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Caravan World

Caravan World Issue 556

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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jumping in

Being handed the metaphorical reins to the ‘bible’ that is Caravan World, a magazine which has been around for 45 years, is read by thousands of people every month, and is revered as the most respected title in its field, is a little bit like being handed the keys to a million-dollar sports car with left-hand drive. Or so I can imagine. More than 555 issues of this great magazine have been printed throughout the ages, and the care, pride, and consideration that has gone into making every one of those pages is immeasurable. Caravan World has had only four editors during its 45-year history – making the average reign of each editor more than 10 years (in reality, it didn’t work exactly like that) – giving you some idea of how…

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supreme caravans celebrates 30th anniversary

Supreme Caravans celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a gala dinner in early September. This family-and-friends affair was a large gathering at Supreme’s impressive Craigieburn, Vic, showroom. The men of the hour, Supreme founders and brothers Frank and Karl Prosenik recalled the early days of the company in which company meetings were held around a forklift in their small headquarters – a nearby shed in Sydney Road, Fawkner, where they built their first van (chassis number 0001), the Getaway. That was in 1986, and the premises served them well – they only moved to their new showroom five years ago. “Supreme Caravans is a very close-knit family,” Frank said during his address to staff at the dinner. “You’re all very special to all of us.” Frank and Karl migrated with their parents to Australia from…

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adamas: qld’s newest caravan builder

Queensland has a new caravan manufacturer. Adamas Caravans builds touring caravans and even rigs for serving coffee! Adamas Caravans, a Sunshine Coast business, was launched in September with an eye on designing and building bespoke touring and commercial caravans. The Caravan Repair Centre, based in Meridan Plains, Qld, originally specialised in caravan repairs and restorations but noticed a gap in the market for affordable, custom-built touring caravans as well as bespoke vintage campers that could be used for commercial purposes. “Our custom-building process lets you choose your caravan’s suspension, length, interior layout, colour scheme, accessories, and every other aspect of your future caravan,” general manager Renee Napthali said. “We also offer an extensive selection of fantastic pre-set layouts and designs prepared by our experts.” Customer Sarah Tanner was thrilled to receive her new, custom-built…

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slide-out bailey comet launched

Bailey Australia has launched its first caravan fitted with a slide-out, the Comet, a big slide-out caravan that weighs less than you’d expect. Many months in development, the Comet rounds out the marque's Rangefinder series. And for a van with an overall length of 8.12m (26ft 8in), it is surprisingly light. With a Tare of 2125kg and ATM of 2600kg, you won’t need a 200 Series LandCruiser to tow the Comet. Considering the size of this van, the fact it can be hauled by mid-range 4WDs is a tick in its favour. In fact, the company claims that despite the generous dimensions of the Comet, it is up to 800kg lighter than comparable caravans. Bailey credits its patented Alu-Tech construction method for the reduced weight of this large van. Among its features, the Comet…

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caravan production hits 37-year high

More caravans were built in Australia last year than in any other year for the past 37 years. Australia’s caravan industry continues to buck the national manufacturing trend with its continued growth, resulting in its highest production level in 37 years in the year to January 2016, according to new data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The comparable registrations over the same period shows the new caravans are not being over-supplied and are not sitting around un-sold. There are now 554,540 registered caravans on Australian roads. Campervans had the second highest growth, with 4.3 per cent over the same period, bringing the total number of registered campervans to 60,899. Overall, there was a 4.9 per cent increase in recreational vehicle registrations, following on from a 5.4 per cent increase the previous year. The…

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melbourne leisurefest’s major prizes announced

Festivalgoers at Melbourne Leisurefest 2016 will have the chance to win more than $7000 in prizes in the popular Passport to Freedom competition. The Passport to Freedom competition requires eventgoers to collect a show ‘passport’ at the entry gate, follow the Passport Map around the show, get their passport clipped at each nominated stand, fill in their details, and drop it in the gate entry box as you leave. This year’s prizes are: • First prize: Water Filtration System for Travelling (Aqua Max Australia), valued at $3050 • Second Prize: Waeco CFX-95DZ2 compressor fridge/freezer (Dometic), valued at $1899 • Third Prize: RV Parts voucher (Coast to Coast), valued at $990 • Fourth Prize: Outback Double Dome Swag (Blue Water Campers), valued at $749 • Fifth Prize: Nemesis wheel clamp, Saracen Ultra hitch plus a Aeroplus wind deflector…