- Published: 13 June 2018 13 June 2018
ACC Members – Keep an eye out for the electronic version of your 2018 Winter Nomad arriving into your email Inbox shortly.
At 56 pages, it’s our largest ever issue and crammed full of fantastic articles to interest you.
Our Caravan Guru answers another technical question and there’s an article by the CCA on basic caravan maintenance.
For our members travelling across the Nullarbor to our national muster in Denmark, Western Australia, there’s more travel features including what to see when you arrive in the South West region. If you haven’t yet registered for our national muster, national muster registration documents, programme and information are also included.
There’s an article on differing speed limits when passing emergency service vehicles per State, and a weigh-in sheet for you to complete and take your tow vehicle and van to the weigh station to check you are compliant.
Several of our branches have celebrated 10th anniversaries this year and our Tassie Travellers turned 5. You can find out all about why we have Special Interest Groups (S.I.G.s) and what A.C.C.E.S.S. is about and how to join.
Need to contact us about something and not sure what to do? There’s an article setting out frequently asked questions and where to go to resolve them.
Autumn Parks of the Month, Autumn Freedom Camps of the Month, more new member benefits, and upcoming branch musters are listed, and there’s a Club Shop catalogue.
For our members who subscribe to receive a full glossy hard copy, this is currently well underway with our printer. You should receive it within the next 10 days.
So watch out for your Winter Nomad and make sure you click on the email to open it, and then click on the link to view and read it. You won’t be disappointed!
- Published: 13 June 2018 13 June 2018
A vehicle recall notice has issued for certain Ford Everest vehicles built from 16 March to 6 April 2018 and on certain Ford Ranger vehicles built from 18 March to 11 April 2018.
The recall notice states that ‘in certain affected vehicles, the intermediate steering shaft weld may not met required specifications, which may cause the steering column to detach from the steering gear. This condition could result in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of accident or injury.’
To read more or to see if your vehicle is affected, go to
- Published: 13 June 2018 13 June 2018
When adventure beckons, the spirited traveller always heeds to the call. Spirit of Tasmania has a Special Offer for ACC members. ACC members can sail by day or night on the Spirit of Tasmania from $79* per person each way. Cabin upgrades available from $100* per cabin each way on a day sailing or $132* on a night sailing.
Available on selected night sailings between mid-September and mid-December 2018.
Offer ends 30 June 2018. Book your adventure online today.
Members wishing to take up this offer should click on the orange Member Benefits – Non Accommodation button on our ACC website home page and click on the website link in the Spirit of Tasmania Special Offer in the member benefits listings.
- Published: 12 June 2018 12 June 2018
While welcoming the 40% reduction in private motor vehicle tax on caravans and camper-trailers announced by the New South Wales Government last weekend, there are other pressing issues affecting recreational vehicle owners (RVers) in New South Wales.
On Saturday, New South Wales State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced a 40% reduction in motor vehicle tax for private caravan owners for caravans up to 4.5 tonnes which will come into effect on 1 November 2018.
Our ACC Chairman Craig said that the 40% reduction will be appreciated by families, pensioners and self-funded retirees. “Our Club also acknowledges that New South Wales has some of the most generous registration provisions for pensioners than any State. Anyone even on a part pension receives free registration for one vehicle each year.”
“Our Club lobbied the New South Wales government back in 2014 pleading for a reduction in the high registration fees on caravans in that State,” Craig said. “Our pleas fell on deaf ears at the time.”
“However, our Club questions what the New South Wales Government is doing to align the State with other States such as Victoria when it comes to setting registration fees on caravans and camper trailers.”
“Compared to other States, the New South Wales registration fee for private caravan owners is over-priced, placing an unfair burden on caravanners.”
Craig said that the higher caravan registration fees was only one issue affecting RVers in New South Wales that requires attention.
“The New South Wales Government needs to start doing something to improve not only the number of roadside rest areas, but the allocated space available in rest areas for RVs,” Craig said.
“We have truckies and RVers vying for space in rest areas. Some of the angst that is arising between truckies and vanners at rest stops is the result of inadequate space and number of rest areas currently available for RVers along New South Wales highways.”
“While RVers acknowledge that truckies operate on a time schedule and must have regulatory rest stops, RVers too need fatigue management.”
“If the New South Wales Government is serious about helping caravanners, then they need to improve the availability and size of roadside rest areas to accommodate the travelling RVer for overnight stays and fatigue management,” Craig said.
The ACC has recently called for a summit of interested stakeholders in a major effort to resolve issues between truckies and vanners on the road and develop protocols under which both road-user groups can work.
“All affected stakeholder groups need to collaborate together, be working off the same page and at the same time, be delivering the same message. At the moment we are seeing several stakeholders including our own Club using individual resources, at times with slightly different messages, that are not reaching the full targeted audiences,” Craig said.
- Published: 10 June 2018 10 June 2018
We have added a polling feature to your website home page.
Our Club proposes to conduct a range of polls every 2 or 3 months. It is hoped that the information from the polls will not only be of interest to you, but also provide valuable information for use when representing you to governments and the RV industry as a consumer to improve your RV Lifestyle.
The first poll is a trial run. Please log onto this website to vote.
You will find the poll link directly underneath the green 'LATEST POLL' icon which you will find by scrolling down on the far right hand column of the webpage if using a desktop computer, or at the very bottom of our homepage on your mobile device.
- Published: 09 June 2018 09 June 2018
ACC members – An update from our ACC Chairman Craig has been issued by Mail Chimp to you. Keep an eye out for its arrival into your email inbox with the subject line of ‘Message from your ACC Chairman’.
- Published: 06 June 2018 06 June 2018
Boort Simply Tomatoes Farm in Victoria is our Freedom Camp of the Month for June.
Nominated by ACC East Gippsland Roadrunners branch member Derek, you will find Simply Tomatoes on Parkers Road, Yando near Boort.
Friendly hosts Ian and Marilyn provide a tour of their Aussie Wool Quilts business and a tasting of their green tomato produce. There are tea and coffee facilities.
The campground is a picturesque grassy area beside the dam with geese and willow trees. Power and toilets are available. Camping is free but please leave a donation in the donation box. Donations go back into the upkeep of the campground and camping facilities.
Group day tours to check out the hidden gems of Boort which include a packed lunchbox are also available on enquiry.
In his nomination for the site, Derek stated –
On our Silos Tag A Long we finished at Simply Tomatoes At Boort Vic. Ian and Marilyn are the owners of the property and have opened it up to RVs as a free Budget camp. We had 2 nights there and our group did the Simply Tomatoes Tour which included their history and afternoon tea on day 1, then on day 2 we finish the Tag A Long with a 3 course meal served around the fire. The 2 day tour only cost $25:00 per head and the meal was great. We had full use of the Outdoor Entertainment area as well as free tea and coffee anytime. There is also limited 10 amp power available to keep the vans’ batteries charged.
Pets are permitted and there is a maximum stay of 72 hours. Please ring Ian and Marilyn prior to your arrival to confirm availability on 03 5455 4237.
While staying at Simply Tomatoes, a visit to the nearby Spannerman is a must!