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Issue 592

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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Travel all over the countryside, ask the Leyland Brothers!” Remember that theme tune? I used to love that show — mainly because the Leyland Brothers always seemed to be having such a good time four-wheel driving across the rugged terrain of Australia while living off the smell of an oily rag. Ah, for the simple life, where there were no fancy rigs or caravans set up with voice-activated sound systems and slide-outs — budget touring at its finest. In this issue of Caravan World, we’re going to keep it simple, inexpensive and fun, just like the Leyland Brothers. Catherine Lawson shares some cheap camping spots to take the kids — saving you enough money to squeeze in a few extra days into the holidays — in her feature, ‘Family-friendly Australia’ on page…

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EDITORIAL SENIOR EDITOR Anji Bignell abignell@emprisegroup.com.au STAFF WRITER Peter Quilty pquilty@emprisegroup.com.au FIELD EDITOR Malcolm Street DESIGNERS Nicholas Ramsamy, Janina Roque, Danielle Beadman, Swathi Sankaran COLUMNISTS Malcolm Street, Anita and Mike Pavey, David Bayliss CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Cathy Anderson, Catherine Lawson, Adam Jane, Steve Kealy, Sandy Guy, Gwen Luscombe, Chris Whitelaw, Scott Heiman, Sam Richards EDITORIAL AND NEWS 125 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North, Vic, 3161 submissions@emprisegroup.com.au PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY SENIOR VIDEO DIRECTOR Anna Shepherd asheperd@emprisegroup.com.au PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTRIBUTORS Phil Cerbu, Anji Bignell, Getty Images MARKETING HEAD OF MARKETING Lauren Grigg lgrigg@emprisegroup.com.au DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE Shubhangi Bhalekar sbhalekar@emprisegroup.com.au DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Craig Gonsalves cgonsalves@emprisegroup.com.au MARKETING COORDINATOR Rebecca Lamplugh rlamplugh@emprisegroup.com.au MARKETING COORDINATOR Will Hayward whayward@emprisegroup.com.au EXECUTIVE GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Robert Gallagher rgallagher@emprisegroup.com.au CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Matthew O’Meara momeara@emprisegroup.com.au…

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two campaigns to ‘play nice’ with truckies

Two awareness campaigns have been launched to increase awareness of how caravan and motorhome owners can safely interact with large trucks on the road. The first is a grassroots program launched by Queensland caravanner Ken Wilson called Truck Friendly. Wilson’s website (www.truckfriendly.com.au) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/truckfriendly.com.au) offer safety tips for overtaking and being overtaken while towing a caravan, travelling in a convoy and lights and communication. RV owners can join the campaign and qualify for a free green, 30cm 'I'M TRUCK FRIENDLY', sticker which lets truck drivers know they understand the rules of the road. To obtain a sticker, RV owners must read the driving guides on the website and install a UHF radio in the vehicle. Wilson says many caravan owners do not understand how to safely interact with truckies, and his…

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redarc turns 40, vanners get the gifts

South Australian RV electronics manufacturer REDARC celebrated its 40th anniversary on August 27, but customers and charities are getting all the presents. The firm, which began in two rooms in a real estate agent’s shop in Blackwood in the Adelaide Hills, celebrated with a retail giveaway and trade prize, and released 40 limited-edition ‘RED’ 40A in-vehicle DC battery chargers (BCDC1240D). Most notably, REDARC pledged to raise $40,000 split evenly between four charities: the CFS Foundation, Junction Australia, Catherine House and the Royal Flying Doctor Service totalling $40,000. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is well known, and the others are SA-based charities. CFS Foundation provides financial assistance to CFS volunteer firefighters and their families, Catherine House is an Adelaide-based organisation that assists women by providing crisis accommodation and support and Junction Australia is a…

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rv insurer suncorp donates vans to tafe

TAFE students in Queensland will have the opportunity to test their caravan repair skills thanks to a collaboration between RV insurer CIL (owned by Suncorp) and Caravanning Queensland. Two written-off caravans have been donated to TAFE Queensland to support the training and development of the state’s future repairers and assessors. TAFE and Caravanning Queensland recently launched two new courses to train caravan repairers and assessors, which will provide specialised training for the first time. The donated caravans will offer students the opportunity for hands-on experience as they work towards their certificate in service, maintenance and manufacturing. “We’re proud to support TAFE Queensland to implement the new caravan specific qualifications,” said Sarah Davies, National Manager, CIL. “At CIL, our mission is to ensure our customers get the most out of their caravan travelling experience. By…

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is this campervan worth $477k?

US motorhome company Advanced RV is selling a custom-made Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based motorhome, the 2019 Baja, for a whopping $US328,000 ($477,000), reports curbed.com. The Baja is built on the 2019 version of the bus and has been tricked out with all the bells and whistles, but even the experts struggle to find the value in a smaller van. Externally, it looks pretty similar to other conversions apart from the driver side skirt with integrated charging and clean water ports, plus shiny Alcoa wheels. Inside, it’s an explosion of colour with a bright green and turquoise colour scheme that might not be for everyone’s tastes. Features include an electricallyfoldable double sofa bed, a fridge/freezer, ‘quiet’ air-conditioner, microwave, floor heat, and 24in Vizio Smart TV (with Apple TV). An integrated touchscreen panel controls all the functions…