Campervans and those Sliding Doors.

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 15:45
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We have done our fair share of travel around this great country by road (4x4 & car) and by Air. Done the Tent thing, 5* Hotels Resorts and now in a caravan permanently. Our pet hate is those Campervans with the slider doors. Is it just us or are they annoying to other travellers when you just happen to get stuck with one beside you in a Caravan Pk or a Campground. We are currently at Ayers Rock Campground and last night the slider on the Van beside us was going at a rate of knotts until 23.30 (4 ppl in it) and that was only because we told them to please be quiet. Not only that they talked quite loud as the van was way too small to accommodate the 4 people inside & bang bang bang went the front doors as well. You just don't get that noise from caravaners or those camping in a tent or campertrailer etc.
Now we know it's mainly OS people who use them but these things have to be put in their place and that's on their own nowhere near other types of travellers like they do with the Tour Buses maybe.
These so called managers of Caravan/Camping Parks have no idea where to place patrons. They put a large van on a small site opposite and gave the big site to the Campervan. Go figure. Suppose it all comes down to the $$$. Who knows.
Other than that the Red Centre is looking the best we've seen it. Heaps of ground cover and so alive with birdlife. Just Great.

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Reply By: Member - Burto (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 15:53

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 15:53
Totally agree, Curlyman. Just returned from 4 week tour of Tassie and a slow 2 week trip from Melbourne to Taree, came across quite a few of those SLIDER DOORS, the thing that amazes me is how the manufacturers are able to get them to sound the same regardless of brand. Its not the occupants fault, but they do get annoying when your camped nearby, bush or park, and they have the need to open them every 5 minutes or so. Met great people on trip from all forms of accomodation.
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Reply By: braggy - Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:04

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:04
We call them WIZZ BANGS, and they are part of the scene(ery).
Lighten up and get along

Cheers Ken

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Reply By: Member - Kevin J (Sunshine Coa - Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:15

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:15
Hi people,

You are experiencing first hand the amazing "Wizz Bang" which has the a door designed and constructed to destroy the quiet of night and totally destroy any chance of sleep for those within reasonable distance. Said doors are able to open and close 6000 times in any given night and 8000 times if the occupants have been drinking prior to retiring for the night.

We were camped in the park nearest Cable Beach - Broome some years back and because we were a camper trailer we ended up near the backpackers reserve. The Wizz Bang next to us had four girls and the one the other side had four boys. I'll let you use you imagination but I do know for certain that they were 'socialising' until the larger hours of the morning. The wee hours started much earlier and they took it in turns for the toilet trips too.

Great machines those wizzbangs and I'm sure they could tell some wonderful stories.

Kevin J

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Reply By: Not so grey nomads - Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:32

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:32
The day has come you've waited for
To say to work goodbye.
And finally do the things you've wished
To do when you retire.
You've heard the many stories
From friends and rels alike.
Of travels around Australia
From luxury to bike.

Now some have chosen caravans
And some have motorhomes.
Others tents and campers
Then there's the Whizz Bang clones.

You've bought your beaut new four wheel drive
Your boat and trailer too.
Plus your sparkling tandem caravan
Which even has a loo.

Then finally comes that special day
You wish your kids goodbye.
And head off into the unknown
Not caring where or why.

The drive into your first park,
becomes your first big test.
As Mum directs you "turn to left"
"No! That is to the right".

And beckons you with handwaves
Whilst standing out of sight.
You'll then get all the old hands
Coming to your aid.
And after all is settled, some great new friends you've made.

After stabilizers are wound down,
Power and hose installed.
The TV set is ready
For the greatest test of all.

The aerial is fixed, the tv's turned on
And Mum is giving guidance
Where the signal's coming from.

"A little further round dear, No that's much to far".
But you haven't touched the bloody thing
You've gone to park the car.

After happy hour with the neighbours
A meal of the takeaway.
You're ready for a beaut hot shower
And then to hit the hay.

Then as you head for slumber
Land a sound that sits you bolt upright.
The strangest sound of Whizzbang!
Gives you a hell of a fright.

It's Fred and Mildred from next door
In that panel van sort of thing.
With a door that slides from front to back
And somehow lost its spring.

Well they go to have shower
Then off to phone the kids.
Then they must have a twinkle
Before they shut their lids.

Then somewhere around the hours of 12
The bladders need a drain.
And Whizz bang! Bloody Whizz bang!
Comes that loud refrain.

Now, before the sun has risen
A screech rings through the park.
It's the grinding sound of stabilizers
Being raised for a quick depart.

So as you rise to greet the day
All bleary eyed and tired.
You wonder if your days at work
Were better than being retired.

Author unknown.

Hope you got a chuckle.

Ant and Nat

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Follow Up By: harryopal - Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 17:14

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 17:14
Good afternoon all,
And then there are those really noisy air conditioners on some of the flashest Winnebagos.
Some white noise might help. A slightly noisy fan near your bed can soften a lot of irritating sounds but then perhaps it has ever been thus. Just getting a good sleep and there's a marauding army on an orgy of destruction. Imagine living in Afghanistan or Libya just settling down and BANG there goes another bloody rocket.
I sometimes think we have been blessed to live in a curious time warp of relative peace and tranquility whereas life for most of the world's population that has ever lived has been grim, short and brutish.
I suppose this is a bit like telling a man who has lost a leg how lucky he is because there are so many aint got legs.

It also seems that the only thing that keeps a society from total anarchy is courteousy and consideration for others. That sometimes seems to be an increasingly rare commodity. Perhaps a sign. `PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ADULT MALE IN THIS CARAVAN IS A RECENTLY RELEASED PARANOID SCHITZOPHRENIC WHO CAN BE TRIGGERED BY SMALL NOISES... and loud ones. WE APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE FOR HIS BEHAVIOUR.'
Yours tropically, Harry
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Follow Up By: BrownyGU - Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 20:48

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 at 20:48
Gold Not So Grey grey nomad, absolute Gold!

I'm glad you mentioned the early rises also, I reckon they are as inconsiderate as the late nighters, winding up awnings, stabilizers etc all at 6.30am!

The wizzbang crew mainly seem to be, as mentioned OS visitors, I'm sure they have all been warned of the many deadly creatures that are rife in Caravan Parks in OZ, that are ready to slip,slide, jump, crawl or fly into there van as soon as you turn your back, so all doors must be slammed tight, otherwise they will get in and kill you in your sleep, don't dare leave it open while you brush your teeth, cause it will be the last thing you do......!

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Follow Up By: Curlynan - Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 21:16

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 21:16
Ant & Nat

Great poem.

Thanks for posting it. I'm going to print & frame it.
Yep we got a good chuckle out of that.

Life is a Highway !!!
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Follow Up By: Not so grey nomads - Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 11:43

Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 11:43
I cannot recall the author of the poet, so credit goes to he.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 00:39

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 00:39
Oh yes, Curlynan, you have reminded me of our three nights at Yulara.

Their long 'bus' sites were taken and office staff did take some time and effort to find us a site we would fit into. They would have charged us double for a 'drive through' site (which is two of their sites little sites) although we only take up half the width because we don't use the annex. When we unhitched we had to park the F250 sort of diagonally across the front of the van and into a bush, still just jutting out onto the roadway.

We were surrounded by 'Fritz in Britz'. In front of us they were talking loudly in German and drinking with companions almost all night outside their van. Behind us the larger sized Britz motor home was parked only inches from our rear bedroom window - the sites were that short! We heard their every movement every time they got up and walked through the van during the night; and they were travelling with children. Alongside us was a T-van, and they kept undoing the noisy zip up and down all night. Next nearest was an Apollo hire van with the whizz-bang door. We got plenty for our $36!

It is my preference to camp out in the bush with no neighbours in cooee, but it is false economy to travel distances to key places and Uluru is one of those, so Yulara CP it had to be.


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Follow Up By: landed eagle - Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 08:20

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 08:20
What worries me is that many of these tourists stay up drinking till the wee hours of the morning then the next day get behind the wheel for a day of driving after little sleep and probably still under the influence. Sharing the road with me and my family.
I reckon there would be some interesting breathalyser readings outside some C/P's of a morning.
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Reply By: Curlynan - Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 21:22

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 21:22
Thanks for your input everyone. Some great reads there, got a laugh or two as well. The POEM was a classic.

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Follow Up By: bibtracker - Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 22:48

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 22:48
Quite right. That sliding door noise is a marginal second to chain saws as the most irritating noise on Earth. And it goes on and on and bloody on . . .
At a caravan park in Kalbarri some years ago, we had one next to us (European tourists). I came as close as I ever want to come to killing someone that night. I was restrained only by the thought that the company in prison is probably not particularly intelligent or interesting to talk to.
Cheers, Tony
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Follow Up By: snoopyone - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 21:09

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 21:09
Would dispute that after spending a week in Hervey Bay in the school holidays.

Two kids across from us spent ALL DAY EVERYDAY bouncing balls on the sealed road.
Like chinese water torture.

They could have stayed home and done it and saved th money at the camp.

They never when anywhere that we noticed.

What a waste of holidays
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Reply By: Ron H - Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 20:57

Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 20:57
G'day all- this is my first post after loitering in the shadows for a while! My wife and myself have worked over 20 'seasons' in the north of oz, and the Wizz Bang crew get the most complaints in caravan parks.

It is unfortunate , and usually a few words cures the problem. If not , ALERT the park manager/owner if you are there for a number of days re the issue.
Generally they will move you or have a serious chat to the 'perps' for their indiscretions

Alternatively , please be aware that the Grey Nomads have their own annoying habits of waking very early after going to bed 3 hours before the sun sets, only to have an 200 decibel conversation with as neighbour 5k's away about the days fishing adventure ahead. While doing this , the diesel Nissan is allowed to warm up for 20 mins and spew putrid fumes into the camp!

Reality is that no one is blame free , and a friendly word is all that is normally needed, and if that doesn't work , I can sell you a .44 magnum that will do the job beautifully! ;)
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Reply By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 19:59

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 19:59
maybe load up with some crackers if you go through the act;let one off near the whizz bangs early am ;could be exciting
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