- Published: 26 March 2018 26 March 2018
Wind and rain failed to dampen the spirits of our Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members attending their second North Queensland combined branches muster at Airlie Beach.
The muster, attracting over 50 ACC members from the ACC Tropical Tourers branch (Townsville), ACC Sugar City Pioneers and ACC Coral Sea Cruisers (Mackay branches) and ACC Capricornia Tourers branch (Rockhampton), was held from 8 to 13 March 2018 at the Island Gateway Holiday Park at Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach.
Muster organiser Linda Brierley said that members from the four branches had enjoyed a joint muster held at Sarina in August last year so much, that it was decided to hold another one. “We put it to a vote and the vote was unanimous,” Linda said.
“While a bit of wind and rain didn’t dampen our spirits, unfortunately the region’s famed boat trips just weren’t an option and outdoor activities had to fit in between showers.”
“We chose the venue partly because of its beauty and ideal location for the diverse group from as far North as Cairns, and as far South as Rockhampton. We also hoped our business would assist the area with post-cyclone recovery.”
“While the Island Gateway Holiday Park was undergoing repair and renovation during our visit, the park’s management couldn’t do enough to assist us throughout the muster.”
The park owners and manager put on a barbecue for the group, with proceeds going to local charity Sailability. “ACC members also donated prize pools from barefoot bowls and trivia competition to Sailability,” Linda said.
“Over the 5 days of the muster, we played barefoot bowls and had dinner at the bowls club, had sunset drinks at the Sailing Club, ran a trivia competition and lunch at the Jubilee Tavern, had a games afternoon, enjoyed a barbecue breakfast, and ran a competition involving registration numbers that kept one branch busy all weekend. Despite all the activity at camp, we still managed to find time for tag-along drives to Gloucester Bay and Cedar Creek Falls,” said Linda. “Everyone is different and there was something for everyone.”
Our ACC Chairman Craig congratulated the North Queensland branches on their successful event. “It’s great to see our Club members experiencing what membership of our Club is all about – sharing friendships and adventure in a fun and relaxed environment,” Craig said.
“Everyone enjoyed the combined muster so much, there are plans for another one next year,” Linda said.
Any RVer requiring further information about the ACC or its North Queensland branches, can contact the ACC on 1800 734 493.
- Published: 25 March 2018 25 March 2018
A recall notice has been issued for RAM 2500 (DJ) and 3500 (D2) Trucks Model Years 2014 to 2018.
The notice states that the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) locking pin may become stuck in the open position. A BTSI locking pin stuck in the open position may allow the transmission to be shifted out of PARK into to any gear position without depression of the brake pedal and/or without the key in the ignition, if a key is applicable.
The notice further states that the ability to shift the transmission out of PARK position without a key in the ignition or brake pedal application increases the potential for an unintended vehicle rollaway that may increase the risk of a crash and/or occupant injury.
For further information and to see if your vehicle is affected, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/american-special-vehicles-ram-2500-dj-3500-d2-trucks-0
Recall on Jaguar Land Rover – Land Rover Discovery Sport, Discovery, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque, Velar
- Published: 25 March 2018 25 March 2018
A recall notice has been issued for MY2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Discovery, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque, Velar with VIN ranges –
SALGA3BY1JA343646 to SALGA2AY5JA387693
SALWA2BY2JA146054 to SALWA2BY6JA185973
SALVR2RX4JH226559 to SALVP2RX3JH296852
SALYA2AX9JA700000 to SALYA2BX5JA746759
SALCA2AX0JH685128 to SALCR2SX4JH748920
SALRA2BX3JA014201 to SALRA2AX6JA039854
(Specific vehicles within these VIN ranges)
The recall notice states that some engine mounted fuel rails installed on Ingenium I4 2.0L petrol engines have not been manufactured correctly, with a risk of fuel vapour and liquid leaks occurring within the engine bay. Increased and excessive fuel odour may be noticed by the vehicle occupants and, if the bonnet is lifted, liquid fuel may be seen.
The notice warns that leaking fuel could come into contact with a hot surface in the engine bay, increasing the risk of a fire.
For further information on the recall, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/jaguar-land-rover-land-rover-discovery-sport-discovery-range-rover-range-rover-sport-evoque-velar
- Published: 25 March 2018 25 March 2018
Congratulations to Island Gateway Holiday Park in Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach, Queensland – our Australian Caravan Club (ACC) Park of the Month for March. The Park was nominated by Linda and Judy from our ACC Tropical Tourers branch.
Island Gateway Holiday Park was the venue for a combined muster of our North Queensland branches earlier this month. The Park is a member of the ACC Member Benefits Programme.
The Park’s owner, his wife and the Park Manager made our members feel very welcome and put on a BBQ with proceeds going to a designated charity. In the high season they have the BBQ every Wednesday. The manager also arranged for the local Fish and Chip truck to pay the Park a visit, another activity that normally only happens in the high season.
Facilities at the park include a pool area, with barbecue shelter and lawn, a large camp kitchen that was big enough to be used as a meeting place for the 50+ muster members, a new barbecue shelter with seating, tennis court and mini golf. The office area has a great deal of information about local tours, and the reception staff are happy to provide further information, and bookings.
There is the local tavern, bowls club and supermarket within easy walking distance, and the Airlie Beach town centre is about 20 minutes’ walk away. The local bus stop is just outside the park, giving easy public transport options to other parts of the area.
ACC members – further information about the Island Gateway Holiday Park including contact details and information about the benefit offered can be found by logging onto our ACC website and clicking on the green member benefits – accommodation button you will find on our website home page.
- Published: 21 March 2018 21 March 2018
ACC members, keep an eye on your email inbox as your email with a link to your 2018 Autumn Nomad will be arriving this week!
Your Board and Nomad team have created a “New Look” Nomad which includes technical, travel, Club News and other articles following members’ requests. There is even an article to assist you in selecting a suitable tow vehicle for your rig.
In this issue, you will also find information and a registration form for our 2018 National Muster at Denmark, Western Australia in October. An article about crossing the Nullarbor will be of interest to members making their first trip across for our National Muster.
There are no branch reports in this issue - members wishing to view branch reports can do so by logging onto our Club’s website and clicking on News / Branch and Group News.
If you receive a hard copy of The Nomad, it is currently in the process of being packaged and mailed out to you.
- Published: 20 March 2018 20 March 2018
Drives to Mundubbera, Gayndah, Eidsvold and the surrounding district, great food, a game of trivia, lawn bowls and disc bowls were all enjoyed by members of our ACC Wide Bay Burnett Nomads on their first ever budget camping muster.
The muster was held at the Binjour Bowls Club from 7 to 12 March 2018 and deemed a huge success by everyone attending.
The branch will be sending a Certificate of Appreciation to the Binjour Bowls Club, thanking them for the friendship and hospitality extended to our ACC members over the six days of the muster.
- Published: 19 March 2018 19 March 2018
A recall has been issued on American Special Vehicles – RAM 2500 (DJ) and 3500 (D2) trucks for model years 2014 to 2017 for vehicles equipped with a 6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine.
The notice states that the water pump on these vehicles may experience a failure which may result in an engine compartment fire. This could increase the potential for injury to the motor vehicle occupants or persons outside the vehicle.
To see if your vehicle is affected by the recall and if so what to do, go to https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/american-special-vehicles-ram-2500-dj-3500-d2-trucks