Car­a­van, mo­torhome en­thu­si­asts cel­e­brate 60 years on the road

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

What do cab-overs, fifth wheel­ers, and slide-outs have in com­mon? Car­a­van­ers know, and will be happy to ex­plain the ter­mi­nol­ogy this com­ing long weekend.

The New Zealand Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing its 60th an­nual na­tional Easter Rally and at the Levin Event Cen­tre, in the town’s AP and I Show­grounds, from March 24 to 28.

Hosted by the Welling­ton branch, the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion has more than 64,000 mem­bers, and more than 1500 peo­ple in 750-odd self-con­tained ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to turn up.

Self-con­tained ve­hi­cles are those that hold fresh water and grey tanks, and have sep­a­rate cas­settes for waste. This gives them the free­dom to camp at leisure, able to take ad­van­tage of des­ig­nated ar­eas.

Trade ex­hibitors will be bring­ing the lat­est in new mo­torhomes, camp­ing gear, along with the lat­est gad­gets and prod­ucts, to view and buy. There will be two pub­lic open days – Satur­day 26, and Sunday 27, from 10am to 4pm – with a mar­ket day on Sunday.

A spokesper­son says the rally is a good op­por­tu­nity to see the range of dif­fer­ent makes and sizes of ve­hi­cles; to talk to mem­bers about their ve­hi­cles and life­style, as well as to ex­hibitors about the lat­est ve­hi­cles avail­able.

It’s a far cry from 60 years ago. At Easter 1956 a small num­ber of en­thu­si­asts, the nu­cleus of the as­so­ci­a­tion, first camped to­gether at Clifton Beach, near Hast­ings.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

the lat­est in mo­torhomes, car­a­vans and camp­ing equip­ment will be on dis­play dur­ing the New Zealand Mo­tor Car­a­van As­so­ci­a­tion di­a­mond ju­bilee at Easter.

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