On the Base Station the fold down back door doubles as a ramp or with two easily released cables attached it becomes a deck. The garage space is separated from the living, sleeping dining, toilet and shower area in the front of the Base Station by a door.
Jayco says the Base Station 21.66 has a Tare weight of 2200kg, tow ball of 210kg and a carrying load of 650kg. An airconditioner is not included in the Tare weight, Jayco says. (Add about 140kg for a Coleman Low Profile.)
Jayco allows an amount of additional weight (Carrying Load) for each individual unit manufactured above the initial manufactured Tare weight of the unit. The Carrying Load is for the customers individual weight requirements and can be made up of any additional weight that they load into the unit.
This Carrying Load equation in caravans is a factor in the current drive for industry compliance as an entry level requirement for exhibitors at shows like Bendigo.
RVM Australia CEO David Duncan said RVMAP was a crucial step in making RVM Australia a true peak body, and would raise the bar substantially for compliance of Australian RVs. RVMAP is a mandatory member accreditation program that is robust and comprehensive, and it captures a greater share of manufactured product than ever before, he said.
Its systems and processes will provide greater support to manufacturer members in complying with the law and maintaining comprehensive documentation to verify their compliance, David Duncan said.
Concept Belmore 1000 interior
Our exhibitors brought a host of new products even whole new brands that have never been seen before at Bendigo, CIA chief executive officer Rob Lucas said.
This year we had well over 250 new caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, off-road vehicles, campervans, pop-tops, tent trailers, fifth-wheelers, slide-ons and four-wheel-drives.
Highlights included the brand new range of strong and lightweight caravans from Avida/Winnebago, plus the luxurious Belmont 1000 Series limited edition from Concept Caravans.
New Age Caravans showed its latest models, and the camper trailer stars include a whole new look and spec from Ultimate Campers in the new XPLOR off-road camper.
Therewas information on destinations, plus a huge range of tents, annexes, clothing, towing gear, telecommunications, alternative power and off-road accessories, even boats, he said.
Leisurefest donated $5,000 to a local charity, bringing the total to $60,000 so far to 12 local charities.
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Bendigo Leisurefest isGoSee's favourite country caravan and camping event as it gives us a chance to spend time with old friends and make new ones. Here are some of them whowere among exhibitors:
Fair Dinkum Challenge Aussie proud
Challenge campers are a completely Australian product proud to display the Australian Made logo. Trailers and tents are built in Edwardstown South Australia with local materials. They do not outsource any stage of the building process. Challenge specialise in custom builds and offers a wide range of campers to suit buyer needs and budgets.
This includes the flexibility to produce campers which can handle anything from trail bikes to quad bikes and canoes and mountain bikes. A boat rack can be added to handle a tinny.
Challenge now own and build Cavalier Camper Trailers and they are agents in South Australia for Trak Shak and Campomatic Hard Floor Campers and the Northstar range of Slide-on Campers.
Over more than 12 years Challenge has designed and made off-road and road touring campers for sale and hire and they have sales and hire agents in NT, WA, Vic. NSW and Qld. http://www.challengecampertrailers.com/
Easyklip is a tarp-saver
GoSee has lost count of the number of tarps we have dumped because the eyelets have torn out in high winds.. But at Bendigo Easyklip has a solution, the Easyklip Midi. The Midi provides instant fixing points wherever and whenever they are needed without any need for tools.
As an instant clip-on eyelet replacement, the Midi is highly effective and efficient when securing textiles, fabrics, polythene, tarps, shadecloth, hessian and other sheet products.
DreamPot delivers easy-cook meals anywhere
The thermal DreamPot 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 when it is wanted, where it is wanted.
A GoSee extended evaluation, over years, on the road and at home of thermal cooking and DreamPot 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 DreamPot keeps cooking indoors or out once the recipe start-up has been followed. So please read the instructions.
GoSee uses the 6 litre DreamPot 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.
Ozpig cooking makes Chloe's mouth water
GoSee has tested Ozpig cooking and its capabilities thoroughly on GoSee adventure trips. In August 2009 GoSee took our Rodeo RA 2006 3 litre diesel twin-cab truck down the Canning Stock Route, Western Australias most remote and challenging 4WD adventure using Oztent and Ozpig. Ozpig cooking has a great GoSee fan in our Maltese Shitsu camp guard dog Chloe. When the Ozpig is at work Chloe is right there. The Ozpig is based on a professionally converted 9 kg lpg gas bottle modified with legs, chimney, spark arrestor, cooking plates and internal fire box.
A well seasoned GoSee camp oven on top and Ozpig cooks a wonderful Number 10 roast chicken and vegetables. www.ozpig.com.au
Camper-caravan opens outdoor Vista
Vista RV of Bayswater set out in 2006 to produce an off-road camper capable of going anywhere a 4WD could go. As the design evolved it was determined that a camper-caravan would give everyone the opportunity to enjoy what the Australian Outback and other hard to access destinations have to offer. But without roughing it under canvas, as well as provide a suitable portable camp site that was as comfortable as it was practical.
With the addition of accessories like a solar panel, full annexe and an ensuite, campers are fully independent and can go to any chosen destination.
Layout includes Queen size bed rear half converts to dining configuration. Kitchen across rear wall with big bench area, sink.
An MP3-CD-radio is standard. The Crossover features a suspension system which is the heart of its off-road capabilities. Tare is 1100kg with a payload of 350kg.
Armadillo builds in bells and whistles
Armadillo Campers build a reliable, tough camper which is engineeered to meet Australian Manufactured Camper Trailer Guild standards. This is an Aussie owned operation so the camper comes with Australian steel and Australian canvas.
That extends to chassis and suspension. A Compliance Audit shows that the Armadillo complies to Australian Design Rules 62 VSB1 and canvas standard AS3567-1988. There is one model with all the bells and whistles.
Some of the Armadillo standard features: All Australian Made. Powder coated. Dual battery system.
Dual 85lt watertanks. Hot water system. Hot water shower kitchen tap. Stainless sink in kitchen.
Smev stove with glass lid. Stainless extension bench. Quick connect gas. Stereo system. 120w Folding Solar Panel kit. 1500w Pure Sine wave inverter. Redarc Battery Management System.
16 Alloys new AT Tyres. Latest off road couplings. Off road suspension. Shock absorbers.
Electric brakes handbrake. Huge toolbox. 10ft Dynaproofed tent. Annex walls floor. Inner spring mattress. www.armadillocampers.com.au
The Complete Campsite makes better best
2013 Off-road Camper of the Year award winners Grant and Jodie Joyce of The Complete Campsite are continually improving and evolving their campers based on their own personal camping experiences. Their campers are also continually tried and tested in their hire fleet.
The Caravan and Camping Industry Assocation recognises their dedication and has awarded them as Best Manufacturer - caravans, camper trailers and tents.
Award recognition of their products and services includes: Five Manufacturer of the Year awards from the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW. They have also won seven Off-road Camper of the Year awards with their Kakadu, hybrid Exodus Kingston, hybrid Exodus 14, Jabiru and Exodus 11. These awards are part of a string of successes which run from 2006 to 2013.
DesignerVans custom build exactly as you want
DesignerVans are built in country Wangaratta for exploring the country. The end result is custom built caravans to meet personal needs. That covers full height caravans, on road vans, dirt road caravans, off road vans and 5th wheelers.
DesignerVans also specialise in wheelchair access caravans. It all started in 2007. Scott and Barb of DesignerVans could not find the caravan they wanted for their family needs so Scott, a qualified builder, built a caravan to suit his family.
Now DesignerVans is based in a 900 sq.m. factory and they build up to six caravans at a time. Our difference is that we offer people exactly what they want, Scott said.
We offer a three year guarantee on our vans and are accredited by the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia (RVMAA), proudly displaying their badges on all our vans, he said.
Manufacture currently takes between six to eight weeks and we encourage customers to visit our factory whilst their van is in production and see how it is progressing, Scott said.
We are a relatively small family business and do not wish to grow too big, as this takes away from the personal service we offer in giving people what they want. We feel that our idea is unique, and we find it very rewarding seeing the finished product being collected by our customers, he said.
The Hose Bag tames coils
The Hose Bag is a practical, simple solution to stowing hoses which seem to have a mind of their own. The Hose Bag comes in Small and Large sizes.There is also a Cable Bag. The Hose Bag is ideal for stowing up to 20 metres of the stiffer type of potable water hose. The Hose Bag can also be used to stow up to 10 metres of the ribbed black sullage hose. The Hose Bag can then be stowed away neatly in the same storage space every time. It will maintain the same size and shape as it was when last stowed. There is a DVD on www.thehosebag.com.au which shows how to end wrestling matches with hoses by using the thumb and forefinger of your left hand and pushing the hose into the bag with your right.
Award range has 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
Tunnel boot on Jayco Work N Play
Editors note: Page Brothers started selling second-hand caravans in the 1960s and in 1976 became one of the first Jayco dealerships in Australia.
Located at the northern tip of the Mornington Peninsula on Wells Road at Seaford, 45 minutes south of Melbourne, Page Bros was the original caravan dealer in the district and has operated successfully from the same site for more than 40 years.
They are now the longest operating Jayco caravan dealership in Australia and have established a strong reputation for credibility among their customers.
Jayco is GoSeeAustralia's first sponsor and has helped keep GoSeeAustralia and its sister site GoSeeNewZealand free to users for 10 years. Never in that period has Jayco ever intruded into the editorial perogative. Concerns raised by GoSee after practical evaluation of Jayco products are often addressed.
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