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How Do You Free Camp in Australia?

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Australia is world-renowned for its stunning landscapes, sheer size, and relatively small population. This translates to plenty of wide-open spaces to get away from it all (and from other people). From our spectacular coastlines to lush tropical rainforests, to the rugged outback or our red desert interior, there is no better way to explore our unique and ancient land than in your caravan. For many caravanners, free camping is the way to go.

What is Free Camping?

Free camping is simply camping outside of paid campgrounds. It is done either at specified free camping sites or on public land. For example, some local councils have overnight parking areas in or just outside towns; these are usually signposted as such. Some towns, however, do not allow overnight camping. The more remote the area, the more free camping sites are available. Many outback rest areas allow free camping.

The majority of free camping spots in Australia are quiet and there are many, many options from which to choose, from spots just off main highways to remote low-key sites. These spots are basic places to stop and rest comfortably overnight during long driving trips.

While free camping is legal in many areas in Australia, and a great way to save money, there are some rules to follow. Fines may be issued by local councils if you set up in a residential area or a car park close to a popular tourist attraction. (As an example, you’d need to be very careful free camping along the Great Ocean Road.)

Free camping sites can be located by chatting to experts (like the team at Caravan World!), by searching specialist forums or websites, using purpose-built apps, using a book relating specifically to the topic, or with a simple Google Maps search.

Rules for Free Camping

  • Plan ahead.
  • Obey signs – if it says “No Camping”, do not camp there.
  • Use a map.
  • Be respectful and considerate – keep quiet and don’t disturb others, especially at night.
  • Take all rubbish with you and leave no trace.
  • Don’t harass or disturb the local wildlife.
  • Obey fire bans.
  • Drive extra carefully at dusk and dawn, when wildlife is most active.
  • If you need to go to the toilet outside, dig a hole at least 30cm deep and fully cover it when you are done.
  • Choose your campsite early – you don’t want to be setting up in the dark.
  • Check if you are required to book site (refer to the National Parks camping website for your state for more information)

Free Camping versus Off-Road Camping

Ideally, to free camp, you will need a self-contained caravan with toilet and water storage capacity. Some areas will have a basic toilet facility, but these can be few and far between and are often not pleasant. Many free campsites have no facilities at all.

  • Many roadside rest areas allow free camping and potential access to basic toilet facilities, BBQ, picnic tables, shelter, fireplaces, and a tap. You may also elect to pull off the road.
  • Be aware that it is not safe nor legal to pull into “Truck Only” rest stops with your vehicle and caravan.
  • Most rest stops will allow camping for up to 24 hours.
  • Free camping is available in many National Parks. Some sites will have basic facilities. Note that dogs and other pets are not allowed in National Parks.
  • Off-road or bush camping is best found in State Forests and Reserves, and many are open for camping as well as hiking, 4WDing, motorbiking, and most allow dogs. There will likely be no toilet or tap facilities and you need to be self-sufficient.

What You Need to Free Camp

  • Electrical Capacity – solar enables you to have off-grid electricity. This requires solar panels, solar inverter, and solar battery.
  • Tanks – you will need a plentiful supply of fresh drinking water, as well as to wash up in (and bathe in if you have an onboard shower). You’ll also need a grey water tank to collect your grey (non-sewage) wastewater.

Off-Road Requirements

  • Fuel – Jerry can holders will enable you to stock up on fuel or water in bigger towns so that you have a supply in remote locations.
  • Generator – decent size to handle most requirements including fridge, battery charging, air conditioning etc.
  • Electrical – solar and batteries.
  • Tanks – for both drinking water and greywater.
  • Connectivity – wifi or satellite for convenience and safety in an emergency.
  • Stone Guard – to protect your van from dents and scratches and also your tow vehicle’s rear window from breakage.
  • Suspension Upgrade to handle off-road conditions and manage the extra weight when carrying supplies of fuel and water.
  • Van Height – upgrade to clear water crossings safely in your van.
  • Dust Extractors – for going outback on hundreds of kilometres of dirt or unsealed roads
  • Heater – for when you can’t run your air conditioner.
  • Lastly, Drive to the conditions!

You will also need essentials like plenty of non-perishable food, a fridge, a GPS, torches, sun protection, insect repellent, toilet paper, and a first aid kit. If you don’t have a portable toilet, you’ll need a spade.

It’s also worth carrying some firewood as it is not always available to collect at campsites.

Caravan World – Come See Us Today!

Australia is perfect for free camping. We have more than 4,000 free and low-cost camping areas, and more than 80,000 people travel in a caravan, camper, or motorhome daily. The majority are aged between 55-75 and free camping is quite safe if you obey the rules and use basic common sense. Unless you are way off the beaten track, there will often be added “safety in numbers” and you’ll meet lots of likeminded travellers along the way.

Caravan World has what you need for your van to be all set for free camping. Come and say hi! Visit our yard at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum Qld today to view our current caravan stock or to have a chat about what you need. We are one of the state’s oldest established Caravan Dealerships – and as such, we know our business! Our extensive handover process is renowned and we offer a diverse product range, delivered with unparalleled service, advice, and great prices.

We are open for business as usual, and rest assured that we are adhering to and promoting all of the required health measures relating to COVID-19 to keep you and your family safe.

RV Gard – Protection for your Van’s Exterior

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Your caravan or camper is a significant investment, and you’ll want to look after it. This includes making sure it not only performs optimally but that it looks its very best for years to come. One way to achieve this is to apply RV Gard exterior protection to the outside of your van.

What is RV Gard?

Similar to but much stronger than Scotch Guard, RV Gard is a commercial-grade product range ideal for the protection of both the exterior and interior of your caravan or camper.

RV Gard exterior protection has been developed by leading industry professionals over many years. It is the most durable, advanced caravan exterior protection formulation currently available and the has more than 70 branded stores and over 300 authorised application and inspection centres nationwide throughout Australia.

As a water-based product, RV Gard differs from other solvent-based products. It emits no odours, contains no harmful vapours, and is environmentally-friendly.

Exterior Protection of your Van

Your caravan is exposed to the elements. Even if you’re lucky enough to keep it stored undercover, it will, at the very least, be vulnerable to all sorts of issues when you’re out on the road. Just as protecting the paintwork of your vehicle is important, so is protecting your van’s paintwork.

RV Gard offers premium paint protection and using it will help your caravan or camper to look its best far into the future, no matter how many trips you take in the harsh Australian climate. You will never need to wax or polish your van when it has been treated with RV Gard.

Benefits of RV Gard

  • Permanently eliminates need to wax or polish your van
  • Applied only once
  • Odourless
  • Non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Adds a glossy, glassy finish to exterior paintwork
  • Enhances resale value
  • Protects against stains
  • Protects against paint damage
  • Prevents fading and discolouration
  • Prevents loss of gloss
  • Mitigates risks caused by:
    • Bird droppings
    • Insects
    • Tree sap
    • Bat droppings
    • Industrial fallout
    • Paint oxidation
    • Mud, dirt, and grit
  • Lifetime warranty when applied to a brand new van before delivery
  • 5 Year limited warranty when applied to older vans

Caravan World – an Authorised RV Gard Dealer

Purchase your new or used van from us at Caravan World and we can ensure that RV Gard exterior protection is professionally applied to your van to protect your investment for your peace of mind. With RV Gard, you’ll easily maintain the showroom quality appearance of your van.

To have a chat about your caravan needs, or to check out our current stock, visit our yard at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum Qld.

Open for business, as usual, we are adhering to and promoting all required health measures relating to COVID-19.

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Extended Warranty: Why You Should Get One on Your Caravan

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There’s a lot to think about in the excitement of purchasing a new caravan – the accessories you need, fitting it out, and your first vacation destination. But one of the most important things you need to ensure before you even leave the sales yard is to purchase an extended warranty. At Caravan World, we can’t recommend this highly enough.

Why do I Need an Extended Warranty on my Caravan?

Most industry-standard manufacturer’s warranties on caravans last for just 12 months. Considering that most people purchase a caravan, intending to keep it for at least three to five years, it makes sense to purchase an extended warranty to protect your asset.

Like anything else, your caravan ages over time and with use, and by the time the manufacturer’s warranty expires, your caravan is at increased risk of breakdown or failure. This applies to every single caravan or camper on the market.

Caravan World recommends AWN for extended warranty on caravans.

Warranties offered by AWN are designed specifically to mitigate the financial impact of potentially expensive or unexpected mechanical repairs. You can select the length of the warranty to suit your needs and your budget.

An extended warranty on your caravan with AWN is available for brand new caravans (for which it kicks in when the manufacturer’s warranty expires) as well as secondhand caravans which are fewer than ten years old. This is extremely important as, unlike a motor vehicle, no secondhand van or camper comes with a warranty from the point of sale.

AWN Caravan Warranty is somewhat unique in that it also includes appliance cover – very few other insurers cover this.

Why Choose AWN Insurance?

  • Multiple flexible coverage options on new and used caravans and campers
  • No Claims Excess
  • Coverage up to the market value at the time of purchase
  • Optional Appliance Coverage
  • Optional Customer Care package
  • Optional 24 Hour Roadside Assistance
  • Flexibility to choose where you have your van serviced
  • 1200 approved repairers Australia-wide
  • AWN warranty benefits are transferrable
  • Excellent customer service for a streamlined claims process

Who is AWN Insurance?

AWN Insurance is an industry market leader with over 28 years in the automotive and leisure goods market. They provide the marketplace with Mechanical Breakdown Insurance, Asset Protection Insurance, Loan Protection Insurance and Roadside Assist. More than a million customers have chosen AWN Insurance to look after their needs, proving they are the experts in their field.

As a Cover holder of Lloyds, AWN Insurance prides itself on its association with one of the world’s leading insurance organisations.

Protecting your new asset is essential.

AWN Caravan Mechanical Breakdown Insurance is designed to minimise the financial impact of unexpected and potentially expensive mechanical repairs. It is available in 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60-month coverage periods.

Why not extend the manufacturer’s warranty with an AWN Mechanical Breakdown Insurance product?

(This information is provided from AWN as an overview only.
For full terms and conditions, please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement which applies to your purchase. The benefits offered by these products are additional to any other warranties and guarantees relating to your Motor Vehicle under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Australian Consumer Law) and State and Territory legislation. This product is offered by Australian Warranty Network Pty Ltd trading as AWN Insurance, ABN 78 075 483 206, Cover holder of Lloyds and holder of AFS Licence No. 246469. AWN Insurance does not account for your personal or financial circumstances when offering these products.)

Visit Us at Caravan World

Caravan World has been in the caravan and accessories industry for many years. We offer a wide range of caravans, campers, and associated accessories. With unmatched customer service and comprehensive handover service, we provide the advice and guidance you need to enjoy your caravan whether you are an experienced caravanner or a novice.

To view our current stock, get help or guidance, or simply have a chat about your caravan needs, visit us at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum Qld.

Open for business, as usual, we are adhering to and promoting all required health measures relating to COVID-19, also offering video tours as a part of this service.

Tour in Your Own Backyard

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Do you need a holiday?

After what seems to have been an eternity, travel restrictions are finally beginning to lift across Queensland. With our borders yet to be opened into our state, the Premier is encouraging Queenslanders to get out and spend time travelling within and enjoying your own backyard at great Qld holiday destinations.

In fact, Queenslanders are currently the most fortunate of all Aussie travellers – we are the only ones who can visit the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef, and other renowned destinations.

Current Border Restrictions – June 2020

  • NSW, the ACT, and Victoria currently have no border restrictions.
  • WA’s border is closed to all, including WA residents.
  • SA, Tasmania, and the NT require that all travellers and residents who have been interstate self-isolate for 14 days.
  • The Queensland border is closed to all but Qld residents and essential workers – and these must carry a valid border pass.
  • Residents of Qld may travel outside our state, however, they need to apply for an entry pass in order to return.
  • Queensland residents only need to self-isolate if they have been in a designated COVID-19 hotspot or have been exposed to a known case.
  • Restrictions may be lifted on July 10, pending COVID-19 rates and outcomes at that time.
  • In terms of caravanning in Qld, gatherings at caravan parks are limited to 20 persons. Not all parks are open, and not all have shared facilities open. It’s a good idea to check directly with the park in advance if you plan to travel at this time.

Great Holiday Destinations with a Caravan

Many great Qld holiday destinations are ideal for visiting with your caravan!

Just a few examples include:

Rainbow Beach

Nestled between the Great Sandy National Park and Inskip, Rainbow Beach is a great caravanning and camping destination. It’s the perfect place to unwind and explore for beach lovers, campers and caravanners, fishing enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an idyllic outdoors getaway. There is one holiday park for caravanners (Rainbow Beach Holiday Park). Learn more about Rainbow Beach here.

Inskip Point

This is Australia’s closest mainland point to Fraser Island, just ten minutes north of Rainbow Beach. The Inskip Peninsula has a few camping areas surrounded by sheltered estuary shoreline and open ocean beaches. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Vehicle access permits are not required.

Learn more here.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is now open! Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is World Heritage Listed and a must-visit travel destination if you love the Great Outdoors. It has an array of caravan camping options.

You’ll need to catch the Fraser Venture Barge or the Kingfisher Bay Ferry across to the island. Costs for these average:

  • Standard 4WD vehicle (driver only) $175-$200 return
  • Large 4WD vehicle (driver only) $250-$270 return
  • Camper/Trailer/Boat (under 4m) $95-115 return
  • Camper/Trailer/Boat (4-7m) $135-153 return
  • Walk-On Adult/Child $60/$30 return

You will need to arrange permits online for camping and vehicle access before travelling – these can be booked up to one month in advance of your trip. More information is available here and more here.

Only high-clearance 4WD vehicles and off-road camper trailers are suitable for Fraser Island’s sandy beaches and forest tracks. You need to be sure that your vehicle can safely and effectively tow your trailer in deep, soft sand. Caravans and low-clearance vehicles can easily become bogged, potentially damaging your van and vehicle, and requiring a major (and expensive) operation to resolve.

Get Set with Caravan World!

Why not tour your own backyard during winter 2020? By doing so, you not only get to enjoy the thrill of being out and having a holiday; you’ll also be providing some much-needed support to our local Tourism Industry.

As one of Queensland’s oldest established Caravan Dealerships, Caravan World offers a diverse range of fantastic caravans, campers, and accessories. Our customer service is second to none and we offer the advice and guidance you need to enjoy your caravan with confidence in no time.

To view our current stock, get some help, or have a chat about your caravan needs, visit us at 7071 Bruce Highway, Chevallum Qld. We are open for business as usual, adhering to all required health measures relating to COVID-19.

Internal Storage Ideas for your Van

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It would be an understatement to suggest that autumn 2020 is not looking remotely like any of us could have predicted. Those much-anticipated trips away in your caravan have been placed on the backburner. But as they say, “every cloud has a silver lining” – and right now, stuck at home as we may all be, this is a great time to spend rearranging your van so that it is set up better than ever before, ready for the time in future when you can once again hit the open road.

Internal Storage and Your Caravan

Let’s face it: your caravan has limited internal storage space, which means there are restrictions on how much you can carry. You also need to consider how the contents of your caravan impact its total weight and comply with your vehicle’s towing capacity.

The secret is to cleverly utilize the available space in your van. You also need to pack the contents of your van in such a way to ensure they don’t move around while you’re in transit.

Organization and accessibility are the keys to stress-free caravanning; part of this is strictly complying with the motto: “A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place”.

Yes, your van does have drawers and cupboard space. But you will need to purchase or otherwise source the right storage solutions as well – from stackable organizer baskets for the kitchen cupboards to strong adhesive “magic” wall hooks; from a collapsible dish rack to holders for under-shelf storage; from vacuum-seal Spacebags to under-bed roller tubs; from portable foldup clothes dryers to DampRid products to ensure the integrity of your clothing and linens – having the right storage solutions is the key to simplifying and maximizing your available storage space.

Tips for Organising your Van

  • Be conservative – pack (and take) only what you really need.
  • Pack clothing based on the season you’re travelling into, the expected weather conditions, your planned activities, and your comfort. Anticipate how often you’ll be able to do laundry and pack accordingly.
  • In terms of food, stock up on non-perishable pantry essentials like salt, pepper, oils, spices, herbs, and anything unusual you need or want that you don’t expect to be able to easily buy along the way. Only take a minimal amount of tinned, packet, and fresh foods, as you will be able to grocery shop in most places as needed (unless you are heading way off the beaten track for an extended period).
  • Organise your van with the following:
    1. Shelved foldable wardrobe organisers
    2. Utensil trays
    3. Drawer dividers
    4. Stackable or nested cookware
    5. Collapsible colander
    6. Stackable storage tubs
    7. Screw-top, sealable food containers for pantry staples like flour, cereal, etc
    8. Under-bed storage tubs
    9. Consider towable storage boxes for maximising storage space on a larger scale and for longer trips.

The very best caravan internal storage outcomes will depend on you being very savvy about what to leave at home versus what to take. Pack only what you will use, and use everything you pack  – and know where everything is! This minimalist approach to travelling in a caravan or camper trailer will stand you in good stead!

Mention Caravan World for a Discount!

To help you make the most of your available space and set up your van’s interior storage, the very generous owners of Howard’s Storage World in Maroochydore, Michael and Julie Keegan, are offering Caravan World’s customers a 10% discount.

Simply visit Maroochydore Howard’s Storage World online or in-person (they are currently open under reduced trading hours) at Dalton Drive, Maroochydore and mention Caravan World at the checkout to benefit from this fantastic offer.

Caravan World is taking COVID-19 very seriously. While we remain open and trading as usual at this time, please be assured that we are adhering to all necessary health and safety recommendations to keep you safe. We are conducting video tours of all vans and motorhomes to help customers to view vans without visiting the dealership via any Video conferencing platform.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215 to view our current stock!

 

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Choosing the right car for towing your caravan

Choosing the Right Car for Towing a Van

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Are you planning to start exploring everything Australia has to offer with a new caravan? Do you have the right vehicle for the job?

A lot of people don’t initially realise that, when you purchase a caravan, the vehicle you currently drive may not be suitable (or even able) to tow the van you desire. You must do some research and become fully informed so that you understand what you can and can’t tow with your car before you even begin looking for your caravan.

Can My Car Tow My Van?

If you are in a position to upgrade your vehicle, you will ideally base your decision on the type of van you wish to purchase, so that your car can tow the van you desire.

Most people, however, are not in this enviable position, so instead, you’ll need to understand the towing capacity of your existing vehicle and base your caravan or camper trailer purchase on that.

So, the question begs to be asked: how much can my car tow?

You need to know your car’s towing capacity. This is a requirement for both safety and legally.

Your vehicle towing capacity is the maximum weight that can be towed as per manufacturer recommendations. The manufacturer will provide two figures on their website, in your user manual, and the vehicle specification sheets:

  1. Unbraked towing – when the caravan or trailer has no brakes fitted; the tow vehicle’s brakes take on the entire load.
  2. Braked towing – the caravan or trailer has a braking system which is mechanically linked to the tow vehicle braking system via the tow bar.

Towing capacities can vary greatly – from 1200kg braked in a compact AWD SUV to almost 7000kg braked in a large pick-up truck.

You also need to understand that the towing capacity of your vehicle is reduced when a larger load is carried – including passengers, equipment, aftermarket modifications, etc.

It can all be a bit complicated!

So, how do you know how much weight you’re dealing with? The best method to determine this is to go to your nearest weighbridge to get a clear picture of the weight of your vehicle plus van or trailer. From here, you will need to add your cargo weight, including expected passenger weights.

Towing – Australian Regulations

While it does vary state by state, there are laws relating to towing. You need to be sure that you are not exceeding the maximum allowed trailer weight of your vehicle, otherwise, you may incur a fine. There are also maximum towing speed regulations; in QLD, you can drive at the speed limit as for non-towing cars, however in NSW, if your vehicle weight plus van weight exceed 4.5 tonnes combined, you are limited to 100km/h. In WA, the maximum speed for any towing combination is 100km/h.

Caravan World for all your Caravan Needs

Caravan World is one of Queensland’s longest-established Caravan Dealerships. We offer a diverse range of fantastic caravan products with unmatched service and advice. Our prices are extremely competitive.

We are also renowned for our extensive, in-depth “handover” process. This covers everything you need to know, from hitching up to setting up your van on-site, so that you can enjoy exploring with your new caravan with confidence in no time.

We can help you understand the towing capacity of your vehicle (or at least guide you in the right direction to find out) and also the weight of the van or trailer you’re interested in purchasing.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215 to view our current stock!

What Electrics do I Need to Tow a Van?

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If you’ve only ever towed a box trailer, you might not realise that anything heavier than this requires you to have electric brakes. In fact, having an electric brake controller is among the most important aspects of towing a caravan.

National regulations were implemented in Australia in 1998 to limit the mass a vehicle can legally tow. Additionally, all trailers that weigh 750kg or over (gross trailer mass) must legally be fitted with brakes, and electric brakes are the most common type of brakes used.

Electrics Needed to Tow a Van

Electric brakes require a brake controller to be fitted to the tow vehicle. This, in turn, requires appropriate connections to the trailer or van. Exactly what you need will be noted in your vehicle’s manual, and you can also check the regulations with your relevant state body.

You also legally must have lights on the rear of your vehicle, and these will often be covered by your towing apparatus. As such, you need to have electrics installed to power a lightboard that is unobscured by anything from a trailer to a simple cycle carrier.

It can be confusing to select the right electrics for your towbar and to understand how to install your towbar wiring. There are different types of plug styles or pin styles available. Which type is right for you will depend upon what you are towing.

Towing Electrics – Plug Types

In Australia, there are three main types of trailer plugs available for caravan towing. Which pin connects which wiring will differ between types of plug.

Every manufacturer of caravans and trailers wires their plugs slightly differently; your manufacturer should provide a wiring diagram to facilitate this.

  • 7 Pin Trailer Plug – available in flat or round design, with round available in large or small. The large is suitable for heavy machinery and trucks. More power is fed through this plug, and the flat plug tends to be sturdier. The flat 7 Pin plug can be plugged into a flat 12 pin plug on your caravan or car.

The 7 pin plug is used to connect:

    1. Earth return/Ground
    2. Left-hand indicator
    3. Right-hand indicator
    4. Brake lights
    5. Taillights (plus sidelights and clearance lights)
    6. Reverse lights
    7. Electronic brake controller
  • 12 Pin Trailer Plug – this plug enables all connections for the 7 Pin, plus the ability to wire accessories.
    1. Left-hand indicator
    2. Right-hand indicator
    3. Earth return/Ground
    4. Brake lights
    5. Taillights (plus sidelights and clearance lights)
    6. Reverse lights
    7. Electronic brake controller
    8. Breakaway battery motor
    9. Electronic stability control
    10. Heavy Earth return
  • Anderson Plug – this plug is used to charge batteries within your caravan or trailer while you are driving. While the 12 Pin Plug can do this, it’s recommended that you use an Anderson plug, as the power fed to the plug for battery charging often exceeds the capability of the 12 pin plug. The result is a melted 12 pin plug, as it is not designed to hold a charge feed.

Anderson plugs are available in red, grey or blue, and only connect to like colours.

If you intend towing a camper or caravan, it’s strongly recommended that you install an Anderson plug, particularly to charge any battery or fridge while you travel.

Caravan World – Your Local Experts!

Here at Caravan World, we are your local southeast Queensland caravan expert. We offer a diverse range of vans and campers, and we have the experience and know-how to get you out on the road and enjoying life on the move.

Call us today on (07) 5445 2215

Sunshine Coast Caravan + RV Hub Extravaganza Expo

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19th to the 22nd March, 2020.

Green RV Yard Forest Glen and Caravan World Yard Chevallum.

We are combining forces with Green RV to bring you a huge RV Expo.  We will have Exhibitors including RV parts, Auto Electrician, RV Electronics, Camper Trailers, Automotive and Marine Products, Camp Cooking products, Food and Coffee Vans.  Caravans will be discounted throughout the 4 day event.

 

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.