• A good-sized kitchen area on the right, toilet with combined shower area and separate large wardrobe storage on the left. Curvy cupboards and ceiling line add to the cool art deco feel of this little honey

Readers Ramble Classic Caravan

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Don and Marilyn Jessen are well known on the vintage and retro caravan scene. Don’s father Tek Jessen, founded Liteweight Caravans in 1946 and went on to become New Zealand’s largest caravan manufacturer producing 14,778 caravans, and over 2700 cabins, tiny homes, motorhomes and aluminium boats. Don became interested in vintage caravans in 2003 when [...]

Pilote Essentiel Galaxy 740C

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

As we wind into summer, the 2019 models coming from the UK and Europe will be exciting arrivals for new owners waiting for them to reach their dealers. Those who have been waiting for something new to tempt them, might need to get out there and go shopping now. Classy models like the French Pilote [...]

Classic 1957 Starliner Starlette

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

This year’s spring show was picture perfect, weather wise, and the kind folks who arrived with their restored, or in some cases totally rebuilt, classic caravans – some with colour-matched classic tow cars – enjoyed setting up a classic camping scene where they kicked back and allowed visitors the pleasure of seeing their caravans and [...]

  • 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 [...]

Camping or Glamping?

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

The weather is stunning in Martinborough – hot 26-degree days over Labour Weekend – and today Masterton began water restrictions for residents. I expect Martinborough will follow suit, as we suck our water from the same river source, though I believe that we also have access to bore water. Makes you want to get outdoors [...]

  • Kaikoura - with a sunrise like this over the ocean you can see why this area is so captivating

Who Said Roadie?

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

November is here in all its glory. It’s a lovely warm sunny day in Martinborough as I write this. We’ve had a seriously busy couple of months, and travelled over 2500km in just two weeks at one stage, because we could – that’s living the RV lifestyle, LOL. At the end of the last Chronicles [...]

  • The Roller Team Pegaso is a 7400mm length, fully integrated model on the Fiat 150bhp 2.3L diesel with 6-speed Comfortmatic transmission

Italian Pegaso Wows Crowds in Christchurch

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The latest arrival at Nationwide RV around the country is the latest and greatest from Italian manufacturer Roller Team, the Pegaso 740 A-Class motorhome. Having the habitation entry door on the left passenger side of the vehicle will tick the box for many Kiwi purchasers; we do like the convenience of the door being on [...]

  • A home on wheels, plenty of storage lockers, the 6m awning comes standard, dual wheels and large storage boot at the rear

Fabulous Frankia

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A stop in Pokeno recently gave me the opportunity to check out the new Zion Motorhomes Sales and Service site, and meet Jonas Ng on-site just in time to watch the best of the best of his Morelo, Frankia and Dethleffs motorhomes being driven in and positioned in the new purpose-built showroom. It was very [...]

Bailey – Safe and Sensible in a Sexy Package

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

We announced in our RV Lifestyle Express newsletter in March that Bailey NZ had the first of the Bailey motorhomes arriving in the country. Prior to this Bailey NZ had only imported the UK-built Bailey caravans under their distributorship agreement and many readers will be familiar with the brand for this reason. They also distribute [...]

  • The drawing roof where guests meet for canapes and cocktails pre dinner at Wharekauhau

Luxury to ludicrous – and The Rock gets banned!

July 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here we are in midwinter, snow has blanketed all the ski fields and more, but at least the rain has stopped for the moment. We ended our last column in Whangarei - a walk along the city waterway for us all, lunch at one of the many very good restaurants on offer, and then it [...]