Happy travelling couple is still keen on their caravan
They’ve clocked up thousands of kilometres but an Auckland couple in their 80s are nowhere near ready to park up their beloved caravan.
David and Joan Livingstone’s love affair with carvans began in the 1950s and it’s stood the test of time.
But David, 82, has reassuring words for anyone shuddering at the thought of getting stuck behind the couple on the road this summer.
He’s no slouch towing in his trusty Holden Commodore.
“I could do 145kmh on the Bombay deviation but I don’t,” he says.
At 81 and 82 Joan and David are the oldest members of the North Shore Caravan Club.
They’ve been on 338 rallies with the club since 1973 and still manage to hook the caravan up and head out on around 10 trips a year.
“It’s a good life,” says David. “I won’t give up as long as I can drive and tow. I flew through my licence at 80.”
Motorhome fads and caravans languishing in backyards leave the couple scratching their heads.
“You see different caravans sitting around and they don’t move. You wonder why they have them,” says David.
“What should be impressed on people is they should belong to a club. You get the use out of the caravan then.”
The caravan is also a cheaper holiday option than a motorhome, says David.
“I’ve never wanted a motorhome,” says David.
“You can drop the caravan off and go sightseeing.
“You have the freedom to choose what you do when you want to. With a motel you have to get dressed up and have meals at set times.”
The loss of favourite camp sites is their only bugbear.
“The biggest problem is these confounded developers are trying their damnest to close them down.”
Favourites include Kennedy Park in the art deco city of Napier, Hamilton Municipal Holiday Camp and Whangateau Holiday Park near Matakana.
Caravan craze: David and Joan Livingstone caught the caravan bug in the 1950s.