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June 2017



JUNE 24:
One person taken to hospital after a caravan accident on the Dawson Highway in Queensland today. Reports said the caravan rolled onto its side in the smash involving another car at the intersection of Tognolini Baldwin Rd, about 3km from Biloela. Queensland Ambulance Service said two people were treated at the scene, with one being taken to hospital as a precaution.

JUNE 23:
A grey nomad was killed while unhitching his caravan outside a house at Coomera on Gold Coast today. Police said the 64-year-old caravanner's 4WD suddenly began rolling forward on an incline, pinning him underneath. Horrified neighbours in Madison Road ran to help lift the LandCruiser but the man died at the scene. It is thought he and his wife had hauled their Jayco Sterling caravan from Western Australia and were house-sitting at the time of the tragedy. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Cannington RV closingJUNE 20:
Perth's major Coromal and Windsor dealer, Cannington RV Centre, is closing down. The former dealer of the year will pull down the shutters on July 16. One member of staff blamed a decision by the caravan's manufacturer, Fleetwood Corporation, to appoint a third dealer in the already struggling Perth market, together with the "enormous strain" of dealing with warranty issues with new caravans. The business is selling $3 million worth of stock. Cannington's general manager Jocelyn Leevers said all customer orders and recently sold caravans would be delivered. "It is with sadness that the owners have decided to leave the caravan industry. Staff will still have jobs with a totally new independent new dealership."

JUNE 20:
Northbound traffic affected after car towing caravan involved in accident on NSW's Newell Highway near Nashs Road, Gowang, this afternoon. No one reportedly injured but authorities said "vehicle salvage operation" underway.

JUNE 19:
Truck and caravan in accident at junction of George Street and Pennant Hills Road in Pennant Hills, NSW. Emergency crews in attendance. No further details available.

Caravan rolls on Bruce HighwayJUNE 19:
Caravanners escaped serious injuries when their rig overturned on Queensland's Bruce Highway north of Nambour today. The single-axle caravan and tow vehicle, believed to be an X-Trail, came to grief while travelling south. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch dividing the north and southbound lanes of the busy highway. The caravan was completely wrecked. No other vehicle is thought to have been involved.

JUNE 19:
A caravan erupted into a fireball at a West Ballina caravan park in NSW today. Two people managed to scramble clear as flames leapt from the caravan, which was completely destroyed at the Hibiscus Gardens Caravan Park. Another caravan was evacuated. Firefighters moved gas cylinders and sprayed them with water to prevent an explosion. Paramedics rushed to the park but no one required hospital treatment. The cause of the blaze was being investigated.

JUNE 17:
Campbellfield's family-owned and operated Retreat Caravans is planning a four-day September national rally of owners to raise funds for cancer research. It will be held at the Australian Rural Education Centre in Mudgee, NSW.

JUNE 16:
Volkswagen towing caravan involved in collision with another car in Bargara at Bundaberg, Queensland, today. No one hurt.

JUNE 16:
Cheeky thieves knew exactly what they were after when they targeted a caravan in Victoria. They carefully snipped their way through a wire fence at the Werribee Lions Club premises in Ballan Road, ripped a hole in a cover over the 1981 Jayco ... and escaped with just its door after carefully removing the screws! Local police are investigating.

Caravan rig blaze on SA's South Eastern FreewayJUNE 15:
A 4WD with a caravan in tow erupted in flames near Heysen Tunnels on South Eastern Freeway's uptrack heading out of Adelaide this afternoon. Two caravanners scrambled uninjured from the burning vehicle, which was destroyed. The single-axle pop-top caravan was also destroyed in the inferno. SA Country Fire Service said the rig was "fully involved with fire" when emergency services arrived. The estimated damage bill is between $80,000 and $90,000. A spokesperson said the cause of the fire was unknown at this stage.

CoromalsJUNE 14:
Shares in Coromal and Windsor caravans builder Fleetwood Corporation had leapt to year-high of $2.39 at close of business yesterday. The news came as the Perth-based company announced that an extraordinary general meeting would be held on July 25 to discuss modifying its constitution.

JUNE 14:
Victoria's Latrobe Council plans to hold public forum to discuss its July 1 takeover Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park ... nearly three weeks after it takes over the reins.

JUNE 13:
Five people travelling in motorhome escaped relatively unscathed when it rolled into ditch at side of Queensland's Bruce Highway south of Tiaro today. Three of them managed to scramble clear through a rooflight in the Iveco, which had been towing a dual-axle caravan. It is believed the vehicles were travelling back from a major caravanning and camping show which wrapped up in Brisbane yesterday.

Grey nomads express interest in churchJUNE 13:
Former church converted into air-conditioned two-bedroomed home at Marmor south of Rockhampton attracting much interest from southern grey nomads visiting Queensland and wanting a base to enjoy the state's winter sunshine, says Ray White real estate agent Barry Nicholson. It's on the market for $125,000 neg.

JUNE 13:
Caravan sales and attendance figures at Brisbane's major RV show which closed yesterday were significantly down on last year, according to unconfirmed reports.

Recalled suspensionJUNE 9:
The Caravan Trade Industry Association of Victoria has welcomed the voluntary safety recall of the Control Rider TS Suspension System from its "longstanding and well established" member, G&S Chassis. In a statement released today, the association commended the company for its "obvious concern for customers" by initiating the recall on a small number of caravan chassis. "G&S Chassis manufacture over 4500 chassis per year and it was through their extensive experience that it came to their notice that a small number of early chassis (less than 0.5 percent of chassis produced) have exhibited a trailing arm weld failure," the statement said. "The association has been advised of no instances of accident or injury relating to this product, and support G&S Chassis with their swift proactive approach to addressing their concerns for this product. G&S Chassis are complying with their legal obligations to ensure customer safety and are conducting the voluntary recall in line with the ACCC guidelines."

Police were today investigating a horror smash in which two grey nomads in their mid-60s were killed when their Mitsubishi Triton ute towing a caravan collided with a truck on the Cobb Highway near Wanganella in southern NSW. Reports suggest that the Victorian travellers' rig, which was heading north, may have veered into the path of the cattle-carrying B-double. It took several hours to extricate the crumpled ute from underneath the truck. A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

Two elderly caravanners airlifted to hospital after their rig overturned on NT's Stuart Highway just north of Daly Waters. Man in 70s understood to have head injuries and woman suspected internal injuries.

Lotus Caravans report that "a small number" of its RVs fitted with early model control rider twin shock suspensions and built between May 2015 and June last last year are being recalled. The company says in a letter to owners that the suspension systems are showing signs of a trailing arm weld failure. "We therefore strongly recommend that you immediately stop towing your caravan until it can be determined whether the suspension system fitted is affected by the G&S recall," the letter says. Lotus advises owners to contact Campbellfield-based G&S Chassis for advice.

Victorian singer, instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Swift will be entertaining guests at caravan parks between Rainbow Beach and Airlie Beach in Queensland. His tour, sponsored by caravan dealers Jayco Mackay and Jayco Warburton Caravans (Bundaberg), begins June 23 and ends July 9.

Three caravans stolen on NSW's Central Coast during the last six weeks were recovered during a police raid. A man, 42, was arrested as officers searched a property at Millfield. He was charged with receivng stolen property and firearms offences.

Waverley Creek rest areaJUNE 6:
Caravan Industry Association of Australia has welcomed National Heavy Vehicle Regulator support for an education and awareness campaign to help truckies and travellers in recreational vehicles "coexist" on the road and at rest areas. Chief executive Stuart Lamont said the initiative was one of 12 programs approved for a share of $3.9 million funding by the NHVR, supported by the Federal Government. A partnership education program would address growing "conflicts" between RV users and heavy vehicle drivers. "The campaign will inform RV travellers about the appropriate use of rest stop sites and the risks associated with disruptive behaviour to help foster a safer environment for all road users," he said.

Driver dies after his hired Holden SUV collided head-on with Mitsubishi 4WD towing caravan on Indian Ocean Drive south of Lancelin in WA this afternoon. Caravanners, thought to be in their 60s, taken to hospital suffering non-life threatening injuries. The dead man's partner and two children also taken to hospital. Witnesses, who described the crash scene as "carnage", claim the SUV veered to the wrong side of the road before the crash. Wreckage from the caravan was scattered all over the road.

Stolen Jayco Hawk poptopJUNE 5:
Heartless caravan crooks have ruined a Victorian family's planned trip to Queensland. The thieves made off with the Miller's Jayco Hawk pop-top (pictured) after removing a fence at their Kangaroo Flat property. "We had basically gutted it and renovated it from scratch, Melissa Miller told local media. She said her two sons aged seven and nine had been looking forward to the upcoming school holiday trip to the Sunshine State. The caravan's registration - Q61902 - had been welded onto the drawbar. Anyone with information should call Bendigo Police on (03) 5448 1300, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at

Boundary River Caravan ParkJUNE 2:
Boundary Bend General Store & Caravan Park on Victoria's Murray Valley Highway is on the market for $1.395 million. The Riordan family developed the 44-site park between Swan Hill and Robinvale-Euston 12 years ago. It is currently operated under management but, they say, would suit "hands on" operators. Advertising material says its accommodation income is derived from annuals, tourists, seasonal workers and residents. Its net profit is said to be $206,932.


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