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Caravan World Issue 583

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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3 min.
jane hutchinson

Happy New Year! 2019 looks set to be an exciting year for the caravan industry if the recent AL-KO Best Aussie Vans event is anything to go by. This latest batch of finalists was the most innovative and forward thinking to date, according to our team of expert judges. From the ground-breaking Zone RV with its frameless carbon fibre body to the engineering brilliance of the Sunland Phoenix’s weight-saving alloy chassis, the contenders proved that the industry is far from resting on its laurels. In this month's issue, we wrap up our coverage of BAV 2018, turning the spotlight on the best budget vans in the under $65K price category and the top mid-priced tourers in the $65K-$80K category. With four highly experienced caravan reviewers poring over every centimetre of our final…

1 min.
new campaign targets motor industry mental health

Anew campaign has launched to encourage workers in the motor trades industry to start life-changing conversations to help better support each other during life’s tough times. The campaign entitled ‘It takes a real workmate to ask R U OK?’ was launched by the Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund (MTAA) and national mental health charity R U OK? The initiative follows a spike in suicide-related death insurance claims made by MTAA Super members. Research revealed 13.5 per cent of death insurance claims made to MTAA over a six-year period were suicide-related. As part of the campaign, free resources including a practical guide to asking R U OK? will be made readily available to motor industry workers. These will include digital assets and downloadable posters to help workers manage sensitive conversations safely and…

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cia welcomes new road vehicle standards

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIA) has welcomed the new Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) passed in parliament on November 28. The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) will replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA). Association CEO Stuart Lamont has been lobbying for five years for the bill to be passed on behalf of the caravanning industry. He says this legislation will see safer caravanning products for Australians, and provide better conditions for local businesses competing with cheap imported product which, in many cases, do not meet the Australian Standards and Design Rules. “Australians will be better protected through the strengthening of the laws governing all vehicles,” he said. “The RVSA will provide much safer and compliant caravans and campers (as well as other light trailers), while maintaining consumer choice of…

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acc announces 2020 muster date

The Australian Caravan Club has announced its 2020 annual Muster will be held from May 14 to 19 at Charters Towers in Queensland. Announcing the date for this year's event, club chairman Craig Humphrey, said: “I am very pleased that the Charters Towers Regional Council has confirmed that the club will be able to stage the 2020 Muster at a time that will allow those members who travel north each year to plan their attendance. “This will be a great opportunity for the local region, as ACC members spend up to $100 per day when travelling and, from previous Chairman’s Musters, the club has injected up to $55,000 into local communities.” Mr Humphrey says the Charters Towers showground has facilities to host at least 70 RVs. “I am also greatly encouraged by the…

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caravanning queensland members win tourism awards

Four Caravanning Queensland members took home awards for outstanding achievement at the Queensland Tourism Awards, held on the Gold Coast on Friday, November 16. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday won gold in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category, BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park was awarded silver, BIG4 Ingenia Cairns Coconut won bronze, while Rivershore Resort was highly commended. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday manager and owner Greg McKinnon said: “It’s a fantastic achievement as owners and for staff to be recognised as a leader in the state in the caravan and holiday park category of the Queensland Tourism Awards in our 22nd year of continuous participation” Capricorn Caves was awarded gold in the Tourist Attraction award, ahead of well-known attractions including Bundaberg Rum’s Visitor Experience and Paronella Park. Capricorn Caves general manager Amanda Hinton said: “The Queensland Tourism…

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cca issues towing poem reminder

The Caravan Council of Australia has written a poem entitled Towing Caravans for Rec-reation… Not Wreck-creation! to remind caravanners of the important issues to be aware of when towing. It reads: It’s a good life for the ’vanners, who live out on the road, Seeing our great country, without a fixed abode, But there’s danger ever lurking, on our highways when you drive, So be careful when you travel, so you get back home alive. Towing sure can be a problem, if something isn't right, It may be out of mind, but it’s never out of sight, So check that all’s OK, both the tow-rig and the ’van, And enjoy the pleasures of your trips, as safely as you can. Is the ’van in sound condition, are mechanicals still good, Are…