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26 Nov 2014

14,100 drawn to Bendigo Leisurefest as CIA Vic focus on first Melbourne Showgrounds Supershow

For the fourth time in four years Bendigo's 13th annual Caravan and Camping Leisurefest drew crowds near 14,000.

CIA Vic CEO Rob Lucas said CIA Vic's focus now was on the Victorian Caravan Camping & Touring Supershow, which moves to Melbourne Showgrounds for 2015 on the new dates of 11-16 February.

The RV & Camping Leisurefest will return to Bendigo for 20-22 November 2015.
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25 Nov 2014

CIL Insurance sponsors Australia's biggest Caravan, Camping and Touring Outdoors Show

The Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow will celebrate the move to their new home, the Melbourne Showgrounds with CIL Insurance returning as the major show sponsor in 2015.

Announcing the new sponsorship arrangement, CEO of the Caravan Industry Association Victoria, (CIA Vic), Rob Lucas, said he was delighted that CIL Insurance had returned to team up with the event to showcase the very best outdoor exhibition space in the state.
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24 Nov 2014

What do you think rolled this caravan over and put the tow vehicle in the ditch?

What speed do you think the rig was travelling at when the caravan went into uncontrollable fishtailing?

Look carefully at the picture.

There is something GSA thinks is obvious.

It may not be the cause but we think it is certainly a prime suspect.


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Recent Articles
12 Nov 2014

Consumers benefit as ANCAP steps up international safe car criteria

November 12 2014

Consumers to benefit from higher safety standards.

From 1 January 2015, the criteria against which new cars will be assessed will again rise for all star rating levels meaning even safer cars for consumers.

Increasing ANCAP standards and a comprehensive development and expansion path in partnership with Euro NCAP will see even higher levels of safety in cars from 2015.
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11 Nov 2014

Volunteer Heritage Heroes produce $1,030,000 in added value at historic Farina

The Farina Restoration Group Enews letter says that since 2009 when a working bee of 30 caravanners and campers recognised the potential of the historic inland Australian South Australian township $1,030,000 has been produced in added value.

The Farina Restoration Group Inc works each year in stabilizing the historic buildings and explaining the history of Farina. Farina Restoration group are winners of the South Australia 2012 Heritage Heroes Award.
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10 Nov 2014

Coromal Appeals to hip pocket among Bendigo Leisurefest regional debute launches

Bendigo's 13th annual Caravan & Camping Leisurefest will host several major regional product debuts and a whole new sub-brand from a top national caravan maker.

Leisurefest runs from 21 to 23 November at Bendigo Racecourse.

Coromal launches its Appeal companion range priced under $50,000 drive-away.
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9 Nov 2014

148 nights of full-time life on road memorable experiences bring practical change

Our Pam and Alan report on 148 days of their new full-time life on the road adventure to Go Make Some Memories. They moved from a 3BR house to a 21ft caravan with guard dog Chloe in June.

Experience brought them back to their start point storage unit to reshuffle 'essentials'.

Sadly Chloe left in October. There is a hyperlink to a helpful story on the stressful challenges for long-term travelling pets at the end of the Information Article.
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31 Oct 2014

Lest we forget - Dust-off copter landmarks Seymours remarkable Aussie Vietnam memorial

Seymour's Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in High Street at the junction of Emily Street and Tallarook Street, Seymour, Victoria is an experience which spans past and present and is certainly among Australia's Go Make Some Memories road travel attractions.

Mitchell Shire Council is creating caravan and bus parking at the eastern end of Seymour's Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk about two hours from Melbourne. The council aims to cope with big rigs.
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30 Oct 2014

VACC appalled by potential fuel price politics windfall, says Exec. Director

VACC is appalled by the Federal Government's threat to reimburse not motorists, but fuel companies if the Senate does not approve the fuel excise increase.

Labor, the Greens, the Palmer United Party and other Senators have been told by the Federal Government that fuel companies would have a 'windfall gain' if the Senate does not approve the recently announced fuel excise increase.
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28 Oct 2014

D-shackle confusion resolved by RVMAP industry recommendation, says tech alert

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia, along with the state associations, has developed an industry recommendation for D-Shackles when they are used in conjunction with Australian Standard (AS) compliant safety chains when towing caravans.

An RVMAP technical alert has been released by Caravan Industry Association of Australia to end long-standing confusion about the use of D-shackles in the caravan towing context.
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28 Oct 2014

Celebrate 21 years with $21 sites at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

The McKinnon family is celebrating 21 years of owning BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach and they are offering all guests the very special rate of $21 per night for powered sites for two people, for stays from Monday, 3 November through to Sunday, 30 November.

There are 119 powered sites, extensive tropical gardens, 32 staff and a host of facilities and services.


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23 Oct 2014

Change in itself stressful challenge for long-term travelling pets

There is a lot more to travelling with pets than just putting them in the back of a vehicle and heading off. Change in itself is a challenge for a travelling pet.

GoSee's Pam and Alan found constant travel and the lack of familiar places the cause of some stress to their Maltese Shitsu Chloe. Finding a pet friendly park is not hard but keep in mind most parks do not allow pets during peak periods.
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21 Oct 2014

Tribute to Chloe devoted companion and friend

This is a tribute to Chloe a constant friend who looked after GoSeeAustralia's Alan and Pam for 10 years. Chloe went to sleep for the last time yesterday.

On the day Chloe left she started the day guarding the car. She was a devoted companion and worked hard 'looking after' her humans for the past 10 years. She had just turned 13 last week. Chloe will always be remembered with affection.
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17 Oct 2014

Govt super stall drops retirement heavy lift on shoulders of individuals

Maggie Tagg, who writes Citadel 'Financial Info on the Go' for GSA, says the recent government decision to defer the planned increase in the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) to 12 per cent to 2025-26 puts the onus squarely on individuals to save more for their retirement if they want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

The changes will leave some people tens of thousands of dollars worse off, but the actual amount depends on your age and financial circumstances...
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10 Oct 2014

Thetford to sell unique prize caravan and donate to Kids Under Cover

Thetford will sell the United Haven Kids Under Cover custom-built caravan won by John Simmons of Thetford at the Melbourne Leisurefest draw and give all the proceeds raised to help Kids Under Cover.

Irene Viergever Marketing Communication Coordinator Thetford said:

'We believe Kids Under Cover needs the money much more than we need a caravan'.

'We believe that Kids Under Cover can never get enough support and that is why we will sell the caravan and donate all the raised proceeds to Kids Under Cover'.
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8 Oct 2014

OECD says Canberra and Australia lead world on key living standards measures

An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report ranks the 362 regions of its 34 member nations according to nine measures of well-being and Canberra is Number One.

The report also says Australia is the best country to live in. OECD rankings for Canberra are: Safety 10, housing 8.5, Access to Services 9.6, Civic Engagement 10, education 9.1, jobs 9.6, environment 9.5, income 10, health 9.9.
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3 Oct 2014

Caravan Industry Association of Australia presents Accreditation Key

At a Manufacturing Update Meeting,at Melbourne Leisurefest the Caravan Industry Association of Australia presented the RVMAP Accreditation Key, soon to be the standard in compliance and accreditation branding for the Australian RV Manufacturing Industry.

The stylish three-dimensional key is visually dynamic, and is aimed at providing consumers with peace of mind and security when they purchase a new RV product.
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29 Sep 2014

Ranger towing figures underline benefits of GSA six year DPChip use

Over the last six years six GoSeeAustralia vehicles have benefitted from the addition of DPChip.

DPChip is an interactive computer which exploits the full potential of modern EFI diesel engines.

The GSA Ford XLT Super, P/U HR 3.2 diesel DPChipped Ranger has been towing on the road as part of a full-time travelling office for more than three months now. So we can offer practical experience based on carefully compiled numbers. Its performance is satisfying.
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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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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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