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Caulfield Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow brings out RV buyers

February 23, 2010
Caulfield Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow brings out RV buyers

The Victorian Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow at Caulfield brought out buyers Peter Wright Executive Officer Caravan Trade & Industries Association of Victoria and Supershow Organisersaid today.

The early timing (March rather than May) brought out the buyers and certainly caught most exhibitors by surprise. Never in the history of our Association have we witnessed this hunger for our RV products and accessories.

Leading caravan dealers told GoSee that they were particularly pleased with their Supershow sales results.

I guess the time of year is spot on whereas previously most caravanners (generically speaking) had made arrangements for their winter migration or had already headed north, Peter Wright said.

Interestingly the warm weather kept many visitors outside as numbers were down in the seminars and various levels of the main grandstand. We can learn from this and change a few things for next year, he said.

About 60,000 visitors attended slightly down on last year.

The result provesonce again that thecaravan,camping and motorhome industry is the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia.

Peter Wright of CIAVIC said - Between eight and 10 percent is the Recreational Vehicle industry annual growth for the past 10 years with about 18,000 units produced each year. Industry research shows 15,000 Australians are on an extended road holiday at any one time, he said.

Victorias annual Caravan Camping Touring Supershowwhich closed at Caulfield Racecourseon Sunday 14 Marchshowed thelatest range of caravans, pop tops, tent/camper trailers, motorhomes, campervans, 5th wheelers, slide-ons, 4x4 displays and touring accessories.

More than 400 Recreational Vehicle models showed off the latest luxurious Australian motorhomes and caravans 10km from Melbourne CBD.

The showwas just huge this year witheight new caravan brands, aroundfive new camper trailers and Repcois attended for the first time, Peter Wright said.

The Victorian Caravan Show featured hundreds of exhibitors displaying the latest models and products from all around the world.

Caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers, off-road recreational vehicles and 4-wheel drives are geared for an outdoor lifestyle.

Therewas also a huge range of tents and camping equipment for the whole family. Plus accessories for caravanning, camping or 4-wheel driving holidays.

The Caulfield Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow had free childrens entertainment all weekend.

The Caulfield Racecourse Grandstand had manybooths with information on tourism destinations all around Victoria.

Free guideswere available.

Visitors learned about Australias best holiday and caravan parks, and talked to experts about guided and self-drive tours.

GoSee goes motorhoming
GoSee goes motorhoming

Free daily seminarswere run by industry experts and included caravanning, towing tips and hints from towing equipment icon maker Hayman Reese.

Visitors attended informative free seminars hosted by industry experts and celebrities.

Among industry experts at the daily seminarswas Gary Gardiner, Hayman Reese Technical Advisor.

Hayman Reese helps experienced and new caravanners alike with expert advice on how to make their next towing experience safer and more enjoyable at the Show Seminars and on their practical stand.

Gary Gardiner produced the safe towing set-up for GoSee's two new company caravans - our top of the range Jayco Sterling 23 and the family friendly GoSee Jayco Discovery 16.

His practical knowledge solved multi-set-up issues for us as our GoSee Jayco caravans are towed by a wide variety of tugs which fall into the light and heavy duty towing range.

They are - Toyota TD auto 100 series Sahara, Holden Captiva GXL auto SUV diesel and 2006 RA diesel 3 litre twin-cab Rodeo plus the GoSee Restored Retro the 1985 turboed diesel manual Toyota HJ60 Sahara.

Hayman Reese Technical Advisor Gary Gardiner  sets towball cam angle
Hayman Reese Technical Advisor Gary Gardiner sets towball cam angle

Celebrity seminar speakers included TV travel hosts Geoff Coxy Cox, and Peter Spida Everitt, retired 291 game Australian Rules ruckman and forward footballer.

Spida had tales and tips about family caravanning and Australia's must-see destinations.

GoSeeAustraliawas part of the big line-up of Free Seminar speakers.

This yearGoSeeAustralia wason stand 233,2nd floor at the Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow.

This yearGoSee tookseminar-goers hands-on into the free GoSee world of the internet.

GoSeeAustralia helps with information on stuff like:

Every caravan park in Australia - we think there are about 2700.

Trip planning on the internetand getting online on the road.

Satellite TV and radio hook ups.

Towing weight compatibility and the right caravan and tow vehicle.

Travelling with children and pets.

Towing and related equipment, toilets and showers.

We also have some thoughts on cooking on the move.

Motorhomes and managing them.

Driving and parking RV techniques.

Destinations and dealing with caravan parks when travelling with a pet.

When and where to travel in all states and territories.

Peter Spida Everitt
Peter Spida Everitt

We also know where some of the biggest barra, great wines, and surf can be found. But with the Barra unfortunately we will have to kill you if we tell.

GoSee delivered a seminar every day of the Supershowwith freewheeling internet driven discussion on all things RV, caravanning, camping and touring related.

GoSeebelieves there is no such thing as a silly question.

One of GoSee's most popular free international forums on Australia's biggest caravanning and touring website is Newbies Corner which helps thousands of first timers get on the road.

Sponsored by CIL Insurance, the 2010 Victorian Caravan Camping and Touring Supershowwas the biggest in the show's history. More than 350 exhibitors display products and services. Around 65,000 people visited the Show over six days. Over 50 per cent of the showwas undercover.

There are more than 350,000 registered caravans and recreational vehicles in Australia today. More than 85per cent of caravan and RV manufacture takes place in Victoria.

Here are some interesting industry options GoSeespotted at the Caulfield Supershow -

Thetford giveaways sweeten adventure toilet product packages

Thetford is running an adventure gear giveaway linked to toilet product purchases until April 30. This works at three levels.

Buyers of any three Thetford toilet additives, including Aqua Soft toilet paper get a Thetford self-powering dynamo torch.
Buy a Thetford Porta Potti and a Thetford Cooler Bag stool comes as a gift and;
pick up any three Thetford toilet additives or Aqua Soft toilet paper plus a Porta Potti and a Thetford Self-powering dynamo torch and a Cooler Bag stool come free.

All customers have to do is send their receipt to PO Box 4050, Dandenong South Victoria 3164 or register at

Supershow-goers can talk to the crew at the Cequent/Hayman Reese stand at the following tradeshows:
Melbourne Caravan Camping Show
Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - Sunday, 14 March
Perth Caravan and Camping Show
Thursday, 18 March 2010- Monday, 22 March
National 4x4 Show Brisbane
Friday 19th March 2010- Sunday 21st March
NSW Caravan Camping 4WD Holiday Supershow
Saturday, 17 April 2010 Sunday -25 April.

Users are able to view more information as well as enter their details

on the website.

Thetfords toilet additive Aqua Kem Green particularly impresses GoSee with its European award winning performance. The biological action of Aqua Kem Green means that micro-organisms biologically break down the toilet waste in the tank. It is particularly suitable when emptying the waste tank into septic on camp sites.

Thetford, has been awarded the stringent German Environmental Certificate Blue Angel for its Aqua Kem Green and Aqua Rinse products by the German Federal Environmental Agency.

The award recognises environmental consciousness in toilet additives and a committment to avoid adverse effects on sewage treatment plants.

None of Thetford's toilet additives Green Blue or Pink Rinse include formaldahyde.

Thetford says that Aqua Kem Green acts for a maximum of three to four days with average use. Aqua Chem Blue lasts four to five days with average use, Thetford said.

GoSee thinks it is important to choose a portable toilet and chemical products which are a complete solution and absolutely the best quality available. Which is why GoSee is proud to have Thetford as one of its sponsors.

Award range has a broad reach

Award RV Superstore is the largest caravan accessory and aluminium annexe store in Australia with over 20,000 products available for caravans, motorhomes, campervans, marine, trailers 4 x 4 and outdoor leisure.

Award RV Superstore carries stoves, fridges, solar, generators, awnings, 12v lighting. LCD televisions, portable toilets, windows, doors, pumps, air conditioners, towing equipment, GPS, jockey wheels, hot water services, caravan covers, vents, hatches, brake controllers mirrors and water tanks.

Award RV Superstore builds annexes on site throughout Victoria and parts of New South Wales.

Award Annexes was started by Rod Francis in 1990. The company grew rapidly and in 1994 moved to its present showroom and factory complex in Ferntree Gully, Victoria.

In July 2004, Award Annexes expanded to create Award RV Superstore. Staff members of the family owned and operated business have more than 30 years combined experience in the caravan industry.

Great Aussie Campers tailored to needs

Conveniently located in Sydneys upper north shore Thornleigh (just minutes from the F3, M2, Pacific Highway and Pennant Hills Road) Great Aussie Campers has everything for an exciting bush adventure.

Great Aussie Campers sells quality off road camper trailers and camper trailer accessories at realistic prices.

They check the specific requirements of customers and customise a vehicle, trailer, accessories set up to meet their individual needs and budget.

Great Aussie Campers hire off-road camper trailers, 4WD's, camping equipment and trailer accessories and they can organise 4WD tag-along tours and driver training.

Great Aussie Campers turns over its hire trailers after about six to nine months of service. which provides affordable, quality trailers with a saving of about $3,500 on list price.

The trailers are well maintained. They come fully equipped with practical options such as large tool box, huge storage box, practical slide out kitchen and a full set of annex walls.

Canterbury Caravans service built on experience

Canterbury Caravans has been at 140 Canterbury Rd Bayswater, Victoria since 1992.

It is a family business (Owned and managed by the one family).

Colin Tobin's 38 years experience in the caravan industry attracts clients and keeps them coming back.

Caterbury Caravans caters for all needs. They operate a spare parts and accessories superstore which is a well stocked shop for all brands.

The superstore handles accessories and spare parts for caravans, trailers, RV's, motorhomes, marine and camping.

Canterbury Caravans are specialist custom builders for on road around Australia or for the 4WD Off Road enthusiast.

They offer professional service and advice on a large range of new and used caravans, pop tops and camper trailers.

Caravan repairs, maintenance and pre-holiday service are available and they specialise in insurance repairs with alterations and general servicing for all insurance companies.

Chillco backs coolers with lifetime warranty

Chillco is an Australian owned and operated business based in Melbourne which makes, wholesales and distributes high grade industrial rotomoulded ice coolers internationally.

Chillco supplies both the domestic and commercial markets as well as the fishing, sporting, camping and leisure industries.

All Chillco ice cooler exteriors are made from high grade UV resistant polyethylene and insulated with high density polyurethane foam injected under extreme pressure.

Chillco ice boxes offer a 5 - 18 day ice retention rating ensuring the freshness and longevity of produce.

The company backs its ice coolers with a lifetime warranty. Chillco is on stand 265 on the2nd floor at the Caulfield Caravan, Camping and Touring Show.

XTRAILers engineered to tough it out

XTRAIL is a camper trailer developer, manufacturer and supplier with a focus on developing heavy duty, high quality onroad and offroad camper trailers and caravan, as well as custom design and custom made trailer of various applications for the Australian market.

XTRAIL specialised in designing and manufacturing heavy duty offroad camper trailers, parts. Trailer comes with three years return to factory parts and labor warranty.

Buyers can purchase tent only or complete camper trailer and tent package, the tent comes with a one year parts only warranty against manufacturing defects.

XTRAIL is on stand 418 at the Caulfield Caravan, Camping and Touring Show.

Goldstream RV range fits individual needs on and off-road

Goldstream RV have been making quality caravans since 1993. They are renowned for their reliable wind up camper trailer available in 10 different layouts. The extensive choice of models begins with the on road touring units which will suit most small cars.

Goldstream RV has developed off-road units which come with a national warranty.
For several years now Goldstream RV has made a range of pop-tops and caravans. The unique design off the Mini range which is only 3.65m (12ft) allows all of the features of much larger caravans.

The 4.3m (14ft) Explorer range of pop-tops come in three different layouts including a shower toilet model. For the adventurous, the 4.6m (15ft) Cutaway pop-top offers complete comfort with off-road features. Larger caravans and pop-tops are also made to customer specifications ranging from 5m (16ft) to 8m (26ft) with floor plans to suit individual needs and a large list of features available.

Goldstream RV on or off-road camper, pop-top or caravan products offer style, quality, design and workmanship supported by a national dealer network.

Aussie made with precise design and style

Mountain Trail Campers use high quality Australian made products to produce camper trailers with a two year warranty.

Computer technology works out designs with precision and style from the CAD designs through to the laser-cut and oven baked powder-coat finish.

All campers are made from high quality Dynaproofed Australian Wax Converters 15 ounce canvas, which is immersed in UV stabilisers, rot and mildew inhibitors, and waterproof waxes.

There are eight models in the range. The Escape model is the entry-level on road camper that also comes in an extended version, and can also be ordered in an off-road version. The Extended is an extra long camper with an internal staircase for easy bed access.

The heavy duty touring series,the Expedition and Evolution camper trailers are built on a heavy duty one-piece rigid 4mm chassis and drawbar with independant coil suspension. Both the Expedition and the Evolution models are available in an extended version.

The standard 10 foot camper can easily sleep six or more people, the spaciousness 12 foot camper, can accommodate up to eight people comfortably. The canvas-over-mesh annexe, standard on all of models means it can be used as a sunroom, cooking area, or for extra sleeping accommodation.

GoSeeAustralias Pam plays Rock-a-bye barra
GoSeeAustralia's Pam plays Rock-a-bye barra

Over six days, visitors will have the unique opportunity to see hundreds of the latest industry products at the one venue. They will also learn all about caravanning, motor homing and camping in Australia.

More is everywhere at the Caulfield Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow.

There is a huge range of caravans, pop tops, tent/camper trailers, 5th wheelers, motorhomes, campervans, 4x4 off road and touring accessories, tourism displays from every corner of the country.

There are more caravans, campers and motorhomes, more tents and camping equipment, more 4-wheel drives and accessories, more tourism displays and more free activities and seminars.

More information

For more information email the Show Office at or

call +613 9329 5311.

Easy going Heaslip camper with stone guard and solar panels
Easy going Heaslip camper with stone guard and solar panels
GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 circular  shower
GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 circular shower
GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 from ensuite
GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 from ensuite
GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 Slide out lounge - is IN
GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 Slide out lounge - is IN
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GoSee Jayco Sterling 23 Slide out lounge - is OUT
GSA  Jayco Sterling  and TD Toyota Sahara on road near Jerilderie
GSA Jayco Sterling and TD Toyota Sahara on road near Jerilderie
GoSee Jayco Sterling puts 270kg on the towball at Hayman Reese
GoSee Jayco Sterling puts 270kg on the towball at Hayman Reese
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Porta Potti 365 Holding tank and flushing tank are separated
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