Camps 7 publication

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 15:38
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Hello everyone, In the Camps 7 book it refers to three van types, i.e. Caravan, Camper/motorhome and Big Rig. A Big Rig as stated, is a long vehicle with an overall length of 10m or more. I assume the 10m refers to the actual van, rather than the van and vehicle. Obviously this is a critical consideration when choosing a free camp listed in this book.

Could you please confirm the details re a Big Rig and whether a van and tow vehicle measuring just under 12m qualifies as a big rig. The actual van is 6.9m long. Also those who use free camps and have a van around 6-7 m, might like to comment on their experience getting in and out of free camps not listed for "Big Rigs".

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Reply By: disco driver - Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 16:03

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 16:03
Big Rigs are generally 5th wheelers and/or anything over around 7mtr as a caravan.

In the context of Camps 7 it means that things that size either can or cant fit into the sites effectively.
If the Camps7 info says no big rigs, the sites are too small to fit them into.

That's my take on it anyway.

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Follow Up By: Member - escapesilv - Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 16:23

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 16:23
I tend to agree with you, a big rig is a 5th. wheeler or buss, otherwise its a caravan.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 18:12

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 at 18:12
The 10 metres is overall rig length. Yes, not very big these days.

I have found that, like caravan park sites, sites may need checking. We are just under 14 metres overall length, but the long wheel based F250 has a poor turning circle so we have to be careful. We found some which didn’t have the big rig symbol were suitable for us, and others with big rig symbol were not suitable. I sent feedback on all discrepancies I found to Camps Australia Wide.

Some may be assessed as not suitable for big rigs due to other access problems such as overhanging branches that would not be a problem to a regular vehicle alone. Philip of CAW gives the advice; if unsure "walk in and check it out".

We have not found many that were too small for us to enter. We also have to be careful overhead as our caravan is quite high. Usually tree branches can be dodged, but we have pruned a few on our annex from time to time :O


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Follow Up By: hooks - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 07:43

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 07:43
Thanks Motherhen, If you allow 5m for the tow vehicle, then 5m (16.4 ft.) is on the smaller end for a van. Walk in and check out seems necessary.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 00:26

Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 00:26
Unless it is a small roadside rest area, free campgrounds usually are roomier than caravan parks. I saw only a few roadside rest areas that I commented were not big rig suitable, eg ; "Only could fit two small rigs side by side and no way to turn a bigger rig." We would not choose a roadside rest area to try and sleep. These would be a problem even to pull into for a cuppa, as someone else coming in would not enable anyone towing to get out of the rest area.


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Follow Up By: hooks - Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 13:26

Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 13:26
I rang Camps Australia today. They refer a Big Rig as a fixed vehicle such as a large motor home, bus etc. Even though there is a category for Camper/Motorhome, a Big Rig applies when these vehicles are 10m or longer. A caravan or 5th wheeler because they can turn on their pivot /ball ,they can be more manoeuvrable. However very long 5th wheelers may still be a Big Rig.
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