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.
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
Joshua Colston of Wantirna helps Agnes and Alan with the big prize draw
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
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.
Leisurefest Sandown 2006
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.
Aussie Wide Caravans - products
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.
The information contained on this site is a guide only and the publisher accepts no resposibility for the accuracy of its content.
Editor's Note. Aso see -
Caria Caravan Trailers
Caria Caravan Trailers on the road