Caravan, Camping, Boat and Other Trade Shows

Monday, 22nd April 2013

Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow, Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, NSW

Again a good show, although like previous visits we knew a lot of it was not information of any use to us, as we were not there to buy a ready build caravan, camper trailer or RV etc, but we were after more information on appliances and accessories, in particular Owen was looking for a certain fridge, which it turned out was not even there, which was disappointing.

Once the camper is finished or more near completion we will be able to get more information from this show on travelling and the outback tracks and things like that. They have a lot of information on Caravan parks, which is of NO use to us as we plan on using Caravan parks MAYBE once a month to do the laundry and have a long shower and refill and empty tanks if needed.

We drove again this year, as we were not going to take the train after the fiasco a couple of years ago, we got there in good time, and the disabled parking was nearly empty when we arrived just before opening at 10am. The most annoying thing is they have blocked off the entrance to the road for access to this parking area (Prospect St), so that you could not turn into the parking area if coming down James Ruse Drive from the M4, meaning we had to go much further down the road until we could turn around and get back to the entrance – VERY annoying

Cost $15 (for pensioners) and free for Owen (carer) & free for Boo.

 

Friday, 26th October 2012

Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show ,Canberra, ACT

A show more based on travelling to caravan parks, renovating your house and/ or garden and buying commercial caravans, campervans, camper trailers, tents, 5th wheelers or motorhomes. It is pretty big considering that Canberra has only one caravan, RV accessory store, which it is pretty small, has a pretty small range and is pretty expensive (Lloyds Caravan RV Marine Accessories),  there is one online warehouse store in nearby Queanbeyan (Caravans Plus), and 1 commercial caravan store in nearby Queanbeyan (Jayco  Canberra) as well). For us it didn’t have much of any use, but we went anyway to have a look at accessories, and some items from commercial built products we were interested in like, window manufacturers, door locks, cupboard locks and handles etc.

Cost – $15 (for pensioners), free for Owen (carer), free for Boo

 

Friday and Saturday, 19th and 20th October 2012

Murrumbateman Field Day, Cnr Barton Hwy and Murrumbateman Rd, Murrumbateman, NSW

We attended on Friday before it opened, as Owen had made an appointment with the people from Ropes Plus, who we had seen/ met at the Sydney 4WD and Adventure show the week before and they didn’t have with them what Owen was after so they told us they were going to be at the Field Days and to meet them on Friday to purchase what we needed. We did this and whilst there were given a Free day pass.

So returned on Saturday and it was RIDICULOUS on Saturday trying to get into the grounds, the traffic was backed up past the winery, more than 3km down the road. When we finally got to the turn into the Field Days we found out why. The parking people were stopping traffic on the Barton Highway and making the traffic run alternately (north then south etc), and letting people out of Murrumbateman Rd, this was holding traffic up for more than 45min’s.

We had a good look around and Owen found a few good things, like Fuel Transfer pumps etc, which he needs for transferring fuel from the “extra” diesel tank to the main tank, for when doing long haul driving where fuel may be less available or very expensive.

When we left they made us, turn down Murrumbateman Rd instead of back onto Barton Hwy, but didn’t have any detour signs for people to follow to know how to get back into Canberra etc. Why they were doing this I don’t know because they were blocking off the traffic one way and then the other, so you could have easily turned onto Barton Hwy with NO disruption to traffic.

Cost – free for Me, free for Owen (carer), free for Boo (Due to Getting a free pass, normally would have been $15 for Me)   :o)

 

Saturday, 13th October 2012

Sydney 4WD and Adventure Show , Eastern Creek, Sydney, NSW

Tried to attend on Friday 12th, but after driving all the way out there and arriving at around 10am, it was closed due to the rain, we were turned away at the gate. I pity those who had driven long distances for a day tip (we saw numerous other ACT registered car’s there and I am SURE some of them had just made a LONG day trip up from Canberra, to get turned away at the gate. We had checked the website before leaving where we were staying (near Cronulla) and were listening to the radio on the way there and neither place had anything about it being closed that day or if the weather was bad. Surely out of ALL of these shows a 4WD show (and maybe the boat show) would be the ones who could handle rain.

So on Friday we instead went visiting new friends in Cranebrook who are also building an Expedition Camper, but on an Isuzu NPS, we were going to visit after we had been to the show anyway, we just called and arrived MUCH earlier than planned.

So Saturday morning we set of AGAIN (the weather being MUCH better today), and this time had no problems getting in, we stopped and bought my ticket (and got Owen’s Carers ticket), Drove down to the Disabled parking, which is right at the event, saving a long walk down and back up the road to the event from the general parking areas.

We spent quite a lot of time looking around, mostly at accessories and things.

Cost – $12 (for pensioners), free for Owen (carer), free for Boo

 

Friday, 3rd August 2012

Sydney International Boat Show, Darling Harbour, Sydney

We have been to the boat show a few times in the past, and enjoyed it, and like last year this year we were looking for parts for the truck, marine products are MUCH better quality for the same or a bit more cost.

Well, we attended again, didn’t really buy anything (except lunch <LOL>), got some freebies, like sunscreen (Need that for my little bald head) and LOTS of catalogues and pamphlets on things that might be of use for the truck,  we did look at and like a few of the marine toilets and refrigerators, and some door and cupboard handles and LED lights and things too.

We caught a City Rail train from Caringbah (with Boo), where we are staying, to Town Hall, (Closest train station to Darling Harbour) as trying to park around Darling Harbour is horrible, and expensive, and as pensioners it only costs us $2.50, (Owen is free because he is my Carer and Boo is free,  Boo can use the trains as she is a Disability Assistance Dog, and has the same rights as a guide dog) for an all day ticket on any train, bus, ferry etc. It takes just under an hour to get there, (all on one train so no waiting between trains) but this is fine, as it is just so very much easier.

Cost $14.50 (for pensioners) and free for Owen (carer), & free for Boo.

 

Friday, 21st   October 2011

The Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show, EPIC, Canberra

A show more based on travelling to caravan parks, renovating your house and/ or garden and buying commercial caravans, camper-vans, camper trailers, tents, 5th wheelers or motor-homes. It is pretty big considering that Canberra has only one caravan, RV accessory store, which it is pretty small, has a pretty small range and is pretty expensive (Lloyds Caravan RV Marine Accessories),  there is one online warehouse store in nearby Queanbeyan (Caravans Plus), and 1 commercial caravan store in nearby Queanbeyan (Jayco  Canberra) as well). For us it didn’t have much of any use, as we are not ready to travel yet and when we do it will not be to caravan parks, as we will be free camping, we are not renovating our home or landscaping and we are not looking for a commercial caravan etc.

Cost – $12 (for pensioners), free for Owen (carer), free for Boo

 

Friday, 9th September 2011

Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

 We attended with Boo, of course, simply because we were going to be in the area (Sydney) anyway. We have been to the Penrith show before, and I doubt if we would have made a special trip up for it though, as like most caravan and RV shows it is geared toward those buying ready made RV’s and doing the caravan park thing. There are NO expedition camper type shows geared toward the adventure and exploration type of travellers who want to free camp and/or build there own vehicles. Pity!.

Free Entry (for everyone).

 

On our way to the Penrith Caravan show, we stopped off at Dynaplas to get some mudguards so that the truck can be registered. We got a set of light blue polyethylene light truck mudguards that were seconds (colour had some marks in it), they were $50 each. To register the truck it needs mudguards and mud flaps (we have the flaps already, as they were fitted to the truck to drive it home from QLD, but they wont allow us to register it with the temporary (shade cloth) mudguards that ATW fitted for us, so we could drive it home). Owen will fit the mud guards himself using his own mounting systems as the mounting hardware costs more than the mudguards and they will all be thrown away as soon as the camper body is fitted as the camper will have integrated mudguards as part of the body. We were going to get the super single size mudguards but the were WAY too big for the wheels being 1200mm when the wheels are only about 1000mm, the light truck ones are only 1030mm, the light truck ones are 50mm wider though, but that can be dealt with.

 

Thursday, 7th September 2011

AIMEX (Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition)

We went to AIMEX originally to get the new hoop for the truck from ATW and return the old one (they accidentally gave us a steel one instead of the asked for aluminium one). ATW are attending this event, as they also make mining transport vehicles. We are also going to  have a look about to see if there is anything that will help with the camper build.

This show was AMAZING and HUGE. We walked around it for 6 hours and still didn’t see it all. It was held at the Sydney Showgrounds at Homebush.

As well as catching up with ATW to get the hoop for the pass through of the truck, we got a lot of other information and connections we need to parts for the truck, things that are not shown at other shows (especially the 4×4 and RV shows) things like waterproof switches, More robust waterproof reversing camera’s (made for the mining industry but also great for expedition campers as they go into more inhospitable environments), polyurethane manufacturers, heavy duty paints and coatings and rust converters etc, really tough nitrile disposable gloves that can be used with chemicals without breaking down,non slip products for steps (including one that glows in the dark), a heavy duty recovery rope (from 3,350kg to 33,500kg breaking strengths, LIC paints (an industrial acrylic & polyurethane enamel paints) and OHHHHH so much more, there were around 700 exhibitors from little sites of a single table to LARGE sites with full sized mining trucks, cranes and other equipment.

Free entry for everyone (but had to apply online for entry as it is not open to the general public, but only to those  in the Mining Industry). While entry was free, parking cost us $20 for the day. They had a shuttle bus from the showgrounds to the carpark, as it was quite a walk.

 

Friday, 26th August 2011

4WD and Adventure Show, Eastern Creek, Sydney

We went off to the Sydney 4WD and Adventure show this morning, we left early in the morning (about 8am), and returned in the evening (about 8pm), after we had seen everything we wanted to. We arrived at the show at about lunchtime and spent about 4-5 hours looking about and even went for a test drive on there track in one of there 4×4’s so that I could experience the fun of the obstacles, especially the 30+degree ramp angles into and out of some of the obstacles. We didn’t buy anything, but did get some ideas of products that will be useful for the camper.

Cost $12 (for pensioners) and free for Owen (carer), & free for Boo.

 

On the way to the Show we stopped and did a few things, mainly talking to the people at DIAB Australia about composite cores for the truck body.

 

Friday, 29th July 2011

Sydney International Boat Show, Darling Harbour, Sydney

We have been to the boat show before in the past, and enjoyed it, but this time we are looking for marine products for the expedition camper/ truck, as marine stuff just seems to be of so much better quality, and sure it can be more expensive, but it is worth it in most cases.

Well, we attended again, didn’t really buy anything (except lunch <LOL>), got some freebies, like stickers, lollipops, stubby holders, floating key ring holders and LOTS of pamphlets on things that might be of use for the truck,  did look at and like a few of the marine toilets and are definitely looking at a marine toilet instead of an RV toilet.

We caught a City Rail train from Caringbah (with Boo), where we are staying, to Town Hall, (Closest train station to Darling Harbour) as trying to park around Darling Harbour is horrible, and expensive, and as pensioners it only costs us $2.50 each, (Boo is free,  Boo can use the trains as she is a Disability Assistance Dog, and has the same rights as a guide dog) for an all day ticket on any train, bus, ferry etc. It takes just under an hour to get there, (all on one train so no waiting between trains) but this is fine, as it is just so very much easier.

Cost $14 (for pensioners) and free for Owen (carer), & free for Boo.

 

Wednesday, 4th May 2011

Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow, Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney

Again a good show, although we realised now that we have decided to go the home built expedition camper route, that there was not that much relevant information at this (these) types of shows.

Ok there is information on things like fridges, toilets, and other accessories like chairs, LED lights and the like, but as we have decided to go with a Marine toilet the RV toilets are of no use (why is it that an RV toilet that costs more than $1000 has a toilet seat and lid that is of a cheaper quality that a $10 Bunnings seat? (they are so flimsy)).

This year we drove, after last years fiasco on the train, and waiting for an hour between each train making our journey about 3 -1/2 hours instead of 1 -1/2 hours).

Cost $14 (for pensioners) and free for Owen (carer) & free for Boo.

This year it worked out even cheaper for us as I got a free ticket to the show, so it cost us nothing to attend this year, a definite bonus.

 

Friday, 11th February 2011

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo, Newcastle Jockey Club, Newcastle

A good show, lots of exhibitors and information.

Cost $6 (for pensioner), free for Owen (carer) and free for Boo.

 

Friday, 22nd October 2010

The Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show, EPIC, Canberra

A good show, considering the size and placement of it (Canberra has only one Caravan, RV accessory store, there is an online warehouse store in nearby Queanbeyan and 1 caravan store in nearby Queanbeyan as well).

Cost – $12 (for pensioners), free for Owen (carer), free for Boo.

 

Sunday, 12th September 2010

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo, Penrith Panthers, Penrith (Sydney)

This was a pretty good show, for all it being smallish and free, it was well laid out, and had good exhibitors.

Cost – Free for everyone, including Boo (of course ).

 

Thursday, 22nd April 2010

Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow, Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney .

We took the train (or trains) from Caringbah to Central to Clyde to Rosehill (this took HOURS as we missed a vital connection due to one of the trains being delayed and had to wait for an hour between each train, Boo went on the train with us, and seemed to enjoy it (her first train journey) she just lay under the seat).

This was a good show, although we had no real plans in mind as we hadn’t bought the truck or decided which way we were going to go, 4×4 converted Coaster was the guess though.

Cost – $14 for me (a pensioner), free for Owen (one if the perks of being a carer, OK the ONLY perk of being a carer :-)), free for Boo (who can attend because she is my Assistance Dog).