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23 Sep 2014

Unacceptable caravan sway forces tow bar change on GSA Ford Ranger

GoSee Australia has found that fitting a Hayman Reese shank to a Ford tow bar can produce unacceptable sway in the caravan being towed.

Despite a series of trials and adjustment attempts the Hayman Reese 78003F cast shank and the Ford tow bar receiver are an unhappy sloppy fit.

At normal towing speeds the result is unacceptable sway, as the shank neck moves in the tow bar. This can be unnerving.
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21 Sep 2014

Clued-up cast of dollar saver free seminar presenters at Leisurefest

GoSeeAustralia.com.au is among a clued-up cast of dollar saver free seminar presenters at the 7th annual Melbourne Leisurefest from October 2 to 5. The free seminars are a first at Melbourne Leisurefest.

The seminars run at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm each day.

At 10.30am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Darren Maggs, MGLSAT Sat Phones and survival tips opens the seminar batting with a fascinating insight into getting the best from what is really difficult equipment to use well.
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17 Sep 2014

GSA looks at Canberra Caravan Park and Camping Reserve profiles

This GSA Caravan and Camping Canberra research is based on visits to park and camping options. It specificially addresses:

Where are they?

How easy are they to access?

What do they charge?

What can they handle in terms of RV's?

What do they offer in terms of amenities and campsites?

These practical, informed answers, are based on a hypothetical big caravan (21ft) and Jeep Grand Cherokee tow vehicle.
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Recent Articles
10 Sep 2014

Quirky, colourful Canberra events turn Spring into Australia's BIG celebration

Canberra is home to Australia's biggest celebration of Spring, the 27th Floriade Festival, in Commonwealth Park from September 13 to October 12. This year's flower beds reflect a literal representation of things that people are passionate about including romance, hobbies, nature, fashion, music and mythology.

Canberra's Capital Region Farmers Market celebrates 10 successful years of operation this year.

The powerful bonds and enduring relationships between Australians and their horses are the focus on the National Museum of Australia's new equine exhibition.
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8 Sep 2014

Bill Pycroft retires a point of difference for Top Tourist Parks of Australia

After 19 years with TTPA Bill Pycroft retires a successful long haul CEO. Bill is a driving force for TTPA from 1995 forward.

That track record includes a time when driven, demanding, innovative, persuasive Hugh Deidrich was president. Bill talked about Hugh in his farewell speech.

Hugh and Bill where a fit to fast-track TTPA's growth. TTPA and Bill Pycroft took that innovative strength into brave new territory. It bred the TTPA point of difference and always looks for benefits it can return to its members.
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1 Sep 2014

Means Test goal posts are about to shift for self-funded retirees

Maggie Tagg, who writes Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' for GSA, says the goal posts are about to shift for self-funded retirees, with changes to the way income from superannuation pensions is means tested.

The result could be that fewer in the future will qualify for a part-age pension or the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

From January 1, 2015 income from super pensions will be deemed, putting it on a level footing with assets held outside super.
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1 Sep 2014

No specifications or set standards for shackles used in caravan and trailer towing

David Gunner Co-ordinator Vehicle Standards Department Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, South Australia says there are still no specifications or set standards for shackles used in conjunction with Australian Standards (AS) rated safety chains on caravans and trailers.

Under the Australian Road Rules the driver of a vehicle is responsible to: Control the movement of the trailer and; Ensure that it is safe to tow the trailer.
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28 Aug 2014

Buyer beware don't get caught in 'fat van' towing trap

GSA gets regular requests for help from caravan buyers related to industry compliance and in particular tow vehicles and whether they are fit for the purpose intended.

Consumers have the right to expect that a business will not mislead or deceive them. Advertising by a business should never lead a consumer to believe something that isn't true. This might relate to the value, capabilities or quality of goods and services, source Fair Trading Qld.

Here is a cautionary tale...
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26 Aug 2014

Burketown's first Morning Glory Festival rolls Sept 25 to 28

Savannah Way News reports that the first Morning Glory Festival is set for September 25 to 28 at Burketown near the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The festival celebrates the unique phenomenon that is the unusual cloud formations that roll in once a year, called 'The Morning Glory' cloud.

These clouds are so rare that most people will never see one in their lifetime.
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26 Aug 2014

NZ High Court directs council to revoke amended Freedom Camping bylaws stance

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) President Bruce Stanger is hailing the long-awaited High Court judgement over the Thames Coromandel District Council's consolidated freedom camping bylaws as 'a tremendous result' for the organisation.

Bruce Strange also raises the question of the council refunding unlawfully-gathered fines.
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26 Aug 2014

Bonegilla's reef knots of recall bind fabric of multi-national New Australia

Bonegilla was the first Australian home for about 310,000 refugees and assisted migrants from more than 50 countries. Over time Bonegilla became Victoria's 'Little Europe'.

It was showery and cool as we met Australia's biggest and longest operating migrant centre.

The weather added reality to the experience of the remnant huts and buildings of Block 19. Spartan corrugated iron roof and walls, but this heritage centre touches the core of current day Australia.

Bonegilla speaks of courage. People game to have a go way outside their comfort zones.
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21 Aug 2014

Wodonga Border Caravan and Camping Expo lifts to new size, display, variety levels

Wodonga's 4th annual Border Caravan & Camping Expo set a whole new standard for the size and variety of displays and patrons liked what they saw.

Exhibitors reported an enthusiastic response to the spacious new layout and the greatly increased variety of products on display, with strong sales across the board.

The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA Vic) was more than happy with the result for its official industry show, with attendance close to last year's figures of 11,500.
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13 Aug 2014

GSA's Alan, Pam and Chloe review life on the road from Day 1

Getting started for living life on the road is filled with sorting and storing and then trying to fit everything into the caravan and Ute and 'hit the road'.

Two fine china tea cups are a touch of home.

The GOOD ironing board cover is essential. They prize room to extend their caravan's awning, a well drained campsite, classic pubs, pet friendly parks, BIG Rig parking, sharp knives and the many friendly people who value the economic boost road tourism brings to their area and businesses.
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9 Aug 2014

Game changer challenge for tourism says VicParks CEO

Tourism businesses are being challenged to rethink their business models in the light of constant change and diversity, VicParks CEO Elizabeth White says in a report to members.

The advent of the retired and permanently travelling Baby Boomers has challenged caravan park operators to provide safe, secure and quieter accommodation for this demographic, she said.
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8 Aug 2014

Goldstream delivers adventure caravan design options at Wodonga Expo

Goldstream responded to the rapidly expanding Australian buyer demand for adventurous time-out caravan and camper experiences at Border RV & Camping Expo at Wodonga Racecourse from 15 to 17 August.

Goldstream created the 16ft 6in Rear Ensuite caravan designed to travel well behind smaller 4WD and AWD vehicles with tow ratings of about two and a half tonnes.

Goldstream uses quality suspensions and builds in strength with double ply walls.
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8 Aug 2014

How a Ferret learnt to deal with Rabbits while caught in an Ice storm

Police say we have a Crystal methamphetamine 'Ice' storm epidemic. So here is informed advice on how to handle the situation whether travelling or at home.

First and foremost another person's behavior is their responsibility.

Only support an individual if they change their violent behavior.

Being supportive does not mean that you have to be at risk.

It is OK to talk about it.

Get support for yourself, even if the violent individual does not want help.

The words of Martin Luther King offer a resounding direction to what is the best thing to do for all concerned. He said 'Thus far and no further!'
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5 Aug 2014

Now we have your attention GoSee offers some thoughts on safe towing

Now we have your attention GoSee offers some thoughts on safe towing. It is essential to take the time to read the Owner's Manual for both the tow vehicle and the caravan.

This may be a War and Peace challenge, but the rewards the knowledge gained gives is worth the trouble.

Have towing fit-out work done by a registered professional provider who understands what is required for modern caravans and towing safety.
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1 Aug 2014

GSA Road Show snugs down on big gale day at Wellington SA Caravan Park

GSA's Alan Pam and Chloe rode out a 7 deg gale snugged down in the lee of Wellington Caravan Parks sheltering fence as a series of severe weather events marched east through South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

.Chloe was happy because pets are welcome on site. Alan was happy because he had all reefs in early in a sheltered anchorage and his crew were comfortable despite the storm weather.
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31 Jul 2014

GSA participating Caravan, Holiday and Tourist parks of the Murray

This Information Article profiles the huge range of options and experiences GSA's participating Caravan, Holiday and Tourist Parks offer in the Blue Sky Sunshine Country of the Murray River and its related towns and attractions from Wodonga to Mildura.

To access this extensive free Victorian and NSW touring information quickly knock the parks name into the unique Multi-search box at the top right of the GSA Home Page. Click the down arrow on Select Search Area. Click Caravan Parks. Click search.
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30 Jul 2014

Murrayville, possibly most peaceful, cheapest, greenest caravan park in Australia

In the heart of the Mallee Murrayville Caravan Park says it is possibly the most peaceful, cheapest and greenest caravan park in Australia.

Up the main street, just past the swimming pool there are eight powered sites and unpowered sites for campers to enjoy the experience.

GSA rolled into the caravan park after leaving the sunny banks of Lake Boga, near Swan Hill bound for Victor Harbour SA to attend the annual SA Caravan Parks conference.
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25 Jul 2014

Authentic Aussie Heartbreak Hotel quirky campsite for NT road travellers

You have got to love the Heartbreak Hotel and Caravan Park near Borroloola particularly with The Lost City just down the road. As the address is authentic Oz, Cnr Carpentaria and Tablelands Highway, Cape Crawford, Northern Territory what's not to love?

It is a roadhouse, it has motel style accommodation, a restaurant, a Dinki Di Outback bar, a beer garden with its own pool and of course a Caravan Park and Camping area.
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24 Jul 2014

Leitchville welcomes road travellers with friendly, energetic pro tourism approach

Leitchville, 262km from Melbourne, is a small, peaceful stopover with a progressive approach to road tourism. For example Betty came today from the Progress Association to welcome GSA to the Travellers Rest Area.

It is the family friendly country atmosphere which is also the nearby Leitchville Hotels attraction, huge counter meals, and excellent fresh coffee are underlined by Publican Ryan's and the locals' positive attitude to tourism in the area.
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21 Jul 2014

GoSeeAustralia's Alan, Pam and Chloe make their home on road full time

After a staff meeting at GoSee's Head Office in Canberra in December 2013, it was decided that our marketing direction 'go back to grass roots' and GoSeeAustralia would go back 'on the road'.

Our Agnes and Nick went 'on the road' in March this year with a three week working trip around Tasmania in a Tassie Motor Shacks sponsored Hi-Top Campervan. Then Alan, Pam and Chloe decided to 'go indefinitely' with no time limit, no restrictions,no ties.
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18 Jul 2014

Hypnotic Gulpilil imprints exceptional message in Charlie's Country performance

Charlie was born in the bush and in Charlie's Country actor David Gulpilil is the complete hunter.

He is a fluid part of the land, the ferns and trees.

He is more than in his country. His lithe body, fluid grace and shining presence hypnotise in every scene. He is the country. A living First Australian.
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17 Jul 2014

Unified caravanning and camping industry body starts operations

On 12 July 2014, Caravan Industry Association of Australia, the new entity resulting from the merging of Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) and RVM Australia, formally commenced operations.

'Our whole-of-industry approach will result in much needed, unified accreditation and compliance activities that will encourage consistently high standards of quality across both the parks and trades sectors of the industry,' Stuart Lamont said.
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17 Jul 2014

RV parking area benefit for Ballarat tourism says CMCA

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) says it supports the City of Ballarat Council in establishing a Recreational Vehicle (RV) parking area at Pioneer Park, Wendouree, for the benefit of the Ballarat community.

CMCA Chief Executive Officer Richard Barwick said today analysis shows that CMCA member travellers spend up to $700 a week exploring road tourism options.
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14 Jul 2014

Ballarat Council vote stalls over dump points and camping issues

GSA notes that the venerable Ballarat Courier's Melissa Cunningham reports that: THERE was public outcry in the City of Ballarat's council chambers as councillors voted to defer two contentious items in Wednesday night's council meeting agenda.

All councillors except Councillor Amy Johnson voted to defer the two items including a proposal to establish free dumping points for caravans, campervans and motorhomes to dispose of their waste and another proposing free camping for recreational vehicles in Pioneer Park.
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14 Jul 2014

Phil Jones looks at the enjoyment of staying in an RV Friendly town

G'day all We are on our annual Grey Nomad meanderings across outback areas in northern NSW and Queensland.

We enjoy this part of the country for many reasons. Probably the greatest being the ability of staying anywhere it suits us as a result of our motorhome being classed as 'self contained'.
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11 Jul 2014

Corin Forest closest Canberra snow play experience

Corin Forest about 1200m above sea level is Canberra's closest and easiest to get to snow experience

Today Corin Forest has heaps of snow, so building a snow man is a can do.

Corin Forest is about 45 minutes from Canberra CBD off the Tidbinbilla Circuit Drive.
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9 Jul 2014

Ben Binns pays tribute to smooth blend of operations as caravanning industry unites

Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) and Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Association of Australia (RVMA) become the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) this month.

RVMA technical advisors have been conducting RVMAP audits in Queensland and New South Wales. GoSeeAustralia's Editor Garth Morrison took part in and reported on an RVMA audit in Campbellfield, Victoria in May.
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8 Jul 2014

Australia's Adventure Drive Savannah Way touring options are open

The Savannah Way routes are open and welcoming travellers.

Explore sealed and unsealed section of the route. Many unsealed roads have been recently graded so it is a great time to be on Australia's Adventure Drive, Savannah Way News reports today.

Savannah Way links Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia's Kimberley, via the natural wonders of Australia's tropical savannahs and the Northern Territory's Top End.
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2 Jul 2014

Bigger, better caravan industry HQ launch faces fat vans challenges

Victorian Minister for Ports, Major Projects and Manufacturing, David Hodgett, accentuates the positive for caravanning industry growth.

David Hodgett uses and understands caravans and the value they provide to families through affordable road tourism holidays.

With so much current knowledge available, GSA took the opportunity to ask industry members whether the new black for caravan buyers is Outback...
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23 Jun 2014

Easy access Canberra links caravanning and camping across Aust. capital

Canberra is Australia's best planned modern city with an exceptionally easy to use road network so towing through and across Canberra is a pleasure on wide, smooth road links.

This GSA Information Article is based on seven days of visiting and photographing caravan and Recreational Vehicle (RV) caravan and camping options which are convenient to Canberra and its attractions.

This GoSee article uses a Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel tow vehicle and a 21ft dual axle caravan as the yardstick for comments made.
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19 Jun 2014

GoSee's Pam, Alan and Chloe start making memories on the road in Bendigo

Our Pam and Alan are now at their first campsite, on the first day of their new fulltime life on the road adventure to make some memories.

They are camped with Chloe, our famous follower of canine fashion, in Bendigo at Central City Caravan Park.

They have completed the move from a 3BR house to a 21ft caravan, plus dog.

Pam is noted for her cooking so here is a 4 Ingredients recipe the GoSee crew all enjoy...
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17 Jun 2014

Canberra attractions include low cost and no cost experiences for all ages

Canberra's attractions showcase Australia's science, art, history, culture, sport and lifestyle through vibrant and interactive displays, a blend of exhibitions, performances and local activities and events.

For example Questacon the National Science and Technology Centre allows people of all ages to engage with science in extraordinary ways with more than 200 hands-on exhibits in eight interactive galleries,as well as the foyer and outdoor Science Garden experiences.
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16 Jun 2014

Unique modern Canberra brilliant balance of city and bush

Canberra is unique among centres in Australia and is one of the worlds few planned cities.

For caravans and Recreational Vehicles(RV's) it is mostly flat, easy going with a road system which makes getting about logical and direct.

There are caravan parks between four and seven kilometres from the CBD.

This thriving modern city has fun for families, a busy calendar of events and festivals, plenty of outdoor activities and stylish restaurants, bars and shops.
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5 Jun 2014

Up the middle DVD new TravelSmart prize for free GoSee club members

Free GoSee TravelSmart Club member Gerry Morton of Eltham Victoria is the winner of a new GoSeeAustralia prize for May.

It is the DVD Touring Australia's Outback Adelaide to Darwin produced by South Australian filmakers Brian and Joy Grant.

The hands-on video takes this iconic great drive of Australia via the Stuart Highway. All TravelSmart Club members are automatically in line for the chance to win monthly prizes.
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