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Caravan World Issue 587

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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2 min.
anji bignell

What does the future of sustainability in the RV industry look like? There is a small percentage of RVs on the market in Australia and New Zealand that are showing a clear movement towards an environmentally-friendly future, and this burgeoning trend towards minimising our carbon footprint should show signs of rapid development in the next five-to-ten years. Serious developments overseas have seen THL/Britz release the entirely battery-powered Britz eVolve onto the market. With a range of up to 120km, this fully-electric motorhome based on the LDV EV80 cab chassis, is a cruisy and comfortable ride and an innovative one at that. Malcolm Street gives it his review on page 36. There is an unspoken etiquette within the RV community to respect our environment and ‘leave no trace’ but in this ‘Green’ issue…

1 min.
updated road vehicle regulations

Changes made this year to the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (the Act) and the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules) will likely have a considerable impact on the RV manufacturing industry. CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Stuart Lamont (pictured below) believes the change is positive, but the “big question will be whether the Government use the new powers available to them — we will certainly be encouraging them to.” With considerable feedback from stakeholders, refinements to the Rules according to the overview, include: • Extending the original proposed period of approval timeframes for road vehicle type approvals, Registered Automotive Workshop approvals and Authorised Vehicle Verifier approvals. • Amendments to the performance and campervan eligibility criteria for the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (SEVs) Register. • Allowing heavy vehicles to be eligible for…

1 min.
meet ted, the world’s first thermal battery

Thermal energy could hold the key to cheaper and more sustainable electricity, says South Australian company CCT Energy Storage which recently unveiled the world’s first working thermal battery. Known as TED (Thermal Energy Device), the battery accepts any form of electrical input to convert and store energy as latent heat, which the company says makes it versatile, affordable and long lasting. It will supply at least 10 TED units to commercial customers this year, with production expected to increase to more than 200 units by 2020. CCT Chief Executive Serge Bondarenko said TED had the ability to change the global energy market by providing a cheaper and ‘greener’ alternative power source. “We believe energy is a resource that should be accessible to all corners of the globe — and that means it’s vital to…

2 min.
jurgens factory closure ‘resolved’

The lockout of approximately 50 employees at Victorian-based caravan manufacturer Jurgens in March has been explained as a “lock out by the landlord over a commercial dispute” by owner Paul Kyriacou. Staff had arrived at the Packenham premises to find the front gates locked, with a lease termination notice attached and security guarding the factory. The notice attached to the gates read: “The Lease […] has been terminated by the landlord as a result of the Tenant breaching the terms of Leases. Any parties claiming an interest in any of the plant and equipment currently located in the premises should lodge their claims with the Landlord's Lawyers.” But Kyriacou announced the settlement of the issue via a post on the Jurgens Caravans Australia Facebook page. “We are pleased to advise that we have resolved…

1 min.
growing number of women caravanning

The number of women embarking on caravan and camping trips has increased significantly in the last five years, with a million more trips being made by women in 2018 compared to 2013, according to new data from the Tourism Research Australia National Visitor Survey. In the year ending September 2018, 5.2 million caravan and camping trips were taken by Australian women with a total of 24.4 million nights spent around Australia. This is compared to 2013, when women took a total of 3.9 million caravan and camping trips and spent a cumulative total of 18.5 million nights caravan and camping in Australia. The largest age group was 30 to 54, which accounts for nearly 50 per cent of the trips, followed by the 55-plus group, who made up almost 29 per cent of…

2 min.
new transition for new age caravans

New Age Caravans has been sold to The Walkinshaw Group, a company known for its investment and development in automotive technology, after 12 months of negotiations. New Age founder and CEO, Gabby Montagnese, plans to continue to develop and differentiate the New Age Caravan range from its Epping, Victoria premises and will take on a role on the Board of the company. “One of the reasons I originally partnered with the Walkinshaw organisation was to bring new design and engineering innovation to the market, and I look forward to working with Board and executive team to keep developing and evolving,” she said in a statement. “Our partnership with Walkinshaw strengthens our ability to grow and bring new and exciting product lines to our customers. Walkinshaw's experience will help us to accelerate our focus…