Welcome to the story of my Motorhome “Gigi”. I wanted to share all the ups & downs of this amazing adventure that I embarked few month ago. There is so much to do and so much to document that I’ll seriously make an effort to write as much as possible.
I just would like to thanks my family & some amazing friends for helping and supporting me along the way…
After looking around Australia wide for the past 3 months, my choice came down between an Austral Tourmaster and a Denning Highdeck, and in the end the Austral won my decision based on the choices I had in my priority list.
The priority list was based as follow:
I wanted a high driver position seat
Much easier to drive when you can see past the vehicle in front of you.
I wanted a single side door
I think two doors coaches are useful when transporting people but you lose more room both above and on the bin space when used as a conversion.
I wanted a straight floor with no toilet at the back
That’s just two extra jobs to deal with that I can do without..
I wanted only two front windscreen
Two glass are cheaper than four to replace
I wanted an engine powerful enough to take care of the Motorhome fully load
250hp are simply not enough for 22000kg
I wanted the fuel tank at the back as well as the AC
Full fuel tank on the front axle does change coach handling a lot, plus I will still have some weight in the front because of the water tanks
I wanted a three axle coach
Nothing to do with more carrying capacity. It just handle side wind much much better than two axles because of the extra two bags
I wanted a clean unit with no too many modifications
I didn’t want to have to remove too much stuff as I wanted a clean canvas to start this project
In all honesty, The Austral did tick all the boxes and so it came to pass that this past weekend I took possession of my new home on wheels.
It felt good to see this massive vehicle in the driveway the morning after. Then after few minutes I started to realise the massive amount of work ahead and wonder what I just put myself into. Can I do it? Do I have what it takes?
Keep reading and you will find out, like I did, what it takes to convert a coach into a liveable Motorhome. Please bear in mind that this Log Book is written as the conversion goes on and therefore there will be mistakes along the way. The Blog itself, is a new thing as well, so I’ll have to learn a thing or two before we can smoothly move forward.
This Log is here only for reading pleasure, and hopefully, to give motivation to others to join the great nomad life..