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Caravan and Outdoor Life

February 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

South Africa
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12 Issues


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all in this together

The new year is in full swing and the long December holidays are far behind us.But despite most of us being back at work instead of lounging in the campsite, this is still my favourite time of the year... okay, maybe second favourite after the end-of-year holidays.The reason for my excitement is that the start of the year is traditionally when caravan, trailer and motorhome manufacturers launch new products.There are various trade shows and expos scheduled for February, and looking at the sneak peeks we have already featured in Caravan & Outdoor Life, the outdoor industry is in for a treat this year!We deserve this, because let's face it, 2018 was tough –the economy was struggling, fuel prices soared, and the cost of everything from bread to bungee jumping…

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caravan price perspective

I was interested to read comments from subscribers in your January edition of the magazine regarding the price of caravans.Just to get some perspective, I gave some thought back to the day when I bought my first new caravan – a 1994 Jurgens Penta. It cost me R42 000 out the box, and it was magnificent.In 1994, I also bought a new VW Golf GTI for my wife. This cost me R78 000, also out the box.In the 25 years since then, the Penta has hardly changed at all apart from cosmetics. The specs for the caravan are basically the same, and there is certainly no great need for high-tech in a simple caravan. The current Penta price (in the “old” guise) is about R320 000 (although it seems…

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around the campfire

IGNORANCE IS INEVITABLEDear Editor, I would like to reply to the letter “Police ignorance of the law” by Allen & Karen Davies posted in the December 2018 issue.When travelling you will unfortunately and inevitably come across the ignorant, self-important and uneducated even in their own line of work! It is just a disease of our times and society, mixed in with bad human nature.On top that there are not many of us travelling in SA in this weight class. All that most traffic officers know is that a truck driver needs to have a PDP.So my advice is to get a PDP just like I did. I have never had any problem at police checkpoints.Why ruin your holiday for the sake of an eye test and an admin fee?Keep…

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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 in: ‘Editor’ C/o Caravan and Outdoor Life PO Box 31062, Tokia, 7966 @caravanoutdoorlife Or join the discussions and or get the latest…

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oh flip! (seen online)

Sulanie Kruger posted the following on the KAMP-MAL Publieke Groep / Public Group:"Best caravan ever! Only three glasses broke. We do have damages, but it did not stop us from camping for another week. Jurgens Xcape... well done boys for building a great caravan!" ■…

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from our forum

2005 ECHO 4 TRAILER Emma Poupard I am looking at buying a 2005 Echo trailer…. what kind of things should I be checking in a trailer this old? Any suggestions? Robert Anderson We bought a 2005 Echo 4 in 2016 and have so far had great trips with it through Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia. Over December we toured the Northern Cape, including the Richtersveld, and the trailer behaved as well as ever.The bed is comfortable, there’s adequate space for your camping equipment and it tows well for its size. What to look for if you are considering buying one:• Wheel bearings (always have a spare set and tools to replace it)• Check the bolts on the coupler regularlyWe were fortunate as we bought it with a pump, 40 litre…