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Caravan World Issue 579

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.
cathy anderson

In 1989 my grandparents, Allan and Yvonne Wells, joined the Grey Nomad brigade and set off on a Big Lap around Australia. Retired, they purchased a rather cute little Viscount pop-top and old-school 1986 Toyota LandCruiser and planned a three-month adventure. This wasn’t their first RV trip: they had taken my mum Kerrie and her sister Debbie from Sydney to Adelaide via the Murray River, up to Moree, Port Macquarie and the Sunshine Coast with a hired Sunliner van towed by a Hillman Minx. These were family trips with overnight stops in caravan parks, not hardcore, offroading adventures. They saved that for their solo travels. On their Big Lap, they travelled north from Gerringong on the NSW south coast up to Cape York via Fraser Island, Cooktown and Cape Tribulation. They reached…

2 min.
vic caravan hall of fame inductees

Three members of the RV industry have been recognised for their contribution at the Caravan Industry Association Victoria (CIA VIC) prestigious annual Hall of Fame Business Awards and Gala event held recently at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium. Leo Cronin (Everything Caravans), Rob Funder (AL-KO) and Peter Wright (Coronet RVs and ex head of CIA VIC) were named as Hall of Fame Inductees on the night to recognise their lifetime of significant achievement and their contribution to the caravan industry. “The Association has a long tradition of recognising people who have contributed so much to the industry, and our prestigious Hall of Fame awards recognises both past and present pioneers of our industry of which these three inductees most definitely are,” said Rob Lucas, CIA VIC CEO (pictured with Tom Harding and Brian Welsh). “The…

1 min.
cruisin motorhomes fined over visa fees

Campervan and motorhome rental business Cruisin Motorhomes Pty Ltd has paid a penalty of $12,600 after overcharging customers who paid by credit card. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an infringement notice for an alleged breach of the excessive payment surcharge laws in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Cruisin Motorhomes, which has branches in Hobart, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns, is alleged to have charged VISA and MasterCard customers a two per cent surcharge, despite the cost of processing the payment ranging from 0.41 to 1.48 per cent. The excess payment surcharge laws stipulate that businesses can only pass on to customers what it costs them to process a payment. For example, if the cost of acceptance for MasterCard debit is 0.41 per cent, a business can only add a…

1 min.
shitbox rally raises $15 million for cancer

A fundraising event that challenges teams of two to drive a car worth less than $1000, also known as a ‘shitbox’, across Australia’s dusty outback roads for a week has raised $15 million for the Cancer Council in the nine years since its inception. James Freeman launched Shitbox Rally in 2009 because he wanted to find a way to fight for cancer victims and sufferers after losing both his mother and father to cancer in quick succession. Since then 17 rallies have taken place including the Brisbane to Darwin Shitbox Rally in May this year, which broke all fundraising expectations. A 10-year anniversary rally has just been announced for 2019 from Perth to Sydney and the 2018 Mystery Box Rally is due to start in Mildura, VIC, this October. “I am absolutely thrilled…

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acc mustering up rally locations

The Australian Caravan Club is looking for a Queensland venue for its annual National Muster in 2020 and beyond, and has released an expression of interest package to more than 60 local councils. Each national muster includes around 200 RVs and can boost a town’s local economy by more than $200,000, says Chairman Craig Humphrey. “The impact of the national muster to regional areas shouldn’t be underestimated,” he said. “For example, in 2015 the national muster at Beaudesert in Queensland’s Scenic Rim saw our members boost the region’s economy by over $266,000. “These annual events attract over 200 RVs for a period of up to two to three weeks. Many members arrive early and stay well after the national muster is over.” The event attracts Club members to a regional area of Australia, where…

2 min.
how you can help drought-affected farmers

The New South Wales drought is now one of the worst in history and, despite the Federal Government's crisis funding package, Aussie farmers need assistance. There are plenty of ways RVers can help farmers, as well as the small businesses in towns who are suffering the flow-on effects of drops in income and cashflow. Many charities have set up fundraising efforts which anyone can access. The Buy a Bale website allows you to donate money to help buy hay, water, groceries and diesel fuel (www.buyabale.com.au). The site also has Parma for a Farmer. Participating restaurants around the country are donating a portion of chicken parma dishes (or any main meal) sold to the cause. Drought Angels (www.droughtangels.org.au) uses donated funds to sponsor food hampers, care packs, store vouchers and feed for livestock. A $100…