he was asked to give examples of problems he knew about. He then became abusive and said he would not post replies. He has problems with Australian Caravans as well, strangely none with many English companies. He is a serial pest with unfortunately some industry connections If I known he was behind the news story I would not have made the initial post He's a TROLL, as opposed to a troll. :-) From Lyle From Caravanners Forum, he made the initial post in this thread Trolling about 5th Wheelers
RobertRyan 09/09/14 05:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

And there have been how many problems caused by these issues? Dumb that they were sold that way, but, I agree, protectionism seems to be more the case than anything. Lyle Nothing to with protectionism, I found out after making the post an Expatriate English PIA who has been making complaints to the Government Authorities about US 5vers. On the Caravanners Forum, he was asked to give examples of problems he knew about. He then became abusive and said he would not post replies. He has problems with Australian Caravans as well, strangely none with many English companies. He is a serial pest with unfortunately some industry connections If I known he was behind the news story I would not have made the initial post
RobertRyan 09/09/14 03:49pm Fifth-Wheels
5th Wheeler Safety concerns in Australia

A case of two steps forward and one backward Australian 5vers having problems Alarm bells rung over non-compliance of American-style fifth wheelers and hitches sold in NSW The NSW department of Fair Trading has issued a public warning about the safety of Australian RV Gooseneck fifth wheeler trailers and Hijacker fifth wheel assembly hitches due to non-compliance with Australian Design Rules. According to Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe, the vehicles were sold by Play Mor, Newcastle RVs and Newcastle RV Specialists over the past four years. The companies’ former director is James Fredrick Kaufmann. Play Mor and Newcastle RVs are now in liquidation, while Newcastle RV Specialists is currently trading as RV Specialists. Stowe said NSW Fair Trading has been working closely with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Roads and Maritime Services and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development about the safety issue. “Australian RV Gooseneck 4.5 tonne heavy vehicle trailers with VINs beginning with 1JW100 are the subject of a current national voluntary recall,” he said. “Non-compliance includes low exterior lighting visibility; rear bumper mounted too high; king pin and skid plate may not have required markings; and the braking system may not be the correct configuration.” There are also concerns that Australian RV Gooseneck trailers under 4.5 tonnes (commencing with the same VIN 1JW100) may have similar safety issues. “Fair Trading is also issuing a warning about the Hijacker fifth wheel assembly hitches as James Kaufmann has not provided Roads and Maritime Services with any evidence that these products are compliant with Australian Design Rules,” he said. “These problems pose a significant danger to the vehicle operator as well as other road users and need to be addressed immediately.” Owners of any of these products bought from the aforementioned companies are encouraged to have their vehicles inspected immediately. “Affected consumers should contact James Kaufmann who now trades under RV Specialists Pty Ltd and Summer Life RV Pty Ltd on 02 4954 6652 to remedy the problem,” he said. NOTE: Photo of Summer Lite RV fifth wheeler is for illustration purposes only.
RobertRyan 09/09/14 02:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airstream Trailers

Like anything else in life, they're only worth what people are willing to pay. Than they must be worth quite a bit, some are in excess of $100,000 new. And Airstream sells every one they make. Saw my first not far from Mt Rushmore in the US. Have since inspected in detail, at the Sydney Caravan and Camping Show Must admit they are very much an acquired taste.Only sales I have seen in Australia as PR vehicles for a few companies, trading on their Art Deco looks
RobertRyan 09/08/14 05:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV Hire Companies that don't have pre-paid mileage?

There are many companies in Canada that rent but one seems to cater to tourist from other countries, they even have offices in Australia. Apollo Rental may be able to help you out. I do not know their policy for mileage but you might give them a call and find out. Good Luck. Click here for Apollo Apollo is an Australian Motorhome Rental company, that has branched out to the US/Canada and South Africa Apollo started in Australia in 1985
RobertRyan 09/03/14 04:12am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: fifth wheel for 1/2 ton pickups

I know that purchasing a fifth wheel usually requires a heavy duty TV. Currently I have a 08 Tundra 5.7. I really like this truck (and it's paid for so that's a bonus), and I have been noticing that some 5th wheels are being targeted as 1/2 ton compatible. Has anyone purchased one of these? I would like some opinions. If you had one of the three American (actually one of those is Italian) 1/2 ton pickups then there might be a few new 5th wheels (Evergreen makes that claim) that you could tow. Plus there are lighter very old fivers. . Evergreen does make 30ft 5vers that are towable by small diesel Asian Pickups outside North America. So they should have something for US 1/2 tons Easy economical cruising at 60mph, less at 70mph http://www.ultimarv.com.au/bin/images/gallery/Ultima2_ext_9.jpg
RobertRyan 08/31/14 06:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Able to handle dirt roads other than a Sportsmobile.

The 4x4 Sprinter will be 3.1" higher in the back and 4" higher in the front. Video of a 4x4 Sprinter through DesertHorizon Motorhomes 4x4 Sprinter
RobertRyan 08/30/14 10:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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