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Caravan World Issue 560

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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in this issue

2 min.
is small, is good…

In the 1987 film Wall Street, title character Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) was a corporate raider who famously boasted “greed is good”. Paradoxically, a growing band of caravanners are adopting a Gekko-like stance, albeit cashing in on a “small is good” philosophy. Additionally, some caravan builders are recognising a market niche - smaller vans with a lighter towing weight. In this tiny vans and smaller tow vehicle themed issue, we take an in-depth look at the burgeoning ‘Size Matters’ doctrine initiated by RVers that has an increasing number of manufacturers sitting up and taking notice. No longer is caravanning the exclusive domain of the big rigs - hulking 4WDs hauling hefty caravans. Our field editor, Malcolm Street, delves into the world of small caravan builders and also explains how to do ‘more…

1 min.
holiday park reviews and ratings made available to big4 guests

Caravanners and campers will now be able to see external reviews and ratings of BIG4 holiday parks on the BIG4 website before they book. BIG4 has introduced the a system called ReviewPro’s Guest Ratings Score which gathers reviews and ratings from sites such as TripAdvisor and collates it in one place, making it easier for caravanners to choose the park that best suits them. The system will also allow the 180 BIG4 parks to see how they’re performing against other parks in the group, as well as competitors – all of which is good news for visitors. It will help parks see relevant reviews and insights, helping them to prioritise facility, operational and service improvements. BIG4 Holiday Parks’ general manager sales and marketing Campbell Davies said the system was introduced after listening to visitor…

2 min.
campers urged to prepare for cylone season

As cyclone season fires up in the north of the country, campers are being advised to prepare for what is expected to be a more active than normal cyclone season. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of an average-to-above-average tropical cyclone season, after a relatively quiet last season. People living or travelling in the northern reaches of Australia are being urged to prepare for the impacts, including power outages. Lightning, strong wind and heavy rain can cause damage to power grids during a cyclone, leaving travellers and caravan parks without power and relying on backup sources like generators. Generator manufacturer Briggs & Stratton has put together a list of tips to help travellers prepare. TOP TIPS FOR CYCLONE SEASON 1. Have an emergency plan And make sure it’s up-to-date. Be prepared with emergency contact details, including that…

1 min.
mobile coverage boost for qld welcomed by caravanners

Caravanners and campers visiting Queensland, and those living there, will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage with 76 new mobile phone base stations to be installed or upgraded over the next two years. The Four Ways Roadhouse, also known as the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, in Cloncurry shire is one area which will benefit from improved coverage. Other townships such as Injinoo, Ayton and Cape Tribulation, and remote shires like Cloncurry, Kholo and Wongawallan will receive improved coverage. The news was welcomed by Australian Caravan Club (ACC) national chairman Craig Humphrey, who said the announcement was “a move in the right direction”. “I look forward to the day when RVers can travel without the worry that in an emergency, they may not have mobile phone coverage,” Mr Humphrey said. “RVers can encounter all sorts…

1 min.
online ticketing a boon as vic supershow nears

Discovering the latest caravanning innovations is set to get a whole lot easier now that organisers of the 2017 Victorian Supershow have introduced courtesy carts and online ticketing for 2017. The event, hosted at the Melbourne Showgrounds from Feb 22-27, will also feature a new layout and improved parking to boost accessibility, providing the perfect avenue for RV manufacturers to launch or showcase their latest rigs. 2017 will also see the opening of two children’s zones, sponsored by CIL Caravan and RV Insurance, to make the experience more family friendly. The indoor area is the CIL ‘Chill Zone’ with games and activities for young children and the outdoor area is the CIL ‘Adrenalin Zone’ with show rides and physical activities perfect for older kids. There will also be product demonstrations and seminars throughout the…

1 min.
select portable fridges recalled due to fire risk

Waeco and Adventure Kings have recalled three popular portable compressor fridge/freezer models over a fault which can lead to the products overheating and melting, causing burns. The Waeco CF-40 and CF-50 portable compressor fridge/freezers and the Adventure Kings AFK60 have a controller failure which has led to their recall. They have been officially recalled by the ACCC. The affected Waeco fridges were supplied by Dometic Australia and were sold in BCF, Ray’s Outdoors, Anaconda, Seabreeze Industries, Burrell Outdoors, Bairnsdale Electrics, Tackle World & Outdoors Mandurah, Auto One Australia, and Freddy’s Fishing & Outdoors in all states and territories of Australia. The recalled Adventure Kings fridges were sold in 4WD Supacentre stores all around Australia between October 1 and November 15, 2016.…