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RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

On the other hand,this is the other side of the Ute a Ford Falcon, with toolboxes http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpssxukbebn.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/24/16 11:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

Robert is the Sport Ute actually useful with regard to payload? The wheels/tires and ground hugging appearance don't exactly scream Outback..... No, it is a SPORTS Ute,think of a Mustang with a bed. Holden Commodore Ute has been around the Top Gear Track quicker than an Aston Martin DBR9, top speed without limiters for the Maloo version 180mph. Utes are work vehicles or Rally/ Sports Cars depending on the Specifications Video 6 litre V8 Holden Rally Ute
RobertRyan 08/24/16 11:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

MAN( Great name for a Truck Company:B ) is slowing getting some traction here, hindered by a relatively small engine( 13 Litres) , now is competing with it's stablemate Scania with a 15 litre plus unit. Scania has a current 730hp Diesel, but is about to release a more powerful engine. Volvo has a 750hp unit. Mercedes 700hp. We have Scania, MAN, Volvo, IVECO Coaches. Japanese produce Isuzu and Hino models You have some really SERIOUS big trucks in Australia. Some of my full-time RV friends in Australia have posted some pictures and videos of meeting road-trains out in the wide open central and western Australia area. Up to four trailers, a total length near 170 ft and over 160 tons gross weight takes a serious tractor to pull. Yes the big road trains and B Doubles( Now Triples) capture the imagination of many North Americans. Seeing we have Trucks from here, North America,Europe and Asia it makes for a lot of choice. US Pickups are fairly rare, although we used to make F100, F150-350's and Bronco's up till 1980
RobertRyan 08/24/16 04:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

Not a Ford Fusion, but a Ford Falcon Falcon. That's a nameplate Ford hasn't used in the US in about 50 years or so. And there sure wasn't anything 'super' about them. Just a staid, vanilla ice cream compact with an inline 6, in 3 speed automatic or 3 on the column. My dad bought a used 1960 Falcon station wagon after we moved to Florida in 1970 to ferry my mother around (no public transit in the area at the time). Ironically, it was the platform for the first generation of the Ford Mustang....... Australian Ford Falcon had no relation to the US model after 1966. Local Falcon was the basis of the Mad Max Interceptor http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps9h4bwjbl.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsmsekzbpw.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsactzqlbd.jpeg 420hp V8 and turbo Six Cylinder Falcon FPV Sedan and Falcon Sports Ute http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsi2r4ok2v.jpeg As a Cab Chassis " truck" it could be very effective. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps8gyl3x0g.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/24/16 12:21am Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

All above is correct. Did Ambrose go back to supercars? He did, after leaving Richard Petty Motorsports. I believe his last season in V8 Supercars was 2015. See plenty of MAN vehicles in this area, not OTR trucks, but you can't swing a dead cat on I-4 near the theme parks and hotel areas without hitting a MAN motor coach hauling tourists to and from "THE WORLDS"! :B MAN( Great name for a Truck Company:B ) is slowing getting some traction here, hindered by a relatively small engine( 13 Litres) , now is competing with it's stablemate Scania with a 15 litre plus unit. Scania has a current 730hp Diesel, but is about to release a more powerful engine. Volvo has a 750hp unit. Mercedes 700hp. We have Scania, MAN, Volvo, IVECO Coaches. Japanese produce Isuzu and Hino models
RobertRyan 08/23/16 06:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

All above is correct. Did Ambrose go back to supercars? He did, after leaving Richard Petty Motorsports. I believe his last season in V8 Supercars was 2015. See plenty of MAN vehicles in this area, not OTR trucks, but you can't swing a dead cat on I-4 near the theme parks and hotel areas without hitting a MAN motor coach hauling tourists to and from "THE WORLDS"! :B He did go back but V8Supercars had moved on since he left and he was pretty slow compared to the better drivers in the series. He is an advisor to Team Penske, who are getting better in the series. Team Penske has some ex- NASCAR crew chiefs and personnel helping DJR Racing.
RobertRyan 08/23/16 05:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

Robert, I'll take a swing at it, (and without consulting Google): Circuit: Australian V8 Supercar Cars: Look to be what Ford sells as the Ford Fusion in the States Sponsors: MAN is a European truck and bus manufacturer. As an aside, Freightliner is a minor sponsor to Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup teams. Drivers: Sorry mate, I got nothin'! How'd I do........................ Not a Ford Fusion, but a Ford Falcon a lot bigger, think Chevrolet SS. Chevrolet SS is the Holden Commodore. Both unfortunately will be dropped when local car manufacturing goes. Roger acquired MAN when he picked up the Western Star distributor rights. Local dealers bought out the original Canadian Western Star company, then floated it on the Toronto Stock Exchange, where Western Star was bought by Daimler Trucks( Mercedes) MAN is owned by VW and it is joined in by Scania( VW has a controlling share). Mercedes and VW are fierce rivals in Europe, so by accident Roger Penske is selling both in the same franchise
RobertRyan 08/23/16 05:47pm Around the Campfire
NASCAR Owner: What Team, Drivers, Sponsorhip and Series?

I know Roger Penske is known by everyone here . Now can you tell me,more about the cars, drivers, series, and unusual sponsor? A quiz http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsurbhyt1v.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/23/16 02:58am Around the Campfire
RE: European RV's and AC

I am curious are RV's in Europe or Australia better insulated than US models? I have a 21 FT Toyota Sea Breeze class C and have been experimenting with an 8000 BTU AC. I am running into negativity about this with people insisting that a 13.5 BTU unit is needed. My unit came from the factory with an 11K btu which works well. I live in hot humid Florida so I know it is enough, perhaps too much? I am hoping the 8K will work as it will run off a Honda EU2000i I also know that other countries suggest smaller AC's, in Euorpe a Dometic Fresh Jet 2200 would be recommended at 7500 BTU's. But I wonder if I am not comparing apples to oranges?? Would like hearing from anyone that has used a smaller AC in hot humid climates. I know there are some window AC and 8K and 9K btu units out there. Jim Australian and European RV's are pretty different. Many local manufacturers now use Composite walls that keep out heat and retain it when it is freezing outside.
RobertRyan 08/21/16 04:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: NEW GUY Looking for Best Hard Side TC for light off roading

Northstar truck campers are exported from the US. They make narrow truck campers built to off road with or ship in a shipping container. Slick operations to say the least. These days, not that common in Australia,more off road Camper choices available
RobertRyan 08/19/16 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: LTV Wonder or similar Transit rvs with diesel engine

Though the engine does not have much of a history here in the US, my understanding is that it has been in use Globally for several years now, as far as I can find, it has been in production since at least 2006 in the 5 cylinder version. Globally it is known as a Duratorq TDCi (Turbo Diesel Commonrail injection) and in North America it is called a Powerstroke to keep a common name with other unrelated Ford diesels. Not a bad engine, but not a cutting edge Diesel engine.
RobertRyan 08/19/16 03:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Off road(ish) pop up

We just got back from six weeks there. We did the Gibb River Road up to Mitchell Falls. Aussies have much greater distances of "off pavement", putting a much longer test to trailers. You guys also love setting up elaborate camps. That would be fun :) At least you have an idea of what " off road" means. If you went to the extreme North of Australia,, then you would be going through Jungle and rivers http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps2iaxtzs5.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/18/16 06:11am Folding Trailers
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

So, what is "apartment style"? Those Aussie interiors look pretty much laid out the same as trailers here. No, look like Contemporary Apartments,no bare wood finishes. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsamnl2kqe.jpeg Caravan with Apartment look http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsnxgvflmd.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/17/16 03:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

There was a campground adjacent to my hotel in Switzerland on the lake and it was jam packed full with small TTs that looked about 28 ft. or so and most of them had a screened room attached that zipped into the roof edge molding and in effect doubled their floor space. bumpy Pretty well summed up the European Travel Trailers. In some countries that are rare, all you see is Class C's. Varies from country to country, but Class C's to a lesser extent Class B's, dominate their roads generally I was probably long on that 28ft, probably more like 24 ft. I saw one large Class A in all my travels in Europe/Asia/Africa and that was at an airport in Europe. sure stuck out.;) bumpy Things you would not see in a Month of Sunday's in the US There are many companies producing these in Europe, surprisingly so. A luxury Horsebox.I have tallied up about 30 Manufacturers at least. Class A's in the US sense are pretty rare. Look up Luxury European Horsebox manufacturers on the net. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps2venfvgc.jpeg Interior of one http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps499f2vd7.jpeg When your Van decides to grow muscles. Cab Chassis Van acting like a 1 Ton. These are the "F250's" or " F350's" of Europe. Heavier than this are the start of the " Lorries" http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps8d6odxc4.jpeg A Swedish Caravan the longest in Europe at 40ft http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsguk5kohq.jpeg Interior of one of their Caravans http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsyu60jnlx.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/17/16 03:33am Travel Trailers
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

There was a campground adjacent to my hotel in Switzerland on the lake and it was jam packed full with small TTs that looked about 28 ft. or so and most of them had a screened room attached that zipped into the roof edge molding and in effect doubled their floor space. bumpy Pretty well summed up the European Travel Trailers. In some countries that are rare, all you see is Class C's. Varies from country to country, but Class C's to a lesser extent Class B's, dominate their roads generally
RobertRyan 08/16/16 02:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

The other factor is that other parts of the world don't need 30' trailers with multiple slides. Says who? You? Lots of people towing nice campers over there with non HD trucks - how can that be? Feel free to chime in here Robert. Heck the bottom of the line Cell Caravan linked blows my cr@ppy Coleman out of the water - which BTW something new breaks every time I use it! I still have a good time don't get me wrong, but import one of those, and my unit goes on Craigslist. Says the American mentality that "bigger is better". Every American now needs a 4000 square foot house for a family of 3. The largest SUV they can buy and the largest camper they can buy. European roads are smaller and their trucks not as robust. Their HD trucks are more for commercial use than personal use and designed as such (small cabs, forward design). I imagine their hot market are Class B campers. In fact, I just googled "european travel trailer" and the majority of the images appear to be sub 30' trailers, in the 25' range. Do the same for American/USA and you get a slew of 30'+ trailers. Not sure why this comment makes you so angry but Americans are greedy and want the biggest everything. We also have the roads/trucks for big ass campers though so it isn't as big a deal. Without getting too off subject , large Caravans/Travel Trailers would be a nightmare in Europe, especially Southern Europe. Europeans use a lot of Class C Motorhomes, max length 29ft. Travel Trailers are a lot rarer, Pickups Trucks are very rare. They use the Cab Chassis variants of Vans to tow a lot. This they do pretty effectively. HD Trucks and their varieties dominate European roads all Cabovers, narrow day Cabs, very much more so than the US. Europeans do like BIG, but that varies from country to country, eg Saw " McMansions" in Poland, 45ft Horse Toy Haulers/ Class A's in other countries
RobertRyan 08/16/16 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

While I do enjoy a quality machine (any type), it's also hard to justify spending $30K for a trailer that you use 6 times a year for maybe 4-6 years before you trade. I would be curious to see how much campsites are compared to the US. Private sites here are $60 on average per night. More for nicer ones and less for state sites if you can get one. If they were closer to $20-30/night for private, I could justify (in my mind) an extra cost on the trailer. The other factor is that other parts of the world don't need 30' trailers with multiple slides. A 30'+ trailer with good quality materials and furniture would weight 10K lbs, making it impossible to tow without an HD truck. I feel maybe US makers put less thought into non-slide units, making them more usable since they can just add a slide to open the space up instead. With all that being said, my next trailer I will be looking for a step up in quality. I chose my Cruiser Radiance because I felt it was the best quality for the value ($20K), and feel it is a great unit. But, I would like to see what $25-30K will buy me in a couple years once the kids are done camping and it's just me and mom. No we do not really need 35ft Caravans with multiple slides, as they are a pain Off Road. Any large 40ft + towable is a normally a 5th Wheeler towed by a Japanese Truck as they have the GVWR and power to tow it. US HD Pickups are restricted to sub 38ft units. Caravans like the triple axle below are custom units for people who live and work on the road http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpschvphiol.jpeg
RobertRyan 08/16/16 07:07am Travel Trailers
RE: who says a ecoboost can't haul a load

Those boards don't look very heavy. What's the problem? Other than being stupid..... :E Our equivalent of Home Depot is Bunnings and the " genius" above or his Australian equivalent would not get too far down the road, before the Police nail him for having a badly loaded vehicle. Photo with a Ford Falcon " truck" finding a park http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsctloiuf6.png
RobertRyan 08/15/16 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

The other factor is that other parts of the world don't need 30' trailers with multiple slides. Says who? You? Lots of people towing nice campers over there with non HD trucks - how can that be? Feel free to chime in here Robert. Heck the bottom of the line Cell Caravan linked blows my cr@ppy Coleman out of the water - which BTW something new breaks every time I use it! I still have a good time don't get me wrong, but import one of those, and my unit goes on Craigslist. Size and in the European experience, weight do NOT determine a Good camper.People do tow 30ft plus Campers here , but you have non slide/ slide options, none of these aspects make it a good camper
RobertRyan 08/15/16 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: When a Woman runs a RV Company

It sounds like people over there have a choice between imported substandard units and those that are more expensive - and are choosing the later. Someone mentioned that you can get the same quality over here in a TT, just more expensive, but failed to mention any names. Competition here is ferocious. Companies are standalone,maybe two brands are related. There are several hundred RV companies : Caravans; Off Road Caravans, Hybrid Caravans( extreme off road), Camper trailer; Slideons( Truck Campers), some 5th wheel builders,;Motorhomes, Class C, B, Expedition and Converted Coaches. As far as the same quality in a US Travel Trailer? Going to be hard to find This is the only US Travel Trailer Company that has lasted more than a year. They have their Caravans fitted out in Australia, they have a good rapport with their Australian finishers. Quality is average, but have some reasonable floor plans. Adria, the Caravan Company from Slovenia, is the longest surviving European one. Cell Caravans
RobertRyan 08/15/16 06:27am Travel Trailers
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