I always thought car auction websites were only populated with late model, high-kilometre corollas and 2WD HiLuxes that have been mercilessly flogged by fleet drivers and travelling salesmen. So when I heard on the grapevine about an awesome 4X4 motorhome being sold by Pickles, I got a bit excited.
This big unit is a Global Warrior, built by the All Terrain Warrior outfit from Yandina, QLD. There’s a handful of guys in Australia making top-quality off-road motorhomes that you could genuinely live out of, and this is one of them: a 2010 model All Terrain Warrior. And it’s going under the hammer, courtesy of online auction house Pickles.
This big rig is based on the Fuso Canter platform, but you can also opt for the Isuzu NP if you swing that way. This unit is powered by a three-litre, 110kW/370Nm four-cylinder diesel. Not much grunt, but who’s in a hurry when you’ve got a studio apartment strapped onto the back?
Part of the motorhome conversion includes a single rear wheel conversion on the back, which is much more effective off-road compared to duallys, as well as some new parabolic leaf springs for improved comfort. What’s really cool about this one is the rad desert sand paint job, and the very low 26,594km mileage. You can also spec them up with an automatic torque biasing, limited-slip centre differential.
But, the real fun is, of course, in the living quarters in the back. The pop-top living quarters are connected to the cab, so you don’t have to go outside to hop into bed: magic. The bed is up the back of the body, just past a kitchen bigger than my first city rental. I’m not kidding.
There’s a good-sized dinette up the front, and there’s even a toilet and shower inside. You’ve got 230 litres of fuel capacity, 185 and 85 litre water tanks, and 420 amp hours of battery power on tap. It’s practically a small caravan, but you’re not towing, and still have some serious 4X4 capability. And if you’ve got the itch to go overseas, the whole shooting match fits into a shipping container.
What’s it going to sell for? Who knows? That’s the beauty of an auction, right?
The auction starts 14/08/17 at 6:00 PM, at www.pickles.com.au, check out the listing by following this link