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First Imported Across Australia Bova alive and well

Postby mazking » Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:10 pm

gday

My wife and I purchased a motorhome last year and have discovered it was the first Bova bought into Australia.
There are some interesting articles and photos of her in its coach days on this site and we're enjoying looking at and reading them.
Im trying to contact denv12 on the site to message him or contact any other drivers whom may have stories or further pictures to help us document her history/ pedigree.

If moderators or drivers could message me on mazking1@bigpond.com I would greatly appreciate it.

Kind regards
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Re: First Imported Across Australia Bova alive and well

Postby Bova motorhome » Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:56 pm

I have bus Australia 772 now. It is a motor home, I love it, it is so economical and powerful for her size.
We are Going to exmouth in 2 days with my family but have been told it's her last trip. We are selling her to buy a boat. If anyone wants to swap a boat for what I consider the best motorhome setup for 4 please respond. If you find any photos of 772 in your such of your own I would love to see them. My chassi number ending in 3511 is on record as unknown whereabouts since 97. Hehe. I've had her since I repurposed her in 06. It's seen the nullabour 6 times since then. I bet she is itching to go again. M
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Re: First Imported Across Australia Bova alive and well

Postby Denv12 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:19 pm

mazking wrote:gday

My wife and I purchased a motorhome last year and have discovered it was the first Bova bought into Australia.
There are some interesting articles and photos of her in its coach days on this site and we're enjoying looking at and reading them.
Im trying to contact denv12 on the site to message him or contact any other drivers whom may have stories or further pictures to help us document her history/ pedigree.

If moderators or drivers could message me on mazking1@bigpond.com I would greatly appreciate it.

Kind regards


Glad to help you.

Its great to hear that vehicle is still going. I spent a lot of time in that coach on express between Adelaide,Perth,Melbourne and Sydney.

It was based in Adelaide from December 1985 until mid 1986 where it was based in Perth and used on express. I think it was picked up off the ship in Melbourne and driven to Adelaide.It didnt go into service until the start of the school holidays/Christmas holidays.It was on the road most of the time. I think it came back to Adelaide and was used for tours due to its reduced seating capacity,thanks to its downstairs toilet and drivers bunk and it had a courier seat up front which is a European option.All other Bova's had the bunk and toilet at the rear of the coach.The air cond was a European brand not a local version like all other Bova's had.It did have more seats than the the 2 x Mercedes 0303's in the fleet.

Once the Perth based depot received their new Bova's #60 returned to Adelaide depot at Provident Avenue,Glynde.It did mainly tours for "Quest Tours" but did the odd express service again. Its likely the coach stayed in the fleet when the company name changed to Bus Australia.Their depot was the Briscoe's depot at the back of CMV/Kenworth off South Road,Regency Park.

The imported Bova's werent know for their structural rigidity compared to locally made coaches.They Bova's had some weakness from driving on roads between Forbes and Orange via "The Escort Way" then onto the The Mitchell Highway,The Great Western Highway to Sydney.

Can you post some photos of your Bova on the forum?

Fuel economy was 11 miles to the gallon with its 800 litre tank.Adelaide to Sydney direct on a full tank.
Windscreens are the main problem.If they get damaged you need to have spares. Water pump bearings should be replaced regularly.

As of 1985 the parent company at the time was "The Bus Company". The divisions were:
1)Across Australia Coachlines. Both based in Perth and Adelaide.
2)Parlorcars.Based in Perth.
3)Quest Tours. Based in Adelaide.

The Perth depot had the best facilities.The Adelaide depot was a poor comparison.

I hope you can find other drivers from Across Australia Coachlines/Bus Australia.

Here's another Bova topic:
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=73797
Last edited by Denv12 on Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: First Imported Across Australia Bova alive and well

Postby Bova motorhome » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:49 pm

Maybe from your comments mine wasn't 772 as it had the rear bunk. I have the original plaque somewhere I'll check. And it only has a 500l tank which is fine as it gets close to the MPG stated even running the generator full time for the ducted aircon in lieu of the coach air. The coach air space is used/replaced with a pop up double bed arrangement accessed from a staircase internally. How do I add photos?
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Re: First Imported Across Australia Bova alive and well

Postby Denv12 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:15 am

Bova motorhome wrote:Maybe from your comments mine wasn't 772 as it had the rear bunk. I have the original plaque somewhere I'll check. And it only has a 500l tank which is fine as it gets close to the MPG stated even running the generator full time for the ducted aircon in lieu of the coach air. The coach air space is used/replaced with a pop up double bed arrangement accessed from a staircase internally. How do I add photos?


If your vehicle is locally built it was built in Perth.The rest prior to that were all imported coaches.
I drove most of the Bova's that were in the Adelaide fleet from #60 onwards. Any coach in the Perth based fleet I didnt drive.Coaches delivered from September 1986 onwards I didnt drive. One coach was gutted by fire in 1986.I dont know what number it was.

Check the size of your photos before posting. I use a free photo resizer software called PIXresizer.

If you want to upload photos,
click on "upload attachment".
Click on "Browse" ,
go to your photo folder and
select the photo then
click "Add the file".
You can add more photos as you go.
You can click on "Preview" to see what they look like before you click on "Submit".

Can you post some info and photos of your vehicle? Someone on here will have some idea of your coach.
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Re: First Imported Across Australia Bova alive and well

Postby BovaBoy » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:00 am

Hi

It's great to see there are some other Bova motorhomers around and online.
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