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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 27th 2010
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 27, 2010 Winnebago follows downsize track LUXURIOUS: Winnebago's new Menindee motorhome's stylish interior is full of creature comforts. WHILE new car buyers are downsizing, the trend is also hitting the motorhome industry. Winnebago, the name behind some of the giant motorhomes on our roads, is following the market trend, this week launching its luxury Menindee motorhome which has all the features of its bigger brothers but in a compact body. Company sales manager Max Mayo says the Menindee is aimed at buyers who want a luxury motorhome but one that's easy to drive and park. The 8m motorhome went on display at the South Australian Caravan, Camping and Outdoor Adventure Show in Adelaide this week. ''It has the same level of equip- ment as our larger $650,000 motor- home but the design is more compact,'' Mayo says. ''Some buyers find the larger motorhom- es are too daunting so this was designed for them.'' The Menindee has been priced at $220,990 plus on-road costs and is based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform and powered by a 3.0-litre turbo diesel with a five-speed automatic gearbox. Winnebago, which pioneered the use of slide-out wall sections in Australia, has gone one step further with this model. It features a slide-out lounge on the driver's side and a slide-out rear section which houses the bed. During the day the bed can be folded to become a day lounge if required. And it doesn't come short on creature comforts either. The money buys three LCD TVs, one of which is designed for outdoor use, an electronic awning, satel- lite dish, solar panels, on-board generator, barbecue, two showers, air conditioning and leather upholstery. And to make driving it even easier, it has a reversing camera and satellite navigation.You need a light-rigid driving licence to drive the 5-tonne home away from home . As for the name: The historic town of Menindee is in New South Wales, about 110km south east of Broken Hill. Population less than 1000. Famous for its 20 inland lakes --- which are now full. KEITH DIDHAM Showtime for 10 lucky winners CONGRATULATIONS to the following 10 readers who have each won a double pass to Melbourne s Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow from March 9-14 at the Caulfield Racecourse where hundreds of all the latest vans and campers will be on display. Last year the event attracted 60,000 visitors. R McDonald, Claremont Geoff Howard, Old Beach Grant Petterwood, West Launceston P Welsh, Bagdad L Williams, Bream Creek Daniel Kennedy, Geilston Bay C & J Patmore, Kingston Heather Fung, West Hobart Royce Darling, Tranmere A Adams, Glenorchy Tickets can be collected from the Mercury reception desk and must be collected by 5pm Monday, March 1. Travellers run shy of camping spots CONCERNS: Caravan parks are disappearing. It seems while Australians love to take the caravan out for a holiday, the number of places they can take them to seems to be declining. Mark Hinchliffe reports AUSTRALIA'S 500,000 recreational vehicle owners inject $5.27 billion into the econ- omy each year, but there are fewer places for them to set up camp, according to a new national representative organisation. MoTOURing Australia spokesman John Osborne says recreational vehicle owners travel in caravans, motorhomes, campervans, fifth-wheelers, slide-ons and camper trailers, and represent a significant portion of the population. Osborne says they make a valuable contribution to the domestic tourism sector. ''Although there are more RVs than ever before in Australia, there are less caravan parks, more regu- lations on where one can and cannot camp, and there is an inadequate supply of alternative camping locations,'' he says. ''There are many reasons for the decline in caravan sites including developers buying prime land and increasing land values and associated land tax costs, insurance costs and council rates. ''In addition, there have been very few new caravan parks established over the past 10 years.'' According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of caravan parks has decreased from 1841 in 2003 to 1655 last year, while there has been a large increase in the number of cabins, flats, units and villas from 23,410 in 2003 to 34,987 in 2009. ''Camping is a very personal choice,'' Osborne says. ''There are those that enjoy the modern amenities and close neighbours of a caravan park. ''And there are those that prefer more basic and secluded camps.'' MoTOURing is an alliance of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, the Australian Caravan Club, the National Association of Caravan Clubs and the Australasian Touring Caravan, Motorhome and Camping Club. ''We have had some success in opening up under- utilised showgrounds and other areas for camping across Australia, but there is much more work to do,'' Osborne says. He says MoTOURing Australia is working with governments, the industry and communities on issues such as road safety, environmental management and improved benefits. ''The environmental impact of RVs, particularly in regard to the disposal of waste, is a real issue,'' he says. ''But it is one that can be managed. ''Many chemicals used for portable toilets are harmful to the environment and septic tanks. ''RV owners not only need to be aware of the type of products that will not harm the environment, they need to know how to safely dispose of waste. ''With only 469 public dump points across 7,692,024m2 km of land, Australia faces a significant shortfall in facilities to safely dispose of waste stored in RVs --- including grey and black waste water.'' Osborne says the CMCA, has been responsible for more than 190 of the public dump points and is committed to increasing this number. ''Full-time travelling is becoming increasingly popu- lar, however Australia's licensing and registration authorities have not yet caught up with this trend. ''More and more people are selling up their fixed residences and hitting the road full-time. ''Yet, each state and territory has different regu- lations on licences and vehicle registrations, not to mention that a fixed address is required to obtain these papers.'' Motor Cycles YAMAHA WR250F '06 very good cond $5,000. Ph 6248 1234. 0 YAMAHA YZ 450F '07 just had full rebuild, immaculate cond $6,450 ono 0406 247 378 0 Yamaha 125, 2001 new rebuild, too much to list $2,800 ono ph 0458 086 540 1YAMAHA Zeal 250, CAMS, very good cond, reg, $3,000. Ph 6248 1234. 0 YZF 450 2005, new tyres, $5,300 ono. Ph 0402 082 902. 1 YZ250 '05 Exc cond, new pipe etc, $4,800 ono. May trade truck Ph 6244 3250. 1 YZ450F 2006 Just rebuilt $3,200 in receipts, exc cond, nothing to spend $5,800 ono Ph 0417 494 404. 0 ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY'S CLASSIFIEDS. 1 '03 YZ125 With graphics exc cond, $3,850 ono. 0448 445 938. 0 08 CBR 125R 6 spd, fuel inj, just serviced, 7,000 km, good cond, 15/4 reg, half price rego $3,800 ono. Ph 0409 337 896 0LET the Sunday Tasmanian classifieds work for you with more than 131,000 readers every week who have more time to read your advertise- ment. Buying or selling, call the Sunday Tasmanian on 62 300 400 and sell it Sunday 0 Trucks, Commercial Vehicles ACCO 3070 (1979) $14,000. Ph 0418 123 969. 1 HINO FF173 1988, 13.9 GVM, 191,000 ks, as new beaver tail body with ramp, 6 mth reg, good cond, $21,000. Ph 0419 588 375. 1 Isuzu Bedford Elf Parts/truck wanted, look any- thing, cash buyer. 350 Series, 5.8 tonne. Ph 0429 013 295 1 MACK MIDLUM 2001 14.8T GVM, 250hp, 9 speed, 440,000ks, will take 26ft tray, $29,900. Ph 0408 298 511. 0MAZDA T3500 1989 vgc, 135,000km $16,000 Ph 0407 736 606 MITSUBISHI TILT TRAY with HIAB, comes with some work, freshly painted cab, reco motor 12 mths old, new steer tyres, runs very well $38,500 ph 0407 730 367 0 Mitsubishi Tipper Canter, 6 tonne gvm, $12,500 ono. Ph 0427 430 996 Tandem Semi Tipper roll over tarp, grain chute, ext sides, $20,000. 0418 140 035. TIPPER Inter 13 metre, excellent cond, $35,000 ono. Ph 0427 459 106. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2 TOYOTA DYNA 1974 4 tonne truck, half restore, sell or swap for a good ute or small boat, $2,000. Ph 6269 2556 or 0400 777 562. 0WANTED PTO DRIVE Suit 4.6 ton, 5 spd, Mitsucanter 80/81. Ph 0431 358 368. 1 MORE VEHICLES! There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today's classifieds. 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