Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Caravanning and Motorhoming in the Australian Outback

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

As we travel we often get asked “where is your favourite place in Australia”  – while this is a hard question to answer, our thoughts normally turn to the most remote and isolated places we have travelled to. The vastness of the Australian outback is very difficult to describe to people who have not experienced […]

Read this article >>

Fridges for Motorhomes and Caravans

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

It is probably a reasonable assumption that nearly 100% of caravans and motorhomes have at least one refrigerator. Let’s face it, warm beer is only slightly more palatable than sour milk in your coffee. Refrigerators for motorhomes and caravans are available in two very different types – gas  fridges (often called 3-way),  and compressor fridges. […]

Read this article >>

Motorhome vs Caravan for long term Australian travel

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Which is best for long term travellers – a caravan and 4WD or a large motorhome? Of course there is no “right” answer. Much depends on what you intend to do with the vehicle, where you plan to go and of course how much money you have to spend. For the purpose of this article […]

Read this article >>

VAST Satellite Television System for Travellers (v2)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

VAST Satellite Television System for Travellers The VAST satellite TV system will replace the existing Aurora system used by many travellers. But we have been waiting on answers to questions like : When will VAST  be available? When will Aurora stop? What equipment is needed for VAST? What channels will I be able to receive […]

Read this article >>

VAST Satellite service to take Aurora’s Place

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

(Updated 6/01/2011) You might want to read the most recent article on VAST at http://hobohome.com/news/?p=593 V.A.S.T. (Viewer Access Satellite Television) is set replace the existing “Aurora” satellite television system used by many travellers. So what does this mean for those of us currently receiving our television from Aurora? Some background Aurora RABS (remote area broadcast […]

Read this article >>

Getting Started – Long Term Travelling

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Taking to the road and seeing Australia in a converted bus has been a great experience – one we intend to continue for some time. Lots of people ask us how this came about and what we did to prepare for life on the road. In this article we will look at what is involved […]

Read this article >>

Emergency Communications for Remote Travel

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Getting Help When You Need It Most We love to take our motorhome to some of the remotest places in Australia, we like the solitude and the feeling of isolation. I realise that this type of exploration is not for everyone, but the reason most people travel in motorhomes and caravans is to explore Australia […]

Read this article >>

Low Cost Inverters for sale on eBay – a good investment?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

My brother-in-law recently purchased a pure sine wave inverter via eBay. In the supplied information the inverter looked like the perfect replacement for his modified sine wave “Xantrex” brand inverter (that has performed flawlessly for a number of years). The inverter purchased is currently selling (on ebay) for $579 plus $135 shipping When the inverter […]

Read this article >>

Getting the electrics right

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Setting up a motorhome electrical system for long term travel  Having now lived in our motorhome for over 6 years, and during that time almost constantly tweaked and tuned the electrical system, we feel that we have got it pretty much right.  So what makes a good electrical system in a motorhome?   The answer […]

Read this article >>

Wind Power for travellers

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

For many years there were a number of issues with most wind turbine systems that prevented them from being seriously considered by the average traveller.       The turbines we have seen did nothing to make me want one … they were: Large and heavy They required gale forced winds to have them produce […]

Read this article >>

Maintaining an Old Motorhome

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Our motorhome is a 1968 Bedford bus. At the time of writing that makes it 40 years old. Having a vehicle this old has many advantages and just as many disadvantages. On the plus side I count the fact that the bus was designed and built at a time when the majority of roads were […]

Read this article >>

Free Camping Australia

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Some thoughts on how to setup a motorhome for free camping Written June 2008 Before beginning any discussion about setting up a motorhome for free camping, it is perhaps important to define what is meant by the term “Free Camping”. What is Free Camping? Quite simply, I use the term free camping to describe any […]

Read this article >>

Getting Your Motorhome – Build or Buy?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Written May 2004 Updated May 2009 and moved from the old articles section What should I consider when thinking about building or buying a motorhome? That is a question we get asked quite often. Unfortunately the answer is quite complex. This article aims to provide some guidelines and thoughts on logical steps to help answer […]

Read this article >>

Drinking water in your motorhome

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

In the last article I talked about the advantages of capturing rain water from the roof of a motorhome or caravan – and described how we do this. In this article I will explain why I feel it is absolutely essential to have two tanks holding water – one for drinking water and the other […]

Read this article >>

Collecting rain water from the roof of your motorhome

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

For those who have never lived in a motorhome or caravan for an extended length of time, this must seem like a strange thing to do – why would you bother? Well, like many full-time travellers, we like to spend time away from towns and people. In fact we just love to park up in […]

Read this article >>

Internet everywhere!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Do you like to visit the remote areas of Australia? Do you also want to remain connected to the rest of the world?. I reported a few months ago on the portable satellite internet system developed by Australian Nomad Technologies (ANT) – We have now had the opportunity to “hands-on” test the system for over […]

Read this article >>

HID lamps – The torch that will light up the night (Part 1).

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. It is a method of producing light by passing a high voltage supply through a number of different gases. The technology has been around for quite some time, most street lights (at least the orange highway ones) use a type of HID called low pressure sodium. The good news […]

Read this article >>

When no news is NOT good news

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The SPOT Satellite Messenger Personal Tracker is an amazing device that is not only able to direct emergency assistance to your exact location, but is also able to send messages to friends and family telling them you are ok. If you travel Australia in areas not covered by the cellular network, this device may just […]

Read this article >>

Everybody wants to be a Hobohome!

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

German motorhome manufacturer Volkner Mobil has released their new range of motorhomes featuring among every other possible luxury, a garage capable of holding a Porsche 911! If a Porsche is not to your liking you can select a model designed to hold a Jaguar XK8, BMW 6er Cabriolet or a Maserati Quattroporte. There are times […]

Read this article >>