• The reviewed four-berth Celtic Rambler on the right, the smaller Dream Seeker on the left is a five-berth model

Luxury UK Fifth-Wheeler

March 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s been a long hot summer this year so far, and our friends Marie and Neil are over from north Queensland again for a few months, travelling in their fifth-wheeler. Marie has contributed an occasional story to the magazine over the years detailing their travels here. They love their fifth-wheeler – it ticked all the [...]

Dethleffs Caravan – The Genius of Twin Single Beds

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Hot off the boat, the latest 2019 models from Germany include an increased number of twin single bed layouts due to rising demand. For 2019, more stock of Dethleffs’ popular twin single-bed layouts will be available, as demand has continued to increase year-on-year. The Dethleffs Exclusiv 650RET and the equally popular Nomad 560RET both feature [...]

  • A full oven with storage underneath, four-burner hob on top with glass cover as well as a bench cover that is level with the main bench. Utility drawer and cupboards under the sink

Divine Pegasus

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Just before we went to print, the latest in the UK Bailey caravans arrived in Auckland, and we took the opportunity to check out the latest layouts and first of the extra-wide 2450mm bodies. This model – the four-berth Grande Bologna – has a fixed island bed, rear bathroom, spacious lounge with the new G-shaped [...]

  • The slide-out gives a lot of interior space for the dining-entertainment-kitchen areas in the middle of the caravan

I-Spy Adria

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

A newcomer spotted at both the July and September motorhome shows was the Adria brand of motorhomes and caravans. These models are built in Slovenia, but to Australian and New Zealand specifications to meet the challenges of the different road and usage conditions in these countries. They involve a thicker chassis spec’, habitation door on [...]

  • Back lounge view – check out the size of the windows. The roman blinds are a great tidy window covering and very modern

ACM Platinum

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This year was no exception with a range of large vehicles to wow and inspire the crowds when they came through, both imported models and custom-built bespoke quality Kiwi-built models. One in particular that took my eye on the Kiwi Autohomes and ACM stand was the big IVECO 70 – actually it was hard to [...]

  • Cute and spunky – even the windows have curtains – the mags look hot

Hand-Built Honey

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The annual Cruise Martinborough event is a fun few days here in town. The Rock and I both love the sound of a deep, throaty V8 motor rumbling past the house, and we enjoy heading to the rugby grounds along the road each day for muster, before the 350+ cars (this year) head off to [...]


December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been reviewing caravans and motorhomes since 2012, and you may already be familiar with my appreciation for the Elddis brand which I voted top-model caravan for two years running. In doing so, I thought perhaps this could be attributed to my affection for the RV Leisure team whose legendary use of humour and hospitality [...]

Leisure Line luxury

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

When it comes to luxury New Zealand brands, it’s hard to go past the Leisure Line Platinum which exudes quality and clever design, Peta Stavelli writes. The first thing that comes to mind when climbing aboard the new Leisure Line Platinum is a sense that all is well with the world. First there’s that smell [...]

  • A large unit at over eight metres, but weighing in at only 3500kg GVM. This makes it perfect for our common 3 to 3.5 tonne Ute vehicles in this country to hitch up to and take anywhere – no problem. Even the height is less than some motorhomes at 3100mm

Hitch Up and Go

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The motorhome shows around the country are a great way to see all sorts of RVs in one spot, and I take the opportunity to view all the new products and models I can. At the September motorhome show in Mystery Creek I checked out the latest model Northshore 5th wheeler (592 layout, 8.3m) from [...]

Lite ‘n’ Easy

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Elsewhere in this issue you can read about the New Zealand-built Leisure Line I reviewed while at Christchurch RV recently. While there I also checked out the Swift – Coastline RV Esprit – 634. Tony Stuart had suggested this as the second vehicle test and it took me a while to understand why. It can [...]