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Grey Water Tanks – Are they Necessary?

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Have you considered grey water disposal?

Do you have a grey water tank?

Is a grey water tank necessary?

Greywater tanks are an optional addition to most caravans and campers. But is it something you need to invest in?

What is Grey Water?

Greywater is defined as any wastewater from your house, caravan, camper or motorhome that comes from anywhere other than the toilet (waste from which is black water). Greywater hence includes any water from the bathroom and kitchen sink, shower, washing machine, etc.

Greywater is not clean – it contains oils, detergents, soaps, food scraps, and other additives. It can be put on plants, but it’s not ideal. And when you are travelling in the great outdoors, there is an etiquette to grey water disposal.

Most motorhomes have tanks for greywater as a standard fitting, however, most campers and caravans do not. This is a consideration in terms of being environmentally friendly. Many caravanners prefer to have a grey water tank – but do you need to have one?

Grey Water Disposal – Options

While some people choose to just let their greywater flow, this can be an issue – creating muddy dirty puddles under their van and potentially having the greywater run into natural watercourses where it can impact local aquatic and wildlife. It is also a big no-no in terms of caravanner and camper etiquette.

While it’s not as bad as black water, dumped greywater:

  • Breeds toxic bacteria if stored or stagnant for more than 12-24 hours
  • Can attract pests
  • Can contaminate natural waterways
  • Can poison aquatic life, birdlife, and animal life
  • Can lead to algal blooms
  • Can contaminate fish stocks
  • Smells unpleasant at best and offensive at worst.
  • Can lead to erosion
  • Diminishes the appeal of camping areas
  • Is not ideal for flora
  • Can contaminate swimming areas
  • Can contaminate drinking water

If you’re a responsible camper or caravanner, you’ll choose to dispose of your grey water responsibly – at the very least, collecting it in a bucket and disposing of it on trees and shrubs well away from the campground.

Many vans will have grey water tanks fitted to collect this used water for appropriate disposal at a suitable facility, as opposed to simply discharging it onto the ground under or near your van or campground.

Are Grey Water Tanks Necessary?

Put simply, grey water tanks are necessary for caravanning in Australia only when you travel in National Parks. Here, grey water mustn’t be disposed of irresponsibly, and it must be carried out with you, as most Australian National Parks now require that greywater be disposed of outside the park. The only way to achieve this is by installing a greywater tank with capacity that matches that of your freshwater tank.

These days, more public campgrounds are also adopting grey water-safe practices, requiring campers be fully self-sufficient and by not providing gully traps to collect greywater.

Investing in a grey water tank is a great idea to maximise the environmental sustainability of your caravan or camper. If you do not have a grey water tank, at the very least you should adopt the use of green detergents and soaps to minimize your impact on the environment.

Other tips if you don’t have a grey water tank:

  • Collect dishwasher and shower water in a bucket; use it to water a nearby plant.
  • Empty greywater on a different plant or tree each time.
  • Dump well away from the campsite and be courteous to others – don’t dump near them.
  • Never dump grey water near creeks, ponds, and other watercourses.
  • Don’t let excess soap or food scraps go out in your greywater.

Call Caravan World Today

As one of Queensland’s oldest established Caravan Dealerships, Caravan World takes great pride in offering a wide and diverse range, always delivered to you with great service, best prices, and expert advice. We are renowned for our extensive, in-depth “handover” process which is second to none. It covers everything from hitching up your caravan to set up on-site. With Caravan World, you will enjoy exploring with your new caravan with confidence in no time.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215.

What are the Best Camping/Caravanning Apps on the Market?

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Summer is here in Australia and it’s prime time to get out for a holiday. Taking a break in summer, and going camping or caravanning, is the epitome of the Australian way of life and there’s good reason we’ve loved these kinds of holiday for generations. 

Camping and caravanning apps are a new way to make your holidays even better. No matter whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, apps open up a whole new world of options and access to helpful tools for your next vacation on the road, in the bush, by the beach, or wherever your adventurous spirit takes you.

What are Apps?

Since the first smartphone hit the Australian market in 2007, people the world over have embraced this technology and now almost 80% of Australians of all ages own a smartphone. Thanks to applications (apps) that run on smartphones, convenient and vital technology is available to everyone, including campers and caravanners on the go.

From planning your holiday to checking weather forecasts; getting from A to B safely without getting lost; and everything in between, apps make life easier and enhance your experiences.

Best Camping and Caravanning Apps for Australians

Just a few of the very vast array of apps for campers and caravanners in Australia include:

  1. CamperMate – this Aussie and NZ app is free and provides information on free and low-budget campsites, paid campgrounds, public toilets, offline maps, public reviews, locations of free Wi-Fi spots, hot showers, rest areas, points of interest, and supermarket locations. 
  2. My Wheels Australia – developed by SA CrimeStoppers, this app enables you to enter registration and serial number details for your car, caravan, camper trailer, bike, or boat. It gives you instant access to this information if your vehicle is damaged or stolen, and you can even file your police report directly through the app.
  3. Fuel Monitor – a must for those travelling into a remote area, this affordable app ($1.99) helps with petrol planning. It looks at your vehicle’s petrol usage rate and combines it with trip distance to determine when you’ll need to fill up. It estimates trip costs in terms of fuel and offers guidance to services for emergency repairs. Similarly, FuelMap Australia is a free app offering a database of Australian petrol stations, current fuel prices, and a fuel log to track your purchases and usage.
  4. Campstay – allows you to shortlist your preferred camping spots, locate and compare campgrounds and holiday parks, book sites, and organise your road trip anywhere in Australia and NZ.
  5. WikiCamps Australia – costing $7.99, this is a database that can be used offline, providing detailed information on caravan parks, campgrounds, information centres, hostels, day stops, points of interest, dump spots, as well as a camping checklist and trip planner. 
  6. Waze  – is a Google-based navigation and traffic app. Community-based, it provides real-time traffic information with alerts for hazards, road closures, accidents, and mobile speed camera locations.
  7. Surface Level (IOS) / Bubble Level (Android) – part of the iMetalBox, these incorporate a spirit level, surface level, torch, ruler, battery information, conversion tool, and stopwatch. This makes it very easy to check the level of your camper or caravan.
  8. National Public Toilet App For All Your Potty Needs – the name is long, but the app is simple! Managed by the Australian Government, this app tells you exactly where the nearest public toilet is, how far away it is, if there are accessibility options for handicapped travellers, and how large the public toilet is. Yu never know when you’ll need to go – but this app will be a huge help.
  9. Emergency+ – this free travel app is essential – whether you’re travelling or not! It has been produced by the National Triple Zero Group and identifies your current GPS coordinates. You simply click on the app to call the emergency service you require (Triple Zero, Police, or SES) and they will be notified of your exact location. 
  10. Australian Bites and Stings – offers detailed First Aid advice, assistance for identifying spiders and snakes in Australia, and a function to call Triple Zero.

These are but a small sample of the camping and caravanning apps available for travellers in Australia. There are many others, including for your convenience, entertainment, and safety – but these are a great place to start!

Choose Caravan World!

Caravan World is one of the oldest-established Caravan Dealerships in Queensland. Located at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum, QLD, we are delighted to offer a wide array of caravans and camper trailers. We are renowned for our unbeatable prices, expert advice, and friendly service as well as our unique in-depth “handover” process.

Visit us today to see our current stock or give us a call on (07) 3186 8753 – we look forward to welcoming you and helping to get you on the road for your next adventure. 

 

We’re Accredited!

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Retail Dealership Accreditation Program (RDAP)

RDAP is an industry specific scheme for the caravanning and camping industry, and designed to improve business standards within the industry by Caravan and Motorhome Dealerships.

To become an accredited business, Dealerships agree to comply with certain standards, including legal compliance, risk management, human resource management, business improvement and putting in place appropriate procedures for sale of product.  Those businesses accredited display the ‘accreditation key’ to show that they are a member of RDAP.

What are the benefits of purchasing through an accredited dealership?

The dealership:

  1. Is committed to providing good business practices
  2. Adheres to stringent regulatory compliance.
  3. Abides by a code of conduct for customer liaising, sales and service.
  4. Has policies and procedures in place ensuring professional sales and service conduct
  5. Employs staff who are registered/licensed appropriately to comply with state regulators

So, when you choose a caravan dealer, look for the KEY logo!

 Dealer Accreditation

First Aid Kits and Repellents for Camping and Caravanning

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One critical thing to pack for every single camping and caravanning trip is a complete first aid kit. Accidents happen. From minor grazes to burns and major accidents, the unexpected can happen anytime. Whether you are going off the beaten track in the outback or simply to a nearby caravan park, being prepared for the worst is very important. When your first aid kit is fully-stocked and organised, you not only have peace of mind in an emergency situation; you may save a life.

Basic First Aid Kits are sold by pharmacies, some large retailers, camping stores, caravanning suppliers, service stations, motoring organisations, and other organisations. You can also create your own.

Every first aid kit should be customised to suit your own needs.

Basic Camping/Caravanning First Aid Kit – Checklist

  • Band-Aids/Elastic Plasters
  • Compression bandages for snakebite and spider bite (at least 2 large)
  • Gauze roll or pads
  • Sterile wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Safety Pins
  • Sterile splinter needles
  • Emergency blanket
  • Triangular bandage/sling
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Burn cream
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Bruise cream (e.g. Hirudoid)
  • Stingose
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunburn relief cream (e.g. aloe vera)
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine (ibuprofen)
  • Antihistamine medication
  • Anti-Diarrhoea medication
  • Travel sickness medication
  • Eye drops
  • Spare Asthma medication/inhalers (where relevant)
  • Epi-Pen (where relevant)
  • Prescription medications
  • Strapping tape
  • Superglue
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3%

If you have a camping fridge or a fridge in your caravan, take a cold pack/ice pack as well.

Make sure all contents of your kit are complete and have not expired before each trip.

We also very strongly recommend you and your travel mate undertake a first aid course. These are run regularly by local colleges, local hospitals, St John Ambulance, Red Cross, Australia-wide First Aid, and other groups. A simple search online will help you locate your nearest provider.

Insect Repellents for Camping

A crucial part of your first aid kit when you are camping or caravanning in Australia is the right insect repellent. You need to mitigate those annoying little bugs from the outset, not just for your comfort but also your health and peace of mind.

Nothing can spoil the serenity quite like some of the wildlife you may have to share your campsite with. While not as offputting and fearsome as snakes and spiders, insects can really bug you (yes, we went there!).

In Australia, common bugs that campers and caravanners encounter include:

  • Flies – House Flies, Bush Flies, Blow- Flies, Sand Flies (Midges), March Flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Ants
  • Gnats
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Ticks
  • Lice/Sea Lice
  • Fleas
  • Leeches
  • Caterpillars
  • Moths

Insect Repellents include:

  • Spray-On repellents including Aerogard, RID, OFF!, and Bushman’s.
  • Nature’s Botanical – a natural cream containing essential oils of cedarwood and rosemary to deter flies.
  • Moov – contains melaleuca oil.
  • Citronella Coils.
  • Citronella Candles

Tips To Minimise Insect Bites Include:

  • Choose a site away from low-lying areas and stagnant water. Camp several metres away from lakes, rivers, or streams.
  • Use a mosquito net while you sleep.
  • Use screens on your caravan windows.
  • Invest in a screened annexe.
  • Use citronella coils around your site (but not inside your tent or caravan).
  • At night, in particular, wear lightweight pants and long sleeves. Note that mosquitoes are most attracted to red and black clothing.
  • Don’t leave food uncovered.
  • Avoid using perfume or strongly-perfumes toiletries while camping.
  • Secure and seal all rubbish.
  • Use red or yellow lights in preference to white lights in your site at night. A bright white or UV light located away from your van or tent can draw insects there and away from where you sleep.

Going on Holidays? Visit Caravan World!

If you’re planning a camping or caravanning holiday this summer, don’t hesitate to visit us at Caravan World! We are very conveniently situated at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum, QLD. With a fabulous range of caravans and camper trailers, we offer unbeatable prices and the best service you’ll encounter in our industry. Call us today on (07) 3186 8753 and let us help you get out there for your next Aussie adventure!

Tips for storing your van – Until your next trip!

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Just as making sure your caravan is in top condition before and during your road trips, you also need to ensure that you keep it safe and in good condition between trips. This is incredibly important for the life and safety of your van now and into the future.

The Importance of Proper Van Storage

Over time, everything (except maybe honey and wine!) will deteriorate, and your caravan is no different. If you leave your van in suboptimal conditions between trips, especially for long periods, your van will suffer in both its appearance and its performance.

After 5 years of owning your new Caravan/Camper Trailer/Motorhome, you should have your tyres inspected every year by a tyre professional at a reputable brand tyre shop.  Depending on storage and treatment, they can be OK up to 10 years of age, after which they should be replaced as a matter of course, regardless of appearance.

Many of us are not travelling all the time, so our vans may remain idle for many weeks or months at a time. To maximise the life of your van, it needs to be kept on a flat even surface and protected from the elements.

Tips for Storing your Van

  • Keep your Van Undercover if at all possible, to protect it from rain damage and UV damage. If this is not possible, consider purchasing a caravan cover. Caravan fittings can be damaged by long term exposure to the elements. It is also unpleasant returning to a wet, dirty van next time you wish to travel.
  • Park your Van on Level Ground – there is no need to jack your van onto blocks, but it should be parked on an even smooth surface, ideally concrete. Bitumen can react chemically with rubber tyres over time.
  • Charge Batteries Regularly – as these will go flat during storage. This is due to the tiny amounts of power used to operate LEDS, digital clocks, and more. By charging regularly, you can ensure they remain operational.
  • Empty your Van’s Water Tank – freshwater goes stale over time.Empty your freshwater tanks and refill them just before your next trip.
  • Empty Grey or Black Water! This will prevent foul odours and sanitary issues.
  • Close Windows and Blinds to prevent sun damage and fading to your van’s interior.
  • Refill and Turn off Gas Bottles. 
  • Cover your Coupling – this is very important, especially if your van is not undercover. Cover and dry all electrical connections.
  • Lubricate hitches and corner jacks with WD-40 or a dry silicone-based spray. You can also lubricate door catches, folding chairs, etc.
  • Turn off the Fridge and Freezer and remove all contents. Dry the interior.  Leave the doors ajar. Invest in Damp Rid or a similar product to help prevent the growth of mould and mildew within your caravan. Leave a vent or two open as well but ensure rain can’t enter.
  • Clean and Polish your Van’s Exterior and Interior – so that it is sparkling fresh and ready for your next trip. This will also help maintain the integrity of your van.
  • Remove all Food – store in screw-top containers and discard and replace before your next trip if expiry dates are due to pass. This will help keep ants and other bugs and rodents out of your van.
  • Remove and Clean: clothing, crockery etc, soiled ground sheets, awnings, linen, etc and clean cupboards/lockers before replacing these.
  • Remove items that deteriorate over time and in hot conditions – batteries, highlighter and marker pens, glue, insect repellent, sunscreen, deodorant, perfume, etc.
  • Arrange Routine Maintenance – servicing and any repairs that are required.

Let Caravan World Help!

Caravan World is conveniently located at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum, QLD. We are delighted to offer a fantastic range of caravans and camper trailers, which we deliver to you at unbeatable prices, and with service that is second to none. Call us today on (07) 3186 8753 or drop in to say hi – we look forward to meeting you and helping you get out on the road for your next adventure!

TOWING: Weight Distribution Systems and Hitches

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Weight distribution is a huge consideration for safe caravanning. Not all caravans require a weight-distribution hitch, but many do. A weight distribution hitch provides a coupled link between the caravan and the towing vehicle and shares the load between the two, maximising safe towability. Often used for longer or heavier caravans, it ensures the weight of both vehicles is evenly distributed so that the wheels of both have maximum contact with and traction on the road surface.

Weight Distribution Systems may also be referred to as:

  • Load Levellers
  • Sway Bars
  • Anti-Sway Bars

The purpose of a weight-distribution hitch or system is to transfer weight to prevent the back of your tow vehicle drooping and the front of it lifting, as well as to maintain the level of your caravan. The system will reduce sway in your vehicle and van as you travel as well, which is crucial to your towing safety while on the road.

When you purchase your caravan, you also need to consider the right towing and weight distribution system for your van and your tow vehicle.

Weight Distribution Systems

At Caravan World, we offer a range of weight distribution systems:

  • Hayman Reece:
    • single or double bars for smaller caravans which have a ball weight lower than 135kg
    • Standard or Classic for larger vans with ball weights between 135-375kg
  • Pro-Series – is a Hayman Reece product and is usable on different styles of couplings.

It’s important to note that there are limitations to weight distribution systems. They should only be used for on-road caravanning, and should be removed when off the bitumen then refitted at a latter point.  At Caravan World, we rarely fit them onto vehicles that have been air-bag-modified. Some vehicle manufacturers advise against the fitting of a weight distribution system.

Your weight distribution system should never be used to compensate for caravans that are poorly laden – weight distribution within the van’s contents is important too.

Why Choose Caravan World for Safe Caravanning?

Here at Caravan World, we have the insight and expertise to make sure you have everything you need to be safe on the road. Ensuring our customers are well set up and suited to a particular van is our priority, and this starts with our sales staff guiding you through what is available for your tow vehicle.

The assessment of your requirements for weight distribution should occur at the time of sale and then again during the handover/hitch up process. What you require will vary based on the type and size of van you purchase as well as the particulars of your towing vehicle. Any upgrades to your van or vehicle will also be taken into consideration.

Caravan World is renowned throughout southeast Queensland for our unparalleled and detailed handover process. Once we have established the basis of what you need based on your van and tow vehicle, we help with the right equipment at handover. Our Handover Specialist works to ensure that you are hooked up properly and we will suggest anything that is required for the van and tow vehicle at the time of pick up so you are all set for a safe journey.

You probably have many questions about weight distribution systems – and we are here to answer them.

Visit us at Caravan World!

Caravan World is among Queensland’s oldest established Caravan Dealerships and is conveniently located at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum, QLD. We are very proud to offer a fantastic range of caravans and camper trailers, delivered with unbeatable prices, advice, and service that is second to none. We are renowned for our in-depth “handover” process, which covers everything from hitching up to your vehicle to setting up your van on-site – meaning you can quickly enjoy exploring Australia with confidence in your new caravan.

Visit us or give us a call today on (07) 3186 8753– we look forward to meeting you.

 

Driving with a Caravan in the Wet Season

RV’s and The Wet Season

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Exploring the northern part of our extensive country during the ‘wet’ season can be a worthwhile experience. Places like Kakadu and Katherine Gorge are at their best and greenery is abound. However, there can also be drawbacks as rain usually falls daily and roads or tourist spots can be inaccessible. Camping spots can be closed and humidity uncomfortably high.

Whenever conditions are wet, the chances of something going wrong increase. Driving conditions need to be suitably modified and drivers must be vigilant at all times. But with the right preparation can also come rewards. For example, rainy conditions bring out flora that cannot be seen during the drier times. Don’t be put off by the wet conditions but consider carefully if other times of the year may be more suitable.

While Australia is generally considered to be a ‘dry’ country, there can be many occasions when intrepid caravanners may encounter wet conditions. These can consist of the ‘wet’ season in the northern regions of the country, rainy wintery conditions or flooded roads.

In a broad sense, any of these should be avoided if possible. Wet conditions certainly increase the likelihood of an accident or damage to equipment. Driving, or more importantly towing, when it is raining or the roads are covered with water requires a lot of care. Road surfaces can be slippery and visibility reduced. When water floods the road, the underlying surface can be badly damaged.

There is also the possibility of aquaplaning . This is a condition where the tyres are actually raised off the road surface by a layer of water. The result is complete loss of directional control or braking. Even when tyres do stay in contact with the road, braking distances will increase when the surface is wet.

PREPARATION

Time spent on preparation never goes astray. Ensuring that the RV is waterproof should have a high priority. An RV that keeps out the water when standing still, may well let rain in when it is assisted by high wind pressure while out on the road.

The average caravan, camper trailer or motorhome should not be considered as being suitable for travel along flooded roads or through creekbeds when the water level has risen. A few manufacturers make special off-road units that have features like increased ground clearance that are designed to cope with these conditions. In some cases modifications may be able to be carried out on existing touring caravans but advise from experts is needed.

When having your RV serviced it is a good idea to tell the business owner where you intend to go and asking if any items need special attention. Checking the condition of sealants on older caravans is highly recommended.

Summary:

  • Preparation is the key
  • Ensure RV is waterproofed
  • Don’t drive average caravan, camper trailers or motorhomes along flooded roads or creek beds
  • Modifications to existing caravans needs to be done by a professional
  • When getting RV service inform mechanic where you are travelling and if any areas need special attention.

ROAD CONDITIONS

Never leave home without first checking the road or likely weather conditions, particularly if venturing in to unfamiliar territory. During the ‘wet’ season and when rain is likely to fall, a dry road or track can become treacherous very quickly. Where possible consult locals or check with someone who has travelled in the opposite direction.

Summary:

    • Know the roads you will be travelling on
    • Speak to a local about conditions

TYRES

In regard to safety, by far the most important components are the tyres. Contrary to popular belief, the tyre tread does not provide grip or traction – not unless you are driving a tractor that is. The sole purpose of the tyre tread is to remove water from the road so that the tyre itself has contact with the road surface. So the greater the depth of tread, the more water can be removed.

Tyre experts suggest that there should be a minimum of 1.5mm of tread depth. Many tyres have tread depth indicator bars that show up once the tyre reaching its minimum depth. Ask a tyre specialist to point these out to you.

Correct inflation pressures are also important. The car’s tyre placard will show the recommended tyre pressures for maximum load conditions. Accurate tyre pressures for the caravan or trailer can only be determined after weighing the unit. A tyre dealer should be able to assist in determining the most suitable pressures for the load carried. It is not necessary to deflate tyres just because the road is wet.

Summary:

  • Check suitable tread
  • Check correct tyre pressure. Tyre dealer is your best help here.

DRIVING TECHNIQUES

When it is raining or there is a likelihood of water over the road, travelling slower is a must. Slower driving reduces the chance of aquaplaning and makes it easier to maintain control. While driving with the headlights on is recommended, make sure that the headlights are switched to low beam.

Avoid sudden braking or change of direction. All actions should be gradual and smooth. While engine power is being applied it is easier to maintain control over the car/trailer combination. On slippery surfaces, applying the brakes can cause loss of control. Never brake while negotiating a corner or turn.

Any puddles should be considered as potential danger. Where possible drive around these or straddle them. You never know how deep the hole might be. When it comes to creek crossings or deep floodways, always stop and check out the depth. Sometimes there are roadside depth markers. Alternatively wait for another vehicle to go through so as to establish the depth. If in doubt as to whether to proceed, walk through the crossing to check the depth and look for snags or areas that may be washed away. Do not drive through if there is strong water flow.

Summary:

  • When water on the road, travelling slower is a must
  • Drive with headlights on, but switch to low beam.
  • Avoid sudden breaking or change of direction.
  • Never break when negotiating a turn or a corner
  • Avoid puddles, they may be worse than they look.
  • If water flow is strong do not drive or walk through water.

OTHER TIPS

As explained in the previous article on off-road driving, a UHF radio is high recommended. The story can be found under the heading ‘Off The Beaten Track’

Fit new windscreen wiper blades

If windows fog up switch on the air conditioner and heater to remove moisture from interior.

Don’t venture along roads or tracks that are “Closed”

If venturing onto unsealed roads carry adequate provisions in case the road becomes impassable and you need to wait for dryer conditions.

If unsure whether a road or track is passable check with local authorities or a motorist coming in the opposite direction.

More information can be obtained from State motoring organisations, Transport Departments, local police stations and tourist information offices.

Consign It

Consign-It

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Here at Caravan World, we are delighted to work in collaboration with Consign-It. Consign-It is a business that buys and sells caravans on behalf of customers.

Selling a caravan can be a daunting and overwhelming process. From cleaning to advertising, from arranging gas and roadworthy certificates, to waiting by the phone and dealing with scammers and less than serious potential buyers, you can waste a lot of time and energy, as well as money, getting your caravan sold. You may not know its actual value and what you can realistically sell it for.

Why Sell your Caravan on Consignment

Selling on consignment is possibly the simplest way to sell your caravan. By doing so, you enjoy peace of mind as this method removes the risk and hassles that may otherwise come with selling privately. There is no need for you to worry about advertising, having strangers come to your property to see the caravan, or having to deal with potentially untrustworthy people or scammers. We do all the hard work for you with integrity and honesty.

When you sell on consignment, you can expect the following:

  • Your caravan showcased on display
  • Advertising on the internet
  • Listing on local caravan sales listings
  • Management of the entire sales process
  • Comprehensive handover
  • Prompt disbursement of funds following the successful sale

Why Sell with Consign-It at Caravan World?

  • Professional sales team
  • Yard presentation
  • Optimal highway, advertising and web exposure of your van
  • Secure premises
  • Extensive customer base
  • Roadworthy certificate
  • 40 point workshop check
  • Gas certificate
  • Finance available
  • Extensive, unparalleled handover and hitch-up to buyer
  • Agreed price guarantee
  • Peace of mind

Selling a Caravan with Consign-It

At Consign-It, you benefit not only from their experience but also their security. This includes fully fenced, secure premises featuring CCTV monitoring for ultimate safety. Located on the Bruce Highway at Caravan World, we have premium road frontage and a very experienced and passionate sales team who are ready to showcase your caravan to the right prospective buyers.

Selling a caravan with Consign-It is easy. You simply need to get in touch with us at Caravan World and we can point you in the right direction. We will require the details of the Driver’s License of the registered caravan owner, a copy of the Registration for the caravan, and you’ll need to sign a three-month sale agreement with Consign-It. We’ll also need your bank details to transfer the funds from the sale of your caravan to you once it has been completed.

Visit us at Caravan World!

Caravan World is one of Queensland’s oldest established professional Caravan Dealerships. We pride ourselves on our reliability and integrity and offering a great diverse range, always delivered with unparalleled service, great prices and professional advice. We are renowned throughout southeast Queensland and beyond for our extensive, in-depth “handover” process, which covers everything from hitching up to setting up your van on site – meaning you can enjoy exploring with your new caravan with confidence in no time.

Come and visit our yard at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum, QLD to view our current stock and to discuss all of your travel needs and queries. Alternatively, give us a call at Caravan World today on 07 5445 2215.

Credit One RV Finance

Top 5 Tips On Finance

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If you have been thinking about purchasing and financing a Caravan or camper trailer you will find that there is a myriad of different financing options out there, from bank to finance broker, it can be hard to know where to go to secure the best overall deal.

Our top five tips on securing the best deal on your Caravan, Camper Trailer or Motor Home:-

  1.  Head before heart

While it may be tempting to go above your limit to purchase your absolute dream caravan or camper with all of the bells and whistles, be careful not to exceed your budget.  You want to ensure you can comfortably afford the repayments and not end up over your head.

It’s can easily get swept up in the heat of the moment at a caravan show and sign on the dotted line for something that’s a little out of your reach.  We suggest that you try Credit One’s free online caravan finance calculator to help you determine your maximum borrowing limit, using a pre-determined weekly or monthly payment amount.  This way you know what your budget is.

You should also allow for any unexpected expenses such as registration fees each year, insurance, servicing, tyres and general wear and tear on any appliances. 

  1. Term and Interest rate

Finance brokers should take into consideration your pre-determined budget, give you a hand to calculate living expenses and compare all available options.

Our Finance Brokers will take into consideration the loan term, interest rate and any early termination or other fees and advice options on the best available overall terms – not just a good looking payment amount. Our Finance Brokers’ loan terms can be tailored from 2 years with no penalty for early repayment and to up to 7 years.  

  1. Home Loan versus Secured Caravan or Personal Loan

Whilst adding a caravan purchase to your home loan might seem like a good idea, it can add years to the loan term and mean that you will pay loads more interest than if you had secured a low rate caravan loan secured only against the van.  In fact, interest rates on caravan loans are at an almost all-time low and are only a little above that of even the best rate home loan.  

The advantage of securing only the caravan is that the loan generally will run for a pre-determined term rather than being ‘tacked’ onto your Home Loan that could effectively extend your Home Loan for another 10 years or longer. 

Talk to your broker to calculate the differences and the potential long term savings of a stand-alone secured caravan loan. 

  1. Bank or Broker? 

In recent years more and more astute caravan buyers have turned to brokers to compare all of their options for arranging the finance to purchase their dream caravan, camper trailer or motor home.

Whilst most banks can only offer you their own product, a specialist caravan finance broker can compare options from over 34 of Australia’s leading financial institutions.  Our Finance Brokers compare offers from all of the leading banks and finance companies and can tailor repayment options to your individual circumstances and have the banks competing for your business. 

Our Finance Brokers can also arrange no obligation, free pre approval before you shop – giving you the confidence to negotiate with a private seller or dealer knowing that you have a pre-approved limit.

  1. Enjoy your purchase! 

We know this isn’t technically a tip! –  but as you’ve probably spent months researching the caravan market already, comparing makes and models and attending the many caravan shows in your local area.  Now’s your time to sit back and relax knowing that your finance broker has compared all leading options on your behalf and found a loan that suits your needs and budget.  

Credit One is a leading broker and one that Caravan World recommends to our customers. Why not talk to a specialist Caravan finance broker about exploring all of your options.  Call them today on 1300 Credit ( 1300 273348) or Visit them online at www.creditone.com.au

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The new and exciting Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans

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Queenslanders love hitting the road to explore our beautiful country, and the latest caravan technology is revolutionising how we travel with caravans and motor homes both on and off-road. And the Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans is a great example of this.

Traditionally, the caravan and motor home industry have very successfully relied on timber to frame up caravans however this did have implications for “timber rot” over time. Timber rot, otherwise known as dry rot, affects timber particularly in damp areas and bushland settings and results in the timber becoming spongy and soft. This has the potential to reduce the structural integrity of the van frame and in time, compromise your van in performance, safety, and value.

Newer van designs are seeing new innovations, with the next generation of vans using metal aluminium systems to provide strength and to eliminate the potential issues of timber rot that timber frames carry.

Here we introduce the Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans, brand new at Caravan World in Chevallum, Qld.

What Makes the Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans Different?

The Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans is a new release to the 2019 Trackvan range. This outstanding range of vans comprises a new, stylish design which combines aluminium frames with composite “sandwich” sections for an unparalleled end result – offering the best of both worlds between strength and luxury. The new release Trackvan XT is providing buyers with a well-appointed aluminium constructed caravan that is lightweight and durable yet costs under $100,000.

Another point of difference with the Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans is its comprehensive and extensive standard inclusions which other manufacturers consider to be extras. From premium LED downlights to a smoke detector; from a fold-down picnic table to a toolbox with jerry can holders; from black reading lights over the bed to a top load washing machine – there’s nothing that has not been considered for your comfort and safety.

Suitable for on-road and semi-off-road travel, the Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans offers high-end luxurious fit outs with impressive structural attributes – you know that when you purchase from this range, you’re getting the very best van product available in Australia right now. The finished product is a result of many decades of combined expertise and technological advances, resulting in a beautiful and functional van.

The XT Series offers options from the single axle 17 ft Compact Van to the very spacious 22ft Family Van.

Regardless of whether you need to keep warm with a diesel heater, or you wish to go off-road safely knowing your caravan is using the most tested coil suspension on the market, Eden Caravans delivers with the Trackvan® XT – and your focus can remain on your total enjoyment of life travelling on the open road.

Come and See Us at Caravan World!

Caravan World is a well-established, top-rated Caravan Dealership on the Sunshine Coast. We are among the oldest established caravan dealerships in Queensland and as such are industry leaders when it comes to innovation. Our experienced sales staff are experts in our industry and we have the passion and experience to give you the right advice.

Come and visit us at our yard at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum, QLD to discover the new release Trackvan® XT by Eden Caravans. You can also view all our current new and used stock and discuss your travel requirements and needs with our friendly staff. Alternatively, give us a call today on 07 5445 2215. We’ll be delighted to hear from you.