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AUSTRALIA | ISSUE #1


TRAVEL | OUTDOOR | LIFESTYLE

PATRICK

DANGERFIELD

REEL ADVENTURES

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A CFX!

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NEW PRODUCTS

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ON THE

BOAT

WITH FIONA HARPER

TR AVEL

OUTDOOR

LIFESTYLE

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

FISHING TRIP ESSENTIALS

COOKING WITH

ALL 4 ADVENTURE


CONTENTS

04

OUTBACK IN COMFORT

ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR OUTBACK TRIPS

20

TECHNOLOGY & TRAVELLING

MODERN TECHNOLOGY

08

MOBILE LIVING TRAVELLERS

TRAVEL WRITER - FIONA HARPER

24

LATEST INNOVATIONS

NEW GEAR TO HIT THE MARKET

12

REEL ADVENTURES

IN THE WATER WITH PATRICK DANGERFIELD

26

BEHIND THE SCENES

MOBILE LIVING MADE EASY PHOTOSHOOT

14

FAMILY TRIPS YOU CAN’T SKIP

TOP 3 FAMILY TRIPS

30

COOKING WITH ALL 4 ADVENTURE

CHICKEN CURRY IN A HURRY

18

FOLLOW THE SUN CONVOY

WHAT'S UP DOWNUNDER

31

SAY WHAT?

SHARE YOUR TRAVEL STORIES

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DEAR FREEDOM LOVER,

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Mobile Living Made Easy e-magazine!

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you’re an RV user, a boat owner, a truck driver or

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journey. Like cooking, keeping food fresh, taking

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FEATURE — ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR OUTBACK TRIPS

OUTBACK

IN COMFORT

BY MAX TAYLOR

Mulga scrub and ghost

gums stretch towards

the horizon, a blanket

of red earth unrolls in all

directions, and the sun shines a

brilliant orange as it fades in the

western sky. That’s the outback:

an endless, gorgeous, scenery.

But the trails are bumpy, often

difficult, so it’s essential to

prepare accordingly.

I’ve learned the hard way that

you don’t have to do without

when heading into remote

areas, or that you have to skimp

on certain comforts.

My first trip to the outback –

the Flinders Ranges – was…

trying. I under-estimated the

fuel usage and the amount of

food I’d need, having made

the mistake of expecting the

famous Prairie Hotel to be open.

It wasn’t. The nearest supplies

were in Angorichina (Northern

Flinders) and it was slim pickings.

Tinned soup for dinner, crackers

for breakfast.

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Image Credit: Sean Scott Photography


But the sheer beauty of the

Flinders has brought me back,

time and again, only nowadays

with my portable compressor

fridge – a CFX – stocked with

eggs, fruit and vacuum-sealed

meat. A few beers, too.

Here’s a tip: make sure your

portable fridge has an insulated

cover to aid its efficiency

against the extreme outback

temperatures, not to mention to

protect it from dust ingress. A

fridge slide and the appropriate

tie-downs are essential, too,

especially on undulating tracks.

In Australia’s outback, from the

Flinders Ranges to the Tanami

Track, there’s no such thing as a

free-camp with 240V electricity.

Consider a portable battery pack

to run your 4WD’s fridge, camp

lights and even to recharge your

devices. Even if your vehicle

is already running an auxiliary

deep-cycle battery, a portable

battery pack, such as the Cool

Power RAPS 44, will allow you

to use the fridge away from

the vehicle. Imagine pulling up

alongside the Darling River on

your way to Mungo National Park

and taking the fridge, stocked

with cold drinks and fresh food,

to the riverbank to watch your

kids splash about or float on

inflatable tyres. Now that’s

mobile living.

A solar panel mounted to the

roof rack of the vehicle will keep

the battery pack charged during

those long stretches on those

outback highways, but consider

a portable set that you can plug

in once at your destination.

LESSON LEARNED

My ill-fated Flinders trip taught

me a valuable lesson: in the

Mobile living made easy. — 05


FEATURE — ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR OUTBACK TRIPS

outback, never take anything for

granted. Food, water, fuel and,

yes, even those home comforts.

When you’re comfortable in an

inhospitable environment, it’s

much easier to enjoy yourself.

Have you thought about how

you’ll keep cool in extreme heat,

or how you’ll keep warm when

the mercury drops to 4°C at

night? How will you cook your

food, especially if you’ve left the

RV behind for a day of 4WD

exploration? Don’t expect free

gas barbecues at every tourist

attraction.

A unit such as the Origo 3000,

a two-burner cooktop fuelled

by denatured alcohol would be

worth considering. Denatured

alcohol is safer than gas and

anything that improves safety

when you’re 100km from the

nearest town is a good thing.

The simple ability to heat food

easily makes the world of

difference. Again, a lesson from

the Flinders: I had tried reheating

that aforementioned tinned soup

on a barbecue hotplate in an

Angorichina caravan park but,

try as I might, I couldn’t get the

can’s contents above luke warm.

I would’ve killed for a portable

stove that cold night.

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MOBILE LIVING TRAVELLERS — FIONA HARPER

ON THE BOAT

WITH TRAVEL WRITER FIONA HARPER

Name

Fiona Harper

Home Town

Fremantle WA

Occupation

Travel Writer

Where you currently live

Atherton Tablelands QLD

What do you do for a living and why do you

love what you do?

I stumbled into travel writing serendipitously almost

15 years ago while on an extended Australian cruise

on our yacht, and have been writing ever since.

I love the creative process of crafting an interesting

story from my travels. I love travelling and am

extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit

some amazing destinations as part of the job.

What kind of camping do you like?

I love to get off-road and offshore – the farther

away from civilisation the better! Growing up

in Western Australia, the towering karri forests

around Pemberton instilled a lifelong love for

camping in forests with the benefit of pristine,

untouched beaches nearby. Travelling by yacht,

one of its biggest advantages is the ability to visit

uninhabited islands or remote archipelagos. Fiji’s

Lau Islands Group, for example, is as far from the

island resorts as one can get.

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“ As a travel writer I’m

fortunate to have multiple

adventures throughout

the year. ”

Best tip or advice for when on the water or

on the road?

Don’t put off a road trip, camping or boating

adventure just because everything is not yet

perfect (ie you don’t have enough money, time,

gear etc). Part of the pure pleasure of outdoor

adventures is the challenges encountered along

the way, how we deal with them, and the ultimate

reward of being independent and self-sufficient.

“Don’t put off a road trip,

camping or boating adventure

just because everything

is not yet perfect.”

Best go-to recipe when living mobile?

It’s hard to go past a BBQ when camping or boating.

I like to fillet freshly caught fish, dust it with a light

coating of seasoned flour and grill on the BBQ with

plenty of butter. Serve with lime or lemon wedges

accompanied by a glass of sav blanc.

Have you recently embarked on an adventure

that you would like to share with all of us?

Much of 2017 was spent cruising the Fijian islands,

where we spent a month or so exploring the Yasawa

Islands, with the famed Blue Lagoon a favourite

place to hang out. I recently travelled through

Outback QLD, to Charleville and Eromanga where

I learnt about the peril that endangered Bilbies

find themselves in, along with the extraordinary

story that led to the fossil discovery of Australia’s

largest dinosaurs.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

2018 will include more South Pacific boating

adventures, starting with New Zealand, along with

extended road tripping along Australia’s east coast

and perhaps even a return to the Aussie Outback.

Is there a Dometic product that has “knocked

your socks off” and why?

Yep, the CFX fridge – it’s a game changer! I love

the flexibility that comes with being sectioned into

two parts with options for using each section as

fridge or freezer. Cold drinks and chilled food are

assured – an important factor when you spend as

much time in the tropics as I do.

Follow Fiona Harper at Travel Boating Lifestyle

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Mobile living made easy. — 09


NEW PRODUCT — SLIDE OUT KITCHEN

A COOKING SOLUTION THAT SETS A NEW

BENCHMARK IN THE MOBILE LIVING MARKET

You don’t have to feel cooped up in your caravan or motorhome to

cook all of your meals when you’re out on the road. Sometimes you

just really want to enjoy the outdoors that little bit more.

A must for every RV, the Dometic Slide Out Kitchen has everything you

need to prepare and cook your meals including a 3-burner cooktop,

sink and bench top. It also conveniently has a large amount of storage

space for all of your dining and cooking equipment.

Dometic have put a lot of time and research into designing and

developing this product for the RV market. You are sure to be

impressed by some of its features! It’s built with a modular aluminium

construction that is approximately 40% lighter than similar units in

the market –making it easy to slide out and reduces the RV’s total

weight (something we are all constantly striving for and must do to

comply with weight requirements). The Slide Out Kitchen is made

out of aluminium and stainless steel construction that allows it to have

a high resistance to corrosion - which is always a good thing when

you’re RV is subject to all weather conditions during you’re trips.

Truly an Australian product, the Dometic Slide Out Kitchen is

designed and manufactured in Australia. It is made to be compatible

with all popular access doors, includes heavy duty rails and is height

adjustable so there shouldn’t be any issues when getting this fitted

into your RV.

To make this an even more fantastic product, you have the option of

purchasing a range of accessories to maximise the functionality of

the Dometic Slide Out Kitchen, including a BBQ plate, serving tray,

chopping board, cup holder, bottle opener and utensil holder. You

can seriously have it all in your outdoors kitchen and completely lap

up you’re surroundings whilst cooking your next meal. Who wouldn’t

want that!

The Dometic Slide Out Kitchen was a winner of the

2018 iF Design Award, a world-renowned design prize.

63 independent experts from all over the world were

impressed by the Slide Out Kitchen's versatile functionality

and lightweight aluminium construction. For 65 years,

the iF Design Award has been recognised as an arbiter of

quality for exceptional design.

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THE NEW DOMETIC

SLIDE OUT KITCHEN

Mobile living made easy. — 11


REEL ADVENTURES — IN THE WATER WITH AFL STAR

IN THE WATER

WITH

PATRICK DANGERFIELD

Geelong Cats superstar Patrick Dangerfield is

currently ranked as one of the best players in

the Australian Football League. His passion and

dedication on the football field earned him the

highest honour of the Brownlow Medal in 2016.

Patrick is also a keen fisherman and boatie. In

2017, he partnered with his good mate and

fishing guide Aaron Habgood (aka Red) to

launch Reel Adventures fishing and lifestyle show.

Reel Adventures is a weekly 1 hour radio show

and podcast. During 2018 the show is running

every week for the whole year, that’s 52 episodes

or 520 hours of fishing and travelling adventures!

To listen to the latest podcast visit the Reel

Adventures website and to see more about

Patricks fishing and outdoor adventures visit his

Facebook page.

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How long have you been playing AFL?

Ten years. I debuted in Round 20, 2008 for the

Adelaide Crows vs Essendon.

Which AFL Teams have you played for and for

how long?

I played for the Adelaide Crows for eight years from

2008 to 2015. I then got traded to the Geelong

Cats where I’ve been playing for the last two years.

What are you most proud of in your career and

what is the biggest highlight?

Proudest moment was playing in the return game

after Phil Walsh passed away…Highlight was

playing finals in front of 80,000 people.

What has been the biggest challenge?

Gruelling Pre-seasons.

We’ve heard fishing is one of your biggest

passions but do you get much time to fish when

the AFL Season is on?

Our Geelong schedule is pretty good which means

I get out about once a week.

Your Reel Adventures radio show is growing

rapidly, what has been the highlight for you of

launching the show?

Sharing people’s experiences and passion of fishing

when we have our Dometic Follow the Sun segment.

What are you looking forward to this year with

the program?

Continuing to engage with our listeners through

the show on air and also on social media, and

“I far prefer camping over

staying in a 5-star hotel.”

hearing from our exciting list of special guests

coming up throughout the year.

What is your favourite fishing destination and

why? (i.e. best place to go fishing)

Groote Eyelandt – you can catch absolutely anything!

If you could go anywhere in the world to fish

where would it be and why?

New Zealand – Fly Fishing in the north would be

fantastic.

Do you camp? What type of camping do you like

to do and where?

I far prefer camping over staying in a 5-star hotel. I

like to stay at a caravan park in my New Age Caravan!

Mission Beach is my favourite camping destination.

Best tip or advice for when on the water/fishing?

Fish your tides and use burley, burley, burley!!!!

Do you think your Reel Adventures Co-host

Aaron will ever share his top secret fishing spots

with you?

He seems to know all of the hot spots! I’ve given away

a few of them throughout the show and I am hell bent

on continuing that on Reel Adventures in 2018.

Is there a Dometic product that has “knocked

your socks off” and why?

The Dometic Waeco CFX 50W is just so easy to use.

It’s a convenient size. I can put it in the cabin of my

boat, back seat of my car, it fits anywhere. It’s the

Swiss army knife of portable fridges!

Mobile living made easy. — 13


FEATURE — TOP 3 FAMILY TRIPS

FAMILY TRIPS

YOU CAN’T SKIP

BY MAX TAYLOR

Caravanning. It’s a relatively affordable way

to take a family holiday but, most of all, its

more fun!

Packing the caravan is a massive part of the

planning and there’s a lot of mobile products

available to make life on the road with the family

much easier. However, one of the main priorities

of planning should involve the destination. Once

you know where you’re going, you will know what

to bring.

Here are three family-friendly spots you should put

on your next family adventure bucket list.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK:

AUSTRALIA’S NATURAL BEAUTY

Kakadu has, in some quarters, an undeserved bad

reputation. Kaka-don’t, some say. But I beg to differ.

In the dry season, all (or most) of the tracks to the best

spots will be open, and the diversity of wildlife,

from jabirus to estuarine crocodiles, is on show.

Waterfalls and plunge pools, hiking tracks to

billabongs teeming with life, ancient Aboriginal

rock art… Kakadu is a living, breathing reminder

of Australia’s natural beauty and a direct link to its

fascinating indigenous past.

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Mataranka Springs, about a four-hour drive from

Darwin, is the perfect place to relax in the NT outback

When visiting as a family, I suggest

staying at Cooinda Lodge Jabiru,

a resort-style caravan park with a

swimming pool, restaurant and

more. The main attractions – Jim

Jim Falls, Gunlom, Ubirr Rock,

among others – are within

striking distance. However, other

campgrounds are scattered

throughout Kakadu closer to

each attraction.

A couple of tips:

• Do not leave Kakadu without

taking a boat cruise on

Yellow Water Billabong – it’s

the definition of the word

‘breathtaking’.

• Be sure to take the hiking

track to the top of Gunlom

Falls, where you’ll find rock

pools and a view like no other.

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COFFS HARBOUR: THE

KIDS WILL GO BANANAS

Some might scoff at the idea of Coffs. But for

this southerner and his family, it has it all: great

four-wheel-driving, a choice of beachside holiday

parks, a fantastic shopping precinct and, to top it off,

you’re allowed to take your 4WD onto some of the

beaches. In fact, you can drive all the way from

Coffs Harbour to the Sawtell Inlet on Boambee

Beach.

Obviously, Coffs is known for the Big Banana. And

if you’re cynical, trust me: it’s better than it sounds,

with a water park, toboggan, laser tag, ice-skating

and much more. Be sure to also spend some time

Image Credit: Sean Scott Photography

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FEATURE — TOP 3 FAMILY TRIPS

on the jetty, with its promenade

of shops, fishing boats bobbing

in the harbour, and the breakwall

that gives pedestrian access to

Muttonbird Island.

Don’t miss:

• The kids will love Dolphin

Marine Magic, the nearby

marine zoological park where

you can swim with dolphins

or just watch them frolic

in the pools. Or why not line

up for a kiss from a seal?

MORE INFORMATION

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD:

A PEACEFUL SEASIDE ESCAPE

In summer or spring, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

is a must. Winding for more than 240km from

Torquay west to Warrnambool, it is one of the

world’s best coastal roads.

Towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay offer a

wide range of services, from pharmacies to

supermarkets; however, the smaller townships,

such as Wye River, are also popular.

The best way to see the famous Twelve Apostles

– a formation of limestone stacks in Port Campbell

National Park, is from the air – helicopter tours

are available but expensive. Otherwise, take the

boardwalk to the viewing platform from the Twelve

Apostles Visitor Centre. Loch Ard Gorge is also not

to be missed.

Avoiding the crowds:

• If you’re after a Great Ocean Road experience

away from the crowds, drive further west until

you arrive in Peterborough, a sleepy hamlet with

a beautiful beach, a shop or two, and a caravan

park. It’s a perfect, peaceful, family getaway.

MORE INFORMATION

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FISHING TRIP

ESSENTIALS

FRESHLY SEALED IN THE DOMETIC

VACUUM SEALER

You can fit more bait and fish in your icebox if

you vacuum seal it into an airtight package! It will

last five times longer than refrigeration alone.

The Dometic Vacuum Sealer is light weight and

really easy to use. It runs off both 12V and 240V

AC power, so plug it into the boat or your portable

battery pack, or wait until your back to some power

in the kitchen to get your food nicely packaged up.

You can get 8” or 11”.

KEEPIN’ IT COOL WITH DOMETIC

COOL ICE CI ICEBOXES

What’s a great fishing trip without some ice cold

drinks and somewhere to store your bait and

catch? These Dometic Cool Ice CI icebox are

the perfect solution when power isn’t available

and the ice can last for days. The new series of

iceboxes come with a range of optional extra

accessories that help improve comfort while

travelling – including a fishing rod holder, bottle

opener and drink holder. You can add to the luxury

with a seat cushion that attaches easily to the top

of the icebox and saves you having to bring that

extra seat along. There’s also baskets and dividers

available to help organise your food and drinks;

TIP: avoid contamination by placing your fishing

bait in one section and your lunch in another.

Don't waste any more valuable fishing time

without these essentials and buy one today!

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Mobile living made easy. — 17


FEATURE — WHAT'S UP DOWNUNDER

FOLLOW

THE SUN

CONVOY FOR CHARITY

BY ALISON HUTH, PHOTOS BY ANDY KERMODE AND PETER HUTH

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Every year, for the past six years, What’s Up

Downunder (WUDU) have taken a convoy of

Caravans on the road for two weeks to create

their annual Summer TV Series. On each convoy the

program raises funds for a selected charity. During

November 2017, Dometic and WUDU partnered to

put the Convoy on the road again to Follow the Sun

and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer

Foundation (NBCF). NBCF last partnered with

Dometic and WUDU during the 2016 Follow The

Sun campaign.

The Dometic Follow the Sun Convoy for Charity

started in Whyalla, on South Australia’s stunning

Eyre Peninsula. The convoy travelled through

the beautiful towns of Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay,

Elliston, Streaky Bay and ended in Wudinna close

to the Gawler Ranges. It was a magnificent trip,

spending two nights in each town, staying at the

local caravan parks, and discovering some of the

best tourist attractions you could imagine.

Every town was different, but everywhere the

convoy went they were welcomed by the most

amazing people. During the convoys stay at

the selected holiday parks a Happy Hour was

organised so the guests and crew could enjoy some

entertainment and have some fun. Although called

Happy Hour the events often went on for hours

because everyone was enjoying themselves, and

no-one wanted to go to bed!

During the event there was a sausage sizzle and

raffle tickets were sold to raise much needed

funds for the NBCF. In addition to this the convoy

participants took to the streets of the towns along

the way to talk to the lucky residents on the Eyre

Peninsula. Every township was very welcoming

and supportive.

The 2018 Summer Series went to air on Channel

10 and affiliated networks on Saturday 3 February

at 4pm. The series runs for 6 weeks. Check your

local guides to find out when the Dometic Follow

the Sun Convoy for Charity will be airing in your

neck of the woods.

Keep your eyes peeled on dometic.com for an

upcoming announcement about the Dometic

Follow the Sun 2018 competition to WIN a 3

month trip.

Mobile living made easy. — 19


FEATURE — MODERN TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY

& TRAVELLING

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Image Credit: Sean Scott Photography


HOW MODERN TECHNOLOGY HAS

CHANGED THE WAY WE TRAVEL

The 1970s. Most outback highways had yet

to be sealed. To explore the Red Centre or

Top End meant towing overloaded caravans

along red, corrugated tracks with overloaded HQ

Holdens and XY Falcons. Back then, tourers were

a split radiator hose away from potential disaster.

Back then, they either had the spare parts and

tools to cover most scenarios, and knew how to

use them, or faced serious problems.

The outback and other remote areas, such as Far

North Queensland, remain at the top of most

touring wishlists, but they are no longer Australia’s

unreachable final frontier.

THE TWO ‘Cs’

Ultimately, modern technology has given vanners

two ‘Cs’: confidence and comfort.

When it comes to on-the-road confidence, mobile

communication is the big one. Not only does it

save lives, it has given countless caravanners the

peace of mind to travel to places that would’ve

otherwise remained a dream. A satellite phone in

the glovebox will do wonders for the resting heart

rate in the outback.

The caravans of today also play a role. Caravans

that are purpose-built for long-term travel,with

technical features that enhance off-grid touring,

have significantly increased both the confidence

and comfort factors. In fact, many people

have been swayed to the RV lifestyle based on

technology alone.

Running short of tank water? Just as well the van

can draw water from a river so that you can still

wash your dishes or have a shower.

Can’t do without your hair-dryer in the bush? That’s

where lithium batteries come in. When it comes to

comfortable free-camping, the advent of lithium

batteries – which remain quite expensive – has

been a game-changer. Not only do they weigh

significantly less than their conventional deepcycle

counterparts, they can be routinely

discharged to 20 per cent and re-charged much

faster, whether by solar panels,a generator or off

the tow vehicle during transit. Fancy also using

your 240V toaster or washing machine 100km

away from the nearest mains outlet? Via an inverter,

a lithium battery makes this a much more realistic

option compared to a single 100Ah AGM battery,

which should never be discharged further than 50

per cent.

A THIRD ‘C’?

Perhaps, however, there is a third ‘C’ factor:

convenience. When was the last time you unfurled

a paper map for directions? Why would you, when

you can simply type your destination into a GPS

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FEATURE – MODERN TECHNOLOGY

and let a robotic voice tell you when to turn left,

right or take the third exit at the next roundabout?

And how does controlling each electrical function

of your caravan (even an electric jockey wheel!)

by a single app on your tablet or smartphone

sound? What some might call the ‘hard work’ of

caravanning and camping can be reduced to the

push of a button on a glass screen. This is the age

we live in.

More than anything or anyone else, modern

technology has opened remote Australia to

the masses, and that includes the technology

involved in creating stronger and more suitable RV

components, from independent coil suspension,

to offroad couplings, fridges, air-conditioners

and more.

That failed radiator hose which decades ago

might’ve had fatal consequences is now, for

the most part, a mere nuisance. But it all comes

with a warning. In their rush to adopt certain

technologies, many RV owners have become

reliant on them, taking comfort in microchips

and telecommunication signals, unprepared to

cope should they find themselves on the side of

a remote track with a frazzled satellite phone and

an overheated engine. That said, the 21st century

remains an interesting time to be an RVer – what

technology comes next, where it will lead us

and how it will further enhance the RV lifestyle,

is a journey almost as exciting as any trip to

the outback.

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DOMETIC HARRIER INVERTER

This RV roof air conditioner raises the bar in

efficiency and power! Thanks to the Harrier’s

inverter technology, the compressor slows down

or speeds up as required and in turn reduces

energy consumption to the minimum level.

The clever inverter technology makes the

Harrier excellent for operation with a generator,

as start-up current issues are eliminated.

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DOMETIC RUC8408X REFRIGERATOR

This new fridge and freezer for RV’s uses modern

technology with a unique user interface TFT

display, including customizable functionalities.

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DOMETIC SINEPOWER MSI 1812T

This sine wave inverter turns 12 V battery power

into pure 230 V AC voltage, like that of a home

power socket.

MORE INFORMATION

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Image Credit: Sean Scott Photography


ALWAYS ON THE MOVE

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE PRODUCTS DESIGNED

SPECIFICALLY WITH THE TRUCK DRIVER IN MIND?

Dometic not only specialises in products for

camping and RV’s, they have a range of products

that are designed specifically to make truck drivers

lives a little bit easier. Truck drivers, aka Truckies,

spend a lot of time on the road. They often find

themselves stocking up on non-perishable items,

which often consists of unhealthy foods and

drinks. Quick stops at service stations result in a

fast food fix to keep up the energy to keep driving

– like a sausage roll that’s already heated, don’t

mind if I do! But what if they didn’t have to buy the

overpriced unhealthy food from service stations,

and had the option to lead a bit of a healthier life

on the road?

That’s where the Dometic MWO 24 truck

microwave oven with integrated 24 volt power

supply comes into play. Truckies can pack their

fridge with wholesome home-made meals to

stock up their portable fridge/freezer (the

Dometic Waeco CFX 28 fridge/freezer

comes to mind!). They can stop anywhere,

grab their meal out of the fridge and chuck

it into the microwave to have a delicious hot

meal. This microwave oven has three cooking

levels and a defrosting function. It’s so easy to

use and to clean as it has a firmly integrated

ceramic plate instead of the usual turntable.

When you build the MWO 24 into the truck cab,

it comes with an integrated 24 volt supply so

no need for an inverter. Its housing has a truck-

specific shape that fits snugly into many storage

compartments and the fixing base gives a firm

hold for travelling. Truckies can enjoy the pleasure

of good, healthy food on the road. How convenient!

MORE INFORMATION

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FEATURE — NEW GEAR TO HIT THE MARKET

THE LATEST

INNOVATIONS

Dometic, the world’s largest supplier to the RV

industry is pleased to introduce some of our new

products for 2018. Watch the video to hear about

all of the latest innovations from Dometic Australia’s

Managing Director, Brad Slater.

DOMETIC PORTABLE

SOLAR PANEL PS180A

Perfect for adventurers away from mains power

for long periods of time, the Dometic PS180A

portable solar panel provides a reliable source

of power for charging batteries and powering

anything else with a 12 volt system.

• High-performance monocrystalline silicon

• 12 V, 20 A heavy-duty regulator

• Battery temperature sensor

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DOMETIC RUC8408X

The Dometic RUC refrigerators have undergone extensive research

and development with the result being the most refined RV

refrigerator on the market. At the centre of the Dometic RUC’s design

is its tall and narrow cabinet, which allows for greater flexibility

in the kitchen area without compromising on storage volume.

Due to the smaller footprint, the Dometic RUC refrigerators reduce

the dominance of the refrigerator in the kitchen area.

• Narrow design with slim footprint

• T-rated cooling systems

• Control panel with colour TFT display

DOMETIC SLIDE OUT KITCHEN

Designed to slide out of the side of recreational

vehicles, the versatile Dometic Slide Out Kitchen

extends the kitchen to outdoor living. A must for

every RV, the Dometic Slide Out Kitchen functions

as a 3-burner cooktop, sink and bench top.

• Lightweight aluminium construction

• Aluminium and stainless steel construction

ensures high resistance to corrosion

• Large storage capacity with dual side storage

compartments

• Range of optional accessories available,

including BBQ plate, bottle opener, drink

holder, chopping board, serving tray and

utensil holder

DOMETIC COOL ICE CI

ICEBOXES & ACCESSORIES

Accessories are at the forefront of the new Dometic Cool Ice iceboxes’

design. The new series of Dometic icebox improves comfort while

travelling thanks to a range of seat cushions that can be easily

attached to the lid of the icebox. Made from comfortable fabrics, the

Dometic icebox seat cushions are a must for people living mobile.

• Range of accessories available to maximise functionality

• Strong, ergonomic polyethylene handles

• Extremely low heat absorption

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FEATURE — MOBILE LIVING MADE EASY PHOTOSHOOT

BEHIND

THE

SCENES

MOBILE LIVING MADE EASY PHOTOSHOOT

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Australia was recently selected by Dometic

head office in Europe to participate in a

photoshoot to showcase Mobile Living

Made Easy, the shoot included some iconic

Australian locations and unique vehicles.

The images will be used globally by

Dometic to promote the outdoor lifestyle

that their brand entails. A team of over 25

assisted to facilitate the shoot over 11 days.

The vehicles filmed and photographed

included, 5 Cars, 5 RVs, 2 Boats, 4 Food

trucks and a heavy articulated Truck with

a 45 foot trailer. Over the coming issues

we will share the spectacular images and

videos from this adventure. In this issue we

are featuring a camping trip at Cumberland

River in Lorne Victoria and a family enjoying

the views from their caravan at Rocky Point

in Torquay Victoria (Page 27).

Mobile living made easy. — 27


FEATURE — MOBILE LIVING MADE EASY PHOTOSHOOT

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Mobile living made easy. — 29


COOKING — ALL 4 ADVENTURE

COOKING WITH

ALL 4 ADVENTURE

WIN

AN ALL 4

ADVENTURE

COOKBOOK

& DVD

CLICK HERE

CHICKEN

CURRY IN

A HURRY

You can tune in to TEN (WIN) on Sundays 1pm to

follow a couple of modern-day adventurers Jase

Andrews (host - in video beside) and Simon (right

hand man) on rugged expeditions into some of the

remotest corners and wildest frontiers of Australia.

They take their trusty Dometic CFX with them

everywhere they go. www.all4adventure.com

INGREDIENTS

Diced chicken

Smoked paprika

Onion – diced x 1

Garlic – minced

Ginger – crushed

Red Thai curry paste

Sweet potato – diced x 1

Potato – diced x 1

Coconut cream

Water

Cabbage – chopped

Button mushrooms – sliced x 3

Shallots - chopped

Lime (optional, for garnishing)

METHOD

1. Heat coals in camp fire so they become white hot

2. Season diced chicken with smoked paprika, ensuring

chicken is evenly coated

3. Heat oil in a camp oven, add the onions, garlic and ginger until

golden brown

4. Add chicken into camp oven and cook until it’s coloured

5. Add curry paste and stir so that the chicken is coated evenly

6. Heat oil in a pan, add sweet potatoes and potatoes and stir so

that it does not burn

7. Add coconut cream into the curry when chicken has turned white

8. Fill the coconut cream tin with water and add to the curry

9. Stir the potatoes, cabbage and mushrooms into the curry

10. Pour the hot coals around the fire and place the camp oven on

top, letting it simmer until chicken is fully cooked through

11. Garnish curry with shallots and lime, serve with rice

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SAY WHAT — STORIES FROM OUR SUPPORTERS/READERS

SAY WHAT?

Each issue we will feature some real stories from our readers and supporters. We would love to hear

about your interesting travel stories, please email us at marketing@dometic.com.au

One gloomy day we went to Wash House Beach

Rock Platform Bonny Hills NSW. Whilst we were

exploring the rock pools we spotted an octopus

and tried to get some close-up footage of it with

the GoPro. It decided it didn’t want to be the star

of our film and wrestled the GoPro off us and filmed

us instead.

Kate Richards, Adventure Mumma, QLD

WATCH VIDEO

A highlight of our stay at Cobbold Gorge was stand

up paddle boarding through the gorge, just the

six of us, some wildlife and our guide (notice the

little guy who hitched a ride)! We also enjoyed

cooling off in the infinity pool, playing floating golf

and kayaking on the dam before relaxing by our

campfire at night.

Cameron McKay, On the Road Again, Innisfail QLD

My friend and I were on the road exploring Tasmania

in the highland country and found a nice place to

camp. We woke up cold and lacking sleep in the

morning with our swags resembling the inside of

a Dometic Waeco fridge. We were surrounded by

a winter wonderland after receiving 5 inches of

snow that night.

Caleb “Salty” Davenport, WA

Mobile living made easy. — 31


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