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'A good result,' say police after accident
EPIRB saves stranded outback campervan tourists
TWO outback travellers stranded when they crashed their campervan were rescued after activating an emergency beacon, police said. No one was hurt in the single-vehicle accident on the road to Owen Springs, 67km south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. "The 52-year-old male and his 51-year-old female passenger activated their beacon after their campervan became undriveable," Southern Watch Commander Drew Slape said. "They were located by the Australian Search and Rescue helicopter and police were able to bring them back into town. It is a good result and shows the benefit of being prepared, having the correct equipment and plans for what to do in an emergency." He said the tourists were well stocked and prepared for travelling in remote areas. Have your say
Dogs can even lap up 'puppycinos'
Five-star welcome for pampered pooches
By Dennis Amor
PAMPERED pooches are enjoying five-star treatment at a Gold Coast caravan park. They have been provided with more room to stretch their legs and can chase tennis balls to their heartsí content while on holiday. And the four-legged guests at the BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park are also revelling in a range of agility equipment, including a see-saw, hurdle, weave poles and more. The 32-acre park in Siganto Drive has opened a fenced, super sized off-leash doggy park. Thereís even an on-site cafe that will happily serve up 'puppycinos' to canine guests. Park owner Theo Whitmont explained: "We understand dogs are part of many families, so we think pups deserve to holiday in style like the rest of our guests. Dogs often get left at home when families go out on the weekend so this is a chance to share the fun with them." Dogs arenít the only four-legged creatures in the park ... a mini cow, two alpacas, chickens, goat and ducks call its mini-farm home. Have your say
Positive predictions for caravan production
Fleetwood boss resigns
executive Steve Price has resigned from Perth-based Coromal and
Windsor caravan builders Fleetwood Corporation after it reported an 18 percent
plunge in net profit during the first half-year.
A Fleetwood statement said: "The Board expresses it appreciation for the significant service that Steve has given the group. He implemented a series of reforms and initiated processes which will stand the group in good stead in the years to come."
Mr Price, who had previously worked for the Wesfarmers group for 12 years, joined the company four years ago and a search for a replacement is underway.
Announcing its first half-year results, Fleetwood revealed that overall trading conditions in key markets had continued to be "relatively weak", but added that its recreational vehicles sector had shown signs of improvement.
In addition to
building RVs, Fleetwood produces manufactured accommodation for the education and
resources sector and operates the RV
accessories company, Camec.
increases at Camec and Flexiglass were driven by new products sourced
mainly from Asia," it added.
Jayco motorhomers sought
Travellers may hold clue in hunt for missing tourist
LATEST: Woman's body found at base of cliff close to where Ms Lhorme was last seen.
POLICE in South Australia believe travellers in a Jayco motorhome could help them find a missing overseas tourist. The motorhomers are believed to have spoken to French national Aurelie Lhorme (pictured) before she disappeared from near a major tourist spot in the state's far west on Saturday night. The 30-year-old is thought to have been sleeping in her car on an access road about 10km from the Head of Bight Whale Watching Centre. The car was parked in the same location the next morning, but Ms Lhorme was gone. Police hold concerns for her welfare because her mobile phone, wallet and passport were left in the car. The search for Ms Lhorme, utilising a police plane, local patrols and SES volunteers, resumed this morning. "We are also interested to speak to the occupants of a Jayco motorhome that was parked at the Head of Bight on Saturday night, near to where Aurelie had left her car, and may have had some contact with her," a police spokesperson said. Have your say
Four airlifted to hospital after head-on horror crash
MAN DIES IN CARAVAN - CAMPERVAN SMASH
By Dennis Amor
ONE person died after an horrific head-on smash involving a caravan and campervan in Victoria. Four other travellers were airlifted to hospital from the crash scene on the Portland - Nelson Road at Mount Richmond. It is believed the Apollo campervan was travelling east when it was in collision with a 4WD towing a Jayco caravan. Emergency services released an elderly couple, believed to be from NSW, from the wreckage of the 4WD. The male driver of the campervan, reported to be on holiday from Germany, died at the scene. A teenage girl was airlifted to The Alfred in Melbourne with life-threatening injuries. Three other people in the campervan ‒ a female, male and a young boy ‒ were also flown to hospitals in Melbourne with serious injuries. Police were trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the pile-up, which blocked the road in both directions. Have your say
Bikes rule at Victoria park
Bright guests turn to pedal power
MORE and more guests are arriving at Victoria's Bright Pine Valley Tourist Park on two wheels. And it's not just experienced cyclists turning up at the Top Tourist park ... an increasing number of holidaymakers are leaving their cars at home and pedalling their way to the front gates of the 4-star park, which has now installed new secure CCTV-monitored bike storage and basic maintenance facilities to meet the growing demand. Have your say
Caravan paradise for kids
No bedtime tears, just whoops of joy
A VICTORIAN company is offering kids their own slice of caravan paradise. The Great Australian Shelf in Melbourne describes its unique teardrop caravan bed, inspired by the classic retro RVs of the 50s, as the "perfect children's retreat", offering endless opportunities for imaginative play. Fashioned from sustainably sourced Australian hoop pine ply, it comes with shelving for toys and books, quick-release door, rotating caravan wheel and tow bar which doubles as a seat or shoe rack. Eco certified, there is also a 10-year warranty. And the price? A mere $2500 or $3000 depending on finish ... excluding mattress. John Lausberg, who runs the company with wife Phoebe, told Caravanning News he had already sold "a few" of the beds but admitted: "They are certainly not flying off the shelf. They are for a very select market and very expensive to make." John's first ever caravan trip was in a teardrop in SA when he was a child. "I actually slept in the caravan while it was being towed by my father," the 52-year-old recalled. "It was a different world then!" Have your say
grant for New Age Caravans
toolkit 'major milestone' for camping
in high-powered government talks
Centre park plans huge knees-up
Gorge park on the market
Holden girl joins caravan manufacturers' peak body
RVM Australia has appointed former Holden engineer and avid caravanner Anne Campbell (left) to its technical team. She joins Daniel Sahlberg (also pictured), taking over from Murray Longe who has moved back into the IT industry after completing his contract with the recreational vehicle manufacturers' peak body. Chief executive David Duncan said Ms Campbell had valuable experience in the car industry, having worked with several project teams at Holden. This would complement Mr Sahlberg's first-hand experience in caravan manufacturing. "Her specialty was in the electrical area and she played a key role in developing the electrical systems of Commodores and Statesmans during her time at Fishermans Bend," he said. "She has a strong affinity for caravanning, having enjoyed family caravan holidays as a child and now continues the tradition with her own children." Both would continue the successful embedding of the RV Manufacturing Accreditation Program processes within the industry, Mr Duncan added. Have your say
Apollo lands Adria distribution rights
Registrations top half a million
show an all-round hit
owners roll again
More NSW families turn to caravan and camping holidays
the crows, it's all happening in Wagga
Silverline takes pride of place as ...
Jayco supremo officially opens dealership's new premises
CARAVAN magnate Gerry Ryan (left) has officially opened Jayco Newcastle's new multi-million dollar premises. The boss and founder of the Jayco RV empire was guest of honour as the dealership at Heatherbrae in NSW threw a cocktail party to mark its reopening a year after a devastating blaze destroyed the company's previous property in Hexham. Jayco Newcastle, which has been servicing the needs of the RV community for more than 30 years, now offers 100 new and used caravans including Jayco camper trailers, pop-tops, Expandas, Toy Haulers and fifth wheelers. There is also a new state-of-the art service and accessories centre. To help celebrate the opening, Jayco's next generation Silverline caravan took pride of place at the official ceremony. With its stunning Euro-styling, sporty look and aerodynamic exterior, the model received much acclaim when it rolled off the assembly line at Jaycoís Melbourne factory. Award-winning Jayco Newcastle is the largest seller of Jayco products in the Hunter and Central Coast regions. Have your say
New guide has mine of information
Taking the pain out of caravan buying
A NEW guide brings together independent, comprehensive and insightful advice on buying a caravan in Australia. With over 20,000 new caravans sold each year and well over 100 brands to choose from, it offers valuable guidance on making the right choice. Written by leisure writer and caravan enthusiast Andrew Woodmansey and edited by caravan stability, suspension and electrics expert Collyn Rivers, the Caravan Buyers Guide offers a mine of information on the complex beast that is the modern caravan. It arms consumers with the knowledge they need to make an informed purchasing decision that should lead to many years of happy caravanning. The guide also suggests a new way of categorising caravan types without using confusing terms such as 'off road' caravans. There is also a tow vehicle guide on towing capacity, tow ball mass, torque and fuel tank capacity for 30 of Australiaís most popular tow vehicles. Available online, the publication costs $34.95, with a special introductory offer this month of $29.95. For more information, click here. Have your say
Space-age RV may head Down Under
Carbon-fibre caravan unveiled
THE world's strongest caravan has been unveiled in the USA ... and it could be heading Down Under. Built by Global Caravan Technologies and backed by Chinese investors, the unique six-berth, 35ft black carbon-fibre RV made its first public appearance at a private function in Indiana recently. The manufacturer has revealed the space-age RV is being tailored for market acceptance in Australia where it would cost a whopping $170,000 for the standard model, rising to an astronomical half a million dollars when custom made. Dubbed CR-1 Carbon, the futuristic RV is much stronger and lighter than similar-sized American caravans, weighing in at less than five tonnes. Have your say
Caravanners welcome scrapping of annual RWC plan
New app essential for NSW visitors
Safety advice to outback nomads
Partnership 'a natural fit'
Water fun at Treasure Island
Ahh! Dawn opens pirate park
STARLIGHT kids and their families joined Olympic legend Dawn Fraser to officially launch Shipwreck Shores, a pirate-themed water fun park at NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park on the Gold Coast. Park manager Brendan Brady said he threw open the park to the local community in celebration of the new attraction which featured a desert island surrounded by a pirate ship and giant sea monsters. Each year, NRMA Holiday Parks provide much-needed four-day family holiday escapes to Starlight children and their families. Have your say
dump point for Busselton
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