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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 150

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
the way out

In the full 150 months that Camper has been in production, never has the offroad camping scene been so unusual and frustratingly prohibitive. In between scanning government websites and announcements, seeking information about what we can and can’t do in this bizarre age of corona, I’d like to offer a shout-out to all those who’ve worked tirelessly to get this, a distinctively unique Australian adventure and camping-themed magazine that celebrates and promotes exploring every nook and cranny of Australia, written, photographed and published over the past 12 and a half years. To Carlile Rogers, Max Taylor, Emma Ryan, the mononymous Borgy, Laura Gray, Rachel Doherty and everyone else who’s worked in the chair I’m privileged to sit in today, well done on this, the publication of the 150th issue. Now, where…

7 min
wiring aftermarket driving lights with your own two hands

Awhile back I installed driving lights to my newly acquired Jeep. As owners of all manner of models will agree, you often need that bit more illumination than is offered by factory headlights. Even though manufacturers are lifting their game — as is the case with the improved LED headlights in the Wrangler — many drivers still find that stock-standard headlights are insufficient for long-distance, night-time driving, away from the pretty little streetlamps. At the time, I had come across Lightforce’s new LED Striker lights, which exceeded my expectations, illuminating not only a greater distance, but offering a broader beam. I was pretty chuffed with the installation and results, as detailed in my earlier column, but something was still niggling me. While the Strikers fitted well on the front of the…

4 min
installing with custom wiring

First step is to position all the components in their place and lay out the cables so they reach, with a little slack as a safety margin. I started with the lights and was lucky to find, like many front bars, there were some conveniently pre-drilled holes that accommodate the stainless-steel bolts of the Venoms. The lights fitted well, with just a few millimetres to spare from touching the cross-over loop. After a quick alignment, I used a 17mm socket and ratchet spanner to tighten the three securing bolts of each light to the recommended torque. The first electrical task I undertook was securing the 30-amp relay in a place near the battery. Luckily, I found a spot needing just a small nut and bolt I had laying around. I next focused on…

6 min
stay fit, stay keen, stay prepared for camping adventures to come

The lay of the land for recreational camping and travel is more buoyant now than it was this time last month. Australia hasn’t gone the way of Italy or the USA. The spectre of military enforced lockdown has, thankfully, not eventuated. Instead, strict nationwide travel regulations are easing, with Western Australian premier, Mark McGowan recently announcing, “the cautious easing of some restrictions”. On 1 May, a number of Western Australian national parks, reserves and state forests opened for bookings. This represents a small but significant ray of hope that life for those of us who love offroad, remote adventure is returning to some degree of normality. This represents a small but significant ray of hope that life for those of us who love offroad, remote adventure is returning to some degree…

1 min
state-by-state recreational travel advice

Here is a list of state government websites detailing the latest rules and regulations on recreational and camping COVID-19-related travel restrictions: To get to the specific travel and camping information area of interest, open the state URL relevant to you, and then plug ‘travel and transport advice’ into the search bar. • NSW: nsw.gov.au/covid-19 • VIC: covid-19sa.gov.au • QLD: covid19.qld.gov.au • S.A: sahealth.sa.gov.au • W.A: wa.gov.au • TAS: dhhs.tas.gov.au • N.T: coronavirus.nt.gov.au • ACT: covid19.act.gov.au…

1 min
latest information from peak body, the caravan industry of australia

Domestic Travel Update The Federal Government has indicated that Tourism Australia will be pivoting towards a stronger domestic tourism focus. “The domestic visitor economy represents $80.7 billion of visitor expenditure annually and creates 417 million nights around the country. When we consider the economic importance of domestic tourism along with 9.7 million outbound trips undertaken by Australians each year who will now be looking to travel domestically, there is a significant opportunity for the caravan and camping industry. We will continue to work with Tourism Australia regarding developing matters.” Manufacturing Update The Federal Government is placing an increased focus on supporting local manufacturing. This includes a significant investment in modernising and reskilling the domestic industry, with the government expected to provide substantial investment into the sector. Specifically, the government will be looking to progress advanced…