For the sealed road traveller
fast becoming a convenient and comfortable mode
of transport for our overseas visitors when
information on Campervans?
What is a Campervan
and How is it Different to a Motorhome ?
campervan is normally a smaller vehicle compared to say a
motorhome. It is motorised and equipped with sleeping, dining,
cooking and refrigeration facilities.
To work out the best campervan for you it is best to become familiar
with the features. There are single bed
models but more often than not the dinette folds down to make a
Although a number of makes and models do not have a shower/ toilet
facility some newer models do have this amenity.
Some campervans are fixed roof whilst
others have a pop-top roof or high roof conversion.
can be affectionately known as "whizz-bangs", which
comes from the sound the access door along the side of
the vehicle makes upon closing.
For the adventurous there are also
4WD Campervans that are marketed for those who want to
get off the beaten track. These can also come in a
pop-top or high roof conversion.
For example, one
Australian made campervan manufacturer, Trakka
Campervans, have their "Trakkadu Range" built on
Volkswagen Transporter with 2 wheel drive or all wheel
drive options. The Trakka Jabiru 4 x 4 version is
available in three layouts with a 90L grey water tank,
diesel powered stove, 136L 2 way compressor fridge and
batteries in campervans should last approximately 12 - 15
hours when fully charged. Most campervans are
equipped with a dual battery system allowing the 12
Volt lights, water pump,
fridge and any other 12
Volt appliances to run
from an auxiliary battery.
The engine battery is often separate, so if you flatten the
auxiliary battery, you will still be able to start the
engine and drive.
allows the re-charging of the auxiliary battery when the
vehicle engine is running.
Campervans have the facility to plug into mains
All accessory appliances will automatically run on 230V
electricity instead of batteries when the campervan is
plugged into the electricity point in caravan parks.
Appliances that only run from 230V AC will also be able to
Frontline Conversions Pty
Ltd, Brookvale in Sydney convert Toyota Hiace and VW
Tranporter vehicles. The Toyota Hiace is available in a
3L turbo diesel or 2.7L petrol.
The Frontline Volkswagen
T5 is available in 2 wheel drive or all wheel drive and
the engines in a range of turbo or twin turbo diesel and
either manual or 7 speed DSG Automatic transmission. The
VW T5 features swivel seats and walk through cabin with
cabin height and ventilation provided by the European
tilt roof system.
And …. for the even more adventurous
traveller there are 4WD's with