MacMillan Mack fits the bill
IT WOULD be fair to say that the MacMillan family's Mack Trident motorhome is a rare vehicle indeed, and it's certainly not every day you see one of the Bulldog breed's products fitted out in such a manner.
The vehicle is the culmination of some clever design and engineering and drew a steady crowd of admirers at the Heritage Truck Show at Rocklea earlier this year.
Based at Ormeau in southeast Queensland, Don and Mary MacMillan have long been involved in power boat racing, and therefore required a truck to both live out of and transport their boats to race meetings, and after much research decided a rigid accommodation truck with a trailer connected via a drawbar was the way to go.
"With a full transporter trailer that's all you have behind a prime mover - here we have over 40 feet of deck space in a prime mover length and we put our 10-metre boat trailer behind it,” Don said.
The couple's son Lindsay used his mechanical engineering background as a draftsman at Haulmark Trailers to work on a package that would be both suitable to meet the family's requirements and also practical.
"Lindsay had drawn a the design over a couple of years and we looked both overseas and here in Australia as to where we could get something built,” Don said.
Having grown up in a livestock trucking family at Surat, where Mack was the favoured brand, Don purchased an ex-Sargeant's Trident from Victoria in May 2015 equipped with the MP8 motor and mDrive gearbox package.
On its arrival in Queensland considerable work was done in-house by the family preparing the chassis for the fit out of the bodywork which was handled by Jacana Motorhomes in Taree.
With the build taking place over 18 months the Mack was first registered in May 2018, and with the body both going up and sliding out to maximise the living space the end result is nothing short of amazing.
The Mack has seating with seatbelts for five, with a climb up the stairs to the upper level revealing two queen beds and a toilet/vanity unit. Downstairs features include a full-size shower and toilet, washing machine and dryer, full side oven and fridge/freezer along with dining facilities and television.
The truck also holds 700 litres of water and can go "off the grid” thanks to an 8kvA Cummins generator tucked away on the outside. A full-sized spare tyre is also carried making clever use of the available space.
"Getting that to fit was an extra curve-ball but we made that work,” Lindsay said.
For the family the effort and time invested in getting their custom truck built has been worth it.
"Now we can go away whenever we like or if Lindsay wants to go racing with the boat we hook on the trailer and away we go,” Don said.