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Click here to watch the video story: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/03/french-freedom-camper-poos-on-dunedin-street.html

This story out of New Zealand has raised attention and once again the social habits of our overseas visitors who choose camping as an affordable way to see the world is brought into question.

At first, you are drawn to the fact that someone is taking a dump in the street. Fair enough, that’s undoubtedly not the socially acceptable norm, is it? However, as usual, the mobs are waiting with tar and feathers to run these free-loading ne’er do wells out of town, or the country, mainly.

Yes there is a problem with the habits on display from some vanpackers. On display usually because they’re camped in public areas not van parks and that raises some people’s ire for that simple fact: They’re not paying. From rubbish, to noise, to toilet paper and the stuff it ‘gift wraps’ in parks, to the washing of the dishes under the tap at the dump point! Yep, all of that is acknowledged here.

But, and I use that term advisably in this case, it makes me wonder. Here we have a young woman making herself potentially vulnerable in public. If you watch the video, the business owner with the security cameras points out that there is a 24-hour servo across the street. Do you really think that she might not have tried that option? How many servos have you been to where toilets are for either paying customers or, worse, staff only? Maybe she’d been there before, was now caught short, and had no option. We don’t know, nor will we as the couple declined to comment, as I expect most of us would. Maybe they’re not allowed to be ‘camping’ in that street in any event.

The bottom line (oh dear) is the whole tourist van- or backpacker situation needs cleaning up. And that starts with the locals. Us. Especially those with a direct financial stake. For everyone else, much as people love to scream ‘it might be socially acceptable to do that where you come from’ but truth is, it isn’t. France, and most of Europe for that matter, has fairly well-established social norms, or etiquette, you might say. Most of these tourists that contribute much to the local economy are kids, and if a van-hire company doesn’t equip them with the facilities or tells them it’s okay to crap in a plastic bag and place it in a waste bin … then you get what you get. Or if these visitors buy their own vehicle rather than hire it then they may be even more in the dark. If their language skills are a bit ordinaire, or they’ve already come up against some negative attitudes maybe they’re scared to ask.

Over Christmas I watched two youngsters mightily concerned at the stream of water running onto the ground from beneath their camper. Once I’d asked them if they had their aircon cranking we put their minds at rest but as they admitted “we know nothing”.
Who knows where they were heading in this wide and sometimes dangerous land? Obviously a huge learning curve ahead.

So, no, I don’t condone taking a dump in the street but nor do I condone the ridiculous comments made by some who simply put no thought into their overreaction. Plenty of locals are easily prepared to trash their own backyard, or yours. There is lots of thought to be put into the education of our visitors before we scare them all away. And if we scare them away, who will pick your mangoes next Christmas. Think on!

Tim Scott, editor, RV Daily

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RV DAILY by Anthonykilner - 3M ago
Sunland Australia RV Pty Ltd — Patriot Caravans with Fitted Front Storage Box
PRA No. 2017/16411
Date published 9 Nov 2017
Campaign number patrecall001
Product description

Front storage box with holes in the dividers

What are the defects?

Affected models have holes in the vertical dividers between sections of the external storage compartment where LPG cylinders are kept. It is a requirement of Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 5601.2 Gas installations, Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes that the cylinder compartment is separated from the general storage area by a vertical divider that is sealed to the sides and floor of the compartment.

What are the hazards?

Gas may leak into the other sections of the storage compartment, posing a possible fire risk.

What should consumers do?

Consumers should remove any potential ignition sources such as batteries, torches or lighters from the adjacent compartments and contact Sunland Australia RV on 07 5499 2250 to arrange to have a plate fitted to cover the holes.

Where the product was sold
Nationally
Dates available for sale
  • 8 July 2015 – 20 July 2017
Responsible regulator

Natural Resources and Mines (QLD) is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Product category

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For those who pride practicality over perception

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If 20in wheels aren’t your cup of tea, Ford is now offering 18in on their top-specced Titanium Everest as an FOC (Free Of Charge) option. The overall diameter is roughly the same, but the fact that there’s more sidewall is much more practical for day-to-day usage. You’re much less likely to get gutter rash, and when it comes to airing down for dirt and off-road, you’re much better off.

There will likely be a bit of extra sidewall squirm with 18in rubber, but you’ll have many more aftermarket options to choose from, with better prices to boot. And now, you can keep your leather heated interior and other safety technology of the Everest.

The 18in wheels are taken directly from the mid-spec Trend; for those wanting to retrofit 18in wheels onto their Titanium Everest at home, Ford doesn’t recommend it. There is some special and particular tuning to suit the 18in wheels, including suspension tuning and ESC calibration.

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Giving it a distinct 4X4 Advantage

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In a bid to keep up with the Koreans in passenger cars and SUVs, Holden has extended its warranties to a solid seven years and 175,000 kilometres.

The good news for caravanners and 4WDers is the fact that this applies to the Trailblazer and Colorado models, which have 3000kg and 3500kg towing capacities respectively.

25,000 kilometres per year isn’t stacks, only around 68 kilometres a day or 2000 per month. But if you’re only doing that sort of distance, then it starts to make sense. Both the Colorado and Trailblazer have the 147kW/500Nm 2.8-litre diesel engine, when mated to the six-speed automatic gearbox.

The offer is only until the end of 2017; what Holden plans on doing beyond that is unclear.

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RV DAILY by Sarah Liendo - 4M ago

More spec and a new look for the big rig

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After landing in Australia seven years ago, Nissan has announced its first facelift of the new Patrol. It was a significant departure from traditional Patrol recipe, with independent suspension all round and no diesel option.

There’s a refreshed look on the new Patrol, with the grille, 18in wheels and fog lamp housings being updated. The driveline stays the same, with a very powerful 5.6-litre petrol V8 (298kW and 560Nm) running through a seven-speed automatic gearbox and a two-speed transfer case. Extra rear-view cameras and double the parking sensors give you a 360° birds-eye view for tight manoeuvring, and Hydraulic Body Motion Control firms up the on-road experience of the big wagon.

The 2018 Patrol Ti starts at $71,990, where the Ti-L gets a nicer interior, extra screens built into the headrests, as well as a big list of extra on-road safety acronyms. It starts at $88,990.

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Making it a tasty towing proposition

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Volkswagen has upgraded its most powerful ute to a full-fat 3.5-tonne towing capacity, which is up from three tonnes. The two-litre Amarok will stay at that figure, but a redesigned rear step and 3.5-tonne towbar have allowed the V6 Amarok to reach the 3.5-tonne mark. The GCM stays the same, which means you can’t use all of your towing capacity and payload at the same time.

When you add in the sharply-priced Sportline V6 with a $55,490 pricetag, the Amarok does rub up as a good option for towing. This news comes out just before Volkswagen managed to set a performance record around Eastern Creek Raceway recently at the prestigious World Time Attack event in Sydney.

When the V8 Supercars record is 1.30, an Amarok managed to get around in 1 minute 57 seconds. While the interior was stripped, and suspension, brakes and tyres were changed, the engine stayed stock. Not too shabby for a diesel dual-cab ute!

Nissan Patrol Updated
More spec and a new look for the big rig

After landing in Australia seven years ago, Nissan has announced its first facelift of the new Patrol. It was a significant departure from traditional Patrol recipe, with independent suspension all round and no diesel option.

There’s a refreshed look on the new Patrol, with the grille, 18in wheels and fog lamp housings being updated. The driveline stays the same, with a very powerful 5.6-litre petrol V8 (298kW and 560Nm) running through a seven-speed automatic gearbox and a two-speed transfer case. Extra rear-view cameras and double the parking sensors give you a 360° birds-eye view for tight manoeuvring, and Hydraulic Body Motion Control firms up the on-road experience of the big wagon.

The 2018 Patrol Ti starts at $71,990, where the Ti-L gets a nicer interior, extra screens built into the headrests, as well as a big list of extra on-road safety acronyms. It starts at $88,990.

Holden Now Sports a 7-year, 175,000km Warranty
Giving it a distinct 4X4 Advantage

In a bid to keep up with the Koreans in passenger cars and SUVs, Holden has extended its warranties to a solid seven years and 175,000 kilometres.

The good news for caravanners and 4WDers is the fact that this applies to the Trailblazer and Colorado models, which have 3000kg and 3500kg towing capacities respectively.

25,000 kilometres per year isn’t stacks, only around 68 kilometres a day or 2000 per month. But if you’re only doing that sort of distance, then it starts to make sense. Both the Colorado and Trailblazer have the 147kW/500Nm 2.8-litre diesel engine, when mated to the six-speed automatic gearbox.

The offer is only until the end of 2017; what Holden plans on doing beyond that is unclear.

Top-spec Everest Titanium now with 18in wheels
For those who pride practicality over perception

If 20in wheels aren’t your cup of tea, Ford is now offering 18in on their top-specced Titanium Everest as an FOC (Free Of Charge) option. The overall diameter is roughly the same, but the fact that there’s more sidewall is much more practical for day-to-day usage. You’re much less likely to get gutter rash, and when it comes to airing down for dirt and off-road, you’re much better off.

There will likely be a bit of extra sidewall squirm with 18in rubber, but you’ll have many more aftermarket options to choose from, with better prices to boot. And now, you can keep your leather heated interior and other safety technology of the Everest.

The 18in wheels are taken directly from the mid-spec Trend; for those wanting to retrofit 18in wheels onto their Titanium Everest at home, Ford doesn’t recommend it. There is some special and particular tuning to suit the 18in wheels, including suspension tuning and ESC calibration.

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RV DAILY by Sarah Liendo - 5M ago

…in 2022, with a fully electric drivetrain

It’s probably the most iconic campervan of all time. And after an incredibly long global production run that ended in 2013, the Volkswagen Kombi looks set to return in 2022.

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No more air-cooled, horizontally-opposed action, however. The new Kombi will probably be a fully-electric model. Volkswagen is calling it the Microbus, and reckons it will have a solid 600-kilometre range, and a pricetag of around $40,000. 

Along with a minibus set-up, Volkswagen will also sell the new Kombi as a cargo van. *cough* camper conversion project *cough*

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…with some strange-looking trailers

Jeep Wranglers have never really been an obvious choice for a tow rig in Australia. Some might venture out with a small camper-trailer, but beyond that nothing is really feasible. 

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Jeep looks to be changing that up, however, with the Scrambler ute coming in 2018. To be a truly functional and competitive 4WD in Australia, the Scrambler will have to tow well. This test rig, which appears to be loaded with a set amount of weights, looks like it can also test the wind resistance of a big, boxy trailer
(or caravan). 

Along with the 3.6-litre Pentastar petrol motor and a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol, rumours indicate the VM Motori 3.0-litre V6 diesel from the Grand Cherokee will land under the bonnet of the Wrangler and Scrambler. So, that will sort out any shortcomings in power. Let’s just hope the rest of the chassis and suspension is up to the job.

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We don’t know what it means… but it looks impressive

This little video is from the Travelling Teachers and Tribe Facebook page, where they came across a Land Rover Discovery doing a dead pull of a seriously big road train. Something like an impromptu marketing stunt, here is what they said about it:

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“It’s amazing what you see on the road when travelling the country. We saw this early on in our trip but haven’t posted it till now. We were on our way back from Uluru when we came across a crew filming a new Land Rover Discovery ad. It’s not every day that you see a vehicle pulling a seven-trailer road train. The producer said ‘no social media for four weeks’ and we kept our promise. So, two months later, here it is. Such an awesome thing to see and it was legitimately pulling it!”

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More tech and a new look for the consistently high seller

Despite the fact that the 150 Series Prado wasn’t much more than a big facelift of the 120 Series with an updated driveline, the LandCruiser Prado is a consistently stellar seller in Australia. To continue building that success and not lose ground to new and updated competition, Toyota has given the 150 a bit of a refresh. 

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Since the 2.8-litre diesel and six-speed automatic and manual gearboxes are quite new, they are remaining unchanged. Toyota is cancelling the 4.0-litre petrol V6, because it reckons more than 98% of people opt for the oiler. 

Along with a new look, which takes inspiration from the 200 Series LandCruiser, the 2018 Prado will have more tech included across the board. VX and Kakadu model technology will float down into the GX and GXL, like emergency braking, active cruise control and lane departure alert. 

The new-look Prado will be available in November 2017. Any changes to pricing have not been announced yet.

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