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Caravan and Outdoor Life

Caravan and Outdoor Life April 2019

Specialist travel writers produce colourful articles on touring southern Africa by car, caravan and motorhomes. The magazines covers tourism destinations with feedback from readers experiences. There is new product, tips and advice and reviews on the latest gear that will add pleasure to this lifestyle.

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South Africa
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12,15 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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2 min.
mind the gap

They saying goes“one man’s loss is another man’s gain”, and in a way this seems a very apt description of the current situation in the caravan industry. While we can’t say that we’ve“lost”Jurgens completely, their absence from industry shows, loss of franchised dealerships, lack of marketing, and overall massive decrease in production (and stints of complete factory shutdowns), have certainly encouraged others to try and gain some share in the market. While a few years ago Jurgens still had a monopoly in South Africa, with a few other brands producing just a handful of units a year, we now have more choice in manufacturers and designs than ever. "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable…

1 min.
star rating system for fuel station restrooms

During the many hours whilst in the driving seat one finds oneself mentally analysing various issues experienced during your trip. One being that of when there are women travellers accompanying you, what condition the restroom would be in. One considers whether it is better to stop on the side of the road, or rather risk contamination from a dirty toilet (from an ablution point of view). If one could in advance have an indication of a rating for a restroom, one could certainly factor this in during their trip. I am confident it would be beneficial to the fuel stations if a magazine recommends their cleanliness, which would make a difference whilst travelling. This would form a partnership whereby the magazine’s journalists and members of the public contribute some form of rating during their…

2 min.
around the campfire

DIFFERENT STROKES I have been perusing the January edition of Caravan & Outdoor Life with regards to the article “Dream come true”, and I must admit it’s all good and well spending this kind of money on a 4x4 truck and have a camper built on it, but will this really be camping in the true spirit of camping? With 4x4 you can go almost anywhere. But is this the case? It boils down to “where do you want to go”. If you really want to get down and dirty, I think (from the look of the picture) the breakover angle will be very little and thus you will beach this truck (if it doesn’t crush the boxes mounted between the wheels). A case in question goes back to Dakar Rally. There is…

1 min.
thanks for the advice

We would like to respond to and thank Gustav Marais for his input encouraging us to obtain a PDP licence in order to avoid problems at police checkpoints. Our vehicle was classified as a goods vehicle but subsequently re-registered as a motorhome by Travel-Star Motorhome specialists. There are some points with the motorhome classification which should also be taken into account: 1. The vehicle does not need to go for a roadworthy test every two years. Besides the cost factor, the major irritation is once again the long queues at the inspection departments which are onerous; 2. The continual renewal every two years of your PDP driving licence is an extremely frustrating affair, where once again you queue for up to a day to be served by an arrogant municipal worker who feels that…

1 min.
want to share your story? have something to say?

Nothing beats sitting around a campfire and telling caravanning and camping stories. But what if the entire country was your campfire, and you could share your adventures with thousands of other outdoor lovers? This is what Caravan & Outdoor Life is to our readers. Our magazine and website brings together the camping community, and is a fantastic place to tell others about your travels, ask for advice, let your voice be heard, or simply share some news. So pull up a chair, sit down and write to us! The easiest way to get in touch is via e-mail: editor@caravansa.co.za If your prefer to write, send a letter to: Editor – Caravan and Outdoor Life PO Box 31062, Tokia, 7966 @caravanoutdoorlife Or join the discussions and get the latest news on our forum: www.caravansa.co.za…

6 min.
forum talk

PENSIONER PARKS Joe Robbertse Within the next 18 months we intend to hit the road on a semi-permanent basis for at least two years. I like to be prepared but find it difficult to extract useful information on the internet. The intention is to explore the country with a view of settling permanently in a place that appeals to us. I cannot find parks that really cater for pensioners to stay for two or three months at a time, not at reasonable rates anyway... R7 000 per month does not fit the bill. I have read that some folks have been nomads for several years. I don’t think I could do this. We are all getting older and this adventure has to happen sooner rather than later. Can anyone point me in the right…