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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 125

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
touring the great australian bight

There’s a reason why the Southern Ocean is as ferocious as it is — there’s no land to impede its cyclonic path as it circles the southern latitudes of the planet. It’s an Ouroboros of the sea, an unbroken watery loop, a snake’s head of wind and misery caught up with itself and endless. The coast of Australia’s Great Southern Bight is perhaps the best place to properly observe these awesome mood swings. The southern tip of Patagonia in South America, AKA, Cape Horn, is a dastardly place to get to overland. Cape Aguilas, the southernmost tip off the African continent, is a good spot to observe, but it’s not as expansive as the Bight. No, it’s perhaps only the strip of coast between Invercargill and Dunedin on New Zealand’s South…

6 min
cracking canvas

Nature can throw its fair share of challenges at the avid camper. I mean when you think about it, you could be subjected to anything from heavy rain to hail and freezing-cold snow to excessive heat, along with the more common oppresive humidity and strong wind. Now most camper trailers offer nothing more than a single layer of canvas between you and the elements outside – so you’d want to make sure it’s a bloody good layer, eh? Sure, good quality canvas will generally last a life time if it’s cared for correctly, but like everything else, canvas does wear down over time. It loses strength and durability, and may develop water leaks here and there. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it in tip-top shape as the years…

2 min
top five canvas care tips

1. DON’T STORE YOUR TENT AWAY WHILE STILL DAMP Never pack up while the tent is still wet or damp. Even if your tent has been fully treated for mould resistance, it will soon be rendered ineffective if you pack it away for days or weeks with moisture trapped inside. Sometimes you have little choice but to travel home with a damp tent, but make a point of hanging it out to dry as soon as possible. 2. TAKE THE TIME TO SET YOUR TENT PERFECTLY Erecting your tent properly will help to ensure its longevity. If not done correctly, time and time again, the canvas will become strained, eventually becoming damaged. 3. LET THE CANVAS BREATHE Any build up in condensation will help the rapid cultivation of mould if air isn’t allowed to circulate.Open…

3 min
diy canvas repair methods

CANVAS REPAIR TAPE Canvas Repair Tape or Cloth Tape is an adhesive canvas or linen fabric strip found in most outdoorsy stores that stock tents. It’s usually used to temporarily patch up minor tears or punctures, and generally speaking it does a more than satisfactory job. The idea is to apply a strip of the canvas repair tape directly over the tear on both sides of the canvas ensuring it completely covers the hole. It might not be the fanciest looking repair, but it’s waterproof, durable and usually costs less than ten bucks! It’ll get you out of trouble, but is obviously not a replacement for a professional repair. CONTACT ADHESIVE Another option is to use a contact adhesive to secure a canvas patch over a puncture hole or tear. The idea is to…

1 min
top tips lessons for the long haul

WITH A LITTLE EXTRA LOVE, AND A FEW BASIC YET EFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE ROUTINES, THERE’S NO REASON YOUR CANVAS SHOULDN’T GO THE DISTANCE. ANOTHER GOOD HABIT TO GET INTO IS BRUSHING THE CANVAS DOWN BEFORE YOU PACK IT AWAY. 1 Before you park your camper up for the long haul, look for signs of moisture in the area. Things like moss on the back fence, or condensation inside the garage should ring the alarm bells. 2 A cracking idea is to bung in a couple of moisture absorbent sachets to help soak up any dampness, especially if you’re in a humid climate. 3 Always cover your camper up with a water tight yet breathable cover. If you only have a tarp, string it up like an awning to allow air flow underneath instead of…

10 min
across the bight

The strip of soft sand I was travelling on was more of a narrow ledge than anything else, set slightly above the jagged twisted spires and clumps of sea-eroded limestone rock that threatened on my immediate right, while the wave-tossed sea just a little further out was downright intimidating. To my left was a steep scrub-covered ridge of sand that effectively barred any deviation that way. Suddenly the sandy ledge gave out completely and the Discovery lurched sideways into a fettuccine-like porridge of sand and weed. I thumbed the gearshift paddle back to second, the low range box growling in time with the increased rumble from the V6 turbo engine. The only real response though, as forward motion came to a quick end, was a plume of sand thrown through my…