national meet at
Glen Innes 2014
batteries & solar panel workshop
Touring Solutions Shane Adams was along once again with wife Nikki
& baby Indy. They are keen camper trailer owners &
members of the Australian CamperTrailers Group. Shane's first
workshop of the week was an overview of 12volt systems centered
around camper trailers as well as the tow vehicle. This is a
topic which is discussed within the group online & very often
misunderstood. To get hands on, face to face information from a
professional is a great asset to the group members.
Shane explained the
different types of batteries, their uses in off road vehicles &
camper trailers which can be very different to normal everyday
car batteries. The usual camping application is a high draw over
a number of days using a 12volt fridge, camp lights & perhaps a Cpap
as well as chargers for computers, cameras & phones.
batteries can often be a problem when camping away from 240volt
power. Solar panels a common these days as a
means of recharging 12volt batteries in the bush. Shane showed
the different types of panels available, setting up a panel to
the optimum size for your requirements & how to include a
solar regulator into the system between the panel & battery.
DC-DC chargers have become
very popular also & Shane showed how they can be included into the
system to charge the remote camper trailer battery from the
vehicles alternator when travelling.
pleasing to see most had a good grasp on the subject at the end
of the workshop.
ladies cuppa & chat
Carol hosted a morning tea
for ladies to meet each other. Some arrived with a cuppa & cake in hand, while
others were keen to show the craft projects they had been working on.
hema ipad mapping
Kevin Beckwith hosted a
mapping workshop using Hema maps for iPad. Hema's topo 1:250k &
1.1million touring maps are available as an iTunes download for
iPad's providing GPS navigation for 4wding & touring with the
advantage of a larger screen size over the smaller GPS units.
Using the mapping offline with the iPads inbuilt GPS will show your
location on the maps. You can also record a track log of your
journey along with waypoints. Handy POI (points of interest) are
included such as campsites, caravan parks, dump points, toilets,
information centres, 24-hour fuel outlets.
Online you can check what the weather will be like by accessing
weather forecasts, such as a three day outlook or overlaid rain
camper trailer walkabout
Dave Cook hosted the popular camper trailer walkabout
once again. Members gave
a brief talk on what they liked about their camper trailer, points they didn't like &
modifications they have done or they would like to do to make camping all
that more enjoyable.
workshop on the use of the Dreampot which also gave her the
perfect opportunity to cook her nights meal. The Dream Pot consists
of a double layer insulated outer pot with one or two
stainless steel inner pots & lids which can be used as
saucepans. The cooking process is very simple. All you need
do is place the ingredients into the inner pot & gently boil
on your stove for the required short time based on the
recipe. Then place the inner pot directly into the Dream Pot
& close the lid. The thermo cooking process now starts by
cooking the food in the residual heat. No further monitoring
is required during this process allowing you the convenience
of going about other tasks or while you are travelling. Your
meal cannot burn, boil over or overcook. After the necessary
thermo cooking time in the Dream Pot the meal is ready to
The auction night has now
developed into its own night after starting as a few items auctioned
off during the bands break on the Wednesday night at the Nyngan
national meet. Rob, Kevin & Jason auctioned
off a total of fifty-five items donated by members & businesses in aid of the
Glen Innes Showground Trustees who were fundraising for the
showground grounds upkeep. Local auctioneer Terry Tevelde did a fantastic job.
A big thanks to Australian CamperTrailers Group members who donated
items, Marty & Sue Alsford, Bob & Jann Wood, Rob & Carol Sanderson,
Kevin & Kathleen Beckwith, Phil Selman, Doug & Jenny Peisley, Mal &
Cyan Lacey, Dave & Joy Wilkinson, Peter & Nicky Gosper, Daryl & Barb
Walker, Tim & Julie Howard, Dale & Burnie Alford, Bob Sposton,
Richard & Sandra Monk, John & Penny Heath, Keith & Carol Brown, Ken
& Olga Rumble, Bruce & Barb Simpson, Doug & Joy Dunnet, Trish & Ed
Flood, Dave & Heather Huthance & local Mick Hottes.
Businesses donating goods included Ark Trailer Parts, Peggy Peg, Redarc,
Outback Now & Best Water Filters.
All up the group
managed to raise $2,785.
kids movie night
Colin & Natalie Hopgood
provided a projector to entertain the kids with a movie in the
committee room under the grandstand.