Trade RVs

Trade RVs January 2021

Offering our readers a comprehensive selection of new and used Caravans, Motorhomes, campervans, camping trailers, 4x4s and accessories, which are offered for sale throughout Australia by Dealers and Private advertisers.

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Is it time for a bigger, better motorhome? Or is it time to downsize to a weekend getaway version? Perhaps you just want a shiny new toy? Whatever your reasons, with COVID-19 travel restrictions easing, now is a great time to test drive what’s on offer. I’m reviewing a hire vehicle — a Maui Ultima Plus (2+1) from the THL fleet in Adelaide. The marketplace equivalent to this is a KEA Nomad. It’s a win-win combination of a holiday to the Flinders Ranges plus a great way to see if this model suits me before I decide to buy. Let’s see how the Maui rates. DRIVEABILITY This Mercedes-Benz Sprinter drives like a car — a tall, lean car. In fact, in calm conditions it’s easy to forget that it’s not just a car. The drive…

50 years and counting

Fifty years ago, the Recreational Vehicle (RV) industry looked somewhat different to today. Popular for many years, the bondwood style of caravan manufacture was being rapidly replaced by a framed body with silver aluminium cladding. Manufacturers such as Viscount and Millard, the two largest, had huge factories in Sydney. Additionally, other names including Chesney, Coronet, Crusader, Cub Campers, Franklin, Freeway, Hillandale, Murrumba Star, Newlands and Roma were also a common sight. At the same time, the Holden Kingswood, Ford Falcon and Chrysler Valiant were typical tow vehicles. Items like towing weights, batteries and air-conditioners were not considered and offroad was a term used mostly by Land Rover and Toyota LandCruiser owners. WHAT’S CHANGED Much has since changed, of course. Some of the changes have been evolutionary, others more revolutionary. Most of the names mentioned…

trippin' in a van

It would be safe to say, after living in a van full-time for the past four years, when it came time for the crew from Trip in a Van to find a new one they would have a fair idea of what they wanted. Well, that is definitely the case and they have now customised an already well specced out Desert Storm family van from Sunseeker just how they want it. It’s ready to tackle remote and off-grid adventures around Aus. When reviewing this van, I was looking at it slightly differently than I would normally. Where other vans I have reviewed have been off the showroom floor, this van has been built specifically for a customer. And that customer had very specific needs. FAMILY FOCUS This van has been built to suit a…

spit and polish

Cub Campers are one of the few sticklers for the venerable rear-fold camper design. As a business, they built their reputation on it, and only moved into forward-folds about four years ago. That forward-fold — the Frontier — has risen rapidly to be Cub’s most popular design, but that hasn’t stopped the company from continuing to fine-tune their existing models. In fact, it’s that ongoing finessing of all their campers which makes the Cub story so pleasing. What was a range of workmanlike, functional campers that ‘did the job’ has now become a range of very nicely finished and well thought-out models that go above and beyond, all while keeping a weather eye on the overall cost. A prime example of this is the tried and true Explorer, a budget rear-fold design…

well anchored

Often said to be the cable anchor for places where drilling is not allowed due to noise and dirt issues, EziFix Cable Anchors have a far wider area of use; from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool to Maritimo Luxury Motor Yachts in Australia. The Anchors are a simple tool that is just as simple to use. Built of high impact resistant nylon with added UV light inhibitor, the anchors are backed with 3M double side VHB adhesive tape. This tape is without a doubt the leading adhesive tape available anywhere. Coupled with UHB Adhesive Primer, these anchors will still be held firmly in place when they come to knock the building down. Available in three sizes — 50mm square, 30mm square and the 20mm x 16mm data saddle. The larger two…