Crowds flocked to Sandown Racecourse, Springvale for the third day of the RV & Camping Leisurefest. It was a slow Sunday start but by 11 am it was once again a full-on fest for the 18,832 Out There fans whocame to Leisurefest over three daysforthe RV, caravan and camping lifestyle.
Leisurefest fired on Friday to a record crowd and gather pace through Saturday to exceed expectations Leisurfest has come a long way from its first innings 15 years ago.
Now luxury caravans, motorhomes, fifth-wheelers, Expandas in varied forms, pop-tops and campers are distinct growth trends at Leisurefest
Family Parks of Australia is a popular stand
It wasobvious Leisurefest has rung the bell when GoSeeAustralia asked Organiser Peter Wright what on earth he was doing when we found him pacing off stand space and making notes this afternoon.
Easy, he said. I am working on next year!
Enough said we thought.
GoSeeAustralia took two chairs for our Number 40 stand. But there was no time to kick back again. For the third day we stood throughout the day as a steady stream of interested Leisurefest goers chatted as they filled out their entries for GoSeeAustralias three Cabin Holiday prizes.When did out numbers after the Leisurefest we found we presented GoSeeAustralia to 6.5% of the total 18,832 visitors.That is 1225 Out There fans.
GoSeeAustralia found a lot of real caravan and camping people plus experience and practical know-how among the people we spoke to. Diesel is the fuel of choice for those who have been Around the Block. Sure it costs more but they say it produces real grunt when the caravan being towed is over 2000kg and the road is steep or the wind strong.
They value reliability above small savings and even have fuel suppliers of choice. In their world it is all about quality products. Shell and BP were mentioned favorably based on towing experience.
One new friend and his lady came to talk about the new Jayco Conquest motorhome they had just bought for about $96,000. We told them about our experiences with the Conquest and it smaller brother in campervan version. He is a former truck driver and they are getting Out There.
It is so good to talk to honest, real people. We found we were being educated bythose who know what they want, how it works, where they are going and what the experience means to them.
Another couple GoSeeAustralia learned fromhad just bought a dual axle caravan at Leisurefest. Their second. The interesting bit was they had traded their immaculate former caravan for two thousand dollars more than they had paid for it to aquire their new pride and joy.
We added an annex, put in shade, looked at insect screens. Discovered that there are excellent adaptions with magnets that fit many needs.
We talked about tents with people who have camped since they were kids. We drove to Darwin via The Alice and through Queensland and Three Ways.
We travelled to Adelaide and went to see the Devils Marbles.