Mow that turbo DI tech is common, a 2.0 Eco in the Ford escape has many of the characteristics that are so called "diesel" engine characteristics, for a much lower cost, the only actual tradeoff is mileage vs hp.
Not exactly a winner in the Ford Falcon replacing the 4 Litre Barra engine. Most have shunned the 2 Litre Ecoboost engine. The 2.7 Litre Diesel in the 5000lb Ford Territory, very successful.
Our family has family members both in Canadian police and the Canadian military. Unbelievable how fast things can change.
However one thing that never changes, is the strong, positive relationship between Canada and the USA.
As a Canadian I've always been happy and thankful, to have America as our neighbour.
We are in some respects are in a very similar situation to Canadians as we have Australian Air Force planes in Iraq. About a month ago, Australian Police arrested one man under Terrorism charges after he was found with various chemicals and plans. Another 18yr old from originally Afgnanistan was shot dead, after he.stabbed a Police Officer
Definitely fewer popups in the campgrounds. From what I see, most campers want more space and you see a lot more larger travel trailers. Many of those that may have bought a pop up at one time are now at least buying hybrids with the advantages of larger fridge, shower, etc.
Same sort of thing is happening in Australia. The "Pop Top" Caravan closer to a U.S. Hybrid, is being replaced by much larger Caravans
Which truck platform continuously posts about having issues with towing? 1/2 tons. That right there tells me that the mega tow ratings are ridiculous. And those posters aren't towing 11,000lbs, they're towing 6-8500lbs.
Closer to the money. Just back from New Zealand, where I saw several US Pickups. What was like seeing a "UFO" was a 2009 F150 actually towing a load. He was struggling, but towed a trailer with two small wool bales and a small digger
I don't, and would never trust one to my families life. Have driven plenty of 1/2 ton trucks to know what they are capable of SAFELY towing. 1/2 tons have their place, but its not towing that kind of weight. IMO 8-9K lb is about the safe limit with a 1/2 ton truck. You can beef them up all you want but they just don't have the MASS to safely control a load like that in an emergency situation.
Not this part of the world.US Towing rates are downgraded considerably, for safety. You could do it, but not all that safely.You could do it with other vehicles , but same principle applies. I have seen Asian Pickups with over 4,000lb in the trays in Asia and they regularly do it, but Mountains and long descents..No.
Many European vehicles are not imported to the USA because they will not meet the crash standards. The F-150 is about 500 pounds more than in the 70's to meet the higher crash standards that are in place now, and not 30 years ago.
Know this is an old thread, but lack of compliance to crash standards, works in reverse outside the US. Many US vehicles do not meet European and other standards. Would be helpful to have interoperable standards
The Aussie's are much more comfortable roughing it than most Americans who want a dry bath, fridge, microwave, and air conditioning to go "camping". For them being off the ground at night and not having to worry about a croc joining them inside a tent is a big step up.
No depends on the person. You have rigs here that would shame a 5 star hotel, depends on your wants
Worry about Crocs? bit like worrying about Alligators coming out of the sewers in New York, :)very few places in Australia you would see Crocodiles,and they in the extreme North, bit like Alligators in Florida
Lotus Caravan Interior, you get a lot of Middle to high end units like this
Admit must be the first time I have seen this on a Folding Camper, seen similar on Motorhomes
Mountain Trail Campers is already leading the way in ‘convenience camping’ with the recent introduction of electro-fold assist on both its soft- and hard-floor models.
But now the Albury, NSW-based manufacturer of premium off-road camper trailers has built what could be another Aussie ‘first’: a wheelchair-friendly hard-floor camper trailer.
Mountain Trail’s Nick Edwards said he was approached at this year’s Sydney Supershow by Tamworth couple David and Nicky, who were looking for an off-road camper trailer that could accommodate the wheelchair-bound Nicky.
“He’s big into his four-wheel driving and outdoors, but wants to go on more trips. She said I’ll go if you can find something that suits me,” explained Edwards. “But they couldn’t find anything that suited them in the whole market. We were the closest, and we then made some modifications.”
Based on the company’s latest EDX (Electric Design Extreme) hard floor camper, the modifications included lowering the tent entry door to fit a lightweight wheelchair ramp, that slots on the roof-mounted pack rack in transit.
There’s a new wheelchair platform for the tent ensuite, while the external, slide-out kitchen and swing-over benchtop have been lowered, and the under-kitchen drawers removed, to provide a better working height and legroom for Nicky.
Inside, there's an actuator-driven, swing arm lift chair mounted at the foot of the double bed that runs off the camper’s 12V system.
Mountain Trail also colour-coded the camper to match the couple’s white Toyota LandCruiser.
Edwards said the couple were “wrapped” with the final result, with the EDX’s one-touch fold-up roof/floor a particular bonus for Nicky as she can help with set-up and pack-up.
“She feels she can do something, by controlling the opening and closing,” he said.
All the modifications were designed in-house by a mechanical engineer using the same 3D computer-design modelling software Mountain Trail now uses to design all its campers.
However, despite the extra cost of parts and labour, Mountain Trail didn’t charge any more for the extra work, and would do the modifications again for other interested buyers.
“We’ve done all the design work now so it’s easy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mountain Trail is looking to diversify its product range next year with the introduction of a new type of commercial-style trailer.
“It’s a trailer but it will have nothing to do with camping. It’s more to do with utilising our engineering know-how to make a modern product,” he said.
This good ol boy disagrees,calls the Volvo class 8 'the Rolls Royce" of trucks ,
I agree mine is living room quiet and while horsepower is not much more then a LGT ,1650 ft lbs of tark more then make up for the lack of horsepower:B
Guys remember company trucks you drive my not be specced like a O/O truck.
In Europe it is the ".Other Scandinavian " that gets that accolade Scania. Latest model of the big V8, gets 730hp and mountains of seemless torque
I would have to say that is the fault of the parents and the kid, not the the driver of the car....
Unsupervised riding around a Caravan Park, is asking for trouble Speed limits are generally 10kmh, but nonetheless kids need to be supervised as it is not really a general play area
I did not state that they can't, I questioned how many wives of RVers would want to drive one. This is an RV forum and my intent was for the OP to maybe consider if his wife would be willing to drive one before he went out and bought one.
Does your wife drive your Volvo on a regular basis?
Common to see women driving and towing RV's in Australia
A 7716 pound trailer pulled by a Touareg? And gets over 12 mpg. And tows fine without WDH?
What are we doing wrong in the US?
I get over 12MPG and tow a lot of trailers that don't have a WDH. My TT weighs right at 7K.
Many get well over 12mpg, not that uncommon
Reading a Caravanners Forum on people who tow Heavy Caravans with late model HD Diesel Silverado's,(2500/3500) fuel economies were similar or heavier, going from 17.8 to 20.5l litres
Without a WDH, using air bags, you'll still overload the rear axle and stress the hitch receiver, leading to dangerous handling and possible failure
Problem does not work with European sourced Caravans. WDH''s are used a lot in Australia
If he was I would assume it would not tow very well.he seems very happy with how it tows
The air suspension he mentioned could be providing a nice ride while still being technically overweight on the rear axle.
Others do not use WDH's when they go off road. Different philosophies and set ups as to what works the best as far as longevity, ride etc
So what's the question? Is this thing American? Australian?
I've seen black DP motorhomes but never a black travel trailer. It'd be impossible to keep clean or cool. It's probably got one of those all white/stainless steel interiors that have no practicality when a person is camping. Lots of style before function in those overseas units.
Each to their own, but they are a whole lot easier to clean. Red Dust as fine asTalcum powder quite common in Australia. A Unit with draperies on the windows, look old fashioned are huge dust collectors
Unlike cars, black is an unusual exterior colour choice for caravans. It’s harder to keep clean, shows scuffs and scratches more than lighter colours, and unlike traditional white caravans has a tendency to absorb rather than reflect heat – not ideal when travelling in summer.
But that hasn’t stopped Melbourne funeral director and president of the recently-formed New Age Caravans Owners Club, Bryan Crow, from ordering a unique, all-black exterior for his latest caravan.
According to Crow, his New Age 22ft Oz Classic Slider model is the first, and possibly last, New Age caravan to feature gloss black Alucobond exterior panels, although New Age has been displaying a silver/grey Alucobond clad ‘prototype’ caravan at recent shows.
Although Alucobond panels are specifically designed for commercial applications such as exterior signage and building fascias, Crow was keen to try the jet-black aluminium composite panels in an RV application due to their “wow factor”.
“I’m a person who likes to do things with a wow factor,” he said. “If I do something I want to do it so it’s noticeable in one way or another.”
Available in a range of colours and patterns, Alucobond features a “factory applied coil coated PVDF paint finish” described as “weather-resistant, unbreakable, shock-resistant, vibration absorbent and easy to install". However, Crow admitted it was still a “gamble” as they are yet to be proven in the RV industry.
“The concern is will it discolour,” he said, though admitting similar panels used outside the Melbourne funeral home where he works as well as his sister’s florist shop, have held up well over a number of years.
One drawback is that the deep gloss finish does scratch easily (it’s supplied with a protective, peel-off foil) and Crow has already applied several costs of wax to help preserve the mirror-like finish.
“It scratches, especially if you polish and rub it with a rag, it will leave marks. It’s something I’ve learnt that I’ve got to be pretty careful with,” he explained.
Some stick-on silver and grey decals have also been added to the side panels of Crow’s caravan, despite the Alucobond manufacturer warning that “the panel surfaces must not be marked using ink (marker), adhesive tapes or stickers, as the lacquered surfaces could be damaged by solvents or plasticisers”.
Adding to the cost and time to build his unique van, the rest of the exterior has been ‘blacked out’, apart from a couple of items like the white reversing camera at the rear.
“They spent a lot of time sending stuff away to be powdercoated or treated to change everything outside that would normally be white, like the hot water service and gas vents for the fridge. Even the awning has been rolled on in reverse to make it black."
The interior colour scheme is a more conventional 'New Age' grey, silver and black, albeit brightened up with fluoro orange and yellow towels, throw-overs and a multi-coloured bedspread.
“(New Age) said to me our preference is probably not to build another one in that black, because I watched it being built and I saw the time they spent on it and it was just phenomenal,” he said.
Any future repairs could also pose problems.
“If anything happens dramatically I will probably be vinyl wrapping it,” he said. “We haven’t looked into that scenario yet, but that’s the risk I’m taking…”
The so-called ‘Midnight Jewel’ caravan made its public debut at the inaugural New Age Owners Club get-together in Victoria recently. It was also set to be the star of the New Age stand at this week’s Melbourne Leisurefest, but a lack of space caused a late withdrawal.
Like the Dibond panels made by the same European manufacturer and used on some Melbourne-built Roadstar caravans , the Alucobond panels add considerably to the caravan’s weight, pushing the ATM in this case to 3500kg.
However, Crow says his white, twin turbo V8 powered Volkswagen Touareg tow vehicle, handles the extra bulk with ease.
“Like the caravan the Touareg just turns everyone’s head because I just connect it up. I don’t use weight distribution hitches or anything because it’s got air suspension,” he said.
“The Touareg is such an under-rated tow vehicle. I towed it up to Port Stephens and got 19.1L/100km with cruise control. It’s a brilliant thing for towing, it has so much grunt and you don’t even know it’s on the back.”