Is Your Caravan Ready for the Road Standards Laws coming in 2020?

A caravan manufacturer that is a member of accreditation organisations means that manufacturer has been through all the checks and balances and audited regularly for quality standards.

A caravan manufacturer that participates in R&D and Safety Testing is one that is always improving to meet your needs. New Age Caravans owned by Walkinshaw use premier Walkinshaw HSV facilities and expertise in all aspects of design and testing.

With the upcoming RVSA Laws and Legislation taking affect in 2020, rest assured New Age Caravans are ADR Compliant for peace-of-mind on the road. All of our new caravans comply with applicable Australian Design Rules ensuring their legality in ALL Australan states and territories.

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BIG 4 Members receive 10% Off your new Caravan

New Age Caravans and BIG4 are proud to make this limited time offer of up to 10% off the retail price of all New Age stock caravans excluding Wayfinders and used caravans for BIG4 members only. The savings are huge but hurry, this offer ends Saturday 14 September 2019. Visit us here at New Age Caravans Adelaide for more information. *Terms and conditions apply.

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More Aussie Women are Embarking on Caravanning

To mark International Women’s Day, new research from Caravan Camping Sales has emerged indicating more female travellers are enjoying caravanning in Australia’s great outdoors.
Latest figures from the Tourism Research Australia National Visitor Survey have revealed that in the year ending September 2018, 5.2 million caravan and camping trips were taken by women – up by more than a million trips compared to similar stats taken in 2013.
Total nights spent camping by women were also up over the 12 month period – from 18.5 million nights caravan and camping in Australia in 2013, to 24.4 million in 2018.
According to the most recent survey, the largest age group of women camping was aged 30-54, which made up 49% of overall trips, followed by the 55-plus group (29% of trips).
The most popular activity amongst women whilst caravan and camping was dining at local eateries, with three million women making the most of restaurants and cafes in the areas they visited. This was followed by outdoor activities which included going to the beach, sightseeing and bushwalking.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests more women are taking major or active roles in the Australian RV Industry, from senior executive positions to consumer advocate roles.
Women-only RV travel communities are also on the rise, driven by online groups like Rolling Solo Australia, which is holding its 3rd annual ‘Stuck in the Middle’ all-female camping trip this year from October 18-25, on West Australia’s Coral Coast.

Click here to view a range of New Age caravans for sale that are popular to women caravanners.

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We are here for your Caravan Insurance Repairs

Recommended Insurance Repairer

Caravans featuring aluminium cladding are vulnerable to indent damage during a hail storm. Not too mention those accidents when towing such as gum tree branches and wind.
Without repair work to your caravan, the cosmetic look of your caravan and resale value is considerably affected. Most dealers will not trade your caravan if pre-existing hail damage is found.

The goods news is:
1) Most insurance companies such as Allianz, QBE, Ken Tame Youi and CIL cover insurance work on caravans, and it is a common repair process that we at New Age Adelaide can assist with.
2) New Age Caravans Adelaide have an trade qialified technicians working full-time in-house dedicated to caravan damage and repair work.

Our repair work includes (when necessary) removing the entire side/s of the caravan, removing all fittings such as windows and vents, re-sheeting with genuine quality supplied cladding matching the correct profile of your caravan and finally – replacing and industrially sealing all fixtures. Decals of the model of your caravan are also ordered and applied

Call us on 08 8317 1170 to discuss your needs or alternatively Email Us for a Quote attaching pictures of the damage to your caravan and we will advise.

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Merv Hughes Fishing Prize Pack

New Age Caravans Adelaide are proud to support Merv Hughes on his Fishing Show once again this 2019 as naming rights partner. New Age Caravans love supporting this action-packed show and we hear Merv is looking forward to testing out some of our Australian Made caravans. You can check them out here. On 7mate Starting 5th May at 2.30pm.

As part of a promotional giveaway for New Age, the first 30 customers that buy a caravan between 5 May and 7 July can win a fishing pack. The fishing pack includes:  1 Minelab Metal Detector, 1 pair of Tonic sunglasses and a Shimano rod & reel combo (valued at $1200).

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Tips for Caravan Maintenance between Services

New Age Caravans require 10000km/Annual Services but between this period here are some preventative tips to help avoid those last minute panic situations that occur moments before you head off on your caravan holiday.

AES/Compressor Fridge: When the caravan’s fridge is not in use, it’s a good idea to wipe out the interior, dry it, and then to leave the door partially opened to prevent the occurrence of mould or smell.

Air-Conditioner: Regularly inspect the air conditioner’s filters for wasp nests which can form and if the filters clog, the air conditioner will struggle to operate especially in warm weather.

Hot Water Service (HWS) Anode: On a monthly basis inspect your anode in the hot water system. The anode is specially designed to corrode and depending on the condition of the water, this can occur rapidly or slowly.

Solar Panels: Solar panels are popular on off road caravans. If you have roof mounted solar panels they can get dirty and collect dust so regularly wipe down the panels with warm soapy water which will aid in the improvement of solar electricity creation.

Diesel Heater: For those with off road caravans, the diesel heater is a popular appliance, but bare in mind the fuel can go off over time and when travelling in tropical climates. For when the heater is not planned to be used for a long time: 1) drain all the diesel out of the tank. 2) run the heater until it runs out of fuel – it will turn off when it runs dry and won’t hurt it. 3)Plug both the fresh air inlet pipe to the burner and the exhaust pipe. (This will stop insects building nests in the pipes.)

Awning: Like Solar panels, the awning can build up with dirt and grime so wash the awning skin with warm soapy water. Leave the awning extended and only retract once clean and dry.

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Caravan Safety Checks

Before leaving on your next caravan journey, or prior to travelling to your next holiday, run through this checklist to help ensure a safe and pleasant journey.

1. Inside your caravan, make sure that:

  • all the cupboards are securely closed
  • the refrigerator door is locked
  • all hatches are secured
  • the TV antenna is wound down and secured in the travel position
  • loose items in the caravan secured (eg wedge TV  under seating or bed do not leave on bracket)
  • window mechanism locked but shades open

2. Ensure the caravan is correctly coupled to the tow vehicle. Then check your safety chain/s. Two chains are normally fitted. Crisscross the chains and use ‘D’ shackles to connect them to the secure points on the towbar.

3. Ensure that the electrical plug between the caravan and tow vehicle is connected. Then, check the brake lights, tail lights, turn indicators, clearance lights and electric brakes (if fitted) to make sure they are working.

4. Check that the wheel nuts on all wheels have been tightened to the manufacturers specifications. These should be tightened with a torque wrench to 90ft lb or 125nm and they should be retightened at intervals of 100km for the first 400km and every 1000km after that.

5. Ensure that the tyre pressures are correct as per manufacturer specifications. Adjust if required. (tyre pressures can be found on the side wall of the tyre)

6. Before moving off, make sure that:

  • the gas is turned off
  • door locked
  • picnic table locked
  • jockey wheel removed and secured in a safe location
  • levelling jacks (drop legs) fully wound up
  • step near the door raised
  • caravan handbrake released

7. Finally, walk around the caravan for one last check. It can be very embarrassing to drive off with the electrical lead still connected!

Using your NCE Smart TV

Many New Age Caravans feature a NCE Smart TV? Here are a few tips and tricks that we would like to share with you

The NCE Smart TV operates on 12V power (there is also a 240V power cord if you need it).

Ensure a 12V power supply is running to your caravan (the Drifter unit connected to your batteries near the door entry needs to be on).

Ensure the 12V power cord is connected to the TV at the back *before* plugging the cord into the caravan’s ceiling power point (which looks like a cigarette lighter). This often will prevent the fuse blowing.

For Free to Air TV, ensure you have erected your caravan antenna and booster is on. Then plug your antenna cable from the caravan into the RF In point of the TV.

For Satellite TV, ensure you have erected your Satellite and the booster is on. Then plug your coaxial cable from the satellite/caravan into the Coax In point of the TV.

If a fuse has blown you will know because the power cord will not display a light and also the LED ceiling lights in your caravan will not be working. The fuse to replace in this instance is in the connecter of the power cord going into the roof.

Still Need Assistance?

For further assistance feel free to call the helpful team at NCE

Tel: 1300 366 024


Gas vs Diesel Heating?

If you are planning on caravanning in a bitter winter, fitment of a floor mounted heating unit is a great idea.

A standard caravan air conditioner will not

But what is best – Diesel or Gas powered heaters

There are benefits of both systems.

Gas powered heating like the Truma Vario Eco below is very quiet and features a carbon-monoxide monitor for your safety.

This features improved room temperature control, requires minimal maintenance and you can set to an actual temperature. This fan motor in the heater is stronger than previous models for serious off-road caravanning.

Diesel heaters such as above are thought to be more robust and slightly cheaper to run . They do make slightly more noise, from the air intake and exhaust (outside, underneath the van) when initially heating the van. The noise inside the van from a diesel heater is quieter than a 240volt electric fan heater and is certainly quieter than a reverse cycle air-conditioner.

Those that have a preference for a Diesel heater like the fact that it is running off it’s own power source. Bare in mind, Diesel fuel can go off in tropical climates so it is something to keep in mind.

For pricing on heater fitment have a look here

Still Need Assistance?

If you need further assistance feel free to call the helpful Service team at New Age Caravans Adelaide or email

AES Fridges in New Age Caravans

AES (Automatic Energy Selection) fridges are the most popular fridge choice in New Age Caravans. These fridges are available in single and 2-door options.

AES fridges require  12-pin wiring for your tow vehicle, in particular the 12th pin to be wired correctly. You can check further auto-electrical instruction on this here.

In Auto operation (when fridge is not set to Manual mode) an AES fridge will select the most preferred option of power. When towing your caravan, the fridge will run through the power of the car until you turn the vehicle’s ignition off.

Upon turning off the ignition of your vehicle, the fridge in the caravan will look for 240V power (EG when you are plugged in to power at a caravan park). If 240V power is not detected, the fridge will switch over and ignite from the gas in your caravan’s gas bottles.

If you currently own a single door Thetford fridge in your New Age Caravan and need to understand it further click here

If you currently own a 2 door Thetford fridge in your New Age Caravan and need to understand it further click here

If you currently own a Dometic fridge in your New Age Caravan and need to understand it further click here