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Caravan World Issue 581

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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.
jane hutchinson

I can still recall the almost palpable sense of excitement I felt as a kid as the summer holidays approached. After a hard year of times tables and book reports, the thought of that long end-of-year break stretching out before me was deliciously tantalising — promising freedom, adventure, and endless possibilities. I’ve been reminded of that feeling as I put together this, my first issue of Caravan World. To me, the thought of hitching up a van and taking to the wide-open road sparks that same childlike thrill of anticipation — the sense of undiscovered wonders just around the next bend. Reading through the pages of this month’s special summer edition, I feel immensely proud to be taking over the reins of such a venerable publication — a magazine that has served…

3 min.
leisurefest lights up

The sun shone for caravanning and camping enthusiasts at the 2018 Melbourne Leisurefest, held at Sandown Racecourse on 4-7 October. Crowds flocked to the annual event with 32,101 people attending the show in total and 215 exhibitors displaying their wares. On display for attendees to explore, research and purchase were caravans; motorhomes and campervans; camper trailers; pop-tents; fishing equipment; annexes, awnings and canvas products; camping accessories; food and wine; maps and navigation systems; storage systems; towing, braking and suspension systems; lighting, power and generators; RV financial services, repair services and training; RV cooking and kitchen appliances. With the CIA's latest statistics revealing that 7.1 million Australians have stayed in a caravan holiday park, camping ground or national park in the past two years — which amounts to 30 per cent of the…

1 min.
caravanning attracts a younger crowd to hit new record

New figures released in October revealed that the majority of travellers making overnight camping and caravanning trips in Australia are aged 30-54. The figures from Tourism Research Australia and released by Caravan Industry Association of Australia revealed that travellers aged 30-54 made 5.7 million caravan or camping trips in the year ending June 2018, whereas travellers in the over 55 age group made 3.6 million trips during the same period. The figures revealed that caravan and camping trips are increasingly appealing to young people, with the number of trips taken by travellers aged 20-29 years increasing by 22 per cent to surpass 2.2 million trips for the year. In total, national overnight camping, caravan and RV trips reached 12.3 million (rolling annual) for the year ending June 2018, marking the first time overnight…

1 min.
deni ute muster celebrates 20 years

All roads led to Deniliquin, NSW in September as more than 18,000 celebrated 20 years of the iconic Deni Ute Muster. The sports arena was bustling with action, with ute circlework and the horseback barrel races sending ripples of vicarious adrenaline through the audience and dust plumes high into the air. The more low-key Go to Wo, Show ‘n Shine and best ute competitions provided a break from the mayhem. The Muster holds two Guinness World Records —one for the highest number of blue singlets worn at one time, the other for the greatest number of utility vehicles gathered in one place. This year’s blue singlet count was an impressive 2998 while more than 7,000 utes turned up. The main stage featured Aussie music stars Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley as well as…

1 min.
send us a tech question and win a $405 coupling

Got a technical query about your caravan or motorhome and need some advice? The expert RV panel at Caravan World are hungry for tech questions to set their caravan cogs in motion. Senior editor Tim van Duyl, field editor Malcolm Street, staff journalist Peter Quilty and 12V Guru David Bayliss are at readers' disposal and eager to impart their decades of caravan knowledge. We invite you to write in with your questions on subjects such as towing your caravan safely, offroading tips and tricks, weight limits and distribution, electricals, batteries, caravan accessories, setting up your motorhome, or anything else caravan-tech related. As well as getting an expert answer to your query, you could win a Cruisemaster D035 Drop-On Coupling worth $405! To submit your technical or towing problem, send your question to submissions@adventuresgroup.com.au with…

1 min.
correction: trakmaster pilbara s

In the October issue of Caravan World, CW580, we published a review of the Trakmaster Pilbara S. This is our second review of the RV, as it joined a convoy of caravans and a motorhome on a 2500km trip from Perth up to Karijini National Park along Western Australia's Coral Coast. In the review we referred to Trakmaster's bespoke Trak-One trailing-arm independent coil suspension system as a Jayco product. This is incorrect. Trakmaster makes its own Trak-One systems for all of its vans. It's a traditional design in the sense that it uses north-south arms made in an A layout from pressed and welded steel. The spring perch is offset, helping to keep the spring as vertical as possible. The van our team took on their WA adventure had twin shocks for each…