Yesterday the National Farmers Federation put out a media release about our finalised project exploring large agricultural vehicles on roads in Australia. The ACC assisted us in circulating the community survey to our club members and when completed the club requested an update on project outcomes.
As part of the project a project report was published which provides an overview of the project and the key findings. This can be located on the ACC website as as follows- Download Franklin Project Report.
The link to the media release is here: https://www.nff.org.au/read/6104/dont-forget-share-road-slow-down.html
In particular a key point that related to caravans on page 20 in the report - most large agriculture vehicle related incidents and near misses involve cars. the researchers posited on page 21 that the reason that caravans and trucks might be perceived as posing high risk when interacting with LAV, and more generally, is due to the fact they are memorable. Likewise the quote from a focus group participant on the same page indicates some similarities between LAV and caravans. Such that caravan drivers/towers may also experience the brunt of other drivers frustrations, similar to that of LAV operators, due to the fact there can be a small speed differential with other road users and that the road may not always allow for pulling off to let others pass.
RVERS urged to check vehicle AIR BAG - IsMyAirbagsafe.com.au
The hunt for deadly airbags at the core of Australia’s largest safety recalls has taken a new turn, with motorists now able to check whether their car is safe through an online portal.
Led by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the Australian car industry has grouped together to create a common website where users can enter a vehicle’s registration number to see whether it is equipped with problematic airbags. People can also check vehicles owned by friends or family, as you only need number plate details to see whether a car is safe.
vehicle makers have also pooled resources to create “Don’t Die Wondering”, a provocative advertising campaign encouraging people to ensure their airbags do not pose a deadly threat to vehicle occupants.
The FCAI says 24 people have died - including a Sydney man - around the world as a result of airbags which can rupture when triggered, propelling metal shrapnel throughout a car’s cabin.
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is proud to announce that the Club will be establishing a new branch in the Blue Mountains and surrounding country area (including Bathurst, Lithgow and the Hawkesbury area).
An information session and initial meeting has been set for 10.30am on Sunday 26thAugust at the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park, 67-69 Prince Edward Street, Blackheath. The meeting will be held in the park’s camp kitchen.
“I welcome all locals who own a caravan, fifth wheeler, camper trailers or motorhome to attend. If you want to use your RV more this is a great opportunity to join with like-minded people from your local area. I will be attending with other ACC members to welcome all at the Blackheath Glen Tourist Park on the 26th of August.” said Lorraine Theodoros, ACC State Membership representative.
Whilst there is no requirement to be staying at the caravan park to attend the meeting, members of the ACC will be staying over the weekend and would welcome your company should you decide to stay in the park.
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) was founded in September 2006 and is now the second largest multi brand RV club in Australia.
The Club’s main objective is to ‘promote the use of recreational vehicles and the RVing lifestyle throughout Australia’.
If you are a member of the ACC and have not yet joined a branch or if you are the owner of an RV and would like to become involved with a dynamic and progressive RV club, join us at Blackheath on 26th August and become a foundation member of the newest branch of the ACC.
The Caravan Trade Industry Association of Victoria and Everything Caravan & Camping have established a joint initiative to provide scheduled ‘FREE safety inspections’ for caravans and RVs along with other stakeholders and industry experts. This initiative is the result of both organisations prioritising the safety of all recreational vehicle users and the broader public.
Mr Rob Lucas, CEO, Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA VIC) stated, ‘We are extremely happy to be working with Matt Sutton and the team from Everything Caravan & Camping to address a major concern of ours which is caravan and RV safety in a first for the caravan industry in Victoria. These scheduled FREE safety inspection days will be conducted to check customer’s caravans and RVs to better educate them on their caravan or RV and advise them of potential issues.’
‘We are excited to announce that our ‘Free safety inspection’ days will be held at our upcoming shows.
Date: Friday 24 August 2018
Time: 8:00am - 2:30pm
Time: 8:00am – 2:30pm
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2018
Time: 8:00am – 2:30pm
To register your caravan or RV for a safety inspection go to:
(to complete the booking form you will require the details of your caravan or RV such as model, towing weight, etc)
or for more information contact Caravan Industry Association of Victoria on (03) 9372 5388.
Tha Australian Caravan Club (ACC) invites you to join us and get away more in your RV.
You are welcome as a visitor to any Muster in your area - just make contact thru the website.
You’ll discover why the ACC is the Club - where friendship and adventure begin.
There is a recall on the seatbelt buckles for the rear right and rear centre seating positions may have been torqued incorrectly.
The recall notice states that the seatbelt may not operate as designed in the event of a crash, posing an increased risk of injury to passengers in the rear right or rear centre seats.
The notice states HSV will contact all affected owners directly to notify them of required action. Affected owners should contact either HSV Customer Care by phoning 03 9265 9500, or their nearest HSV Dealer to arrange an inspection and repair of their vehicle.
To find their nearest HSV dealer consumers should go to: https://www.hsv.com.au/hsv/2017/drive/find-a-dealer/
Following from the Qld Heritage Rally Biloela, the ACC Capricornia Tourers moved to Caniglia Gorge National Park for a quick visit. The Gorge is spectacular with the group completing 4 walks in 2 days. Some members ventured to the Giants Chair lookout- a grade 3 walk - of some difficulty.
The next day saw a group tackle the Dragon and Bloodwood cave - but alas no hobbits or dragons were encountered. The facilities in the park are great and the standard of tracks worth attempting - though members may need to consider the length and complexity of the walks.