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APRIL 2018


Truckies are up in arms over thoughtless caravanners monopolising truck parking spaces at the Wallacetown rest area on NSW's Olympic Highway near Wagga Wagga. "If they can spend over $50,000 on a 4WD and caravan Iím sure they can afford a caravan site," truckie Paulo Furnari, who was unable to park his semi there, fumed. "Leave the truckstops for working truck drivers who are trying to work without killing themselves or someone on the road.".

Emergency services at scene of 4WD and caravan rollover on southbound lanes of NSW's Pacific Hwy at Ewingsdale near the St Helena tunnel.

A-vansAPRIL 26:
Members of the A'van Club of Australia are heading to Casino in NSW for their 19th annual gathering. More than 250 of the distinctive A-shaped folding caravans will roll into the Gateway Lifestyle holiday park to take part in a week of activities beginning this weekend, including the club's AGM. They are expected to pour more than $300,000 into the local economy.

Supreme Court in Melbourne to hear application on May 2 for the winding up of Oz Cruiser Caravans Pty Ltd. Proceedings brought by Mercury Leisure Pty Ltd trading as ARL Distributors.

Man in 60s killed when caravan on which he was working collapsed at Carrum Downs, Melbourne, this afternoon.

SilverlineAPRIL 25:
The Civil and Administrative Tribunal NSW has ordered Jayco to replace a customer's two-year-old fault-riddled $70,000 caravan. The tribunal heard that Junette Nicholson bought the Sillverline brand new from Watson's Caravans Coff Harbour in 2016 and it had since undergone warranty repairs on about 10 occasions and that over 90 items had been reported. In his written decision published yesterday, tribunal General Member Mark Gilson said: "I have identified that numerous defects still exist in the caravan. I conclude that a reasonable consumer being fully acquainted with these circumstances would not have acquired the caravan."

BMPRO, a Setec brand, will be the principle sponsor of the Future Leaders forum at the caravanning industry's National Conference on the Gold Coast next month.

Campervan passenger dies in accident with 4WD on SA's Stuart Highway near Wirraminna Station in the State's far north. Another passenger taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital with life threatening injuries. Three people conveyed to Port Augusta Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police major crash officers investigating.

Retiring owners put Crows Nest Caravan Park near Toowoomba, Qld, on market for more than $2.5m.

Coromal and Windsor caravansAPRIL 20:
Shares in Perth-based Fleetwood Corporation, manufacturers of Windsor and Coromal caravans and owners of RV and caravan accessories company Camec, have plunged 27c in the past week, finishing at a year-low of $2.48 at close of business yesterday.

Victoria's Greater Shepparton City Council votes to press ahead with purchasing the run-down Victoria Lake Caravan Park.

Noosa councillors in Queensland will tomorrow be recommended to extend the Beachfront Caravan Park's agreement for managing Noosa North Shore Beach Campground for another 11 months beginning June 1.

Kingdom CaravansAPRIL 18:
Liquidators will hold a creditors' meeting to present a report dealing with the winding up of Kingdom Caravans. The Victorian-based manufacturer closed its factory doors in 2016 with debts of over $1million. The meeting will be held at Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants' office in William St, Melbourne on May 4.

Woman recovering after suffering serious injuries in caravan rollover on Indian Ocean Drive near Knobby Head in WA. Several children received minor injuries in yesterday's accident.

Victoria's Greater Shepparton City Council will tonight debate whether to buy Victoria Lake Caravan Park after moves to find a suitable long-term leaseholder flopped.

Aspen Holiday Parks' Tomago Van Village in Tomago, north of Newcastle in New South Wales, is on the market.

Reports coming in of caravan rollover on Wide Bay Highway near Goomeri in Queensland. Understood no one seriously hurt.

Imbil Camping RetreatAPRIL 14:
New owners have announced that the Island Reach camping ground in the tiny town of Imbil west of Gympie in Queensland will reopen in June under the new banner of Imbil Camping Retreat. Facilities will include powered and unpowered sites, an amenities block and laundry. There are also plans to provide private ensuite cabins. The new owners are believed to be a family from the Sunshine Coast.

Bunbury City councillors in WA will debate and vote next week on whether free overnight camping should be allowed for a trial period in the city's Queens Gardens.

Emergency services attending caravan rollover on NSW's Pacific Highway at Ballina. Understood no other vehicles involved and caravanner declined hospital treatment.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia issues reminder that nominations for the Eric Hayman Award For Excellence and Future Leaders Award close on April 20.

Members of Elite Caravans (Australia), Caravan Sales Victoria and Caravan Sales NSW yesterday voted to wind up the companies and appoint David Ross Hall of Melbourne-based Chadwick Chartered Accountants as liquidator.

Australian Tourist Park Managementís partnership with WA motoring organisation RAC has expanded to seven parks with the announcement of RACís acquisition of eco-style Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat in WA. It has been renamed RAC Margaret River Nature Park to promote its unique location in the heart of the Margaret River region.

Police hunting thieves who stole prescription medication from a caravan at the Homestead Caravan Park on Arthur Street East, Nanango, Queensland.

Two more caravan parks in WA join the Kui chain. They are the Munday Camp Ground in Augusta  ̶  a new boutique 10-site park in a bush setting just outside Augusta  ̶  and the Porongurup Range Tourist Park, 15km from Mt Barker.

Bundaberg Park Lodge Caravan Park on Queensland's Isis Hwy on market for $3.75 million.

NSW police are appealing for dashcam footage after a motorcyclist died in an accident involving his Suzuki and a caravan on the Monaro Hwy, Cooma, today. It is understood the rider left a roadside information bay and rode into the path of a northbound Mitsubishi Pajero towing a caravan. Police said the caravanner managed to initially avoid the motorcycle, but the front driver's side of the caravan and the rider collided, throwing the motorcyclist from his machine. Several motorists stopped to give first aid before paramedics rushed him to Cooma Hospital in a critical condition. He died a short time later. Officers from Monaro Police District will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Stolen Pegasus caravanAPRIL 5:
THE Barlett family in NSW has appealed for help in tracing their stolen caravan. CCTV caught the thieves driving off with the twin-axle Pegasus from Riverside Road, Chipping Norton. It had been parked behind locked gates. Jayne Bartlett said a reward was being offered for information leading to the location and return of the RV. "It is so near and dear to us all and we would love to know if anyone has seen it or heard anything," she said. The Pegasus, registration number Z47477, was towed away by a white Hilux ute and driven along Riverside Road before turning left onto Newbridge Road towards Bankstown in the early hours of the morning.

Stolen caravanAPRIL 2:
Heartless crooks have stolen a dying man's beloved caravan from Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast. Danny Hancock, 64, who has terminal prostate cancer, was planning to work as a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games before taking off on a dream trip around Australia with his wife of 42 years, Sue. But the thieves removed locks on his custom-built Jayco Silverline caravan, registration 871QZH, and made off with it from outside his home on Saturday night. It is fitted with a unique black stone guard to the front. Mrs Hancock said her husband was "gutted" by the theft and described the thieves as "low-life scum who take, not work for what they want/need like the rest of the community. She wrote on her Facebook page: "It was a pride and joy. My husband, who as you all know, is fighting against and living with a terminal cancer diagnosis, was looking forward to his much longed-for trip around Australia (scheduled to depart on 17th after his stint of volunteering at Commonwealth Games) while he can." Anyone who sees the Jayco Silverline caravan should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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