FIFTH-WHEELERS AND MOTORHOMES
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.