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Caravan World Issue 572

Caravan World is the definitive guide that gives caravanners the know-how and confidence to pursue their touring dreams. At its heart, Caravan World is committed to enabling caravan travel in Australia, through informed testing of RV products, helpful tips and advice and showcasing great destinations and activities.

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in this issue

2 min.
caveat emptor

It is with real regret we saw the news of Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers heading into voluntary administration with large outstanding debts, some of which includes customer deposits. We were contacted about difficulties in communication, delivery concerns and the fear of a loss of deposit happening by a reader some time ago. My advice then, based off what was relayed to me, was to talk to legal experts immediately but I must implore more now and speak broadly. In considering a new purchase the scale of a caravan, please talk to your bank about safeguarding your deposit. Some institutions, including many credit card companies, offer insurances for these unfortunate outcomes. Please do. Reading of ruined dreams is truly heartbreaking and avoidable. SPOT QUIZ I don’t know about you but I found tests in…

1 min.
‘no-fuss’ winnebago model launches

Winnebago’s new Trinity campervan is touted as a ‘no-fuss’ unit suitable for driving either in the city or on the open road. At 7.6m, the company says its Trinity is full of features for easy travelling, with set up as easy as arriving at your destination, winding out the 4m awning and popping the camp chairs to enjoy a post-journey beverage. The Trinity has a large front lounge for entertaining during the day with swivelling driver’s and captain’s chairs to face the entertaining area and enjoy a meal with guests, cooked from the fully-equipped kitchen. This lounge area converts into a generous queen bed at night spanning the width of the camper and there’s a large rear ensuite. Standard features include expansive picture windows, reverse-cycle air-conditioning, colour reversing camera and ample internal…

1 min.
leading electronics manufacturer turns to solar

Leading electronics manufacturer, Redarc, has installed a solar power system to provide 45 per cent of its electricity. It says the installation of the 100kW PV solar power system on the roof of its Lonsdale facility will lower costs and improve the reliability of electricity supply to the facility. The project includes the addition of 370 solar panels at 270W on the roof, covering an area of 600sqm. As the 370 solar panels can generate 140 megawatt-hours of energy per year, Redarc will be able to offset C02 carbon emissions by 80 tonnes annually. Managing Director Anthony Kittel says Redarc is always looking for ways to better manage its energy consumption by harnessing technology and implementing innovative measures. “This project is another example of our commitment to sustainable operation and decreasing our environmental footprint,”…

1 min.
family focus at this year's vic supershow

A huge line-up of children’s entertainment, speakers and a new Twilight event is expected to boost family numbers at the upcoming 2018 Victorian Caravan and Camping Supershow. To be held Wednesday, 21 to Monday, 26 February at Melbourne Showgrounds, the show offers free rides for the kids, a Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia for animal smarts out bush and an indoor staging area to host speakers and special entertainment for young travellers. Dr Katrina Warren will provide top tips for travelling with pets and, one for the adults, cricket legend Merv Hughes will share his regaling outdoor adventures. The new ‘Twilight’ event, with entry from 3pm to show closing time at 8pm, will run on Friday, 23 February. As per usual, hundreds of family caravans, motorhomes and accessories will also be on display. “This…

1 min.
setec celebrates its 50th birthday

It began as a small business leap of faith for husband and wife team Peter and Jill Lloyd back in 1968, now electronics firm SETEC has become one of Australia’s heavyweights in Australia’s power supply industry. The Melbourne couple gave up full-time jobs to start the business. Peter was an electronic engineer with the CSIRO who loved to tinker with TV sets, radios and other appliances, while Jill was a personal assistant keen to support her husband’s expertise and establish their own operation. Originally called Scientific Electronics, it was run from the garage of the family home in East Doncaster but now has fancy new digs in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility in Knoxfield. Over time the company widened its capabilities and industry infiltration to include power supplies for telecommunications, defence, gaming, railways, medical…

1 min.
summer safety checks

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is reminding RV enthusiasts that now is the time for safety checks. It says vehicles which have been sitting unused for a while need more than just a good vacuuming before hitting the road. In addition to a vehicle safety check, it is good practice to have the LPG systems, appliances and plumbing checked by an appropriately licensed or registered plumbing practitioner. VBA says while plumbing work can only be done by a registered or licensed plumber, there are things owners can do including: Check connections at the appliances including regulators, hoses and cylinders for leaks with soapy water. Ensure all piping, including flexible hose assemblies, is in good working order and undamaged. Ensure all warning labels are legible. Ensure all vents are clear, open and unrestricted so adequate air supply…