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Caravan World Issue 575

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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in this issue

2 min.
tim van duyl

Thank you all for the encouraging feedback on our recent redesign of Caravan World. We received a range of feedback, predominantly positive, particularly with the better paper quality and cleaner look. Some of you mentioned that some of the colours and fonts are harder to read which has entered our feedback loop with the designers. We will constantly evolve the magazine, and your input is greatly appreciated. This month I've had the pleasure of working with the AL-KO team on 2018’s rendition of AL-KO’s Toughest Tow Test, which will go down as the best yet. With six more than capable caravans, five days of testing and a location like no other, we really had the opportunity to push the boundaries of typical caravanning to see how tough the vans and AL-KO…

5 min.

TRACK TRAILER GOES GREEN IN 2018 As part of an overhaul of business practices, Topaz van manufacturer, Track Trailer, is now pushing power back into the grid. A solar array fitted to the company's 4800m² roof will annually generate close to a megawatt, which when teamed with savings from the plant's newly-fitted LEDs, exceeds the power required to design and manufacture all Track Trailer vans, and to sell all models showcased at Outback HQ. According to their Marketing Manager Lloyd Waldron, the roof has also been modified to collect rainwater. “We … store it in five, 24,500L tanks to be reused as a part of a quality control deluge testing on every single RV we build,” Waldron explained. In manufacture, Track Trailer has established a recycling plant for metal offcuts and now opts for locally-sourced…

2 min.
zone rv's gunbarrel adventure

Caravan and Gunbarrel Highway rarely go together, but when you add ZONE RV, Directors Matt Johns and David Biggar believe it's possible. After conquering Cape York, the pair were hungry for more, and never being shy of a challenge they aimed for harder, longer and dirtier. In a chance meeting with new ZONE RV customers Reg and Michelle Toohey, David and Matt accepted their invitation to travel in convoy from the most eastern (Byron Bay) to western points (Steep Point) of Australia. A veteran adventurer who has travelled worldwide with his old faithful LandCruiser 200 Series, Reg was quickly nicknamed ‘Reg the ledge’ due to his sheer legendary stories — just the guy to lead the trip. Matt hitched a ZV-20.6 Venture to his LandCruiser 200 Series, David took a Z-16.6 Off-Road…

3 min.
poles apart

“Morelo mirrors standard layouts on its left-hand entry door models so workers operate from the same side” Ohayo. That’s a loose translation for good morning in Japanese where I happen to be at the moment. I am holidaying but not in an RV. I haven’t actually seen a caravan, motorhome or any sort of RV. When I explained what I did for a living it took a while — and a few pictures — for my Japanese hosts to understand. As it turns out, the Japanese call motorhomes “camping cars”. A very apt description. Still on cars, during my time in Nagasaki, I’ve seen locals get around in what look like bricks on wheels in various sizes. One is even called a Nissan Cube! None will earn any styling gongs but they…

4 min.
tripping out

“Travelling in convoy, we’ll need to consider extra dust filtering for the snorkel and a bigger UHF aerial” It’s been a long time between drinks, but I’m finally getting back on the horse. It seems like an eternity since we ventured out on a remote outback trip. Bad health in past years has relegated me to homebound activities, yet the tide is turning as we prepare for a Simpson Desert crossing later this year. It’s been seven years since we first crossed the Simpson. Back in 2011, the Eyre Creek crossing had been closed for around 18 months due to the high volume of water in the region, meaning a complete crossing to Birdsville wasn’t possible. Our plans were to enter the desert from Purnie Bore near Dalhousie Springs, enjoy a few quiet…

3 min.
travel happy

Photo flashback: Maureen Webb with her rig, after having spent three days at the Devil’s Marbles. “It was a wonderful, scenic and serene spot to recharge the batteries after three months on the road. We loved it. We met some lovely people and reconnected with people we had met earlier in our trip.” Jenn McNeilly on the road in Tasmania over Summer “sampling the fresh seafood, creamy cheeses, fine wines and decadent chocolate. “The scent of Huon Pine timber will linger for some time , as will the memories of gigantic, ancient Swamp Gum trees protected in National Parks. Many of these precious giants are over 400 years old!” Having shared a photo of their rig with fellow readers in May 2017 (issue #563), Paul and Robyn Maynard sent us another pic of their…