Front Storage Boot Fitted With Moulded Boot Lid With Gas Struts - Lockable, Lined And Sealed To Store Gas Bottle And Spare Wheel - Gas Approved.
Full Length Galvanised Steel Chassis.
Light Truck Steel Belted Radial Tyres 8 Ply.
Annexe Track Standard Pop-Top Extrusions.
All Side Frames Sealed To Body.
Pop-Top Skirt - Mildew Resistant - Waterproof - Uv Resistant.
Insulated Roof And Walls.
Removable Flyscreens On Pop-Top Roof Skirt.
Pop-Top Vinyl Section Held In By Nylon Keeper (Not Screwed Or Stapled).
Aluminium Water Tank Protector.
Mains Pressure Tap.
4 Corner Stabiliser Legs.
Triple Lock Security Door.
Ply Floor Glued And Fastened To Chassis.
Galvanised Steel Plate Above Main Door.
Solid Ply Bench Tops.
Double Ply Cupboard Doors.
Dual Gas Lift, Boxed In Double Bed.
Outside Power Point.
Positive Locking Door Catches.
Self Closing Hinges.
Kitchen has 4-burner stove (1 electric 3 gas)/grill, microwave and 3-way fridge.
Tow ball weight 135kg.
Tare (unladen weight) 1314kg.
E541 caravan Rec Retail Price (Melbourne) $31,900 plus on road costs.
As tested: E541 double-bed.
It has rollout awning.
Towing height 2080mm unladen.
Three sliding baskets under the stove.
Toilet storage provision.
Good kitchen space and equipment E541 tandem
Extruded aluminium frame, internal lining and aluminium cladding glued and riveted to frame.
Full length Pop-Top roof.
Stove - 4 burner (1 electric, 3 gas) grill.
Front storage boot with moulded boot lid, gas struts, lockable, lined and sealed to store gas bottle - gas approved.
Full length galvanised steel chassis.
Light truck steel belted radial tyres 8 ply.
All side frames sealed to body.
Pop-Top skirt - mildew and UV resistant. Waterproof.
Insulated roof and walls.
Removable flyscreens on Pop-Top roof skirt.
Pop-Top vinyl section held in by nylon keeper (not screwed or stapled).
Aluminium water tank protector.
Lockable water tank filler.
Mains pressure tap.
Tap on A-frame.
Triple lock security door.
Towing height 2080mm unladen (Except E547S).
Ply floor glued and fastened to chassis.
Galvanised steel plate above main door.
Double bed extension.
3 sliding baskets under stove (most models).
1 basket under single bed.
1 flap door under single bed.
Solid ply bench tops.
Gas struts to double bed.
Outside power point.
TV shelf (most models).
Positive locking cupboard door catches.
Toilet storage provision.
Battery compartment with diode protection.
12v lighting system.
Factory fitted options:
Air-conditioning, inner spring mattress, Oven. Sports pack.
Standard features: Independent suspension, Aluminium frame, Awning, Battery system, Gas/Elec stove.
Towing height unladen 2080mm.
Overall height with pop-top up 2480mm.
From: Caravans West. 1 Berkshire Road, Sunshine.
Caravans West. Ph: (03) 9311 7211 Fax: (03) 9311 7255
Manfacturer: Australian built by Coromal Caravans, 25 Harrison Road, Forrestfield, WA.
The tow vehicles:
Holdens Captiva SUV diesel is light on fuel long on torque.
The new Captiva diesel model already has a healthy 50 percent of Captiva sales for Holden. There is a big demand for diesel in SUV's in the medium size vehicle market. Our new company top of the range Captiva LX diesel has all the options. They include 7-seats and leather upholstery, fog lights and 18-inch alloy wheels, plus eight-way adjustable electric driver's seat and electronic climate control.
The Captiva diesels use a new 2.0-litre, common rail, 16-valve SOHC inline four-cylinder intercooled turbo diesel engine that produces 110kW at 4000rpm and peak torque of 320Nm at 2000rpm. This compares to 169kW and 297Nm (at 3200rpm) for the petrol models.
GM-DAT (nee GM-Daewoo) developed the engine in conjunction with Italian turbodiesel specialist, VM Motori, and is meets Euro IV emission standards.
Easy to use drive-through site at Goulburn Valley Motor Village Shepparton
The modern turbodiesel engine uses high-pressure direct fuel-injection (in this case a Bosch system) and a variable geometry turbocharger. The Captiva is the diesels first run in production.
The turbo diesel is matched to a five-speed manual transmission in the base SX model only. At around $36,000 this is a deal worth looking at.
We think the manual variant is geared significantly shorter than the auto. Coupled with a higher maximum braked towing capacity (2000kg versus 1700kg for the auto) this could suit those who want to tow as a first priority.
The auto diesel has the same five-speed box as the petrol V6. It has the same internal ratios but a taller final drive.
The longitudinally front mounted 1991cc engine has an aluminium alloy cylinder head and cast-iron engine block. The valvetrain includes 4-valves per cylinder actuated by a single overhead camshaft (SOHC).
The 2.0-litre engine benefits from a turbocharger to increase low down power, coupled with an air-to-air intercooler. It has a 17.5:1 compression ratio.
Fuel tank capacity is only 65 litres. Which gives a towing range of only about 400km in give and take conditions, but we have achieved 720km from a tank with the red low fuel light on. This was a combination of city/freeway conditions with cruise control set at 100kmh, airconditioning off and sunroof closed.
Fuel consumption vehicle only: 8.7L/100km.
Fuel consumption towing: 14L/100km.
CO2 Emissions: 233g/km
Max Power: 110kW @ 4000rpm
Max Torque: 320Nm @ 2000rpm
The 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine manages well with the 1779kg Captiva diesel in everyday driving.
Predictably as with all smaller turboed diesels of this type the 110kW diesel engine shows its limitations when under heavy towing load and the engine has to be revved to keep the torque in the diesels sweet spot.
32psi Excel Compac tyres
The Holden owners manual talks about seven passengers and their luggage being a load issue. Yes the seven passengers will make a significant load difference, but luggage for seven is not going to find space in the Captiva unless it is on each passengers lap.
The diesel Captiva auto diesel can tow a braked trailer of up to 1700kg. The big benefit is that Holden's diesel automatic Captiva range destroys the class leader - Ford Territory's SUV on fuel consumption.
Ford's petrol-only Territory dominates the medium SUV market. But Ford needs to find a cost-effective diesel option quickly to hold its leader position. This is underlined by buyer interest in turbo diesel models in the Prado, Pajero, Kluger, Pathfinder, Santa Fe CRDi and the more passenger-oriented 4x4 utes like the Mazda BT 50 range.
Engine braking is really handy in the Captiva when towing on long descents. Use the Active Select lever. Push the lever from D (drive) position to the left into the manual gate. Then its either up or down.
Pull the lever down once to shift down one gear. In Active Select only the five forward gears can be selected.
The Captiva features Electronic Stability program (ESP) and traction control standard across the range. The ESP can be heard working on tow jobs to a point just short of being annoying.
It has all-wheel drive plus Active Rollover Protection (ARP) and a Descent Control System (DCS). ABS is also standard with driver, front passenger and side curtain airbags also standard on most models (curtain bags are optional on SX).
The Captiva LX Diesel cost $46,000 on the road plus $2500 for the sunroof option. So $48,500 for the seven-seater turbo diesel top of the range model is an affordable option.
Our GoSee Retro Restored 1985 Sahara Land Cruiser is a tractor.
Saharas 2HJ 3980 cu. in (4litre). OHV 6 cylinder motor. This relaxed, reliable naturally aspired diesel was probably something of an underpowered embarrassment to Toyota in standard trim in 1985. We think it was Toyota's first atttempt to give the man on the land a comfortable workhorse which could also be used for family touring.
Specifications in naturally aspired standard trim.
Engine type standard - naturally aspired diesel.
Engine capacity (cc) - 3980.
Engine description - 6cyl in line pushrod D6.
Fuel delivery - injected.
Method of delivery - mechanical.
Fuel consumption towing: about 16L/100km towing (turboed).
Fuel consumption truck only: 11L/100km.(turboed).
Fuel capacity: 90 litres.
Range: 500 to 600km.
Induction (standard) - aspirated.
Power (standard) - 72 kw at 3500 rpm.
Max. Torque (standard)- 229 Nm at 1800 rpm.
The restored Sahara has a gentle Toyota 6lb boost turbo fitted.
Max turboed torque at about 2000 rpm is estimated at 271Nm.
Max Power is estimated about 96kw at 4000rpm.
Front and rear - leaf springs (standard).
The restored Sahara has modified ARB off-road suspension.
A Limit Slip Diff is fitted.
The five speed manual gearbox is modified for heavy towing.
L x W x H 4750 mm x 1800 mm x 1945 mm
Kerb mass - 2055 kg (Standard G series version). The GX high-roof Sahara loaded and fueled weighs more than 2.5 tonnes.
Wheelbase - 2730 mm
Price - $21,123 (standard version 1985).
The restored Sahara (about $11,000 has been spent on mechanicals and refit)cost more than $36,000 with full options in 1985 including, seven seats, cruise control and electric sunroof.
Hayman Reese drawbarfitted in 1985 rated to 2500kg.
Toyota rated towball weight at a surprisingly low 113kg.
Electric Trailer Brake Controller unit Hayes Lemmerz Energize 111.
The HJ60 Sahara has excellent low down torque and massive traction for offroad work and really heavy hauling.
An extreme example of the trucks design criteriais - weeasily retrieved a 3500kgyacht and its 750kg dual-axle cradle trailer on a steep, slippery tidal concrete ramp in high range 4WD.
In highway running the diesels sweet spot is between 2100rpm and 2600rpm. Road speed in 5th overdrive is 98kmh at 2100rpm and 114kmh at 2600rpm. Best fuel economy is achieved at 1800rpm which is a 90kmh experience in flat going and no wind with the cruise control set.
Awning clutch locked down for travel
Awning going up Excel 541. Alan is in the hand jammed danger zone
Cabins go up-market at Sheppartons Goulburn Valley Motor Village
Cupboard space Excel Compac
Get it right. Get it wrong and it hurts - a lot
GoSee Coromal Excel campsite Seymour
Handy porch light Excel Compac
Divided door Excel Compac
Kitchen-hands love this roll-out strorage rack E541
No oven but good cooking space E541 tandem
Hyfield lever clips come off to raise pop-top
Rolling up for the road the pop-top to come down