2018 national get
photo courtesy Kevin &
The workshops & events began from the
Monday with members & invited guests hosting a number
of workshops on a variety of subjects relating to camper trailers, travel &
camping in general. Being an internet based group there are subjects where the
information cannot be easily exchanged through typing & this is where the
national meet gives the perfect opportunity for face to face workshops.
Workshops by members included
Rob Sanderson's trailer wheel bearing practical demonstration
showing members how to inspect & regrease their bearings, then
Kevin Phillips presented a technical workshop on tow weights &
limits via a visual slideshow, explaining how easy it is to overload
your camper trailer or caravan as well as your vehicle.
Jill Skinner with assistance from husband Gus & Sharon
Wheatley showed how the popular Cobb
Cooker can be used as an alternative for cooking a range of meals instead of using
the traditional camp oven or pots & pans on a gas stove.
A ladies morning tea was hosted by Carol Sanderson where ladies
introduced themselves over a cuppa & caught up with past
acquaintances. Jane Tasker &
had their spinning wheels on
hand to demonstrate their craft. Carol
also hosted a ladies pamper session later in the week.
David Cook hosted the popular camper trailer
walkabout once again, where members gave a brief talk on what they liked about
their camper trailer. Kevin Phillips hosted a similar walkabout
Rob & Carol Sanderson hosted a chat for members on the topic of
tips for camping, cooking, trip ideas & travel. Much like the group
works online, but with the advantage of face to face replies.
Carol hosted a card & craft
workshop for kids assisted by Jenny McCarron &
Diane Pridham. Phoebe Schumack ran a Finska
competition also for the kids.
Invited businesses asked to
attend & host information workshops included Dale Papworth from
Watts Communications in Queanbeyan. Dale looked at the new
Australian made GME XRS UHF CB which uses bluetooth wireless
technology enabled via a phone app which can create & share scan
lists with instant access to the entire Australian and New Zealand
registered analogue frequency database. Next he spoke about the
Cel-Fi GO Mobile Repeater, an intelligent in-vehicle coverage
solution for Telstra's Next G & 4GX networks, designed to
dramatically boost voice quality & increase data speeds for moving
vehicle applications. He also showed us the GME TX6160 &
ICOM IC-41PRO UHF CB's.
Redarc's Cameron Moore
assisted by Todd Simpson, presented a workshop explaining who Redarc
are & gave an overview of the products that are manufactured in the
Adelaide facility. The second workshop showed what was involved in
setting up a reliable dual battery system in the vehicle or camper
trailer, the best type of battery to use, how the battery charged &
Dave & Jan Cook with Dave & Joy Wilkinson hosted a trivia night in the
showground kitchen pavilion. The popular event was well attended & once again a great
success with plenty of friendly rivalry between the tables as teams sort the
perpetual winners trophy donated by Jamie Hazelden of Jamie's Touring
Solutions. Proceeds of the gold coin donation went to the Bungendore
The auction night has now
developed into its own night after starting as an idea during the bands break at the Nyngan
national meet. Rob, Kevin & Jason provided an entertaining night as
over seventy-two item groups which included some gloves, all donated by members & businesses were
bid on. The $2965 proceeds were donated to the
Bungendore Rotary Club.
A big thanks to Australian
CamperTrailers Group members who bid & to those who generously donated items,
including Dale Alford & Bernadette Donato, Andrew Dale, Stasia
Everingham & Donna, Mervyn & Jane Tasker, George Mavros & Anne
Drury, Terry & Sandy Agland, Shane & Kim Worth, Ted & Pat Barker,
Ian & Collette Garnham, Caroline & Roger Duck, Judi Tregonning,
Richard & Belinda Bryant, Kevin & Karen Phillips, Keith & Jenny
McCarron, Lloyd & Lyn Davies, Greg James, Keith & Carol Brown, Simon
& Patrick Wakeling, Mal, Cyan & Kenya Lacey, Sean Mccombe, Col &
Sharon Tidey and Gordon & Von Tindal.
Businesses donating goods included Redarc Electronics & Bungendore's
Wild Rose Organics.
A few afternoon rain showers cancelled the scheduled barefoot
bowling at the Bungendore Bowling Club, however the clubs Chinese
Restaurant proved to be very popular with over one-hundred people
attending the evening.
Wednesday is usually set
aside as the host town community day. To start the day breakfast
was cooked by the Bungendore Rotary Club with bacon, sausages &
eggs with coffee or tea.
At mid morning the annual soft floor
(softies) V's hard floor (tin billycans) camper trailer boles competition
was played for the Nyngan Cup trophy hosted by George Mavros.
Spectators lined the showground stands, cheering each and every shot, sometimes accompanied
by spectacular mexican waves. After strenuous struggles on both sides
the winning team for the softies were Jim & Joanne Roche defeating
Kathleen & Courtney Beckwith representing the hardies.
Two bus coaches took eighty members to Floriade, a
floral display of more than a million bulbs & annuals alongside Lake
Burley Griffin in Commonwealth Park, Canberra. It has earned the
title of the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Friday afternoon saw
the closing ceremony held in the showground kitchen pavilion. Kevin Phillips thanked everyone for their attendance, the
fantastic time we had over the week, the friendships formed & the positive
feeling of the event. He went on to thank the Bungendore
Showground, especially caretakers Ken & Ann and Ross & Joanne, as well as
members who had helped out during the week, volunteering to maintain the amenities,
cutting & carting firewood or just jumping in when it was necessary to get
Rotary Club Present Garry Cook thanked the Australian CamperTrailers Group for choosing
Bungendore as the venue of the national meet.
Garry accepted a
certificate of appreciation from Rob.
Garry Cook drew the winning tickets of the
raffle held over the week with the $630 proceeds going to the
Bungendore Rotary Club.
Third prize of a fire blanket & extinguisher donated by Jason &
Sue was won by Beery. Second prize of a Towsafe ball weight scale donated by
Steve Nicholson from Intertrade Holdings Pty Ltd was won by Robyn
and first prize of an ARB air compressor donated by ARB Queanbeyan was won
by Mark Pegham.
Rob Sanderson then thanked those
who had presented workshops or activities during the week & personally gave each a certificate of
Spirit of the Group Award is awarded to a
person who is brought to the attention of the CamperTrailers Group co-owners for
a good hearted deed or generosity helping others during the week long
meet. This year the award was presented to George Mavros who bid on a number of
items during the auction night & then gave the item to the
person he was bidding against. Rob presented George with the
perpetual trophy which was made & donated by Neil Morton.
|Spirit of the
The Bungendore Bloopers award
is for the funniest or most embarrassing moment over the week.
This year the honour goes to our own Kevin Phillips. Caretaker Ken
had warned us to be aware there could be tiger snakes around. Kev &
his neighbour had cut several large blocks from a tree & stored them
in one of the sheds. When the last bit of wood was moved a rabbit
jumped from behind & Kev jumped sky high. Jason presented Kev with
Rob told the story of how members Lindsay & Sandra had taken home a large
firewood log from the 2012 Wellington national meet & then took it along to the
members Flinders South Australian week long meet hosted by Mike Fretwell in May 2013. 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 would be presented to the Groups co-owners
at the opening ceremony. In the meantime Phil Reid had turned an 'ashes' replica
urn on his lathe to hold the remains. Since then ashes from the
national meets have been added. Rob then went to the ashes of the Bungendore campfires
& realised he had forgot to collect some. This was done later.
Redarc had donated a number of stubby coolers which were given as
lucky door prizes.
Kevin then announced the Australian
CamperTrailers Groups 15th national meet will be held over the week from Monday
30th September to Friday 4th October 2019 at Bonalbo located on the Northern
Tablelands of New South Wales.
With that Kevin
declared the 14th national meet closed & hoped to see everyone again next year.
See you all next year at
Rob, Kevin & Jason
write up by Rob