|27 Nov 2013||The Jeep Summit features the full suite of assistive technologies from the Overland. Grand Cherokee Summit is available with a single engine choice, the highly fuel efficient 3.0-litre V6 CRD, which reflects the preference of the target consumer. This powerplant develops 184kW of power, 570Nm of torque and can achieve fuel consumption figures of just 7.5 litres per 100km. In accordance with ADR 81/02. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Jeep recognises and supports Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) towing safety aids.|
|18 Nov 2013||A working group is being established with representatives from the Caravan RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA)and RVM Australia Ltd (RVMA) to form a new integrated body to represent the caravanning and camping industry.|
Duplication of roles by industry bodies at a national level is a key issue a joint statement by CRVA and RVMA said today.
|15 Nov 2013||Bendigo Leisurefests regular free seminars on how to get the best from the outdoors fire up on the hour five times a day from Friday Nov 22 to through Sunday 24th in the Seminar Room at Bendigo's Epsom Racecourse.|
Hosted in the seminar room located at the back of the grandstand, the free seminars run for 30 to 40 minutes followed by open question time.
|12 Nov 2013||The right gear makes any weather good for camping so the GSA (early) Christmas Camp at Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Victoria was a Singing In The Rain thing for the GoSee team.|
There is no doubt that the great strength of our GSA crew is our collective difference which translates into diverse experience in all kinds of camping situations.
|11 Nov 2013||Parks Victoria says a new lookout has been designed and installed at the summit of the popular Mt Rosea. The lookout provides a safer experience and also panoramic views of the Mt William, Wonderland Range and the Victoria Valley.|
Parks Victoria staff have completed a new camping experience at Kalymna. This site also creates another walking and camping experience as part of the Major Mitchell Plateau remote walk.
|4 Nov 2013||The GoSee plan was for five days in a luxury resort in the Blue Mountains of NSW all off peak, no crowds, cheap prices, easy. Then the NSW bushfires put an end to our best laid plans.|
Average cost for cabin accommodation over nine nights was $154 a double per night.
Had we towed the GSA Blue Sky caravan we would have paid $687 which is a about 50 percent of what it cost to run the vehicle and stay in cabins.
|28 Oct 2013||The Dept of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) proposes user-pays charges for camping and roofed accommodation in parks and reserves managed by Parks Victoria. People are invited to provide feedback on the RIS by 5pm Fri 22 Nov.|
High and low of the new proposed camping price range is: Camping current powered very high demand period $55 proposed $66. Basic and very basic $0 proposed $13. Cabins current $195 proposed $236. Huts current $89 proposed $131.
|22 Oct 2013||GoSee supports the use of responsible products which put the environment first in Australia and New Zealand. Thetford is one of our valued long-term sponsors for that reason.|
Now the market leader in portable toilets and additives has a water-soluble sachet which always delivers the right dose to our Porta Potti waste tanks. Aqua Kem Green Sachets are for campers who look for convenient, responsible products.
Waste containing Aqua Kem Green and Aqua Rinse can be safely discharged in septic tanks.
|21 Oct 2013||BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is celebrating 18 wins in the 2013 Whitsunday Tourism Awards on Saturday 19 October. They were also inducted into the Hall of Fame for winning the category for three consecutive years.|
Offering the only mainland resort Kids Club and full-time Activities Coordinator, there is a year-round Activity Schedule and special holiday workshops to ensure there is plenty to do for every age and visitor.
|17 Oct 2013||Free GoSee TravelSmart Club member Peter Pearson of Yamba,NSW has won a copy of Vic Widmans latest book which reveals 19 of his favourite outback tracks.|
Vic Widman has been exploring Australia since 1978 by 4WD.
Prizes are won each month by TravelSmart members in Australia and New Zealand.
The Join Free TravelSmart Club option button is 15th option button down on the left of the Home Page.
|16 Oct 2013||Final figure are in and Bendigo RV and Camping Leisurefest was 250 off the 2010 all-time best attendance record of 14,313. CEO CIA Vic Rob Lucas said there was strong sales interest in every sector with consumers happy to buy, 'accessories really went off', he said.|
The Leisurefest reflects a preference for smaller caravans, but there is also strong interest in motorhomes and 5th-wheelers, he said.
GoSeeAustralia once again took part in presenting free seminars at Bendigo to enthusiastic audiences. 'There was the strongest level of interest we have had in recent years in the free seminars', Rob Lucas said.
|9 Oct 2013||The free GoSee TravelSmart Club New Member prize winner for September gets a seriously secure Hayman Reese Hitch Lock Pin to keep their valuable equipment safe.|
The winner is Lorraine Arndell, from Port Macquarie New South Wales. Hayman Reese is Australia's leading manufacturer of towing system products over more than 50 years.
The Hayman Reese Silver hitch pin locks the towbars removable tongue into the towbar preventing theft.
|7 Oct 2013||It is rare, but sometimes and Melbourne Leisurefest is an example, good things fall into place.|
This year for the first time caravan industry compliance got serious traction. RVM Australia completed a pilot compliance inspection program on caravans and motorhomes at the Sandown Racecourse Leisurefest venue.
RVMA assessed the RV's on behalf of the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria.
|2 Oct 2013||Phil Jones with partner, copilot and navigator, Alayne Russell rolled up to the GoSee Bonbeach, Victorian southern office this week in time for morning tea complete with an excellent offering of chocolate chip biscuits.|
Their motorhome home fitted into the Bondi Rd Bonbeach street parking scene as locals are relaxed about RV's of various shapes and sizes coming and going.
A concern Phil shares with your correspondent is that the right of Australians to camp responsibly, where appropriate within the law be defended.
|30 Sep 2013||Twenty-two HeartKids families will enjoy a free weekend at BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October they will get free cabin and site accommodation along with free kids activities.|
'The HeartKids families have been through some incredibly tough times so we're really looking forward to helping them let their hair down and just enjoy a fun weekend away from the world of hospital visits and doctor check-ups,' park owner Frank White said today.
|25 Sep 2013||Interstate visitors towing Recreational Vehicles (RV's) registered in another State or Territory and travelling through NSW are not subject to the NSW breakaway brake monitoring provisions.|
But breakaway brake system batteries in NSW registered caravans must have a remote readout in the tow vehicle the RMS said.
For trailers with a GTM exceeding 2 tonnes, the braking system must be capable of being applied from the driver's seat. Overrun brakes are not acceptable.
|19 Sep 2013||In 1975 a camper-trailer got Jayco off the mark.|
In 2006 when Jayco built their 90,000th RV it was a camper trailer.
Camper trailers were out in force among long-term crowd pleasers at Melbourne Leisurefest.
Bendigo, from November 22 to 24 is the next big show so GoSee has completed an evaluation of the latest incarnation of the Jayco Swift Outback Camper Trailer.
|17 Sep 2013||GoSee August free Travel Smart Club prizes include tickets to spend time with Kibabu, his two favorite ladies Mouila and Kriba and their offspring, Mahali and Kipenzi.|
The TravelSmart Club winner of the Mogo Zoo prize: family pass 2 children and 2 adults is Kerry Soderlund, Salamander Bay, NSW.
Mogo Zoo owner and Director Sally Padey says: 'It is a dream come true and we are so honored to be able to house and care for these amazing animals'.
|17 Sep 2013||The New Zealand free GoSeeNewZealand TravelSmart Club winner for August of the Orana Zoo family pass prize is Cynthia Baker of Milford, North Shore City NZ.|
The Orana Wildlife Park re-opened on Saturday. Recent storm winds to 140kmh caused major damage across the Canterbury Region of New Zealand and Orana Wildlife Park, without electrical power, closed to the public for 10 days. The animals are all safe.
|9 Sep 2013||John and Hazel Crewdson towed 3100 kgs of laden 24ft New Age caravan with a PX Ford Ranger diesel auto 19,077 kms at about 25c a kilometre.|
The average price paid for fuel was $1.61.76c across four states and the Northern Territory.
Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) and a Electronic Stability Control were fitted to the 24ft New Age Big Red special from Melbourne and European RV in Frankston after discussions with GSA, Hayman Reese and Ford.
|4 Sep 2013||There are major risks involved in towing a caravan or camper trailer if an under sized towing vehicle is used. These risks are compounded when the caravan is over weight.|
Police from the SA Road Safety Centre say they believe many caravans are over weight.
Towing regulations throughout Aust accept the vehicle makers numbers about what a vehicle can tow. If these numbers are exceeded the law, warranty and insurance will be offended.
|4 Sep 2013||The LandCruiser 200 Series owners manual says chains should only be installed on the rear wheels of the iconic off-roader 4x4 a Toyota spokesman says.|
GoSee understands that clearance issues constrain fitting snow chains to the front wheels.
GoSee suggests that as the first point of reference, drivers should refer to their owner's handbooks.
|28 Aug 2013||Avida says it has built the strongest and most durable new caravan that is suited to Australian conditions.|
The caravans have a complete sandwich panel construction with the thickest floors and overall the most insulated caravan on the market, Avida says. The design will be on show at the Henty Field Day Wagga Wagga from September 17 to 19.
|26 Aug 2013||MacCracken Resort in Victor Harbour, South Australia has a Furphy Bar. Your correspondent offers this picture of the business end of a 1942 to 1965 Furphys Farm Water Cart from GoSee time spent at the SAParks Conference this month for the information of GoSeers.|
The irony is (pun intended) such a solid citizen among Australian businesses is now Aussie slang for rumors and big fat fibs and secondly because MacCracken Resort honors an opponent of alcohol with a bar.
|23 Aug 2013||GoSee TravelSmart Club member prizes for July go to GoSeers in Taupo and Hastings New Zealand and TravelSmart members in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.|
Kathy Wilson of Taupo and Bruce Morton of Hastings have won family passes to Orana Wildlife Park.
The GoSee TravelSmart Club now has 13,400 members and rising in Australia and New Zealand.
|22 Aug 2013||Jayco has a wide range of its 2013 models on stand 112 Hall 1 through South Auckland Caravan Centre, including the Sterling caravan which features significant changes at Auckland's Covi SuperShow from today September 20 to the 22nd.|
More than 200 exhibitors, including leading brands like KEA, Motek, United, Trail-Lite are showcasing their latest models and product innovations.
|21 Aug 2013||Rudi Fuhrmann, new CEO of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) says Queenslanders Dennis and Dianne Darcy are the club's 65,000th membership.|
The CMCA is the biggest RV organisation of its kind in Australia and in July-August 14,000 10 year memberships were celebrated with 10 year Anniversary Badges.
|20 Aug 2013||RVM Australia, the peak body for Australia's RV manufacturing industry, has won a government grant to investigate the feasibility of automating the RV Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP).|
The Victorian Government has funded the feasibility study under its Manufacturing Productivity Networks (MPN) program to help manufacturers reduce the time spent achieving compliance.
|17 Aug 2013||Hey dad, the young man said, some of these caravans don't even need a tow car.|
It is an interesting take on a boy's first impression of a motorhome.
There were some good first impressions made at the third Wodonga Border Caravan and Camping Expo which CIAVic says recorded exceptionally strong sales
|16 Aug 2013||The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA) has donated $5,000 to UnitingCare Wodonga's emergency relief program on behalf of the annual Border RV & Camping Expo.|
The donation continues a tradition established by the CIA at its Wodonga and Bendigo shows for making annual donations to local charities which now total $70,000.
|14 Aug 2013||Rudy Pieck of BDO has produced a business case answer for caravan parks involved in debates with local councils about non-commercial camping.|
South Australian Rudy appreciates good wine and the multiplier based formula he presented reflects an elegant wine. Complex, but easy to drink.
For caravan parks this is a business case which can be calculated in seconds. It will fit any caravan park. It presents the dollar value to the local government area of the park in a direct dollar value comparison between commercial and non-commercial campers.>
|8 Aug 2013||GSA1, one of two company Jeep Laredo 4x4 5-speed diesels returned 8.57 lts/100kms in a 1885km round trip to Adelaide via the Western, Southern Ports, B1 and A1 Highways over the past four days.|
The weather for a significant part of the trip ranged from poor to dangerously extreme.
Road conditions matched the weather on the Southern Ports to Princes Hwy return run.
|6 Aug 2013||The Adelaide Caravan Camping and Off-Road Sale from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th of August brought out quality caravan products for a big audience.|
The SA Sale at Adelaide Showground presented genuine original thought within diverse caravan layouts from a strong represention of builders. This extended to the adventurous.
SA Police seminars underlined the high possibility of many Australians driving overweight combinations when towing.
|1 Aug 2013||A unique new hybrid caravan-camper and three new luxury off-road caravans are on show for the first time at the 3rd Border RV & Camping Expo from Aug 16 to 18 at Wodonga Racecourse.|
The hybrid combines comfortable, secure sleeping quarters typical of a caravan with a well equipped entirely separate kitchen in a compact camper trailer.
Jayco is tweaking its Starcraft range to provide keenly priced product to fit a huge range of buyer needs. There are three new layouts in place across Jayco's Starcraft Pop-Top range.