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Original, innovative design shines through as wild Australian weather tests Bendigo Leisurefest

November 24, 2009
Original, innovative design shines through as wild Australian weather tests Bendigo Leisurefest

Once again the weather gave product a practical test at the RV & Camping Leisurefest at Bendigo with heat, dust, gales and heavy thunderstorm rain.

Last year the mix was cold, winds and rain. Original, innovative design shone through over the three-day Leisurefest, particulary among the camper exhibitors.

The event certainly attracts the series RV users irrespective of the weather gods...

Peter Wright, show manager and executive officer of Caravan Industry Victoria said today that this years Leisurefest at Bendigo was a challenging event for both exhibitors and visitors due to unprecedented weather conditions.

Nonetheless our RV products stood the test of time and the visitors just kept on coming making this years event our 2nd biggest in its 8 year short history. 10, 873 visitors attended the 3 - day event and very few left without purchasing a caravan or camper or just a small RV accessory, he said.

According to many exhibitors sales of new Caravans and Campers increased on last year and surprisingly sales of Motor Homes and 5th Wheelers were also on visitors shopping lists. Camping products including tents literally walked out the door accompanied with compressor portable fridges, generators and solar panels, he said..

The tourism displays were kept busy and the release of the 2010 Victorian Caravan Park Camping guide was a bonus for many looking to book accommodation for Christmas.The event was very successful despite the indifferent weather...

Dates for next year are Nov 19 - 2, Peter Wright said.

GoSee has compiled pictures from the Leisurefest of exhibitors who have a lot to offer Australian campers. It is notable that so much practical experience is directly applied to camping equipment in the Australian market.

GoSee thinks this is helped along by the high number of Australian owned companies within the caravanning and camping industry. Many are also family groups who have developed their product over many years.

Usually what is offered comes from the sound base of personal camping experience.

Get Around Campers is one example with a double annexe which adds air flow to the camper and extra protection from rain and sun.

The innovation is often based in a simple solution to a camping need.

Auspit and Rhett Thompson are the example in this case. Auspit roasts a variety of meat cuts, can be used as a smoker, bakes potatoes and boils the billy too. Placement of a variety of Auspit aids over the reflected fire produces different cooking results.

Vista RV came to the Leisurefest with a real off-roader which is aimed at following a 4WD to the most remote locations. It is rivetted with aviation precision for strength and its suspension, storage and comfort features have evolved through learning from off-road experiences.

Steve Scott of BoatHoist showed GoSee real innovation with a design which is both boat loader and trailer. Again the practical experience built into the design shows the Australian approach to problem solving.

Track Trailer and their Tvan models get a lot of useable options into their designs. One GoSee saw ran to a canvas ensuite which links to the double bed sleeping area. Bed and storage slide in and out for best access and Craig Hewitson rolled out stove, sink and draw in the one unit from the side of the Tvan.

The good Aussie stuff includes the proven Dream-Pot thermo cooker which GoSee has learned to rely on for good meals while on the move.

Agnes likes the Get Around Campers slide-out sink.
Agnes likes the Get Around Campers slide-out sink.

Merran and Barry Green of Dream-Pot were in demand throughout the Leisurefest with their remarkable selection of recipes. These range from silverside with vegetables, through great soups to cakes and bakes and extend to easy recipes for diabetic friendly food.

Merran says she has a special diabetic treat recipe which will be released with Dream-Pots extensive choice of Christmas fare.

Phil Symons of Serenity Motorhome Holiday Rentalsshowed a particularly well thought out Ford based motorhome which not only had room and space, but included the kind of touches which make camping easy.

This result is always based in experience and in the case of Serenity the motorhome GoSee saw had a Kea heritage. Nothing sorts out what is needed to make a product work well than a company which constantly strives to provide a user-friendly experience.

This as Phil said extends to the practical bike rack on the back of the Serenity motorhome.

Red Rock Campers have a range of solutions to being comfortable in the outdoors which attracted Leisurefest goers. Family in particular are drawn to Red Rock.

GoSee ran out of time to dig into all the camping options so we noted with interest the Customline Campers neat looking set-up and the variety of the Kimberley Kampers models, plus Avatar Campers and added them to our to-do list for the next show.

Steve Scott uses remote to lower boat.
Steve Scott uses remote to lower boat.
Boathoist lift bars team to make a boat road  trailer
Boathoist lift bars team to make a boat road trailer
BoatHoist winch and remote control
BoatHoist winch and remote control
Steve Scott adds bolts and clamps for safe travel
Steve Scott adds bolts and clamps for safe travel
Vista RV pops-up and out for ensuite
Vista RV pops-up and out for ensuite
Vista RV off-road towhead
Vista RV off-road towhead
Vista RV gel battery is safely housed.
Vista RV gel battery is safely housed.
Vista RV table drops to make the double bed.
Vista RV table drops to make the double bed.
Merran and Barry Green  of Dream-Pot have  special recipes for Christmas
Merran and Barry Green of Dream-Pot have special recipes for Christmas
Auspit Rhett Thompson educates Agnes in refined camper cuisine
Auspit Rhett Thompson educates Agnes in refined camper cuisine
Auspit roasts, bakes and boils the billy too
Auspit roasts, bakes and boils the billy too
Craig Hewitson shows Track Trailer Tvan stove sink and draw too
Craig Hewitson shows Track Trailer Tvan stove sink and draw too
Open wide at Track Trailers
Open wide at Track Trailers
Get Around Camper
Get Around Camper
Good  head-room under Vista RV pop-top
Good head-room under Vista RV pop-top
Manfred Stoeghofer Intellisat talks auto satellite connection
Manfred Stoeghofer Intellisat talks auto satellite connection
Phil  Symons of Serenity Motorhome Holiday Rentals shows bike rack.
Phil Symons of Serenity Motorhome Holiday Rentals shows bike rack.
Serenity Motorhome rentals latest unit
Serenity Motorhome rentals latest unit
Plenty of bench space in the Serenity motorhome.
Plenty of bench space in the Serenity motorhome.
Serenity TV slides out
Serenity TV slides out
Red Rock Campers offer many camping options
Red Rock Campers offer many camping options
Table up in the Vista RV off-road
Table up in the Vista RV off-road
Tvan uses an effective double bed layout.
Tvan uses an effective double bed layout.
Kimberley Kampers gets  users off the ground
Kimberley Kampers gets users off the ground
Kimberley Off-road Kamper spreads its wings
Kimberley Off-road Kamper spreads its wings
5th wheeler  big wheels
5th wheeler big wheels
Avatar set-up
Avatar set-up
Customline Campers
Customline Campers
Double bed in place Vista RV.
Double bed in place Vista RV.
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