Alan & Robyn Tesch Review
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on a Man diesel rear pusher developing 220 HP. All airbag suspension (beam axle
on front) makes for a superb ride on the low profile hi-tech tyres. Cruise control
comes as standard. We were particularly impressed with the hydraulic levelling
jacks - extremely neat installation. The ABS brakes come with auto brake adjusters
- handy feature and one less chore - all drum brakes. Alan opted for a 300-litre
fuel tank in lieu of the standard 200. The main electrical control panel sits
in front of the drivers side front wheel and is massive yet very neat. Very easy
access with no bending! The coach is air-conditioned via a Daikin Inverter unit.
Heating is via a fully ducted Webasto diesel heater - simply the best money can
Body and Extras
really shine in this area and the body simply can't be faulted. It looks as modern
as tomorrow and is virtually ripple free. The bull bar was a masterpiece of elegant
design as it follows the slant of the headlights - see all the photos on page
1. Alan used a brilliantly simple security solution. He installed Hella outside
lights right around the perimiter. Any problems at night just flick a switch an
you light up the complete outside. Something that has previously annoyed us on
so many commercial RVs is the door hitting open windows. The Aussie Drifter solves
this problem brilliantly. The ever reliable and so practical Hehr windows are
offset near the door avoiding this problem completely - an elegant solution.
All other windows were the Hehr louvre type - just
about the most practical window money can buy, as you get excellent ventilation
in the rain, so important in the tropics. Security is generally better than most
other window combinations. The Carefree Electric Awning intrigued
us with its simplicity of construction and smoothness of operation. All windows
have Omnistor awnings as well, with the slide outs using Carefree Autosets.
The standard Hehr fly screen was replaced
with a triple lock specially made Trail Safe security door. Alan
has since modified this in a rather ingenious way. The ugly magnets are now concealed
under the surface of the actual outside door making for a seamless presentation.
The Crimsafe security door, had an inconspicuous black finish and ensures good
additional ventilation when the dual system air conditioning is not in use.
We particularly liked
the striking appearance of the tail lights and the duplicated set at eye level
was a good safety idea. We were totally enamoured with a new door catch Alan sourced.
All you do is open the door and it automatically latches open. It had a built
in buffer stop so the door won't get marked. Why we liked this so much was it
is automatic and just totally fool proof. Every motorhome door fitted with one
of those stupid, useless cabin bolts should retro fit one of these. Alan advised
that these are now readily available in Australia.
Details as follows -
PART NR: BLA 193288
Available from Leisure Marine,
3242 Old Cleveland Road,
Ph: 07 3245 5111
cost $ 25.00
is such an important item for extended living and entertaining and is an area
that coach style motorhomes can really excel, simply because the room is available
as you can easily fit a 6 metre awning. Everything slides out making a room all
of its own. Stainless steel is the material of choice and has certainly been used
here to good effect as it makes for long life and very easy cleaning.
We liked the Wok burner idea and the
wind breaks around the BBQ itself. Yes, you can even wash up in this area in a
proper sink. Easy drink fridge access and an outside TV. The audio access points,
shown in the Entertainment section, are also located under the TV.
As things can get a bit rough travelling
wise down in a bin, all draws have tiny felt lined compartments for all breakables.
This is also great for easily checking if you have left something behind. Just
about everything in this area is duplicated so you are not continuously fetching
gear from inside the motorhome. Having the room to store a full size table makes
entertaining a breeze.