national meet at
Glen Innes 2014
The Australian CamperTrailers Group is now
twelve years old & with that members who once owned a camper trailer have
stepped up to a caravan. Kevin Phillips hosted a caravan walkabout. Members gave
a brief talk on what they liked about their caravan, points they didn't like &
modifications they have done or they would like to do to make camping all
that more enjoyable.
Chris Rogers hosted a kids scrapping
workshop where they cut, painted & pasted a creation.
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.
Colin Hopgood manufacturer of the
Australian made BEST Water Filter was invited to host a talk on his water filter
system especially designed for the RV market. First up he demonstrated the
bacteria levels present in tap water which would then go into your camper
trailers water tank. The filter is simply connected to the filler hose & removes
chlorine & bacteria before it goes into your tank.
Unlike other filters that need to be replaced regularly because of bacterial
contamination, BEST uses the SilverSafe technology to keep the filter bacteria
free, so there are no replacement filters to buy. To flush you simply reverse
B.E.S.T. Water Filters are quickly becoming the preferred method for people
travelling in caravans, motorhomes & camper trailers as well as becoming
recognised by quality RV manufactures as the water filter they install a
Friday afternoon saw
the closing ceremony. Co-owner 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 Glen Innes Showground
Committee, the Glen Innes Tourist Information & the Glen Innes Men's Shed for
the work behind the scenes providing the platform for
another successful national meet.
Glen Innes Showground Trust
Chairman Mike Condon was on hand to take the proceeds of the auction
night. He thanked CamperTrailers members for the generous support & assured
everyone the money would be put to good use within the showground.
Glen Innes Men's Shed President Paul Raper
also thanked members for the support shown as he took the proceeds of the trivia
night & dance night gold coin entry totaling $476. Peter then drew David
Wilkinson's winning ticket for the beautiful hand crafted inlaid table & the two
handcrafted wooden bowls won by
Both prizes were provided by the men's Shed with $418 raised.
The Glen Innes Severn Council
Mayor Colin Price hoped members had a great time during the week
exploring the region & wished everyone a safe journey home.
Co-owner Rob Sanderson then thanked those
who had presented workshops or activities during the week & personally gave each a certificate of
The Glen Innes Bloopers awarded
is for the funniest or most embarrassing moment over the week was awarded
McFarlane. The story goes when Doug
arrived at Glen Innes he could not remember the street into which he had to turn
for the showground, so he pulled over & got his laptop out, got it going & went
to the campertrailers.org website & found the street on the national meet info
page. He then started up the navigator & entered the street which said turn
left. he looked up & saw a sign saying showground. Co-owner Jason Cox presented
Doug with a set of six MSA 4x4 wine tubes and a family pack set of Life Gear
Flashlites, both excellent prizes, donated by Jamies Touring Solutions.
Spirit of the Group is awarded to a
person who is brought to the attention of the CamperTrailers Group co-owners for
a good hearted deed or generosity in helping others during the week long
meet. This year the award was presented to Matt Stone. Before Matt's arrival at
Glen Innes he had read on line that there was nowhere for those having a shower
to hang their clothes. Matt went to the hardware shop & bought a length of
timber & a number of coat hooks & made several racks that hung over the top of
the shower cubical door.
Co-owner Jason Cox
presented Matt with the perpetual trophy donated by Neil & Margaret Morton along
with a rollup LED light strip donated by Stocks Camping & Fishing store in Glen
Rob told the story of how members Bob & Julie Gill had taken home a large
firewood log from the 2012 Wellington national meet & took it along to the
Flinders week long meet 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 to hold the remains. The ashes of the Batlow national meet
fires had been added to those of Big Bertha. Rob then added the ashes of the
Glen Innes campfires.
Rob announced for those who were still
around on Saturday night, please bring your tea down to the pavilion where we
could set up tables & have a meal together. From the back of the pavilion Jill
yelled out, "are you shouting Rob?" to which he replied "no I have a
microphone". After he regained his composure he was able to proceed.
Kevin then suggested where next years
national meet will be giving cryptic clues. Of course when he asked what town is
on the $10 note, everyone knew the location. he then announced the venue of the Australian CamperTrailers Groups' 11th national meet
would be held in Gulgong on the New South Wales Central Tablelands during the
September - October school holidays from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd
With that Kevin
declared the 10th national meet closed & hoped to see everyone again next year.
kids movie night
Colin & Natalie Hopgood
held the kids movie night as an open air event as the committee room
was being used.
See ya all next year at