From the Dark Side to the Twilight Zone

chartrock

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I have been a forum member for 13 years, joining when we purchased our 14’ Expanda in September 2010. We kept that unit until buying our 18-55 Journey pop top which is still our van behind our BT50.
However times are changing, another birthday last week convinced Mrs CR that I am getting too long in the tooth to be hooking and unhooking caravans as well as dragging them around the country and parking etc. So we have skipped the dark side (vans other than Jayco) and gone over to the Twilight Zone and bought a motor home.
It is a 2019 Fiat Ducatto with only 21,000km on it, unmarked inside and out but needed a polish (now done). We found it in Sydney and flew down, test drove it, purchased then drove it back to the Gold Coast. It performed well and I enjoyed driving it and Mrs CR also had a drive, giving it her tick of approval. I bought the bike rack and fitted that on Saturday as we plan to take our electric bikes to use in place of the tug. We have covered most of Oz where we would be away from towns and now plan to be picky about where we go but hope to be more able to just up and go with no advanced planning.
We are planning to run down to Vic to do the Great Ocean Road which will be a real trial as to whether we can manage the disadvantages of the motor home. If it all goes good there will be a Jayco Journey for sale this side of Christmas and if it is not as we like we still have the van and tug and can sell the MH.
Hopefully we will be able to meet and greet a few members down south on our way.


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poor but proud

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I have been a forum member for 13 years, joining when we purchased our 14’ Expanda in September 2010. We kept that unit until buying our 18-55 Journey pop top which is still our van behind our BT50.
However times are changing, another birthday last week convinced Mrs CR that I am getting too long in the tooth to be hooking and unhooking caravans as well as dragging them around the country and parking etc. So we have skipped the dark side (vans other than Jayco) and gone over to the Twilight Zone and bought a motor home.
It is a 2019 Fiat Ducatto with only 21,000km on it, unmarked inside and out but needed a polish (now done). We found it in Sydney and flew down, test drove it, purchased then drove it back to the Gold Coast. It performed well and I enjoyed driving it and Mrs CR also had a drive, giving it her tick of approval. I bought the bike rack and fitted that on Saturday as we plan to take our electric bikes to use in place of the tug. We have covered most of Oz where we would be away from towns and now plan to be picky about where we go but hope to be more able to just up and go with no advanced planning.
We are planning to run down to Vic to do the Great Ocean Road which will be a real trial as to whether we can manage the disadvantages of the motor home. If it all goes good there will be a Jayco Journey for sale this side of Christmas and if it is not as we like we still have the van and tug and can sell the MH.
Hopefully we will be able to meet and greet a few members down south on our way.


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Good luck on the next part of life's journey , I do like driving Mercedes sprinters at my nursing home gig, I always tell the oldies I will turn one into a motorhome one day, see you on the road , ️
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