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RE: No more Starcraft Pop Ups?

I'm sure Pop-ups will be back in StarCraft's line-up in the future. Sales of Travel Trailers, especially the Jayflights and Jayfeather lines are soaring (lol), and they feel they need the room for these more profitable lines. Lets face it, cheap gas is not going to last forever, and when that time comes, we will once again be looking for the most economical ways of enjoying our favorite summertime pastime, and I'm sure they could easily ramp up production again. Jayco has only one model now, more than likely for efficiency, and if you look at it, a couple of decal changes and it's a StarCraft. Sounds just like Chevrolet and Pontiac .... very similar. Jayco Australia, not related to the US Company, is selling a lot of these Camper Trailers as they are known here to younger families. In fact whole RV spectrum is booming, with motorised RV's enjoying a real surge http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpscca5eygz.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/21/16 05:55am Folding Trailers
RE: Thor Buys Jayco

Article here, they (Thor) claim Jayco will be run same as it has been. Time'll tell. Australian Jayco, not affected, not the same company
RobertRyan 07/21/16 05:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Parts in Canada

To address your question? Yes...we are absolutely overcharged. If you ask why..it's the exchange. It's border fee's. It's anything but...'we can, so we do.' You're also paying for the Canadian distribution network as well as almost nothing RV related is produced here in Canada no one works for nothing. ;) Compared to about 85% in Australia. I guess the large US market, would be overwhelming to Canadian producers
RobertRyan 07/20/16 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Small 5th wheel

Do not know if these still exist in the US , but Ultima RV produced a 30ft lightweight model http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsufgxuteo.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/19/16 02:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trying to replace the TCer

There are 6-8 Manufacturers of Expedition Vehicles here. Isuzu pretty nimble Off Road for something that weighs as much as a mid range Diesel Class A. Here is an interior shot. Glossy interior makes it easy to clean dirt from the " home" part. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsgtnztqth.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/17/16 03:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Trying to replace the TCer

How about a cube/box van body on a cab/chassis truck? It's like a class C motorhome, but not on a van chassis, so you can have crew cab, diesel, 4wd, high ground clearance and heavy towing capacity, like a truck camper, but you also have cab to camper direct access like you want. A U-Haul/Ryder/etc delivery truck could easily be built into a nice RV inside the cargo box, if 4wd isn't important. Look for an ambulance truck from a northern state, if you want 4wd. If you find a refrigerated delivery box truck, all the better, the box will be super insulated and have an awesome self-powered A/C unit already built in! You could take the box off the truck, if you don't like the truck, and put it on a cab/chassis truck you do like. Here's another idea. Buy a cab/chassis truck that has the configuration you like (cab size, 4wd/2wd, diesel/gas, frame length), take whatever bed is on it off, find a small travel trailer, like a 13' Casita/Scamp/etc, remove the axle and tongue, and mount it to the truck chassis. The RV part is already built by using an existing camp trailer. Example 1 Builder has been all around the World in a Mitsubishi Canter (known as a Fuso) in the US. He now uses the IVECO Daily http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsgediwmie.jpeg Example 2 Isuzu MDT 40,000lb GVWR, Off Road Motorhome . Builder uses as well MAN, IVECO Eurocargo and Unimog Chassis, he also went around the world in a small Isuzu Truck chassis http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsugd7gum0.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/17/16 03:14am Truck Campers
RE: Trying to replace the TCer

Apparently Sprinter has a 4x4 option now. I have no idea if anyone has converted one to Class B yet. Done here with several Motorhome builders,not totally hard core Off Road, but fairly good Off Road Local builder and a Sprinter 4x4 http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpshjbofppl.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/17/16 03:04am Truck Campers
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

Tom Walkinsgaw's son is in charge of the TWR Performance division in Australia. They have produced a 733hp supercharged version of the 6.2 V8 for the Holden Commodore. Has factory warranty,. 733hp Walkingshaw supercharged V8 Holden,with factory warranty
RobertRyan 07/16/16 10:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Classic Truck Campers - Who Knew

One of the earliest Truck Campers in Australia, built on an Australian Ute in 1964 http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpszntbbmia.jpeg Another built on a 1959 IHI Ute. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsr3pmkgfs.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/16/16 04:33am Truck Campers
RE: EarthCruiser entering truck camper market

Story here: EarthCruiser story Truck Camper here: Camper The original Australian Company has moved to a location not far from my Sisters place. Going by the address a plot of land almost at the back of her place These are the two models they make. Mitsubishi Canter( Fuso in the US) and the IVECO Daily. Fuso model had photo shot, in the Royal National Park Sydney. It is the top of Lawrence Hargreave lookout. Lawrence Hargreaves work with Box Kites, which he tested there directly impacted the Wrights aircraft http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsiibqpxss.jpeg IVECO Daily version http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsaqxbyu4t.jpeg
RobertRyan 07/16/16 03:54am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Joerg, welcome aboard. You're officially invited to the First Worldwide Avionista Gathering in Florida this coming Halloween. We plan to have at least two Avions there ;-). On another note, I was in touch with Maarten van Soest at Tonke Campers in Holland. He was also interested in importing Avions into Europe. He decided that the Avion was too heavy for the Mercedes Sprinter and decided against the idea. However, he too was inspired by the look of the Airstream and the similarity to the Avion truck camper. Last year my wife and I were in Kansas where we ran across a fellow that rebuilds mostly Airstreams. But he also had Avion TT's and Avion truck campers. He was selling all of the above to a group of Australians who were importing them to their country I am aware that EU regs can be quite difficult to follow in regards the use of gas, propane and other issues. The heater in the Tonke that I traveled in Europe last year was a Truma, which is German made I think. Most of the appliances were Dometic. Finally, I have seen at least one Avion C-10 at a German Airstream rally several years ago. I remember, because I styled my back up light after their mod. Members of this Forum can also spot good Avion TCs. I saw one last week in Texas that was totally original. Someone here posted it. Best of luck and read as much of the string as you can handle. its very long. Here is a shorter article about our rebuild click Interesting he thought the Avion was too heavy for the Sprinter, as they have large Lance Truck Campers on Sprinters here. IVECO with it's 7tonne GVWR and 23,000lb GCVWR has no problems. How much does the Avion weigh? Your Pickup I thought would have less carrying capacity than the Sprinter?
RobertRyan 07/15/16 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Jayco sold to Thor Industries

RV Pro Magazine says they will control 47% of US RV market now. Thor was started by an ex New Zealander who did not like, the " socialist policies" of the NZ Govt. Greatest irony they become the most free market economy globally ever under a left leaning Govt. Since his childhood in Wellington, New Zealand, Thompson has wanted two things: to live in New York and to be an entrepreneur. The New York fascination started when Thompson was 9 and his parents bought two encyclopedias. He ran across pictures of Manhattan skyscrapers and was rapt. He went to business school at New York University and settled in New York for good in 1967.
RobertRyan 07/02/16 01:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco sold to Thor Industries

RV Pro Magazine says they will control 47% of US RV market now. Not good
RobertRyan 07/02/16 01:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco sold to Thor Industries

It's on their Facebook page... Not good for the RV industry. I've owned both, and Jayco had higher quality. I won't buy another Thor product. This does not affect the Australian Jayco, a separate Company. Still bad news for US Jayco buyers
RobertRyan 07/02/16 01:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Here it comes... the F-150 Diesel

This is great! Hooray for the small diesel! :B Are definitely going to see more in the US. Whether to the same extent here is an interesting question
RobertRyan 07/01/16 02:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Here it comes... the F-150 Diesel

I wonder why they didn't just put the baby ISB (4BT) in it. It's an ISB 6 cylinder, with 2 cylinders lopped off. Used alot in stationary power applications, and commercial local delivery trucks. I think it's about 3.5 liters. Actually its a 3.9 liter and they put the "baby" in a ford... or at least some have done so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIJ_pcDaBq0 here's an F150 with a 4BT... Is that the same as the Brazilian F250? They had that small Cummins here, the 3.9
RobertRyan 07/01/16 02:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Here it comes... the F-150 Diesel

I actually have never seen a new Dodge 1500 with a diesel in it. Until this post, I didn't even know they existed. And I live in 'truck country'! I live in the truck capital of the world and don't see hardly and ecodiesel's. Having said that the way many people drive their .5 ton trucks I'm not sure a diesel is a good idea. Yes Texas is the Pickup Truck Capitol of NA, Canadians might disagree as they buy more Pickups per capita than the US
RobertRyan 07/01/16 02:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Here it comes... the F-150 Diesel

I lived in Germany for 6 years and they had a lot of small diesels that were never offered here in the states. I understand that they couldn't get them to meet us emissions or that it would have been too expensive for the sales volume they expected. I would have loved to have one in a small pickup. They made good power and got great mileage. I think that would be the main problem. Still the 3 litre Diesel is in virtually every Pickup here
RobertRyan 07/01/16 02:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: FORD GT and the 24hours of LeMans

Just a shout out to the Blue Oval and their showing in the 24!!!!!! Man, I so wish I had the $$$$$ and the lineage to be a new GT owner. To all those fortunate enough, ride the car like you stole it. :B This was a real Ford GT, from what I can gather, not a British GT car, that was renamed like the original Lola GT and the rest of the John Wyer cars. Racecar was deigned by an Australian, happy about that :)
RobertRyan 06/26/16 05:32am Around the Campfire
RE: singing at soccer games

I played soccer from 4th grade through high school and played on a travelling all-star team before my senior year and still find it a boring game to watch. We saw a few Portland Timbers games when we lived there and 90 minutes is a long time to watch a game with only 1 goal scored. American Football leaves many people unmoved outside the US. Personally I like Motorsports
RobertRyan 06/26/16 05:27am Around the Campfire
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