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June 2016
 

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JUNE 25: Shares in Fleetwood Corp, which manufacturers Coromal and Windsor caravans, reached a year-high of $1.90 at yesterday's close.

JUNE 25: Operators of award-winning 539-site Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park in Victoria taking Supreme Court action after Great Ocean Road Coast Committee rejected them in controversial tender process for new lease. Morris family has run the park for 20 years.

JUNE 24: Police investigating car and caravan rollover on Bruce Highway at Raglan between Rockhampton and Calliope.

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* Caravan obliterated by semi-trailer  28,590 people reached.

* Two bodies found at Rollingstone campsite  ‒ 6856 people reached.

* Vanguard Caravans in liquidation ‒ 4744 people reached.

* Mobile vegie gardens popular with grey nomads ‒ 4142 people reached.

* Fowlers Bay Caravan Park up for sale ‒ 3702 people reached.

* Kokoda caravan and Prado overturn on Bruce Highway ‒ 3423 people reached.

* Caravan parks rocked by earthquakes in WA ... 2803 people reached.

* Fallen power lines create havoc on Bruce Highway ‒ 2369 people reached.

MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Kids must be protected from wicked daubings

Offensive Wicked campervan

DELIGHTED to read about caravan parks banning campervans daubed with offensive slogans (see story here).

I cringe at some of the absolutely disgusting and filthy words which are amateurishly painted on the exterior of Wicked campers.

Wicked by name and wicked by nature!

Many are in bright colours which is an instant attraction to my children as I travel the highways of Australia..

We have a five-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl and often holiday in caravan parks.

I would hate to be pitched next to one of these dreadful vehicles.

How do I explain to them the meaning of some of the shocking phrases and sexually explicit artwork?

I have sometimes read about people being fined for wearing rude tee-shirts ... so why should these Wicked campers be immune?

It's time the government took action to protect us and our children by forcing these vehicles off the road until they are cleaned up.

Oh, I've just remembered ... it's election time. Need I say more?

Penny Gallagher.


Prices hope

I READ your recent breaking story on a council wanting expressions of interest to provide low-cost camping (see story here).

Great idea and good to hear that someone is doing something.

I just hope the prices stay in line with what the CES give us.

Also, you ran a story on a government grant for Dimboola caravan park.

What about the poor people who live there?

Is pouring money into a high price c/van park going to help them?

Ben.


Unfairness

HERE are my comments about the overflow campsite opening at Port Hedland (see story here).

The campsite proves that if you can afford the newer self-contained caravans, or a larger motorhome, both of which cost significant amounts of money, then you can camp cheaply.

But the many people with older Ďvans or camper trailers, which were never built to be self-contained, must pay the full fee.

If the overflow facility was for when the caravan park was 90-100 percent full I could agree, but 50 percent ... thatís just wrong.

I think the divisions created by the 'well off' paying less than the 'battlers' could lead to vandalism and bad behaviour on the part of some.

Banjo.


 


Campbellfield caravan factory blaze

Part of building collapses

Victorian caravan factory destroyed in mystery blaze

By Dennis Amor

A CARAVAN factory in Scammel Street, Campbellfield, Victoria, was destroyed by a mystery blaze. Part of the First Class Caravans' building, in the heart of Australia's major caravan manufacturing area, collapsed as 40 firefighters tackled the inferno. "Live power lines added to the hazards for us," a fire service spokesman told Caravanning News. An ambulance spokesperson said no one was injured or inside the factory at the time of the fire. The area was sealed off today while forensic experts investigated the cause of the outbreak. First Class Caravans' Luke Jurrjens told us that members of his family-owned business were "devastated" by the fire. "We are too shocked to make a statement at the moment," he said. Have your say


Price Caravan Park sign

Fire crews find body

WOMAN DIES IN 'VAN INFERNO

A WOMAN died in an early morning caravan blaze at Price Caravan Park on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula. Caravanners and the park's relief caretaker ran to help but were beaten back by the fierce heat as flames engulfed the caravan. The body of the 63-year-old woman, from Seaton in Adelaide's west, was found shortly after 1am on Friday after Country Fire Service crews extinguished the fire and searched the fire ravaged caravan. A CFS spokesperson said: "The caravan was destroyed and the cause is currently unknown but Fire Cause Investigators have been called."  Police have appealed for witnesses. Relief caretaker Ron Pryor grabbed a fire hose and attempted to put out the flames. He desperately tried to get into the burning caravan but was foiled by the locked door. "There wasn't much we could do," he said. It is understood the woman described as a "heavy smoker" and her partner arrived at the caravan on Thursday afternoon but the partner returned to Adelaide some hours before the tragedy.  Have your say


Aged travellers ill-prepared, survey reveals

Medical centre signSICK NOMADS AN OUTBACK HEADACHE

Challenge to health care service providers

Story: Dennis Amor

ILL-PREPARED grey nomads heading for Australia's remote regions are causing some outback medical centres to buckle under the pressure.

Some have pleaded with the ageing travellers to better pre-plan their adventures and make sure they have provided for their health needs.

A survey of travellers aged over 50 years staying in motorhomes or tents in WA's Kimberley region revealed that an astonishing 68 percent had chronic diseases.

Alarmingly, over 60 percent were taking regular medications ... but only half carried enough to last them the whole trip.

Only nine percent had a health summary from their usual general practitioner, and 39.2 percent were not adequately vaccinated according to recommendations made by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

A team of researchers put the health problems of grey nomads under the microscope and has now published its report.

One of them, Dr Catherine Hungerford from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, believes more trained nurse practitioners could help remote medical centres cope.

Holders of a masters degree, they are able to refer patients to other health care professionals, prescribe medications and order diagnostic investigations.

"They actually do very similar things to the general practitioner, but the beauty of it for the government is they're not quite as expensive," Dr Hungerford, head of the university's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, said.

The researchers said many grey nomads had an expectation that medical services they needed would be available in the bush as required, regardless of location or capacity of the local communities to provide them.

"This generates a number of challenges for health service providers with the brief to meet the health needs and preferences of all consumers who present to them for help," they said.

"Generally speaking, the health profile of grey nomads is similar to that of the wider population of Australians aged 65 years or older.

"This includes high rates of chronic disease and medication use."  More button


Caravanning family in horror rollover on Hume Hwy

Two rescue helicopters at scene

Caravanning family in horror rollover

A FAMILY of four, including a baby and child, was involved in a horror caravan accident on Hume Hwy south of Goulburn in NSW. Police said a Toyota LandCruiser towing a caravan was travelling south when it hit a guardrail and rolled. Two rescue helicopters landed at the crash site. A female passenger suffered serious injuries and was trapped in the wreckage for nearly an hour before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital. A six-week-old boy was flown to the same hospital by NSW Ambulance Paramedics in a serious but stable condition. The male driver and four-year-old boy received minor injuries and were treated at the scene. One witness said it was a miracle anyone survived the crash. All southbound lanes on the Hume Highway were closed, causing a mammoth traffic jam. Police from the Crash Investigation Unit have launched an investigation into the incident. Have your say


Elderly owners fail to keep up with digital age

Lack of internet knowledge leads to park sale

THE elderly owners of a Lake Entrance caravan park in Victoria have decided to sell ... partly because they can't keep up with the digital age. They have operated the business for 22 years and are not enjoying the best of health as they near their 70s. Selling agent Michael Keltie, of Business Sales Victoria, said the owners had no knowledge of the internet and had a very poor online presence. "If you don't do this with a caravan park, you are losing 80 percent of the market that should be contacting your business," his advertising blurb says. The two-acre park has 50 powered sites, up to 50 tent sites and a 30-bed hostel with communal kitchen. It's on the market for $855,000. Mr Keltie declined to name the couple or identify the park. Have your say


Police hunt truck after caravan forced off highway
POLICE are looking for a truck which forced a caravan and towcar off a Queensland highway.
It happened on May 31 on the Warrego Highway about 6km east of Jondaryan in the state's south-east. A police spokesperson said the truck had attempted to overtake the caravan whilst travelling east but was forced to take "evasive action" to avoid an oncoming vehicle. "There is no positive description of the truck other than the second trailer was a flat-deck and unloaded," the spokesperson said. Anyone who saw the truck being driven erratically towards Toowoomba at the time should contact Oakey Police on (07) 4691 1020 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000. Have your say

Richie FortRecord first quarter for Winnebago
WINNEBAGO Australia is looking forward to a bumper year after a record first quarter of sales and production.
Business development manager Richie Fort (pictured) said that with four of Australia's five major caravan and camping shows already wrapped up, the response to the company's entire range had exceeded expectations. This had reinforced a commitment to improve production. "Our 2016 sales are already on track to exceed those of 2015, which is a testament to the quality product coming out of the factory coupled with our great network of dealers who really know our product," Mr Fort said. More button

Broome's change of heart over pets
BROOME Shire Council in WA has had a change of heart and will now allow travellers with pets to stay for more than seven nights at temporary or overflow caravan parks.
Councillors unanimously voted in favour of the move after numerous complaints from pet-loving caravanners that the limit unfairly restricted their time in the beachside town. They pointed out that all six caravan parks in the area banned animals. New rules will now provide them with priority access to temporary or overflow facilities at the local PCYC, pistol club and Seventh Day Adventist Church. More button

PM Malcolm Turnbull with CIAA treasurer Dennis AustinPeak body represents 'sexy' industry, PM told
AUSTRALIA'S peak caravan body represents a "sexy" industry with a bright future, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been told.
The description brought smiles to Mr Turnbull's face during a face-to-face meeting with Caravan Industry Association of Australia Treasurer Dennis Austin. Mr Austin was showcasing the strength of the caravanning industry in the wake of the declining car industry. During the meeting, he highlighted the billion-dollar contribution of his industry, which was currently showing a near six percent growth. More button

Fraser Coast moves to attract more travellers
A QUEENSLAND council is anxious to attract a bigger slice of the growing RV market.
Fraser Coast Regional Council is seeking expressions of interest to provide commercial low-cost camping options to lure more caravanners and other travellers. It has asked the State Government to endorse amendments to the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme to encourage camping options so it can cater for the increasing number of RVers hitting the road. "We are encouraging anyone who is interested in setting up facilities to attract RVs to come forward with their development proposals," a spokesman told Caravanning News. More button

BIG4's Steven Wright in the slammerBIG4 'crims' thrown into the slammer
BIG4 Holiday Parks staff were thrown into the slammer after being accused of "outlandish crimes". Chief executive and ringleader Steven Wright (pictured left) was included the group which spent a night behind bars at Old Melbourne Gaol. But is was all in good fun ... they were raising funds for Whitelion, a charity which helps disadvantaged and at-risk youngsters. Supporters of the BIG4 team posted $3820 "bail" money before members were released from their spooky surroundings, where bushranger Ned Kelly and more than 130 inmates were hanged. The brazen group of BIG4 "criminals" had been accused of terrorising people throughout some of Australia's most pristine holiday destinations. "Their passion for enjoying Australia's best holiday spots is only matched by their thirst for menacing the public with their outlandish crimes," it was claimed. "Each with their own particular brand of brutality, you'll want to be sure to steer clear of this vicious mob of thugs!" Have your say

Blue Mountains councillors see red over Wicked campers
BLUE Mountains Council in NSW has joined several others in outlawing controversial Wicked campervans.
Councillors voted unanimously at their recent meeting to ban the controversial RVs bearing "offensive, misogynistic, racial and degrading" slogans from council-owned tourist caravan parks. Mayor Mark Greenhill, one of two members who moved the motion, hoped the decision would shame other levels of government into taking action to get the campervans off the road. The council will also write to Justice Department Secretary Andrew Cappie-Wood; Minister for Mental Health, Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward, and acting President of NSW's Anti-Discrimination Board Elizabeth Wing expressing the council and community's concern. It will also make a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Board. Have your say

Lake Albert caravan parkPark owner backs RV-friendly call
A CARAVAN park on the shore of SA's Lake Albert is backing calls for the tiny town of Meningie to become RV friendly.
But Lake Albert Caravan Park owner Jacqui Grant said she was against offering travellers an area for free overnight camping, suggesting a $10-$15 fee would be fair. It would be "tough" for her park, a member of the Top Caravan Parks chain, to compete if a free lakefront camping area was provided, she added. Her pet-friendly park offers powered waterfront sites for $32 a night and unpowered pitches from $15 nightly. Local resident Sid Greig claimed at a recent meeting of Coorong District Council that RV facilities in Meningie were "behind the eight ball". Have your say

Rest area benefits caravan park 100km away
A NEWLY opened 48-hour rest area in central Queensland is benefiting a caravan park 100km away.
Mount Morgan's Silver Wattle Caravan Park has already welcomed dozens of travellers from Queensland Heritage Park in Biloela, which is offering caravans and other RVs powered pitches for $15 a night. It provides hot showers, toilets, dump point and water top-ups. The park has a large array of heritage displays celebrating Australia's rich heritage and pioneering spirit. A Silver Wattle spokesperson said the new camping facilities at Biloela had impressed everyone who stayed there. The two parks have now agreed to exchange each other's brochures, pointing out that a "little cross-promotion never hurts". Have your say

Flower caravan Mavis, mobile photo booth

New life for vintage caravans
FLASHY vintage caravans are blooming in the small business world.
Would-be entrepreneurs are snapping up the old ladies from yesteryear and transforming them into all manner of mobile trading outlets. Take Queenslander Cherie Zimmerle, for instance. She has a 1968 Franklin Caravelle caravan which acts a mobile florist store at festivals, markets and other events around the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, teacher Alicia Finch and her family from Ipswich in Queensland are the proud owners of Mavis, an original 1952 homemade bondwood caravan which has been turned into a mobile photo booth. Christened Mavis, the mint-coloured caravan is now a regular feature at weddings, corporate functions, festivals and other events in south-east Queensland. Caravanning News spoke to Cherie and Alicia about their ventures and vintage caravans. More button

Takalvan owners Dale and Natalie Rethamel with their retailers of the yeara excellence award.

Takalvans voted retail business of the year
WHEN it comes to business excellence, a Bundaberg caravan dealer in Queensland has been judged as being among the best.
The city's District Chamber of Commerce has awarded Coromal and Windsor agents Takalvans the prestigious 2015/16 Business Awards Retail Business of the Year gong. Owners Dale and Natalie Rethamel (pictured left with their trophy) said they were thrilled. "The award is not only for us, it also recognises all the amazing work done by our staff throughout the year," Natalie told Caravanning News. The independent panel of judges took into account the company's customer service, marketing, management and growth. Originally established in 1998, Dale and Natalie, who have three young children, bought the business in 2006. They are planning to build a new caravan sales and repair centre next to their yard in Takalvan Street. Have your say


Vegie garden

Guests encouraged to be picky

Holiday parks join growing trend

Story-Photo: Dennis Amor

MANY grey nomads have taken up the latest fad among travellers ... growing their own vegetables and salads. Take a walk around any caravan park and the chances are you will see them outside their caravans lovingly tending to their crops growing in containers of all shapes and sizes. Some mini-gardens have even been ingeniously built into caravan A-frames. One grower told Caravanning News: "I've seen all sorts of vegetables being grown ... puts a new slant on self-sufficiency." And now, one of Australia's leading chain of holiday parks has jumped on the growing trend, with nearly 20 of its holiday parks inviting guests to be picky. BIG4 revealed that vegetable and herb gardens were sprouting up at its parks all over Australia. Guests are free to pick produce from the gardens to complement their camp kitchen creations. "Fresh, wholesome vegetables and herbs are the ideal accompaniment to any meal, particularly when you're on the road and searching for healthy additions," BIG4 said. Have your say


Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan ParkPetition calls for rethink on Anglesea CP tender decision
MORE than 3000 people have signed an online petition calling for a change of heart over the future of the award-winning 539-site Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park in Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has announced it would take over the 4.5-star park at the end of its lease on December 1 next year after claiming a tender process failed to yield "an acceptable proposal for the value of the site". But the Morris family, which has operated the popular holiday destination for the past 20 years, was dumbfounded that its lease submission, said to be worth more than $10 million, was rejected. The petition to 17 Victorian "decision makers", including Premier Daniel Andrews, has now called on Victoria's Environment Minister to personally intervene and set aside the tender. More button

Showground doubles RV capacity
MURRAY Bridge Showground on the Princes Highway in South Australia has been given the green light to double its overnight capacity for recreational vehicles.
The local council has approved an enlarged overflow area which will be used during major events or holiday periods. Councillor Fred Toogood told the meeting: "I donít think we'll send any caravan park owners broke." The Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Society had requested the extra space for RVs after reaching its capacity during the Masters Games. more button

Ron ChapmanRon rewarded for 'outstanding contributions'
CARAVANNING Queensland's chief executive Ron Chapman has received the inaugural Richard Davis Award for his "outstanding contribution" to the caravan industry's peak body.
Mr Chapman (pictured) was instrumental in forming what is now known as the Caravan Industry Association of Australia and acted as secretary through its formative years. His efforts included developing international relations with overseas organisations, hosting study tours, representing the industry on national forums and ensuring the legacy of the past is firmly entrenched in the decisions of today. The award is named in honour of industry legend Richard Hasse Davis, who died last year. He had worked continuously for 40 years with SA Parks and for over 20 years with the industry's peak body and its previous entity. It was presented to Mr Chapman by his widow, Margaret Davis. Have your say

'Enormous' backlash against planned camping site
PLANS for a free or low-cost camping site for RVs at the historic river port of Goola in SA have received a setback.
The local council has been forced to throw out a proposal for a site at the Murray River town's De Castro Square following a public outcry. A council report said there had been an "enormous community backlash" against the plan. "Feedback received has indicated that the community is against the proposed RV park," it said. Locals protested it would create traffic problems and devalue their homes. Councillors will now consider other sites for travellers, possibly on the edge of town. Have your say


Gabby MontagneseMajor award for New Age boss
THE boss of go-ahead caravan manufacturer New Age Caravans has scooped the industry's coveted Future Leaders Award.
Managing director of the Victoria-based company Gabby Montagnese beat five other finalists to be handed the prestigious gong at the Caravan Industry Association of Australia national conference on the Gold Coast. The other finalists were Danella Mitchell (FreeSpirit Resorts), Michael McIvor (Broken Hill Caravan Park), Scott Jones (Jayco), Justine Schuller (Dometic) and Shane Fagan (CUB Campers). Gabby told Caravanning News after receiving her award that the industry was at a cross roads, needed change, governance, compliance and more controls. More button


Work begins on new WA campground
A NEW $2.5 million campground will be built at the historic Jarrahdene mill site in WA's Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to meet increasing demand for camping in the region.
Preliminary site works are underway at the 45-site camping area near the Boranup forest, about 20km south of Margaret River. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions investment in the Parks for People Initiative was helping West Australians and visitors experience affordable caravan and camping holidays. Have your say

RV production highest in 37 years
RECREATIONAL vehicle production in Australia continues to flourish, according to figures released by the industry's peak body.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia statistics show that a total of 22,711 RVs rolled off production lines last year ... a 6.6 percent rise over 2014 and the highest number in 37 years. Registrations rose 5.4 percent nationwide to 586,585, comprising 58,375 campervans and 528,210 caravans. More than 11 million overnight caravan and camping trips (domestic and international) were undertaken in Australia in 2015, a seven percent increase from 2014. Have your say

Perth's Yanchep NP New camping facilities on Perth's doorstep
 CARAVANNERS and other travellers are being provided with new and affordable short-term camping on Perth's doorstep.
They will be able to stay for up to seven nights in the city's popular Yanchep National Park when the one-year trial gets underway next month. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the 20 camp sites would accommodate caravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents. "This trial will help to determine the demand and the type of camping facilities that campers expect in an area like Yanchep," he said. More button

Whitsunday councillors wage war on illegal campers
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council in Queensland has waged war on illegal campers.
The crackdown comes after a public outcry over travellers stealing electricity, with proof being posted on social media. An online photo clearly shows a campervan plugged into a council power box at Airlie Beach. Angry councillors decided at their last meeting to increase security patrols at the Lions Markets area due to "high incidents" of illegal camping and to replace padlocks on power boxes. Have your say


Tambo Teddie with toilet roll

Tambo teddy 'Wellwater Whisky'

Thefts drive locals round the bend

OUTBACK TAMBO IS ON A ROLL

Story-photo: Dennis Amor

GREY nomads arriving in the tiny outback town of Tambo in Queensland are being handed free specially produced toilet paper. Light-fingered travellers have been driving locals round the bend by constantly nicking toilet rolls from public amenities. Now a dozen local businesses are handing out specially produced souvenir rolls bearing a map of Tambo together with a poem about loos in the area. The Tambo Tourism and Business Association initiative has already raised a few chuckles among caravanners. "I suppose stealing toilet rolls is about as low as you can get, but I had to laugh when I heard about the giveaways," one amused traveller commented. Tambo Teddies is one of the businesses taking part in the quirky scheme. "The campaign is already proving a hit with tourists," a spokeswoman said. She thought many travellers would hold on to the unique toilet rolls to remind them of their visit to Tambo. Have your say


Dennis Austin, Eric Hayman award winnerTop honour for Tassie dealer
A TASMANIAN caravan dealer and accessory retailer has been awarded the caravan industry's highest honour.
Dennis Austin, who owns Austin's Caravans & Leisure Centre on the Apple Isle's North Coast, received the Eric Hayman Award For Excellence. The award is to the caravan industry what the Brownlow Medal is to football. Accepting the award, Mr Austin acknowledged the patience of his wife Marilyn, who he referred to as a "caravanning widow". "I couldn't have done what I did without the support of my wife," he said. Mr Austin has been a national board member of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia for 15 years. More button

College students restore caravan
STUDENTS from the Salesian College in the Melbourne suburb of Chadstone are busy restoring an old caravan as part of their studies.
The Caravan Industry Australia Victoria Trades Division (CIA Vic) has donated the second-hand Evernew pop-top in a collaborative partnership with the independent boys' college. The project is part of CIA Vic's Caravan Industry Career Pathway. It will provide full support to the students, including a workplace trainer and materials for the restoration. The finished caravan, which will be raffled off for charity, will be showcased at the Melbourne Leisurefest Caravan & Camping show from October 6 to 9. CIA Vic last year launched the National Caravan Industry Training College aimed at producing skilled workers with nationally accredited industry qualifications and non-accredited industry specific training. Have your say

Barmah caravan parkBarmah caravan park lease up for grabs
VICTORIA'S Moira Shire Council is looking for someone to manage and develop its 121-site caravan park.
With the lease due for renewal this year, expressions of interest have been invited for Barmah Caravan Park, which nestles into a bend in the Murray River. Council chief executive Mark Henderson said the EOI process would ensure any future lease was determined "in a fair and transparent manner". "We look forward to receiving EOIs from the existing operator as well as others who may have a vision for this unique and special location," he said. more button


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LETTERS TO
THE EDITOR

Letter man

Owners happy
Crusader has
been saved
from liquidation

CRUSADER Caravans has been saved. This is certainly very good news for all the staff (see story here).

However, I have been trying to get some warranty parts for my caravan but they say all correspondence has been misplaced.

The company wants me to send my photos again and again.

Guess they will get to me at some stage.

Phil Davis.

Excalibur fun times

GREAT to hear Crusader is still trading.

We have a 2013 20ft Excalibur and have had some great fun travelling around the past two years.

Many other caravan owners comment on its style and finish.

It would have been most disappointing to see a business with such a reputation being liquidated.

I'm sure all Crusader owners will agree.

Leon Smith.

Always there for us

FABULOUS news ... we own a Crusader Excalibur and absolutely love it.

We have completed over 30,000km without any real major issues.

The company has always been there for us whenever we have questions.

Good on you Serg for taking it on.

Chris and Leon Dunn.

True to their word

TRUE to their word, we have our Crusader X-Country back for roof and ceiling  replacement under warranty.

Good to see them warranting their work due to faulty roofing timber.

Hopefully  we see our repaired caravan in a fortnight.

Paul Mackie.


Choice hopes

I READ your story about the feral campers littering Murray campsites (see story here).

I bet it was the work of backpackers.

I was appalled when I saw the filth European backpackers left at Johanna Beach.

And yes, many were driving Wicked campervans.

Not only did they stay up all night partying so no one else could sleep, they left all their rubbish behind.

I find most Australians are very respectful of our wonderful great outdoors.

I am a part-time grey nomad (still own a house) and love the free-camping experience as well as some great parks we have visited.

I hope I still will have the choice in the future.

Margaret F (Peggy) Magurean.

Journos accused

WITH regard to your article on litter left at campsites, we are full-time travellers and have rarely seen grey nomads or Aussie travellers behave in this disgraceful way.

However, we commonly clean up after locals who are on short-term camps over periods such as the Easter weekend.

Perhaps the councils can address this issue along with journalists who stage such messes just for pictorial images.

They then leave the mess for travellers and council workers to deal with ... as we experienced in a popular WA camp.

Jan Hawkins.