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Cabins or motels ... a pet theory
REGARDING last month's story on
Redlands' bid to attract caravans (see story
I grew up in Wynnum and Lota, near Brisbane, and many caravan
parks are now closed.
Hard for people travelling to enjoy the city and the great
experience of the Redlands.
There are two groups of people ... the grey nomads who do not want
pools and kiddie things.
They want power and a dump point, campfires, peace and relaxation,
hot showers, toilets and washing machine facilities.
They do not want to pay any more than $20 a night.
Then there are the younger families who want the BIG4 experience.
Maybe two parks could be considered, one by the council for grey
nomads and tent sites with power and water.
Maybe tender out for a BIG4 at another location for the family
Personally, I like the peace and quiet. While I haven't got a 'van
yet, I do have my tents and the camping gear.
Another thing is people who are travelling with pets.
We did have three dogs and three cats but now have two Kelpies and
two cats ‒ cage-trained show animals
‒ and are always staying at caravan
parks and motels which are pet friendly.
Pet-friendly motels let us have our pets inside in the bathroom
But in Canberra we stayed at a caravan park in a cabin as it was
very cold overnight ... and our poor pets had to stay on the
We only stayed two nights because we found the motels more
Able to put on the reverse cycle air conditioner so our motel room
was warm for all of us.
We would stay at the motels again.
Cabins need to be pet-friendly to
compete with the motels.
We paid $110 a night in Fyshwick, Canberra, for a non pet-friendly
cabin ... but $89 a night for a two-bedroom pet-friendly motel
room in Taree and $85 for a pet-friendly motel room in Woodburn.
Most people do the right thing. You could have certain cabins that
are pet friendly. There is big demand for this.
Where are parks?
WOULD be nice if there was
somewhere to stay.
Where are the caravan parks in the
Except for Capalaba, there is none.
ONLY just found your site and I am very
impressed with your good work.
I live in Rockhampton where our free site is causing a fair bit of
We don't free camp ourselves but it's good to have them available when
parks are full.
Thanks for the current information you supply ... love it!
$5-a-night fee no problem
REGARDING the new $5 fee for staying at
SS Ellen Park in South Australia (see story here).
I would certainly feel better about staying there.
It is sometimes embarrassing to be seen as a freeloader.
But I do not like regimented caravan parks and prefer the openness of
free range camping.
So paying a small amount suits me ... especially as I am a solo
traveller and 'van parks charge me for my non-existent partner.
WHY not ... we don't expect anything for
I wouldn't think anyone would complain
about paying $5 a night.
THE sooner we all pay a small cost
recovery fee the sooner the heat will disappear from the various CCIAs'
argument that we are all freeloaders.
Five dollars a night appears to be very fair and I look forward to using
the location one day.
GREAT spot ... happy to pay!
Peter and Irene Rea.
WE have stayed at Lyrup, a great site
with excellent facilities.
Five bucks a night is a good idea if it keeps this site open.
We have paid $10 a night for a council site with nothing but a long-drop
bush dunny as its only facility.
Also, $5 is a lot cheaper than $50 a night for facilities that are not
I am referring to those resort-type cabin parks that sell themselves as
WE are aged pensioners and have been fulltime caravanners
for a couple of years, but have decided to treat ourselves to a cruise.
Off we go to Centrelink to dutifully report that we will
be out of the country for a couple of weeks.
"Oh, you soon won't have to bother to tell us," a very
helpful lady at reception told us ... "Unless you're going on a cruise!"
Now where's the logic in this?
We can take a holiday at, say, one of the Whitsunday
islands which would cost a lot more than we're paying for our cruise.
We could even fly to Hawaii and not have to tell
But if we cruise there
we would have to inform them.
Crazy? Nope, it's just government in action!
lower-spec budget caravans
Fleetwood profits plunge as
consumer confidence weakens
By Dennis Amor
COROMAL and Windsor
caravan builders Fleetwood Corporation has suffered a 97 percent plunge in
profit, its full-year preliminary results have revealed. The
Perth-based company's earnings were $5.5m, despite a 10 percent rise in
revenue to $366.5m. Revenue from its RV division was $136.5m, with
earnings before interest and tax of $7.1m. The company's report said a
significant rise in demand in the education sector had offset poor
performance in the resources and recreational vehicles sectors. During the
year, Fleetwood RV saw a shift towards lower-spec budget caravans and
began importing Asian campers while improving its dealer network. Its
Flexiglass subsidiary underwent restructuring and acquired NSW aluminium
tray and auto accessory manufacturer Bocar for $4.75 million. The
recreational vehicles division had continued experiencing "soft trading"
conditions, reflecting weak consumer sentiment during the year. A fall in
consumer confidence had led to the $5 million impairment charge against
goodwill of the caravan manufacturing business. The report said revenue
from canopies and trays had risen "marginally" despite a fall in the sales
of new light commercial vehicles. The Camec subsidiary had continued
experiencing pressure from competitors and a fall in volumes as a result
of weaker production volumes in the RV industry. "While subdued conditions
in the recreational vehicles market have resulted in an impairment charge
in respect of the company's caravan manufacturing business, restructuring
actions are starting to contribute operation and financial benefits," the
report added. Speaking at an investor teleconference after the results
were announced, managing director Brad Denison said it had been a
challenging time. The market had done a "shift-back" from the boom years
enjoyed before the global financial crisis, with the demand for expensive
RVs now giving way to lower priced products, he said. Fleetwood's caravan business
had been running at a "break-even" point for some time. "But we
will be bringing exciting new products to the market at what will be an
extremely competitive price," Mr Denison added. There were also "aggressive" plans
to extend the dealer network.
Have your say
need a fairer registration system"
REGO BATTLE SET FOR PARLIAMENT
By Dennis Amor
Have your say
A TINY NSW caravan club's
battle for fairer costs to register caravans in the state has taken a
major step forward, with news it will be debated in Parliament.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson (pictured) has lodged a petition, which gained
support from across Australia, on behalf of the Tamworth and District
Caravan and Leisure Club.
It contains more than 11,000 signatures and calls on the NSW Government to
reduce registration charges for caravans.
The 29-member club wants the "unfair" fees brought into line with
A caravan costing just $49 to register in Victoria would cost a whopping
$738 in NSW where fees are based on weight.
There are approximately 279,000 caravans registered in NSW.
Mr Anderson said he was "proud" to receive the club's petition together
with a submission to the government's recently announced plan for the
biggest shake-up in NSW's light vehicle registrations in 90 years.
"The petition will now be debated on the floor of Parliament," he said.
"I look forward to bringing this issue to the attention of Parliament and
I thank the Tamworth and District Caravan and Leisure Club for its efforts
on behalf of other caravan owners in NSW."
Club secretary Pam Wilson told Caravanning News she appreciated
the MP's help.
"I would like to thank Mr
Anderson for his support and for bringing this issue to the attention of
Parliament," she said.
Mrs Wilson pointed out that
Queenslanders could register their caravans for 34 percent of what it cost
caravan owners in NSW.
Victorians would pay eight percent of the cost for registering the same
weight caravan in NSW.
"Whilst it is welcomed that revenue raised from registration and traffic
infringements is directed into upgrading roads, we still need a fairer
registration system," she said.
Mrs Wilson added that the unfair fees in NSW often led to caravanners
registering their vehicles interstate.