national meet at
Glen Innes 2014
Redarc's Stewart Peddle spoke on the
recently released unique Tow-Pro brake controller which incorporates both the
pendulum & delay brake controller operations built into the one unit.
In automatic mode the controller is in inertia sensing mode, also known as
pendulum style, & is best suited to road and highway conditions. The Tow-Pro
brake controller is enabled by the vehicles brake pedal switch while a pendulum
circuit senses the vehicles stopping motion and applies a proportional voltage
to the trailers brakes. This allows the trailer to decelerate at the same speed
as the tow vehicle.
The user controlled operation of the Tow-Pro is solid state activated, also
known as time delay, & allows the driver to set the level at which the trailer
brakes are applied at a pre-determined braking rate. This can be a big advantage
in some road and terrain conditions or off-road situations.
Moving between the automatic and user controlled trailer braking modes is a
simple procedure by applying the vehicles brakes & double clicking the knob.
Emergency trailer braking is applied by pressing the remotes dial.
Stuart gave everyone an insight into the difference between both braking systems
via the Redarc visual display board.
Jayden Skinner hosted a kids workshop on
origami. After a trip to Japan Jayden became very interested in this craft.
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
Alan Everingham, a technical &
compliance advisor for Caravanning Queensland, hosted a workshop on the safe operation of towing a camper
trailer. Towing a camper trailer is not just a simple process of hooking
up & taking off for your favourite camping spot. As a duty of care to
other road users there are a number of rules & guideline limits you need
to be aware of, otherwise you could be breaking the law, voiding your
vehicle warranty or insurance in the event of an accident.
Points discussed included trailer dimensions, legal towing weights &
limits, ball weight, trailer lighting, hitches, towing chains, safety
shackles, trailer brakes & safety in general.
A vehicle & camper trailer must compliment
each others maximum capacities making for a safe combination in all situations.
This especially applies to lighter vehicles and soft roader 4wdís which have
lighter tow capacities. If the ball weight is too heavy, the tow vehicle's rear
suspension will be forced down affecting braking and also the vehicleís steering
when it is most needed like during an emergency situation.
You can find a
summary of the discussion
Pamela Seymour Gough demonstrated
induction cooking where the energy is supplied directly to the cooking
vessel by the magnetic field with almost all of the source energy getting
transferred to the cooking vessel & the food itself which radiates some of
its heat into the cooking area, but compared to gas or other forms of
electrically powered cooking, induction makes for a much cooler kitchen.
With gas or conventional electric cooking the energy is first converted to
heat & only then directed to the cooking vessel with a lot of that heat
going to waste heating up your kitchen.
on towns, festivals, events, places to stay & jobs
Mark & Fiona from Outback Now
presented a workshop outlining the service their website presents. The site
lists everything you want to know about outback towns to help you plan your
trip including town by town listings events & attractions. Accommodation is
well covered from B & Bís, caravan parks, cabins, hotels, motels, country
pubs, lodges, farm or station stays, serviced apartments or national parks.
One of the biggest advantages in becoming
a member of the Outback Now website is the listing of jobs to help
travellers on working holidays. There is also an E-newsletter.
Shane Adams from Jamies
Touring Solutions presented the movie 'Jamie, the Australian
Bushman' which was the first time the movie had been shown in
public. Jamie travelled to the Cape exploring some out of the way
country with 4wd & quad bike.
kids movie night
Colin & Natalie Hopgood
provided a projector to entertain the kids with a movie in the
committee room under the grandstand.