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Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014

Nick shows how to get real camp comfort from Tassie Motor Shacks campervan

Nick flies GSA  colors in Hobart CBD.
Nick flies GSA colors in
Hobart CBD.

Our Nick just cannot help himself, when he goes camping he improves things. Nick is a fine short-order cook too and adds to that skill with his ability to refine camp comforts. Over three weeks road touring in Tasmania Nick made the best of all the Tassie Motor Shacks campervan that he and Agnes used had to offer.

In words and pictures here is Nick's practical approach to getting the best from the Tassie Motor Shacks petrol powered Toyota campervan.

His hanger stick (Picture end of story) provides many more places to put things so they are close at hand and easy to find. The arrangement uses a fairly straight bit of tree and adds to the carrying capacity of fittings which are already part of the campervan. Simple, no cost and effective. Nick comes from a time when you could have anything you wanted, as long as you made it yourself.

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Toolbox hoses power cord and water tank 091

Nick says he likes the Tassie Motor Shacks campervan. It is economical to run, comfortable, and easy to handle, he said. The campervans sliding doors on both sides of the unit allow full air flow when required when camping in warm weather.

The door on the driver's side slides back to reveal tool kit, food grade water hose and water tank filler spout plus the 15amp electricity connection cord which mates with caravan park power outlets.

Nick and Agnes spent a lot of time outside the campervan under the high quality pull-out awning in people friendly camp chairs. The Tassie Motor Shacks campervan has a stove and sink inside but all Nick's cooking was done in the excellent camp kitchens provided by the caravan parks they stayed at during their three weeks road touring Tasmania.

This is a heads up from an Old Head to Newbies. A good, enclosed camp kitchen with all the gear and washing up facilities supplied is a prime reason to chose a caravan park.

It makes camping so much easier. This approach also precludes the unwelcome addition of cooking smells to the campervan living and sleeping area. Cooking smells, particularly fish or spicey recipes will permeate and linger in bedding, clothes and curtains.

Nick and Agnes use powered ensuite campsites when travelling and once again this is a prime factor in their choice of camping sites.

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Handy campervan hints 090

Tasmania provides plenty of comfort stop options in a daily road travel experience which is short and sweet in terms of the distances between destinations and attractions.

Touring over longer distances in Mainland Australia GSA includes Thetford toilet products in our RV's. GSA uses and prefers Thetford's Aqua Kem Green and Aqua Rinse.

The biological action of Aqua Kem Green means that micro-organisms biologically break down the toilet waste in the tank. It is particularly suitable when emptying the waste tank into septic systems in caravan parks and on camp sites. Aqua Kem Green is completely biodegradable and will not harm organisms.

Tassie Motor Shacks has Handy Hints posted in the campervan too.
  • Kangaroos should not dent the campervan experience so keep off the road before dawn and after dusk.
  • Keep speed down, particularly on dirt roads.
  • Fill the campervan with petrol before 4pm in country areas. It is easy to get caught short on fuel.
  • Check the headlights are off when the campervan is parked.

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Big glovebox 093

Nick and Agnes make full use of the big glovebox in the Tassie Motor Shacks Campervan. 99.9 percent of road touring harmony comes with a place for everything and everything in its places. It is essential that just where those places are is known to all concerned and everyone returns items to the place allocated. 

Car keys, caravan park access codes, wallets, watches, park passes, tickets, personal valueables, maps, phones and spectacles are particular stress points should they go missing.

Nick says one of the few additions he made to the Tassie Motor Shacks campervan was a handy, deep plastic bowl.

He likes the clip-on table which slots into a track and projects outside the campervan when the main passenger side door is open.

He and Agnes both say the campervans bed is huge. After guidance on getting the best from the campervan at the start of their three week Tassie Tour from Rob of Tassie Motor Shacks Nick has set-up sorted.

The campervan's multi-adjustment table comes apart and forms the base for the head of the huge bed. Then wooden base slates come from a locker to complete the bed base, cushions are placed first on the outside of the bed. Then the last two cushions are placed together in a V shape and pushed down together.

Bedding from the campervans lockers completes the bed set-up.

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Curtains help longer sleep-ins 082

Curtains throughout the campervan provide privacy and block unwanted light.

The practical campervan includes a microwave oven and there is well thought out cupboard and draw space too.

The campervan is a handy size and handles city traffic and parking as well as country touring. This GSA run of photos was shot with Nick and the Tassie Motor Shacks campervan parked at Hobart's excellent Grand Chancellor Hotel. GSA enjoyed what is one of Australia's better hotels with exceptional staff and what is one of the finest harbour views in the world, as delegates at the national industry CRVA Conference.

Agnes and Nick spent $381 on fuel for the campervan during their three weeks of touring.

Heads up: Two of the caravan parks they stayed at did not have EFTPOS facilities and they had to pay cash so have some ready dollars in the  kick when travelling Tasmania.

Editors Note: Here are hyperlinks to the GSA tours Tasmania in a Tassie Motor Shacks campervan series from the GoSee free library of more than 1000 Information Articles-

GoSeeAustralia's Aggie and Nick bed into 3 weeks on Tasmanian campervan tour

GSA Tassie tour finds Dicken's Fagin,1820's Hobart and finest wine

GSA finds Oatlands authentic mill, English to its socks Ross and a Riverside campervan camp

Huge bed, plenty of storage Agnes and Nick find campervan travel really comfortable

Fine chocs, Devonport Old Salts, Mural town and peaceful Mole Creek on GSA Tas Tour

GSA gets wildlife education and buzz on honey bees in Northern Tasmania

On Port Arthurs Isle of the Dead Agnes and Nick meet Australia's first novelist

Hobart convict Female Factory link to harsh Australian penal settlement saga

Bruny Islanders produce engredients for one of the best foodie tours in Tasmania

Tassies brand new natural Huon Valley Caravan Park includes down on the farm experience

Practical services attract Agnes and Nick to Discovery Holiday Park Hobart

As three week Tassie campervan tour ends Agnes and Nick would be back in a heartbeat

For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
Email: garth@contact.com.au
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Table top starts bed base 074
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Fridge handy to door for loading 061
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Adjustable removeable table 070
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Handy bowl useful addition 097
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Microwave pots kettle and kitchen cleaning products 067
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Nick likes the clip-on table 089
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Nicks stick hanging system 098
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Storage above the bed 066
Nick and Agnes with Tassie Motor Shacks van
Nick and Agnes with Tassie Motor Shacks van
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