Motorhome

Motorhome

 

Hi folks, well I am still enjoying the travelling life, and have ended up spending the last few months travelling in Australia where I have discovered the incredible joy of a motorhome. Wow, a life that is only really possible in somewhere as big as Australia. You must do yourself a favour and put a motorhome trip on your bucket list. The best way is to purchase a second hand motor home online.

 

The true inspiration for my adventures in a motorhome started with a fantastic film - if you haven’t already seen it, please do yourself a favour and watch it - Priscilla Queen of the Desert. A tremendous film about two drag-queens and a transgender woman, travelling interstate for a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a remote city in Australia’s centre. They drive from Sydney on an old Greyhound converted Motorhome called Priscilla. The movie follows the adventures they have including some run ins with the rather modest and conservative country folk.

 

Probably my favourite scene is when the trio, frocked-up and thirsty, visit a dingy outback pub, they are confronted by a prickly local woman who says, "We've got nothing here for people like you – nothing,” Bernadette then turns to her assailant and says, calmly and slowly, “Now listen here you mullet. Why don't you just light your tampon and blow your box apart, because it's the only bang you're ever going to get.” As the pub erupts into barrels of laughter, so begins their acceptance of the hardened lads from the outback.

 

So back to my adventures, so I arrived in Australia with the plan to purchase a secondhand Motorhome.

Used Motorhomes

 

Buying a used motorhome can be a bit scary due to the large bite into your budget. Which is why it’s really important to know exactly what you’re getting when you’re looking for a used motorhome to buy. You may find many motorhomes have low clicks on the meter because of their limited use in the summer months, it’s not unusual to see many 10 or more years old with 20,000 or less on the clock.  At first, this may seems like a good thing,when, in fact, this is both good and bad. Obviously, wear on such things as engine internal components, brakes, transmission, and rear ends is minimal.  Plus, motorhomes are more or less designed with a 100,000-kilometer lifetime expectation, so you should be good to go for many years to come.  But sometimes, the worst thing for any piece of mechanical equipment is to leave it unused.  It is important that the inner workings get put through their paces on a fairly regular basis.  What it all comes down to this this:  More time parked and less time used will result in a motorhome being worth very little. That is, without costly repairs and upgrades to get it back up to speed.Plus, parking a motorhome on grass rather than tarmac results in moisture being wicked up into the rig, rusting it from the bottom up.  Brakes will become stiff, frames will rot away, and floors will become spongy.  After a few years in a row of being parked this way, the motorhome will pretty much be worthless.

 

If, on the other hand, the motorhome is parked without shade, it will suffer from the effects of high heat and sun damage. A motorhome that has been left out in the sun will have a faded and chalky exterior.  The interior upholstery will be sun bleached and brittle from the ultraviolet rays.  Plastic will become brittle, and what was once white will now be a dull yellow color.

 

If you have the dosh, the poshest way to travel is in a brand spanking new motorhome by Jayco, you can check out: http://www.jayco.com.au/range/motor-homes/. They come with a fully equipped kitchen and full size bathroom, comfortable high-resilience foam cushions, generous storage space, air conditioning, leather upholstery and a Sphere LED TV/DVD. But to me, these lack charater. 

On the road 

                                                                                 
 
Personally prefer the classic late 70’s Bedfords, Dennings or Greyhound Busses. There is no limit to the personality within these old girls. Depending on your time frame, you  can find a plethora of fully restored models or one in need of an upgrade or even a full conversion. I personally went with Denning coach motorhome, beautiful restored and ran like a dream, and it was made complete by my brilliant travel Iron.

 

Whatever your style, a motorhome adventure around Australia will be a memorable and wonderful chapter to your life. Maybe even pack a set of stilettos, spandex mini dress and a feather boa, just incase the need arises.