The Winnebago Blogmobile

September 26th, 2008 at 3:49 pm by David Farrar

We are going mobile for the 2008 election campaign, with the donation of a Winnebago Motorhome for six weeks to serve as a mobile office for the campaign. The motorhome is being dubbed the “Winnebago ”.

Barrons Recreational Vehicles in Taupo has donated the use of a Winnebago Motorhome to myself and for the election campaign.

I think this is going to elevate blog coverage of the election to new levels. Thanks to the blogmobile we will be able to follow some of the party leaders about, and also travel to provincial cities and towns to interview people about local candidates and issues. Our aim is to provide election coverage from anywhere in NZ, and have a lot of fun doing it.

Now this is not an exclusive thing. We want to make the blogmobile available to any bloggers, or even media, who wish to travel on board for a day or two. It has heaps of room and comes fully equipped with tables for working at, a TV for following the news broadcasts, a full kitchen and mobile and wireless Internet for the vehicle”.

I’ve already had some expressions of interest, and we are working on an itinerary for the blogmobile. What would be useful is if people e-mailed me (or commented below) if they know of any local events (a high profile debate etc) that could be worth covering and/or if you are interested in spending some time on board. We can’t guarantee specific dates and places at this stage but should be able to within a week or so.

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42 Responses to “The Winnebago Blogmobile”

  1. Paul Williams (876 comments) says:

    Good luck finding someone who wants to spend time in close quarters with Cameron Slater David.

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  2. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Outstanding. Professional bloggers eh…Would seem easier/cheaper to just fly to a lot of places though no?

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  3. Tane (1,096 comments) says:

    I’ll second that. What a creep.

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  4. 2boyz (250 comments) says:

    Hopefully it’s got a big fridge for plenty of personality enhancer. Have fun.

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  5. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    Any room for other bloggers on board? A deaf chef could be useful for catering purposes and humouring Cam Slater.

    [DPF: Yep. Let us know dates free]

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  6. Rob Salmond (260 comments) says:

    David, our 08wire Election Centre TGV train totally kicks the ass of your Winnebago Blogmobile! Are you going to pimp it with a news ticker?

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  7. fizzleplug (72 comments) says:

    Needs fuzzy dice.

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  8. BlairM (2,288 comments) says:

    You will have to come visit us in Botany. Also, you need to paint it with a psychedelic colour scheme.

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  9. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    what you need are some good looking blondes with big boobs and wearing wet Ts and short shorts to promote your presence. Boobs on Blogs.

    I find ACT and Nat wimmin supporters sooooooo much more attractive than the butch dykes of the socilaists and greens

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  10. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    Perhaps you could do alternate days – one day following Winston to public meetings and yelling out “Where’s the $158,000?” over and over, and the next day following Clark singing “I knew a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile…” etc.

    Oh, and a day spent repeatedly punching dickheads like Neale Jones in the face would go down well too…just make sure he swings first so it’s self-defence…

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  11. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    PS it’s also nice to see you’re delivering a big carbon footprint as a fuck you to the Government! Good work fellas!

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  12. PhilBest (5,117 comments) says:

    GD: “……the butch dykes of the socilaists and greens….”

    The Greens women tend to not be quite in the same mold as the outright “long march through the institutions” Feminimarxists, gd. The Greeny types tend to be dowdily dressed, droopy, dreamy, and blathering. You are right about the rightwing ones, the well-adjusted contented looking ones tend to be Nats and the real stunning ones tend to be further Right again, even the ones that have had 5 kids (and many of them have).

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  13. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    WTF dreamers

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  14. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    I’d much prefer to join you than deal with the school holidays… I think you’ll have a fantastic time. Do blog your itinerary, I’ll pop down with some home baking when you’re in my area :-) It’s a great public service you do

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  15. V (668 comments) says:

    Good luck keeping up with the prime minister doing 170kph in that!

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  16. NeillR (348 comments) says:

    Let us know if you’re coming to Auckland. Park that Winnebago right outside Helen’s house and “get the party started”.

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  17. clintheine (1,563 comments) says:

    Make sure you pop into Hunua and give Jordan Carter hell if he ever turns up on the campaign trail there! Of course you’ll more than likely find him in Auckland Central trying to help Tizards campaign from going down the toilet!

    Wish I was there to see this election, would almost be willing to get a flight over just to join you boys.

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  18. reid (15,954 comments) says:

    Crikey DPF you and Cam will certainly be the coolest guys on the block. I mean imagine tooling up in your Winnebago to chat up the chicks with “I’m a political blogger, what do you do” and “After this I’m live-blogging this debate I’m parked outside of.” I imagine these will be a one-two killer combo no chick can resist. I imagine Cam may want to drill a few gun ports and I suggest you encourage him. It may help you look ‘bad.’

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  19. bustedblonde (138 comments) says:

    Did someone mention blonde and big boobies ?

    Dam -Slater just told me Im too old cheeky bugger -
    and I said i would cook bacon and eggs for brekky and in charge of foraging for seafood and game for dinner. Of course it would be washed down with Olssens Nipple Hill Pinot Noir …

    Any way see you in Welly – and might fly down and jump on board in Southland as well if you get that far! My tangata whenua status will mean you will get some good kai at Te rau aroha.

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  20. Jane (12 comments) says:

    Clint –
    Booked my ticket today just to come home and vote. I know I can do it online or mosey down to the consulate’s office – but I just have to be there for this election. I am looking for a good celebratory Tory party to attend in Akld – there no doubt should be a few. I’m looking forward to it.

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  21. Lindsay Addie (1,129 comments) says:

    If you guys show up in Christchurch I’ll try and catch up with you!!

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  22. big bruv (13,314 comments) says:

    I will join you and even pay for the fuel on the condition that we take the bloody thing over the hill into the Waiarapa.

    While there I want you both to keep an eagle eye out for any spotty faced little fucwits holding up signs that read “slippery”, if and when we do see this little shit I fully intend to run the little bastard over and back up just t make sure I got all of him.

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  23. petal (704 comments) says:

    DPF, the driver better be sober all the time… If I was “them”, I’d have a checkpoint in place every day…

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  24. Rex Widerstrom (5,274 comments) says:

    reid: I LOLed. Though I think you forgot “We’d invite you in, but the toilet hasn’t been emptied for 250,000km because we can’t seem to connect to it’s discharge port via wifi” :-D

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  25. riki (234 comments) says:

    David, are you guys coming to Hamilton??

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  26. Mike Readman (358 comments) says:

    Are you sure it’s a good idea to travel around in a WINNEbago?

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  27. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..I imagine Cam may want to drill a few gun ports and I suggest you encourage him. It may help you look ‘bad.’

    heh..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  28. Paul Williams (876 comments) says:

    Crikey DPF you and Cam will certainly be the coolest guys on the block. I mean imagine tooling up in your Winnebago to chat up the chicks with “I’m a political blogger, what do you do” and “After this I’m live-blogging this debate I’m parked outside of.” I imagine these will be a one-two killer combo no chick can resist. I imagine Cam may want to drill a few gun ports and I suggest you encourage him. It may help you look ‘bad.’

    As they say over here on the west Island; pay that!

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  29. TheStig (3 comments) says:

    I hope Cameron has earplugs!

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  30. peteremcc (341 comments) says:

    Does being a candidate as well as a blogger disqualify me? Definitely keen if not!

    Oh and shouldn’t it be the “Winnegobye Blogmobile”?

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  31. burt (7,828 comments) says:

    DPF

    How about yourself, Whaleoil, philu and I get together in the blogmobile with philu’s vaporiser and have a few laughs? Oh, lets invite wellgirl & cactus cate, they are hot!

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  32. burt (7,828 comments) says:

    DPF

    I still have a bottle of Woodthorpe Cabernet/Merlot (Te Mata 2002) with Don Brash’s and Bill English’s signature on it. Cost me a filthy amount of money in a charity auction.

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  33. Cactus Kate (545 comments) says:

    1000 bucks to the first chick to shag DPF ON the bus.

    Wish to hear of sexual misadventures, drugs and alcohol on the Winnebego.

    God speed.

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  34. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    CK, so is that 2k for a bloke?

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  35. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    The comments at the top of the thread smack just a bit of Jealousy?

    Eat my shorts!

    Ha Ha!

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  36. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Paul, Tane and Rob – Obviously no traffic going through the Standard of late! Ha!

    Although I do note that “undesirable” posters at the standard are being targetted with malicious .jar trojan attacks. Care to comment Tane, Prentice? You should remember that hacking wars beget escalation, and one should never assume you hold the strongest hand in the deck.

    To quote a flash game from circa. 2001 called super pimp -”life aint nuthin but bitches and money.”

    Or in Huluns case, “life aint nuthin but bitches and policy aimed at getting one into the UN.”

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  37. clintheine (1,563 comments) says:

    Nice one Jane. I am going to hold a big London party for all centre righters…

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  38. Innocent bystander (163 comments) says:

    “We were on the out skirts of Mataura when the drugs took hold, suddenly the sky was full of bats and manta rays….”

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  39. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Whats the stopping distance on that thing anyway.

    Woulod little Jimmy have time to get out of the way if he jumped in front of it with an illegal campaign sign?

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  40. talkglobally (7 comments) says:

    Hi DPF, if you’re interested my Video Conferencing company is prepared to provide you with a powerful video conferencing program that you can link to for the duration of the election lead-up. You can then live cam your activities as well as interact with bloggers 24/7 if you wish. Your choice of 2, 5 or 10 video feeds in the room!

    I believe it would be great to invite politicians into the winnie for an interview & meet the BLOGGERS (take questions)…what do you say?

    Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll create a unique video conferencing room for you.

    David Bowden
    Christchurch
    http://www.talkglobally.net

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  41. francis (712 comments) says:

    Outstanding. Was talking with a TVNZ type a few nights ago who said bloggers had zero influence on MSM story development and wouldn’t for another 10 years. Prove him wrong! You’ll certainly be well placed as a primary source throughout.

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  42. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Already done francis.

    The international media were using photos taken by a Silent Running bloger of the Jewish graves desecration in 2004 was well as the test from his report for a start. The NZ MSM simply couldn’t deliver for them.

    I’d sugest there’s a bit of denial going on there.

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