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September 2017



Stolen caravanSEPTEMBER 20:
Police in Victoria have asked the public for help in tracing a stolen caravan. Thieves cut through the locking mechanism attached to the towing hitch before hauling it away from a house in Echuca on the weekend. The 2003 Supreme Spirit pop-top caravan carried the Queensland registration Q13062. Anyone with information should call Echuca Police on
(03) 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Brisbane Caravan Repair Centre at Oxley is on the market for $265,000. Broker Andrew Morris describes the company as a "niche business in growth industry".

Aspen Group has announced that its $10 million acquisition of BIG4 Koala Shores Holiday Park in NSW is now unconditional and scheduled for settlement.

Motorhome recall after gas fearsSEPTEMBER 18:
Gas pipes fitted to some RVs from Brisbane-based Motorhome Conversion Company may pose an explosion or asphyxiation risk, it has been revealed. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has now issued a recall after it was discovered the main run of gas piping for the cooker, and BBQ if fitted, were located internally instead of outside the vehicles. "In the event of a gas leak from an internal main pipe run, unburnt gas may accumulate in the motorhome," the recall warned. "This can present an asphyxiation risk. If a source of ignition is present, there may also be a fire or explosion risk. Incomplete or absent labelling may result of gas appliances being used incorrectly or unsafely and users not being aware of hazards." Owners should contact the company on 1300 851 079.

Caravan roof peels away on Hume HighwaySEPTEMBER 18:
Dramatic footage of a caravan losing its roof on the Hume Highway at Campbelltown, Sydney, has gone viral. Over a quarter of a million people have viewed the 35-second Dash Cam Owners Australia video which has been posted on Facebook. Attracting over a thousand comments and shared over a thousand times, the dramatic footage shows the wayward roof peeling away and cars avoiding it. No one was injured.

Caravan ended up on its roof in ditch after a collision on NSW's Pacific Highway at Commerfords Lane, near Ulmarra. No one hurt.

Stuart Lamont, caravanning industry CEOSEPTEMBER 7:
Australia's caravanning industry has slammed suggestions it has free rein when it comes to building RVs. "To suggest the industry has little or no regulation or is self-regulated is rubbish," Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont said today. "The system is by no means perfect, however with over 615,000 vehicles registered in Australia it would be impossible to suggest that some problems don't occur, and in these situations we urge industry businesses to make sure they understand and comply with their legal obligations."

THE practice of 'tarping down' at the council-owned Southcombe Caravan Park in Victoria has been banned. Some fans pitched tents or tarps and left them unattended to reserve unpowered sites for up to a week before the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival. The council said this reduced site availability for genuine holidaymakers and hindered park staff in maintaining the grounds during the lead-up to the event. The next festival, which celebrates music, arts and culture, is scheduled for March next year.

JB Caravans is looking for a sales manager to help expand its WA operations. The company, which has eight dealerships Australia-wide, says it is increasing production to 30 caravans a week at its state-of-the-art factory in Victoria. The new fulltime sales manager will be based in Perth and be earning $55,000 to $69,999.

Kybong caravan blazeSEPTEMBER 6:
Car and caravan erupted into a fireball on Queensland's Bruce Highway south of Gympie this afternoon. A pall of smoke hung over the scene as fire crews battled the blaze near the Puma service station at Kybong. No one reported hurt but the fierce flames ignited a grass fire.

A 70-year-old grey nomad was killed in a horrifying smash on Queensland's Warrego Highway. The accident happened as the man was turning into a rest area about 40k east of Charleville. Police said a semi-trailer collided with the caravanner's utility. He died at the scene. His passenger, a 72-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed the couple was from the Mackay area in Queensland. The truck driver, a 64-year-old man, was also taken to hospital suffering shock. The highway was closed for about two hours while the forensic crash unit investigated the accident.

Caravanner rolls rig after swerving to avoid goatSEPTEMBER 5:
Police in Western Australia have advised drivers not to swerve when encountering wildlife on the road. The warning came after a caravanner took evasive action to avoid a goat on the North West Coastal Highway near Kalbarri. The 50-year-old traveller received only minor injuries when his 4WD and caravan rolled after trying to miss a goat running across the road at Kalbarri. Local police posted a photo of the wrecked Traveller caravan and 4WD on Twitter, adding: "If you see wildlife on the road, please don't swerve!" The hapless caravanner received hospital treatment, but there was no news on what happened to the wayward goat.

Australian Caravan Club announces new branch, bringing its total to 47. The Burnett Bushies will serve Kingaroy, Nanango, Blackbutt, Wondai and Murgon regions in the south, and Gayndah, Mundubbera and Monto in the north.

Caravan rolls at CooroySEPTEMBER 3:
Queensland's notorious Bruce Highway was the scene of yet another caravan accident tonight. A Jayco Basestation caravan and Toyota tow vehicle rolled on the busy southbound lanes near Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast shortly after 6pm. The caravan ended up straddling a crash barrier while the Toyota continued into trees and shrubbery. The spectacular crash happened about 2km south of the Cooroy turn-off. Emergency services attended but police told Caravanning News no one had been injured. No other vehicle was involved, they said. One of the two southbound lanes was closed while towies removed the mangled caravan and Toyota. This morning, two caravanners in their 70s were airlifted to hospital after their rig rolled on the Bruce Highway north of Marlborough.

Caravan rolls on Bruce Hwy noth of Marlborough

Two caravanners in their 70s airlifted to Rockhampton hospital early today after their rig rolled, trapping them inside their 4WD on Queensland's Bruce Highway. The grey nomads had to be cut free from the wreckage and were treated at the scene by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service medics. The couple suffered internal injuries and suspected fractures. The crash happened on a two-lane straight stretch of highway about 50km north of Marlborough. It is understood a car collided with the caravan.

Police have urged people to be more security conscious after a spate of robberies at caravan parks in Mount Isa, Queensland. One park reported four break and enter offences during August alone."This is a timely reminder for residents and tourists of Mount Isa to always secure your valuables," Constable Samantha McCall said today.


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