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Alan & Robyn Tesch Review - continued . . .

The Mechanicals
Built 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 buy.


 
 
 

Body and Extras
Dennings 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,
Capalaba, Brisbane
Ph: 07 3245 5111
Approximate cost $ 25.00


 
 
 

BBQ
This 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.


 
 
 

 

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