Swift Nomad Caravan Stories: Norm Cheale

 

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We believe that Hardings Swift Caravan Services is more than a business. We have a passion for caravans and always want to hear our customers tales of adventure, because we like to think we helped get you there. Over the next few months we want to share caravan stories from those who have explored our beautiful country and who have many stories of fun, frustration as well as great tips!

 

Norm_Intext photosThis week we chat to Norm, who went on a decade long caravan adventure. We were lucky enough to meet Norm and Margaret over fifteen years ago, before they became true blue caravanners. Their first caravan was a custom-built, 17ft Roma Elegance, which they purchased in late 2001. Norm said there was ‘nothing special’ about the design of their Roma caravan
but it was comfortable, well-built and suited their requirements for their 10 year ‘grey nomad’ experience (quite the feat for two people who had never owned a caravan before!).
After selling their house in 2001, Norm and Margaret hit the road to embark upon their  ‘grey nomad’ experience. Travelling at a casual pace they tried to stick to one state or area at
a time, stopping to appreciate the unique scenery of every place they passed. In fact Norm says it “took them three months to travel from Melbourne to Adelaide along the coast road!”

Some of their highlights included:

  • South coast of NSW for its lovely secluded beaches
  • Palm Valley, where they did a month’s voluntary work as Camp Ground Hosts
  • Fletchers Creek (QLD), which is 40km north of Charters Towers, which Norm describes as ‘little bit of paradise’.

After spending over 10 years in a caravan, it is little wonder that Norm and Margaret have a passion for caravanning. Norm says they “haven’t looked back
since their Roma in 2001 and we know there are more sights to be dazzled by and more adventures to be had“.

In fact, Norm and Margaret are already on the road again enjoying their next adventure. This time with their new VISTA RV Crossover, which as Norm says ‘is proving an extremely versatile, comfortable and robust rig’. Norm and Margaret are currently in South Australia, on their way to Western Australia where they plan to spend most of 2015.

We look forward to seeing Norm the next time he books in for his usual caravan service before he embarks on yet another grey nomad adventure!

Thanks Norm for your fantastic story!