Caravan Correspondent

Australian Travel Writer and Photographer 💙 Caravan Holidays.


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Retro Van Number 3

Continuing on in the series of our caravan progressions, by mid-2013 we were on the lookout for another upgrade of caravan. One thing that can always be an issue in a caravan is finding the right layout and a particular bug bear can be where you sleep. One thing we had decided was that the next van had to have an island bed and be not so, well….orange as the Avondale.  Apart from that, we were still happy generally with the old vans so the search began for a change and perhaps something a little newer than the current 1975 van.

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Retro Van Number 2

The Avondale Seasider Deluxe. Sounds very grand doesn’t it? Well this was caravan number 2 for us, we were looking for an upgrade on the 1973 Viscount Ambassador and in 2008 we found this divine orange number and a newer model, being manufactured in 1975. The fading orange stripe on the side of the van gave no hint as to the inside of this baby.

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Caravans or time capsules?

Family holidays and capturing the moments in photographs have always played a huge part in my life. The memories and history of not only our lives but places we’ve visited on holidays are great to look back on and bring a smile to everyone who was there. We’ve got quite a history of owning vans and upgrading them over the years too. The first caravan we bought was in 2006. A 1973, 16 foot Viscount Ambassador in pretty good original condition.

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Caravans Past and Present

Old vans such character.

If you’ve been a fan of caravanning for a long time like me you’ve probably had the odd upgrade of vans or definitely have things on the wish list of what “the next van will have…” In the early days it was tenting which was fantastic for spontaneous weekends away, throw a bit of camping gear in the car and a tent and off you go. In 2003 we progressed to a camper trailer, ahh that’s better, a proper mattress up off the floor and a more permanent way to store camping equipment underneath the camper. This was a brilliant set up with 2 small kids, still very easy to take wherever we wanted to go, on and off road, and easy to make camp. It was exactly what we needed for a 6 week holiday through the centre of Australia from top to bottom. Helping hands would pitch in to set up what they were capable of and we all had a big, dry and relatively comfy setup.  The camper trailer did many more off road holidays including some memorable fishing trips to the Coorong in South Australia.

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