Tony and Nancy Bates and their motorhome Isabel.
Tony and Nancy Bates and their motorhome Isabel.

Retired Chronicle editor off to explore remote Australia

ISABEL the Warrior is proving a sexy beast.

"I am astonished at how much attention she gets," retired Fraser Coast Chronicle editor Nancy Bates said.

"Men seem to love her and are particularly smitten when they eye up her backside."

Nancy and her husband Tony are off to explore remote parts of Australia and study grey nomads in All Terrain Warrior's latest four-wheel drive motorhome, the Global Warrior.

"When we started looking we found a few motor homes that suited us but were really taken in by a 3D computer graphic sales boss John Marano showed us at ATW's Yandina site," Nancy said.

"We waited quite a long time for it to come into production but we stayed with them because we really liked the features.

"We ended up second in line but the first Global Warrior went straight overseas when it was produced so for the last couple of months Isabel has been the only one of her kind in Australia.

"The next one is due out this month."

Nancy said she and Tony had already travelled more than 100,000km around Australia, mainly roughing it and sleeping in the back of utes.

"We like to explore out-of-the-way places so prefer not to tow anything," she said.

"We wanted something more comfortable that was compact and tough enough to go through rough country."

Nancy christened the motorhome Isabel and the name stuck, much to Tony's sorrow.

Isabel's first journey will be to Cape York and around the Savannah Way to Darwin and the Kimberley.

"After that we are not sure but we will be fishing on the coasts as well as taking in some desert experiences," Nancy said.

"I am curious about the flocks of migrating grey nomads who have gypsied Australia in the last 15 years.

"It has been a growing social phenomena for a couple of decades but now the baby boomers are hitting retirement the countryside is crawling with caravans and motorhomes of all shapes and sizes."

Nancy will be writing a weekly column for the Fraser Coast Chonicle.

The Global Warrior

  • Fibreglass house built with marine materials on an Isuzu NPS 300
  • 4x4 with parabolic suspension and air-adjustable Robo shocks
  • 15,000lb rear winch, 19.5" single off-road tyres with two spares
  • diesel heating for hot water and house heating; 2x220amp/hr house batteries
  • solar power, shower and toilet, outdoor shower
  • LSD rear differential and ATB front diff
  • electric pop-up roof, awnings either side
  • queen size bed, four seat belts in the dinette which converts to a double,
  • roomy Italian fridge and freezer
  • Stratos suspension seats in cabin


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