Holiday Services Kick in!

Had another Caravan Holiday Relocation Services job last Friday. A lovely couple from South side Brisbane who were pushed for time and required their Nova Workabout dual axle caravan delivered and set up at Iluka, NSW. Their Nova caravan was a real nice set up, having only purchased the van in July this year and sadly had only found the time for one short break due to work obligations. Ahh that horrible word – work! The family had done the same as many of us RV’ers with wishing to buy the correct caravan had visited many caravan shows before a final decision was made to buy this particular brand & model. Great choice guys! The Nova towed like a beauty.  Many caravanners who are intending to buy a caravan for the first time have our ‘wish list’ with options we hope to have in our first caravan or RV that we are buying. A great idea and awesome planning. But I will leave that process for another day’s discussion!

With this one day Holiday Relocation I had the pleasure of my Brother-in-law’s company for the run south, some 360 kilometres down the Pacific Highway, past the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers to a fantastic caravan park set by the waters edge. Paul came long for the drive and enjoyed his day immensely, so he told me later that night! Our drive south was fairly slow with many school holiday makers also heading south with the same ideas I guess – try and beat the huge amount of traffic driving south into New South Wales.  We arrived at the Iluka Riverside Caravan Park in Charles Street (02 6646 6060) in the early afternoon’s brilliant sunshine. After a brief discussion with Rhonda the friendly park manager, we proceeded to a pre-arranged caravan site. The holiday sites at this caravan park blew me away with incredible views across the water, with many families just sitting by the waters edge fishing, generally relaxing & having fun.      I wished it was me having the two week holiday, what a beautiful pristine spot!  Just so peaceful, friendly & relaxing. The weather was also in our favour as we started to set the caravan up and prepare for the owners arrival a couple of days later.

We  finished setting up the caravan with the owners instructions of especially having the annex installed which all came together quite well with little problems. I love the friendship of the caravan fraternity and many came over welcoming us and to say hi, thinking we were there for a holiday. If only I thought? This was a perfect location with a great caravan park right by the water. If you are looking or planning for a nice place to stay round the Grafton and Yamba districts head for this caravan park – you won’t be disappointed!

Our drive north in the late afternoon was fairly easy with all the traffic mainly heading south. That traffic was very heavy & congested especially round the southern tip of the Gold Coast near Robina with traffic going at a snails pace for many kilometres.  We decided to have a break at the BP Service Station at Coomera & grab a bite to eat as well, then it was an easy drive home on the last leg of a fantastic day and another happy customer.

Until next time, thanks for reading, travel safe and happy days to you all.

Cheers from Anthony at Caravan Relocation Services.


Why I love my driving my V8 twin-turbo diesel

Before buying our V8 twin turbo diesel a couple of years ago, we owned a 6 cylinder intercool turbo diesel, a 2005 model for 7 years.  That was the last of that 6 cylinder model four wheel drive’s that came into Australia sadly.

Now don’t get me wrong that was one big awesome fourbie & we travelled over 120,000 kilometres in her, mainly on the bitumen. It had a five speed manual gearbox & our friends always commented on how good it looked in all white. One of my favourite sayings was “You don’t know what you’re missing till you drive a Nissan!?”

She towed our 3 ton, 9 metre long Majestic Knight caravan to many locations on the Eastern states of Oz. But when an opportunity came my way to upgrade & buy a “King of the Road”– well I jumped & grabbed that opportunity. How does my “King of the Road” stack up?

Being a V8 for one I thought it would be louder with all those diesel motor sounds that one hears. But no, this is whisper quiet on the highway & a joy to drive. Also having a 6 speed auto gearbox makes it a dream machine to drive. Plus it has cruise control, so easy to sit back & let the motor & gearbox work it all out.

The low fuel consumption is insane for a V8! Who would have thought that a V8 twin turbo 4.5 litre motor would surpass a 6 cylinder on my previous vehicle with fuel consumption.

I found the motor averaged 14.5 litres per 100 kilometres when towing caravans from Brisbane & Coffs Harbour. Driving with no load or towing it averaged 11.4 litres per 100 kilometres. Could not believe these figures so double checked & yes they were correct! Also the torque that this common rail motor has is simply amazing, like a freight train!

The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series V8 diesel is a dream machine to drive with all the modern electrical & mechanical advantages over many other vehicles. I do love driving this fantastic motor vehicle & who would have thought that such a large diesel motor would be so quiet, yet so powerful and an absolute joy to drive. Even my wife enjoys driving this rather large fourbie & finds it easy to park and manoeuvre with reversing camera installed.

That’s why I love driving my Toyota Land Cruiser V8 “King of the Road”!  You won’t go wrong owning one of these trucks.

Until next time, hang loose, stay safe, and drive like you wanna live to a ripe old age & I wish you good health & happy days. Cheers from Anthony @ Caravan Relocation Services.