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Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show mirrors Australian innovation

May 28, 2010
Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show mirrors Australian innovation

Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show visitors will see outstanding design which mirrors the best in Australian innovation from June 9 to 15 at the RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane.

For example GoSee is road testing a towing product which takes towing mirrors to a new level. Clearview Towing Mirrors is on stand 2802 at the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show and they have something really different.

Clearview has produced towing mirrors which are fully replacement and designed for towing caravans, boats and big trailers.

At this stage of development the Australian designed and tested Clearview mirrors bolt onto the Toyota Landcruiser 100 Series and the Nissan GU Patrol.

Modifications are being designed by Mike Cowan and his team at Clearview in Somerton, Victoria to suit other popular towing tugs. These include the 200 and 80 Series Landcruiser, Ford 250 and 350 F Series trucks and the Navara, Hi Lux and Prado.

The Clearviews bolt onto the tow vehicle in the same position as the existing mirrors and use the standard bolts and electrical plugs.

The big mirrors have an extension slide and are pulled out for towing work. The Clearview mirrors operate for the same electrics and controls as the standard mirrors they replace.

For towing and reversing the mirrors provide a clear view down both sides of a caravan. They lock in place when pulled out for towing and are completely free of vibration and stability hassles which are common in some other towing mirror brands.

There is a second mirror below the flat main Clearview mirror to keep track of the many drivers and motorcyclists who test their luck by hiding in towing blind spots.

There are no nuisance value additional straps, brackets, struts, suction cups and nothing to store away. The mirrors are secure and always part of the vehicle.

The Clearview mirrors simply pushes in when the towing job is done. On that point the mirrors need more space than standard mirrors in tight areas like narrow garages but they fold back to allow for this small disadvantage.

GoSee fitted two Clearview mirrors to the company Toyota Land Cruiser 100 Series TD Sahara GSA in about 40 minutes.

Socket wrench locks Clearview in place
Socket wrench locks Clearview in place

There is a useful How-To CD with the Clearview mirrors and GoSee watched that before we started the fitting process. This is a task for genuine handy people and it certainly helps that GoSee Managing Director Graham Wallace holds a Dip Eng (Elec.).

With the inner door panel off the Sahara 100 Series the Clearview instructions did the job. The only surprise was that Toyota engineers have provided more electrical connection points in the top-of-the-range Sahara than GoSee could find reasons for.

Clearview Towing Mirrors are on stand 2802 at the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show in Brisbane.

Practical experience extends Marlin Camper options

Marlin Camper Trailers has a special offer for the show Free annex walls plus a two-day holiday in a caravan park of the buyer's choice with each camper sold at the show, to a total value of $800.

Practical family camping experience with children with has also led to Marlin's belief that there is no one-size-fits-all-solution, and that iswhy the Marlin Camper range has many different options. The range of quality camper trailers is backed with a full two year warranty.

The Marlin Explorer range is the biggest in the Marlin Camper fleet, and has been specifically designed with those who need more space in mind.

The 4.6m x 4.8m living area includes a queen sized bed, with its own 150mm thick, high density foam mattress.

The 12 oz waterproof canvas gives all the protection you need from the elements, while keeping the camper light weight and easy to setup.

The water proofing treatment ensures campers stay dry in even the heaviest rain, and the addition of silver laminating on the roof provides extra protection and comfort in hot weather. www.marlincampers.comau

Land Cruiser  100 Series door  panel  comes off
Land Cruiser 100 Series door panel comes off

Sunland custom-builds comfort and strength

Sunland Caravans of Caboolture, Queensland creates boutique, custom-style caravans that allow owners to experience Australia in comfort and style.

Whether owners want to stick to the roads or go cross-country, Sunland builds a caravan to suit backed by a three year factory warranty.

For travelling around Australia Sunlands Blue Heeler does not trade off between strength and luxury features this caravan can head off-road with all the creature comforts.

Sunland Blue Heeler power and gas storage
Sunland Blue Heeler power and gas storage

Elite Campers do it easy

Elite is a wholly owned Australian design and manufacturing company that has been developing and producing quality, leisure based products for its customers for more than eight years.

Elite's Utility Trailer converts to an Elite Utility Camper. This is one of the most versatile trailer on the market and is ideal for use behind small motor vehicles. Elite has designed a mounting system to quickly install a full camping body, converting the Utility Trailer to a Utility Camper Trailer in minutes.

With a free standing tent, queen size bed and a two annexes with enclosed walls, the Elite Utility Camper comes with all the tent options available on the Elite Sprinter Series Campers. Easy to store - small enough to fit in the corner of the garage. Easy to tow - light enough to two behind a small car or most motorcycles.Easy to erect - goes up in minutes without any fuss.

The Elite Utility Camper has the ability to change its use from being a general all-purpose trailer to a camper trailer in just a matter of minutes.

Johnno's network allows try before buy

Johhnos Camper is Australias largest network of agents who hire and sell Johnnos on and off road campers.

Johnno's has agents in every mainland state and territory of Australia. Johnno's Camper Trailers give the best of both worlds, with the ideal opportunity to hire one and 'try before you buy'.

Johnnos Camper Trailers have taken over 10 years of hire experience and built that knowledge into a high quality range of on- and off-road camper trailers. All models boast superior construction and the highest Australian standards.

Dream-Pot delivers on time every time andsaves big time

GoSee uses Dream-Pot every day on the road and at home. The thermal cooker delivers easy-cook nutritious food when it is wanted, where it is wanted. Nothing does more for happy, healthy touring and camping than good nutritious food.

GoSee extended evaluation over five years on the road and at home of thermal cooking and Dream-Pot shows it delivers on time every time. It saves big time on fuel, gas or electricity and does not demand that someone watches the pot.

Completely portable the Dream-Pot keeps cooking indoors or out once the recipe start-up has been followed. So please read the instructions.

We use the 6 litre Dream-Pot which comes with a 2 litre inner pot. This allows cooking variety with recipes which run from soup to cake and most things in between.

On the road the Dream-Pot cooks along under a safety cargo net which restrains it upright in the truck as GoSee travels. It is a good easy to carry friend at the end of a touring day and it cleans up quickly.

Cakes, bread, scones are Dream-Pot options and fruit tea cake, spiced apple muffins and sugarless fruit loaf suit a diabetic meal plan. Dream-Pot is also a rice cooker, warming oven, cooler, ice bucket and yoghurt maker. The Dream-Pot is energy efficient and easy to use and clean. It is also supported by an excellent recipe book and regular e-news recipe updates.

GoSee also finds that the Dream-Pot is a convenient and power-saving method of cooking for working people when they want a meal ready when they need to eat.

Dream-Pot is available in its home town of Rockhampton, Queensland or from retailers thoughout Australia.

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Kratzmann's Caravans locks in Aussie tough warranty

Kratzmann's Caravans, Campers and Motorhomes is a family company which was established in 1977 on Brisbane's north side.

Over more than 30 years Gary Kratzmann has built product knowledge which comes from extensive research and development in consultation with the RV makers. This includes testing products to the limits to chose the best, Gary says.

He is so confident that the carefully chosen caravans and camper trailers he offers are the best for Australian conditions that he has arranged an exclusive Australia wide five year limited warranty.
If a new vehicle is purchased from us, our policy on any warranty claim is clear. No matter where the client is in Australia, if they are unable to come up with a satisfactory solution with the manufacturer within 48 hours, if they call us we will assist on their behalf, he said.

Kratzmann's stock a wide range of caravans, campers and motorhomes from Australias leading manufacturers at their twin outlets in Virginia and Burpengary, Queensland. Brands like Avan, Concept Caravans, Franklin RV's, Goldstream RV, Jurgens, Newlands, Track Trailer and Traveller are available.

Kratzmann Caravans has been awarded the prestigious Dealer of the Year Award for excellence and after sales service four years running. Kratzmann's offers a free towing clinic for first-time buyers.

Castle Campers combines Aust and offshore skills

After five years experience in sourcing quality product from overseas Castle Campers combined that skill with Made in Australia trailers.

For the last two and half years Castle Campers has been manufacturing quality camper trailers through local maker Nathan Trailers.

This produces high quality Castle Camper trailers through a Brisbane builder with 30 years experience.

But Castle Campers has also used its experience offshore to source quality canvas tents made to their own specifications to fit their customer requirements. The result is an all-inclusive value camper trailer.

The Queensland Caravan and Camping show features hundreds of exhibitors displaying the latest models and products.

They include the latest caravans, motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers, off road recreational vehicles and 4WD's. There is also a huge range of tents and camping equipment for the whole family. Plus caravanning, camping and 4WD accessories.

Information on tourism destination all around Australia is available. More than 300 exhibitors make up the comprehensive display at the show.

Free Daily Seminars run concurrently in three seminar rooms.

Topics include:

Let's Go Caravanning - Expert Advice for Beginners Novices.

Travelling Round Australia.

Touring with RACQ.

Towing Guide on Caravans.

CPR Awareness Program.

Workabout Australia - as you travel.

Still Cruizin' after all these years.

Keeping Connected Whilst Travelling.

Solar Battery Useage.

Tips Techniques for Towing Safely.

Introduction to Motorhoming.

Does Your RV Stack Up?

Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show Details:


RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane(Just a few minutes from Brisbane CBD.)


Wednesday 9th June to Tuesday 15th June, 2010. This includes the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Opening Hours:

10am to 6pm daily Except the last day, Tuesday when the show closes at 4pm.


Adults $15.

Pensioners (Aged, Veteran, Disability) $10.

Accompanied school age children free.

Please Note: The show does not honour senior's cards


As the show is dissected by Gregory Terrace, show visitors are issued with wristbands at ticket offices (except children). This allows them to cross from one side of Gregory Terrace to the other, via the patrolled crossing, and re-enter buildings on each side with ease. Wristbands may be used on the day of issue only and it is a condition of entry that they be worn whilst in the show.

Door Prizes:

There are valuable daily prizes. Each paying visitor will receive a free entry form.

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park, Ashgrove, Brisbane with 100 tourist sites is the closest caravan park to Brisbane City Centre (four kilometres).

Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park is close to the RNA Showgrounds and adjacent to shops and public transport. All the attractions and facilities of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city are accessible and easy to visit. It does not have a pet friendly policy (no pets allowed).

Pets are welcome although they must be contained at all times at James Sharp Memorial Park. This is a family bush camping ground situated five kilometres from the township of Canungra about an hour (90km) from Brisbane.

Sharp Park River Bend Country Bush Camping has five hectares of managed and well maintained camping and recreational grounds set amongst the hills on the Upper Coomera River, which is ideal for swimming or throwing in a fishing line.

Septic toilets on site, solar shower available on request. Campfire facilities and fire wood also available. Mount Tamborine, Lamington National Park, Killarney Glen, O'Reilly's and Binna Burra Resorts are just a few places to visit for day trips. Sharp Park is a peaceful bush camp with a country feeling. You can play cricket, kick a football or just relax and laze around.

Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show contact details:

Phone: 07 3862 1833


Elite Utility Camper
Elite Utility Camper
Control plate pops up and disconnects
Control plate pops up and disconnects
Standard mirror comes off
Standard mirror comes off
Clearview plugs into GSA  control circuit
Clearview plugs into GSA control circuit
GSA with Clearview mirrors ready to tow
GSA with Clearview mirrors ready to tow
Inside the Clearview mirror
Inside the Clearview mirror
Clearview  mirrors fold back for tight fits
Clearview mirrors fold back for tight fits
Clearview message from Mike Cowan
Clearview message from Mike Cowan
Sunland Blue Heeler built for tougher caravanning
Sunland Blue Heeler built for tougher caravanning