We recently stumbled across an article listing some handy DIY camping tips and tricks. This quickly got us talking about the most, shall we say, unsophisticated, camping DIY’s we’d ever seen. Here’s a roundup of some of the best for your amusement:
Hope you’ve enjoyed our little round up of camping essentials for the discerning camper. We’d love to hear about some of your humorous, or even actually useful, camping DIY hacks.
Today we’re reviewing the magazine Camper Trailer Australia, Issue 112, on sale 16 March 2017. This is not an affiliated post, this review is simply to provide information to our readers.
We were initially attracted to this magazine by the headline article: Camping on a Budget: Expert tips, Fun, free activities, Top 5 cheap tow tugs. This special feature definitely provided lots of info, from practical mechanical tips like adding a good quality water filter to your camper so that you don’t have to drag water with you from home to more down to earth recipe tips like forgoing meat a few times to save some cash. There was also a section on finding free campsites with some great tips to camp for free.
The second feature article we were attracted to was Top 10 Campers Under 20k and it was really great to see Blue Water Campers featured (in this case, the Mitchell) – as we are sure our readers know, we stock Blue Water Campers and are always available to discuss their merits: http://www.satrailers.com.au/bluewater-campers.html
Overall we really enjoyed flicking through this magazine. Great pictures of campers that got us dreaming about our next trips away and we enjoyed the section on events – there are a few good ones coming up soon in SA including ‘Tasting Australia’ in late April to early May and the ‘Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival’ in mid-May.
The magazine included a page on their online presence so if you miss out on buying the magazine there are videos and articles available at campertraileraustralia.com.au
Overall we recommend the magazine to anyone who likes to imagine themselves in a pretty nifty camper trailer exploring our great nation.
Responding to a car accident
So you’ve come across a car accident. Depending on the severity, what you do next could be of vital importance. Here are some tips from Adelaide Trailer Centre to prompt you to think of the most important things.
First, if you were involved, check yourself for injuries. This is the classic “put on your own air mask first” advice – it’s no use helping everyone else if you are bleeding and it ends up making your own injuries much worse.
Next, check your passengers and, unless there is a risk of fire or emergency operators tell you to, don’t move them if they are injured. If there are any injuries, call 000 immediately.
Before you get out of the car, you’re going to need a phone, a notepad and pen and a first aid kit. If you don’t have any of those things, see if someone else does. You’re now ready to check any other involved cars for injured people. Again, if there are any, call 000 and don’t move them if it can be avoided.
This next step is a bit superseded by technology and Google maps in particular, but it’s still good advice if things are really chaotic as you may find things hard to recall later – find out your location and write down any road names or landmarks that you can see. If phones cut out or you’re in a bad reception area this may assist emergency services to find you more easily.
Next take down the details of any witnesses. You will want their names, addresses and car licence plate numbers. This should be enough for the police to track them down later if they need to.
Now you’re ready to start writing down all the details of the accident. We recommend the weather, the time of day, how the drivers seem in terms of their capability to drive (i.e. do they seem drunk) and of course if you can, take photos. Obviously you want the details of the other driver too if you are involved for insurance purposes.
Finally, call your insurance company. Often the person you speak to will have great advice about other details you should record so it’s a good idea to call them at the scene of the accident to make sure you have everything you need to fill out their paperwork later.
Obviously all this advice is based on an accident that is not too serious. If there are extensive injuries, you should do whatever emergency services tells you and write down details and call your insurance company etc later when the emergency situation has passed.
Safe driving everyone.
What to do about a dead battery
It’s raining, you’re running late for work, you haven’t had a coffee yet…so of course you have a dead battery! After saying a few choice words, do you know what to do? Today’s blog post gives a run down on how to charge a dead battery.
First, you’re going to need jump leads and another car. Jump leads can be purchased from shops such as Super Cheap Auto and should cost around $50.
Think safety before you get started – don’t smoke when you’re jump starting a car or use jump cables with cracked or missing insulation – call in the experts if you don’t have good quality and good condition jump leads.
Make sure you turn off both cars, including any electronics, and connect the positive cable clamp to the remote terminals on the working car. The positive cable clamp is the one marked with a “+”.
Next connect the negative cable clamp (the one marked “-“) to the remote negative terminal on the car that isn’t working.
Now you want to start the working car and let it run. After about five minutes, try to start the dead car with the cables still attached. This is your “moment of truth” moment – if the dead car doesn’t start at this point you need expert help and might need to call the RAA – you probably need a new battery rather than just a charge.
If the car does start, take it for a nice long drive to give it a chance to recharge.
Maybe a trip through the Maccas drive through for a well-earned coffee…