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RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

I don't really think it's that far in front of the axle, but it looks like it because of the short box. They commented on how many degrees the truck could turn, but if they'd used a long bed it could have turned a complete 90 degrees each direction. The whole setup depends on the Reese Revolution pin box. All of the popular tow vehicles in Oz have beds too short for any other solution. Auto sliders are too heavy. You could have this. Not many want a specialised tow vehicle though, especially for a 5th wheel that is only 25-26ft long https://preview.ibb.co/coimqo/AAD7_A97_E_E64_D_491_A_BB9_C_0_E21_B730_CCB7.jpg
RobertRyan 05/23/18 02:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

I don't really think it's that far in front of the axle, but it looks like it because of the short box. They commented on how many degrees the truck could turn, but if they'd used a long bed it could have turned a complete 90 degrees each direction. The whole setup depends on the Reese Revolution pin box. All of the popular tow vehicles in Oz have beds too short for any other solution. Auto sliders are too heavy. Generally on the road the average Pickup has no problems with the setup, looking at the number of ( not many though) Pickups going up and down the very hilly/ mountainous terrain in New Zealand.. Average speed was 55-60mph
RobertRyan 05/23/18 02:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

This company makes Motorhomes, his “ explanation “ of how a 5th Wheeler works should avail the fears people here have of them. A lot of potential 5th Wheeler users would be “ Grey Nomads”. Younger RV owners go for Off Road Camper Trailers Interesting he said in New Zealand they use 5th wheelers much more than we do. We are really gun shy. I noticed there were many of the type he was showing whizzing up and down the mountainous terrain of New Zealand doing roughly 60mph Explanation of how a 5th Wheel works for potential Australian owners
RobertRyan 05/23/18 01:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who said it doesn’t pay to drive a 1/2 ton diesel Ford.

According to goodcarbadcar.com if you compare the 2018 F150 with the Powerstroke to the same truck with the 2.7 Ecoboost and you drive 20,000 miles a year you will pay for the added cost of the Diesel engine in 333 years! Who says it doesn’t pay?!! Seems more diesels are being added all the time by the manufacturers. FCA, Chevrolet and now Ford in their 1/2 tons. They never existed before, Diesels in 1/2 tons.
RobertRyan 05/23/18 12:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

The interior has been found wanting... ugh!Yeah, but it sure is rugged. Very much so. A US 5ver would unlikely last a week, where they are going to take that. They give generally 3-5 yrs warranty for normal use for an off road caravan
RobertRyan 05/23/18 12:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

The interior has been found wanting... ugh! Sure is easy too clean. US interiors are a no go area here
RobertRyan 05/22/18 11:55pm Fifth-Wheels
Official Aussie Winnebago not a Winnebago

This must be the greatest farces in RV History. Winnebago US who “won”a court case In Australia too beat a “ copycat” builder using their name. Is now producing in Australia Winnebago Australia is a division of Apollo Tourism & Leisure Ltd (ATL). ATL is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and is a multi-national, vertically integrated manufacturer, rental fleet operator, wholesaler and retailer of a broad range of recreational vehicles, including motorhomes, campervans and caravans. Winnebago is committed to supporting local industry, with all Australian Winnebago motorhomes, campervans and caravans custom built to suit Australia and New Zealand’s tough conditions, constructed by highly-skilled RV manufacturing teams employed in Australia and New Zealand. So reading between the lines there is NO MANUFACTURER of Winnebago here. What Travel Trailers , Motorhomes that were brought in failed miserably. Meanwhile the “Copycat” now called AVIDA RV is expanding rapidly posting wanted advertisements and training courses for apprentices. They claim justifiably so too be the biggest manufacturer of Motorhomes in Australia and New Zealand Absolutely hilarious bun fight over a name that in the end has been tossed aside
RobertRyan 05/22/18 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Colored Truck Camper

Even Camper Trailers are far larger in the RV market here. This is Track Trailers showroom and factory. A very “ Green “ operation https://image.ibb.co/kLp3J8/0_C1938_F7_BA61_45_A5_B3_BD_824_C6_C9_BC5_DB.jpg
RobertRyan 05/22/18 03:34pm Truck Campers
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

https://image.ibb.co/bOherT/F74_E6_B60_FEBE_4_AAD_A847_D1_BB11550_B41.jpg https://image.ibb.co/kHpsBT/6_BEB01_AB_B9_AB_4_F52_90_C7_DAC5961_E2125.jpg https://image.ibb.co/jhvtJ8/BA007273_E585_4_F0_B_80_A9_01_F80503_F7_F9.jpg
RobertRyan 05/22/18 03:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

When you compare the number of highway miles in the US versus number of highway miles in Australia, it's pretty easy to see why they build so many offroad trailers and other vehicles...they don't have any choice. You can keep to the paved roads but the interesting places are off road
RobertRyan 05/22/18 02:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

Trailblazers RV is trying too introduce an Off Road 5th Wheel https://preview.ibb.co/dMpqWT/AC826_FE0_5216_4_DEB_913_D_2713_B554_D535.jpg
RobertRyan 05/22/18 06:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Phoenix Cruiser and Coach House

What may be the most interesting is ... I'm not sure how much longer those rugged, reliable, and easily maintained/repaired Ford V10 powered E350 and E450 cutaway van chassis are going to be available for U.S. Class C manufacturers to use. In my opinion if out shopping this year for a quality Class C, I'd grab one of those great Ford chassis based rigs before it's too late. Pretty well on their last legs. What replaces them is a very good question. Well it may well be the Chevy Cutaway,since Navistar has started build the Chevy Cutaway more Class C manufacturers are going to them.It is nice to see at the last gathering of RV MFG that they are offering more of their products on a Chevy Chassis than they previously offered in the last few years Plot thickens although this will not affect the current Navistar or Isuzu arrangements with GM Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is open to buying a majority stake in U.S. truckmaker Navistar “at some point,” it said on Monday, as the German automaker prepares its trucks business for a possible stock market listing that could help raise funds to expand. . Like these. Thor Four Winds or Chateau Coachman Concord or Leprechaun or Freelander just click on floor plans to see them Forest River Sunseeker or Forester just click on floor plans to see them. Jayco Roadtrek Leisure Just to name a few.
RobertRyan 05/21/18 11:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

Robert as you know I am a ozi and live in and use a Canadian FW. Yes the el has to be changed to 240V as that is what is used in Australia, and al propane lines must be copper with a valve at al appliances, the rear overhang can’t be more than 3.7m or 60% of length from pin to center of suspension. Any trailer over 4500kg has to have air brakes .i will much rather have my imported FW than anything build in Australia. Not to mention at a fraction of the cost. Frank. Seeing you can count on one hand the number of US 5Vers in Australia. Number of local builders is pretty limited and that Canadian buider went into receivership. Frank you have a pretty rare RV in Australia. Hang onto it
RobertRyan 05/21/18 10:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Phoenix Cruiser and Coach House

What may be the most interesting is ... I'm not sure how much longer those rugged, reliable, and easily maintained/repaired Ford V10 powered E350 and E450 cutaway van chassis are going to be available for U.S. Class C manufacturers to use. In my opinion if out shopping this year for a quality Class C, I'd grab one of those great Ford chassis based rigs before it's too late. By the way, note that the Coach House Platinum line is only built on the E450, even their smallest Platinum ... the 220 model. The E450 chassis for this small Class C would kindof be an "overkill" chassis for it, which means that braking, towing power, non-towing power, engine/transmission cooling, and overall handling should be superb (... at least that is the case with an E450 under our 24 foot Class C). The E450 is of course married with Coach House's all one piece fiberglass coach body. What a combination ... you just have to be able to afford it! Pretty well on their last legs. What replaces them is a very good question.
RobertRyan 05/21/18 04:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Colored Truck Camper

I can see that with production units (color issues) but Four Wheel Campers are basically custom ordered units and the ones that aren't are white... I believe the same applies to Capri. All their units are built to specification. Big issue I see (with a custom color) is paint match down the road. I read about that (on here and elsewhere) with full body paint motor homes. Interesting so many custom builders in the US. Virtually all of the Australian ones are Custom builders, except the Millard. Then again TC’s are a pretty small part of the Off Road industry
RobertRyan 05/21/18 02:29pm Truck Campers
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

Hell, we need these just to run on our freeways. Lyle Been on your Freeways agree :)
RobertRyan 05/21/18 02:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

I would think that a trailer would have most of the same issues of limited Off Road ability as a 5th wheel. Why would a trailer be better? No unlike the US there is specialist Off Road trailers that have a frame and a truck / SUV like suspension https://image.ibb.co/b8Bp5o/FF9732_E4_29_DC_4_B92_834_E_D12_FDB5_B08_A2.jpg Taking it too extremes https://image.ibb.co/i4Skd8/A2_B7_F175_CF5_F_46_C6_A038_88824_AED2154.jpg
RobertRyan 05/20/18 09:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

Geeze, and I thought the US had too many regulations, this makes them look like China. I mean, 6600 lb. axles on a trailer that weighs less than 10,000 lbs., and air brakes to boot! That's just plain ridiculous. No wonder no body want to build for the Aussie market, and things are prohibitively expensive there. Locally built 5 vers no problem. That is just getting them registered. Wheels relocated too stop kangarooing. Most of those ADR regulations come from heavy truck regulations Tow vehicle type is a pretty minor problem compliance is a major one. Then you have too win over local buyers too the concept of a 5Ver. They get turned off as well they hear that they have limited Off Road abiity
RobertRyan 05/20/18 07:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

And your point is ? Frank. Bleeding obvious.as the English would say. You literally have too rebuild it too get it registered
RobertRyan 05/20/18 06:14pm Fifth-Wheels
US 5th Wheel Complance in Australia

There are many hurdles a US compliant 5ver has too go through to be even registered here. This is a 36ft Heartland Eldridge . Owner gives a breakdown. Then after all this if you have too sell it, you have too overcome Australian reluctance too buy 5th Wheeler, whether small or large..Locally made ones are already compliant This luxury 5th wheeler is up for sale. It comes with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area and the kitchen. It has plenty of storage and it sleeps 9 people. Made compliant to Australian standard in November last year, this 2017 model Elkridge comes with all the bells and whistles. It had all the Electrical 110V wiring changed and upgraded to 240V, all the gas piping was changed to fit the Australian standard as well. Exterior lighting, such as clearance lights, indicators and rear tailgate lights were also upgraded to meet the Australian standards. Some appliances had to be changed to Australian appliances, others were certified by the energy safety inspector. According to the manufacturers specification, this 5th wheeler's unloaded weight is 4298kg with the crying capacity of just short of a tone. Because the ATM exceeded the 4,500kgs, the limit set by the Australian Design Rules (ADR), the original axles, electric brakes and suspension had to be replaced with 2x 3000kg air brake axles. As the result the ATM has been upgraded to 6,000kg which is almost 800kg higher than the manufacturer's specification. Suspension was also replaced by the heavier duty equivalent. The axles had to be moved backwards to meet the ADR requirements, rules that refer to the rear overhang.
RobertRyan 05/20/18 05:13pm Fifth-Wheels
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