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The winners from record breaking RV & Camping Leisurefest prize draw

September 25, 2007
The  winners from record breaking RV & Camping Leisurefest prize draw

Leisurefest at Sandown Racecoursewas three days of caravanning must-see. The latest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers and camping equipment went on show in an environment which is easy to get to and blessed with plenty of freeparking.

The mix of outdoor products this year included more than 250 of the latest caravan designs. The Recreational Vehicle and Camping Leisurefest ran at Sandown Racecourse from 10 am to 5 pm from Friday September 5 to Sunday October 7.

Have a look at www.leisurefest.com.au or give 03 9329 5311 a call.

The best thing about Leisurefest is the range of tents, camping gear equipment and accessories which go with it. It covers the short holiday trip to the Lap of Australia and the trade make a big effort to put up real bargains for Leisurefest goers.

Organisers CIA Victoria encourage the industry to do some serious pencil sharpening when it comes to Leisurefest pricing and the result is a real benefit for the show goer.

The bargain attitude extended to clothing and off-road equipment. And to support that benefitfor the crowds who attended Leisurefest GoSeeAustralia had plenty of prizes to give away at our stand 40 inside ground level. Entries had to be lodged at the show so we had the pleasure ofmeeting a lot of people. In fact we were heads down for three days.

The many GoSeeAustralia prizes were provided by our friends from the caravanning industry.

ACCOMMODATION PRIZES:

Not redeemable for cash. Prizes do not include travel, meals or spending money. Not valid during Peak Seasons and subject to availability.

BESTON PARKS GROUP: Accommodation of your choice at any Beston Park in Australia to the value of $150.00. 3 prizes to be won. www.bestonparks.com.au

ASPEN PARKS GROUP: Aspen Adventure - 7 Nights accommodation in a family cabin for 2 adults and 2 children at any Aspen Park in Australia. www.aspenparks.com.au Value varies depending on the park.

A MAZE N THINGS HOLIDAY PARK: Cowes Victoria: 5 nights on a powered site for 2 adults and 2 children, plus 20% off admission to the Amaze N Things attraction. A member of Oz Parks Chain. Tel: 03 5952 2020

Caria Caravan Trailers with Gyrocopter
Caria Caravan Trailers with Gyrocopter

PARKGATE RESORT, Halls Gap, Grampians: 2 nights in a Holiday Unit for 2 adults. Member of Big4 Chain. Tel: 03 5356 4215

MALLACOOTAS SHADY GULLY CARAVAN PARK: Accommodation of your choice to the value of $300. Member of Family Parks Chain. Tel: 03 5158 0362

FIGTREE HOLIDAY PARK Warrnambool. Great Ocean Road: Accommodation of your choice to the value of $250.00. Member of Top Tourist Parks Chain. Tel: 03 5561 1233

OTHER PRIZES:

SATURN ANTENNAS: Caravan Antenna, valued at $375.00. Tel: 07 5486 3471

DREAM POT: 5 litre Dream Pot, value $260.00 Tel: 07 4927 3300

MOSQUITO CLICK: Mosquito Click and Mosquito Band Value Pack, Value $40.00. 6 Prizes to be won. Available in most camping stores.

THE QUILT FAIRY: Choice of a small lap quilt of Dresden Plate design, or pre-cut kit of similar design to make your own. Value $100.00 Tel: 08 9255 2342

AUSTRALIA CALLING: The RV Travel Handbook 5 Books to be won. Value $24.00 each. 03 5975 8630

All parks and businesses who have provided prizes advertise on the www.GoSeeAustralia.com.au website and can be found by clicking Caravan Parks or Products Services on the GoSeeAustralia Home Page.

Coastal Pacific Caravans Platinum interior 21 6 x 7 9 bed
Coastal Pacific Caravans Platinum interior 21 6 x 7 9 bed

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Competition opens Friday 5th October 2007 at 10.00am and closes Sunday October 7th 2007 at 4pm

It is a condition of entry that all questions must be answered in full.

Entrants must have a valid email address. Entries drawn without an email address will be discarded.

Winning entrieswere drawn on site at 4pm 07/10/07.We were once again pleasantly surprised by the high volume of people who use our site regularly and had already saved to their favourites.

And the winners are:

1/ BESTON PARKS GROUP: Accommodation of your choice at any Beston Park in Australia to the value of $150.00. 3 prizes to be won. www.bestonparks.com.au

Prize 1, John Benney of Frankston.

Prize 2, Colin Wolf of Nunawading

Prize 3, Rosemayr Waterfall of Eltham

2007 Tent Trailers and Jeep
2007 Tent Trailers and Jeep

2/ ASPEN PARKS GROUP: Aspen Adventure - 7 Nights accommodation in a family cabin for 2 adults and 2 children at any Aspen Park in Australia. www.aspenparks.com.au Value varies depending on the park.

Winner: Kylie Tregea of Doreen

3/ A MAZE N THINGS HOLIDAY PARK Cowes Victoria: 5 nights on a powered site for

2 adults and 2 children, plus 20% off admission to the Amaze N Things attraction.

A member of Oz Parks Chain. Tel: 03 5952 2020

Winner: Ray Kelly of Mt Eliza


4/ PARKGATE RESORT, Halls Gap, Grampians: 2 nights in a Holiday Unit for 2 adults.

Member of Big4 Chain. Tel: 03 5356 4215

Winner Garry Gillett of Tenby Point

5/ MALLACOOTAS SHADY GULLY CARAVAN PARK: Accommodation of your choice to the

value of $300. Member of Family Parks Chain. Tel: 03 5158 0362

Winners: Vic Rosemary Trudeau of Mt Eliza

6/ FIGTREE HOLIDAY PARK Warrnambool. Great Ocean Road: Accommodation of your choice to the

value of $250.00. Member of Top Tourist Parks Chain. Tel: 03 5561 1233

Winner: Graeme Conduit of Upwey

OTHER PRIZES:

7/ SATURN ANTENNAS: Caravan Antenna, valued at $375.00. Tel: 07 5486 3471 Pam Walker of Watsonia North

8/ DREAM POT: 5 litre Dream Pot, value $260.00 Tel: 07 4927 3300 Joshua Colston of Wantirna

9/ `MOSQUITO CLICK: Mosquito Click and Mosquito Band Value Pack, Value $40.00.

6 Prizes to be won. Available in most camping stores etc.

Prize 1: Brian McHugh of Sale

Prize 2: L Whillas of Blackburn

Prize 3: Tracey Pendray of Mooroolbark

Prize 4: Les Millward of Ferntree Gully

Prize 5: Pablo Fuenzalida of Point Cook

Prize 6: S W Milne of Hoppers Crossing

10/ THE QUILT FAIRY: Choice of a small lap quilt of Dresden Plate design, or pre-cut kit of similar design to make your own. Value $100.00 Tel: 08 9255 2342

Winner: Joanne Knight of Cranbourne

11/ AUSTRALIA CALLING - The RV Travel Handbook 5 Books to be won. Value $24.00 each. 03 5975 8630

Prize 1: Russell Lees of Rosebud

Prize 2 Marguerite Capsalis of Keysborough

Prize 3: Neil Gates of Melbourne

Prize 4. M Hogarth-Scott of Blackrock

Prize 5: Amy Cole of Yeo

Leisurefest included - caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, off-road vehicles, campervans, slide ons, pop tops, tent trailers and 4WDs.

Joshua Colston of Wantirna helps Agnes and Alan with the big prize draw
Joshua Colston of Wantirna helps Agnes and Alan with the big prize draw

There was a big range of towing and touring vehicles. Leading suppliers weigh in with a big range of tents, camping accessories, annexes, equipment and clothing for the outdoors.

Therewere trailers, towing equipment, parts, aids and accessories.

Serious 4WD stuff included parts and accessories from established firms like ARB and Duncan's.

Industry peopledisplayed Recreation Vehicle communications products, alternative power and off road equipment and services.

Drive tourism professionalswere there to give information on products and services. Therewere more than 60 RV brands and more than 30 approaches to tent design.

The Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria got Leisurefest rolling in 1990 at the VFL Football Park, Waverley to bring people face to face with the world of the outdoors.

Leisurefest Sandown 2006
Leisurefest Sandown 2006

In 1992 Leisurefest moved to Sandown Park Racecourse and grew to a three-day event.

In 2002 Leisurefest changed its name to the RV Camping Leisurefest to include the diversity of the industry. Now in its 15th year Leisurefestattracts more exhibitors and showgoers every year.

Show Organiser Peter Wright, of Caravan Industry Association Victoria says Leisurefest has captured the attention of consumers with its diverse selection of all things caravanning and outdoors in the the one superb location.

Highlights included a great range of motorhomes and 5th wheelers with displays from over 60 individual RV brands including Winnebago, Sunliner, Jayco, AVan, Windsor, Roadstar, Trackmaster, Galaxy, etc plus touring vehicles from Nissan and Jeep he said.

There were touring tents of all shapes and sizes, plus a huge range of parts and accessories for caravanning, camping, 4-wheel driving and off-road touring. Whatever you need for touring.

Leisurefest is held annually at Sandown. Its a great day out for the whole family with free kids activities over the weekend and plenty of food and beverages available.

Peter Wright says that if you areplanning to buy a caravan, camper or tent trailer and you already own the tow vehicle you must ensure your tow vehicle is capable of towing within the guidelines of the roads department in your state or territory and comply with the caravan, camper or tent trailer manufacture guidelines.

He says that if you havedone this you will need to consider the following information for the purchase or your new caravan, camper or tent trailer (consult your tow vehicle handbook or manufacturer):

The tow vehicles allowable (braked and unbraked) towing weight.

The tow ball weight rating.

Any additional equipment required for towing such as the fitment of a transmission or power steering oil cooler in your tow vehicle.

Manufacturer specifications for the type and rating of the tow bar required for specific towing weights.

Tare and gross weight of the caravan, camper or tent trailer you plan to tow*
* Tare is the weight of the caravan, camper or tent trailer after manufacture (this is also considered a dry weight). Gross is the all-up weight the axles are legally permissible to carry. The difference (weight rating) between tare and gross varies from manufacture to manufacture so ensure you always check this.

Peter Wright says that if you have not yet purchased your tow vehicle this means you will be less limited in your choice of caravan, camper or tent trailer. You wont be restricted by gross or tow ball weight (unless youre planning to purchase a two-wheel drive tow vehicle) as once youve selected the caravan, camper or tent trailer you can then match the tow vehicle to suit. Of course you must always consider budget and height restrictions.

After you purchase your caravan, camper or tent trailer you may need to consider:

Electronic Brake Controller
In most cases you will require an electronic brake controller fitted to the towing vehicle to activate the trailer braking system. This should only be fitted by an authorised auto electrician.

Weight Distribution Hitch
Depending on the size and weight of the caravan you may also require a weight distribution hitch. This device helps distributes the additional weight to provide more level and stable road behaviour. There are various configurations of these devices and we recommend you visit a Hayman Reese dealer after you have purchased the caravan to ensure the correct distribution hitch is installed. (Weight distribution hitches are not required on all applications, however they are recommended as a safety feature and offer stability on the highway when larger trucks pass or overtake.)

Before you purchase your new caravan, camper or tent trailer, consider:

How long do you intend living in it?
How many people will it sleep?
Do you intend travelling on road, off road or on 4 x 4 tracks and trails?
Do you require alterative power such as solar panels and dual batteries?
Do you require an onboard toilet and shower?
Will you require an awning or full annexe?
Do you intend to cook inside, out or both?
Are copious amounts of internal storage vital for all your personal items?
Do you intend carrying push bikes or other large objects?
Do you intend using it at home for additional accommodation?
Is height a major consideration for storage?
The list is a good start. We recommended that you develop your own detailed wish list in conjunction with any towing, budget, height or other limitation.

Before you depart
Delivery lead times vary between brands and models and its not unusual to wait a few months for final delivery. In the meantime you should consider the following:

Obtain comprehensive insurance inclusive of contents
Freshen up on your towing skills and weight distribution
Plan your trip and obtain the information required
Check out the huge range of accessories that will enhance your trip
Service your tow vehicle and ensure your trailer wiring harness is the right connection
If you have specified alternative power you may need to fit an Anderson direct power feed plug to your vehicle
Learning to tow

Towing courses are available at the Metropolitan Traffic Education Centre located at Colchester Road North Bayswater
03 9725 4758. These courses are available for the beginner right through to refresher stages. They include towing, backing and reversing, hooking up and weight distribution. You may use your own vehicle and caravan or they can arrange a caravan for you.

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