You know how you start with a plan in mind, and then it all goes pear shaped? 

We purchased our Jayco Starcraft Outback Caravan after seeing it at the Queensland Caravan Camping and Tourist Supershow last year – we loved the configuration of bunks for our two youngest – and lots more (we had an oven installed instead of microwave – it was one of the things we really missed when we travelled Australia).

 The Queensland Caravan Camping and Tourist Supershow is a Mecca for travellers


The Queensland Caravan Camping and Tourist Supershow is a Mecca for travellers

Then we bought CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE.  Realising we needed to really go off-road with this business, Heatley had more caravans to check out at the Supershow last week.

After visiting the destination and tourism stalls, CMCA and caravan associations, that’s what we did. This Supershow is better than a lolly shop to my husband. So much to see! Not as many stairs up and down camper trailers and caravans as last year, as we had quite a specific goal in mind.

At this point I would like to thank the organisers – our young teen was on a mission, kept quite busy tracking down the stations for the raffle.

We did drag the husband away from his quest to refuel. I would still like to find out the name of that perfect chardonnay at the Welcome to Bowen Hills Bar.  An excellent tip from our friends Marg and Peter Grant from Saturn Antennas  as was the calamari stall!

It gave us time to discuss the beautiful machines we had seen.  I wondered if an off road motorhome may also suit our new roles.

It was a motorhome – 6 berth – not 4WD at all – where we created all those lovely memories of our whole family together on a lap, learning about and experiencing Australia.

We still haven’t quite got our heads around hitching and towing! In fact, our first trip felt really weird – sitting in a 4WD and not being able to play cards around the table, or reach under the sink for the snacks as we journeyed.

Don’t get me wrong, we are totally aware of the issues of motorhomes and packing up for day trips (especially converting the third bed to dinette each day) but we never did have to bring a picnic lunch.

So after our refreshment, we plodded on a few more kilometres and found some four seated, queen bed beauties. I think he is smitten. Maybe we’ve found our next mobile. Of course, kids would have to be turfed into swags outside.  In a few short years, we’ll be only two!

So what to do? Caravan or motorhome? We’d love to know what you think!

Gregge Haythorpe from On the Road Magazine sold plenty of CAMPS 9 and CARAVAN PARKS 4 books - pictured with Heatley from CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE at the event

Gregge Haythorpe from On the Road Magazine sold plenty of CAMPS 9 and CARAVAN PARKS 4 books – pictured with Heatley from CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE at the event

 

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