Great resource you have here!
I have been chatting to Les for the last day or so and he has suggested introducing myself on the forum.
My wife and I have decided to do a lap around the country in 2 years time. We currently have a 1989 V6 Pajero which has been kitted out for touring. I have owned it for 10 years now and love it. We are members of a Sydney based 4wd club and try and attend as many trips as possible (which isnt many!).
After a couple of campervan road trips over the last few years my wife and I have been hooked on those experiences. She isnt a massive fan of the Paj, she finds it uncomfortable and the '1 night move on' camping style can become tiresome fast. Our last big road trip in the Paj was Sydney to Cairns and back over 5 weeks and was mainly 1 night camping except for Cairns, Fraser Island and Byron Bay.
So for the last few years I have looked on an off at 4wd pop top campervans. The 1980s L300 4wd Express Van was the main contender, however most I found on the internet were bomby, rusty, or setup in a backyard by a bunch of backpackers. They also looked small! In addition, I didnt like the fact that you are sitting on the engine with no weight in the back. Attempting a steep decent on a rough fire trail would require many spare underpants!
Only last week I was made aware of a Syncro Van for sale locally. I didnt see it first hand but I immediately began researching. I didnt believe they were a true 4wd until I watched A LOT of you tube videos.
I was immediately hooked. My wife would be happy in a camper. I would be happy in a capable 4wd pop top van. I didnt think we could both be satisfied!
So now the more serious research begins. I would really like to see these vans first hand, see how they drive, see how they perform off road etc. so my first question is whether there are any NSW events planned in the near future? Either show and shine or day/weekend trips?
Is there anyone with a pop top in Sydney I could visit and chat with?
Sorry for such a long post!