Towing safely was on the minds of the East Gippsland Roadrunners and Gippsland Gypsies branches of our Club when they ran a ‘tug and van’ weigh-in muster at Mallacoota, Victoria last weekend. Victorian Police and Vic Roads representatives attended to weigh in the rigs.
Members attending loaded up their RVs to full capacity as if they were going on an extended trip rather than just a few days for a branch muster. Generators were loaded, and water tanks and gas bottles filled to capacity.
On the Friday afternoon of the muster, 20 tugs and vans were weighed in five areas – Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM), Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), Gross Combined Mass (GCM), ball weight, and Gross Trailer Mass (GTM). This was followed by a two hour Question and Answer segment on the Saturday morning.
While some of our members’ vans failed to meet their legal weights in one or more areas, for most, all that is required is a reconfiguration of how they carry their load. The exercise was a public relations / educational exercise by Victorian Police and Vic Roads, and no infringement notices were issued for tugs or vans.
Members left the muster with a far better understanding of towing weights. All attending considered the exercise was well worthwhile.
Not only is towing overweight illegal, but it can cause an accident. It could also void a claim under your insurance policy. We encourage all RVers who have not had their tugs and vans weighed recently to do so when departing on your next trip, fully loaded and with water tanks and gas bottles filled to capacity. You may be as surprised as many of our members were at Mallacoota.
The Australian Caravan Club would like to extend special thanks to our members Derek Hale and Dennis Carstairs for their work in organising this event, to the Victorian Police, to Vic Roads, and to the many members of East Gippsland Roadrunners and Gippsland Gypsies who participated.
Not a member of our Club but own a caravan, motorhome, slide-on, 5th wheeler, campertrailer or campervan and live from Geelong to Warnambool?
If so, you might be interested to know that we are holding a muster at the Surfside Gardens Holiday Park at Warnambool from 24 to 26 March 2017 for the express purpose of holding a meeting to start a new branch in your area. A warm welcome awaits any local RVers who book in for the weekend, or who just come along to the meeting at 2pm on Saturday 25 March – even if it’s just to find out what our Club is all about.
The Australian Caravan Club…where Friendships and Adventure begin.
Are you travelling solo? The Lone Trekkers is a special interest group for Australian Caravan Club members who travel around this beautiful country of ours on their own.
Our Lone Trekkers have their own Facebook page and communicate on their own members’ forum so that no matter where they are in OZ, Lone Trekkers can join up with each other for a tagalong, give support, share experiences or just meet for a cuppa or Happy Hour.
So if you are travelling solo, why not join the ACC today?
Our Farm Stay of the Month for February is ‘Lionel’s Farm Stay’ at Illawarra, Victoria.
Did you know that we have a number of members who are property owners or have access to property, and who are prepared to make their properties available to fellow members for free short term stays under our Farm Stay Scheme?
Many of our members have already enjoyed the experience of a Farm Stay in a bush atmosphere with views of the Grampians, at ‘Lionel’s Farm Stay’ at Illawarra in Victoria.
However, for our members who have not, Lionel would welcome you to come along and stay.
Now for our members who do not know who Lionel is (and we doubt if there would be many), not only is Lionel our Club’s Publicity Officer, Lionel is a former Chair of our Club! He is also an author and a columnist for Caravan World.
Lionel’s Farm Stay is only available in summer months. In Winter, like many Victorians, Lionel heads North to the warmer regions.
Local attractions to see during your stay include above ground viewing of a gold mine, Lake Lonsdale and Stawell. The Grampians with its bushwalks, picnic spots and picturesque views are only 20 kilometres away. Shops and a hospital are nearby.
There is a good Telstra signal and pets are welcome. Reviews on our Farm Stay site on our Club’s website are all favourable and complimentary about the welcome they have received from their host.
So if you are a member of the Australian Caravan Club and you happen to find yourself travelling in the Illawarra region in the near future, why not give Lionel a ring or email, and make arrangements to stay. All Lionel asks is that you give him 7 days’ notice (or less if he is at home). Members should log in to our Club website and click the "On The Road>RVSTAY>Farm Stay" menu item to find Lionel’s contact details and property address.
Not a member of the Australian Caravan Club? If not, why not join now?
If you like waterfalls, scenic views, bushwalking and history, why not stay for a few nights at the Big4 Highlander Van Village at Armidale, New South Wales? All it requires is a short detour off the New England Highway Armidale by-pass into the town.
Located close to tourist attractions, waterfalls, and a shopping precinct, the Park has generous sites and cabin accommodation to suit all budgets. It is a great base from which to explore all that the New England and Armidale region has to offer.
The Park’s features include a pool, barbecue, camp kitchen, and clean amenities. Drive-through sites are available, all set in a peaceful environment.
Big4 Armidale Highlander Village is one of our Club’s supporters and proudly display an ACC RVSTAY sign. They offer us a 10% discount on overnight stays, and to stay for 7 nights and pay for 6 nights. Don’t forget to show your ACC membership card when booking in.
Travelling along the New England Highway soon? Sue and Michael would welcome you to call in and stay.
Picturesque Strahan on the Tasmanian west coast was the town of choice for the Australian Caravan Club's Tassie Travellers branch muster last weekend.
While on the muster, members took in the picture perfect views over the town and supported local businesses including dining out at Molly's Café.