Rob Gray :: ontheroad :: wothahellizat :: wot1 :: diaries :: issue-034


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 maker.

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 systems.

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 the night.

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 the cab...

"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.