Camper Trailer Australia - - ON THE ROAD -

Names: Lee Hutch­ings Where’s home: Vau­cluse, Syd­ney Home on the road: 1985 Jayco Pen­guin Out­back

Camper mods: Nil

Tow ve­hi­cle: Ford Ter­ri­tory,

diesel Ve­hi­cle mods: Nil

Favourite Des­ti­na­tion: Pretty Beach, Mur­ra­ma­rang Na­tional Park and Ben­da­long, Shoal­haven. Ob­vi­ously the South Coast has what it takes to keep a vin­tage surfer in­ter­ested. Scari­est mo­ment: Per­haps the rea­son that Lee and wife Frances favour the South Coast is that the surf beaches are so read­ily ac­ces­si­ble. Cer­tainly, we learnt that ac­cess­ing the back-beaches of the mid-north coast have chal­lenged Lee with some “hairy roads” and some of his scari­est mo­ments.

Lessons learnt: Lee of­fered us an eclec­tic mix of lessons learnt – all of which hinted at ex­pe­ri­ences that he and Frances would rather not re­peat. His top three lessons were: 1. al­ways have a back-up plan for when things don’t func­tion; 2. al­ways check elec­tri­cals are in or­der

(ie. trailer con­nec­tions, etc.) be­fore you set off; 3. don’t lend to fam­ily or friends and ex­pect that ev­ery­thing will come back the same.

While Lee had an ironic smile on his face when he shared his third les­son, there’s clearly some truth to what he says.

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