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Caravan World Issue 607

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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.
john ford

I hope the New Year is treating you all well so far. What a shocker 2020 turned out to be, so let’s hope for better things in ‘21. In this issue, Cathy Anderson looks at how the local caravan industry is coping with the demand for products as more and more people discover caravanning is a great way to spend time and see new places. A couple of industry stalwarts fill us in how they are going, and, as usual, Gerry Ryan from Jayco has some valuable things to say. Gerry paints a positive future for his company, but hints that not everything is rosy in the local caravan scene. I think he’s right. As well as problems with quality control in some businesses, the warranty documents for many still leave room…

2 min.
tasmanian caravan industry calls for support

Caravanning Tasmania and the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) has joined calls urging the Federal Government to extend the Bass Straight Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme by providing free travel for cars and caravans. In operation since 1996, the scheme provides a rebate to equalise the cost of sea travel on the National Highway network. This allows travellers to Tasmania to explore the island using their own transport, meaning they can often go further, stay longer, and spend more, assisting regional communities. This is particularly important after the last year of lockdowns and travel restrictions, which Tasmanian operators are still feeling the effects of. Normally, local caravan parks would fill ahead of the peak summer season. But with the aggressive push by other states to attract Victorians, Tasmania is missing out on…

1 min.
caravan park insurance consistency

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsmen has handed down the Insurance Inquiry Report, a move welcomed by Australia’s peak caravan and camping industry group. Throughout the last year, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) has worked closely with and advocated for the challenges faced by caravan parks around the country regarding accessing and affording public liability and natural disaster insurance. Stuart Lamont, CIAA CEO, said, “The Ombudsman’s acknowledgment of market failure and the need to provide certainty to small business operators is a welcomed and accurate summary of the current insurance sector. “Caravan Park operators, who are fully regulated by relevant state and federal legislation regarding work health and safety, are not seeking to avoid their responsibility regarding public liability and natural disaster management. They are, however, seeking a consistent…

1 min.
electric vehicle tax

Announced in late November, plans to tax electronic vehicle owners 2.5 cents per kilometre and plug-in hybrid owners 2 cents per kilometre from 1 July 2021 has been met with criticism from industry leaders. The Victorian EV-specific Road Use Charge (RUC) aims to bring EV owner’s in-line with the fuel excise paid by combustion vehicle owner’s that goes towards road funding programs. VicRoads asserts the funding generated by the first few years will go towards enabling the adoption of zero and low emission cars through new charging infrastructure and reforms to enable EV ready new buildings. However, the tax, set to be adopted by Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia could see EV owners pay more than combustion cars that use six litres of fuel per 100km pay in fuel excise. Australian Electric…

2 min.
what3words and emergency+ app team up

In an Australian first, the Emergency+ app has been re-launched to include what3words to make it easier for help to arrive in the case of an emergency. Developed by Australia’s emergency services, Government and industry partners, Emergency+ is a free app designed to help Triple Zero (000) callers provide critical details in the event of a caller being unsure of their location. What3words, meanwhile, was developed in London and has assigned every 3sqm of the world a unique 3 world identifier — for example a certain area of Wineglass Bay has the identifier of 'twist, soulful, mottos'. The new update will see the Emergency+ app give callers the option to tell emergency services their location in the form of the closest street address, GPS co-ordinates or what3words address, helping save time, resources…

1 min.
study shows caravanning climate balance

A study carried out on behalf of the Caravanning Institute Association of Germany (CVID) has found there are fewer climate-damaging emissions when caravanning or motorhoming compared to air travel or staying in a hotel. The findings support those reported in two studies previously done in 2007 and 2013. Conducted by the Öko-Institut eV 2020, the study analysed arrival and departure, accommodation, meals and on-site mobility, and took into account the production (material balance, ener›y used in production and maintenance) and disposal of RVs. While the amount of emissions produced is obviously dependant on the length and distanced travelled, this is compensated by the lower emissions produced by the accommodation — overnight stay in hotels can produce up to ten times as many CO2 equivalents per person as caravanning. The study has also suggested…