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Bringing pressure to bear on safety
Cops dish out advice on tyres and overtaking
POLICE in South Australia have appealed to caravanners to be 'tyre aware'. "It's vital to ensure you're maintaining the correct tyre pressure when towing your caravan or campervan," they said. "Correct tyre pressure will optimise your safety, the performance of how your 'van tows and will also increase your fuel efficiency." And another piece of advice, which comes after a spate of recent caravan accidents and rollovers, deals with overtaking. "It is important to understand the dynamics when overtaking or being overtaken, so you can help minimise your caravan swaying effects," they said. "Keep an eye on your rear-view mirrors to know exactly when another vehicle may overtake. This will allow you to prepare for any sideways movement. Increasing the gap between you and the overtaking vehicle and moving over in your lane will also reduce the effects." Easing off the accelerator so overtaking vehicles could pass quicker was not only courteous but safe, they added. Have your say
'Minimum standards must be met'
joins call for special
TRUCKIE-turned-caravanner Patrick Glassborow, who clocked up millions of kilometres hauling freight between WA and the eastern states, has joined the growing call for special caravan towing licences. He argues that many problems could be solved by educating the RV travellers on how to correctly interact with heavy and other vehicles. "I now tow a 'van and I've seen the best and the worst of both," he told the truckies' Big Rigs newspaper. "A licence is definitely needed for caravan drivers, without question. By definition it can't be the same as any other licences and must cover their weights, their loaded weight distribution and emergency handling actions when needed." Mr Glassborow believed minimum standards must be met before they were allowed to hit the highways, possibly endangering other road users. But David Johnson was not convinced it was grey nomads who were the issue. "They're out there a lot and chatting to truck drivers," he told the newspaper. "I think it's more so the holidaymakers that are the dangerous ones. They're working on city mentality, they're running on a schedule and they're loaded to the hilt with all the gear for the kids too." Have your say
Three rigs come to grief
24hrs on roads
IT was a disastrous 24 hours for caravanners on Australia's roads with at least three accidents involving grey nomads and other RVers being reported. A caravanner was rushed to hospital after his rig flipped on a major Queensland highway on Wednesday. It is understood the traveller was not seriously injured but was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said a man was treated by paramedics for seat-belt related injuries. The accident, near exit 41 on the M1 at Yatala between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, also involved a truck and created traffic chaos for early morning commuters. Three of the four southbound lanes were blocked. Several hours later emergency services attended a crash involving a car, caravan and truck on NSW's New England Highway at Tarro. Reports said the rig jackknifed, closing one of the three southbound lanes at Quarter Sessions Rd. Drivers were warned to expect "significant" delays as traffic banked up for kilometres. No further details were available. Meanwhile, an interstate caravanner who escaped virtually unscathed after a collision involving his rig and a semi-trailer in Victoria is to receive a penalty notice for failing to give way. The accident happened at the Pyramid-Yarraberb and Bridgewater-Raywood roads intersection in Raywood. Police said the smash could have been "a catastrophe".
Health of the company 'remains strong'
APOLLO SURVIVES CHALLENGING YEAR
APOLLO Tourism and
Leisure has survived a "challenging year" of subdued RV sales, the global
Eva robbed of pokies win
Fundraiser for brave grandmother
A GoFundMe appeal has raised over $1000 for an 82-year-old grandmother who was attacked and robbed at a South Australian caravan park. Brave Eva Donlon fought back as two men allegedly knocked her down and put a hand over her mouth in her cabin at the park in Woodcroft. She hit one of the men with a heavy shoe and bent his thumb backwards before they fled with cash she had saved for her rent and most of the $6500 which she had won hours earlier on the pokies. Donations to the GoFundMe $8000 appeal, set up by HelloCare three weeks ago, have already reached $1260. Two men have been charged. Have your say
Sunliners assemble for inaugural rally
Owners tell of passion for iconic 'jelly beans'
Story-Photos: Dennis Amor
DEVOUT owners of iconic vintage Sunliner caravans have held their inaugural rally. Twenty of Australia's first ever fibreglass caravans pitched at Burnett Heads Holiday Park in Bundaberg, the Queensland city where some of them were built in the 1960s. The RVs had the reputation of being one of the most stylish 'vans of their era, but sometimes being nicknamed "jelly beans" because of their distinctive shape. It is used as the universal symbol for caravans on Australian road signs. Only about 160 were ever built. Owners at the five-day gathering beginning on September 11 enjoyed a full program of activities. Former owners of the Conway Beach Holiday Park George and Debbie Brown, who recently sold their Whitsundays park, admitted they were passionate about the caravans ... so much so, they own four of them. "We have an obsession for them," Debbie told Caravanning News. "They're fun," she said. "They're certainly an attraction. People come and talk to you and want to see inside." Another owner, Michael Thomasson of Brisbane, thought the caravans were "cute", adding: "We just love the shape of it." His 13ft Sunliner, which he bought in WA five years ago, was built specially to accommodate an Anglo American mining company geologist. Have your say
Patient rushed to hospital
Person burned in caravan inferno
ONE person suffered severe burns and was rushed to hospital after a caravan erupted in flames at a Fraser Coast caravan park in Queensland. People grabbed hose pipes to fight a fierce blaze at the Burrum Heads River Caravan Park. Flames leapt high into the air as they attempted to prevent the inferno from spreading. The blaze was extinguished by three Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews. Police from Howard and Hervey Bay also attended. The cause of the fire was being investigated. Have your say
$5000 donated to Stanthorpe Rotarians
Sunshine Coast expo a 'huge success'
CARAVANNING Queensland has hailed its recent inaugural Sunshine Coast caravan show "a huge success". Nearly 11,500 enthusiasts flocked to the three-day expo at Nambour showgrounds, where more than 90 exhibitors showcased their latest products and more than 360 RVs. CQ general manager Jason Plant said it was the first ever official industry-owned and operated regional event. "Local Caravanning Queensland member businesses in particular were very thankful we held the event on the Sunshine Coast as it was a chance for them to provide the best insights into the regionís popular caravanning lifestyle and recruit new 'carafans'," he said. Woombye-Palmwoods Rotary Club president Jan Lawton said her club's involvement had allowed it to help fellow clubs who were in desperate need. "We were able to donate $5000 of our proceeds to a Rotary Club in Stanthorpe to help their community recover after the recent bushfires," she said. Have your say
The lower cost option
Renting could take the
By Dennis Amor
TO buy or to rent ... that's the question being posed by the Caravan Council of Australia. Founder and general manager Colin Young believes the renting option could be more beneficial in terms of saving money. It also took the "stressful worry and annoyance" out of ensuring that a bought caravan is fully-compliant, safe and of very high quality. Mr Young points out that it allows renters to relax and forget about caravan insurance, registration and servicing obligations. "There are two significant factors to persuade non-caravanners to get into the lifestyle and experience the enjoyment of travelling around our great country," he said. "People who simply cannot afford to buy a 'van may well be enticed to go for the significantly lower-cost renting option. And those who do choose the renting path and enjoy their short travels may well be encouraged to go for longer vacations and decide to buy a caravan."
CIAA excited to be involved
Industry backs TV's hit lifestyle show
AUSTRALIA'S peak body for the caravanning industry says it is over the moon to be involved in television's second series of Mobile Living. The lifestyle show, watched by over a million viewers nationally in May, is set to return early next year on the Seven network. "The Caravan Industry Association of Australia is very excited to be involved," chief executive officer Stuart Lamont said. "This is a fantastic way to showcase the great experiences you can have and memories you can create while caravanning and camping through well known Australian personalities who also love the lifestyle." The first two episodes of the series, produced by Cameron Damon Media, followed AFL star Patrick Dangerfield and his family (pictured) on their trip along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. And filming is already underway on eight new episodes which will air from next February.
Enthusiasts keeping a manufacturer's name alive
Bring your own water, Boroma Roamers urged
OWNERS of Boroma caravans are being invited to attend their annual get-together ... but have been urged to take their own water to the NSW rally site. "Due to the drought and lack of water on the New England we have been asked to help out by arriving with full water tanks if possible," the organisers said. The Boroma Roamers plan a full programme of activities for the eight-day event beginning October 6 at Glen Innes Showgrounds. The group of enthusiasts continue to keep the name of the now defunct manufacturer of luxury caravans alive. Boroma, once regarded as the Rolls Royce of caravans, shocked the industry by pulling down the shutters in 2008. The Queensland-based company was forced into liquidation as a global economic downturn hit hard, closing its doors when sales plummeted and jittery customers cancelled orders. For more information on the Boroma Roamers, click here firstname.lastname@example.org
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