- Published: 06 September 2016 06 September 2016
All over Australia there are obstacles waiting to wreck our travelling. It is up to every one of us to stay alert and protect ourselves.
Here is some information sent in to us by a very concerned member (this is one of many bridges in Australia).
Nearly every week a caravanner loses their airconditioner by trying to go under the low level railway bridge on Garroorigang St which is between Goulburn and Braidwood NSW.
Here is a picture of the sign on the southern side of the entrance to the bride but the bridge entrance is around the corner (see 2nd photo) so you don’t see how low it is until you turn the corner at the bridge. I assume many people who keep going past the 2.7 m sign are hoping they will fit under the bridge rather than face trying to back up around an uphill bend.
This low level bride is on the route the GPS will take you if you are leaving the Hume Highway at Goulburn to go towards the coast or vice-versa.
Here is also a picture taken 2 weeks ago of a brand new van that did not make it and the evidence on the ground from yesterday that yet another van did not make it!
My partner, David House is a member of your club. He helped the owners of the caravan by storing and tarping their van until it could be patched up for safe return to their home in Sydney.
It was their first trip in it! They have told us it will take 6 months to be repaired. The roof was caved in so we expect the damage will exceed $25k so they are fortunate the van was insured.
I have found it useful to measure the height of my caravan (including air con) and put a small label on the top driver side of the windscreen as a reminder. When approaching a low bridge, check label against sign.
Remember, when going under a bridge the caravan is not level and will be higher then it is when on a flat surface,
If it is close, get your passenger (if you have one) to stand outside whilst you drive SLOWLY under the bridge.
If you are on your own, you may want to jump out for a quick check as you are about to enter the bridge.
- Published: 23 August 2016 23 August 2016
ACC Stand at the Queensland Outdoor Adventure & Motoring Expo
(5-7 August 2016)
Well, what a great event, a great team of volunteers, and a great result.
When visiting the capital of the Darling Downs in August you can expect cool winds, and we certainly had those at the beginning, but we also enjoyed some sunny days. Those who camped at the Showgrounds really enjoyed the atmosphere of a major event in the largest inland city in Queensland, plus the country smells and friendliness.
This event was well attended, up 10% on last year, with new members joining our Club, from Rockhampton to Armidale, Goondiwindi to Landsborough, and everywhere in between. We gained 35 new members and friends over the 3 days, plus a couple more in the following days, and there is now a strong possibility of a Toowoomba branch in the near future.
It was great to see ACC members Allan & Heather from Buderim and Maureen & Bruce from Brisbane, as well as Danny & Denise visiting from NSW. We also met Malcolm & Diane, two of the very early ACC Members in Queensland, and discussed the development of the ACC over the past 10 years.
I hope you all enjoyed yourselves, returned home safely, and perhaps even bought the usual gadget or two for the van! Some members were looking at new vans and motorhomes, accessories and parts, towing and other equipment, 4x4’s and boats, even safaris and lifestyle products.
A big thank you to the willing volunteers for the ACC stand (Dennis & Geraldine, Lawrence & Petra, Tom & Sandra, Lynne & Ray, Val, and Trevor. Some of your travelling included from Tara to Moreton Bay, and Sunshine Coast to Inverell. Your valuable time and effort taken to support the ACC cause is very much appreciated.
- Published: 22 August 2016 22 August 2016
“ ACC Chairman Tom Smith presenting the first of our RVSTAY signs to Inverell Boats And Caravans who are part of our Member Benefits Scheme inside the ACC
The idea of the Signs is to make it easier for Members when on the road to Identify Businesses that are suppling Benefits to our members., and can therefore enjoy the improved service and discount
BTW Inverell Boats and Caravans have the best price for LPG refills in Inverell
So keep your eyes peeled for these signs when travelling
- Published: 16 August 2016 16 August 2016
A new Special Interest Group has been set up called the ACC English Van Owners Group.
This group is formed to share tips, advice and general information regarding the maintenance, parts availability and modifications to imported English caravans and motorhomes.
If you are the owner of an English van and would like to share your experiences and tips, or receive advice from other owners, join the ACC English Van Owners Special Interest Group
- Published: 16 August 2016 16 August 2016
Some of the members from the Lockyer Valley RVers took a members caravan along to the Helidon Heritage Fair and met with local residents talking about the Australian Caravan Club and the area's local branch the Lockyer Valley RVers, It was a lovely sunny day and interest in the club and local branch was a lot higher then expected with 2 new members joing the club plus an existing member signing onto the Lockyer Branch.
- Published: 08 July 2016 08 July 2016
NOTES FROM THE BOARD
JULY 2016 CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE – Tom Smith
As an update on Club management I wish to announce that due to work pressures Bruce Beausang requested to leave the Board as at the 31/5/16. It is with reluctance that the Board has agreed and I thank Bruce for his efforts over the last 4 years.
To fill the vacancy from 1/6/16 until the 2016 election Lynne Friis former President of the Eastern Explorers will join the Board as a Director. Lynne brings with her a wealth of RV Experience and also has an extensive legal background which will greatly assist the Club.
A reminder to members who wish to receive a hard copy of The Nomad that postage and handling costs will be added into your Club Membership renewal from the 1st July 2016.
Also please remember to complete the National Muster application either online or from the copy in the latest NOMAD.
ADVOCACY and POLICY TEAM update by Graeme Tree Our focus over the last couple of months has been more on internal matters for the Club. However our State Reps remain active.
Ray Cornall in Queensland says things are a little quiet at present but he continues to meet with Fraser Coast and is keeping up to date with developments in that state.
Eric Cumming in Western Australia tells us that the Western Australian National Parks is opening up camping sites at Yanchep National Park from July this year, in a trial to expand camping options close to the metropolitan area. Yanchep National Park is 50 km north of Perth along Wanneroo Road which becomes Indian Ocean Drive. This route takes you through coastal plains to Geraldton avoiding the heavy haulage route of the Branch Highway. Yanchep will be a useful stopover for travellers wishing to sight see around Perth city and suburbs. Well done Ray and Eric keep up the good work.
BRANCH SUPPORT COMMITTEE update by Graham Christie ACCL Insurance - We often hear “we’re insured when we go on a muster with the ACC, that’s why we sign the form when we get there.”
Here are the answers to various questions and the outcome for your information
All service organisations have insurance on their members. Members are covered for all eventualities from when they leave home; to the task/event and until they arrive home. Does ACCL insurance coverage do the same?
ACC: No – the ACC holds Business Insurance which provides for Public Liability cover plus Liability Insurance which provides a variety of insurance classes for Directors and Officers cover. By definition “Public liability insurance protects a business owner and their business against claims of personal injury or property damage that a third party suffers (or claims to have suffered) as a result of the business activities”.
If ACCL holds Business Insurance and Liability Insurance, do they cover all ACCL events and Branch Committees (President, Secretary, Treasurer and/or Vice President?)
ACC: Yes – providing that prior approval has been granted by the Board for the particular event. This then gives the event the status of an “endorsed activity”. The term ‘Officers’ extends to members who take part in the day to day management of ACC branch level committees. Note that the period of cover is for the start and finish dates specified in the event application.
How does the ACC ensure that for insurance purposes it has an accurate record of attendance at an approved muster?
ACC: All muster attendees including friends/non-members must be included on and sign the Muster Attendance form (children must be recorded but are not required to sign).
Does ACCL insurance cover personal injury
ACC: Only so far as “third party” claims are concerned. ACC member personal injury / personal liability cover is a matter for each individual.
Does ACCL insurance cover loss and/or damage of personal equipment to and from events?
Following a wonderful 5 years of coordinating the Club shop Di and Cec Caterer have now passed the responsibility to Alan & Heather Hermann. The shop will continue as strong as ever and we thank Cec and Di for their outstanding efforts over the past years. The club shop phone number remains the same but now with the dulcet tones of Heather to support members.
The Board approved the draft of the Tagalong Guidelines and Registration Form on receipt of advice from the Club’s Solicitor and Insurance Company. Both documents will soon be available in the documents section on the website. It is expected that all ACC members will use this process for all Club approved tagalongs. Tagalong is a term the Club uses for events others might call roving musters, roving rallies or safaris. The TAGALONG Guidelines have been forwarded to branch Secretaries.
The ACC is on the move
As a part of the growth of the Club the Board is seeking the assistance of members in the following roles-
Advocacy and Town Support Representatives
State News Reporter
Breaking News - WA to host the 2018 National Muster Due to the positive survey result indicating that members are willing to travel to Western Australia the Board is pleased to announce that the 2018 National Muster will be held in WA.
- Published: 12 June 2016 12 June 2016
Gasmate Butane Fire Lighter
Sitro Group Australia Pty Ltd is undertaking a voluntary recall of the Gasmate Butane Torch Model BT1000 purchased between 13/10/2015 - 31/1/2016. Defect: When the torch is engaged with the gas cartridge as detailed in the manufacturer's instructions a gas leak may occur. Hazard: Consumers may be at risk of injury from a potential gas leak.
What to Do: Consumers should stop using the product immediately. A replacement unit is currently being tested and finalised and will be ready in short order.
Consumers can register to receive a replacement unit or they can contact Sitro Group Australia to discuss an alternative remedy.
Sitro Group Australia is recalling the product to ensure the safety of our customers as an ongoing commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and product quality at all times