- Published: 29 May 2018 29 May 2018
Kenilworth Showgrounds in the beautiful upper Mary Valley Country in Queensland was the venue for the 10th anniversary muster of our ACC Family Firesiders last weekend.
29 members including our Club Chairman Craig who is also a member of the branch, 2 grandchildren and former ACC Chairman Tom and his wife Sandra and Club members Vince and Ruth Padget all set up camp at the Showgrounds for a fun weekend of celebrations, camaraderie and sightseeing in the region.
The quaint town of Kenilworth retains its 1930s atmosphere and has a variety of eateries, shops, art gallery and a cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream factory.
Our ACC Family Firesiders was originally formed as a ‘family orientated’ Sunshine Coast branch on 1 May 2008. In the early days of the branch, up to 30 children accompanied their parents to musters. Over time, the children have grown and now it’s the grandchildren that occasionally accompany their grandparents.
- Published: 25 May 2018 25 May 2018
Well our members are now staffing our stall at the Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show at the Maitland Showgrounds.
Here’s a photo of our friendly and enthusiastic team waiting to meet you, and another of Lois welcoming our brand new members who have just joined us today at the Show!
Come and join us today at the Show and we will waive the $10 joining fee!
- Published: 24 May 2018 24 May 2018
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, our Club has called for a cooperative approach starting with a summit of all interested stakeholders.
Our Club Chairman Craig said that our Club and other recreational vehicle (RV) Clubs and trucking organisations were all working hard running individual campaigns to educate both truckies and vanners. Craig said that a summit could have the effect of pooling ideas together, save on each individual organisation’s resources, and see a targeted and more effective campaign delivering the same message to a broader audience.
“All affected stakeholder groups need to collaborate together, be working off the same page and at the same time, be delivering the same message,” Craig said. “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.”
“Collaboration between all stakeholder groups including transport companies and organisations, recreational vehicle (RV) clubs, RV industry groups and Federal and State Governments could see one major campaign. This saves on the resources currently being expended by individual stakeholders, would deliver common messaging, maximise distribution of material, and combine media efforts.”
Craig said that with many ACC members heading to Western Australia for our Club’s Annual General Meeting and National Muster at Denmark in October, our Club was delighted with the recent safety campaign being run by logistics company Centurion in that State.
“Our Club is currently undergoing a process of meeting and discussion with other RV Clubs and a truck driver campaign advocate on this very issue.”
“However this needs to be brought to a final result and the way that I can see this is by all major stakeholders, both truck organisations and RV groups, sitting down together and finalising an effective strategy for road sharing that all can work with and promote, and then establish the one effective campaign to deliver the same message.”
“The sooner that this can be done, the safer the roads will be for both truckies and vanners,” Craig said.
- Published: 23 May 2018 23 May 2018
There has been a recall on 69,363 Ford Rangers built from 8 September 2006 through to 1 August 2011, 20,037 Ford Couriers built between 2 February 2004 through to 21 September 2006, and 1,300 Ford Econovans
built from 2 February 2004 through to 31 October 2005, making a total of 90,700 vehicles under this recall.
The recall notice states that as the airbag inflator ‘gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.’
The notice states that in the event that a defective airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.
Owners of affected vehicles are urged to contact their local Ford dealership or Ford head office directly via the website at https://www.ford.com.au/owners/contact-us/(link is external) to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge. Consumers who are unsure whether they are affected can also contact Ford on 13 FORD (13 36 73) or contact their preferred dealer.
For further information and to see if your vehicle is listed on the recall notice, go to: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/ford-motor-company-of-australia-limited-ford-courier-econovan-and-ranger
- Published: 16 May 2018 16 May 2018
Our Club is delighted to announce the formation of our 51st branch following the success of our stand at the Cairns Expo.
The ACC Rainforest Ramblers was formed with a good start of 15 new members, following a meet and greet last Sunday. The branch will service RVers in the North Queensland regions of Cairns, Kuranda, the Atherton Tablelands and their surrounds.
“Our Club is always excited when a new branch forms and we welcome our new members to our ACC family,” our ACC Chairman Craig said.
“I would also like to especially thank our hardworking ACC members who worked so hard on the stand to ensure it was a success. Some members travelled all the way from Townsville. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by all ACC members,” Craig said.
- Published: 15 May 2018 15 May 2018
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge in Central Queensland to its member benefits programme.
Stage One is now open to self-sufficient travellers.
Located a short five-minute drive from Carnarvon Gorge National Park on sealed roads. Over 50 acres to choose your own perfect site, every site has stunning 360° views of the surrounding ranges, all sites are drive through and spacious to ensure maximum enjoyment and comfort during your stay. Sites are all unpowered.
Sandstone Park is the only Pet Friendly option in Carnarvon Gorge and offer specially designed pet kennels for hire on a daily rate so you can enjoy all that the Gorge has to offer.
While at Carnarvon Gorge you can take one of the many guided walking tours, a scenic helicopter flight, a night safari guided tour, or simply hike the gorge at your leisure.
Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge offer ACC members a ‘stay for 4 nights and receive the 5th night free’ deal. Membership card is to be shown to receive this offer.
For further information about Sandstone Park, members should log onto this website and click on the green Member Benefits - Accommodation button on this webpage.