30 Mar 2001 We've
been frantically trying to get the truck looking as finished as possible
for the Griffith rally.
Below are some
shots of the nearly finished interior. Astute viewers may notice
that the photos were actually taken at the rally, this was due to
lack of time beforehand.
The colour scheme is basically all white to reflect
the light and make things look less cramped, a problem with many
motor homes. The kitchen/shower wall is green Mini-Orb (corrugated
iron) with the window sills and other trim in matching green.
Fig 1 The kitchen.
The nearest part of the bench top
lifts to reveal the three-burner cook top. The furthest section
(below the clock) lifts to become the shower wall, and the far wall
(with the clock) opens to create the shower door.
When not showering (the other 23
hours and 55 minutes of the day) the whole lot folds away to give
about four metres of bench space.
Fig 2. The kitchen again.
Above we see the other side of the
kitchen. At the right there is a large cupboard for computers etc.,
this also holds the beer fridge at present. Following this is the
pullout pantry and a nook which holds the jug, toaster and bread
The 240 litre fridge is next followed
by the hall. The photo below shows the skylight which forms the
slope between the rear and middle roof levels.
Fig 3. Another view of the kitchen,
this time showing the skylight.
Below we see the shower in it's open
form. All tap fittings are Greens flickmaster style. As far as I
know Greens are the only brand that work properly in low-pressure
The shower door at the right is actually
the wall that holds the clock as seen in the above kitchen photos.
It is shown in the open position to enter the shower.
There is a skylight above the shower
which will probably hold an extractor fan before long.
Fig 4. The bathroom.
The vanity is mounted on the rear
of the dunny door. When the door is closed the cabinet is placed
over the dunny thus using as much of the space as possible.
This arrangement means that the plumbing
to the vanity must all be flexible.
The vanity bowl is a $7 general purpose
bowl with a waste hole cut in the bottom while the bench top is
1mm galvanised sheet folded over the edges.
Fig 5. The dunny and vanity.
This motor home is built for two but we made one allowance
for visitors. The entry hatch folds out to become a small settee.
To the right of this can be seen the doorway to the deck.
Fig 6. The visitors settee.
Here we see the lounge room with our two Jason rocker-recliners
and a photo by a well known Australian landscape photographer :-)
Fig 7. The lounge room
In the foreground can be seen the entry hatch
in its closed position. When not used as a settee it can simply
be a bench seat.
There are two massive (2.7 x 1.2 metres) windows
spanning the entire length of the lounge room. These allow maximum
ventilation and give an incredible outdoors feeling to the motor
home (fly screens coming soon for all those worried that we'd be
eaten alive by mossies).
Fig 8. The bedroom.
The bedroom is large and airy. Here
we see it with the roof raised but it can also be used with the
roof down, important for one-night stays or other times when it's
not worth putting the roof up.
The beds run on rollers in the floor
and can be combined to a double bed or moved to allow access to
the sides when making.
There are large windows at bed level
so any breeze wafts straight across us (yes we do occasionally lose
pillows out these windows, the fly screens should fix this problem).
There is a bedside shelf for reading
material etc. which can be split and placed on both sides when the
beds are in the double configuration.
On the rear wall of the bedroom are
two doors for more ventilation and access to the roof. At the top
of the photo can be seen a hatch which allows access to the roof
when the pop-top is lowered.
2 Apr 2001
We planned to leave early but, as always,
found more jobs to do and finally drove out at about 6pm.
As we approached Yass we were passed by an ambulance,
he pulled in front of us and turned on his flashing lights. "Maybe
he thinks we're and accident waiting to happen" I thought.
The driver alighted, walked up to my door and
told me that he could see some arcing under the chassis and maybe
we had an electrical fault. I thanked him and we moved the truck
to a safer spot off the road.
It was pitch black by now and we couldn't see
anything, reasoning that it only happened while driving Chris
volunteered to run behind the truck while I drove. It must have
looked pretty funny but we still had no luck so we drove on into
We looked again at the Yass truck stop without
success but soon after Chris had an idea. The floor panels in
the house can be lifted to access storage bins and, in turn, the
floors of these bins can also be removed to access the batteries,
drive train etc. Chris decided to lift the panels and look through
the floor as we drove.
After a couple of minutes she came forward to
"I think I've found it"
"You know you've got the two rows of batteries"
"And in between them there's a cylindrical thing"
"And there's a big red wire"
"Well every now and again the big red wire touches the cylindrical
thing and there's a flash"
The above is motor home talk for "a battery
lead is shorting out on the tail shaft".
There are two battery banks and, as luck would
have it, the one shorting was the one that was NOT fused (another
"I'll do that later" project).
The rest of the trip was uneventful and
we arrived at the rally late Tuesday afternoon.