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Byron Shire Council in NSW today banned campervans bearing offensive and sexual slogans from using council-owned caravan parks in the area.
APRIL 28: Shares in Coromal and Windsor caravans builder Fleetwood continue to climb, closing at $1.66 yesterday ... their highest price since last August.
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MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Fathers applauded over kids
REGARDING your story on
children using the wrong amenities block (see story
I applaud fathers for looking after their children, and if that means
toileting them in the men's toilet, then so be it!
Public toilets have always been a place for pedophiles to frequent, and
I would never allow my children to use one without me going with them.
I'm sure a six-year-old viewing a urinal would not be harmed.
As there are plenty of single fathers and mothers trying to do both
jobs, taking their children into the toilet, (whichever, male or
female), is a very responsible decision.
As for the gent wanting to use the urinal when a female child was in
there with her father ... next time use the toilet and shut the door.
She won't see your pride and joy then!
THE information about RACV insurance
payouts is interesting (see story here).
But it does NOT tell you would be more interesting.
For example, how much do they collect in premiums for a 12-month period?
How many caravans are stored in the local government areas?
I have been paying caravan insurance premiums for over 30 years never
had a claim.
SO the NSW tourism body and caravan
industry have united to attract more visitors (see story
Has the minister ever been a caravan/camper?
I think not!
FLEETWOOD has correctly identified a weakness in its
dealer network (see story here).
As the owner of a six-year-old Coromal, I am pleased with the design and
build quality of the poptop caravan.
However, I have learned to never rely upon the dealer network (at least
the members I have contacted) for spares or even reliable maintenance.
I WOULD like to comment on your story about truckies being urged to be
patient with caravanners.
Tell caravaners to do 90km/hr-plus in a 100/110km/hr zone ... not 60 to
80 like they do.
I am a large motorhome owner and it peeves me off when they are going
slow on the flat.
This often means that when there is a hill coming up I can't overtake to
climb it with any reasonable speed.
Dreams end in tragedy
A CARAVANNER died in a NSW crash (see story here).
It is tragic to see dreams cut short.
Often we retire, after dreaming for years of caravanning around
We buy a new luxury caravan and 4WD and set off on our dream retirement
We have spent our super, $200,000 or more.
Not a thought given to learning how to handle such a large rig on our
roads, how to relate to other road users, truckies, tour coaches,
commercial drivers, not to mention other caravanners.
I believe caravanners should be tested and licenced to tow a caravan.
There is more to towing a caravan than just driving a car.
I am a commercial driver, and I have seen accidents caused by
Caravanning is a fantastic lifestyle ... it's a great way to see our
country, meet new friends and do some wonderful things.
It should be safe for everyone.
Grandparents and children perish
FOUR DIE IN HORROR
By Dennis Amor
TWO children and their
grandparents died in an horrific smash involving a truck and station
wagon towing a caravan. The vehicles crashed
head-on south of Crystal Brook on the Augusta Highway in South Australia's
mid north. Police said all four occupants in the Subaru
‒ a 70-year-old man, 69-year-old woman and two
girls aged five and 10, all from Adelaide ‒ died
at the scene. The 52-year-old truck driver was airlifted to Royal Adelaide
Hospital with critical injuries. Three of his passengers
‒ a man aged 50 and two women aged 42 ‒ were
taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The caravan
exploded on impact, littering the highway with debris. Witnesses who ran
to help said there was little they could do. "It was a pretty big mess,"
one truckie told media. "There was a truck on the side and the car was
more or less caught underneath the front of it. The caravan was spread all
over the road." Another said: "It was terrible. The car was unrecognisable
and debris was spread for metres." There were reports the caravan was
"swaying" before the crash on a straight stretch of the 110km/hr highway. Social media was running hot with
tributes to the victims. "So sad with the school holidays only just
started," wrote one mother on Facebook. "My condolences to the family
involved. Life will never be the same for them." The girls' mother
told the Adelaide Advertiser that it would have been their first
holiday away in their grandparents' caravan. "It was a special trip. We
said goodbye to them in the morning and we took them over to Nanna and
Papou’s with their bags," she said. "They were on an adventure."
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Figures soar to
FOR CAMPING AND CARAVAN HOLIDAYS
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THE popularity of
caravanning and camping is soaring to new heights, particularly in New
Recent figures revealed that last year the state's caravan parks and
camping grounds enjoyed their busiest time ever.
"It's been a great year with more than 14.2 million visitor nights spent
in caravan or camping accommodation," jubilant Caravan & Camping Industry
Association NSW chief executive Lyndel Gray said.
'Families enjoying traditional
"It is clear from the latest
industry data, released by Tourism Research Australia, along with what we
hear from our own members, that families are loving a traditional Aussie
caravan and camping getaway."
She said similar reports were coming out of Queensland, Victoria and the
"Our member parks offer amenities which appeal to families, including
water slides and playgrounds, mini golf, cafes and restaurants, and kids
"There are also terrific cabins and safari-style tents on site for
families who prefer the added convenience of these options."
Ms Gray said caravan and campervan registrations increased nationally by
over 5 percent last year to well over 580,000, making the caravan and
camping the fastest growing vehicle registration type for six consecutive
The upcoming Caravan, Camping & Holiday Supershow, to be held from April 9
to 17 at Rosehill Racecourse, was "an excellent way" to see all the latest
products and experiences the industry has to offer, she added.
Meanwhile, the Victorian Caravan Parks Association reported that more than
85 percent of Australians have been on a caravanning or camping holiday at
least once in their lives.
"More than ever they are returning to share these wonderful experiences
with their families," chief executive Elizabeth White said.
Injection of capital and major restructure
Crusader Caravans back in business
Story-photo: Dennis Amor
Caravans, which went into voluntary administration last month, is back in
business. According to reports, the Victorian-based company has
undergone a complete restructure after an injection of capital and the
introduction of new ownership and management. "Crusader Caravans is poised
to cement its place as one of Australia’s leading caravan brands," the
Crusader Owners Club says on its Facebook page. "With the committed
support of its employees, its national dealer network and major component
suppliers, Crusader is ready to meet the strong demand for the new range
of 2016 Crusader Caravans." Founded 15 years ago by company director Serge
Valentino, Crusader employs about 60 staff. It found itself in trouble
last year when one its caravans ran foul of the law for having a
registration plate mounted 30cm too high. Its flabbergasted owner copped a
$415 fine and three demerit points after being stopped by police in NSW.
Crusader offered to pay for other illegally positioned plates to be
remounted. The company is highly regarded as a quality caravan builder
while maintaining competitive pricing. It has dealerships in Western
Australia, Queensland, Victoria and NSW and offers 18 models through six
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hills and farms
Casterton gains RV-friendly status
CASTERTON in Victoria is
among the latest towns to become RV-friendly. located on the Glenelg
Highway 42km east of the South Australian border, Casterton has a
population of around 2000 and is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills
and sheep, cattle and dairy farms. The Campervan and Motorhome Club of
Australia says travellers can now stay free of charge for up to a month at
the Ess Lagoon campground on McPherson Street. A dump point and drinking
water are available at the nearby Island Park Caravan Park. Attractions in
the area include the 40m high Bilstons Tree and ancient granite boulders
called Baileys Rocks. Meanwhile, the small country town of Heywood on the
Fitzroy River, 352km south-west of Melbourne, is offering a 48hr free stay
at its campsite on Hunter Street East.
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Boroma tradition lives
Roamers plan annual get-together
OWNERS of Boroma caravans
past and present are still working hard keeping the defunct caravan
manufacturer's name alive. Members of the Boroma Roamers are planning
a five-day rally at Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands from August 11.
Up to 30 caravans are expected to assemble for the gathering which will
see a packed programme of events. These include a happy hour and dinner, a
planned tag-a-long tour of the Tablelands, BYO dinner and lots of
story-swapping sessions. For Roamers who can't make the trip north to
Yungaburra, there will be a week-long mini-rally at Casino, NSW, beginning
October 10. Historically, the annual rally was organised by Boroma staff
and always held within a three-hour drive of their former factory at
Yatala north of the Gold Coast. The idea was that the bosses could display
the latest models and ideas. But when Boroma went into liquidation in 2008
a loyal band of enthusiasts formed the Boroma Roamers, with members
upholding the annual rally tradition ever since.
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Comments sought on
GRANT Council in SA is seeking comments on proposals to provide short-term
camping areas for travellers. "The number of
visitors to the region with self-contained motorhomes and caravans has
been rapidly growing," Mayor Richard Sage said. "These visitors generally
refuse to stay in caravan parks and are known to move through districts
without stopping if free camping sites are not provides, taking their
spending money with them." Sites under consideration are Tarpeena
Recreation Reserve, Little Blue Lake, Mt Schank Carpark, Carpenter Rocks
Recreation Reserve, Brown Bay Carpark, Donovan's Recreational Reserve,
Port MacDonnell Cap Northumberland carparks and Port MacDonnell Clarke
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releases its first ever slide-out
AFTER nearly 40 years in the caravan manufacturing business, Coromal has
released its first ever slide-out. The extra
space in the new Element 661 model helps accommodate an east-west queen
bed and improvements to the interior. Fleetwood Corporation's RV division,
which also builds the Windsor range of caravans, said the new slide-out
model, which costs under $80,000, was in response to the growing demand
for slide-outs in the Australian market.
Park's future in
THE end could be in sight for Arrawarra Beach's caravan park in NSW.
The family-owned Astoria Group wants to subdivide the holiday park into 24
residential lots. It has submitted a development application to Coffs
Harbour City Council. Holidaymakers have been enjoying the seaside caravan
park ‒ which offers a wide range of
accommodation including luxury villas, cabins, powered and unpowered sites
‒ since the 1930s.
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supershow a 'spectacular success'
ORGANISERS of last month's caravan show at Melbourne Showgrounds have
dubbed it a "spectacular success". Tens of
thousands of enthusiasts flocked to the Victorian Caravan, Camping &
Touring Supershow, which was making its second appearance at the venue.
During its six-day run, a total of 50,418 visitors were inspired to 'Go
Make Some Memories' as they enjoyed the best that the industry has to
offer. Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
officially opened the show and spoke about the importance and growth of
the caravan industry in the state.
call has locals scratching their heads
RESIDENTS of a small Queensland town are scratching their heads after
candidates in recent council elections called for an RV-friendly stopover. Paul
Bongioletti and Ross Peddlesden's electioneering included demands for
more facilities at Gin Gin, which straddles the busy Bruce Highway in the
state's south-east. But baffled locals were quick to point out it already
offers a large rest area with extensive facilities, a budget-priced
showground, caravan park, information centre and dump point.
THE recently rebranded Top Parks chain has signed up four more caravan
parks. Western Australia’s Kimberleyland Holiday
Park and the Nambucca River Tourist Park in New South Wales have joined
the group. Both are award winners and offer a waterfront location. Also
joining the chain were Rest Point Holiday Village in Walpole, WA, and
Windsor Gardens Caravan Park in the Adelaide suburb of Windsor Gardens,
more than 203 member parks across Australia, Top Parks says it is the
largest group of independent parks nationally.
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to retain park as low-cost holiday destination
COMMUNITY members have pleaded with the Shire of Broome in WA to retain
Roebuck Caravan Park as a low-cost holiday destination.
The call was the general theme among 103 submissions
received by the council on redeveloping the park. A report to councillors
said the current lease would expire in December, 2017, and the council
needed "to be mindful" of expending funds which would be redundant if
significant redevelopment occurred.
could have been 'catastrophic'
CARAVANNERS have been warned to check their hitch-pins before every trip.
The alert follows a potentially deadly theft at a NSW caravan park where
pins were stolen from towbars, causing one caravan to become detached as
it left Myall Shores Holiday Park at Bombah Point. "This could have had
catastrophic consequences, particularly had it happened at speed and in
traffic," a police spokesman told Caravanning News. The victim took
to Facebook to explain what happened. "We only made it just outside
the park gate to have our caravan and towbar hitch collapse on to the
road," he wrote. "This happened as a result of some low-life stealing the
pin and clip out of our car's tow hitch." A quick check of other towbars
at the park revealed that other pins had been stolen. Caravanners have now
been urged to use lockable hitch-pins and carry out regular checks.
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Market 'best' for 40
Industry on a roll, says Jayco supremo
CARAVAN manufacturing is on a roll, according to the boss of
Australia's biggest RV builder. Jayco supremo Gerry Ryan told media: "This
is the best I have seen the market in 40 years." His Victorian production
lines are expected to pour nearly 12,000 caravans, camper trailers, poptops and
motorhomes worth about $600 million onto our roads this year. In fact, Jayco
‒ which has a 1200-plus workforce
‒ accounts for almost 50 percent
of RVs sold in Australia. Mr Ryan believes the government should allow
more camping in national parks and allocate more land to cope with the
soaring number of caravanners and campers in the face of caravan parks
being sold off for redevelopment.
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busy preparing for major show
HUNDREDS of exhibitors are busy preparing for this month's major RV and
camping show in Sydney. The annual Caravan,
Camping and Holiday Supershow will feature NSW's most comprehensive
line-up of all things caravan and camping. To be held at Rosehill
Racecourse from April 9 to 17, the event will see over 300 exhibitors
showcasing all the latest brands and products.
OPERATORS of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries are working with caravan
groups to ensure caravanners are not stranded on the Apple Isle.
Despite an increase in sailings, reports reveal that there is no room on
the ferries to the mainland until next month. The problem has been
compounded by a decision to abandon a regular day service because it is
now regarded as 'off-peak'. TT Line chief executive Bernard Dwyer told the
ABC that his company was working with caravan associations around
Australia to warn about the backlogs. "At certain parts of the year it's
risky to think you'll be able to get spots on the ferry with a day or
two's notice," he warned.
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Caravan loses roof
in low-bridge encounter
CARAVANNERS have been urged to check their height of their rigs after an
accident in Victoria. A hapless traveller lost
the roof of his caravan after it was peeled off "like a tin of sardines"
when the man attempted to squeeze under a low railway bridge in Geelong,
police said. Debris was strewn over Brougham Street but no one was hurt.
"It is important for drivers to know their height of their caravans before
negotiating low bridges," a police spokesman said.
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Illegal campers at Norval
DUE to feral campers, the beautiful free camping
area along the beach at Norval Park in Queensland, owned by Bundaberg
Sugar, has been closed permanently.
Long-term campers and turtle watchers were regularly threatened by
People defecated anywhere they liked and trail bikes screamed through
camp sites and along the beach with very loud exhausts creating a high
possibility of an accident.
Drug-taking seemed to be very prevalent amongst some campers.
Others drove their 4WDs over the dunes, destroying the fragile
Police were called regularly due to abnormal behaviour of some.
This wonderful natural area has to be off limits until some sort of
authority can be put in place ... all because some people are stupid
and ruin it for the majority of good campers.
INTERESTING story from the Caravan Council of
Australia last month on self-certification by manufacturers (see
The number of caravans running around with illegally placed number
plates is a testament to this problem.
If manufacturers cannot get this simple point correct then what else
have they got wrong?
The allowable weight limit for loading personal items is also another
area which needs attention.
The 300/400kg allowance when a 'van has two 80/90 litre water tanks,
plus a couple of gas bottles, hot water service and large fridge, is
almost a guarantee the 'van will be overloaded.
Another area is warranties.
A 12-month warranty on a 'van, which in many cases will only be used
two or three months in a year, is ridiculous.
Even car manufacturers, with vastly more complicated products, can
offer three years.
It would appear that Australian caravan manufacturers have no
confidence in their build quality.
Families and parks
THE item about the poll on caravanners' ages was
interesting (see story here)
We spent a couple of days in a popular tourist park on the Gold Coast
There were lots and lots of families with kids in the park and they
fully occupied the three pools.
Knowing the rates those families were paying to be there, I too would
expect to find jumping pillows and all the trimmings.
Caravan parks will only invest in equipment that is going to give them
If you don't like paying for the facilities they have ... don't stay