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Caravan World Issue 570

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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3 min.
the best in time for christmas

Winners are grinners so I hope you are all happy. This issue starts our celebration of Best Aussie Vans, our signature event where we bring together the best caravans on sale today and pair them with the best industry experts to appraise them for you. The outcome includes winners across a range of categories but as much as the manufacturers with the highest total score can rightfully hold their heads high, all entrants should be celebrated as not a single van on display was a dud. Enjoy the first half this issue, we will be back for more in January. TOWSTAR We had a few calls and emails about a review done in CW567, on the Roadstar Voyager. Comments came fast and from afar that we must have had an issue in…

1 min.
adventure whitsunday wins big again

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach has retained its crown at the Queensland Tourism Awards receiving gold for the highly coveted “Caravan and Holiday Parks” category. After winning the award three years in a row, the park earned a place in the award program's prestigious Hall of Fame with park owners, the McKinnon family, celebrated at a gala event in Brisbane in November. Thirteen new waterslides and an increase in resort-style accommodation formed part of the multi-million dollar expansion to the 10ha site. Greg McKinnon for the McKinnon family said: “I think the tourism industry in the Whitsundays is as good as it’s ever been. We have bounced back after Cyclone Debbie in March this year and there are now more operators and choice of quality products for tourists than ever…

1 min.
a win for solar power

A Melbourne RV solar system company has been awarded for its innovation, at the Optus My Business Awards. Solar 4 RVs was named the Australian Retail Business of the Year, selected from among seven finalists. The judges said it was chosen because of its creativity as an industry leader, best practices, and excellence in customer service. As the only company in Australia offering a dsesign and advice service for lightweight solar systems, Solar 4 RVs launched in 2014, and today support and sells to more than 300 businesses, as well as the public. The business is run by husband and wife team Trish and Phil Chapallaz, who say they conduct extensive research and testing on all of their products, and use the latest technology. Solar 4 RVs has recently launched…

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increased support for caravan community

Discovery Holiday Parks has signed a new agreement with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, in a move that's tipped to increase support for Aussie caravanners. The agreement aims to increase compliance efforts, encourage new decision makers in the caravan industry, and drive further research that can benefit those in the community. According to the CCIA, the caravan holiday park industry generates more than $1.8 billion in revenue, with caravanning consumers spending $8.6 billion annually, mostly in regional Australia. CCIA CEO Stuart Lamont said the agreement was important and that it was necessary for the industry to be “prepared for what future lies ahead and take maximum advantage”. Discovery Holiday Parks Chief Executive Officer Grant Wilckens said it is “vital that the national body is focused and strong and that they are appropriately resourced…

1 min.
avoid caravan buyers' remorse

Buying a second-hand caravan and trailer in Queensland will soon be easier, thanks to a new campaign. Transport and Main Roads has joined forces with Caravanning Queensland to help customers avoid fraudulently registered caravans and trailers, following a Queensland Police investigation earlier this year. Transport and Main Roads Director General Neil Scales, said the organisations have worked with police to investigate possible rebirthing of statutory written-off caravans. Rebirthing is when a caravan recorded as a statutory write-off is re-registered using a different identification number. TMR and Caravanning Queensland have rolled out education material including an online tool, which outlines steps customers can take to protect themselves. The top tip is to check caravan details closely, and make sure any information engraved on the trailer plate matches the information on the registration papers. Scales said buyers…

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top awards for industry's best

The cream of the NSW caravan and camping industry have been recognised at the Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW's Awards of Excellence in Sydney. Winning the 'Best of the Best' were BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry (Holiday, Tourist and Resort Parks category) and Horizon Motorhomes (Products and Services category). CCIA NSW president Theo Whitmont said there was an unprecedented number of nominations this year. “Our awards look closely at the customer experience, so these winners have really excelled in their service delivery,” Whitmont said. He said the Awards not only recognised outstanding achievement, but also helped grow the Australian holiday experience. “Our industry caters to so many individual needs,” he said. “From families looking for a fantastic resort-style holiday, travellers embarking on a road trip adventure, couples seeking a romantic glamping retreat or campers who…