Happy trav­el­ling cou­ple is still keen on their car­a­van

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Liz Willis

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.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

Car­a­van craze: David and Joan Liv­ing­stone caught the car­a­van bug in the 1950s.

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