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August 2017
 


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AUG 29:
Bundaberg Regional Council in Qld today gave the green light for an RV park to be established at the city's old showgrounds in Burrum St. Up to 50 fully self-contained recreational vehicles will be accommodated.

AUG 29:
Police hunting thieves who made off with wallets, a mobile phone, footwear and backbacks when they raided tents at Riverside Caravan Park in Mareeba, Queensland.

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* Tight-fisted grey nomads at Duaringa ... 126,357 people reached.

* Mooloolaba oceanside caravan park finally closes ... 49,581 people reached.

* Goldstar RV safety recall ... 29,114 people reached.

* Carbon monoxide fumes kill camper ... 22,299 people reached.

* Caravan park boss catches monster fish ... 15,747 people reached.

* Owners of large dogs banned from applying for caravan park job ... 11,991 people reached.

* Naked swimmers fall foul of the law ... 11,203 people reached.

More letters to the editor

Council 'gouging' a real shame

I WOULD like to comment on the council considering slapping a $10 nightly fee at Jim Mitchell Park on Queensland's Southern Downs (see story here).

I hope the council will use some of the money to build a shower block to complement the toilet.

Gouging by some councils is a real shame.

Instead of a fee, maybe the park could be monitored as a 24hr stopover.

That will please Stanthorpe caravan park for ensuring those that want longer in the area would use the park and not block those travelling through with extended stays.

Greg Evans.


Tiaro facelift commended

THE facelift at Tiaro's rest area is a great initiative by The Fraser Coast Council (see story here).

The council has to be commended.

It would be selfish to expect maintained facilities to be free and open to all, with an unlimited number of travellers.

We need to think of the surroundings and inconvenience to residents and cost to ratepayers who you can bet did not support the upgrade.

It's questionable how many dollars are spent in the town!

If you're travelling, don't expect freebies and someone else to clean up your mess!

Leo Donovan.


 


Kilcoy Caravan Park inferno

Caravanners flee for their lives

Six caravans destroyed in
Kilcoy caravan park inferno

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
Have your say

A BRISBANE dealer has appeared in court after a protracted inquiry into alleged caravan rebirthing.

Caravanning News first broke news of the police investigation in May when they admitted having interviewed a man. They declined to release details, saying inquiries were "ongoing".

Anthony Michael Gliddon, 65,  from Manly West, fronted Brisbane Magistrates charged with 81 offences following investigations by members of the State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group.

The court was told that inquiries were ongoing and the case was adjourned until October 23.

Detectives will allege caravans had been statutorily written off for various reasons including hail, flood and impact damage, rendering them unable to be registered in Australia.

It is claimed the original identifying numbers were removed and replaced with new ones.

They were then advertised through online sale sites and bought by unsuspecting members of the community.


Outback caravanningRFDS 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


Cooktown murder victim Donna Steele

Hopes for vital new clue as . . .

Detectives issue new photo in hunt for
killer of Cooktown caravan park cleaner

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 scrapCell caravan

Cell chassis under a cloud

By Dennis Amor
Have your say

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

Croc dragging cow along Ord RiverBy Dennis Amor
Have your say

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.

"It was an amazing sight," 34-year-old former mechanic Justin Lorrimer from Newcastle in New South Wales told Caravanning News.

"I couldn't believe just how powerful that croc was to pull the cow through the water with such ease, but apparently it happens a lot up here."

Justin, who had already been in the water using a camera to film a promotional video, shot the remarkable images from a drone as he fished for barramundi in the Kimberley's Ord River.

"The croc must have been five or six metres long. It was massive," he said.

His 1.13-minute YouTube footage has attracted 703,000 views while his Trip in a Van Facebook page has clocked up nearly 5500 views, 3000 comments and nearly 7000 shares.

Justin and Bec take a dip with their children Jack (5), Billy (3) and Charli (2)

Justin and Bec with their children Jack (5), Billy (3) and Charli (2)

Justin and wife Bec, together with their three children aged between two and five, have been on the road for about 18 months.

He said the family was having a "fantastic time" travelling Australia in a 23ft Jurgens caravan towed by a Mazda BT50.

"The kids are loving it," he explained. "It's a dream come true and I think we'll just keep going ... there's no end in sight."

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'

Dashcam footage of horror caravan
crash may be used as training video

Side-swiped caravan Wrecked ute

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


Wyllie Park rest area

Photo: Caravanning News

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


Lorraine Golightly, BIG4 Beacon ResortBeacon shines on Bellarine Peninsula
VICTORIA'S Bellarine Peninsula is enjoying a winter boom in tourist numbers.
And nowhere is it more apparent than at the award-winning BIG4 Beacon Resort at Queenscliff which welcomed 43 percent more guests during last month's break compared to the same time last year. The park reported that the winter school holidays had proved successful and this, along with a massive 89 percent increase in caravanners, demonstrated that taking the family away for a holiday was becoming the "cool way" to spend the winter months. Owner-operator Lorraine Golightly said it was amazing how Queenscliff and the Bellarine had continued to grow during her 47 years at the park. More button

Miniature pony at Silver Wattle Caravan ParkPark, hens and miniature horse on the market
A QUEENSLAND caravan park located in what was once one of the world's largest and richest gold and copper mining towns is on the market for $1.16 million. And buyers of the popular Silver Wattle Caravan Park on the Burnett Highway at Mount Morgan west of Rockhampton will inherit a miniature horse (pictured) and a brood of hens into the bargain. The pet-friendly park has become well known for its afternoon Happy Hour and free eggs handed out to guests on check-in. Owners Mark and Sarah Dalton told Caravanning News they were hoping to take their children Billi (8) and Diesel (6) on a lap of Australia next year. "We will be sad to say goodbye to the Silver Wattle, but so excited to catch up with all our wonderful guests 'on the road'," Sarah said. Marketing agents Resort Brokers Australia say Silver Wattle enjoys consistent year-on-year growth, with the last net profit being $162,339.  Have your say

Pressure group in faulty wiring claim
A MAJOR caravan manufacturer has been accused of fitting non-compliant electrical wiring to its vehicles.
The accusation comes from the online 18,000-member Lemon Caravans and RVs in Aus pressure group. Its Facebook page claims the problem was discovered during a visit to the company's factory by Energy Safe Victoria inspectors. The group has now demanded a full recall of any affected caravans. Energy Safe Victoria declined to identify the manufacturer involved but told Caravanning News it responded to all complaints and would take follow-up action where necessary. "ESV has worked with caravan manufactures and distributors in Victoria to assist them to meet their obligations under the Gas Safety Act and the Electricity Safety Act," it added. Have your say


The Castle cast

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


Mr Reynoldson with wife Tanaya and two children Jasmin (11) and Taj (8).

Mr Reynoldson with wife Tanaya and their children Jasmin (11) and Taj (8).

Deadly fumes put man in 8-day coma

DIY caravan restorer loses legs
after carbon monoxide drama

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


ACC rallyACC plans three-branch muster
AUSTRALIA'S biggest caravan club will hold a three-branch rally in Queensland.
Over 50 members of the Australian Caravan Club's Sugar City Pioneers (Mackay), Tropical Tourers (Townsville) and Capricornia Tourers (Rockhampton) will attend the five-day event at Sarina's showground beginning August 10. ACC national chairman Craig Humphrey and membership director Graham Christie will travel over 800km to attend. More button

Franklin officially opens new facility
FRANKLIN has officially opened its new dedicated caravan manufacturing facility in Victoria.
It is expected to produce up to 450 RVs annually and as part of an agreement with AusIndustry will create 20 more jobs this year. The project was partly financed with a grant from Melbourne's North Innovation and Investment Fund. Part of the Concept brand, Franklin is now among the top five manufacturers in Australia, with six facilities in the Hume region. These include dedicated research and development, production and assembly with over 135 employees. It continues to develop and establish a national dealer network for the brand. Have your say

Victorian caravanning expo goes to the dogsCaravanning 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 flood-ravaged park
NEW managers have high hopes for the once flood-ravaged Bridgewater Public Caravan Park in Victoria.
Loddon Shire Council spent millions on turning the wrecked park into a state-of-the-art facility. And the new team now holding the reins says it is "ready to give this the best shot we can". All four members come with solid experience in business, the council said. More button

Geobbrie the koalaPark mourns loss of longest resident
A New South Wales caravan park is mourning the loss of one of its longest residents.
Geobbrie the Koala moved into Port Macquarie's Lighthouse Beach Caravan Park some years ago as a juvenile after being found underweight and sick. After treatment at the local vet, he took up permanent residence at the caravan park and lived happily ... until he was recently hit and killed by a car. "It's a sad loss for the park," a spokeswoman told Caravanning News. "He will be sorely missed." Have your say

Caravan sales continue to  rise
CARAVAN sales continue to surge ahead, according to statistics released by Caravanning Queensland.
Figures for this year's sales show strong signs with almost 600 registrations in March, well above the corresponding month last year. Production statistics for towable and motorised RVs increased by 0.8 percent since March, 2016. Have your say

Royal Flair Sky-DeckManufacturing defects led to massive repair bill
MANUFACTURING defects left a caravan owner with a massive repair bill after his RV developed a water leak, a court heard.
The NSW Civil Administration Tribunal has now ordered Victoria-based Royal Flair Caravans to pay Glen Borm, of the ACT, $40,000 and costs of $700. It was the maximum sum allowed because his Royal Flair Sky-Deck had been used as a demonstration model at various shows and was thus deemed as second hand. Mr Borm bought the 2012 caravan from a NSW Royal Flair dealer in 2013 and used it for about nine months without major incident. But his troubles began after a "storm event" the following year. More button


Heerb garden at Cowra Van Park

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


Kootoomba tourist parkAsbestos found at Katoomba tourist park
ASBESTOS has been discovered at the award-winning Katoomba Falls Caravan Park in NSW's Blue Mountains, it has been revealed.
The potential killer material was found in the internal walls of the men's toilets and in the ceiling lining of the cleaner's cupboard. The 61-site park, which this year received a TripAdvisor Cerficate of Excellence, was one of 19 sites found in the region to have asbestos, according to a confidential council report. But a Blue Mountains City Council statement said the problem had been addressed and a spokeswoman at the park told Caravanning News: "Our park is safe." The council said it had acted in a "timely, open and appropriate manner" to the satisfaction of SafeWork and council's independent expert. "The safety, health and wellbeing of our community and our employees are paramount and we take the matter of asbestos management seriously," it said. Have your say

ACC launches in-house group for Lotus owners
AUSTRALIAN Caravan Club (ACC) members who own Lotus caravans now have a special 'in-house' group of their own.
The club-within-a-club has been formed after several ACC members attended a Lotus Caravan Owners' muster. ACC now has six 'special interest groups' within its ranks, including former and current Defence Force members, full-time travellers and owners of English caravans. "Catering to the interests of all RVers is important and something our club feels strongly about," ACC chairman and Lotus owner Craig Humphrey said. Have your say

Bailey caravanBailey Leisure forges on
BAILEY has launched its second factory-owned caravan dealership at Slacks Creek in Brisbane.
"We are pleased to welcome Karen Garbutt as dealer principal, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bailey group," the company said. The successful Bristol-based caravan manufacturer launched its own wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia in 2014 after earning the reputation of being the UK's best-selling touring caravan brand. Melbourne-based Bailey Leisure now produces around 300 caravans annually. Have your say

Caravan thief jailed for three months
A CROOK is behind bars after being caught towing a stolen caravan in Victoria.
Police spotted the 33-year-old man's ute towing the $25,000 caravan on June 17, Wodonga Magistrates Court was told. It had been stolen from a shed at Beechworth the previous month. When Michael Russell Zani was pulled over he claimed he had bought the caravan, which was minus its identification plates, for $8000. Jailing him for three months, the court said it noted his lengthy criminal history. Have your say

Craig GreenawayYoung achiever gong for industry's rising star
CRAIG Greenaway of AL-KO International has been officially recognised as a rising star in Victoria's caravan industry.
His status was cemented with a young achiever award at the recent prestigious annual Hall of Fame Industry Awards and Gala Event in Melbourne. The gong recognises his "contribution and achievements" within the State's growing caravan industry. Craig, who joined AL-KO in 2011 and who was described as a valuable member of the company's team, said he was "very honoured" to receive award. More button


Curlwaa caravan park

'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 research
OWNERS of Retreat caravans are being invited to take part in a national rally to raise fund for cancer research.
The four-day gathering will be held at the Australian Rural Education Centre in Mudgee, NSW, from September 25. More than 60 owners have already pledged to attend. There will be a fund-raising raffle for the NSW's Cancer Council, with prizes donated by, among others, Retreat Caravans, Toro Australia, Outdoor Instinct and Tow-Ed. Mudgee Highway Patrol will give a talk on road safety while the NSW RMS will give advice on safe towing of caravans on long distance journeys. Have your say

Caravans now welcome at Callide Dam
EIGHT powered and watered sites are now available on the banks of Callide Dam near Biloela in Queensland.
Banana Shire Council said a kiosk will offer hot and cold drinks, snack food and ice creams. There are kayaks, stand up paddle boards as well as fishing and red claw gear available for hire, and a caravan waste point. “We're looking forward to welcoming guests to the new Lake Callide Retreat," Mayor Nev Ferrier said. Have your say


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LETTERS TO
THE EDITOR

Letter man

Truckie's wrath: caravanners
for and against

GOT to agree with truckies on their rant regarding ignorant caravanners (see original story here).

We have a UHF and talk to them well before they are right behind to discuss overtaking options.

They have a job to do and we have a retirement to enjoy.

Police should able fine anyone who speeds up on overtaking lanes and then slows down after leaving them.

To me, it is ignorant.

Ian Jempson.

Talk, don't rant

SO I’m a sanctimonious b*****d eh?

In a past life I was an interstate truck driver although I preferred to be called an operator.

There were, believe or not, caravans on the road then ... and we all got along nicely, or so it seemed to me.

There is no need for the animosity that seems to be popular these days.

Is this a condition that has arrived with the advent of "reality" TV and all the nastiness we see in those shows?

The modern highway is, in the majority, two lanes with plenty of opportunity to pass.

Perhaps Scotty only operates on country roads, I don't know.

Rather than ranting, talking to the "wobblies" may result in a better world for everyone.

Terry.

In agreement

COMPLETELY agree with Scotty!

I have spent a lot of time on the road as a fulltime caravanner and as a sales rep and lived in rural areas.

There are those caravanners who will sit on 80kph and not answer their UHF and when you honk at them as you eventually pass them having to do 120kph in a overtaking lane after they have sped up, you get the finger!.

All caravanners should be made to have a UHF and have it set so it can't be turned off or down.

Don't know how many times we have tried to raise a 'vanner because they had a door open, pop-top not latched down properly or a flat tyre.

No answer! Why have one and have it advertised on the back of your rig if you don't have it on or turned so you can hear it.

David Single.

Roads are for all

I THINK next time this truckie goes past a McDonald's he should stop and get a Happy Meal.

The roads are for everyone to use and are not just for truckies.

If he cannot share the roads with other users he should go and find a better job where he doesn't have to share with other people.

Bob Ryan.

Communication

THIS article is so true.

We have just returned from a 10.000km-plus road trip and have seen first hand the stupidity of some caravanners.

The solution is simple ... it's called communication.

Let the truck know you have seen it and that you will back off to make the passing move safe.

Ten seconds of courtesy goes a long way.

BTW, I have a HR licence and am a driver-trainer.

Graham J Bedwell.

Tailgaters

I HAVE travelled around Australia a couple of times and found no problem with 90 percent of truckies.

Then there are the others ... the tailgaters.

Their time is more important than anyone else's and they have to save the minute or two at the end of the trip.

Red lights or traffic rules don't seem to apply to them because they drive a truck.

Maybe this truckie needs to realise that others use the road as well and a bit of patience goes a long way.

Before everyone jumps up and down I was a state and interstate truckie for 30 years before I retired.

Ian E.

Hood ornament

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 discrimination.

I have driven a car at the speed limit on the Bruce Highway without anything in tow and still had trucks attempting to wear me for a hood ornament.

In one particular case I was in the left lane with a truck in the right one ... and the one behind ME was blazing his lights and so on.

When it finally overtook he dived over into the right hand lane and back in front of me.

Amazingly, he continued his same stupidity on the next car in the left lane.

Instead of making himself a widespread fool, how about he does himself a favour and educate himself.

There are actually some caravanners who are retired truck drivers, after all.

Last I knew, the road wasn't just there for caravan-towing people or truck drivers ... it was there for all of us.

He should stop being so intolerant because the more he is aggravated, the more chance he is going to do something nasty to himself in the end.

Has he ever been behind a convoy of trucks you can’t overtake? I have!

Greg.