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RE: New Fiat Ducato 2015 Class B Motorhome

Boy that new front end sure makes a world of difference in the look..... Agreed much smarter,but you will still get the Promaster front. Ducato is an improvement on the Promaster better looking front end, Diesel(cooking and heating in the case of Trakka , only requiring one source of fuel) and a chassis that can be stretched for Class C applications Previous model video Video Trakka Torino Class B
RobertRyan 07/05/15 03:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Fiat Ducato 2015 Class B Motorhome

Very interesting.... I have a Fiat toad and very happy with it... It is basically a Promaster with a Diesel, they do modify the chassis to get a 28ft Class C
RobertRyan 07/05/15 03:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Fiat Ducato 2015 Class B Motorhome

Thanks for showing the Fiat version in Australia. That is cool to see. A few different companies have their first U.S./Canada Dodge Promaster RVs out, front wheel drive gasoline. Left side drive/right side sliding door of course. Ducato/Promaster is a great vehicle. Here their version is the TRAKKA Torino
RobertRyan 07/04/15 05:50pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New Fiat Ducato 2015 Class B Motorhome

A Fiat motorhome. That just doesn't sound right. I wonder if we'll see them on this side of the pond? They will be renamed Promaster and have a 3.6 litre Gas engine instead of the Diesel. We will keep the 3 Litre Diesel . Your current Promaster is a slightly altered Fiat
RobertRyan 07/04/15 04:50pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
New Fiat Ducato 2015 Class B Motorhome

Trakka( who are in the process of expanding) showed their new Class B http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpso1hciuzz.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg2_zpsigvmyoxk.jpg
RobertRyan 07/04/15 04:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: So, we decided to keep our truck camper

We are seeing more of these in Australia, more and more Euro Van Cab Chassis with a Lance or other I.e Palominio. Joins the locally made ones doing the same thing http://static1.prod.justauto.com.au/just_images/7af7fdce-adb2-4800-b387-003bd59435c8/7af7fdce-adb2-4800-b387-003bd59435c8-atme.jpg
RobertRyan 07/03/15 04:48pm Truck Campers
RE: So, we decided to keep our truck camper

Did you see Lake Bled? Yes what an amazing place. My shot taken about 5pm, you had flettner boats taking you to the Island in the middle of the lake where they had weddings, At the same time they had weddings in the Castle on the Hill above the Lake. Little later white swans landed on the lake in droves. As you sat in the small restaurant getting your traditionally huge custard cake and coffee for €5, someone played a Jazz Guitar in the restaurant. As well you could hear the concert from the Church on the other side of the lake, when you walked around the lake. Most shots of Lake Bled show the Church on the Island, like yours in the middle of the day. Grooms have to carry their bride up 60 steps, after getting off the Flettner Boat. I saw a fellow from New Zealand, carry his Slovenian wife up those 60 stairs :) http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsadchuc8b.jpg
RobertRyan 07/03/15 03:28pm Truck Campers
RE: So, we decided to keep our truck camper

Watch the video on this website it will get your travel juices flowing. World Cruise Lot of fascinating and safe places out there. Remember standing on the top of Mt Vogel facing the Julian Alps in Slovenia., very little cloud , a nice sunny day, drinking raspberry brandy and eating the local chocolate , delightful http://www.slovenia.info/pictures/skiing/1/2011/vogel_4_318287.jpg?v=2
RobertRyan 07/03/15 02:28am Truck Campers
RE: Overland Expo 2015: a view by an outsider

And to think, all I did was go to the moon, and dive the Obyss. Would that be Outlanding and Underlanding? ....that would be an outlandish obyss-mal down-under standing landing :B ...I wish we had any sun at all! I think we've had a total of 17 days of sun since January 1st....and that was 6 months ago :B At least the temps hit 63F today. We're still using the heating in the house, and its July, for crying out loud! People think finding something new is dead, not really:)
RobertRyan 07/03/15 02:23am Truck Campers
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

I love the fresh interiors on those campers, Overall beautiful trailers, but I would not call the interiors "fresh". More like antiseptic. Like a doctors office waiting room more than a comfortable hideaway. Near nie perfect here. Very easy to clean and bright. U.S. Interiors very dated and gloomy, non saleable here. They initially went with a U.S. Interior as it was cheaper being partially built in the U.S., but slightly " toned down" to use the common phrase here, to make it sort of acceptable, but decided to for more composites and a total refresh including changing the interiors When U.S. 5ers were imported here, everybody liked the size initially but a Universal thumbs down on the interiors. Little the importer could do about that Comment I found about General differences This is interesting, and a good example of the differing design philosophies between countries. US motorhomes tend to have small windows in the living areas and are intended for caravan park living, with a tow vehicle behind for sightseeing. Conversely, European/UK and Australian designed tend to be all about the view as you travel and when stopping over – whether in a caravan park or free camping area
RobertRyan 07/02/15 01:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

Very bland, cold, and plastic looking interior. Looks dead rather than something welcoming and warm like as an inviting interior should look. Like a doctors exam room nails it quite well. NO THANKS! U.S. Interiors do not sell here, no matter what the RV
RobertRyan 07/02/15 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

I love the fresh interiors on those campers, my 07 Cougar interior looks more like "early bordello" than anything else. Something only a grand mother could like. Even the newer units have that look. Yeeesh. Ron W. Interior of "CutLoose" 5th wheelers. Owner is English, got into RV production by accident rather than design in Australia. Another small manufacturer in Australia Video of CutLoose 5th Wheeler interior Much older video of one being towed
RobertRyan 07/02/15 04:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

These guys =really= need to start building rigs here. Lyle Lyle it would be breath of fresh air. Different perspectives encourages innovation and gets away from the ordinary We have had " mini revolutions" in this regard with other types of RV's here. Previously their interiors were more American, no composites used This type of interior was very prevalent in Australia in the early 1990's in Caravans http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zps92g5bclv.jpg
RobertRyan 07/01/15 11:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

I think it's 5er. 5th Wheel Caravan here. I seen 5ver elsewhere on other U.S. forums
RobertRyan 07/01/15 06:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

Neat rigs. But, I really like the TV in the last picture. The 3litre Diesel that could(references to puffing billy) latest 70c version of the cab chassis version of the IVECO Daily Van has a 23,000lb GCVWR. Some use them to tow heavy 37ft 5vers, need LPG injection to keep up with the RAM uphill
RobertRyan 07/01/15 05:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toyota tough.......not

My take: the driving force was likely the MPG and range of a small diesel not that the toyota was intrinsically more capable. Dodge just came out with thier small diesel for a 1/2 ton, so there were no comparable. A big 1 ton, long bed 4 door is a lousy off road vehicle but makes a real nice tow vehilce which is much more relevant to this site Actually would be very wrong, basically Toyota is extremely reliable, yes the small diesel is FE, it is more capable. That is why it sells roughly 650-700,000 Hiluxes outside NA, take out Europe generally as a market they sell very few Pickups there. Dodge is now Ram and the basic payload is terrible for the VMotori 3litre diesel Right US 1 tons are terrible Off Road, I/2 tons not much better My 2001 Ram 2500 can handle 1 ton loads just fine as it has the heavy duty chassis. It's also been great off road for the last 5 years I've owned it. I don't really need roads, just areas without big trees. However, Chrysler Corp. did wimp the trucks out after 2002. My truck was also a commercial farm truck originally. I've also got a 1997 F-250 diesel witch rides like a Cadillac compared with the dodge. It also gets twice the fuel mileage. These handle 1tonne (2,200lb) loads just fine, but they are vastly more capable Off Road, so I agree with Valhalla on that score. From an Australian Road Test http://www.mynrma.com.au/media/dual_cab_ute_comparison_toyota_hilux_off_road.jpg
RobertRyan 07/01/15 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

They also offer this which I guess will go the full composite route http://www.summerliferv.com.au/index_htm_files/2303.jpg Not keen about the RAM 3500 comes in a more fuel efficient IVECO Daily http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpslh2hx3ut.jpg
RobertRyan 07/01/15 05:24pm Fifth-Wheels
New all Australian 5ver manufacturer

This company used to have parts partially built in the U.S., now fully built here It is a Lightweight 10,000lb 26ft unit that can be easily towed by Global Midsize Pickups US van gets Aussie makeover US-style fifth-wheel caravan gets cutting edge makeover including new composite body manufactured in Australia A big new, Aussie-built fifth-wheel caravan with two slide-outs but that’s capable of being hauled by a range of dual cab utes, has hit the market. Cardiff, NSW-based RV Specialists has being selling a range of Australian-designed but US-built fifth-wheel vans in Australia for the past 15 years. But now it’s decided to introduce a range of locally-built versions using the latest, lightweight, interlocking fibreglass composite body panels from Cure Composites, the innovative Queensland company behind Zone RV caravans. While the first Oz-built King of the Road Drifter 26ft model displayed at the recent Queensland Supershow rides on a sturdy, 450 grade, 150x50 steel chassis with Cruisemaster off-road suspension, the new construction has helped reduce Tare weight by up to 500kg, to 2900kg (ATM is 4000-4500kg). This makes it towable by a number of dual cab utes including the Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-MAX, rather than an American imported pick-up truck normally required for super-sized, American-style fifth-wheel vans. “It’s been designed specifically for this range of utes. Hooked up to the BT-50 this is the equivalent of a 21ft caravan in overall length,” said RV Specialists’ boss Jim Kaufmann. “(We’re manufacturing locally) because of the materials now available to us. The lightweight plywoods, the composites, the suspension… America doesn’t have anything like (Cruisemaster suspension) over there. In America if you’re going to build strong you can’t build light,” he said. The 2.5m wide by 8.4m long body features one-piece, fully insulated panels for both the roof and floor, while the bed and lounge slide-outs combined with impressive 2.5m interior height creates the sort of interior living space you can only dream about in a more conventional caravan. “The high roofline also allows 6ft of headroom around the lounge slide-so you’re not hitting your head,” he said. Other features on the display model, which was priced at $132,900, included a leather reclining lounge, free standing dining suite, separate shower and toilet, 3kg top load washing machine, reverse cycle ducted air conditioner, and 102cm LED TV with Blu-ray player. RV Specialists joins a small but expanding group of local fifth-wheel manufacturers including Jayco, Cut Loose and Winjana. While annual Australian production numbers remain in the hundreds, rather than hundreds of thousands as in the US, Kaufman says there’s increasing demand for fifth-wheel models due to more dual cab utes being offered with three tonne or more towing capabilities. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsea0kfd1c.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg2_zpsei6csv0c.jpghttp://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg3_zpsxgcmf5nu.jpg
RobertRyan 07/01/15 05:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toyota tough.......not

My take: the driving force was likely the MPG and range of a small diesel not that the toyota was intrinsically more capable. Dodge just came out with thier small diesel for a 1/2 ton, so there were no comparable. A big 1 ton, long bed 4 door is a lousy off road vehicle but makes a real nice tow vehilce which is much more relevant to this site Actually would be very wrong, basically Toyota is extremely reliable, yes the small diesel is FE, it is more capable. That is why it sells roughly 650-700,000 Hiluxes outside NA, take out Europe generally as a market they sell very few Pickups there. Dodge is now Ram and the basic payload is terrible for the VMotori 3litre diesel Right US 1 tons are terrible Off Road, I/2 tons not much better
RobertRyan 07/01/15 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chicken Tax Finally Being Phased Out

What is the phase in ? 5 years? 20+ years ? Most of the 'world trucks" are built in Thailand ,are they even part of the talks? meh According to the article, Thailand still has the option of joining and they've expressed interest. Other nations also have the option of joining. I think Thailand has a FTA with the US, that could be one reason to join. Personally I do not see much change either way, except a new Global launch of a Pickup Truck could include North America
RobertRyan 07/01/15 04:06am Tow Vehicles
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