Kaley is a 5-seater, 7-berth motorhome. She is a rare and unusual breed, as she was originally a 49-seater passenger coach, built from a Mercedes Benz 1621 truck chassis, running gear and engine, with a Denning bus body built on top. When we bought her – still fitted out as a passenger coach – she was wearing both Mercedes Benz and Denning badges.
Make: Mercedes Benz
Engine: 210hp Inline 6 cylinder mid-mount diesel
Gearbox: 6-speed synchro manual
GVM: 16 tonne
Wheels: 6 (2 front / 4 rear in 2 pairs)
Axles: 2 (Can be driven with MR licence)
Although her engine is “only” 210hp, the old girl travelled Australia fully loaded at around 15.5tonne (out of 16!), and towed a 3.2tonne trailer carring our Nissan X-Trail, and was able to cruise comfortably at 100km/h. (She needs a bit of a run-up to get to 100km/h, but what 19tonne rig doesn’t?!)
The attached trailer shown in the photos was custom built new in 2015, and carried our Nissan XTrail, pushbikes, surfboards, camping gear, photography gear, etc. It has the following specs:
Internal: 6.05m long x 2.35m wide x 2.15m high
Rear Door: 2.1m wide x 1.95m high
Brakes: Electric Brakes & Electric Break-Away System
We kept her serviced regularly every 10,000kms, including full oil change and replacement filters throughout, and she usually got a re-grease at least once between services.
Kaley is now in magnificent running order, because while on the road we had to repair or replace almost every part of her engine – lucky us! So you get a fully replaced/repaired bus engine with no hidden surprises. Here’s the list of repairs/replacements:
- Radiator re-cored
- Radiator header tank replaced
- Starter motor replaced
- Engine water pump replaced
- Alternator replaced
- Head gasket replaced
- Pistons re-honed, replaced piston rings
- Clutch master & slave cylinders replaced
- Accelerator Pedal repaired
- Steering Column repaired
- Damaged exhaust segments replaced
- Brake air valves replaced
- New starter batteries
- Replaced all 6 tyres at least once
See what I mean?! Everything that could have gone wrong pretty much did while we were on the road.
The upside for you? Now, she purrs like a BIG kitten, loves being driven, and is better maintained than she was when we bought her.