We’ve recently made an upgrade to the caravan with the addition of a diesel heater. One thing that has prevented us from doing free camping over winter in the past has been the lack of heating in the van. As much as we love a good campfire, the caravan can be way too cold for comfort when you turn in, so we bought a diesel heater through Aussie Outback Stores, a camping, 4×4 and accessories supplier online.
The time had come, after patiently watching and waiting for the right deal to come along it was time to trade in the reliable 100 Series Landcruiser for an upgrade. The old rig had been extremely reliable and because of regular servicing and upkeep was still going strong even with more than 420,000 kms on the odometer.
It had taken us and caravans from southern Queensland to the furthest point east on the Australian mainland at Byron Bay. Up and down the track to Darwin and through the red centre, along the picturesque Victorian coastline, Great Ocean Road and parts of the New South Wales Coast. There have been roads taken inland in the eastern states and many, many trips throughout South Australia. The biggest trip was crossing the Nullarbor and covering the state of Western Australia from the beautiful Esperance, to the furthest southern point, northwards along the coast to as far as Wyndham, and then across to Lake Argyle, into the Northern Territory and home again.
The Jayco Silverline slideout caravan has a futuristic sleek exterior which gives you just a hint of what to expect inside. On the outside it comes complete with a roll out awning, spare wheel covered on the draw bar and on the roof, a satellite dish, wind up antenna and solar panel. Two gas bottles are in a front compartment that has a slide out feature to make checking levels quick and easy. There is a gas oven inside the van and also an external connection for your BBQ. Continue reading
The ‘Let’s Go Caravan & Camping’ show is on now in Adelaide and you still have today and over the weekend to attend. It’s on at the Wayville Showgrounds just out of the city and is open from 10am – 5pm every day until Sunday 17th of February. The entry price of $17 for adults seems a bit steep but you will get your money’s worth in not having to traipse all over town to see everything caravan and camping. What I love about these shows is that you can see everything in one convenient location and do your comparisons when it comes to different makes and models of vans especially.
Our fourth and current caravan is a 2007 built, Jayco Sterling, 24 foot long and with an ensuite. As you can see it was a massive leap out of the 70s to our current van but there was good reason for it.
With more and longer caravanning trips planned we weren’t extremely confident of the old van’s capabilities of handling thousands of kilometres on the road with all types of road and weather conditions being thrown at it. So it was time to drag ourselves into the current century and buy something modern.