What do many Australians do when they get to a certain age and retire? They buy a caravan/motor home or some other wheeled accommodation vehicle and do a circuit, with detours, of Australia. Someone once calculated the time saving that would occur if you travel anticlockwise, on the inside of the circuit rather than the clockwise. I forget the answer but it was a bit of whimsical fun.
Maybe we would like to travel Australia in such a manner one day? So off we went by tram to the Caravan and Camping Show at Caulfield Racecourse. Yarra Trams cannot provide a sufficient service to St Kilda on Sundays, so they have diverted a direct tram to the racecourse to run via St Kilda, adding ten minutes to the trip. Ah well, no rush and there are worse places to be diverted via.
I was astonished at how many people were at the show and how many exhibitors there were. We did not bother with the accessory stalls, but there must have been a hundreds of them.
We saw big and tiny caravans, motorhomes, something newish called five wheelers, poptops and camping trailers that have tents that fold out into twenty bedroom houses (a spa is an extra).
Generally I wasn't too surprised in advances in RVs, as they seemed to be named now, since we hired a motor home in New Zealand. They don't seem to use dual voltage anymore. Things run off the battery mostly and so you plug in to charge the battery, rather than run things. I expect air con is an exception. For around $60,000 you could get a decent sized van with a separate shower, separate toilet and small washing machine, plus an exterior pull out barbecue. A small van without extras might have been $25,000.
Motorhomes are quite expensive, mind you many of them are Mercedes motorised. Our NZ motorhome was based on a Bedford van, so it was quite spacious and well equipped, even by today's standards.
Oh look, a nearby pub. A thirst quenching gin and tonic while we decided whether to get the tram home to the door or the train and have a twenty plus minute walk in the heat. We caught the tram. The time would have been the same.
We came away with nothing at all clearer in our minds. Motorhome, where you must always take your accommodation with you, or caravan to tow, which is less pleasant to drive and you have to reverse park it. I have heard stories of people gathering at parks to watch how well the newcomers reverse their caravan into a space. I used to be able to reverse a trailer or whatever, but it was a long time ago. I am not sure I want to refresh. I am siding with the more expensive motor home option. Of course I would be looking at used ones rather than new. But we are still young. It is a long time away.