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RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Too bad some folks can’t just appreciate some things without trying to tear them apart. Pointing out obvious flaws isn't "trying to tear them apart". What's really too bad is the way some folks overlook major problems with solar systems, simply because they want solar to work as well as the alternatives. The emperor has no clothes. I would guess that the Australian engineers know just a bit more about their trailer than you do. Just a guess, but I could be worng. Pretty well spot on. Do not know what he is talking about
RobertRyan 12/11/21 02:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

I would guess that the Australian engineers know just a bit more about their trailer than you do. Just a guess, but I could be worng. The "engineer" (if there even is one) puts in whatever the marketing department wants. The marketing department has absolutely no idea what actually works in the real world - only what they think they can sell. The RV industry is rife with examples of bad ideas, and bad implementations of mediocre ideas. If you think the mere act of introducing a product automatically makes it a good design, I've got some Chevy Vegas I'd like to sell you. No, this is a custom design built for apecific customers, nothing to do with an imaginary marketing department
RobertRyan 12/11/21 02:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Yes it is in the factory. Like an extreme 4x4 Pickup is usually on the showroom rather than the outdoors As the person who photographs the cars we sell on our used-vehicle lot: things always photograph the best, in shade. More detail comes through - and if I was selling something this interesting, I would park it in the shade too ;-) I LOVE the idea of an all-electric RV. Thanks for posting that. They the 48V Caravans are starting to appear. As well the chassis can help the tow vehicle move the Caravan as well
RobertRyan 12/11/21 02:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

No one has yet answered the perennial and obvious question: why does Australia have such a wide variety of "boondockable" trailers, while the USA does not? One would think that our much larger population would justify a variety of niche manufacturers. Someday soon, some smart person is going to figure out how to import those wonderful caravans in bulk and will make a lot of money. It appears manufacturers in Australia are starting to produce and export them to the US
RobertRyan 12/11/21 02:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Not sure I would paint it black if mostly parked in the summer sun. Interesting comment, yes agree
RobertRyan 12/11/21 02:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Very cool. As usual, the Aussies produce another outstanding RV. Too bad some folks can’t just appreciate some things without trying to tear them apart. Same thing happened on here with the Bolus. I hope Robert keeps posting new and interesting stuff from down there. Yes, it is the " tall poppy" syndrome
RobertRyan 12/11/21 01:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

(sunshine permitting!) And, as usual, the PR photo shows the RV parked in a location where all those solar panels will produce absolutely no power. My idea of a "luxury RV" doesn't need to be parked in full sunlight all day in order to be able to use most of its features. Yes it is in the factory. Like an extreme 4x4 Pickup is usually on the showroom rather than the outdoors
RobertRyan 12/10/21 01:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Doubt you have 14.3Kwh of lithium batteries and a 5000W inverter. And yet for all I lack, I still manage to camp comfortably without having to PARK IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT ALL DAY... And it probably doesn't need a power pole either. Unless it also comes with its own magic portable sunlight emitter, it needs a power pole anywhere I camp. This does not have to park in the Sunshine all day. Wastr of time doing that
RobertRyan 12/10/21 01:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

Wow, looks great !...Except for the "priciest" part. How many people "down under" will be able to afford to buy it, I wonder ???? Quite a few there are 150 Caravan manufacturers
RobertRyan 12/09/21 08:46pm Travel Trailers
Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

No expense spared on full off-grid, family composite caravan loaded with creature comforts Melbourne luxury caravan specialist Royal Flair has built the most off-grid capable, technology-packed and priciest off-road caravan in its 46 year history. Completed this week for a Queensland buyer after an extended 12 month build, the new 22ft 6in Royal Flair Eco Mate off-road family van is purpose-built for off-the-grid living, fitted with an OzXCorp-developed NCE DCX Power Platform that sees 1600 watts of domestic-grade glass solar panels on the roof feeding into a 14.3kWh chassis-mounted lithium battery pack with a 5000watt smart inverter. Royal Flair Eco Mate was custom built for Queensland family As well as providing enough power to run all the appliances including the roof-top air-conditioner, microwave and 175 litre compressor fridge (sunshine permitting!), the Eco Mate caravan is fitted with four fresh water tanks, for 314 litres in total. The gas-free Eco Mate also boasts a lightweight AL-KO aluminium chassis and adjustable airbag suspension, along with a fully insulated, timber-free composite body including 28mm thick fibreglass sandwich panels for the walls and roof and an 18mm honeycomb floor. Lithium battery bank mounted in the chassis Charcoal checker plate side protection and a matching full vinyl wrap with unique graphics hides the glossy white exterior panels, while a 12V Carafan rooftop pressuriser unit helps keeps the dust out when cruising on dirt roads. The very stylish and comfortable family layout includes a big club lounge/dinette with drop-down electric queen bed at the rear, while up front are three spacious pentagon-shaped bunk beds, each with a 12V fan, light and storage cupboard, alongside the ensuite with separate shower and toilet. Stylish interior includes drop down queen bed There are bespoke luxury interior finishes throughout, including a Caesarstone kitchen benchtop, copper tapware and suede-look seat upholstery. The custom fit-out also includes a composting toilet and -- oddly for an Australian-built caravan -- no TV is fitted to encourage the kids to make the most of the great outdoors. The kitchen also gets an induction cooktop, while other whizzbang technology includes a CZone smart management touchscreen, Cel-Fi mobile phone booster and Wi-Ti security system. Eco Mate is gas free, right down to electric BBQ-1.https://i.postimg.cc/SxX8WC8T/royalflairecomate-1.jpg height=480 width=640 Mate also gets 17in alloy wheels with mud terrain tyres, https://i.postimg.cc/MTYthV90/royalflairecomate-14.jpgadjustable airbag suspension, disc brakes, stability control and a Cruisemaster DO-45 coupling. Externally, there's also a locker for the Rockgate sound system and airbag switches, with another hatch with a slide-out for the electric Weber BBQ https://i.postimg.cc/FHgvCnj7/royalflairecomate-5.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/SKHpnF41/royalflairecomate-10.jpg
RobertRyan 12/09/21 01:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Well it has seen some use 257,000mile tow tug

Ummm, great... Trying to figure out the significance here. Is this a great accomplishment for this type of truck? I mean, we could post pics of 250k mile trucks for sale all day long, but why? No, just shows a 250k mile non US Pickup 5th wheel tug. It would still have a lot of life in it. He is selling it to get a DualCab
RobertRyan 12/06/21 04:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

So, what are the current light duty vehicle diesel emissions systems in Australia? This appears to be the basis for the seemingly unobtainable fuel mileage? Pretty simple answer, Diesels are not being" strangled" by emissions regulations like in the US. Different emissions regulations, allow them to get pretty good mileage. Irony is you cannot run a US compliant Diesel in Europe or here. So you are getting the worst of both worlds. What happens to diesels in the future is a good question
RobertRyan 12/05/21 01:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

Yes, I understand that these motorhomes getting this alleged mpg are diesel. I know you hate gas engines, and that's ok. I like diesels. I own a diesel pickup. It weighs about 7000 lbs., and at 60 mpg on flat terrain it gets 20 mpg all day. It's older but is in excellent mechanical shape and has no emission controls. My buddy has a Mercedes Sprinter diesel class B motorhome, and he doesn't get anywhere near 26 mpg. Maybe Australian math is different? Several things you did not get, the diesel regulations outside NA are very different to the US, so diesels are not being " strangled" by regulations. It is like comparing Apples to Iranges. You could not get 26mpg US using a US Diesel under your regulations, in that Australian Motorhome. People do not " hate" Gas engines here, bulk of vehicles running are Petrol powered, but a Petrol powered Motorhome? No way. 20mpg for a Diesel Pickup is a bit subpar, think we are on a different page
RobertRyan 12/05/21 01:52pm Class C Motorhomes
Well it has seen some use 257,000mile tow tug

This is a 2005 IVECO Daily towing a 30ft Forest River 5ver. Owner wants to update to a DualCab https://i.postimg.cc/Rh0Tm5gF/FB-IMG-1638735891861.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/GhwkzDCt/FB-IMG-1638735879854.jpg https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/editpost/forum/24/editTID/30301217/thread/30301217.cfm https://i.postimg.cc/V6BfNcSq/FB-IMG-1638870569568.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/50Wjsgdt/FB-IMG-1638872604006.jpg
RobertRyan 12/05/21 01:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

Thing that comes up here is the word " diesel". In the US you have regulations that make many Commercial operations non viable , so operators go back to Petrol ( Gas) trucks. As I said, that is not even considered as an option outside the US. So we are talking about two very different scenarios when we are talking Motorhome Fuel Economy. It is interesting to see your posts compared to the FB site I posted. Yes many it seems here are getting poor fuel economy with Diesel, but the Gas options you refer to, are non- existent outside NA, although there have been LPG conversions of Ford V10 engines
RobertRyan 12/04/21 12:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

I chat with a lot of diesel owners at a friends truck repair shop and they are not happy. Medium duty diesel drivers that i talk to these days are fed up with new diesel regulations . They complain about losing business bc of repair down time. The owners driving routes like Snap- On , bread and soda routes are switching back to gas trucks. It must be pretty bad to unload $100,000 plus trucks prematurely. If someone ‘claims’ mpg figures by using simple math counting used gallons and miles driven , the results are of doubtful validity. Different diesel regulations apply outside NA, so fuel economy is considerably better, in this case amazingly better. Diesel regulations in the US are chocking the life out of Diesels in the US, poorer reliability and not very good fuel economy As I said in my post above none would even consider running a Gas Motorhome,or Gas Commercial Vehicle, their all diesels. Irony is you cannot run a US compliant diesel in a Euro 5 or higher regulation country. So you get the worst of both worlds, Diesels regs in the US are choking diesel commercial operations in the US
RobertRyan 12/04/21 11:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

Ah, if only I could get double digits in my C....10 would be great. But I live between 7 and 8 depending on if i'm pulling a dinghy or not, and speed, and wind, and.... I've never gotten above 8.3. 33 foot C. Loaded. I expected more like yours, anyway nice to see 25.8US mpg for a nearly 26ft,11,000lb GVWR Motorhome This is also pretty stunning 16.8USMpg towing a Suzuki Jimmy We average 14/100(16.8 US mpg) 2020 iveco avida Esperance upgraded weight 5200 towing a Suzuki Jimny I think the 16.8 mpg towing a Suzuki Jimny is much more realistic. A small, light towed vehicle should hardly affect fuel mileage. When I had an E450 based class C, of course it got much worse mileage, but towing a 3200 pound vehicle cost me less than 1 mpg. As far as getting almost 26 mpg in an 11000 lb motorhome? I think they adopted in Australia the time-tested American method of increase fuel economy- make up numbers to impress the internet! :W No several others have similar fuel economies, so overall not that unusual. Remember their Diesel not Gas Motorhomes., the diesels get vastly better fuel economies and much greater reliability than in the US, under non NA regulations, bit like comparing Oranges to Apples.See the other posts on the FB website, similar fuel economies. None in their right mind here would run a gas powered motorhome, possibly a LPG conversion but not a Petrol one.
RobertRyan 12/04/21 11:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

The 1/2 ton pickups with small diesel are pushing upwards of 30mpg, so not surprising at moderate speeds a small MH getting 25mpg Well certainly would be pretty not surprising, they do not have GVWR's of 11,000lb, more in the 7000lb range, and are not towing a small SUV dinghy like a Motorhome. A 11,000lb GVWR is more 3/4 to 1 ton Pickup Truck " moderate speeds" 70mph or 110kph????? A half-ton or 150/1500 model typically falls under an 8,500-pound GVWR. A three-quarter-ton or 250/2500 model ranges between 8,500 and 9,990 pounds. A one-ton or 350/3500 truck is likely to be 9,900
RobertRyan 12/04/21 02:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

Ah, if only I could get double digits in my C....10 would be great. But I live between 7 and 8 depending on if i'm pulling a dinghy or not, and speed, and wind, and.... I've never gotten above 8.3. 33 foot C. Loaded. I expected more like yours, anyway nice to see 25.8US mpg for a nearly 26ft,11,000lb GVWR Motorhome This is also pretty stunning 16.8USMpg towing a Suzuki Jimmy We average 14/100(16.8 US mpg) 2020 iveco avida Esperance upgraded weight 5200 towing a Suzuki Jimny
RobertRyan 12/03/21 02:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

Even at 25 that is terrific. I agree-- terrific economy. 11 KM/liter= 25.87 MPG. Note, this is to the U.S. gallon. To the Imperial gallon it works out to a little over 30 MPG. Yes pretty amazing, if you read the other posts on the FB page, seems quite a few getting very good economies with their diesels for such large vehicles
RobertRyan 12/03/21 02:18pm Class C Motorhomes
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