FIFTH-WHEEL­ERS AND MO­TORHOMES

Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

If you want Star­ship En­ter­prise on wheels, that’s doable — but you won’t see much ex­cept bitumen, diesel pumps and road­house park­ing bays.

Six-fig­ure pric­etags are the norm but the sticker can nudge the mil­lion-dol­lar mark at the top end, where 10 me­tre-long mo­torhomes re­quire a heavy ve­hi­cle li­cence to drive and you get an in­te­rior that makes Las Ve­gas look like a slum.

You also have to drag a small car around so you’ve got trans­port when you berth the moth­er­ship.

Fifth-wheel­ers are sim­i­larly lux­u­ri­ous and pricey. They’re also ex­tremely heavy, of­ten ex­ceed­ing the 3.5-tonne max­i­mum trailer weight that heavy-duty 4WDs such as the Toy­ota LandCruiser and Ford Ranger can legally tow. This can re­quire ex­pen­sive en­gi­neer­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to your ve­hi­cle, or spend­ing $100,000-plus on a con­verted US truck such as a Dodge Ram, which can pull nearly seven tonnes.

It would be a lot cheaper and in­fin­itely less stress­ful to fly ev­ery­where you want to go, stay in five-star ho­tels and hire a car to see the sights.

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