|8 May 2013||Cabins and children are a natural fit. Quality cabins come with everything needed to handle 'happy little disasters'.|
Parks welcome children in Australia. That extends to something which is not found in many hotels, motels, B&B's or guesthouses. The camping culture, facilities and ambience suits kids.
Parks can compete easily with the motel and apartment style accommodation and the guests like the relaxed caravan park lifestyle.
|29 Apr 2013||The GoSee Southern office has been operating from the bank of the Campaspe River at Aysons Reserve, Elmore, Victoria since last Thursday using solar power, 240v for laptop, full Optus/Telstra service and 5pt Optus mobile 4G WiFi system.|
There are no rubbish bins but there was not a scrap of rubbish of any kind to be seen, there is a dump point, again carefully cleaned by each travelling user.
The thoughtful camping extended to one campfire being used by a circle of six camping families.
|22 Apr 2013||Editors Note: This article has been supplied by the independent Caravan Council of Australia to assist caravan and camper-trailer buyers and owners.|
Pictures used are as brand neutral as possible. The images chosen show some of GoSee's 'must-have' requirements in a caravan.
Each caravan and camper-trailer is now required to have a valid Trailer Plate securely affixed to it. Buyers and owners rightfully expect that all information on the Plate is true and correct, but it is still worth checking.
|18 Apr 2013||Many GoSeers have a 4WD or RV and enjoy camping or caravanning with their families.|
These days, when people take off in their Recreational Vehicles (RV's) they need to power fridges, lights, GPS and smartphones.
GoSee is evaluating the Bainbridge Technologies Baintech Power Panels range and your correspondent is impressed with the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) nature of the flexible products.
This gear is practical.
|14 Apr 2013||GoSee TravelSmart Club member prizes for March is a GSA Drill Winder.|
The attachment makes a snap of making sure the caravan is stable on the campsite.
GoSee has had a supply made and the stabiliser winder attachment will be drawn as a TravelSmart Club members prize every couple of months.
The Mogo Zoo prize 2a & 2ch entry pass goes to a Peakhurst winner and in NZ Orana Wildlife Park passes go to Darfield and Wellington winners.
|9 Apr 2013||The Napier Sportz Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) tent fits over the tailgate of the GoSee Jeep GSA1 like a tight sock.|
Exactly what is needed by your correspondent for flexible accommodation on the move.
This is a tall tent. with 2.1 metres available in the centre and 1.8 metres in the corners.
The sock which slides easily over GSA1 the Jeep Laredo Grand Cherokee diesel's tailgate deals brilliantly with a weather-proof connection to the roomy tent.
|4 Apr 2013||The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 auto diesel to join our tow tugs, GSA1, is an effortless, comfortable, quiet, long-distance cruiser which consistently returns 8.2 litres per 100km fuel efficiency figures as it beds in.|
In a recent Hume Highway cruise from Wodonga to Melbourne we cracked the magic 7 with 7.9 litre per 100km as we rolled down the billiard table boring highway at 108kmh.
Long distance cruising is GoSee's preferred method of running the big Jeep in for its role as one of GSA's regular tow tugs.
|4 Apr 2013||RVM Australia, the peak body for Australia's RV manufacturing industry, has set a new benchmark for product compliance with the launch of the RV Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP.|
RVMAP was officially launched in Melbourne today by the Federal Minister for Road Safety, Catherine King, member for Ballarat.
RVMAP was a significant positive, procative step by the industry, she said.
The minister struck a strong core with the big RV industry audience when she remarked on her family involvement in the caravan and camping industry.
|2 Apr 2013||Tomorrow (Wed April 3) the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) will be launched by Catherine King, Federal Minister for Road Safety.|
RVMAP will drive higher quality and safety standards for every RV built by RVM Australia members.
It is aimed to deliver world-class fully documented management systems to enable RVM Australia members of all sizes to deliver compliance, safety and value in every Recreational Vehicle they build.
|22 Mar 2013||CRVA is targetting children with a 12-week caravan and camping TV adventure.|
CRVA has also launched a new website and a Facebook page - Camping for Kids.
NT leads Domestic travel growth, followed by ACT and WA.
Domestic visitors within the caravanning and camping sector in 2012 totalled 9.467 million (5.837m in caravan parks, 3.630m not) resulting in a total of 13 percent of the total Domestic tourism visitor numbers..
|21 Mar 2013||Victoria's Surf Coast Shire's crackdown on free roadside camping pushed this rental company free camper into Geelong suburban back streets with this one camping uninvited outside GoSeeAustralia's Grovedale office overnight on Friday, March 15.|
A Jucy representative said today that clients who hire Jucy campervans are told that they are not allowed to freedom camp.
Jucy campervans do not carry a chemical toilet.
|19 Mar 2013||Sharon Hitch of Picton and Sweety Naik of Totara Vale NZ are the February GoSee TravelSmart Club member prize winners with family passes to Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch.|
Sixteen scheduled animal feeds occur daily and are accompanied by a presentation from a wildlife guide.
This means Orana Wildlife Park has something to keep visitors of all ages entertained for the entire day.
|18 Mar 2013||New caravanner Bob 'Polly' Farmer chats about this and that.|
I want to fire up the Jeep, dust off the Jayco Sterling 21 footer and head west beside the Murray river but extension planning is holding me, us, back.
We itch to get on the road and travel, inland in autumn, winter and early spring, you know, a great big clear blue sky by day and lots of bright stars at night with a safe camp fire for cooking, warmth and affect some nights.
|13 Mar 2013||Industry Compliance with Australian Standards and real hands-on experience from about 250 exhibitors set the standard at the Perth Caravan and Camping Show this year.|
For example the winner of Jayco's prestigious National Dealership of the Year award 17 times in the last 20 years, Jayco Caravanland, is Jayco's most awarded National Dealer.
Every show visitor has a chance to win a $40,000 Jayco Caravan Package.
|12 Mar 2013||This year the Caulfield experience has reached full house. CIAT Victoria President Peter May told GoSeeAustralia that the exhibitor shutters are up.|
There is no more room at the inn.
As GoSee wandered about with camera we met Australia exhibitors, who have a go with new products. For example Neil and Lyn May displayed a two-seater fishing kayak which adds sail power to pedals and paddles.
|8 Mar 2013||Avida is now maker of the Australian Winnebago. CEO of Winnebago Australia, Ben Binns says -|
'Winnebago acquired the business name Winnebago in 1978 striking an agreement in writing with the Winnebago USA company to use the name'.
Right now Winnebago Australia is at the Caulfield Caravan and Camping Supershow with innovative rebranded products. Avida and Winnebago build the biggest range of motorhomes in Australia.
|6 Mar 2013||Bailey is the largest caravan manufacturer in the UK,and they are determined to succeed in the Australian market, Bailey Australia Managing Director, Adrian Van Geelan said today.|
The futuristically re-styled 2013 Bailey Unicorn Series 2 range makes its debut on the Bailey Australia stand at the show at the Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow at Melbourne's Caulfield Racecourse.
Claimed Tare weights are from 1560kg to 1680kg.
|3 Mar 2013||Over six days visitors to Victoria's Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow can check out the latest products and innovations the Australian caravan, motorhome, camping and associated industries have to offer.|
This includes Goldstreams 20th Anniversary new models.
The Supershow at Caulfield Racecourse includes the Labour Day long weekend.
It runs from Thursday March 7 to finish on Tuesday March 12.
|21 Feb 2013||Jayco presented an under $90,000 5th Wheeler at the Adelaide Caravan and Camping Show at Wayville.|
Jayco follows its usual 'everything and the kitchen sink' development line with this 5th wheeler. Jayco's generous approach to life on the road includes armchair comfort.
This civilised attitude to value also runs to an electric wine cooler and a 184 litre fridge-freezer.
|18 Feb 2013||New Zealand's premier Motorhome and Caravan Show from March 1 to 3 at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton features a number of additions to its attractions.|
'We feel very fortunate to be able to utilise all the high class facilities that Claudelands Event Centre has to offer, and see the growth of the show as exciting for not only the industry, but providing so much more for visitors to see', says Michele Connell, Managing Director of Classic Events.
|17 Feb 2013||The 'Frog Park' BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach is the Tourist and Caravan Parks award winner.|
Adventure Whitsunday Resort took the Australian top park title at the Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart on Friday 15 February.
Known affectionately as the 'Frog Park', this tropical oasis is located in Airlie Beach and is a well-known award-winning resort and almost a destination unto itself.
|14 Feb 2013||From GoSeeAustralia comes a custom-built drill attachment for winding caravan stabilizer legs. It is one of the prizes for January free TravelSmart Club member winners.|
Valued at $25.95 the attachment makes a snap of making sure the caravan is stable on the campsite.
It is also available for purchase on the GoSee Shopping Cart.
|13 Feb 2013||It is not an offence to have a non-rated D shackle connecting safety chains to the tow vehicle, SA police said today.|
Nor is there truth in an 'urban myth' that SA Police are targetting those who tow for using unrated shackles.
But police strongly urge the public to make the change to a rated D shackle for peace of mind when towing. Safety first is already in place with some industry areas, Northstar Jeep in Kippa-Ring Qld fits weight rated D shackles to genuine Jeep tow bars as a priority.
|7 Feb 2013||GoSee first towed with Clearview mirrors on the GSA Colorado on a trip to Robinvale, New South Wales with a Jayco Westport on the Hayman Reese towbar.|
The Clearviews are designed for recognised tow tugs used in Australia.
In the case of the Colorado that includes turning flashers on the outer edge of the mirrors. No complications just press the usual buttons and the Clearviews respond.
|5 Feb 2013||The new Nissan Patrol is aimed more at the premium end of the luxury SUV market.|
The new Patrol introduces a new platform, and a radical design direction.
Nissan says the new Y62 Nissan Patrol petrol V8 power, direct injection engine, coded VK56VD of 5552 cc capacity, generates 298 kW (or 400 hp) at 5800 rpm and 560 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, of which 90 per cent is available from 1600rpm providing exceptional low down torque. A 140-litre fuel capacity helps long-distance cruising range.
|4 Feb 2013||Got a note from Phil. It is from a park bench in Tuncurry, New South Wales about 300km nne of Sydney.|
Like Clancy's mate of Overflow fame, while it has not been written with a thumbnail dipped in tar there is an apology that a Tuncurry park perch does not support fine penmanship.
Paint with a camera and self-expression is stunningly satisfying. Here is some of Phil's impressionism via his camera:
|31 Jan 2013||AL-KO starts a progressive rollout of its ESC (Electronic Stability Control) Certified Installer Network nationally from today.|
AL-KO expects the cost of retrofitting AL-KO ESC to existing caravans will be about $1,200 - $1,500. AL-KO ESC will be available for existing caravans with AL-KO running gear and AL-KO brakes on approved suspensions.
AL-KO ESC automatically responds to the driving behaviour of the caravan by monitoring for any dangerous sideways movements and taking preventative action immediately.
|30 Jan 2013||Lisa Callahan is so excited. She won a Thetford Excellence Porta Potti by entering the GoSeeAustralia Facebook competition.|
When GoSeeAustralia Sales Manager Alan Hislop contacted her Lisa's reaction was certainly positive:'Wow, thanks so much Alan, I am so excited it will come in so handy for our next camping trip. I have three kids under 7 years, so YAY, for the ease and practicality of no longer having to do the midnight dash', she said.
|26 Jan 2013||When the Batman Bridge Reserve was closed to overnight campers on December 11, 2012 it was an easy decision for Tasmania's Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.|
'We are not caravan park operators, we are a Government department', General Manager Transport and Infrastructure Services Shane Gregory told GoSeeAustralia.
Now comes the question of what is a fully self-contained vehicle?
|17 Jan 2013||GoSee has thrown away a mountain of tattered and torn tarps over years of camping and boating so your correspondent is pleased to report on a clever bit of kit which extends the useful life of protective coverings.|
EasyKlip Midi grabs on and holds like a bulldog at any point it is needed.
Easyklip is designed specifically to grip up to 6mm thick fabrics, is reusable and relocatable and is tested to 100kg.
|16 Jan 2013||Agnes and Nick from GoSee found the CamperLED a little too bright to use inside their GSA camper without the dimmer switch, but it is a great product to use outside when barbecueing, socialising and reading.|
The metre long strip Cree LED's puts out serious illumination. In fact more than double that of other examples we have seen.
It is excellent for unpowered site applications as it uses so little power there are no worries about draining the battery.
|15 Jan 2013||Free is the wrong word when it is used in the context of camping in Australia and New Zealand. There is no such thing as free camping. Inevitably somebody or the environment; or often both pay.|
Illegal camping is also a misnomer. It is no more than a sensationalising lure to dangle before media who are often niave about the politics which permeate caravanning and camping industry issues.
It is perfectly possible to camp responsibly throughout both countries.
|15 Jan 2013||With only a joint pension to live on a fixed income couple cannot afford to stay at a caravan park for too long - it has to be a few days here and there or a discounted week stay in off-peak periods.|
Spending $40 per night or more in a private caravan park is not viable for the majority of Grey Nomads, who are on the Federal Government Age Pension, the Australasian Touring Caravan Motorhome & Camping Club, says.
|14 Dec 2012||This GPS has been stolen from the GoSee Retro Toyota Sahara tow tug by a particularly thoughtful thief who picked through the camping kit and also hand-picked the first aid kit and a 4.6m ratchet tie down, but did no further damage.|
GoSee hopes they and theirs try and use the GPS.
It has been a big source of amusement to GoSee since we first bought it from Aldi.
Mildura police have a case or six in point for general education when it comes to the mess a GPS can get you into.