An open mind for the open road

We recently celebrated a caravanning mate’s birthday and the conversation turned to the importance of caravan clubs. Even if you’ve camped before there is so much to learn about caravanning and club members are experienced teachers. For anyone who has sailed there is a similarity to yachting. A steep learning curve, a high regard for safety, always keeping an eye out for the weather and a simple life in a very small space, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Coffs Harbour, NSW. As in yachting, there’s a lot to learn about caravanning. Don’t be afraid to ask for … Continue reading An open mind for the open road

We Joined a Caravan Club

When we bought our first caravan Woody was heartily reluctant to join a club, declaring that he didn’t want to join some club run by ‘officious bastards’ (his words, not mine) who only want to have meetings. I persevered and we joined our local branch of the Australian Caravan Club. What a surprise, when at our very first muster I met two people that I went to school with (who I might add had married, each other) and a very distant cousin. Through contacts in the club we have found other distant relatives. How wrong could our initial concerns have … Continue reading We Joined a Caravan Club

Pie Night

Camped in Nagambie,Vic for our September club muster and we shared the caravan park with (or should I say we were grossly outnumbered by) hundreds of hot rods who were in town for the Cranksters Rod Run. On Saturday night the Cranksters were cranking up the music while we furiously baked our pies for our scheduled ‘Pie Night’. The games room was filled with the aroma of dozens of hot pies, peas and mash. While Woody baked his contribution in the pie maker on the van (if there is a kitchen gadget that isn’t on our van I’d like to … Continue reading Pie Night

Answering a Few Questions About Caravan Clubs

So, what do caravan clubs do? Our particular club usually meets four times a year for a muster. Sometimes we may have a quick catch up at a local pub for lunch in between musters. Having plenty in common there’s always plenty to talk about. Members aren’t expected to attend every muster as being keen travellers there are always a few vans away on the road or someone travelling overseas. Where are the musters held? At caravan parks and for our group they are mostly in Victoria. Our group is growing in size so the facilities that we look for … Continue reading Answering a Few Questions About Caravan Clubs

Why Join a Caravan Club

The more that I think about it I can’t think of a reason why one wouldn’t join a club. The annual membership fees are inexpensive and quickly recouped with product discounts and club magazines. Some groups keep in touch via Facebook making it very easy to get quick advice on where to stay or even meet up whilst on the road. It is a real treat to have friends drop in to visit when you’re on the other side of the country. Even if you prefer to travel solo clubs provide you with a network of people that you can … Continue reading Why Join a Caravan Club