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RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

I saw a Lexus truck when I was in Australia about 10+ years ago. And I don't believe it was just a re-badged Toyota. It looked like the real deal. Lexus does not sell Pickups in Australia Lexus in Australia Like I said it was over 10 years ago and it was a Lexus truck, not SUV. This was in Cairnes. Could have been imported, I don't know but was a Lexus. Lexus have never made Pickups, SUV's yes but not Pickups. Japanese use Vans although they make Pickups, I.e. Tundra , Hilux
RobertRyan 12/21/14 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

There are niche gray-market trucks from Europe made by Lamborghini and Mercedes, but they cost about double what a well appointed US truck would. Trucks? Are you referring to SUV's
RobertRyan 12/21/14 07:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford, GM and Chrysler cash in on posh pickups

I saw a Lexus truck when I was in Australia about 10+ years ago. And I don't believe it was just a re-badged Toyota. It looked like the real deal. Lexus does not sell Pickups in Australia Lexus in Australia
RobertRyan 12/21/14 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: new ford chassis coming???

Our local area is crawling with AMR Sprinters. It sounds like it varies a lot a across the U.S.
RobertRyan 12/20/14 12:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

Examples of ambulances used before diesels replaced the whole lot We get it, but we're really not concerned with what you guys do in Australia. FWIW, by the early '90s nearly all US ambulances were diesel as well. In 1993 we went from a 460 V8 gas rig to an F350 with the IDI 7.3 diesel. The 460 rig was like a race car compared with the 7.3 but it was a pig on gas. Now with Ford dropping the diesel in the E series we're starting to see more gas powered rigs. Engine technology in both gas and diesel is miles ahead of 20 years agoThe 460 rig was like a race car compared with the 7.3 but it was a pig on gas. Now with Ford dropping the diesel in the E series we're starting to see more gas powered rigs. Engine technology in both gas and diesel is miles ahead of 20 years ago. Having been around diesels my whole 25 year career, I'm glad that with the new emission systems I no longer have to smell that nasty diesel exhaust. They still are very heavy on Petrol, so does the dropping of fuel prices make them worthwhile?. No nasty diesel exhaust with current diesels, here.
RobertRyan 12/20/14 12:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sunliner does a Bauhaus Motorhome

Well the interior looks lovely, clean yet warm. Thanks for sharing, RobertRyan! Yes Sunliner and others here are producing Motorhomes like that. Gone is the bare wooden or lacquered cabinets, or gloomy interiors
RobertRyan 12/20/14 12:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sunliner does a Bauhaus Motorhome

Here is a website with more detail Renault Sunliner 40. There is mention within the write-up that only 40 will be built and are expected to sell for $165,000 - $170,000. The Renault Master chassis has rear wheel drive and a diesel engine. It is not explained how the $$'s were arrived at. They do not build many Motorhomes, in fact Motorhomes, are down compared to Caravan production, which keeps on increasing. The RVIA World Conference, will be held in Melbourne in Februaryand local builders are keen to show delegates local products and accessories Feeling if these companies were located in Canada, production would go through the roof
RobertRyan 12/20/14 12:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

Examples of ambulances used before diesels replaced the whole lot https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5004/5350101473_d978fd4be8_z.jpg Up to 1995, used these old petrol, Fords https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5163/5307953356_3465f52d00_z.jpg
RobertRyan 12/19/14 01:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

Diesels as Ambulance are quite common outside the U.S., they replaced F350's in the mid 80's in Australia That's probably because other nations have been diesel-centric for so many years in the bulk of their transportation. I wonder what they'll do when they have to (via global CO2 reduction treaties and agreements) start cleaning up their air act regarding diesel exhausts like the U.S. is now trying to do? Perhaps one should start investing in companies that manufacture DEF for the world market ... and/or invest in companies that build hydrogen generation plants and install hydrogen refueling stations around the world? :h Remember US Tier diesels are illegal outside NA, as their C02 and particulates are too high.they other nations already use DEF. No US Diesels cannot meet Euro 6 regulations, but with modifications and DEF can meet Euro V, one company here as gone to the trouble here to modify the engines, so they are not limited to a quota of 100 vehicles I.e non compliant Modern EFI Petrol or Gas as you call them , engines have much higher nitride/ particulates levels than any diesel
RobertRyan 12/19/14 01:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

They certainly are Can you provide us with a single reason why, besides the aforementioned infrastructure issue? Fact is, diesels and their new emissions packages simply are not reliable under the driving cycles experienced by EMS vehicles. AMR is the largest Ambulance fleet in the US, with 4200 rigs which do about 3-millions calls each year. Guess what? They only V10s now. The marginal improvement in fuel economy from a diesel is offset by 20% more expensive fuel, questionable reliability, and increased repair expenses. None applies here or seemingly anywhere else outside NA, that is why I find your arguements hard to follow. A V10 Petrol engine would have heavy fuel usage as well. You could convert to LPG, but that is bulky
RobertRyan 12/19/14 12:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

That's the plan from what I have read. There is still a market for small buses, ambulances, RVs, etc which is served by an E-350/E-450 size cab chassis. It would be a strategic error to cede that market especially since they already dominate it. Ford gave away a large portion of the ambulance market when they stopped putting a diesel in the E-series. The department I work for, like many others has stations set up to only pump diesfel so gas powered ambulances are a poor option. We will likely look at the GM 4500 Express with a Duramax. They certainly are
RobertRyan 12/19/14 01:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: new ford chassis coming???

I'm not sure a diesel makes since packed into a van-based light truck emergency vehicle - other than because the agency owning the vehicle has only diesel pumps at their vehicle storage/queuing facility. AFAIK, the V10 in it's latest configurations is ultra-reliable, super quiet, and can be idled safely/reliably for long periods, if needed, while an emergency vehicle sits at the scene of an incidence. Diesels as Ambulance are quite common outside the U.S., they replaced F350's in the mid 80's in Australia
RobertRyan 12/19/14 01:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: NASCAR 'Glory Days' in the Rearview Mirror

Used to show more, but I think SPEED as a channel has finished as well? When Murdoch made it NASCAR Vision and put an ex-Australian Cricket broadcaster David Hill in charge, then all the non Nascar Autosport programs were dropped. David Hill's innovation to television was the running scores of a game, Motorsport event at the bottom like a ticker tape update. When he worked for the late Frank Packer, Packer used to complain, that he could not get the latest Cricket score in a test or I day match, so David came up with continuous scores on the bottom of the TV. Very Cricket with its fascination with statistics
RobertRyan 12/18/14 11:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR 'Glory Days' in the Rearview Mirror

Jamie Whincup could be racing for Roger Penske, in the NASCAR road races, as Marcos is not interested in coming back to NASCAR V8supercar racing is not shown in the US
RobertRyan 12/18/14 03:26pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sunliner does a Bauhaus Motorhome

Took me a minute to figure out what I was seeing... the bed raises up! Seems like a neat idea. TV comes up from the room divider, the part with recessed lights, electronic awning and overall master control of the electronics Also external TV to watch outside
RobertRyan 12/18/14 05:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sunliner does a Bauhaus Motorhome

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/imagejpg1_zpsa6322078.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/imagejpg2_zps9190812f.jpg
RobertRyan 12/18/14 05:06am Class C Motorhomes
Sunliner does a Bauhaus Motorhome

Smacks of Art Deco, but this Motorhome built on a Renault Motorhome base is packed with new technologies. It will be interesting to see how the local public reacts to it. The small Diesel would be a loser to start with http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/imagejpg4_zps259cfdc9.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/imagejpg5_zpsd02dd9ae.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/imagejpg3_zps1428f90b.jpg http://liveimages.motoring.com.au/motoring/general/editorial/ge5723810824101559774.jpg?aspect=centered&height=290&width=440
RobertRyan 12/18/14 04:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: NASCAR 'Glory Days' in the Rearview Mirror

So, that's the way it's going to be. We will never be satisfied. Guess what,........that's the way it's ALWAYS been. At least, that's the way it's been for 62 years. Racefans will always disagree. THAT'S what makes me the winner,.......I agree with everything that NASCAR does.......:B GO TONY! GO KYLE BUSCH! GO KURT BUSCH! GO DANICA! Kurt got beaten by Jamie Whincup in the semi finals of the Race of Champions. He Jamie nearly beat David Coulthard for the ROC Champinship. So who is Jamie Whincup? The most winning driverin V8Supercar history.6 times overall winner Marcos Ambrose has won twice. Marcos was shocked by the competition in his debut back in V8Supercars. In 2005 6-8 drivers could win , now it is 16
RobertRyan 12/18/14 04:11am Around the Campfire
RE: To be foretold, is to be forewarned.

Earlier this week during the hostage situation in Sydney Australia our illustrious Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird issued a warning to Canadians not to visit Sydney. This was a hostage in a small coffee shop in a large city. You really have to wonder sometimes???? And the United States embassy in Sydney was evacuated at the same time for the same reason. Who says the terrorists aren't winning! Consulate for NSW was about two buildings away
RobertRyan 12/18/14 12:07am Snowbirds
RE: Dean's Tour of the 2015 Pleasure-Way ProMaster Lexor TS

Did I hear correctly that the tow capacity is only 2,000 pounds? That seems low. I wonder what the CCC is. every promaster conversion i have seen has this 2000 pound limit. remember the 5100 pound tow limit on the empty promaster is with an empty van. a conversion in effect fills up the van-combine that with a 6 cylinder-good as it is- and the max is 2000 pounds. a promaster conversion is not the one to get if you want to tow. The Diesel Motorhomes are only rated for slightly over 4000lbs in Australia, so the Petrol V6 numbers sound right
RobertRyan 12/17/14 09:38pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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