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Caravan World Issue 567

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
diy self-satisfaction

There’s something enormously satisfying about completing a DIY project or job yourself – whether it’s working on your car, caravan, house or garden – especially if you’re doing it for the first time, or if it’s something you didn’t think you could do! While I’m certainly not professing to be a DIY pro – or anywhere near it – when it comes to van or vehicle maintenance, I get the same sort of satisfaction from other projects. Take driving across the Nullarbor in someone else’s brand new motorhome with only a couple of weeks’ planning – if I’d spent more time thinking about that, I’d probably have talked myself out of it. As it is, it was probably one of the most satisfying things I’ve done in a long-time. I navigated long…

2 min.
rv friendly towns

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s (CMCA) RV Friendly Town (RVFT) program is an initiative to promote RV tourism related services across Australia. Introduced by the CMCA in 2006, the RVFT program benefits all RV travellers as they journey throughout Australia. An RVFT is one that meets a series of guidelines and provides the type of amenities RV tourists require. These include low-cost short and long term rest areas, and access to both a dump point and potable water. By promoting the partnership between the RV tourist and small towns, CMCA encourages the expansion of tourism related infrastructure and services. Put in basic terms, an RVFT is one that happily provides amenities and services for the mobile traveller. Essential criteria for a town to qualify as RV Friendly include: • Provision…

1 min.
atpm expands its portfolio

Australian holiday park management company, Australian Tourism Park Management (ATPM), has added five new holiday parks to its portfolio. The properties include Crescent Head Holiday Park, Hat Head Holiday Park, Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park, Grassy Head Holiday Park and Stuarts Point Holiday Park. ATPM chief executive Paul Davies said the new additions will bring more visitors to the Kempsey and Macleay Valley Coast region as well as provide local opportunities for the community. Kempsey Shire mayor Liz Campbell says, “this is a new era of management and planned capital improvement for our holiday parks, with ATPM bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Macleay Valley Coast.”…

1 min.
new elite offroader

There’s now more caravan options available for families who love adventure. Elite Caravans has released a super tough three-bunk van which they say is designed to endure rough terrain while providing resort-style comfort. The addition of the Goulburn Off-Roader 2230 brings Elite’s offroad caravan offering to 14. It’s features list includes 4.4T Cruisemaster airbag suspension, D045 Hitchmaster coupling, 16in alloys, extra checkerplate panelling, aluminium cradle gas bottles. Going offroad is easy with a 150W solar panel and Redcard 30A BMS system which includes DC-DC battery charger with built-in solar regulator. There’s also plenty of features that make the this tough van feel homely, like an electric hot water system, air-conditioner, front loading washing machine, fibreglass shower, slide out bench, and a pillow top mattress.…

1 min.
a push for safer roads

There’s hopes Australian roads will soon be safer for RV drivers, with a new Road Vehicle Standards Bill to be introduced to Parliament by 2019. The Bill will strengthen laws governing road vehicles when they are first supplied to the Australian market and clarify recall arrangements. It will also provide more choice through streamlining regulations through which non-standard vehicles, specialist, and enthusiast vehicles like caravans and motorhomes are imported. The safety measures mean that all vehicle recall provisions will apply to all road vehicles that are sold in Australia, whether they are private or commercial. Following consultation with police agencies, the Government will also move to require a secure vehicle identification marking on new vehicles. This requirement will provide a significant deterrent to motor vehicle theft and re-birthing.…

1 min.
praise on the horizon

One of Australia’s prominent motorhome companies has been recognised at the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, with the gong for Best Big Business. Horizon Motorhomes and Ballina Campervan and Motorhome Centre has been in business for 29 years, and owner Clayton Kearney said he “couldn’t be prouder” of the effort of the staff involved. A mechanic by trade, Clayton began selling campervans in the late 1980s before starting Horizon Motorhomes in 1995. The business now employs 26 staff members and produces nine models in the Horizon range, all built into Fiat Ducato and Mercedes Benz Sprinter wheelbases. Over the past year, Horizon Motorhomes has moved into a brand new factory in Ballina to accommodate product demand. Most recently, Horizon launched the Melaleuca Appeal, in response to demand from a…