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Caravanners flee for their lives
caravans destroyed in
By Dennis Amor
TERRIFIED caravanners fled for their lives when a major blaze broke out at a Queensland caravan park. Six caravans were destroyed in the inferno at Kilcoy Caravan Park about 70km north-west of Brisbane. The park in William Street was evacuated as a huge pall of black smoke rose from the burning caravans. Gas bottles exploded as fire crews struggled to bring the outbreak under control. There were no reports of anyone being injured. Witness Leah Fischer, who rang emergency services, told how she took cover as explosions shook the park. She wrote on Facebook: "About 30 seconds prior to the really big boom I could hear constant high pitched squealing, hissing sounds ... then an explosion. I have no idea what started the fire. It took a couple of minutes for the fire to grab hold of the second 'van. From there it just went so quick." Another witness said: "There was no way anyone in the park was going to stop the flames, they were so fierce. It was very frightening." Fire crews used foam to bring the blaze under control. A spokesperson for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said fire investigators would work with police to establish the cause. Have your say
Brisbane dealer faces 81 charges
MAN IN COURT OVER ALLEGED CARAVAN REBIRTHING SCAM
By Dennis Amor
A BRISBANE dealer has appeared in court after a
protracted inquiry into alleged caravan rebirthing.
It is claimed the original identifying numbers were
removed and replaced with new ones.
RFDS urges grey nomads to be prepared for outback travels
THE Royal Flying Doctor Service has appealed to grey nomads to be well prepared before venturing into rural and remote areas. "A quarter of the emergency medical evacuations we respond to each year involve city travellers on outback adventures," senior flight nurse Karen Barlow said. "Distances are greater and the temperatures much hotter, which can result in driver fatigue. The roads might be less busy, but surfaces can vary greatly and wildlife can be a hazard, especially during the hours of darkness." She urged travellers to obtain a summary of their medical history and carry all medication and repeat scripts with them. The RFDS said some very remote areas had no mobile coverage and it urged grey nomads carry satellite phones. Have your say
Hopes for vital new clue as . . .
issue new photo in hunt for
DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a Queensland caravan park cleaner are continuing to appeal for information and dash camera footage. They have released a new photo of 42-year-old mother-of-two Donna Louise Steele, whose body was found in Isabella Creek at Leggett’s Crossing on August 5. She worked at Cooktown's Peninsula Caravan Park, one of two places where she was last seen alive. Police hope the new image of Ms Steele will produce a vital clue into her killing. Crime scene examinations have now been completed at all four sites of interest, with detectives and forensic officers currently analysing evidence. Members of the community have been interviewed, but police continue to appeal to those who had contact with Donna prior to her death to come forward. Have your say
New imported caravans being sold for scrap
Cell chassis under a cloud
By Dennis Amor
IMPORTED caravans costing up to $100,000 have been sold for scrap after experts examined their chassis and found them to be of "poor" build quality. Pickles Auctions auctioned 13 Cell caravans in Victoria and NSW, warning potential buyers that the unused eye-catching caravans were for wrecking or dismantling only and would not come with compliance plates. The former Victorian-based family-owned and operated caravan company, which imported and modified hundreds of the American-built caravans, ceased trading this year. Engineers from Delta-V Experts, who inspected about a dozen Cell caravans for auction, warned that the build quality of chassis was "poor". They claimed there were "numerous issues" with the structure of the caravans which needed to be rectified before being used. Their report referred to rust and welds of "questionable" quality which could not be relied on. It said chassis rails had holes which appeared to have been cut freehand with an oxyacetylene gas welder, resulting in electrical cables being prone to chafing. The engineers suggested that chassis of each caravan would have to be removed for thorough inspections and repairs. Founded in 2010, Cell Caravans claimed to be one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. It operated from a 4-acre site at Somerton, with most of its caravans being built in the US especially for Australian compliance, standards and conditions. Marketing manager Amy Ryland told Caravanning News before Cell closed that her company worked closely with its manufacturers in Indiana to ensure each RV was "of the highest quality".
Remarkable images of headless cow being dragged along river
Caravanner's croc snaps has social media abuzz
THE father of a young family on a dream caravanning
adventure around Australia has set social media abuzz after posting gruesome
pictures of a giant croc dragging a headless cow along a WA river.
"The croc must have been five or six metres long. It was
massive," he said.
Justin and wife Bec, together with their three children
aged between two and five, have been on the road for about 18 months.
Justin said on his Facebook page that the adventures being experienced by his family were more valuable than money could ever be.
"There has been a huge change in our children," he explained.
"They thrive on the changing environments and we have watched their little personalities become strong, resilient and outgoing."
And Justin's mission? Too see every family travel Australia in a caravan!
'More good than bad may be derived from unfortunate event'
footage of horror caravan
By Dennis Amor
DASHCAM footage of a horrifying smash involving a caravan may be used as an education tool, police said. A dual cab Toyota Hilux side-swiped the caravan at high speed when its 67-year-old driver travelling in the opposite direction suffered a stroke on the Landsborough Hwy near Blackall. Emergency crews used cutting equipment to free him from the wreckage. He was taken to hospital. The caravanners were unhurt. "Attempts by the uninjured driver to swerve and avoid collision was not possible due to the high closing speed of both vehicles and the unexpected nature of the event," a police spokesperson said. "Police hope in the future to utilise the footage seized as an education tool with local adolescents and aspiring drivers through the 'Adopt a Cop' school program. It is hoped through that positive education process that more good than bad might be derived from the unfortunate event." Have your say
Fears over reliability of switches
TOW SECURE BRAKING DEVICES RECALLED
PRODUCT Safety Australia has issued a recall after fears over the reliability of wireless break-away systems fitted to some caravans. Wireless Automation Systems' Tow Secure engages a caravan's brakes to help bring it to a standstill in the event of it becoming detached from the tow vehicle.. But an intermittent fault could cause some switches to fail, the recall warns. "The distance the caravan takes to stop could be longer and the caravan may potentially collide with persons or property, causing injury and/or damage," it says. The device was sold nationally by Jayco Caravans and Coast to Coast between November 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017. All owners of affected caravan have been notified and asked to contact their nearest authorised dealer to arrange an inspection and replacement if necessary. Have your say
Council bows to public pressure
Wyllie Park closes ... again!
COUNCILLORS have bowed to public pressure and closed the popular Wyllie Park overnight rest area north of Brisbane ... for the second time. This follows more than 145 complaints from local residents alleging caravanners and other travellers were blatantly ignoring the 48-hour maximum stay limit, disturbing their sleep with noisy generators and generally littering the riverside park at Petrie. Moreton Bay Regional Council has now decided it can no longer ignore their grievances, which flooded in during the rest area's 16-month trial reopening. The former Pine Rivers Shire Council banned overnight stays almost a decade ago after claims the park had been turned into a 'shanty town'. Have your say
shines on Bellarine Peninsula
hens and miniature horse on the market
Pressure group in faulty wiring claim
New lease of life planned for iconic house
Castle set to become caravan park manager's home
THE three-bedroom house which featured in the Australian cult movie The Castle will have a new lease of life ... as a caravan park manager's home. The iconic weatherboard building fetched $40,000 at auction, seven times more than its reserve price. It will now be shifted to the Victorian site of the historic Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum at Beechworth where it is planned to build a caravan park. Developers George Fendyk and Geoffrey Lucas said it would also feature as a tourist "magnet". The movie ‒ famous for its quip They've gotta be dreamin' ‒ involved the fictitious Darryl Kerrigan launching a High Court battle to stop the government seizing his home beside an airport runway. A bid to have the famous house heritage listed failed. Have your say
Deadly fumes put man in 8-day coma
caravan restorer loses legs
A DIY caravan restorer has lost both legs after breathing in carbon monoxide fumes from a generator in his shed. Jason Reynoldson had been working on an old caravan at his Coolum Beach home on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and had entered the shed to get the generator, which was charging a battery. But undetectable exhaust fumes knocked the father-of-two unconcious and, with his family away in Brisbane, he lay undiscovered for 10 hours. He spent the next eight eight days in a coma and surgeons had to amputate his legs to save his life. Mr Reynoldson will remain in hospital indefinitely and will require ongoing medical care. Father-in-law Mohambry Appavooa has now launched a gofundme page to help the young family cope with ongoing expenses. It raised nearly $70,000 of the targeted $150,000 in the first nine days. Have your say
plans three-branch muster
Franklin officially opens new facility
Caravanning expo goes to the dogs
CARAVANNING enthusiasts could be forgiven for thinking a major show in Victoria has gone to the dogs. But they shouldn't be too concerned ... the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria's latest venture is to raise money for a canine charity. The three-day Border Caravan & Camping Expo will open at the Wodonga Racecourse on August 25 and 'Man's best friend' will be welcome at this year's event, with a pledge of $5000 to Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue. The association has already contributed $30,000 to local charities and non-profit organisations from its previous six shows.
High hopes for former
mourns loss of longest resident
Caravan sales continue to
defects led to massive repair bill
Five-star cooking facilities
Spicing up the camp kitchen
COWRA Van Park in NSW is a 3.5-star caravan park offering five-star cooking facilities. It's impressive camp kitchen now boasts a new herb garden, courtesy of the local Special Needs Services Garden Club. Members even maintain the garden at the award-winning and pet-friendly park beside the Lachlan River. Caravanners and campers using the kitchen are rapt with the facility, which provides them with rosemary, sage, mint and parsley. And the camp kitchen also comes highly recommended on TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel website. One guest wrote: "Very impressed with all the utensils and equipment available." Have your say
found at Katoomba tourist park
ACC launches in-house group for Lotus owners
Leisure forges on
Caravan thief jailed for three months
achiever gong for industry's rising star
'It will help tourism grow'
Park gets ok for liquor sales
A CARAVAN park in the NSW Murray River town of Curlwaa has received the thumbs up to sell alcohol. Wentworth councillors voted in favour of approving a development application which will allow the Curlwaa Caravan Park to offer "packaged liquor" at its existing kiosk. Owner Richard Young, who took over the park last August, said he was pleased with the decision after it was first refused in May. Addressing the council meeting, he said the new licence would help tourism grow in the region. Trading hours will be limited to 10am-7pm and only tenants of the park will be able to buy liquor. A council report said: "The use permitted by this consent must not operate with a greater overall level of social impact on the welbeing of the local and broader community than could be reasonably expected." Have your say
Retreat owners to raise funds for cancer
Caravans now welcome at Callide Dam
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GOT to agree with truckies on their
rant regarding ignorant caravanners (see original story
SO I’m a sanctimonious b*****d eh?
THIS article is so true.
I HAVE travelled around Australia a
couple of times and found no problem with 90 percent of truckies.
WHILE there are certainly obvious mugs
on the road who don't think about anyone else but themselves, for that
idiot truck driver to say all are like that is nothing but