Planning a big adventure anytime soon and want to try out some cool new gear? Looking to upgrade your caravan, camper-trailer or tent before you embark on your next trip? Come and check out the latest on the market at WA’s biggest caravan and camping show. There’ll be plenty of entertainment for all ages, and free activities for the kids to enjoy while you hunt for the best bargains.
You can even score free transport to and from the show, go into the draw to win a 40L Engel Fridge Freezer and jump the queue when you arrive, simply by purchasing your tickets online before the show.
It’s that time of year again! The 2018 Brisbane 4X4 Outdoors show is on March 16-18 at the Brisbane Showgrounds (600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006). The show has been running for well over two decades now, and there is even more on than ever this year! Head over here to get your tickets, and make sure you use the promo code: MR4X4 to get 15% off!
You’ve got the Waeco CFX Outback Stage to catch up with your favourite TV personality, the Eagers Holden 4WD Proving Ground where they’ll be putting the latest Holden vehicles through their paces, the Catch and Cook cooking stage, the Action Arena with quads, bikes, and stunts entertaining you, Base camp to try out a bunch of accessories and gear, plus Kids Terrain for the young ones.
Pat will be making a special appearance on Saturday and Sunday on the Outback Stage, plus if you enter our major giveaway competition at the show, you’ll receive a free 2-month digital subscription to Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures! Something worth keeping in mind too – Last time Pat was at the Brissy show, he actually met the winner of that years major giveaway just weeks before it was drawn! So it’d probably pay to get down there and shake the hand of the winners good luck charm! There’s a quick link to the current competition here, but try to keep that between you and I, ey?
So make sure you get down to the 2018 Brisbane 4X4 Outdoors show and Fishing & Boating Expo and say G’day to Pat and the team – we’ll see you there!
JB Caravan competition winner Brian Miller took possession of his brand new JB Dirt Road Extreme 20’ 06” van on Tuesday 6th March, after making the journey down from Tamworth to the NSW dealership. Brian also won a Club 4X4 insurance voucher to the value of $1000 to cover his new pride and joy. No wonder he was grinning from ear to ear – that’s a total prize value of $77,990!
Brian Miller and his friend Sue Williams were ecstatic when they arrived at JB Caravans to pick up the new caravan. Brian expressed his disbelief upon first finding out that he was the winner – “I’ll believe it when I see it outside my front door!” Brian says that the JB Dirt Road Extreme will allow him to go travelling and do something that he enjoys for the rest of his life.
If you missed out this time, you still have a shot at winning Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures $112K giveaway! Click here to enter.
Actco-Pickering Metal Industries (APMI), Australia P/L has announced their subsidiary business, Pioneer Camper Trailers is on the market for immediate sale. Actco-Pickering Metal Industries announced the plan today, including its intention to cease manufacturing of the Pioneer camper trailer range operations this month.
The decision to sell the business and cease manufacturing was driven by increasingly challenging market conditions and the organisation’s aggressive growth plans for their other leading brands: Ridgeback Service Bodies and APMI Contracting, which have significantly grown their footprint.
“Given the significant growth across our other business units and increased demands for service bodies and rail and defence solutions, we decided that manufacturing camper trailers is no longer a strategic fit for our rapidly-evolving business.” said Hymie Jechilevsky, CEO Actco-Pickering Metal Industries.
“We remain committed to our long history of serving Australian customers with the very best products that deliver cutting edge technology and premium workmanship. Given the changing dynamics of the camper trailer and caravan industry, a number of business scenarios were reviewed to determine the future focus for APMI’s Australian Business.” said Jechilevsky.
Pioneer will cease manufacturing the range of camper trailers, including the acclaimed, award winning, Mitchell camper trailer, at their South Dandenong, Victoria production facility on 30th March 2018. Pioneer Warranty and Servicing will continue to be fulfilled at the South Dandenong production facility.
Caravanning Queensland together with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Gas and Petroleum Inspectorate have again renewed their free Safety Check Days for a fourth year.
Weight checks are a real concern with many ‘vans and towing vehicles being overweight. They offer an exceptional educational (and reality) check for many folks who aren’t sure on their overall nor individual weight.
Caravanning Queensland CEO Ron Chapman has said that many thousands of the nearly 65,000 registered caravans and RVs take to Queensland roads every year, and safety should be of the utmost importance for all drivers.
“The Safety Check Days allow caravan and recreational vehicle owners to have their vehicles inspected, weighed and ensure that they meet Australian Design Rules and Road Safety regulations,” Mr Chapman said.
“As caravanning grows in popularity, so too does the need to ensure caravans are operating safely and simple things like adding a tool box to the back, popping a kayak on the roof or even travelling with extra water tanks can cause the van or vehicle to become overweight and overweight loads are dangerous loads.
“We also check to make sure that things like 12 volt lights and number plates are not obscured; and we make sure the tow-ball and vehicle and caravan weight is distributed legally and safely.”
The free Safety Check Days are open to any registered caravan, camper-trailer, motor-home or other type of RV owner. As at the end of 2017, the program had inspected almost 1300 RV and Caravanning set ups.
Make sure you get over to www.caravanqld.com.au and register your interest in the free Safety Check Days to make sure you’re setup is as safe as it can be, and legal! Some dates for the checks have been locked in, which you’ll find out below.
Friday 4th May
Saturday 5th May
Sunday 6th May
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June
To be confirmed (Saturday 21st July)
To be confirmed (Sunday 22nd July)
Saturday 11th August
Sunday 12th August
Saturday 1st September
Saturday 20th October
Sunday 21st October
Saturday 8th December
Sunday 9th December
Date to be advised (likely 2nd half of 2018) You can still book for this location using the booking link provided.
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!
Sunland Australia RV Pty Ltd — Patriot Caravans with Fitted Front Storage Box
PRA No. 2017/16411
Date published 9 Nov 2017
Campaign number patrecall001
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.
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.
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.
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.