Motorhomes, Motor Homes:
Our Kingdom is Our Motorhome...

Motorhomes have always fascinated us, we think it might be the idea that you can carry everything you own with you and travel wherever and whenever you want. The modern gypsy...

So we thought we'd put this fascination to the test and plan an around-the-world journey by motorhome! We are Stephen and Monia, inveterate travellers and avid readers. Join us as we research and plan our next big adventure.

Where to Begin...?

Well, a motor home would be nice. Only problem is, we have no vehicle and really no idea where to start.

Traillite Landmark

All we knew is that it seemed like a good idea at the time... so we're starting from scratch and proceeding to research our way to departure day.

It all started when we were looking at motorhomes, came across a Traillite Landmark and thought, "We could live in that!"

Then we realised just how little we knew about motorhomes...

This site is a record of our research and, once we depart, will become our peregrination journal.

Why a Motorhome?

Some years back we took the children on a cruise in the South Pacific and really liked the fact that we could just "unpack once". No airports to worry about or connecting flights to miss, no excess baggage on account of all the souvenirs bought here and there, no odd socks with their mate left behind in the motel bathroom...

But cruises cover oceans and we wanted to see things... flights are even worse. What we needed was the means to undertake an "overland cruise".

Aren't Motorhomes, Recreational Vehicles and Campervans for Holidays?

Well, yes, they are. Mostly. One flies to one's destination, missing all the country(ies) in between; rents a camper van or recreational vehicle at the airport; "unpacks once"; does one's holiday, returning the van at the end; experiences excess baggage fees, airports and flight schedules; and flies home. That is not what we wanted...

People have travelled the world in a camping car. Certainly a possibility but we're getting on - and by the time we leave will have "gotten on" a bit more - so "camping" in any state is not that attractive anymore. In any case, where would we put all our books?

Researching our Way to Departure Day

So the starting point for this research into motorhomes seems to be: how does one drive around the world and carry one's house on one's back? This leads to so many questions, it's almost insane...

  • Do we buy here and ship? Or fly and buy?
  • Would it be cheaper to engage in serial rentals, changing vehicles at national borders?
  • How do you get a vehicle across a border, let alone an ocean?
  • What type of vehicle? Truck chassis or car-like? Front-wheel or rear-wheel drive? Left-hand or right-hand drive?
  • What floor layout? Fold-down bed? or fixed? What size kitchen?
  • How much water should we carry? What about "grey" and "black" water capacity?
  • What licenses would we need: car, truck, heavy vehicle or light?
  • Vehicle warranties? Base vehicle service centre networks?
  • And, insurance? Is it even possible to insure a motorhome on a world tour?

Why all these questions? Well, we live in New Zealand so we can't just drive across the border - you might be beginning to see the size of the challenge ahead...

But rest assured, all these questions and their answers, and the decisions we make along the way, will be unveiled as we research our way to departure day.

Join us in our pre-travel research and, please, accept our invitation to contribute your ideas and experience to help us with this somewhat monumental undertaking. Creating our own... Motorhome Heaven!

Thank you,

Stephen and Monia
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