|26 Feb 2014||Ford is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Australian invention of the iconic ute, which led to the development of the F-Series and Ranger.|
Not only was it an Australian invention, but the concept has been exported to the world.
The ute is the result of a letter from a Gippsland farmer's wife asking for a combination car for church and a truck to take pigs to market.
|25 Feb 2014||Shellharbour Beachside nails the experience it provides in its name.|
And the NSW seaside Tourist Park comes through with exceptional leisure and pleasure options supported by a range of accommodation on a headland with sweeping views of Shellharbour and South Beach.
White sand, sound of waves,swimming, surfing and beach fishing in the heart of The Illawarra region make the park location unique.
|25 Feb 2014||If tankers stop entering Australian ports tomorrow Australia has just three days of petrol in our service stations.|
A new report released by NRMA Motoring & Services shows our reliance on imported transport fuel has risen from 60 per cent in 2000 to 91 per cent in 2013, putting immense pressure on Australias liquid fuel security reserves.
|21 Feb 2014||The Boards of RVM Australia and CRVA have unanimously agreed to support the merger of the two organisations to create one national peak industry body, a statement by the Integration Working Party said today.|
The new industry entity will be called the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
|21 Feb 2014||Welcome to the first edition of the GSA/Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' with Maggie Tagg for the information of GoSeers.|
We kick off with a question from Kerrie-Ann in regards to NewStart:
Kerrie-Ann has asked - 'Would it be possible for us to travel while on NewStart Allowance?'
|18 Feb 2014||Port Broughton Caravan Park South Australia has a Friendly, Fishing and Families signature in a destination which is authentically laid back.|
Jody and Jason Boundy are on a winner with their park. Its seaside location is a bay frontage close to the jetty and boat ramp.
Surf the web, check Facebook and comments like 'great value', 'has it all', 'great place for kids', 'great park', 'nice beach setting with adequate facilities' are among thoughts on Port Broughton Caravan Park.
|18 Feb 2014||RVM Australia, the peak body for Australia's RV manufacturing industry, has launched a new Code of Practice and Compliance Standards.|
RVM Australia CEO David Duncan said the totally updated Code was the latest step towards total industry compliance.
It is the How To manual for members to achieve and maintain RVMAP accreditation.
|14 Feb 2014||GoSee is now working from the Blue Sky caravan on an unpowered site by the river at Glen Cromie Caravan Park Gippsland, near Drouin.|
Friend and Beanie Bunch survivor from Canning Stock Route days Bert is camped next to us in his October 2011 Jayco Discovery 17-55-3 Off Road pop top.
It is time to check the hot water service anode. Bert has not checked it since purchasing the Jayco caravan 13 months ago.
|13 Feb 2014||Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park joined GoSeeAustralia as a participating park this week. GoSee first visited in 2007 while touring to Cairns via Outback Australia in a 3.8 litre 1995 Statesman.|
The lake is popular for fishing, redclaw crayfish, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, canoeing, kayaking and swimming.
The heaviest known barramundi so far caught in Tinaroo is Mark Hopes 40.7 kilo fish.
|12 Feb 2014||The Farina Restoration Group will present at the Caravan Shows in Adelaide February 19 to 23 and Melbourne Supershow at Caulfield March 6 to 11.|
Call in and have a yarn to Peter Harris, Lindsay Gould , Tom Harding and their assistants.
Volunteers from the Farina Restoration Group camp at and work in the town each year in May and June. Farina Restoration group are winners of the South Australia 2012 Heritage Heroes Award.
|11 Feb 2014||A bumper wet season so far across Northern Australia has the region set for a great fishing season.|
So start planning your journey now Savannah Way News suggests today.
Several legendary fishing events are held annually across the Savannah Way, the drive is a massive drawcard for fisherman all over the globe.
The 3700 kilometre route links 15 National Parks and five World Heritage areas.
|11 Feb 2014||NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Park Manager, Belinda Thomas, has come up with a website to save caravan parks time and wasted energy when they set out to fill job vacancies.|
Her idea works both ways and job-seekers benefit too.
Called Hire Me Holiday Parks. The website is also a specific, valuable tool for job-seekers who want to break into the holiday parks industry.
|5 Feb 2014||The latest January free GoSee TravelSmart Club members prize will save lives.|
The Driving and Towing to stay Alive DVD is a practical safety-net for those who tow or are about to. All TravelSmart Club members are automatically in line for the chance to win monthly prizes.
The Join Free TravelSmart Club option button is 15th option button down on the left of the www.GoSeeAustralia.com and www.GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz Home Pages.
|30 Jan 2014||After an extended practical evaluation of popular generators GoSee is unable to be definitive.|
We agree with one of GoSee's valued 'Old Heads' Ozzie Traveller who has serious experience in being comfortable on the road, he says -Whatever is chosen will be a compromise and; whatever is chosen is a personal choice.
The first question is do you really need a generator?
|24 Jan 2014||Engineer Michael La Torre has an autobacking system for caravans and trailers. 'The autobacking system has to be done on a scale and we will show it to Australia's biggest Recreational Vehicle builder Jayco in February', Michael said today.|
The current autobacking prototype is fitted to a Jayco Finch, but the system can be fitted to both single and dual axle caravans. See YouTube video link in this story...
|23 Jan 2014||Organisers of the first Geelong Caravan, Camping and Outdoor Expo report an attendance of 16,290 with strong sales over the Australia Day Weekend four day show at Geelong Showgrounds.|
Organisers Boss Man Events said today that the Geelong event will run again in 2015. The next Boss Man Event is a Caravan and Camping Show in Nowra,on Friday 9 - Sunday May 11.
|22 Jan 2014||Tests have found that even on a 29C day, the inside of a car can reach 44C within 10 minutes and hit 60C within 20 minutes.|
In summer it is important to be aware of the impact of hot weather on pets and people. Pets and children share a high risk of heat stroke.
Ambulance Victoria figures show that 50 children were left in cars between Monday, Jan 13 and Friday Jan 17, when temperatures soared into the mid-40s across parts of Victoria.
|20 Jan 2014||Halls Gap remains untouched by bushfires today. CFA firefighters near Melbourne and in East Gippsland continue to battle Victoria's worst fire situation in five years.|
The Northern Grampians Complex fire has not expanded over the past 19 days.
The Grampians National Park is open today with some restrictions. Visit www.parks.vic.gov.au for details on some areas within the park that remain closed.
|17 Jan 2014||Rohan McDonald was out mowing the lawns at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park in Victoria's Grampians this morning (8.31am Saturday).|
He says the bushfire threat is smouldering in the Mount Difficult Range, but there was little or no wind as the day got under way.
'It was funny weather up on the dam last night (Lake Bellfield dam wall) there was a southerly and maybe metre waves on the dam. 'We have driven through Halls Gap and everything looks OK', he said.
|16 Jan 2014||Click more and look at the menu for the Park Shop at Bonnie Doon Caravan Park, Eildon, Victoria. GoSee spent time with Barbara Octigan this week. Barbara runs the Bonnie Doon Caravan Park Shop.|
What do you think are the most popular items on this menu in hot weather?
When the temperature climbs and fire bans are enforced most caravan park guests prefer not to cook. Contrary to the weather Barbara Octigan has a high demand for hot food.
|13 Jan 2014||The Great Aussie Holiday Park on the shores of Lake Hume at Bowna, NSW is putting the finishing touches to a $300,000 water spray park.|
'We wanted something with high impact that the kids would really enjoy', new owner Russell Diffey said. The water park also caters for toddlers with small water jets shooting out of the ground as well as a group of sprays that create a mushroom-shaped wall of water.
|13 Jan 2014||Steve and Lorraine McNamara of Pelican Rest Tourist Park on the Carnarvon Hwy at St George Queensland have changed their main web page picture. Easy done, all that takes is a quality call-to-action image and an email to GoSees mother company ContACT Internet Solutions.|
Typical of websites built by ContACT flexible management of Pelicans Rest's website is built in.
What is not so typical in the caravanning industry in Australia and New Zealand is the actual image Steve and Lorraine have placed to bring visitors to their tourist park.
|11 Jan 2014||Gus Guthrie passed on this morning. ContACT Internet Solutions and its road tourism industry shop window websites GoSeeAustralia and GoSeeNewZealand hold his contribution to the caravanning industry and road tourism in Australia and New Zealand in the highest regard.|
His contribution included leading Family Parks from 45 caravans parks to more than 212 in Australia and New Zealand during his time as Family Parks CEO.
|9 Jan 2014||December free GoSee TravelSmart Club member prize winners get a unique jet-setting giraffe encounter at Orana Wildlife Park and a copy of leading 4WD trainer and traveller Vic Widman's latest book Classic Outback Tracks which reveals 19 of his favourite outback experiences.|
Join the free GoSee Travel Smart members club and automatically join the draw for The Great Divide Tours Classic Outback Tracks book.The next Classic Outback Tracks book draws are Feb. and April.
|9 Jan 2014||Launceston-Rosita Gallasch reports today, Thurs Jan 9 in The Examiner, that Spirit of Tasmania passengers are being forced to pay cabin fares if they choose to travel on a midweek evening voyage through the peak months of January and February.|
The cheapest cabin option, a shared cabin, incurs an additional cost above that of the recliner of about $45, The Examiner says
|8 Jan 2014||This month Jeep's Grand Cherokee Overland CRD diesel beat Range Rover Sport SDV6, Range Rover SDV8, Holden Colorado 7, Holden Colorado ute and Isuzu MU-X to earn the title 4x4 Australia Magazine's 2014 4x4 Of The Year.|
Your correspondent believes the magazine award underlines a shift in the role, use and perception of 4x4 in Australia.
'Doing the Job' has whole new meanings.
|7 Jan 2014||Caravan Industry Association of Victoria is looking for people to be part of their volunteer team who will work on four hour rosters.|
The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria conducts four official industry caravan and camping shows.
The biggest is the Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow held each year at Caulfield Racecourse.
|7 Jan 2014||Free GoSee Info Article number 1000 now leads the GSA Home Page.|
There are great omens this morning. CCIA CEO Lyndel Gray forecasts strong attendance for Newcastle Expo in Feb and that live free editorial is the 1000th to be added to the GoSee websites. That is an actual live story count.
Thanks to you all for your support and a particular thanks to our generous sponsors who have stayed the course and keep GSA and GSNZ free to users.
|7 Jan 2014||Lyndel Gray, CEO of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) says that strong attendance at the Newcastle Caravan and Camping Expo over the three days of its operation is forecast.|
Caravanning and camping holidays in NSW continue to have strong appeal. According to recent research visitors to caravan parks increased by 20 per cent over the past 12 months.
The Newcastle Expo will showcase 180 RV, camping, accessory and holiday destination displays.
|21 Dec 2013||The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has decided not to change the GST treatment of moveable home estates.|
Had a planned draft ruling (GST 2013/D2) gone ahead, residents of moveable home estates could have been slugged with up to a 10 per cent rental increase after the ATO formed the view that moveable home estates were not sufficiently like caravan parks despite them operating under specific
caravan park legislation.
|19 Dec 2013||In 2006 17,459 Recreational Vehicles were built in 2013, *20,025 have been completed. RV building hit a peak in 2011 when 21,774 were built. This strong trend has continued since 2010, 21,327 RV's, to this year with a production figure of 20.708 in 2012.|
So over the last four years 73,832 Recreational Vehicles have been produced in Australia. Conventional caravans accounted for 57 percent of production this year, up from 40 percent just six years ago, and 70 per cent of them are more than 5m in length.
|17 Dec 2013||The VW Amarok diesel Dual Cab 4x4 impresses GoSee as a capable, quality, smooth, quiet, and comfortable tow vehicle. The Amarok is the first Dual Cab Ute sold in Australia to get a twin turbo.|
GSA tried the Trendline and the Highline.
But this article is a specific impression driven by the diverse model options. So to nail it down we are talking about the Amarok Highline.
|16 Dec 2013||A rogue trader supplying the camping and caravan industry has been ordered to pay $12,020 fines, costs and compensation after leaving a convoy of unhappy campers in its wake.|
Bulk Imports & Exports, the registered proprietor of the business names Solar Energy Store International, Eproducts, Luxury Home Products and Chrome Campers, sells a vast array of goods including solar panels, generators, spas, regulators, invertors, camper trailers, dirt bikes, golf buggies, saunas, fridge/freezers, treadmills, awnings and other camping and caravanning equipment.
|13 Dec 2013||A new enhancement by ContACT Internet Solutions now allows businesses to show their specific street entrance or location view as seen by Google mapping at the date of their last photography update.|
The clever enhancement replaces address based mapping which can produce a picture which looks in the wrong direction when Street View is used.