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Our National Muster in Denmark, Western Australia this year is making history in more ways than one.

The muster will be held at the Big4 Ocean Beach Holiday Park at Denmark from 14 to 21 October 2018.

Not only will this be our very first National Muster to be held in Western Australia, but early registrations are beating previous records!

As at 17 June 2018, registrations for the 2018 National Muster reached 100 RVs (or almost 200 members), and we are still 4 months out.  

Many Queensland members are already on their way via the ‘long way around’, with Sunshine Nomads and Gold Coast Gadabouts currently up in the Northern Territory.  Our membership director Graham and his wife Kaye head out from the Sunshine Coast to travel the shorter route tomorrow.  Other members around the country are putting those last minute arrangements in place.

So it's all go, go, go for Denmark.  

Over the coming months, we will keep you updated on our members’ travelling there.  Look out for our friendly ACC members on the road, and come up and say hello.

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Yes members, your 2018 Winter Nomad, the biggest Nomad ever, arrived in your email Inbox yesterday!

In our view, this is the best Nomad ever, crammed full of things from front cover to back, to whet your appetite to read more.  There is a variety of articles relevant to your RV Lifestyle including travel, RV maintenance and tech talk, Caravan Guru Q & A, lots of Club News and announcements, and some celebratory special anniversary branch musters.  Find out which Parks and Freedom Camps were nominated by our members as our Parks and Freedom Camps of the Month during Autumn.

The email you received has links to both Flipbook and PDF print versions.  Please be sure to open the email and click on the link to one of the versions (your preference).  

If you would prefer to receive a hard copy of The Nomad, it is still being published as a full glossy magazine for an annual subscription of $20 towards the full cost of printing, postage and handling.  Your Club meets the difference in cost.  

To subscribe to receive a hard copy of The Nomad, log onto this website using your username and password, and click on the Members > Order paper copy of the Nomad tabs.  Alternatively you can email Lorraine at admin@australiancaravanclub.com.au or telephone 1800 734 493 leaving your name and telephone number on our message service and mention you would like to subscribe to receive a hard copy of The Nomad

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Pumphry’s Bridge was the site chosen for our ACC Western Wallabies Muster in May. 

This is a free camp located on the Hotham River less than 2 hours’ drive from Perth, with the main attractions being the old timber bridge which collapsed many years ago, bird watching and catching yabbies. Across the river is Pumphry’s Historical Homestead which was settled in 1888. 

This was a weekend of relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. With the nights getting cooler, the fire pits were very popular for keeping warm and cooking dinner as well as keeping the mosquitoes away.  

Coffee, shopping, lunch at the pub and collecting firewood filled in a morning, then game of Shuffleboard was produced and this kept people entertained until dinner time on Saturday night. The weekend was rounded off with a bacon and egg breakfast on Sunday morning. 

If you live in the Perth region, own an RV, and are interested in joining our ACC Western Wallabies branch or one of our other two branches in the Perth region, please contact our Western Australian membership support team on membershipsupportwa@australiancaravanclub.com.au or telephone 1800 734 493.

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A recall notice has been issued on 11 Mazda BT-50s available for sale nationally on 30 April 2018.

The recall notice states that there is a ‘potential quality issue with welding of the lower immediate steering shaft…If the welding of the lower intermediate steering shaft fails due to the inappropriate welding, this may cause sudden, unexpected loss of steering and may pose a hazard to the vehicle occupants and other road users.’

To see if your vehicle is affected or for further information, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/mazda-australia-pty-ltd-mazda-bt-50-4

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ACC Members – Keep an eye out for the electronic version of your 2018 Winter Nomad arriving into your email Inbox shortly.

At 56 pages, it’s our largest ever issue and crammed full of fantastic articles to interest you.

Our Caravan Guru answers another technical question and there’s an article by the CCA on basic caravan maintenance. 

For our members travelling across the Nullarbor to our national muster in Denmark, Western Australia, there’s more travel features including what to see when you arrive in the South West region.  If you haven’t yet registered for our national muster, national muster registration documents, programme and information are also included.  

 

There’s an article on differing speed limits when passing emergency service vehicles per State, and a weigh-in sheet for you to complete and take your tow vehicle and van to the weigh station to check you are compliant.  

Several of our branches have celebrated 10th anniversaries this year and our Tassie Travellers turned 5.  You can find out all about why we have Special Interest Groups (S.I.G.s) and what A.C.C.E.S.S. is about and how to join.

Need to contact us about something and not sure what to do?  There’s an article setting out frequently asked questions and where to go to resolve them.

Autumn Parks of the Month, Autumn Freedom Camps of the Month, more new member benefits, and upcoming branch musters are listed, and there’s a Club Shop catalogue.

For our members who subscribe to receive a full glossy hard copy, this is currently well underway with our printer.  You should receive it within the next 10 days.

So watch out for your Winter Nomad and make sure you click on the email to open it, and then click on the link to view and read it.  You won’t be disappointed!

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A vehicle recall notice has issued for certain Ford Everest vehicles built from 16 March to 6 April 2018 and on certain Ford Ranger vehicles built from 18 March to 11 April 2018.

The recall notice states that ‘in certain affected vehicles, the intermediate steering shaft weld may not met required specifications, which may cause the steering column to detach from the steering gear.  This condition could result in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of accident or injury.’

To read more or to see if your vehicle is affected, go to 

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/ford-motor-company-of-australia-limited-ford-everest-and-ranger

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When adventure beckons, the spirited traveller always heeds to the call. Spirit of Tasmania has a Special Offer for ACC members.  ACC members can sail by day or night on the Spirit of Tasmania from $79* per person each way. Cabin upgrades available from $100* per cabin each way on a day sailing or $132* on a night sailing.

Available on selected night sailings between mid-September and mid-December 2018. 

Offer ends 30 June 2018.  Book your adventure online today.

*Conditions apply.

Members wishing to take up this offer should click on the orange Member Benefits – Non Accommodation button on our ACC website home page and click on the website link in the Spirit of Tasmania Special Offer in the member benefits listings. 

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While welcoming the 40% reduction in private motor vehicle tax on caravans and camper-trailers announced by the New South Wales Government last weekend, there are other pressing issues affecting recreational vehicle owners (RVers) in New South Wales.

On Saturday, New South Wales State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced a 40% reduction in motor vehicle tax for private caravan owners for caravans up to 4.5 tonnes which will come into effect on 1 November 2018.

Our ACC Chairman Craig said that the 40% reduction will be appreciated by families, pensioners and self-funded retirees.  “Our Club also acknowledges that New South Wales has some of the most generous registration provisions for pensioners than any State.  Anyone even on a part pension receives free registration for one vehicle each year.” 

“Our Club lobbied the New South Wales government back in 2014 pleading for a reduction in the high registration fees on caravans in that State,” Craig said.  “Our pleas fell on deaf ears at the time.”

“However, our Club questions what the New South Wales Government is doing to align the State with other States such as Victoria when it comes to setting registration fees on caravans and camper trailers.”

“Compared to other States, the New South Wales registration fee for private caravan owners is over-priced, placing an unfair burden on caravanners.” 

Craig said that the higher caravan registration fees was only one issue affecting RVers in New South Wales that requires attention.  

“The New South Wales Government needs to start doing something to improve not only the number of roadside rest areas, but the allocated space available in rest areas for RVs,” Craig said.

“We have truckies and RVers vying for space in rest areas.  Some of the angst that is arising between truckies and vanners at rest stops is the result of inadequate space and number of rest areas currently available for RVers along New South Wales highways.”

“While RVers acknowledge that truckies operate on a time schedule and must have regulatory rest stops, RVers too need fatigue management.”

“If the New South Wales Government is serious about helping caravanners, then they need to improve the availability and size of roadside rest areas to accommodate the travelling RVer for overnight stays and fatigue management,” Craig said.

The ACC has recently called for a summit of interested stakeholders in a major effort to resolve issues between truckies and vanners on the road and develop protocols under which both road-user groups can work.  

“All affected stakeholder groups need to collaborate together, be working off the same page and at the same time, be delivering the same message.  At the moment we are seeing several stakeholders including our own Club using individual resources, at times with slightly different messages, that are not reaching the full targeted audiences,” Craig said.

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We have added a polling feature to your website home page.  

Our Club proposes to conduct a range of polls every 2 or 3 months.  It is hoped that the information from the polls will not only be of interest to you, but also provide valuable information for use when representing you to governments and the RV industry as a consumer to improve your RV Lifestyle.

The first poll is a trial run.  Please log onto this website to vote.  

You will find the poll link directly underneath the green 'LATEST POLL' icon which you will find by scrolling down on the far right hand column of the webpage if using a desktop computer, or at the very bottom of our homepage on your mobile device.

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