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Caravan World Issue 576

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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Australia
Language:
English
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Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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in this issue

2 min.
tim van duyl

Mal saw it first and I am jealous. Malcolm Street, our Field Editor in New South Wales, came across the new FRV Chassis from Coromal Windsor first. Those of you lucky enough to make it to the Sydney Supershow would have seen the crowd surrounding the display chassis most hours of the show and for good reason. It looks like no other chassis on the market. In Mal’s words, it looks a bit like ‘Swiss cheese’, to me it looks brilliant. The team have taken on a fairly old and well-known method to make steel more rigid and lighter, they punched holes in it. Now before you get worried, there is real science behind it; you will see this technique used in high-end aeronautical applications and in large, weight bearing steel…

3 min.
pioneer lives on

Victoria-based metal manufacturer Gason has cemented its commitment to the RV industry, adding Pioneer to its suite of offerings. Just two years ago the Ararat-based business, well known for producing wood heaters and farming equipment, bought another RV manufacturer, Trakmaster. The latest purchase of offroad camper manufacturer Pioneer will see it more than double its production of RVs, and create a fourth division to the business, dubbed the 'offroad adventure' division. The move to the RV sector isn't, however, an entirely new one for the business, which manufactured caravans in the 1950s for state authorities to provide accommodation to staff, and for recreational use. Ironically Pioneer, whose origins are in Perth, was also most recently owned by a Victoria-based metal manufacturer, ACTCO Pickering Metal Industries. ACTCO Pickering CEO Hymie Jechilevsky says it sold Pioneer because…

3 min.
sydney supershow

The Supershow held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse was literally packed with all kinds of recreational vehicles, accessories of all kinds, caravan park information and destination advice. It would be difficult to fit all that into a short item like this, so here are a few highlights: AUSSIE TRAVELLER Aussie Traveller hitherto known for its awning, annexe, door, windows, heaters and items like towing mirrors, has launched its own line of RV-friendly white goods. Kicking off the XCD fridge range are two models, a handy 90L under-bench model and a large 180L model. Both are absorption-style, three-way units. In addition to the fridges, Aussie Traveller has launched its own brand of roof mounted air-conditioner. Rated at 3600W, it’s reverse cycle, has a variable air flow and built-in LED lighting. COROMAL CHASSIS West Australian-based Coromal Caravans…

3 min.
heavy duty

Here in Sydney, the Caravan and Camping Supershow is not long finished and what a busy week it was for all the exhibitors. I spent a couple of days wandering around looking at everything that was on display. Whilst there was much on show, particularly from the caravan sector, I do wonder if the caravan manufacturers ought to rethink where they are heading. For the only slightly informed showgoer, it can be difficult choosing between rows and rows of white or silver boxes and remembering how they looked by the end of the day. This year, every second van was either a semi-offroad or full offroad caravan, and with some variation of a front island bed, full-width rear bathroom layout. Have all caravanners become keen to get off the beaten track or…

3 min.
just deserts

It’s approaching four weeks until we venture into the desert for our first remote trip in what seems like an eternity. At this stage, our lists are running rampant. We have lists of things to do, to buy, to pack, and a sandy weekend pre-trip thrown in to organise. But, and it’s a big one, we haven’t locked in which camper trailer to take. Why not? Well, we can’t get the camper we want — Pioneer Mitchell! To us, this is our ultimate travelling companion — compact, comfortable, capable, and with plenty of storage without having to load up the bed. As you may know, my husband and I run an offroad camper trailer store in the Adelaide Hills. With so many trailers to choose from, what’s the problem? Well, Pioneer…

1 min.
travel happy

After a busy Easter with family in Rutherglen, Philip and Lia Le Grove moved to Police Paddocks to free camp on the Murray River, Vic, “for a four day break” before heading to Daylesford for some bushwalking. “Our 2010 Toyota Prado and recently purchased 2015 JB 17ft 10in Dirt Roader are a great combination and we are looking forward to our next trip to the north west of Australia in June." Alan and Diane Dobson camped up under The Nut in Stanley, Tas. Charles and Barbara White were on their way to Dunkeld when they snapped this picture of their rig in the Grampians. “I believe this is Mt William,” Charles and Barbara write. “We have a Kingdom Lonsdale 2007, which we bought new and tow with a Mitsubishi Challenger.” WIN! This month’s winner will receive…