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Caravan World Issue 569

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.
new adventures

The Caravan World team welcomed its newest ‘vanner, Matilda, this past month on a calm Victorian evening. She is of good weight, with all ten fingers and toes, and in the words of her parents Laura and Ashley Gray, ‘lanky’. Laura is a dear friend of mine, someone I have worked with over the past few years as she blossomed from a copy editor to hold the top seat. We don’t know yet whether Matilda can back a trailer, but with Laura’s can-do attitude ingrained in her DNA, I expect nothing less in the coming years. We will keep you updated on how the family is, and to Laura and Ashley, my sincere congratulations. For the Gray family, new adventures await, as they do for me, but my new baby is made…

1 min.
a win for trailer safety

Anew towing innovation will aim to improve the safety of RVers, on Australia's roads. Bosch Australia recently launched its Trailer Safety Control (TSC) system which combines 'on-trailer' anti-lock braking (ABS) and sway mitigation, aimed at making your next holiday safer when you're towing a caravan, camper trailer or trailer. It's a welcome development in the area of RV safety, with loss of control accounting for 30 per cent of caravan accident claims in 2016 alone. Oversteering and fishtailing were among the main causes of these accidents. TSC has been under development since 2014, following identification of the problem by the Australian Safety Systems engineering team. The Bosch global Centre of Competence for Trailer Safety in Australia was established by 2015. Bosch Australia say the new technology has the potential to reduce…

1 min.
park to reopen

CMCA RV Park Railton will reopen this month, and we are looking forward to an exciting season ahead. Further details are available online at our website or on GeoWiki. Meanwhile, CMCA RV Park Ingham is now closed for the wet season, and we’d like to thank all members who stopped in for a visit, and in particular those members who volunteered their time as park custodians. Although the park is now temporarily closed, we still invite all members to visit our sites in Euston and Railton, and would like to remind members that our parks in Ingham, Euston, and Railton, each incur a $3 administration fee, per person per night. We encourage members to book sites in advance, which can be done via the online booking system in the Member…

1 min.
success for leisurefest

RV enthusiasts proved the industry shows no sign of slowing down with 32,306 people attending October's Melbourne Leisurefest. The number was the highest attendance in seven years, as people flocked to Sandown Park to see more than 220 exhibits showcasing the latest model caravans, pop-tops, tents, camper trailers, motorhomes, campervans, slide-ons, 4WDs, boating and fishing, camping and outdoor accessories. Visitors were allowed to bring their dogs, to accommodate the 70 per cent of caravanners and campers who prefer to travel with their pet. According to the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria, senior adventurers made up the majority, however there is an increase in family attendance. Rob Lucas, CEO of CIA VIC said family demands are still big, along with consumer demands for greater luxury items. Mr Lucas said this year's event met…

1 min.
positive outlook for domestic tourism

Aussies are tipped to hit the roads for more domestic travel over the upcoming summer months, according to forecasts from Tourism Research Australia. Latest figures from the organisation show both New South Wales and Victoria had growth of six and 10 per cent respectively, in the June 2017 quarter compared to the previous year. Results for Queensland and Western Australia weren't quite as positive, with a slight downturn in the numbers of people caravanning and camping in the domestic market for the year ending in June 2017. The Caravan Industry of Australia has attributed this to challenges the industry has faced including Cyclone Debbie in Qld and the general economic downturn in WA. Tourism Research Australia said while there would be an increase in domestic nights and trips for the…

1 min.
legal win for aussie 4wd manufacturer

Queensland based MSA 4X4 Accessories has had a legal victory, after a major copyright infringement ruling in the federal court. In a strong message to others in industry who breach copyright, the Federal Court of Australia ruled in favour of Shane Miles, saying there had been a breach by a competitor on his patented design for a drop-down fridge slide. Australian Ute Trays and Bodies was found to have infringed Mr Miles' exclusive patented design, affording Mr Miles legal avenues to seek damages and have the product imitations removed. Mr Miles says, “our drop slides are engineered to perform at the highest level and are supported by a lifetime guarantee. It’s disgraceful to see the livelihood of small Aussie businesses being ripped off by patent infringers.” Mr Miles explains that it…