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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 149

Relaunched in May 2017, and specialising in the world of campers and adventure trips, CAMPER magazine is for those who ‘have a penchant for good banter around the campfire and beer tasting in five-million star locations’. With a bold new design and revitalised content line-up, CAMPER will showcase the best in campers, feature characters, hero destinations, gear and technology, DIY hints and techniques and a celebration of an adventurous lifestyle through Aussie eyes.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
future focus

Close the door, order food online, draw the curtains, 2020 looks just about cactus. But there is a light at the end of the bleak COVID-19 tunnel. A small glimmering chink of light in the gloom. When all this is done, a vaccine becomes available or whatever it is that enables us all to venture outside again, our appetites for outdoor camping will be utterly insatiable. And it’s this insatiable appetite that Camper will be focusing on, now, and into the immediate future. As we all deal with the realities of this damned virus and make the massive adjustments each of us is required to undertake in order to preserve life, it’s important to realise that hopes and dreams for the future remain unchanged. The virus is an externality, not one that…

8 min
pump up the ram

I recall my very first time camping, decades ago. A mate and I hired a Suzuki LJ50 2-stroke 4WD and went exploring Fraser Island. To say we knew nothing about 4WDing or camping is an understatement. We had the basics: one set of clothes each that we wore for the whole five days; a flappy canvas tent; ratty sleeping bags; a good old kero lamp; a few basic cooking things; and cans of what I still remember as pretty awful stuff. Even though we were travelling lightly, after all the Suzi was just 500cc, we had a lot of fun, at a time when there were hardly any restrictions or facilities for that matter. Fast forward a few decades and it seems that I, like many of you, now need more…

2 min
install process

1: After slipping on the protective sleeves, I took one end of the airline, used the supplied cutting tool to make a clean cut and then inserted it in the valve of the bag, you should feel a positive snap. Make sure the protective split conduit runs right up to the valve. 2: I then routed the line through the protective disk, via about the middle of the coil, then out the top gap of the coil mount. 3: Next, to ease the insertion of the bag, disk and air line through the coil, I squashed the bag as much as I could and temporarily blocked the other end of the airline with the supplied red stopper to prevent air being sucked back in. 4: After a few pushes and prods,…

5 min
suddenly, a new reality

The determination on what’s possible in this weird age of corona changes hourly. This morning as I write, the United Kingdom went into police-enforced lockdown. By the time you read this, Australia could also be well into adopting similar measures. The army could be called out to shore up essential supply and logistical channels and maintain civil order. Nothing is fully known or understood. It’s strange to write these words. It feels like we’re living in a George A Romero zombie movie, come real. What does this mean? Well the bluntness of the prescribed directions offered by our political leaders is growing clearer by the day. They say, from a practical sense, that it’s up to every individual to exercise ethical due diligence, especially when it comes to the practise of self-isolation…

1 min
a message from emprise ceo, rob gallagher

We are living through extraordinary times. Never has the Australian tourism and RV manufacturing endured such a sustained run of tragic conditions that affect the fabric of these great markets like we are seeing today, let alone the broader impact on society from bushfires, floods and now COVID-19 (or Coronavirus). The flow on effect of these events will have widespread impacts on people and businesses alike, our own is not immune, but we can already see the galvinisation of teams and communities willing to fight this out. These green shoots of optimism supported by a raft of Federal and State Government stimulus and subsidy measures, which should be applauded, will see us come through this. They will provide a platform for our communities to get out and experience their own adventure in…

13 min
south aussie space odyssey

In the reception of the ol’ Gladstone Gaol, there’s a black and white photograph of the Booyoolee Hotel in flood, dated September 1910. Water ripples and licks at the brick facade. A group of men, mostly in hats, stand next to or sit on a low wall to the left. To the right, two gentlemen in drenched clothes struggle to pull each other up from the slop. A row of spectators lean over the upper floor’s balcony balustrade on their elbows. Almost everyone is smiling. Packing the 4WD for this nine-day trip to the Flinders Ranges in the pouring rain two days before, I hadn't been smiling. I guess in a dry place like this, you've got to celebrate the rain when it comes. There’s blue skies today — barely a cloud…