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Caravan World Issue 566

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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.
bold moves

Packing up your stable, secure, comfortable life in order to travel full-time is no easy task. You may need to sell or rent out your house, quit your job, get rid of your furniture, say goodbye to loved ones – it’s a pretty major life decision. And giving up stable, secure work and diving into the unknown may be the scariest part of all. I did it once, at 22, when I did all of that and more and moved from my hometown of Perth to a tiny little village in Ireland. The first few months were so difficult that I vowed never, ever to do it again. Until I did, four years later... But you know what? It was the time of my life. And it’s that excitement and the…

1 min.
a dam fine rally in townsville

Sometimes, one of the best parts of a journey is meeting people along the way. The camaraderie associated with the RV community is certainly one of the many factors that attract people to the lifestyle. Many social clubs exist giving members the opportunity to meet like-minded people, sharing similar interests. For Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) members, the National Rally and chapter events are held to give members the opportunity to do this. The Tropical Coast Wanderers, a CMCA chapter, work hard every year to bring CMCA members the Dam Fine Rally. As people start to head north, escaping the southern winter, many attend the five day event held at Ross Park (formerly Ross Dam Park), near Townsville in July. The Tropical Coast Wanderers produced another outstanding event this…

1 min.
call for caravan owners

Owners of caravans similar to the style of the 1960s-era Globetrotter (above), are urged to get involved with a program to help disadvantaged children. United Way SA provides free books every month into the homes of children aged five years and under in some of Adelaide’s most at-risk suburbs as part of the ‘United We Read program’. The organisation will hold a Book Week event on Saturday, August 26 at the Playford Civic Centre called “Are We There Yet?” based on the children’s book by Alison Lester. In the book, Alison and her family travel around Australia in a caravan and United Way SA would like a group of caravans similar in style to the rounded Globetrotter van to be present at the event. If you are interested, please call (08) 7002 0140…

1 min.
new group for lotus owners

Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members who own Lotus Caravans can now join their own special interest group. The ACC recently announced the formation of the new group which will operate separately from the club’s branch structure. Similar to other special interest groups (SIG), owners can be both a member of a branch and a member of the Lotus Caravan group. ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said the group came about after a recent Lotus Caravan Owners’ Group muster. “We all got together and decided that we had so much fun as a group, that we would start a SIG for Lotus caravan owners within our own club,” he said. The formation of the ACC Owners of Lotus Vans brings the total number of special interest groups in the ACC to six. Like other…

1 min.
capital caravanners

Canberra RVers have joined the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) family, with the ACC’s first branch now formed in the capital. The ACC Capital Country Nomads branch was formed following a meeting, Happy Hour, and barbecue for interested RVers at Exhibition Park in Mitchell. The branch already has 24 members with hopes it’ll continue to grow. Steve Onus has been appointed president along with Leigh Baddeley as secretary. The ACC is one of the largest RV clubs in Australia with a membership of 4500 and growing. Anyone with a caravan, pop-top, motorhome, campervan, slide-on camper, camper-trailer or fifth wheeler is encouraged to join and benefit from free Farm Stays, social activities, musters and events. Anyone interested in joining the Capital Country Nomads, should contact membershipsupportnsw@australiancaravanclub.com.au…

1 min.
chassis recall

Caravan owners have been put on alert after the ACCC recalled a Turisi Enterprises G&S chassis that has a Control Rider TS Suspension system. The ACCC says anyone who has a caravan built with a chassis manufactured between May 2015 and June 2016, or who has a chassis that has been manufactured by G&S Chassis that has a Control Rider TS Suspension System, should immediately stop using their caravan. There is a risk of insufficient weld penetration and/or overgrinding of the weld on the suspension trailing arm elbow, which has resulted in reduced material thickness. The suspension arm may break causing the chassis to become unstable, potentially becoming a hazard to other road users. Caravan owners can find the chassis number and manufacture date in the G&S Chassis Warranty and Service Handbook,…