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Caravan World Issue 563

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.
the people you meet

As most caravanners will attest, one of the best and most enjoyable parts of the vanning lifestyle is the people you meet along the way. Sure, that breathtaking view over the Great Australian Bight may remain etched in your memory for a while, but it’s the characters you come across that can really make a road trip memorable. Country pubs, outback hotels, caravan parks, bush camps, the corner store – they’re all places you’re likely to come across an interesting character or two on your travels. But the middle of the Nullarbor? Literally, and geographically, almost halfway across Australia? I can’t say I expected to meet anyone out here during a long day of driving. But then CW photographer Steve and videographer Matt, standing on the side of the road shooting our…

2 min.
nearly 1000 gather for cmca rally

For many, the RV lifestyle is not only about exploring Australia, but also about the people you meet along the way. One of the ways in which the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) members meet likeminded people is by attending club events, specifically the club’s annual rallies. Back in March, RVs of all shapes and sizes gathered together in celebration of the club’s 31st Anniversary Rally in Pontville, Tas. Held from March 13-19, the rally attracted 586 vehicles and 984 members, with 240 volunteers putting in plenty of long hours to pull the event off. For those in attendance, the week-long event was an enjoyable experience with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. The weather was perfect – warm days and cool nights and mornings helped attendees celebrate the…

1 min.
big4 launches chinese website to attract international visitors

In a bid to attract a portion of the 1.2 million Chinese visitors travelling to Australia, BIG4 Holiday Parks has launched a Chinese version of its website. In what is believed to be an Australian first for a holiday park group, BIG4 Holiday Parks registered www.BIG4.cn to help attract more Chinese visitors with the lure of authentic Australian self-drive holiday experiences. The number of Chinese travellers choosing to caravan or camp grew by an average of 22 per cent per year between 2013 and 2016, according to research by Tourism Research Australia. “At this stage, our objective is not to promote individual parks, but rather to create greater awareness of the holiday park sector as a whole in China, and educate visitors about the tremendous outdoor experiences Australia offers,” BIG4 chief executive Steven…

1 min.
al-ko launches new offroad ball coupling

AL-KO has just unveiled a new offroad coupling for offroad caravans and camper trailers. The new and improved, low-profile ALKO Off-Road Coupling was engineered by AL-KO in Australia, based on feedback from manufacturers and owners about the existing offroad ball coupling. It is designed for extreme offroad adventure and is suitable for extreme vertical and horizontal articulation. It utilises a standard 50mm ball coupling for quick and easy hitching. The coupling is available in 3500kg fixed electric configuration and a 2000kg mechanical override version will be available shortly. Both versions are available on new caravans and campers, and can also be retrofitted to older RVs. You can read all about how the new AL-KO Off-Road Ball Coupling performed in real-world offroad tests in Part Two of the Toughest Tow Test in the next issue…

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acc puts free camping on the radar in warialda

The communities of Warialda and Bingara, in Gwydir Shire, Qld, will start investigating sites for free or budget camping within the towns, following a series of workshops held by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC). The club held RV industry workshops in April, with the aim of helping the communities understand the benefits RVers could bring, and how they could attract more of them. “Our RV industry workshops are aimed at assisting local communities to understand what many RVers may be looking for when visiting and staying in a region, whether for a short or long term stay, and what their requirements and needs might be,” ACC chairman Craig Humphrey said. ACC president Tom Smith, who presented at the workshops, said the results were inspiring. “Community representatives present engaged in constructive discussions following the presentation…

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save 50 per cent on dometic warranty package

Dometic is offering caravanners 50 per cent off the normal price of its Dometic Care ‘extended warranty’ on selected RV products. Dometic announced a new, standard three-year warranty on products earlier this year, with the option to extend it to up to five years with the Dometic Care package. Dometic Care will be 50 per cent off until June 30, 2017 on selected products and is available as an additional one, two or three year warranty period. For the full list of products included in the promotion, contact Dometic on 1800 21 21 21 or www.dometic.com.au…