national meet at Batlow 2013
The Thursday morning tea was a special
event as it gave everyone time to chat up for a chat & discuss what they had
been up to during the week. Members brought a cuppa
along with a variety of treats they had cooked using whatever means including
the camp oven, Cobb or Dreampot etc. The table of food looked fantastic.
The morning also
included a book swap.
Rob Sanderson held his camper trailer
wheel bearing workshop in the pavilion as it was raining. Maintaining your own
camper wheel bearings is something anybody can do & Rob showed just how easy it
was. He discussed the different types of bearings & how they were only a small
but important component of the camper trailer axle.
He then spoke on how to break down the hub, what to look for in checking the
bearing races for heat discolouration, pitting, scoring & any unevenness. He then
discussed the technique to push grease into the races, reassembling the hub &
the process of tightening the nut.
Rob had his tyre repair kit on hand &
showed in theory how to go about removing a tyre from the rim to glue a patch on
the inside & then reseating the bead.
session for women
A large number of
ladies and girls joined in on Carol's Camper Pamper session, a trained
Mary Kay consultant. On arrival everyone had a satin hand smoothie,
hydrating facial, eye spa & then ending with a foot spar & facial. There were
several prizes with the best dressed buckets went to Helen Trew & Rhiaan
never fear a
George Mavros presented a workshop
on material he had gathered for an upcoming book entitled 'never fear a
salesman again'. He suggested to do your research & know the product
before approaching a salesman & by having six responses to four
questions you are always on top of the conversation.
Christie-Cox showed us different ideas to cooking in foil as she
prepared the evenings meal.
Kathy Shumack hosted a workshop
painting the kids faces. As you can see she did a very good job.
week get together
A catch up afternoon tea was held for
members who attended the CamperTrailers Group's week long meet in the Flinders
hosted by Mike & Leonie Fretwell. Phil Reid showed the 'ashes' replica urn he had made
to hold the remains of 'Big
Bertha'. Phil told the story of how members Bob & Julie Gill had taken
home a large log of firewood from last years Wellington national meet which
ended up at the Flinders.
After the log was burnt,
affectionately known as 'Big Bertha', it was decided the ashes should be
taken to the Batlow national meet where it was presented to the Groups
co-owners at the opening ceremony.