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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:25 pm    Post subject: And this Just in From New Zealand Reply with quote

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/caravans-motorhomes/motorhomes/6-69-metres/auction-434799206.htm

Current exchange rate ~.78

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the software trade that is called "vaporware" (here's what our software will do for you....when we -cough- start writing it), and in the auto industry that is known as a "preliminary sketch". I'll be impressed if they release a photograph of a driving vehicle!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trial balloon

$130,000 for the base model,
$25,000 for the extra drive axle,
But why would you want it?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IdahoDoug wrote:
I'll be impressed if they release a photograph of a driving vehicle!!

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http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/skoda/auction-386873569.htm
Impressed yet?

Looks like the seller builds custom handicapped accessible vehicles.. and while the 3rd axle VW sounds a bit over the top, if his other listings are accurate/true.. looks like he could build the VW, too.

$130k is into the range of that shop in HellA that builds jeep C3Bs and FJs for Oil-rich Shieks, pro athletes, and the like..
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those are straight line runs with light weight race cars for only 1/4mile at a time..
not pushing a loaded brick up a mountain pass with a family of 4+ inside expecting to have an event free vacation..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though Trade Me is New Zealand's version of ebay Im a bit sketchy in the fact that the person has only 1 feed back for the sale of a rusted out RR LSE! the other thing I dont like is that he is from Papakura City, not the best neighborhood in the Auckland area, and yes Auckland is where I used to live in NZ, and the only photos he has taken is of an over priced Fiat and Skoda listed since June 2011. Im guessing he is trying to get funding to build the next project. He has no web site listed and no way to see if he is Qualified to do such conversions. In NZ there are strict laws governing the modification of vehicles and certs that have to be gotten before the vehicle is allowed on the road.
The other thing that Im scratching my head about is how does a wheelchair bound person get into the upper bunk area in the pop top???
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NZer wrote:
Im guessing he is trying to get funding to build the next project. He has no web site listed and no way to see if he is Qualified to do suck conversions.

My thoughts, too.. probably trying to get a thing going on his own.. after working for someone else perhaps?
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The other thing that Im scratching my head about is how does a wheelchair bound person get into the upper bunk area in the pop top???

Maybe not for the wheelchair.. but for his/her kids, family.

My brother is not quite wheelchair bound.. but his mobility is pretty limited (neck injury) and worsening with age.
These projects always catch my eye.. but <gasp> the price range!.. even here in the states where certification is not as strict. $130k? Its a deal breaker for most people's budget... and insurance coverage is tighening down.
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danfromsyr wrote:
those are straight line runs with light weight race cars for only 1/4mile at a time..
not pushing a loaded brick up a mountain pass with a family of 4+ inside expecting to have an event free vacation..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm not sure that the extra rear axle wold be driven ?
it would be a lot easier to do if it was not.
i'd have thought it would cost a lot more than $25k to engineer it to be 6x6
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