Jurgens Sungazer

Today’s post is a slight departure from the places through which we’ve travelled during our retirement trip around Australia. Instead I wanted to tell you about our “home” on the road: The Coddiwomple. Not so much the story of how we came to own it but rather how well it has served us as a home away from home.

Holden Colorado and the Coddiwomple

The tortuous research that preceded its purchase has paid off and while we’ve owned the Jurgens Sungazer it has faithfully taken us more than 35, 000 kms around Australia. It has travelled the highways and byways of the countryside from Karumba in the north of Queensland, on the Gulf of Carpentaria to Edithburgh in the south on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

It is not an off road vehicle but it has done long hauls over appalling roads, both bitumen and dirt. Some of the worst road have been interstate main roads where ground conditions are affected by extreme weather and temperatures.

Another first for the Jurgens

Travelling over jitterbug corrugations we lost a stabilising leg and foot, the external water tap has been sheared off, and reattached, and numerous bits have rattled loose and needed replacement. We are hard on our vehicles and the Jurgens has performed well. There are design inadequacies, all vehicles have them, but we have rolled with these favouring the many features we were unwilling to compromise on.

It remains comfortable, serviceable and functional as we continue our adventure around Australia. When we take possession of our new home early in May this year, the caravan will go into temporary storage. But before that happens it will need a deep clean both inside and outside.


Day Ten of the 2019 A-Z Challenge in which I am participating during the month of April. The challenge is to post six days a week, Sunday respite or catching up with other participants and their posts. Each of the twenty-six days represents a letter of the alphabet and while each post stands alone they form part of a loose theme reflecting our retirement trip around Australia.

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