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Albury-Wodonga Border RV & Camping Expo pulls on gumboots in heavy weather test

July 25, 2012
Albury-Wodonga Border RV & Camping Expo pulls on gumboots in heavy weather test

The Border RV & Camping Expo second year from the 17th to the 19th hit some of the worst weather in localmemory on the Friday. It was so bad trucks we slowing down on the Hume Hwy. But this is country tough territory and gumboots came out and organisers made entry to the Expo free on the first day. Saturday was better and Sunday more so.

CaravanTradesIndustry Association Victoria Chief Executive Officer Rob Lucas told GoSee that despite the weather 10,000 came through the gates. There were sales on the Friday despite the cold, rain and mud. That continued with more hardy buyers who knew what they wanted from among the diversecaravan and motorhomeofferings.

Robert Lucas is now in Creswick, Victoria, for the annual VicParks Conference which has grown too big for the Novotel venue and as a result will beheld in Melbourne CBD next year. VicParks, which represents the state's caravan park industry, has forged practical bonds with the CIA and the two industry forces arenow working on the benefits of beingin concert. VicParks President Steve Bartlett confirmed the united approach at the Annual General Meeting this afternoon.

Steve Bartlett, who by virtue of his VicParks presidential role represents the state on the National body theCRVA, isalso the CRVA Treasurer and a member of the executive.

VicParks has grown itspark membership to403, Steve Bartlett told members in his AGM report..

With energy prices going through the roof, energy efficiency was a big theme at the second annual Border RV Camping Expo at Wodonga.
Leading the charge was a massive choice of solar power options, with many RVs and caravans at Expo rigged for solar power.
For true self-sufficiency, Kimberley Kampers combined aserious solar array with LED lighting, lithium batteries, diesel hot water and a methanol fuel cell.

A real champion among energy savers is thermal cooking, which can cut energy usage by 80 percent because they keep on cooking long after they are taken off the heat.

GoSee uses both the Dream-Pot and Shuttle Chef in daily meal preparation.

DreamPot is an Australian family owned and operated company which has been in business since 1964.
Keen travellers and campers Barry and Merran Green saw in 1990 a need for hassle-free, delicious cooking, particularly for people on the move. They demonstrate and develop DreamPot thermal cooking technology backed up by exclusive recipes.

DreamPot is literally Green - Barry, Merran, Ross, Lisa and Rob.

Free recipes appear each month in the DreamPot eNewsletter.

Thermal Cookware says its Shuttle Chef can save as much as $3.80 in LPG costs when cooking corned beef the thermal way instead of simmering for hours on a gas cooker

The Expo was a family value experience at $10 adults, $8 concession and free for kids under 15 (accompanied by an adult).

Products on display:

Latest release caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, 4-wheel drives, off-road vehicles, campervans, tent trailers, fifth wheelers and other recreational and touring vehicles.

Touring accessories from leading suppliers.

Tents, camping accessories, annexes, equipment and clothing for outdoor enthusiasts.

Trailer, towing equipment, parts, aids and accessories for all touring needs.

RV telecommunications products, alternative power, and off road equipment and services from leading industry suppliers.

Drive tourism destination information, products and services. Fishing gear.

The official industry show, staged by the Caravan Industry Association (CIA) of Victoria, set a regional Recreational Vehicle (RV) expo attendance record of 14,300 last year.

With parking in the centre of the racecourse, therewere more entrances for easier access, a special Tourism Precinct and Kids Playground, plus plenty of food vendors, Robert Lucas said.

The Caravan Industry Association (CIA) of Victoria continues its proud tradition of donating $5,000 to a local charity each year, he said.

Dreamseeker Wodonga Expo.
Dreamseeker Wodonga Expo.

When: Friday 17 August - Sunday 19 August 2012.

Where: Wodonga Racecourse, Thomas Mitchell Drive, Wodonga.

Opening Hours: 9:30am to 5pm Friday and Saturday.

9.30am to 4 pm Sunday.

Entry Cost: Adult - $10.

Pensioner Concession Card and Seniors Card - $8.

Children under 15 if accompanied by an adult - FREE.

Jayco Optimum motohome kitchen dining area
Jayco Optimum motohome kitchen dining area
Off-road  option Wodonga Expo
Off-road option Wodonga Expo
Stalls are  popular.Wodonga Expo Aug 2011
Stalls are popular.Wodonga Expo Aug 2011