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'Fuel pump failure could lead to crash'
SAFETY FEARS PROMPT TOYOTA RECALL
SOME Toyota models, used by many caravanners for towing, have been recalled for safety reasons. Affected vehicles include Hilux, Prado and LandCruiser sold between October, 2013, and April 3 this year. The recall warns that the fuel pump on affected vehicles could fail resulting in a loss of power which could increase the risk of a crash "which may cause injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users". For more information and to see VIN numbers of affected vehicles, click here.
Recall process expected to begin soon
blames virus crisis for delay
CARAVANNERS who were warned they had potentially lethal gas water heaters in their RVs will have to wait a while longer for a solution. In a message to consumers, Surburban said it "had not forgotten" about consumers and was still working on the problem. But, it said, the impact of COVID-19 had "affected proceedings". An urgent warning by Suburban last year revealed that some its gas hot water heaters could generate elevated carbon monoxide which in some instances could spill into caravans and other RVs. "Carbon monoxide can be lethal in large concentrations," it said. Models affected were SW6DEA, SW6DA, SW4DEA, SW4DA and the dual fuel SW6PS. Suburban said it was now closer to a resolution and expect to soon begin the recall process. "We understand that you have been patient until now. We ask you to extend that patience a little longer as we navigate the situation," it added. Have your say
'Cuddles as explosive detonated'
Dad killed himself and kids in caravan blast 'for revenge'
A FATHER who deliberately
blew up a caravan with himself and two young children inside at Mount Isa
did it as an act of "spousal revenge", a coroner has decided.
Northern Coroner Nerida
Wilson said in her findings just released that Mr Hinder's marriage to
wife Katherine had hit troubled times and they had separated two months
before the blast.
'Quiet and lonely times on highways'
Truckie sympathises with caravanners caught up in coronavirus mayhem
TRUCKIE and road safety advocate Rod Hannifey has spoken of the affects facing his industry as the coronavirus crisis continues to strike hard. And he took time to sympathise with caravanners caught up in mayhem. He said his fellow truck drivers were experiencing less traffic on the roads, resulting in "quiet and lonely" times. Meanwhile, people without homes and living a life on the road in their caravans were facing other issues. "They may now have nowhere to go for the duration of this virus," Mr Hannifey (pictured) explained on social media. Their plight had been highlighted when a traveller rang an ABC Melbourne radio station complaining he could not get an answer from anyone as to what he should do. "The announcer, Raph, did say he would try and get an answer and some people rang in offering the fellow somewhere to stay," Mr Hannifey said. "But I have still seen many 'vans on the road, some perhaps still heading home if they have one. All I ask if they continue to roam is to make sure they think of us if they have to stop in a rest area." Have your say
Keep spirit of camping alive this Easter
Be safe and camp at home, urges caravanning industry's peak body
THE Caravan Industry Association of Australia is urging campers to set up camp at home during the Easter break. The association estimates that more than 300,000 campers will be cancelling their Easter trip this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We thought the ‘spirit of camping’ should be kept alive and are pleased to introduce Camp at Home Heroes, an initiative to be enjoyed in the home," it said. "The initiative is about promoting camping while also being fun, educational, family-based and socially responsible. The activity is also designed to assist with our well-being as we do the right thing and stay at home." It suggests the holiday at home could mean a backyard tent, caravan in the driveway or a homemade cubby inside. "Our challenge to you is to keep the spirit of camping alive and build your own camp at home." Have your say
Illegal group cops Public Infringement Penalties
Two fined at caravan park for breaking coronavrus rules
TWO people at a New South Wales caravan park were slapped with $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices for breaking the coronavirus rules which ban gatherings of more than two people. They were among a group of five at the park on Rouse Street, Tenterfield. The fines were handed out after police responded to a noise complaint late on Saturday night. The 23-year-old man and 17-year-old girl had previously received cautions for not complying with ministerial directions. Three other members of the illegal group were issued with cautions. Have your say
Communities 'at high risk'
Message from Western Queensland councils: We love you, but stay away
WESTERN Queensland's 21 councils are stepping up to monitor and restrict access to their communities. With the threat of coronavirus rising in the Sunshine State, the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils says it is restricting travel not only to protect locals and essential service workers, but potential travellers, including caravanners, as well. "The action stems from the very real concern of being able to adequately respond should the virus reach our regional and remote communities," it said. "Western Queensland's reality is vast distances from major centres, a lack of resources and a significant number of communities are at high risk such as Indigenous people and the elderly." The alliance warned that the impact would reach beyond Western Queensland. "The State economy would also take a significant blow, with the region covering almost 60 percent of the state's landmass and generating $9.35 billion of the state's Gross Product." Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler said: "This breaks our hearts. But the message from across the region is that we most definitely love you and want to see you again, but right now the health of all of us and the future of our communities and local economies are at stake."
'Back to our core business'
TRACK acquires RV brands Trackmaster and Pioneer
VICTORIA-based TRACK has acquired the longstanding Australian RV brands Trackmaster and Pioneer, ensuring they will stay in Australia. Negotiations began last December and the agreement transfers all intellectual property for the design, manufacture and marketing to the new owner. TRACK’s OUTBACK HQ showroom and service centre at Bayswater North will provide ongoing service and parts for both brands and warranty services on behalf of Gason for all Gason-manufactured products. "As a board, we have assessed it over the past year and being a family-owned business of 75 years in October we felt we wanted to come back to our core business in Ararat," Mr Gason said. "We just felt TRACK was that right business."
Annual event features cricket match
rally a hit and raises
SUNSHINE Coast-based Sunseeker Caravans' three-day Owners Rally at Boreen Point raised $12,000 for Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors. The annual event, which is now in its third year, brought together owners of Sunseeker and Marvel caravans to provide educational tips, demonstrations and entertainment over a relaxing weekend. And for the first time the get-together, staged before the current coronavirus restrictions, featured a Marvel versus Sunseeker 20/20 cricket match which proved a great hit.
Earnings guidance withdrawn
Fleetwood battles uncertainty and challenging times as virus crisis hits
PERTH-based Fleetwood says some operations in its RV Solutions sector are planning "longer than usual Easter period shutdowns" as consumer demand falls for RVs and associated parts and services. The former builder of Coromal and Windsor caravans ‒ who offloaded the brands to Apollo Leisure and Tourism in 2018 for a mere $1 million ‒ revealed the news in a message to shareholders. "Due to the current exceptional circumstances and growing uncertainty surrounding the potential duration and impact of COVID-19, Fleetwood Corporation Limited is withdrawing FY20 earnings guidance," it said. Managing director and chief executive Brad Denison promised to support customers and communities during this "challenging time".
'On-the-run' policies create confusion
CIAA lobbies pollies after one of most challenging weeks
THE peak body for Australia's caravan industry describes the last week as being one of the most challenging ever experienced by accommodation providers and the RV community. "The confusion that has ensued through state governments issuing policy on the run without considering the social and practical implications has led to thousands of people with no fixed abode being stranded across the country," it said. "Caravan parks were closed and there has been significant fines for operators and guests due to the confusion in messaging. Over 1000 businesses are now closed for general operations." Together with its member state associations, it is lobbying hard to ministers and state and federal departments to seek clarification. "To reiterate, in no way do we encourage holidaymakers to go travelling this Easter," it said. "However, we strongly advocate the need to ensure that caravan parks are able to provide the essential services to residents, semi-residents, workers and travellers with no fixed abode." Have your say
'There is a duty of care'
Chain strives to help bewildered 'vanners find somewhere to stay
THE Kui chain of budget caravan parks is striving to help bewildered travellers by shedding light on the availability of its parks. Managing director Bert van Spronsen reports being inundated by travellers heading home or permanently on the road "battling" to find places to stay. "The vague communication from states regarding this is causing some parks to shut and some to stay open," he told Caravanning News. "It appears that shires are even making the call, trying to get tourists to leave town, especially in towns where there is no hospital." With all the uncertainty, he has asked his parks to urgently let him know if they are open or not. "I am currently posting a separate Facebook post for every park that is available to the essential travellers," he explained. "There is a duty of care I believe for people who are permanently on the road to find a safe spot to park up. With so many shire parks closing, as well as national parks and free camps, these people have a no place to go. We also know of many desperately trying to get home but are caught up in border isolation issues and need to find places to self-isolate. We are focusing only on essential travellers ... those that are on holidays are encouraged to return home." Have your say