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Caravan World

Caravan World Issue 559

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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start as you mean to go on

Your Christmas pudding will have barely digested when this mag hits the newsstands, so I’m not going to bang on about New Year’s resolutions. I’m pretty sure they only exist to make us feel guilty, anyway. But the new year does offer us a good opportunity to pause and take stock, think about our priorities, set goals and make plans for the year ahead and what you want to achieve. Kind of like the way you can only start a diet on a Monday... Anyway, my goal this year is to start as I mean to go on and, for me, that means heading off into the great outdoors every opportunity I get, and ticking a whole bunch of places off my travel bucket-list. Practical? Maybe not. Satisfying and enjoyable? You bet! So…

1 min.
al-ko/dexter buys out melbourne components company

DexKo Global Inc, a combination of caravan components giants AL-KO and Dexter which engineers trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and trailer components including Dexter Sway Control, has bought out the family-run Melbourne Trailer and Caravan Supplies (MTCS). MTCS, which has been in business for more than 45 years, supplies trailer axles, leaf springs and other trailer components and has been the Australian distributor for Dexter axles for more than 30 years. DexKo Global was formed at the end of 2015 when Dexter and AL-KO Vehicle Technology (VT) joined forces. MCTS managing director Denis Henry said the acquisition of his company, which took place on December 8, 2016, was a positive step for the future of both companies. “The team at MTCS is very excited by the opportunities presented to us through our new partnership…

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taronga western plains zoo opens african safari

Visitors to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in regional New South Wales can enjoy an African safari-style experience after a Savannah Safari opened at the zoo in December. Zoo visitors will travel through the African Savannah in one of two purpose-built safari to see giraffes, two species of antelopes and ostriches. White rhinos and zebras will be added to the safari this year. The safari also features a new, elevated platform for viewing, and redeveloped exhibit and public areas with new seats, landscaping and walking paths. The Savannah Safari was a $1.4 million project jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Taronga Foundation. It was opened by NSW environment minister Mark Speakman who joined zoo staff and supporters on the first truck ride. “The Savannah Safari project is an excellent addition to Taronga…

1 min.
nissan bonus for big4 members

Nissan Australia and BIG4 Holiday Parks have teamed up to the benefit of BIG4 Holiday Parks members. The alliance will see BIG4 members receive exclusive offers from Nissan, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, as well as special sporting experiences. “Nissan has a long and proud heritage in making vehicles for adventure,” Richard Emery, managing director and chief executive of Nissan Australia, said. “Our cars have been a fixture in family driveways for generations and to partner with BIG4 Holiday Parks and its passionate members is a great way to start this year’s Christmas holiday season. “BIG4 represents the best leisure parks in Australia and with 180 locations nationally its representation is similar to our own retail network in Australia.” Steven Wright, chief executive of BIG4 Holiday Parks, is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “The…

1 min.
travel safe this holiday season

The holiday season is officially in full swing and for many, this means the big holiday trip visiting family and friends is just around the corner. But before you set off in your RV, the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) would like to offer these seasonal tips to make your trip a happy and safe one. The top three contributing factors to accidents each year are driver fatigue, alcohol and speeding. It is important to not drive under the influence of alcohol, plan for rest stops and keep within the speed limit. Many accidents are caused through driver frustration, so avoid it by factoring in the delays you know you will experience at this time of year. As many of you will be travelling in or with an RV…

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caravan world hits the road on new adventure

Caravan World and sister publication Camper Trailer Australia have a brand new home after Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd (Adventures) took ownership from global publishing giant, Bauer Media on December 1, 2016. The new Adventures portfolio includes these well-respected mastheads and websites plus Travelin.com.au, Turu.com.au and TradeRVs.com.au Adventures chief executive Rob Gallagher said great content would be the defining feature of the new business. “The Adventures business is steeped in tradition but will not be a traditional publisher,” Gallagher added. “The new ownership group is genuinely excited by the opportunity to work in a field they’re passionate about – and to also learn the business of media and content from the great team already in place.” Key CW personnel including Senior Editor Laura Gray, Field Editor Malcolm Street and Staff Journalist Peter Quilty will…