The Wothahellizat

A Go Anywhere 
6X6 Luxury Motor Home

Wothahellizat built by Australian photographer Rob Gray. Being a nature photographer, Gray and his wife, Chris, often spend long stretches of time out in the Australian wilderness and needed a vehicle that would be part condo, part off-road with no compromises. The couple is able to spend months at a time out in the field with the 6x6 Wothahellizat thanks to a list of features that's too long to list. 

Some of the highlights include an over-cab bedroom with hydraulically operated roof, a self-supporting deck that folds into the back, a "garage" large enough for two mountain bikes, eight roof-mounted solar panels, a real toilet, and anything else you would expect in a regular motor costing somewhere in the six-figure range. If you're in the market, Gray is willing to part with the Wothahellizat for around USD $250,000, which isn't unreasonable. 

For more information on the Wothahellizat visit its website, and check out a full gallery of pics and a complete spec list after the jump courtesy of Rob Gray.

The 3300-watt inverter will drive just about anything, I even do light welding jobs from it. If there's sun you won't ever need to plug in. If not there's a small Honda 1kva generator to top things up.

Self sufficiency. 
You can live anywhere, once you turn off the motor you're home. There's enough storage to shop for three months or longer, and water for well over a month.
You don't need awnings to sit outside, the lounge room is so open it's as good as being outside, without the dust. 

Partly because we're well off the ground, and partly just because of the look of the vehicle, You never have any worries camping anywhere. There is literally no need to get out of the truck, everything you need is inside.

It's not fast, we potter along at 65-70kph.

 The deck 
Sit on the deck with a beer and watch a sunset is priceless.

  • Recon Perkins 6354 turbo diesel motor installed about 20,000 miles ago. 
  • Solenoid shut off for motor. 
  • Recon Eaton 5sp synchro gear box. 
  • Original drive trail from g/box back, only 35,000 miles on clock. 
  • Shock absorbers added to rear axles (not standard on 6x6 but fixed bad tyre wear) 20,000lb PTO winch fully operational. 
  • Engine never even looks like overheating, even on long uphill hauls in high temps. 
  • All oils serviced every 5000k. 
  • Exhaust brake. 
  • All new instruments except speedometer.  
  • Old handbrake replaced with air operated spring brake chamber. 

  • Two comfortable bucket seats
  • Overhead consol with AM and UHF CBs and reversing monitor
  • Hanging space at rear for jackets etc
  • Space for a 3rd (or even 4th) seat
  • Windscreen open outwards
  • Access to house through rear
  • Powder fire extinguisher 
  • 2 x 300ltr diesel tanks
  • Filter/water separator
  • 90 ltr diesel tank with electric pump to fill bike and generator 

  • 42ltr convection microwave
  • Three-burner cooktop with large wok burner
  • Greens mixer tap
  • Drinking water 
  • Two large granite sinks
  • Three very large drawers for pans, crockery etc
  • Cutlery draw
  • Under sink storage for vacuum cleaner, buckets etc
  • Full-hieght slide-out pantry, accessible from both sides
  • Coffee making nook under microwave
  • Bread maker sits in nook, slides out when making bread
  • 240 litre Fisher & Paykel fridge, 1/2 fridge, 1/2 freezer, freezer at bottom, 24v
  • Slide out rubbish and laundry bin
  • Huge full height cupboard with fold away door, currently used for computers, printers etc
Lounge room
  • Two Jason recliners
  • Two overhead fans
  • Bookshelves for about 80 paperbacks
  • Entry hatch converts to visitor settee
  • Full height door gives access to deck
  • Sliding glass windows at rear
  • Water storage under floor
  • General storage under floor, currently used for 3-months supply of home brew
  • Huge shutters allow an outside feel, shutters can be locked at 4 different open positions
  • Small tables for laptop, coffee etc 

  • 3/4 sized bath as base
  • Greens mixer tap and shower head on flexible hose
  • Skylight
  • Entire thing folds away to become part of the kitchen bench
  • Bath can be used for storage when not in use 
  • Proper flushing toilet with 80ltr holding tank
  • Overhead fan
  • Heaps of storage for loo rolls, cleaning products etc
  • Slide out door to provide privacy 

  • Located on rear of toilet door
  • Occupies void area above toilet when door closed
  • Faces into hallway when door open
  • Sink with Greens mixer tap
  • Under sink storage 
  • Air conditioner under floor
  • Inverter under floor
  • Storage under floor
  • Bookshelves for over 100 paperback and/or large books
  • Rinai gas heater in storage compartment
  • Bookcase opens for access into garage
  • Two cupboards each with four wire basket drawers
  • Huge slide out storage compartment
  • More storage behind cupboards
  • Storage could easily be converted into a bunk
  • Powder fire extinguisher 
  • Two single beds, can be moved to form a double
  • Storage under beds
  • Two fans with remote switches at bed head
  • Individual reading lights
  • Large shutters at bed level for breeze
  • Half-height wardrobe holds more than enough clothes
  • Hydraulically operated roof, raises about 1m to provide full standing height, put up/down in a couple of minutes
  • Solid walls all around when raised
  • Roof plenty high enough to use the bedroom without raising the roof
  • With roof down, easy access to the truck roof through a hatch
  • With roof up, easy access to the truck roof through two rear facing doors 
  • One Honda SL230 motorbike
  • One spare truck tire
  • Electric winch for tire and bike
  • Plenty of space for tools
  • Foldout workbench
  • Garage door provides shelter while working at bench 
  • Fully self supporting, no need for legs
  • Approx 6.5 ft clearance underneath, can be placed over bushes, fences etc
  • Makes a useful shelter for the motorbike
  • Walk straight out from the lounge room
  • Can easily hold four people, probably more
  • Raised by electric winch
  • Roof can be locked in a half open position to provide temporary shelter for the entrance
  • Solidly locked in place, will not move even in high winds 
  • Put up/down in a couple of minutes  

  • 8 x 220 AH Trojan batteries, mounted in two rubber isolated cradles between the chassis rails, wired as two 24v banks
  • Each bank separately protected by circuit breakers
  • 2x 12v batteries for stair and deck winches, charged from the main 24v system
  • 8 x 64W Unisolar panels mounted flush with the tropical roof
  • BP Solar FBR 2/40 regulator
  • Comprehensive control panel with gauges for everything
  • Honda eu10 1kva generator in separate compartment under body, can be used while driving
  • 240v circuits protected with RCDs and breakers
  • Trace 3300w full sine wave inverter/charger 

  • Two bladders stored under the lounge room floor
  • Can be filled/drained individually
  • Total storage approx 700ltr
  • Drinking water and fresh water pass through different systems
  • Drinking water is doubly filtered with 20um sediment filter then <1um silver impregnated carbon filter. Nothing but water gets through that sucker
  • Separate pumps for drinking and fresh water, systems can be connected if one fails
  • Fleetwood 23ltr hot water system, piezo ignition controllable from inside 

  • Two 19.8lbs bottles connected to system with changeover valve
  • Another two bottles stored behind
  • Connected bottles swing out for easy maintenance
  • Can change over valve without opening compartment 

Outside storage/access
  • One large storage compartment, currently used for tools, hoses, welder etc. Also provides access to the hot water system and most of the plumbing.
  • Another large compartment houses the black water wheelie bin, engine oils, chemicals etc
  • Another large compartment currently houses two folding mountain bikes, more tools, and provides access to the working parts of the fridge and hydraulic power pack
  • Yet another large compartment accessible from outside and inside. 
  • Three compartments at rear of body, one houses assorted wooden leveling blocks, a powder fire extinguisher and a rechargeable water fire extinguisher. 
  • Spare wheel/tire with hand winch at rear
  • 16ft ladder stored under body
  • Storage for assorted oil trays, funnels etc
  • Provision to bolt vice on bumper bar or work bench 

  • Power points everywhere
  • All under floor storage compartments can have the bottom removed to provide full access to the drive train
  • All wiring and plumbing is accessible
  • Tropical roof (what's not solar panels)
  • Easily walk around most of the roof
  • Very secure vehicle, your wife will be happy alone for days she doesn't have to go outside at all
  • Security camera system, you can see out even when all shutters are closed 

How do you go finding campsites
No problems, any few square meters of reasonably flat ground will do. Because you don't normally sit outside it doesn't matter if your in the mud, long grass, dust or whatever.

What's it like off-road
You will have no trouble with ground clearance issues, and it handles sand like it's not there. Low trees and tight corners can give you some trouble.

Tour De Scottsdale


Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Tour de Scottsdale is a cycling event dedicated to the environment. Not only is the event a family-friendly race and festival, but it benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC), an organization that champions the need for, establishment of, and safe public access to Arizona's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Conservancy works with the City of Scottsdale to: ensure completion, management and public appreciation of the Preserve; and to educate residents and visitors about the Preserve's environmental and archaeological significance.

Challenging. The 70 and 30-mile Tour de Scottsdale routes circumnavigate the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, providing spectacular views of Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree, and Fountain Hills and challenging climbs with exhilarating descents. When completed, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve - located east of DC Ranch - will be the nation's largest urban land preserve.

Impact the Preserve. The Tour de Scottsdale offers cyclists the opportunity to support MSC. Maintaining the Preserve as a large, open natural space helps keep the temperature cooler, provides scenic trails for mountain biking and hiking, and creates a home for diverse desert wildlife

 Sabrina Forbes