Let's Ask Some Questions

What’s your criteria for travel destinations?
We did not want to spend another winter in Victoria, hence NSW North Coast and Southern Queensland were first on our radar and that’s as far north as we have travelled to date.
Given we are working full time it is important that we have good internet connection and phone reception. 
Having worked in the Caravanning Industry for 24 years, we have many contacts in the Industry so our destination always leads to an area where we have many clients and park or business review opportunities.
We seem to be attracted to water, so a nice Park close to the sea seems to be our preference, alternatively on a Lake or River bank.

Do you have time restrictions that you have to allow for in your destination decisions?
Yes, mainly availability of Internet and telephone reception.  We like to stay at a park for at least a week to take advantage of their “special offers” such as stay for 7 pay for 5, or 7th night free.  There are some great mid-week offers available if you research parks first. We often find parks near a major town are better than those located in major towns or cities.
We often stay unpowered at a park however our water and toilet cassette capacity restricts our time without access to a tap or dump point. In many parks, unpowered sites can prove more attractive and cost effective.
Initially we still had many work commitments such as attending Caravan & Camping Shows and Industry Conferences so we had many commuting days back to Melbourne or South Australia to attend these.  Travelling and working full time requires time balance.  Luckily we can work flexible hours, so it is not set Monday to Friday days and exploring a region can be an exciting experience when the opportunity arises.

Do you have a base where you “must” return to regularly or irregularly?
Not really, however Pam has elderly parents in Northern Victoria so we like to be near a major airport to allow a quick flight back to Melbourne each 3 months or so for a visit.
We use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family.

What’s your criteria for gear carried apart from the obvious seasonal clothing requirements?
Good question.  Our rule is quite clear.  If something new finds a home with us, then something old needs to go especially with clothing and shoes.  The charity bins are often sought after.
With gear, it must be light weight and if it hasn’t been used for 12 months, then it’s purpose must be reviewed.

How difficult is it to comply with weight capacities and vehicle towing compliance?
Very difficult.  It is a continual concern to the stage that we now travel with near empty water tanks, empty jerry cans unless specifically required for that section.  Most “heavy” items are now carried in the vehicle rather than the caravan with bulky light weight items carried in the van’s front boot to compensate for our bike rack and 2 bikes carried on the A Frame.  This keeps our ball weight within limits and improves towing.
On our first day on the road, we were loaded to the hilt with all our worldly possessions, full water tanks, full fuel tank and Chloe the dog with all her stuff.  We weighed on a local weighbridge and were horrified.  Chloe has since passed away from old age so her bed, toys, food and other paraphernalia has now gone and we live with her memories.
Books and magazines are bad news.  Once read, they should be recycled to someone else.  We have just collected 10 kgs of books and magazines located in the vehicle, under seats or in the van somewhere.  Only necessary items need to be retained.
Our fire wood carefully selected just in case we had a camp fire has now gone.  That weighed 15 kgs plus 5 kgs of heat beads. 
Cooking appliances is another topic.  Our van features a full oven with 3 LPG hotplates and one electric hot plate so do we need to carry a Webber Baby Q, Pizza stone, BiJi BBQ, OzPig and gear, a variety of saucepans and fry pans, steamers, electric frypan, Dream Pot and portable butane stove as well.
Our last weighbridge reading 12 months was much more favorable, but probably still touch and go.
We are due for another weighbridge check-in to see if we are still on track.  Weighbridges are easily found, just “Google” Public Weighbridge with the area in which you are located.  There will be a cost for a weight Certificate for your vehicle, ball weight and caravan, however most will weigh your rig and write the results on a piece of paper for you at no charge.  That’s all you need to ensure that your rig weights are compliant.
So What are you waiting for?


We hit the road nearly two years ago now, with our two existing camp chairs, both Spinnifex non padded high backed adjustable chairs.  Fine for occasional camping and sitting around the camp fire with your feet up on a milk crate, but after two years of use, working full time on the road we were developing “numb bum” syndrome.

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Cooking while on the road

Living full-time on the road in our 21ft caravan we value our eco-friendly DreamPot.  It’s easy to use, efficient and always delivers a hot meal after a long day on the road.

DreamPot is thermal cooking, a portable, easy-to-use, cooking appliance which uses only a fraction of the power or heating source to achieve magnificent meals anywhere or anytime. DreamPot is an Australian family operated company which has made meals for travelers much better since 1964. 

Here is one of our favorite recipes 

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Don't take your hoses for granted

Your good old drinking water food grade hose is more important than you actually realise.  In our case, living, working and travelling Australia full time in our caravan, the hose gets coiled up, placed in it’s bag and rattles along on the caravan A Frame when travelling.  Then at the next site, it’s thrown out onto the ground, clicked onto whatever size tap is provided and that’s it.  We just take it for granted and expect it to perform faultlessly.

Until one day ....

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Carrying bikes on your Caravan, Camper or RV

It is great to have your bikes with you when travelling on the big trip or even a short break.  It’s a healthier way to get around and explore the area or visit the shops instead of always taking the vehicle for short trips.  

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Caravan Courtesy

Be Courteous when Towing a Caravan
When out and about on the road remember that you are sharing the road with lots of others.  We hope that these tips will help you and others to stay safe.

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Check your Anode Annually

If your storage hot water systems runs on electricity, gas or solar, it will contain a sacrificial anode. This is a highly reactive metal component which protects the system from corrosion. Most hot water heaters use them to protect the tank and other components which spend most of their time immersed in water. 

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Living on the road with no fixed address

A Residential Address is required for Medicare, Vic Roads, Electoral Commission, Australian Tax Office and Insurance Policies require a Situation of Risk address.  In these cases we have used a relative’s address, our Accountants office address and our Insurance Brokers office address if the computer generated ‘field” will not accept Australia Wide.  

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