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#1 GhettoGolfer

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:54 PM

Ok kids are getting out of toddler age and went for a day trip visiting the brother in law at his caravan on Friday and think that we have been bitten by the bug.

Really enjoyed the family time away and thought that this may be a great way for us to build some family memories away from the hustle and bustle that home life brings. My two boys had a ball getting to meet other kids and people at the caravan park so have decided to fork out some cash to get our own camper trailer.


Have also been following Smergen's cross-nation adventure and whilst I dont think that such a mega trip is on the cards for us, it certainly has some appeal.

Being a knowledge worker, full blown, hair on your chest, 4wd camping in the wild doesnt really appeal to me, and plan to hit up some powered caravan/camping sites around the place.

Any one have experiences they would like to share, pitfalls to be aware of etc? Places and locations you have been to and enjoyed?
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:12 PM

Ok kids are getting out of toddler age and went for a day trip visiting the brother in law at his caravan on Friday and think that we have been bitten by the bug.
Really enjoyed the family time away and thought that this may be a great way for us to build some family memories away from the hustle and bustle that home life brings. My two boys had a ball getting to meet other kids and people at the caravan park so have decided to fork out some cash to get our own camper trailer.
Have also been following Smergen's cross-nation adventure and whilst I dont think that such a mega trip is on the cards for us, it certainly has some appeal.
Being a knowledge worker, full blown, hair on your chest, 4wd camping in the wild doesnt really appeal to me, and plan to hit up some powered caravan/camping sites around the place.
Any one have experiences they would like to share, pitfalls to be aware of etc? Places and locations you have been to and enjoyed?


Dooooont do it, visiting someone at their caravan/camping ground is entirely different to submitting yourself to it.

We started our married life camping, we thought it would be an adventure it was at a top site, in a good area on the coast. It was horrendous, never ever again.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:12 PM

My advice is to hire one for a week to trial it and see if you like a camping trailer. I'd suggest hiring a pop top internal living type setup for the 2nd trip if you're not used to camping. You'll need a 12v fridge 60l min.

Also look at You're tow rig it will need to tow 1.6t say.

Take plenty of beer, beer is good

You're welcome :)

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 08:42 PM

Wise words from LOTR...Used to love camping but as we got older it became a bit more laborious than I would have liked.  We glam camp now.. :D


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:34 PM

Gg, when we left Townsville, we brought an Avan and spent 6 months traveling down the east coast.

It was simply brilliant.
Some weeks we would do 100 kms, some, we would do 10 kms.

The van lifestyle is absolutely fantastic and we would both love to do it again
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:48 PM

I would fish and golf the absolute bejeezus out of the east coast if i had 6 months and a camper trailer at my disposal.
That sounds awesome.
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:06 PM

Just make sure you obey the "keep left unless overtaking" signs that all the grey nomads seem to miss.

Funny how it didn't wirk for the flog but dud wirk for the rest.
Camping caravaning is awesome.
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:11 PM

Generally speaking the more you spend tge better quality camper but they sre bloody heavy cumbersome things to set up.
If i was in your shoes GG id find someone that rents caravans and will tow it to your desired camp ground therefor you dont need to upgrade cars etc so basically turn up enjoy the holiday an then leave.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lots of camping grounds have on-site vans or huts, with air-con.

All the 'pleasure' of caravanning/camping without all the tediousness of tying things down properly, worrying about where the rain is coming in, etc.

 

You could try that sort of thing out first.  At least it will help you decide just what sort of equipment you require.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:47 PM

Why not ring Smergs and see if you can crash???
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:23 AM

My advice is to hire one for a week to trial it and see if you like a camping trailer. I'd suggest hiring a pop top internal living type setup for the 2nd trip if you're not used to camping. You'll need a 12v fridge 60l min.

Also look at You're tow rig it will need to tow 1.6t say.

Take plenty of beer, beer is good

You're welcome :)

 

 

Yeah have been camping many times before, this was before the kids came along. Since then have preferred to the comfort of 4 walls etc, however now we are wanting to get out again and have some fun weekends away under canvas!

 

Have a Murano and rated at 1.5T braked, so will need to get a brake controller installed, and a camper trailer would max out at 1.2T for us anyways. Not too many extra toys to lug around. 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:26 AM

Gg, when we left Townsville, we brought an Avan and spent 6 months traveling down the east coast.

It was simply brilliant.
Some weeks we would do 100 kms, some, we would do 10 kms.

The van lifestyle is absolutely fantastic and we would both love to do it again

 

I would fish and golf the absolute bejeezus out of the east coast if i had 6 months and a camper trailer at my disposal.
That sounds awesome.

 

Speaking with the missus about this and the aim is to get out and about so the kids get an appreciation for this great wide country of ours. Whilst the older boy is starting to get into golf, hoping that as time passes, they will share in my passion for golf and we can get some great rounds in whilst we are away! 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:30 AM

Generally speaking the more you spend tge better quality camper but they sre bloody heavy cumbersome things to set up.
If i was in your shoes GG id find someone that rents caravans and will tow it to your desired camp ground therefor you dont need to upgrade cars etc so basically turn up enjoy the holiday an then leave.

 

Lots of camping grounds have on-site vans or huts, with air-con.

All the 'pleasure' of caravanning/camping without all the tediousness of tying things down properly, worrying about where the rain is coming in, etc.

 

You could try that sort of thing out first.  At least it will help you decide just what sort of equipment you require.

 

Yeah have run these scenarios and there is an extra layer of planning and limitations with these arrangements. 30-45 min window with me and wifey putting up the tent should suffice. Allow another couple of hours of clean up when we get home. Manageable. May revert to glamping when I reach Commish's ripe old age though! 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:32 AM

Why not ring Smergs and see if you can crash???

 

 

What and give him forewarning that I am coming??? 

 

Don't be daft, I am gunna ninja-gate-crash his round-straya trip! 


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:40 AM

Speaking with the missus about this and the aim is to get out and about so the kids get an appreciation for this great wide country of ours. Whilst the older boy is starting to get into golf, hoping that as time passes, they will share in my passion for golf and we can get some great rounds in whilst we are away! 

Some good friends of mine just left on a 10mth counter clockwise trip round Aus. Two young kids (8 and 5) kids along for a great family adventure. They have their own business so keeping things ticking along which travelling around and home schooling the kids.   Sounds exciting - well for a little while anyways!


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