Does anyone have any experience with motorhomes? I've never travelled in a caravan and never liked the idea of them. For one thing the climate here can get very hot and caravans look like they store heat. We always pitched a tent and the only time we spent in the tent was to sleep. Nowadays I tend to use a "ute swag" a lot. A "ute swag" turns the tray of your utility vehicle(pickup truck) into a shelter with a full length, wide padded bed, a tarpaulin cover so you can sleep confortably in the back:
Or I just pitch camp in a solo tarp shelter of some kind. This is a pretty comfortable and easy way to travel and it's in the great tradition of Australian swagmen but brought up to date with a high performance vehicle - my ute handles exactly like the sedan version. Low to the ground, great suspension, mags, well balanced chassis housing a reasonably powerful 8 cylinder engine. But enough about that. I've recently decided that having a flushable toilet, hot water, shower, microwave, stovetop, TV, computer, tabletop for work etc, might be worth the hassle of driving a larger vehicle(I don't want to tow anything).
Does anybody have any experience with motorhomes and the like? What are they like to travel in?
And I've seen some pretty cool motorhomes for sale. There's a German company that makes a reasonably compact motorhome that can stow a small, two seat sports car like a Porsche 911 or a US Army Jeep or something of that size underneath its belly(see attached photo).
Granted, that particular motorhome is expensive and right now I'm not in a position to buy expensive playboys' toys on a whim. But that model has been around for seven years now and the price for a secondhand model would be a lot cheaper. And I can do a lot of the customised interior work myself. I could put in marble or granite kitchen tops and get some nice sink and tap and put them in myself and so on.
The idea of carrying a little sports car or a small 4WD vehicle onboard is what perked my interest. That would overcome a lot of the issues of having to drive a large vehicle around. And having a little US Army jeep or some other small 4WD onboard would be great to go exploring more inaccessible areas. You could have a nice camping system like my current ute swag or a vehicle tarp shelter of some kind. And after a few days in the wilderness in relative comfort you can go back to the motorhome and have a shower and a nice bed to sleep on and so on.
So that's what drew me into the idea but if it turns out to be unaffordable for a model that takes a sports car/4WD onboard there is still the option of having a dirtbike, motorcycle, quad bike, dune buggy or something onboard and I could design some good tarp shelters utilising the vehicle as a wall, windbreak etc. This would make camping, fishing and hunting trips so much more enjoyable. I'm planning on doing a little trout fishing soon in the mountains while the season lasts. At this time of year it's impossible not to catch brown, rainbow and brook trout in abundance. And if you mess up you just stop by Lake Eucumbene at the end of the day and throw a line in. Lake Eucumbene is the largest trout producing body of water on the planet.
So anyway, any advice about motorhomes and the like? Any stories?